So for the first time ever I have tried oil pulling. Oil pulling is a technique by which you swish oil (I prefer coconut but you can use others) around your mouth, like mouth wash but without the gargling, for 10 to 20 minutes. Ten you spit it into the bin. The reason for the bin is that the oil will go solid on contact with the cold sink and block your drains. It is best to do this first thing in the morning so that food doesn't effect it.
I have heard about it before as well as all its benefits but it wasn't until yesterday that it came into my pah again. I read about it on a blog from Fashion Lush, which explains the origins of oil pulling and how it has changed their life for the better. I then found facts on Body and Soul which was also good but not as mind changing as Fashion Lush. By the way I was linked to Fashion Lush by James Boyle, he is an inspiration and makes some AWESOME looking food.
From these two links I went onto Sarah Wilson. Now if you now the name it is because she has written two books on why she quit sugar and they come with recipes! Here is ONE of her posts about coconut oil. She is now my new role model. he uses all natural products, has a sustainable garden and she isn't all talk, she lives the lifestyle. I am so buying her books :)
OK, just got distracted reading Sarah Wilson's blog, again.
So Oil pulling. I use the Virgin Pressed unrefined oil as suggested. I store it in the fridge because Australian weather is too hot and the oil melts in the kitchen. My first attempt, the oil was semi solid still and I had no idea how to melt it in my mouth to start swishing. It didn't work so I spat it out. At least it tasted good. My second attempt went a lot better. I started to get the liquid feeling in my mouth and the swishing began. Just like rinsing your mouth out with mouthwash. Get it all over, the backs of your teeth, the front, gums, tongue and push it between your teeth. I lasted about 7-8 minutes before I couldn't handle it. You keep producing saliva so the volume increases and it gets a bit froffy (like milk). If it becomes too much spit a little into the bin. I will be working up to the 10 to 20 minute mark.
Try not to swallow any oil. The idea behind oil pulling is that the oil sticks to the toxins and the bad stuff in your body and pulls them out through your mouth. So you spit the toxins out, you don't want them back. The health benefits can be long and some may find it helps for certain things that others wont. the main one is whiter teeth. it is also apparently good for you immune system. I hope so I have a cold a the moment. Probably another reason I only lasted 7 minutes.
For the first attempt, not a bad effort. Will try again Monday :)