Thursday, March 21, 2013

Oil pulling

Okay, oil pulling is just bizarre!

For those of you who don't know, oil pulling is the practice of swishing oil around in your mouth as it collects toxins from your body then spitting it out. I have been curious about this for a while now, but have never attempted it due to a fear of the texture. Until today...

I absolutely hate feeling dirty or unhealthy in any way. Don't get me wrong, I like to get my hands in dirt and dig my feet in sand. But I have a nail brush next to my sink for such occasions. I clean my ears with a q-tip each and every day - sometimes more than once. Clean underwear and socks are a must. I can't sleep unless my teeth are clean. As for health, I take 8 pills every day to ensure I get enough vitamins and minerals on top of the 5 servings if fruit and veggies I try to make sure I get. I'm one of those people who goes to the doctor for everything. (Except things like colds. I don't understand why people go to the doctor every time they get the sniffles.) I try to heal myself naturally before taking prescribed drugs, but I feel better having a professional diagnose the issue.

So recently, I have discovered that my canker sores are not just from biting my lip (as I frequently do), but have a deeper cause. So I finally decided to give oil pulling a try.

What a bizarre sensation! First, I dislike the taste of sesame. I regret choosing sesame oil over coconut. I LIKE coconut! But it was suggested from multiple sources and people as being the best oil for the job, so I went with it. Second, my fear of the texture was confirmed. Though it was pretty awful, it only took about 30 seconds of swishing it between my teeth before it was no longer really oily. Then it felt more like swishing milk. But it still tasted like sesame.

I passed the time by listening to my book while I had a bath. The longer it was in my mouth, the less gross it felt, but I could also feel my mouth getting fuller. Instead of the original tablespoon of liquid, my mouth was full! I didn't make it the full 15-20 minutes as suggested. I stopped at 12 when my mouth felt like it couldn't hold any more liquid. So I spit. The oil had changed colour completely! It started out almost black and ended up a milky beige.

That convinced me that some sort of change had occurred. After rinsing my mouth out with some water, I could still taste a hint of sesame, but my mouth felt better. Cleaner. Just... less scummy. Not that I had a really scummy mouth, it's just the best way I can think to describe it.

I shall continue to practice oil pulling. I think I will do it in the morning while I'm in the shower. Perhaps focussing on washing will pull my attention away from the sesame. I hope to see some improvement to my overall health within the next week or so.


  1. Interesting idea! Just not sure how you lasted 12 minutes! I can just barely do 1 minute of fluoride at the dentist without either spitting or swallowing. There must be a better way!

  2. It is kind of gross, isn't it? And coconut oil isn't that much better - it doesn't taste like coconut!