A Natural (And Easy) Way to Detox Your Body, Freshen Your Breath And Whiten Your Teeth!

oil pulling

When it comes to cancer prevention fads, there are few things I wouldn’t try.  For example, if someone told me that cat’s pee cures cancer, you would find me outside at night milking tom cats. I’m not kidding!  So when I heard talks in the cancer community about oil pulling as a safe and natural way to remove toxins from the body, I was all over it.  Before I began “pulling” however, I did a little research, and what I read seemed too good to be true.  Among the benefits reported are:

-Overall strengthening of the teeth and gums and jaws

-Whitens teeth

-Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis

-Prevention for bad breath

-Potential holistic remedy for bleeding gums

-Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat

-Possible holistic treatment for TMJ and general soreness in the jaw area

-Migraine headache relief

-Correcting hormone imbalances

-Reducing inflammation of arthritis

-May help with gastro-enteritis

-Aids in the reduction of eczema

-May reduce symptoms of bronchitis

-Helps support normal kidney function

-May help reduce sinus congestion

-Some people report improved vision

-Helps reduce insomnia

-Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption

-Aids in reducing pain

-Reduces the symptoms of allergies

-Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

So what exactly is oil pulling you may ask?  Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. It involves the use of pure oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and even throat.  The most common oils used are sesame oil and coconut oil, (I use organic, virgin coconut oil).

Here is how it is done:  Take a full teaspoon to tablespoon full of oil and swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes, then spit it out.  It’s that simple!  I use coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature, so I first chew it to melt it, then I swish.  The oils mix with the saliva, turning it into a thin, white liquid. Lipids in the oils begin to pull out toxins from the saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white. Once the oil has reached this consistency, it is spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed.  (It is best to spit the oil into the garbage, not the sink, as it can block the pipes.) Oil pulling is best done first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach….don’t ask me why, and don’t forget to brush your teeth after pulling.

I have been oil pulling for a week, and while I cannot attest to many of the benefits listed above, my teeth definitely feel cleaner and are noticeably whiter.  It has been 8 months since my last dental cleaning, so needless to say, little sweaters were forming on my teeth (full blown North Face jackets on the molars).  Now after just one week, it feels as if all the plaque is gone from my teeth.  My daughter asked me yesterday if I am using whitening strips, and when I told her my secret, she nabbed a half a jar of my coconut oil for herself.   As an added bonus, after oil pulling, my breath feels as sweet as a baby’s milky  breath.   As for the hangover cure claim, I will let you know in about ten minutes when I finish pulling.

Source:  http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/oil-pulling-the-habit-that-can-transform-your-health

15 thoughts on “A Natural (And Easy) Way to Detox Your Body, Freshen Your Breath And Whiten Your Teeth!

  1. I love when God/Universe delivers what I’m asking for in such a great way as I had read about this awhile back, but when I went to the health food store nearby, they looked at me as if I were crazy when I asked if they had any oil that would be good for oil pulling. And then, you post this and my answer is here! Ta Da! Thank you! But I must ask, I abhor the taste of coconut, so does that coconut oil taste like coconut? And if it does, do you know if there’s another oil you can use? P.S. I’m interested in the hangover part as well! Giggle Giggle ~ for future good measure! 🙂

  2. Yes, you can taste a mild coconut taste, so you may be better off using sesame oil. I am sure there are others if you searched. BTW, I am on the fence about whether it is a remedy for hangovers:)

  3. I really like this one Florence because I like anything coconut containing coconut. My Mom use to buy me coconuts when I was growing up. We were about a week trying to break it open then we would buy another one. I don’t know what you are doing girl but your teeth are beautiful and your complexion is radiant. In the meantime I am going to forward this to my friends who suffer from hangovers. Talk to you later as to where to buy it.

  4. Florence, I may be a bit late in finding out about your blog, but I wanted you to know that what I have read on your site has been very inspiring.

    It’s wonderful that you won your battle with cancer, and its great that you’re still being proactive about preventing this condition from happening again. There is so much that can preventively be done to help reduce the chance of developing cancer and many other degenerative diseases.

    I had never heard about oil pulling before today, and I do wonder a little bit about its effectiveness.. But I definitely think it’s worth a shot! I’ll have to find out if my local health store has any of the organic coconut oil you recommend 🙂

  5. I am really going to give this a go. Reasons being. I suffer from mouth ulcers and i have not been able to find a cure yet! I have nothing to lose. It also whitens your teeth along the way, what more can you ask for!?

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us.. I am limited to the things i can eat, do because of these ulcers and if this works this could change my life!

    Thank you!x

  6. I’ve heard of oil pulling, but until reading your post I had no clue as to what it referred to. I recently found out that I need a root canal, and I’ve been having a lot of problems with my teeth lately. This sounds easy and certainly can’t hurt me, so I’m gonna give it a try. Celeste 🙂

  7. I’ve been wondering what to do with the jar of coconut oil sitting in my cabinet. I can’t wait to use it and see how it benefits me.

    I’ve had two crowns and two root canals on the same tooth and have been considering having the tooth pulled. Hopefully, oil pulling will give the tooth another chance to stay where it’s supposed to be.

    My only concern is the 20 minute swish. At first I thought that was a typo until I read through your referenced material where it says 10-15 minutes. Even 10 sounds high.

    Regardless I’ll be trying it out today with my hubby and son. I’m looking forward to a sparkly white smile and a full set of teeth. 🙂

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