Have you heard of Oil Pulling (OP) before? After I read Dr Bruce Fifeís Book, Oil Pulling Therapy Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing I just HAD to start Oil Pulling ASAP! Iíve been Oil Pulling (OP) for almost 8 months now and Damn! I wish I had of started Oil Pulling AGES ago! Iím only writing about it now cause I really wanted to test and try it first to see what it was like and how it affected me so I could share it with you and tell you how it really is!
What is Oil Pulling? Itís a form of detox and promotes cleansing and healing for your whole body. Oil Pulling originated in Ayurvedic medicine. All you do is swish oil in your mouth for 20mins to pull out toxins from your body. People have been known to use different types of oil but I use Virgin Coconut Oil =) Sometimes people call it oil swishing. It has a very powerful cleansing and healing affect not only on the mouth and sinuses but the entire body!
How does it work? Oil pulling works by detoxifying or cleansing the body. According to Dr Bruce Fife in his book, ĎOil Pulling Therapyí he says: " It soaks up or Ďpullsí disease-causing bacteria and their toxins out from around the teeth and gums, cleaning the mouth far better than any toothbrush or mouthwashĒ. He says, "Apparently oil pulling is like a vacuum cleaner that sucks viruses, bacteria and fungus out of the bodyĒ. In this way, disease promoting toxins are removed, thus allowing the body to heal itself. As a consequence, health problems of all types improve.
What will you notice? The first thing that most people notice when they start OP is an improvement in their oral health. Teeth become whiter, breath becomes fresher, removing of plaque, relieving of inflammation and the tongue and gums take on a healthy pink colour. Even problems such as bleeding gums, tooth decay, and gum disease are greatly diminished or completely healed.
have been thousands of testimonials of how OP has helped different people with
different health problems all around the world. To
help motivate you to want to OP for a full 20 minutes, here's some of the most
common conditions people have reported that respond to oil pulling, (as listed in
Dr. Fife's Oil PullingTherapy book):
Back and Neck Pain
As everyone is an individual and has different health problems you will see different results depending on your health. The general consensus with myself, friends and relatives is that teeth definitely get whiter and look cleaner, gums are more pink and healthier looking and plaque and tartar build up is reduced significantly. Some have also told me that itís helped with their bowel movements, hair has become softer and less grey, they have become less bloated and lost excess fluid, skin has become softer and has firmed up.
What you need to know though is when you do OP consistently you will more than likely experience a healing crisis.
What is a healing crisis? (aka detox reaction or Herxheimer reaction) To sum it up in a nutshell it is a detox reaction to the natural healing that you are doing (from the OP). First and foremost it is nothing to be afraid of! =) A healing crisis is actually a positive sign that your body is getting better. What happens is your body seems to get worse before it gets better because it is expelling all of the bad toxins out of you! Sometimes you may even feel great at first and then get Ďsickí or feel crappy or experience certain symptoms. As stated above, we are all individuals with different sicknesses/diseases both internally and externally and so everyone is going to experience a different healing crisis. For example you may expel mucous, have excess smelly gas, get a rash, bloating etc. What I have noticed since OP is that I have had a couple of Healing Crisisí and the symptoms that I experienced is the symptoms that Iíve had throughout my whole life. As I kept OP they went away. Yes, some of my symptoms were uncomfortable (my Crohnís Disease symptoms) but it was definitely worth it. I wasnít shocked with symptoms I had in my healing crisis. It wasnít anything new. My symptoms lasted for varying amounts of time, ranging from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. A couple of things lasted a month or two. My husband, mum and friends have also reported that their healing crisis symptoms were also things that they had experienced previously throughout their life. (Please stay tuned for my husband, Dominicís post about his OP experience as it was completely different to mine).
I would highly recommend reading the following links and book to gain a deeper understanding of what a Healing Crisis is:
- The Healing Crisis by Bruce Fife (Book)
- Oil Pulling Therapy Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing by Bruce Fife (Book)
Not everyone has the will power to keep going if their body starts to show signs of a healing crisis. But I would HIGHLY recommend to keep going as itís your body showing you that it is healthy enough to expel these things or go through these symptoms to get better. I see a healing crisis as amazing and positive because it is so obvious to you that it is working and eliminating toxins! =)
When I first started OP I noticed that I had tartar build up on my teeth. To get rid of tartar I brushed my teeth with bicarb soda (baking soda) mixed together with virgin coconut oil.
Hereís my Coconut Oil Tartar Buster Toothpaste Recipe:
Ĺ teaspoon Virgin Coconut Oil
Ĺ teaspoon Bicarb Soda (aka Baking Soda)
Mix together and put on your toothbrush and brush the tartar away!! =)
It doesnít taste very good but it sure gets rid of tartar! After brushing with this homemade toothpaste my teeth were so clean it looked like I had just come back from a trip to the dentist. I also bought an electric toothbrush which really cleans your teeth so much better than a normal toothbrush. Itís so worth getting one! I donít use the electric one everyday but I do try to use it at least once a week. Iím too impatient to use it everyday cause itís a lot slower than using a regular toothbrush! Haha. Anyways, I use the tartar coconut oil toothpaste recipe about 1-2 times a month. The rest of the time I use a fluoride free toothpaste when brushing.
Now Iíll get to what you have finally been waiting for.......
Hereís a Step by Step Method on How to Oil Pull (with my extra side notes hehe)
Step1: First thing in the morning on an empty stomach take 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and place in your mouth.
NOTE: The amount of oil you choose to take is up to you. Some people say to take 1 Tablespoon but from my experience unless you have a big mouth you will simply not be able to keep swishing for 20 mins with this amount!
You can OP anytime of the day but your mouth has the most bacteria in the morning so itís best to do it as soon as you wake up.
Step 2: Keeping your mouth closed swish, suck and pull the oil through your teeth and around your gums in your mouth without swallowing it.
NOTE: Try to imagine the oil swishing around every surface of your mouth. As you keep swishing and pulling the oil you will notice that your mouth keeps getting fuller due to the combination of the saliva and the oil.
Itís VERY IMPORTANT that you DONíT SWALLOW the Oil! Because the whole point of this is to pull the toxins and bad bacteria out, not to swallow them back down again! Make sure you swish slowly! =) Donít go a hundred miles an hour or you will not last the full 20minutes. (Trust me, I learnt my lesson lol). Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash (Donít tilt your head back to gargle though). Youíll find that the oil will start to get watery/thinner as your saliva mixes with it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. Also rest the oil just inside your mouth in front of your teeth and lips and around the gums. Keep in mind that it all might sound complex at the start but there is actually no right way or wrong way to swish and pull oil. Don't focus on doing it right just do it with very natural gentle, relaxed movement. If you have the unbearable urge to swallow or if it becomes too unpleasant, spit out and try again.
Step3: After 20 minutes spit out the oil. Why 20 minutes? Dr Fife says "the longer you push and pull the oil through your mouth, the more microbes are pulled free. After 20 minutes the solution is filled with bacteria, viruses, and other organismsĒ. He also says "some people have observed that if they pull for a full 20 minutes certain health problems go away, but if they reduce the time to less than 10 minutes, their problems may returnĒ.
NOTE: Spit the oil out in a bag and throw it in the bin or spit it out somewhere in your backyard where you donít want anything growing. DONíT spit it out down the sink or the toilet because coconut oil solidifies and you donít want to clog up your pipes! Now hereís a tip that no one tells you...the reason you spit it out in the back yard in the same spot is because the toxins are so grose that it will kill your grass (yep wait and see how your grass turns black). So DONíT spit it on a nice plant or near your vegie garden in the backyard because they will probably die =(
You will also probably notice that it will probably smell grose and it will look a milky white colour. You might even spit out other nasty looking stuff. Donít be alarmed about anything really. Itís great to see it all come out!
Step 4: Rinse out your mouth thoroughly with water and spit out to get rid of any excess toxins left in your mouth.
Step 5: Brush your teeth with fluoride free toothpaste. Why fluoride free? Despite what you may have been taught fluoride is a poison and you donít want to add to your toxic load by brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste! There are plenty of natural fluoride free toothpastes on the market. Do your research and find whatís best for you. =)
- If you have a dry mouth or feel dehydrated then you can drink some water before oil pulling.
- It will probably be hard to last 20 mins when you first start to OP because you are simply not used to doing it. This is ok. Gradually build up to this time frame. If you like you can spit out and put more oil in and keep going until you reach 20mins. Likewise, if you are OP and start to get too much mucous or go to cough or sneeze then spit it out and put more oil in and keep going again.
- Make sure you do something while OP or the time goes SO SLOW! For example I like to check my email, get my breakfast ready, water my plants or read a book to make the time go fast! =)
- Be disciplined. If you are going to try Oil Pulling to better your health do it at least once everyday in the morning. You canít expect your health to improve if you only try it once and give up!
∑To accelerate the healing process, you can OP 2- 3 times a day. You can OP any time of the day but it is recommended before meals on an empty stomach as this is when the bacterial population in your mouth is at the highest level.
Be patient. Some people report positive results from minor conditions in a matter of days. However, more serious problems may take several months or even a year or more.
Hopefully this post has inspired you to try Oil Pulling. I feel so good after doing it!
Now, even after all of this info if you are still a bit unsure Iíll leave you with this fact:
Your mouth is filled with billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Your toothbrush canít get rid of this!.......Oil pull my friend =)
-Live the Coconut Life-