Oil Pulling (Day 1)

I just finished oil pulling for the first time and I’m going to record this experience.

I only used a teaspoon of coconut oil (unrefined, extra virgin, organic; set me back about $16 for a big 29 oz jar which will take me a long time to use.) Tomorrow I will try a tablespoon of oil since I handled the teaspoon MUCH better than I thought. 

What I mean by that: 

I was very concerned about all the stories I read about gag reflex. I have a very active gag reflex. I gag every day, twice a day, brushing my tongue with my toothbrush. I don’t even go that far back. It’s terrible. (But I want a clean tongue and fresh breath so I brush away anyway!) 

The oil was still in a pretty solid state, so I let it melt in my mouth first. Then I started swishing. I had a timer set on my phone for 5 minutes. But I had not gagged or had any problems in the 5, so I set for 5 more. And then 10 more. I was able to go the full 20 minutes that is recommended. 

My mouth does feel clean, but I’m probably going to brush my teeth this morning after breakfast anyway. Some people say oil pulling reduces the need to brush, we’ll see how I feel. 

The only thing is that I feel like I need to spit a bunch now because I still taste coconut-ty in my mouth and I am worried about swallowing toxins. 

I finally decided to spend the money on coconut oil because I have had some sore spots on my gums. I have no idea what’s going on there, but before I run to the dentist, I’m trying this for a while. When I update again on how oil pulling is going, I’ll talk about how my sore spots are. I doubt I have any cavities that need healing – I’ve had just 1 in my lifetime. I’m excited to see if I stop having headaches, too. They aren’t daily, but probably an average of weekly or more often, and they are BAD when I do get them. I heard oil pulling might help. Here goes!

Drink a cup or 2 of water first thing in the morning to activate your saliva. Then, take 1 Tablespoon of unrefined, organic oil + swish around in your mouth for 20 minutes. Spit into trash can (not sink, it WILL clog your pipes) when you are done. Now filled with spit and toxins, the spit will look milky white. THE END! That’s it.

Do you oil pull? What’s your experience been?