So if many of you have heard about the "new" fad oil pulling then this is probably nothing new to you! But for those of you who haven't heard let me enlighten you! Oil pulling is an ancient technique, now I will not try and explain it as I am rather uneducated and others have researched and can explain it better!! Such as here, here, here, and here!
However I will enlighten you on some of the benefits, such as teeth strengthening and whitening, detoxify not only your mouth but your whole body, decrease acne and improve skin and hair look and feel. Now I am not saying I believe all the hype but I thought I would try it and after I found some coconut oil on sale I thought why not try it! I had seen it on the usual places online (you know pinterest!) My main reason for trying this at this moment was because I currently have a tooth that is almost literally rotting out of my head! I know nasty business, go get it pulled! But I am really broke and can't afford that (trust me those were my first choices)!! But instead I decided to try oil pulling, and you know what it has started to work!
Now a few months back, maybe even a year back I decided to try this with olive oil and puked! the taste is very nasty and I was not looking forward to trying with the coconut oil! but the coconut oil has very little taste but it does have texture! even more gag worthy! The first few days I tried to melt it in my mouth and although the first day was fine the second and third time almost made me puke because of the texture!! So to continue I needed to melt the oil, plain and simple I just boil some water and place a small container with the oil in it into a larger container with the boiling water! think double boiler without the active boil!
So far I am on day 5 and my teeth are feeling a little better! I can now officially sleep through the night and not wake up in throbbing, go cry in the corner pain! So what I do is simply swish the oil around in my mouth, or just let it sit there sometimes, for about 20 minuets or 10 depending on time constraints and the like. then you rinse with salt water, then brush and floss! This is the blog I used, not the most scientific or anything but I simply needed more instructions other than swish oil! As for my tooth pain going away I don't know whether to attribute it to the oil pulling or the salt rinse! But I hope it keeps working as I can't stand to go back to the pain!! The side effects though are pretty crappy! Quite literally, think cleanse! So we get a detox headache and a bad case of the runs! Please remember to drink lots of fluids and maybe start this on a week off!!
Please remember I have no claim to say you should or shouldn't do this but please take into consideration your health and possibly talk with your doctor! Knowing your body and signs of detox and or overdose is helpful and highly recommended.