For the past year, I have experimented with adding cold-pressed organic extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO) to my diet. I have many reasons for doing this, but the biggest reason was that there have been some studies that show that it is good for blood sugar regulation for type 2 diabetics. After adding a couple tablespoons a day to my diet, my blood sugar dropped a whopping 30 points. I also did not get sick as often and noticed my skin wasn’t as dry.
Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil
So, you can imagine my interest when I saw an article on using coconut oil to do something called “oil pulling”. The article was 3 Reasons You Should Try Oil Pulling on the Huffington Post website. Apparently, this is something that was recommend on the television show “The Doctors” for its benefits for oral health. Some also state that they’ve had whiter teeth, less cavities and less tooth sensitivity from oil pulling.
Although unproven, people around the Internet claim benefits such as:
- Treatment for acne
- Psoriasis and other skin issues improving
- Teeth whitening
- Better gum health
How to Do Oil Pulling
You Will Need
- Cold-pressed, organic extra virgin coconut oil. I like Nutella brand. You need to go to the health food store to purchase online. Please don’t get what they sell at Walmart unless you are desperate. Most of those have been chemically processed.
- Something to spit oil in when you’re finished (as with any oil, do not put into your plumbing or it will get clogged)
This part grossed me out, but determined to give it a try, I forced myself and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. You must put the oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. I found it was easiest to watch the news and swish the oil as I watched the news or to check my email.
Keep your spit container near. If you need to spit a little out, go ahead and then keep swishing the remaining oil around.
Isn’t This a Bit Weird and New Agey?
It is a bit weird, but not to ancient Ayurvedics. The practice is found in Ayurvedic texts. I’ve done everything from smashing eggs on my face to pouring a beer over my hair, so swishing some oil in my mouth isn’t that much of a stretch. Women will try nearly anything to bring out their natural beauty, but men can certainly try this as well.
While I prefer coconut oil for the reasons mentioned above, traditionally other cold-pressed oils will work as well. Others that are acceptable (only cold-pressed, organic) include:
- Sesame Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Olive Oil
So, what do you think? Do you want to give oil pulling a try? Have you tried it and love it or hate it? Share your thoughts below and give us some tips on this ancient practice that has been rediscovered.