My Oil Pulling Experience

The fun of being on this journey in life is the ability to experiment and learn new things. Lately I have had various articles on new things I am trying and this week is another. I have never been a big fan of “traditional” dental care and as Raven and I have educated ourselves further we have found further evidence to suggest not to trust and concern over things such as fluoride, mercury, and the like. While the point of this article is not to provide all of the resources and education I just want to bring up the point to do your due research.

The point of this article is document my journey into oil pulling. Oil pulling is an age-old remedy rooted in Ayurvedic medicine 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 may be beneficial for gum health and that certain oils may help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth. This has documented cases of helping with cavities and has overall dental health.

So with this I have been wanting to do so for quite some time and now have begun to give it a shot. So for this first article the aim is to provide the recipe that I used and my first experience with oil pulling. As the weeks go by I will provide updates on my experience and one of the important ones will come when I have to do my annual dental screening through the US Army.

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Oil Pulling Recipe:

4 ounces of Organic Coconut Oil

1 tsp Bentonite Clay

1 tsp Activated Charcoal

1 tsp Baking Soda

6 capsules of Probiotics

To begin I mixed all of the dry ingredients together while the coconut oil melted. I added the coconut oil and mixed all together. This was still of a liquid form so I put it in the refrigerator until it began to settle which allowed me to form into “balls” which I further cooled overnight.

 The dry ingredients all mixed and ready for the coconut oil.

The dry ingredients all mixed and ready for the coconut oil.

 The fully mixed ingredients in the melted stage. Needed to cool from here to let it set.

The fully mixed ingredients in the melted stage. Needed to cool from here to let it set.

The next morning I got up and while I was walking to the train station to catch my flight back to the states it was the perfect opportunity to pop in a oil pulling "ball." It took several minutes and patience to let the coconut oil melt in my mouth all the while ensuring I didn't accidentally swallow it. This has always been my problem with oral care, even at the dentist in the past, was that I would feel the build up of saliva and want to swallow or spit it. Well for oil pulling you need to take about 15-20 minutes or so of good swishing of the oil. So I allowed the oil to melt then gave 20 minutes of good vigorous swishing before spitting the mixture out on the ground and continued on my way.

 My Oil Pulling "Balls" cooled and set. Not pretty but effective.

My Oil Pulling "Balls" cooled and set. Not pretty but effective.

I will say that after only one experience I do not have much to address but the overall time was a good experience and will be excited to see how it progresses. So I encourage you to look into your own dental care and the chemicals you are ingesting and educate yourself. Because it is your body and you own what you put into it.

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