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I am doing a new technique – oil pulling. I got this in an email blog—I thought it had something to do with fracking or something.  It is actually a cleansing technique done in your mouth.  I admit, I have not been to the dentist in a long while.  I felt like I had a dirty mouth even though I brush every day.  I use to use Listerine, but had quit because of dry mouth.  This came and it seemed like something I should try.

“Oil pulling is based on an ancient practice from the Ayurvedic medical tradition. Ayurvedic medicine is not an unproven “newbie” in healing traditions. It is possibly the oldest or one of the oldest medical and healing traditions in the world. It has been traced back as far as 5000 years. You could say it is a tried and proven system of health and healing. Much like Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has a long history of successful and verified cases.”

“Oil pulling is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it is beneficial in improving gums and removing harmful bacteria!

The basic idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for a short time each day and that this action helps improve oral health. Just as with Oil Cleansing for the skin, the principle of ‘like dissolves like’ applies, as oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.”

I used these two articles to start my oral adventure with oil pulling.  I have always had a very sensitive gag reflex, really sensitive, so I did not know if I could do this.  I got my positive thoughts going and have been doing this for a week and a half.  I am getting better at it every day that I do it.  Here are the instructions by Gartlan:

“First thing in am before breakfast or intake of any liquids, pour one tablespoon of whatever oil you choose to use into your mouth. Remember this, that whatever oil you use, it is only food you are putting into your mouth. Oil is, after all, food.

Next, swish this around in your mouth and pull and push it around your gums and between your teeth. You should “Oil Pull” about 15-20 minutes. DO NOT SWALLOW any of the oil. You will be swishing and moving it around but also DO NOT gargle with it. The oil will become toxic as you continue the procedure so that is why you should not gargle with it or swallow it. Let me tell you some of my initial road blocks and problems from my own experiences with Oil Pulling. I found the whole tablespoon of oil to be quite a bit of oil when I was not used to having it in my mouth for a prolonged period like this. Also, as I swished it and pushed and pulled it around my mouth, it became frothy and watery as it mixed with my saliva. That is a good thing and the proper way it should go. The problem being was that the texture of the mix was hard to get used to and “stomach” at first. Let me say this, if you feel like you need to spit it out before the whole amount of time, do so. You can just start over again and try to get the proper amount of time out of the two attempts. The thing here is that you are comfortable with the procedure. I found that my mouth and jaws also would get tired and ache. This probably meant that I was doing the “Oil Pulling” too hard and/or fast. I would take a break for a second then start back at an easier more relaxed state. If you can find that easy and natural rhythm then that is the best and most proper way to proceed. This, like anything new, will eventually get easier and more natural to do for you. Just keep at it and you will start to notice results. Good results. One of the most notable results is the whitening of your teeth after Oil Pulling.

Once you have done about 15-20 minutes of the Pulling, you will spit out the watery, frothy mixture. This spit is highly toxic at that point so if you spit it into a sink, you need to clean the sink with an antibacterial soap/cleaner. It is best and easier to spit it into the toilet.

Once you spit out the oil mixture you can rinse with salt water or some recommend brushing your teeth with your fingers and soap. I know you are saying soap??? But, you just finger brush your teeth and rinse out your mouth thoroughly.

You can perform this procedure a few times a day if you like but always do so before eating. You can also space out the days you perform this if you like. The whole schedule thing is up to you. Do weekdays and lay off weekends or do it every day. It is your decision.”

I really like how my teeth and mouth feel.  The film on my teeth is gone and my mouth feels cleaner even after eating.  Try it.