Since writing the following, I’ve been very dedicated about oil pulling. Although I do not have any type of gum disease, I do have gums that are beginning to pull away from my teeth; however, I got a GREAT report card from my dentist this week! I also drink a lot of coffee and have to really fight to keep my teeth even semi-white. Again, the oil is really helping with that as well!
As far as my overall health, I’m still waiting to see what I think about more than great mouth health.
Some months ago we brought you a video about oil pulling with coconut oil. In case you are not familiar with the process, it is simply the placing of about 2 teaspoons of oil in your mouth and “swishing” it for about 20 minutes* as a means of “pulling out” the toxins in your system.
Research seems to indicate that 20 minutes is the magic number, less doing less good and more creating the possibility that the body might reabsorb the toxins the oil has pulled from your system.
The claims are big for the benefits of oil pulling; however, I think most agree that at the very least the process works wonders on the problems that often occur in the mouth.
Dr. Ann Louise is a doctor of nutrition and explains her thoughts on the process in the video below.
Since posting this article, I have been completely faithful to oil pulling. While I have never had mouth or gum problems, the meds given me for labyrinthitis have (according to my dentist) killed my “spit glands,” and I will have a permanent dry mouth condition, which caused rampant decay if not kept under control.
My condition is actually bad enough that it actually is something that bothers me. However, I received a perfect report from my last checkup, and I attribute it all to the oil pulling!
• Migraine headache relief
• Correcting hormone imbalances
• Reducing inflammation of arthritis
• May help with gastro-enteritis
• Aids in the reduction of eczema
• May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
• Helps support normal kidney function
• May help reduce sinus congestion
• Some people report improved vision
• Helps reduce insomnia
• Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption
• Aids in reducing pain
• Reduces the symptoms of allergies
• Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms
Oil pulling should be done first thing in the morning before doing more than rinsing out your mouth, and although I personally like to use coconut oil, you can read what others have to say about different oils here.
Whatever oil you choose, “Make sure you use good quality organic cold pressed oil, because it does not make sense to use chemically extracted oil or poor quality oil for detoxification.”
*Twenty minutes can seem like forever if you watch the clock. Luckily, I work from home so I can sit down at my computer and lose myself in writing for twenty minutes. If you have to get ready for work in the morning, start your pull first thing and then just go about your normal morning routine.
The coconut oil that you see pictured here is simply what I have in my cabinet today. Texansunited.com does not endorse any particular brand of oil.