Coconut Oil Pulling – It’s Benefits and my Day 1 Review
Today is Friday, and I am trying Oil Pulling for the next month. On Monday my kids will join me, and every morning before breakfast we’ll all swish coconut oil in our mouths for the rest of the month. I also plan on making homemade toothpaste this weekend as well for us to use in the evenings. I was eager to get started on this little experiment. For the next few weeks I’ll share with you updates on this little experiment.
I had decided to bring the kids in on this little experiment because they each have their own issues with their teeth. First, their diets aren’t the greatest. You’d think with my juicing, eating flexitarian, and healthy ways my kids would be perfect little angels following suit, but sadly they are picky eaters. So, while I try to pick the best versions of what they eat, they are typical picky kids. I’m sure what they eat contributes to their individual dental problems. My son, Jackson gets easily stained teeth. Those dark, brown gross stains. His dentist will be cleanings, and he does brush with traditional over the counter toothpastes, but those icky stains are almost always there. My daughter, Katelyn, is only 5 and already she has two cavities. She brushes everyday, and doesn’t eat nearly the junk or sweets that my son eats, and otherwise they are perfectly white, but she happens to take after her Father’s side, where bad teeth are rampant. It’s sad really, that genetics seems to not have given her my relatively healthy teeth. I’ve never had a cavity, and I had hoped neither of my kids would either.
On a recent visit to Pinterest I was searching for homemade toothpaste recipes and I came across several pins talking about curing cavities! And plenty of comments to those pins saying “You Can’t Cure Cavities” and I have to admit I wasn’t too fond of the recipes associated with these claims, but some more digging and I found a few pins leading to articles where a few claimed their cavities healed themselves through oil pulling.
Ok, do I have you shaking your head and saying “No Way, Melissa, Sorry That Doesn’t Happen?”
I figured why not put myself and my kids to the test. Now Jackson and I don’t have cavities, but Katelyn does. And there are supposedly other great health benefits to oil pulling as well, including whitening of the teeth. This will be perfect for Jackson. Another reported benefit is that it can loosen the sinuses and congestion, and that’s a big issue I have. My right side of my nose always feels so stuffed I can barely breathe, which has caused my husband to sleep on the couch to get away from my snoring many times. I’m excited to see what the next month can bring!
What are the Benefits to Oil Pulling
Surprisingly enough there is a long list of benefits from Oil Pulling. Making me very excited to try this and see if I really notice a difference. Here is a list of just some of the benefits from Oil Pulling
- Overall strengthening of teeth, gums and jaw
- Plaque prevention
- Prevention of halitosis
- Prevention of cavities and diseases such as gingivitis
- Prevention of lip, mouth and throat dryness
- Possible remedy for jaw soreness and TMJ
- Relief of migraine headache
- Hormone imbalance correction
- Inflammation reduction
- Support of normal kidney function
- Relief from sinus congestion
- Relief from eczema
- Improved vision
- Pain reduction
- Aids in detoxification
- Help with insomnia
How to do Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling is a pretty simply process. All you need is Coconut Oil. However, I don’t recommend just any coconut oil, look for Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I personally use Aldi’s Simply Nature Organic Coconut Oil. It comes in a 14 ounce jar for about $4.99
And just follow these simple instructions:
- First thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, is the best time to do Oil Pulling.
- Put 1 tablespoon of the solid form into your mouth (it will dissolve fairly quickly), with my kids I will be having them use 1/2 a tablespoon.
- Swish the oil around your mouth and through your teeth as you would with mouthwash.
- Swish for at least 10 minutes. If you can manage 15-20 minutes do it. (We will be doing 10 minutes, see my day 1 results below as to why)
- Spit it out when done and rinse with pure water.
- Brush with a Natural Toothpaste afterwards.
Now with my kids I plan on trying to make this a little easier for them. I plan on picking up a small candy sized mold and add some peppermint oil to the oil and making tablets with it. I’ll share that receipt with you this weekend.
My Day 1 Review of Oil Pulling
Now I did Oil Pulling this morning after the kids went to school. I used 1 tablespoon. I’ve seen many listing 2 tablespoons but I feel that would be way too much. I’m going to stick with 1 tablespoon for this experiment. I will say this, all was going well until right about that 10 minute mark. I started to feel almost sick. It’s like when you eat something you don’t like and your gag reflex kicks in. My gag reflex was pretty close to kicking in at that 10 minute mark. So, the kids and I will be sticking to 10 minutes. I can handle that. It was feeling thicker and like I had a coating of it on the entire inside of my mouth, but once I spit it out and rinsed my mouth felt surprisingly clean and fresh. I did brush my teeth shortly after.
You know how when you get a good cleaning at the dentist or you get a new toothpaste that works well and your teeth feel so clean you keep gliding your tongue over them, or touching them with your finger tips? LOL, you know you’ve done that! Well since this morning I find myself doing both, uncontrollably. And my teeth already look brighter. I’m excited to share our updates and final results with Oil Pulling and let you know if it helps with our various issues.