…have you tried it?
It’s been all over the internet lately so hopefully you won’t think I’m crazy. I may be a little late to the game though. If you have missed it, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that is used for detoxification and as a natural health remedy. All you do is put a tablespoon of oil (sesame, coconut, olive) in your mouth, swish it around for about 15-20 minutes and when you spit it out, you are getting rid of nasty toxins from your body. I know I’m making it sound very simple and normal when in fact, putting oil in your mouth…for 20 minutes, is anything but.
*not me because I am not awake enough to have my picture taken so early in the morning*
I first saw this trending article on my facebook feed and was intrigued to say the least. I’m all about natural health remedies and trying a more holistic approach. So when I read all the health benefits (helps with sinuses, headaches, cavities, gum disease, halitosis, the list goes on) I figured it couldn’t hurt. But to be honest, the one thing that had me sold was claim that oil pulling leads to whiter teeth! Sign me up!
A few more google searches and articles later, led me to this video. That’s when I decided to reach out to my good friend who is my Ayurveda guru since the practice has changed her life. She assured me that though oil pulling is weird at first, it is good for you and works. I shared my new discovery with the hubby trying to get him on board and he was of course doubtful, until he did his own research. *side eye* Men!
So for the past week, we have been oil pulling with sesame oil first thing in the morning. The first day, it felt weird. I sat still watching CBS This Morning and anxiously watching the clock for 20 minutes to pass. Now I don’t even think about the oil in my mouth and use the time to prep breakfast or lunch or take a shower. I do a warm water sea salt rinse and then brush my teeth. It’s only been a week and I did not really suffer from any of the above mentioned ailments but I do feel like my teeth are getting a little whiter. That’s a win situation for me. But since it’s become an easy habit, I’ll keep oil pulling and let it work all it’s wonderful magic.
Will you try oil pulling? If you have done it, I’d love to hear your thoughts