My 10 Day Experience with Oil Pulling

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I DID IT!

Well... I did 9 days, anyways. I legit forgot one. I thought about it a couple times throughout the day and then just kept forgetting! It was a busy day, though.

I made sure to document my experiences with oil pulling on twitter from the very first taste test:

https://twitter.com/theallergista/status/450364769930051584

Ugh. I was not a fan. I stuck it out and finished the challenge though :-)

If you're just tuning in, oil pulling is an old eastern medicine technique. You swish oil around in your mouth to remove toxins and reap the many supposed benefits including whiter teeth, an immune system boost and clear skin. You can learn more about all of that here.

Originally, I had seen that Selina from My Eczema Tales was doing a "10 Day Oil Pulling Challenge", so I figured why not! I might as well see what this is all about.

In my 10 days, I definitely got a good healthy dose of oil pulling. I used refined organic coconut oil. Mariano's didn't have unrefined, so I just went with it. Supposedly, the unrefined oil has more benefits.

After my trial, I've got some pro, cons, and tips to share with you!

Check it out:

PROS:

  • After you get used to it, it's actually kind of relaxing.
  • My teeth are actually a little bit whiter! Just a little, but I can definitely see a difference.
  • The atopic eczema on the top of my left foot is pretty much healed! I don't know if it's directly related, but my foot hasn't looked this good in quite some time.
  • You can do a lot of other things with the oil including cooking! It has a neutral taste. I made a saute with ours.

CONS:

  • You're supposed to do it in the morning and I am SO not a morning person.
  • Breaking down the hardened oil in your mouth to melt it is gross, in my opinion. I hate the texture.
  • Umm...when your sinuses empty while you're holding the oil in your mouth and swishing it around. Sick. I spit mine out.
  • The sudden urge to sneeze while oil pulling isn't a fun moment. Mine went like this --> "omgomgdon'tsneezedon'tsneezedon'tsneezedon'tsneezepleasepleaseplease"
  • Your jaw gets a bit tired.
  • It takes 20 minutes.
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TIPS:

  • You can't spit the oil down the sink. It hardens at room temperature and that would be baaad for your pipes.
  • Spit it in the toilet. There's so much water that it will be diluted.
  • Definitely do a taste test first. It's a bit odd, so it's nice to know what to expect on your first official day.
  • Since it's supposed to be done first thing when you wake up, it helps to pull while showering and doing hair/makeup. It's also time efficient!
  • Don't tilt your head back while oil pulling. The toxins are being pulled from your body into the oil and you don't want to take a big gulp of concentrated toxins.

So, will I do it again? I plan on it. What interested me most was the atopic eczema healing on my foot. I'm going to wait until/if my skin flares on my foot again and see if it disappears during oil pulling once again. If it does... I will definitely keep doing it! Wouldn't it be great if it was an effective treatment??

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