I want in on this popular craze.
(If you can call the rediscovery of an ancient Indian folk remedy a ‘popular craze’.)
It’s called oil pulling. Ever heard of it?
I’d briefly heard about this recurring trend every now and then (like when a celebrity divulges their newest beauty regiment) but I’d never given it much thought – until now.
A recent article I came across listed oil pulling as a simple detox. That’s when I started doing more research on it. I didn’t come across any scientific proof, but the numerous testimonials and studies I did find were all very consistent in their praises.
The list of ‘pros’ was almost too good to be true (I couldn’t think of any horrific ‘cons’).
Naturally, I question the accuracy of these ancient cure-alls as being a tad bit hokum but with an incredible list of benefits I figure what’s really the harm in trying?
Besides, I think it’s mandatory to have an ‘I think I can, I think I can’ attitude when it comes to trying natural homeopathic remedies.
So, what is oil pulling you ask?
Simply put, it’s the practice of using natural oils – like coconut or sesame – as a form of mouthwash. By swishing it around for 20 minutes, the oil will begin to draw out (or pull) all the harmful toxins from your body.
1. It’s a first-thing-in-the-morning kind of commitment so when you’re finally awake, drink a tall glass of water.
2. Take a tablespoon of coconut, sunflower, or sesame oil in your mouth and swish it around like a mouthwash for 15-20 minutes.
3. Spit it out, rinse and brush your teeth to get rid of any residue left over.
What are the benefits?
* Mouth & gum disease
* Stiff joints
* High blood sugar
* Heart, kidney, and lung disease
* The list goes on
I’m only a few days into my experimentation with oil pulling, but I can already taste the benefits.
(Really, my mouth taste like coconuts in the morning.)
Because the rest of my post is a glowing recommendation for this technique, I’m going to take a second to list some minor complaints so you really know what you’re getting into.
- If you’re really not a texture person, BEWARE! I’m using coconut oil and the transition from a solid into a liquid is not something I particularly enjoy experiencing in my mouth.
- It’s a total mouth workout. You don’t realize how out of shape your jaw muscles are until you’ve got to swish oil around for 20 minutes.
- Finding 20 solid, undisturbed minutes every morning (Let’s face it, I’m not a morning person but I’ve mastered the art of scrambling into clothes and out the door in 15 minutes.)
However, I can say that I definitely plan on continuing this morning regimen. Now to get out of bed on time…