If you had asked me what this was a couple of weeks ago, I would have guessed that it was a way to grease a squeaky door. Upon my research for an article on coconut oil uses, I found out about oil-pulling and what it really was.
So what the heck is oil pulling?
(hint: it’s not used to oil door hinges.)
Well, it’s been a miracle cure for some people and not for everyone. Oil-pulling is the technique of cleaning your teeth and mouth by swishing a spoonful of oil (sesame, coconut, olive, or sunflower) around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes and then spitting it out.
Here is a blog post about oil-pulling that got me totally curious about it. I read some more blog posts and I found out people were talking about tooth miracles due to oil-pulling. No more toothaches, white teeth, healing cavities. Even curing other sickness in the body. I can be gullible, but this sounded too good to be true-even to me.
But the coconut fanatic in me wanted to find out if this really worked. After all, coconut does have many health benefits to it, so even if it just was an awesome natural whitener, that would be okay with me.
So I tried it.
I already had a jar of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil -you need to get the right kind. I waited until the morning to try it. I put a spoonful in my mouth, and started swishing it around my teeth. The first time, I think I only made it for 10 minutes. I spit out the oil, and rinsed my mouth with water. Then, I ran over to the mirror as if to half expect bright lights coming from my mouth from all the whiteness. That didn’t happen, but they did feel smoother. I tried it again the next couple of mornings and kept checking. This time, I did notice a change in the coloring of my teeth.
They were whiter!
I’m not lying.
I did this for a week (I still used a toothbrush at night and used just water-I don’t know if you should combine toothpaste with it and I wanted to be able to give results that only included the oil). In a week’s time, my teeth keep feeling smooth and I didn’t have any “morning breath”. They also got whiter as well.
I may keep this up for a bit. I may not. I haven’t decided yet. I may do it once in awhile, or combine with a natural toothpaste. I am glad I found out about it and I want to continue to read more about and the other oils you can try as well.
Oil -pulling is a personal choice for people and I am certainly not posting this to try to convince you to do it. I like to read and try out different “home remedies” as you may call it, and report it back to my readers that might be curious. You can make your own decision on it.
Just to let you know, here are some books on the subject: Cure Tooth Decay , and Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing . You might find them interesting if you want to find out more on the subject.
After reading this post, what do you think? Have you ever heard of oil-pulling before today?
Have you ever tried it? Do you want to?
I’m all ears!