Y’all, I want to get on the oil-pulling train…it’s supposed to cure everything…but the thought of it really grosses me out so I’ve not been able to make myself try it. Lucky for you guys, our guest blogger this week has tried it and will give you all the ins and outs. Also, follow her blog. She’s awesome!
Susan Barry is Queen Bee of Hive Marketing [http://hive-marketing.com/], a hotel consulting firm. This is her guest post about the trend du jour, oil pulling.
I admit it – I’m an erstwhile hippie. Meaning, if it’s convenient and particularly appealing, I’ll do the crunchiest, most nature girl things in the world. (If it’s inconvenient or requires not wearing lipstick, I’m out.)
I eat 90% organic whole food. I recycle. I even made my own shampoo (file under: disaster, huge). So when I started seeing blog posts pop up about oil pulling, I was interested.
Oil pulling? Referred to as a folk remedy on Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_pulling], oil pulling involves swishing oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes to improve your dental hygiene. Here are some of the miracles attributed to oil pulling by various blogs I’ve read:
- Better breath.
- Less cold/heat sensitivity.
- Whiter teeth.
- Cures cavities. (Huh?!)
- Pulls “toxins” out of your mouth.
- Feels cleaner than brushing.
- Helps hangovers.
This is not based on science, at least as far as I can tell, but there is enough anecdotal evidence that I at least wanted to give it a whirl. Or swish, as the case may be….
Here’s the method I cobbled together from everything I read:
- Floss your teeth and then rinse.
- Put a teaspoon or so (I do a finger-full) of coconut oil in your mouth. Yes, solid coconut oil.
- Let it melt, and then swish it around for 20 minutes.
- Spit it into the toilet (to avoid sink clogs) and brush as usual.
I’ve been doing it for about 10 days now. Putting solid coconut oil in your mouth is gag-inducing, but it melts quickly. (You can melt it in the microwave first if you prefer.) It tastes good, or rather, it doesn’t really taste like anything – maybe a faint coconut flavor?
The weirdest part? It totally increases in volume as you go – I guess because it mixes with your saliva – and you start to feel like you’re going to drool it out all over the place. Sometimes I spit a little out about half-way through.
Swishing for 20 minutes sounds like an eternity, so you need to do something else to take your mind off of it. I usually read or text to distract myself.
Any miracles yet? I asked my husband to smell my morning breath, and he said it wasn’t good, but it wasn’t as bad as usual. My teeth somehow feel stronger, like they are more firmly rooted in my mouth, maybe. I’m not sure how to quantify this, but they also seem slightly whiter to me, going from a dirty yellow (cute, right?) to a dark ecru, perhaps. I honestly don’t feel like my life has been changed by this as some of the more enthusiastic bloggers have claimed, but it is easy and not unpleasant, so I’ll keep going.
Maybe I can get to off-white by Easter?
What’s the grossest thing you’ve done to improve your appearance? Would you try oil pulling?