Have you guys heard about oil pulling? It’s been on my radar for a while now and I finally decided to try after I got some positive feedback from some of you on Twitter. Oil pulling is known to be an ancient Ayurvedic practice that draws out toxins in your body, improves overall health and is a great natural remedy for whiter teeth.
Um. Yes please.
Intrigued yet? Here’s the 411.
First and foremost, oil pulling can be done with a variety of oils such as sesame, sunflower, along with my preference [and the most common], coconut oil. Whatever you decide to use just make sure it’s pure, organic or all natural. You want it to be as minimally processed as possible. Here are just a few of the benefits you get when you oil pul:
+ Improved overall oral health and assists in getting rid of bad breath
+ Naturally white teeth – I avoid teeth whiteners like the plague because my teeth get SO sensitive after I use any type of product. For me, this has been an added bonus among the rest of the benefits you reap when oil pulling! I mean a healthy AND natural way to whiten teeth? I’m in.
+ Strengthens teeth, gums and jaw
+ Additional help with jawline acne – If you’re prone to hormonal acne, I highly recommend seeing if this works for you.
+ Detoxifies the body
If you’re thinking about trying this, there are 2 things you need to know:
- Do not swallow the oil! What this is meant to do is pull out all of the bacterial that’s in your mouth. It might get uncomfortable after a bit but it’s very important that you know that you should NOT swallow it.
- Spit it into your garbage, not your sink.
Coconut oil [or any oil for that matter] doesn’t have the best taste so when I asked for some tips and guidance on Twitter, Madison Hardy from @blissandbubby gave a great pro-tip: add some peppermint so the taste is manageable. Genius! It also helps to rinse your mouth out with warm water and brush well once you’re finished.
Are you sold yet? Try and tell!