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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