My First Oil Pulling Experience


At 9:30 last night, I decided that since I wasn’t going to go out, I might as well do something good for my health. I know, I’m boring, right lol?! Oh, how times have changed since I was in my 20’s! :) So, I decided to reconsider oil pulling, a trend that I have been avoiding for quite some time. The very thought of swishing a Tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth for 15-20 minutes has had me repulsed and avoiding the oil pulling trend. However, after receiving some great tips to make my first oil pulling experience more tolerable, I finally decided to try oil pulling last night.

What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically coconut oil) in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. This action primarily claims to support oral health. I’ve had my doubts and reservations about oil pulling, but I decided to step outside my box last night!

Tips for a pleasant oil pulling experience:

Most people oil pull with coconut oil. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and the thought of having a glob (1 Tablespoon) of coconut oil melt as I swished it around in my mouth sounded gross to me (and looked totally disturbing from some of the oil pulling videos I have seen on YouTube). Therefore, per a suggestion I got from one of my Facebook followers, I melted the coconut oil first. Somebody also suggested that I add a drop of Young Living Peppermint or Thieves essential oil to the coconut oil. Peppermint oil makes a great breath freshener. Thieves oil blend supports oral health (Young Living even sells a Thieves toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss). I added 1 drop of Young Living Peppermint essential oil to the 1 Tablespoon of my melted coconut oil, swished it around in my mouth for (I think I made it about 10 minutes), and then spit it into the garbage (not the sink – I didn’t want a clogged drain). I brushed my teeth shortly after I finished. Melting the coconut oil and adding a drop of Peppermint to it made for a pretty pleasant oil pulling experience. :)

*Be sure to oil pull with an organic, raw, and cold pressed coconut oil (I bought my coconut oil from My Natural Market). When oil pulling, only use essential oils that can be taken internally (like the Young Living Peppermint and Thieves oil).


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