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Brought up Feb 16, 2013

My Newest Obsession

Okay. Today I've started something new. Don't laugh, or gag. It's called Oil Pulling. Basically, it's swishing oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes. I know, GROSS.

I stumbled across this weird idea while looking for info on essential oils. Okay, the Punk calls me a hippie, but he's the one who got me interested, extolling the virtues of clove oil for helping him with arthritis pain in his hands. (Well, and I love the scent of sandalwood oil. A few years back, the BFF gave me a bottle of the stuff, and I fell in love.) Since then, I have been reading up on the different oils, herbs, etc. I like the idea of going as natural as possible when ever possible with the weight loss as well as just the whole bod health thing.

I gagged myself when I first read about oil pulling. One day, I asked the Punk if he had heard of it. He told me his wife and his older brother had both been doing this weird thing for a while now, and both seemed happy with the results. And he called me a hippie again. THTHTHTH!

Anyway, I've done a lot of reading on the internet about this thing. Apparently, it has been around for hundreds of years in the Eastern part of the world. According to my research, it was officially introduced in 1992 in the West. Right. I'm sure, unofficially, it's been here longer.

Benefits? Well, according to the websites, it whitens the teeth, removes plaque, strengthens gums, and freshens breath. I'm sold. Others? According to my research, it is supposed to detoxify the body, improving everything from arthritis, skin problems, and sinusitis, to improving sleep and may even help inhibit the growth of tumors. Sure. Right. Now I am usually pretty open minded, but all those claims have me scowling. Anyway, after a lot of hemming and hawing around, I decided to suck it up and give it a try.

Traditionally, sunflower or sesame oil is used, but any vegetable oil is supposed to do, provided it is pure, and as little processed as possible. My research highly recommended olive and coconut oils. I chose coconut oil, because I had also heard of its benefits for other things, such as a moisturizer for skin and hair. (The Punk said his sister, I think, drinks a spoonful of coconut oil in water every day. Hummm...) I figured if I gagged too much, I could use the stuff for other things.

Anyway, I gave it a try last night, before reading it was best to do in the morning on an empty stomach. Oh well. It does start out disgusting. Coconut oil has the faintest of coconut taste, but is solid below 76 degrees, according to the package I bought. Sort of like chewing unsalted butter or shortening... EWWW. Well, not quite, but close. It does melt quickly, though. I kept thinking, no way I am going to be able to keep this up for 20 minutes. I got busy, and the time passed quickly. Oh, and as it is oil, DO NOT spit it into the sink. Spit it out into the trash. And, do not swallow. The point is to get keep the stuff moving around, pushing and pulling it around and between all the teeth and mouth, but gently. The cheeks get tired after a little while. (Not bad to add to face exercises, I guess.)

This morning, just as a lark, I mixed a teaspoonful of the stuff into my coffee. What the heck. I didn't notice a difference at all, but I drink my coffee with creamer and Stevia. I also did the swish thing again. I was ready for the texture this time, but it was still gross for a minute or two. I swished the stuff about for 20 minutes again. One site recommended rinsing with salt water after, so I did that, too. Then brushed my teeth as recommended, but with regular toothpaste, not the 'natural' toothpaste they all talk about. Hard to find around here, that. I am researching that, too.

The whole process is supposed to help take away those little cruddy things that effect the mouth and body. Bacteria, microbes, etc. We'll see.

Now, I am a skeptic on this. I figure, I'll keep it up until I run out of the oil. If I notice anything, I'll keep you posted.

To see some of the stuff I've read, just Google Oil Pulling. There is a lot of info out there. Let me know if ya'll decide to try it. We can compare notes.

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Anonymous » 5 years ago

Hi Kandy,

I've been reading you, but haven't been real chatty. I had to just say....ewww and let me know how it goes, lol