Saturday, April 20, 2019

Oil Pulling How-To and Benefits



Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that is supposed to draw out the toxins in your mouth and digestive system, prevent tooth decay and cavities, whiten your teeth, freshen your breath, and improve gum health. I haven't noticed whiter teeth, but I have noticed that it seems to draw out quite a bit of phlegm. My mouth feels really clean after I oil pull, so I typically just rinse my mouth with some warm water after I spit out the oil. I've been oil pulling for 20 minutes every morning for the past month or two, and I plan to continue going forward.

It's really important to spit out the coconut oil in your garbage or in your organics bin -- NEVER in your sink or toilet as the oil will clog your drains.

If you're just starting out, you can gradually build up to the 20 minutes or 1 tablespoon of oil. For me personally, I find that 1.5 teaspoons is the perfect amount. If you've tried oil pulling, please let me know!

7 comments:

  1. Happy Easter! I'm curious as to the type of glove you were wearing while curling your hair. Thanks.

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    1. Happy Easter to you too! The glove came with the curling wand -- not sure what it's made of, but it's definitely heat resistant. :)

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  2. I think it's a super idea. I might experiment with some close-fitting rubber work gloves that I already own! I am going to look for the coconut oil - someone mentioned it should be raw, cold pressed and organic. Do you agree?

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    1. Is the glove smooth or more like an exfoliating type of material? Thanks!

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    2. The glove texture is similar to an exfoliating glove. That's a good point with the coconut oil. I've read that refined coconut oil does not have the same health benefits. I'm currently using the Kirkland brand from Costco -- it's organic, virgin, unrefined, and cold-pressed. The Grace virgin coconut oil that I used in this video is virgin, unrefined, and cold-pressed (it wasn't organic).

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  3. Hi! For the issue of fresh fruit, herbs, etc cluttering the counter, you could use tiered plates (i've seen quite a few at Winners lately) that can be used for desserts too ... Or some people have tiered 'bowls' (sometimes made out of netting) that can hang from the ceiling.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I am going to fiddle around and see what works in my space. :)

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