We Tried It: Oil Pulling

4/23/2014


I'm not typically into health and beauty trends. Sure, I enjoy a good pressed juice here and there and like reading about new workouts or beauty products, but I generally keep it simple. You know, I try to drinks lots of water, run an extra mile if I decide to eat that extra slice of homemade pizza, and do a face mask every once in awhile. But when I read about Grace's experience with oil pulling, I was intrigued. I decided to commit to a week of the ancient Ayurvedic dental health technique and report back. Curious how it went? Find out after the jump!


First thing's first, I used coconut oil (organic, virgin, unrefined from Sprouts). You can use sesame oil as an alternative, but this sounded the most appealing to me (especially since the ideal time to oil pull is right when you wake up, before you've brushed your teeth or had anything to eat). 

I checked the clock and began swishing it around in my mouth (like you would mouthwash, although maybe not as aggressively) while I washed my face, made the coffee, checked my email, and tidied up our living room. I was worried 20 minutes would seem like eternity but since I stayed busy it went by pretty quickly.

Before I knew it, it was time to spit out the coconut oil ... and all of the toxins and bacteria with it. I used a glass and poured it into the trash (the oil can clog your drains so don't pour it into the sink) and it really wasn't as gross as I'd imagined. 

The verdict? I don't think I'll be oil pulling every day but definitely a few times a week. My mouth felt cleaner, my breath felt fresher, and I swear my mild eczema was even more mild.

Have you tried oil pulling?

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12 comments:

Rema said...

My uncle is a PhD in Chinese medicine and swears by oil pulling. He's been trying to get me to commit to it for years but the oil swishing around in my mouth has always felt weird to me. I'm re-inspired to give it another go, though!

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Jillian Manesh said...

ahhh good to know! i still havent tried it bc im afraid i'll gag but i want to SOON! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Simply LKJ said...

I have a high sensitivity to coconut and sesame. So, no oil pulling for me. Clean can be just as good.

17 Perth said...

So interesting! I've been wanting to try this...20 mins does seem so long though!

Katy Byrne said...

I'm intrigued, but twenty min seems like forever!

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Sara {Rhapsody & Chaos} said...

I have been saying I want to try this forever -- I even bought the coconut oil! Now I'm actually inspired to give this a go. Maybe tonight will finally be the night :)

Leslie said...

I've never even heard of this, so I'm intrigued! Thanks for sharing.

Maya McDonald said...

This is so fascinating! I've heard mixed reactions, but I loved your review. I don't think I could do it everyday, but it's good to know that doing it a few times a week could be a good compromise :) xx

thatumamilife said...

I tried it last month and now I do it every day. I have definitely noticed whiter teeth and clearer skin! I also notice that if I skip a day or two, the oil tastes much worse at the end of the 20 minutes, so I guess it really is doing work in there!

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Linh Vo said...

I've heard of this, but I don't think I can bring myself to doing it because 20 min would be an eternity for me. However, I use it to cook all the time and slather that sucker on my hair and skin :)
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Alex Hubbard said...

I do it a few times a week, and I agree with you! It helps my mouth feel a lot cleaner :)