So I might be a little late on the whole oil pulling trend but I can guarantee there are a ton of you who are in the same boat as I was 2 week ago. Oil pulling has supposedly been around for 3,000 years plus, so when I say a little late, I really mean super-duper late.
I’ve seen headlines on oil pulling countless numbers of times but I never took the time to read up on it until my friend Payton of Hustle & Halcyon blogged about OP. So I ordered ASAP.
So let’s back up.
BENEFITS OF OIL PULLING
Healthier gums, teeth, and mouth
Improves “morning breath”
Eases the symptoms of a hangover
Prevents tooth decay
Helps with skin issues (i.e. psoriasis)
HOW TO OIL PULL:
Pop in 1 packet of CocoWhite (you can use a vegetable-based oil, too)
Swish around for 10-20 minutes (I swear this goes fast — the longer you pull, the more bacteria you can remove)
Spit into trash (don’t swallow or else you’re ultimately putting all of that bacteria you just pulled back into your body. Oh, & coconut oil can solidify & clog the sink so make sure you don’t dispose of it there!)
(CocoWhite has 3 flavors — mint/lemon/vanilla)
I don’t know about you, but it sounds like oil pulling is something that I’m going to try to keep in my every day routine. Can’t hurt, right?! My teeth are notably whiter, so I’m excited that I have another option other than torturing my sensitive gums with white strips.
Have any of you ever tried oil pulling? Let me know your experiences in the comments!
P.S. I have to mention that I am not a doc, so consult yours for further questions/concerns regarding oil pulling. There is limited research on oil pulling so all information in this post is based on WebMD, personal experience, and other user reviews.