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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What's the big deal with Oil Pulling?

I'm all about trying new things.....but swishing oil around in my mouth? Really??!?

 I can claim with about 87% certainty that I was born a skeptic. I naturally tend to lean toward criticism and snarkiness. I get SOOOO tired of the trends that get everyone on the bandwagon. However, once in a while, there is one weirdly odd and intriguing trend that pops up.

I've tried oil pulling in the past with the recommended sunflower oil. I noticed a few changes but nothing that really made me want to continue to do so on a daily basis.

Recently I've heard all the hubbub about oil pulling with coconut oil. I wanted to know what made using coconut oil so extremely awesome that would justify me swishing it around for 15 minutes a day. So, I decided to do a little investigating.

I found about 4 bajillion websites that claim all of the praises of coconut oil pulling and they all seem to have the same information.

Apparently coconut oil is the shiznit. I honestly didn't know that it had so many beneficial health perks. I've been having problems with receding gums for quite some time and was experiencing some gum pain. I found in my researching that coconut oil is a powerhouse when it comes to dental care. I figured I really didn't have anything to lose so I grabbed my big ol' jar of Tropical Traditions coconut oil and went to town.

For one full week now I've been using it on my hair and pulling with it. I've also used it as a moisturizer on some dry patches of skin I've had. 
  • For the hair: I've been using about 1/4 cup 2 to 3 times a week. I put it on at night as a sort of mask. I then pile it up on the top of my head, wrap in a cloth or towel and go to bed. When I get up in the morning I wash my hair and go about my day as normal. What I've noticed since doing this is that my hair has more volume, it's softer and it appears to be thicker. I know that's just some magical reaction with the oil, but I'm happy about it!
  • For the skin: Just apply a thin layer to wherever you need. You can use it as a makeup remover, lip protectant or a replacement for lotion.
  • For Oil Pulling: I really don't do this scientifically. I just take about a Tbsp, put it in a cup and microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds. Once it's fully liquefied I put it in my mouth and swish it around for about 15 minutes. I do this as I'm getting in the shower so by the time I get out and dried off it's time to spit it out. I spit either in the toilet or in the trash, since coconut oil will solidify when it cools. I then IMMEDIATELY rinse with water and brush my teeth to eliminate any toxins that might be swimming around in there. I've noticed the pain with my gums is gone. My teeth are a smidge whiter and I'm really excited to see how this goes if I continue on with it!
I'm pretty stoked to find one product that can do so much. This is really just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the info graphic above for other ideas of what YOU can do with coconut oil. It really is quite an impressive and versatile natural product.

In the coming days I'll delve a little deeper into pulling and give a day by day breakdown of what I felt the first week as well as what I see going forward. I'm also going to try making my own coconut oil based toothpaste. Wish me luck!

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