I am not quite sure when this oil pulling phenom came across my interweb surfing. I wasn’t sure what it was at first. I did a little reading, tucked the info away in my head. Then Project 50 came along and I thought oil pulling! Why not?
Oil pulling is an old tradition of swishing oil around in your mouth to improve oral health. You swish and then spit out a tablesppon or so of oil-traditional sesame oil, but coconut seems to be a popular oil. The idea is the bacteria get swished loose from your teeth with the oil swishing. There are studies out there which suggest that oil pulling is good for your health.
I read that you should start small, swish for five minutes to begin with, don’t think you can jump in and swish oil for twenty minutes. Also, start with a small amount of oil.
My week of Oil Pulling
I decided I needed to do this experiment for at least one week or so. I started with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Remember, it’s a solid which will become a liquid. I swished on Day One for about two minutes. I didn’t want to over do it and get sore neck muscles which I read about!
The rest of the week I swished about one teaspoon in my mouth while I showered. It was not an unpleasant sensation. Once you spit out the oil (into the trash, not down the sink!) I was left with a tasty coconut mouth.
Day Eight was a Sunday, first day I slept in and didn’t jump into the shower first thing. I didn’t remember to oil pull until after I had my morning coffee. So I ended the experiment.
Inconclusive. I never pulled longer than five minutes, so I never saw any different in my gums or teeth. Perhaps if I extended the experiment longer in both pulling and days maybe I would notice something.
Ever oil pulled? Did I need to try the swishing for more days and duration? Let me know!