Can We NOT Call it Oil Pulling?




There is a new thing that I’m trying and my friend Laura said I should share it with you. Basically you melt and then swish coconut oil around in your mouth for twenty minutes. I know, I didn’t believe it either. It is supposed to leave you with whiter teeth and endless other oral and health benefits. Its called Oil Pulling because it pulls the nasty out of your teeth and gums. It supposedly pulls ‘toxins’ out of your body too. What exactly is a toxin? I have no idea. Anyway, please don’t let the name make you gag like it did me. There are about 341 blogs about it on any given day and so I finally caved and tried it. I mean, besides the gag factor, what could it hurt, right?

While running errands, Laura bought us both a jar of the organic, unrefined coconut oil from Sprouts. My new officemate (from here on out being called New Girl) and I have been alone in the office a lot lately so we tried it last week during a quiet afternoon. Everything I read says do it when you first wake up but luckily for me, New Girl is up for most anything and understands I have the patience of a moth. I felt ridiculous but was determined to try this to see if I could do it for 20 full minutes. The answer was yes, I could but this first time I would not.

How did it go, you ask? I was not prepared for the amount of spit that would come to be in my mouth. The suggestion was 1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon of oil. I split the difference and started at 1 1/2 teaspoons. I didn’t melt it before starting so when I put it in my mouth it was like a big bite of tropical Crisco. The coconut smell made me want to eat it but the Crisco-like texture made me want to dry heave. That initial 1 1/2 teaspoon grew to easily 2 gallons over the first five minutes. Ok, slight exaggeration but it felt like it at least doubled.  Because New Girl and I were giggling, because I had two gallons of spitty oil in my mouth, because I was trying to take oil-swishing selfies, I dribbled not once, but twice. While I was yanking my scarf off after the first giggle-induced dribble, I choked myself with my own damn infinity scarf and dribbled some more. My life is rough, y’all.

I would suggest running the jar under warm water if you don’t want to start with this thick stuff.

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So besides ruining my shirt (which is why I decided not to do it at work ever again) it was not a terrible experience. I lasted ten minutes so it was a good, honest try. Your jaw muscles definitely get a workout so I see why they say it helps with TMJ and lockjaw. I felt like I could chew chicken bones after I was done. You know, because results are so immediate. The inside of my mouth wasn’t nasty feeling and my teeth felt like I had just left the dentist. I gargled a little Diet Dr. Pepper to get the tiny bit of weirdness out of the back of my throat (I may or may not have swallowed a tiny bit on accident) and was good to go. I would have liked to brush my teeth but I didn’t have any toothpaste at work.


Laura, Brother-in-law and Plano Girl all gave it a try too. Brother-in-law’s first question was ‘Does this get easier?’ I would say yes, definitely. I’m going to keep at it a while and see if anything changes. I honestly don’t think I see any differences yet but several of the things on the list aren’t exactly visible. Maybe all my ‘toxins’ are gone!!


One response »

  1. thank you for finally explaining what this was!!!! I’d heard the term before but was kinda afraid to read more about it because it sounds like some sort of disgusting, painful thing. This? Not nearly as bad as I thought. I *might* even try it myself… stay tuned, I guess.

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