When something gross turns pleasurable: Oil Pulling with Essential Oils
If you’ve been on the internet lately, and you’re looking for something weird to do to help with any number of different ailments, oil-pulling may have been mentioned. It’s a craze of sorts, fits right in there with Apple Cider Vinegar, fermented foods, magnesium flakes and neti pots (all of which we condone and also use/do, by the way). But, have you tried this oil-pulling for yourself? If no–you must! If yes–it can get even better when you do oil pulling with essential oils!
I must admit, my first round required finding a support group of other newbies who were willing to be utterly disgusted for 20 minute intervals. But, when your teeth aren’t doing so good, and there’s no real explanation when you look at your diet, water and other potential culprits, you’ll do what you have to to avoid modern dental intervention. And I didn’t stop there, I even made my own toothpaste (which is good, but gets hard in winter and soft in summer–just as unfractionated coconut oil does).
But, I am going to summarize my experience of oil-pulling, and how it turned into a treat and not a task which is a little bit shocking, even for me.
I’ll start by saying I have a weak stomach and a pretty sensitive gag reflex. However, since having had children and since starting a farm both of these things have calloused a good bit. But, I fully anticipated my time with oil in my mouth would be a time I dreaded and suffered through, and it was–maybe twice. 20 minutes took forever, and the consistency of the oil actually gets thicker. *ew*
…and, I have to be quiet and I can’t eat breakfast or drink coffee…
All of those negatives turned to positives over the course of my first week. The time I spent those mornings in silence became a bit of a joke with my kids who tend to poke and prod me first thing, but my glares and poofy cheeks redirected them, and they find other things to do. They have accepted my habit, and usually give me a break to do what ever while I swish and swash the goop around. Also, they’re grossed out by it, which is always a bonus. I have found I really enjoy that 20 minute buffer of time from getting up to actually communicating, it’s a good transitional period! I have learned to embrace a ritual of reading, praying and meditating with the coconut swishing as a rhythm to it all. In addition, I’ve experimented and adding a drop of On Guard blend & Myrrh not only feels luxurious, but tastes great and supports overall oral health and bone density (the issue my teeth are struggling with) as well. Really, I can’t think of anything other than an eyeball that isn’t better with a drop of some essential oil, but using the essential oils this way is a real no-brainer when you give it some thought. If you’re oil-pulling, you need to try it this way! You won’t look back, and your mouth will thank you. So will your immune system. Oil-pulling, plus the essential oils is a fantastic boost for the immune system and a great habit to form for those who suffer, or might, from seasonal threats and respiratory issues–an unexpected bonus.
And the last main hang-up, the delay in eating or drinking my coffee has also proved to be a bonus. Not only is it ok for us to be hungry sometimes, it’s actually beneficial to our metabolism. Putting off eating a while after waking can help initiate some extra fat-burning, and the hangry feelings I used to feel are generally satiated by a little Balance essential oil strategically applied behind my ears, and the mouth full of oil seems to confuse the senses enough to sustain me those few minutes longer. And the longer I wait to drink my coffee…well, the longer into the day I will have it.
The whole ritual of oil pulling with essential oils has become something I enjoy and even look forward to. It’s funny how these little healthful habits can do that, there is something truly satisfying about simple things that you do just for your own benefit. As a mother, and a wife, it’s easy to worry first about others before you even start your day, and those first 20 minutes of the day are usually sacrificed to those we love. But, I’m learning that in life, business and general happiness, the more we prioritize our own well-being, the better off everyone around us is anyway…
List of ways oil pulling with Essential Oils will benefit YOU:
- good for oral health
- helps pull toxins out of your mouth and blood stream
- boosts the immune system
- helps with drainage
- has been shown to improve tooth density and help stop and reverse tooth decay
- gives you 20 minutes of forced quiet time
- kills bacteria without chemicals
- can help whiten teeth and reduce issues with plaque build up
- no risk
- 9 deserves repeating, because most over the counter oral products DO come with risks, even toothpaste (read the warning labels). This method is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that comes with zero actual health risks.
- Easy to do
- There are more reasons, but these are tops for me. These studies offer even more reasons to try.
Steps to oil pulling:
- Acquire a trusted brand of Coconut oil (I like Dr. Bronner’s – Fair Trade & Organic Fresh Pressed White Kernel Virgin Coconut Oil – 14 oz)
- before you eat or drink anything in the morning, scoop out about 1 Tablespoon (I suggest keeping it in your bathroom or by your bedside table. Get it in your mouth as soon as you’re up! Or, just after using the bathroom in the morning. I’ve heard others like to swish while showering…)
- add 1 drop of On Guard and one drop of Myrrh (myrrh essential oil can get thick and sticky, if your cap won’t open run it under warm water for about 20 seconds and try again until you get it loose)
- put the oil in your mouth and start swishing all around the mouth, particularly trying to pull it through your teeth.
- continue for 20 minutes if possible
- spit the oil out in a trash can or outside on the ground (not in the sink!)
- rinse your mouth with clean water and spit this rinse water out. maybe even gargle and spit that out as well.
- repeat the next morning
- when dealing with more severe oral health issues, twice a day is a good idea. Morning and evening before dinner. You want to avoid oil-pulling just after you’ve eaten, it is better before meals. Some can feel a little nauseated at first.
- If you wake up starving & hangry, try applying Balance (the grounding blend) to the backs of your ears and over your heart to help eliminate those feelings and get you through the next 20 minutes.
- be proud of yourself for doing incorporating a small natural & beneficial thing into your routine!
Where to get oils?
If you’re now wondering where to get started with essential oils check out my blog post on boosting your immune system with essential oils.