If someone told you that swishing a tablespoon of unrefined, coconut oil around in your mouth for 5-20 minutes daily could detox your body, clear sinus congestion and drastically improve your dental hygiene would you believe them?
After trying oil pulling for the first time this morning, I do!
I first came across an article touting the health benefits of oil pulling on a healthy living instagram page. The article went into detail about many of the health benefits that can be achieved from swishing and pulling unrefined, high quality vegetable oils around your teeth for several minutes a day. Among the benefits that stood out to me are as follows:
- Whitens teeth
- Clears up acne, psoriasis, eczema and other skin issues
- Heals cavities, gum issues
- Limits migraines and other aches and pains throughout the body
Initially oil-pulling was a bit uncomfortable as I waited for the gobs of solidified coconut oil to liquefy in my mouth. After a minute or so, swishing became effortless; the oil reached every crevice so I felt like it was ridding my mouth of all toxins and bacteria. After rinsing, my teeth felt incredibly clean-so much so that a post-pull flossing session yielded zero plaque-the flossing proved to be useless and unnecessary. While I pulled for a mere six minutes this morning, I immediately noticed congestion had cleared and a sensitive molar that had been irritating me a bit had stopped bothering me.
I am excited to see what other changes I notice throughout my body in the coming weeks. I’ve shared this information with my health-conscious cousins, Shelby and Mia, as neither of them had ever heard of it before. They now are on board and will be testing these results along with me. Will my seasonal eczema clear up? Will acne no longer be a nuisance in my morning make-up routine? Will flossing sessions continue to be in vain? I can only hope so!