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Oil Pulling

1 Jun

I’d heard a little about oil pulling and originally dismissed it as another fad or too ‘out there’. But then it kept coming up so I did a little research then thought I’d give it a go, and lo and hold for the past two and a half months I’ve been pulling every day 🙂 .

What on earth is it? It’s an ancient Ayurvedic method of detoxing to prevent and heal diseases. By swishing oil in your mouth it’s said to ‘pull’ out the toxins and bacteria that accumulate in your mouth. By ridding your body of these toxins you’re giving your immune system a better chance at fighting and preventing inflammation and disease.

How do you do it? You take a heaped teaspoon of cold pressed oil (I use coconut oil – go figure) and swish it around in your mouth first thing in the morning for 15-20mins, before you have anything to eat or drink. I know, I was like “20mins – aint nobody got time for that”, but you can do it in the shower or when preparing your breaky or fave green juice or whatever.

I personally get up an extra 20mins earlier and get back into bed and read or journal or meditate for 20mins whilst pulling. I find this super calming, I’ve heard somewhere that how you spend your first hour of the day paves the way for how you are going to spend the rest of your day, so I’m spending my morning in quiet reflection then my days are going smoother. A friend of mine with kids loves this quiet time for herself, especially not being able to talk to others first thing. So it’s some beneficial ‘me time’ or ‘self love’ time before starting my day.

This is mid pull trying not to laugh

Mid pull trying not to laugh

Spit don’t swallow– make sure you are sitting upright when you are pulling and don’t swallow during or after pulling as you’ll just be ingesting the toxins. Also, spit into the bin and not the sink as the oil will solidify and clog your sink. I take the oil when it’s still solid but you can heat it up so it is already liquid if this helps.

Why would you do it? Regular oil pulling has been shown to assist in the following health ailments:

  • Common diseases like allergies, headaches and colds
  • Respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis
  • Dental problems like gum disease, bad breath, infections of the mouth or yellow, discoloured teeth
  • Skin complaints like pimples, pigmentation, itching, rashes, eczema
  • Digestive issues including constipation
  • Arthritis and joint pains
  • Heart disease and blood pressure
  • Hormonal disturbances like irregular menstrual cycle, PMS symptoms
  • Lack of energy

What I’ve noticed- So two months in and I’ve definitely noticed less brain fog throughout my days. I’ve also noticed that I’m calmer. I feel more balanced, this could be due to less toxins floating around. I’m not craving sugar as much (happy dance). I’m sleeping better (whoop). Also my teeth are whiter – I’m still getting comments on my teeth and I haven’t used my chemical laden bleaching solution for months – double yippee.

Will I continue? – Yes for sure, I love this ritual so I’ll be spending my first waking moments pulling indefinitely! Agreed that it’s a little weird, I’ve got many an eye rolling ‘what next’ look from family and friends but I feel great so I’m sticking with it.

For more information head to http://www.oilpulling.org

Leave a comment if have any questions or would like to share a pulling story.