I have swished and swished for 3 weeks, you guys, and I have lots to say about the health trend oil pulling. I started to hear about the craze two months prior to me starting, lastly getting the scoop from my boyfriend’s mom. She gushed about how great “swishing” was, that’s what she called it. She then gloated about her few weeks using coconut oil and how it’s benefits boosted her overall oral health. Essentially, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. It involves the use of pure oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and throat.
The most effective oil pulling is done by placing around a tablespoon of cold pressed organic sesame oil into the mouth and swishing the oil around for approximately 10-15 minutes and then spitting it out. Other oils such as extra virgin cold pressed coconut, sunflower and olive oil can also be used. I chose to use coconut oil because of its natural scent and flavor. The mushy consistency felt weird for the first two days, but I got used to it.
HOW IT WORKS
First, the oils mix with the saliva, turning it into a thin, white liquid. Lipids in the oils begin to pull out toxins from the saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue. The oil continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white. Once the oil has reached this consistency, it is spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed. Kind of gross, but also kind of cool. I’ve included a video below to help you better get the gist. Happy pulling!