This seems like another trend. 2013 was the year everyone seemed to be rejecting shampooing their hair and opting for a bi carbonate of soda and vinegar rinse! So 2014 may just be the year I try oil pulling. My man laughed at me as I took my teaspoon of coconut cold pressed oil and swished it around in my mouth for the required 20 minutes. The claims of oil pulling are interesting to say the least. What if the anti bacterial and anti fungal properties of coconut oil could heal and strengthen teeth? Well for me, if it means seeing the dentist less then it is win, win.
According to this book:
Oil pulling is an age-old method of oral cleansing originating from Ayurvedic medicine. It is one of the most powerful, most effective methods of detoxification and healing in natural medicine. Dr. Fife’s Oil Pulling Therapy is a revolutionary new treatment combining the wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine with modern science. The science behind oil pulling is fully documented with references to medical studies and case histories. Although incredibly powerful, Oil Pulling Therapy is completely safe and simple enough for even a child.
Like anything it is hard to adapt to a new routine. I am only 7 days into my experiment and I have found that I need to be busy cleaning/tidying while swishing as this helps the 20 minutes go by. I use a timer so I don’t crib on those last few tedious moments and I have warned my kids that I am doing some sort of ‘medicine’ thing, so I cannot talk! Perfect. Well in part, I can still make noises and gestures to communicate to the kids. And I have continued to brush my teeth, perhaps because I am addicted to that minty freshness. Anyway I will give it a go. If you want to know more you can visit Gabrielle’s detailed response to this ancient(?) traditional practice. Oil pulling, are you game?

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