Friday, April 18, 2014

The 411 on Oil Pulling

Benefits of oil pulling

Okay, so I know I'm a little late to the game but I am just so OB-SESSED with oil pulling that i HAD to share it.  Now if you haven't heard of this before, you probably wondering what it is, so below is a quick summary for you -  you  will also find lots more information on Google about this topic - it is quite popular!

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurveda dental approach that involves simply swishing oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes, yes, 20 minutes - you didn't read that wrong.  So I know that 20 minutes sounds like a really long time to swish oil around but it really isn't!  I just set a timer and get on with my morning activities plus - it kind of makes you realize how much you can accomplish in 20 minutes!  

So I thought it would be easiest to first break it down in steps for you, so you can really see how simple it is!
  1. Buy cute teaspoons (seriously this is optional but cute teaspoons makes this process more fun)
  2. (or should I say the real step one) put a teaspoon of coconut oil into your mouth - yea the consistency is super kind of weird the first time.  
  3. set timer for 20 minutes - no more no less
  4. start that swishing!
  5. spit out the oil - in a garbage can - NOT THE SINK (your landlord will not thank you!)
  6. gargle with water and brush your teeth. 

Voila that is all!  So simple and so easy and i guarantee you will love it and if you are intimidated by the 20 minute time frame start at 5 minutes and just build up!  I'm a chatty cathy and if i can not talk for 20 minutes without being bored - then trust me you can to. 

I also thought it would be good to offer some tips while oil pulling:

  • It's best to do it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning BUT if you cannot do this then evening works
  • Unrefined Extra Virgin Coconut Oil works the best - but if you don't have this on hand, use what you have (you can also use sesame oil). 
  • "chew" until it melts
  • Take a break if your mouth gets tired
  • Spit some out if it gets to be too much
Now on the the why...because we are all busy people and we are only going to do something if it's beneficial:
  • Whitens teeth - this is a big benefit for me as I'm very sensitive to whitening strips
  • Prevents bad breath - seriously it pulls ALL the plaque out of your mouth 
  • Strengthens teeth, gums and jaw 
  • Increases energy - I have noticed a significant increase in my energy since I have started
  • Helps hangovers (mild ones)
  • Prevents diseases (I obviously can't speak from experience on this but that is an apparent benefit)
  • Helps with allergies and sinus infections

I seriously feel so much better from it though, this morning I woke up with a stuffy nose and sore throat and after oil pulling I felt 100%, not even exaggerating.   I highly recommend trying this at least once, I'm addicted!

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  1. I love your post,kisses.

  2. I've heard so much about this but I've heard at first its really gross! I really want to try it but I'm worried I'm going to start gagging LOL! Maybe I'll just try it and see what happens!

    <3, Pamela

  3. I've seen oil pulling all over pinterest, but it was so interesting to hear from someone who actually tried it!

  4. I seriously need to try this. I just recently discovered the benefits of using coconut oil as a beauty product and I'm hooked! I'm going to give this a try!

  5. I've started doing this too!! I haven't done it that many times yet though so I haven't seen too many benefits but I'm excited to! Great to hear that your loving it!! :)

    <3 Shannon

  6. Oil pulling is so strange! The name is odd too. I'm just going to have to try. I just don't know about the 20 minutes!!

  7. I have been wanting to try it - but honestly the 20 min of swishing has been scaring me off!! Love that you actually are seeing results!!!

  8. I love your instructions here! I have been reading about this a lot, but I think your step-by-step description is so clear and makes it seem easy to do. I think I might have to give it a go! :)


  9. I really want to try this.. but just not sure if I can handle the oil in my mouth for 20 minutes. I need to suck it up and just do it. Great tips!

  10. Thats great that you have tried it, ive heard alot of mixed reviews. I really want to try it myself as well!!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  11. I had heard of it but didn't quite remember how it works...Interesting....20 minutes does sound like a long time. Hmmm..... I may try it...anything for health!

  12. Okay, I'm doing it! Too many benefits not to.

  13. Will most definitely have to try this!! I have been curious, but very intimidated haha I'm suffering from brutal allergies right now... Hopefully this will help!! So glad I found your blog through your comment on mine! Would love to keep up with one another :)

    xo, Bekka
    Palm and Peachtree, A Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

  14. We've heard about oil pulling before but had no idea what it was! Thanks for sharing, we definitely going to try it out.

    Brittani and Katie

  15. I alsway have really sensitive tooth gum so maybe this might be a good one....

    xxx Anna
    A Tale of Two Shoes

  16. Very interesting post!

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  17. Interesting post. Twenty minutes? Sounds like such a long time.

  18. I heard about this when I was little, my mom used to do it (with sunflower oil) and it really whitened her teeth. She made me do it too ;) but I did not have the patience

    Great to share it!
    x Sandra

  19. Such a great post! :)
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  20. I had no idea of all these benefits, what a helpful post!

    Much love, xx

  21. I love coconut oil, did not know it did all of this! I am going to do this tomorrow morning!

  22. Wow, I have NEVER heard of this. At first I thought you were talking about something related to the environment or not washing your hair (LOL) but you have enlightened me to a topic I never knew existed. I will have to give this a try, it sounds interesting and scary all at the same time! xo-Elaine

  23. I have never heard of this! HAHAHA The benefits sound amazing. I'm willing to give it a try. Thanks for telling us about it.

  24. Great recipe! I'm gonna try it!

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  25. Hearing so many people try this and loving the results has certainly made me curious!
    Chic on the Cheap

  26. interesting!

  27. this sounds intriguing, definitely giving it a try!
    thanks for sharing!

  28. I keep hearing about this, I might have to give a try.

  29. I did an oil pulling post too - I so agree with you, it's a game changer!

  30. Oil pulling has been very beneficial for me as well. I definitely consider it a big part of my beauty routine! Btw I LOVE your blog design!! XO

  31. Ok, I am gonna try this! My teeth are so sensitive to bleaching strips too, I have to try this! thanks for posting it! Hope you don't mind if i pin it!
    Kat |

  32. I am really curious about this. It is true it popped everywhere on the internet lately! I think I will end up trying it too! Xo, Alexandra



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