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Natural Living: Oil Pulling 101

I've been taking baby steps into the world of natural healing and living for a while now.  I've found many natural remedies that works so well, that they've made a believer out of me, therefore instead of shrugging off any kind of holistic living like I used to do, I'm embracing it more and more. 

We've all heard of the many benefits of coconut oil, but have you heard of oil pulling using coconut oil?  
This is an old Indian remedy that has been used for thousands of years and is becoming more popular and widely accepted as a way of cleansing your mouth from the unfriendly bacteria that lives and thrives inside.  Streptococcus Mutans is considered "normal" flora inside your mouth, but is the main culprit behind plaque buildup, gingivitis and cavities.  

Many studies have been done on oil pulling and the results show that there are benefits of using this method of oil pulling.  
I personally have been oil pulling because of one thing I have heard that it may help - sinuses.  When I read about how that it can help clear sinuses and get rid of mucous, I was intrigued.  I have year-round sinusitis, allergies, and ear infections since I was a small child.  Anything that I read that has helped others with this problem, I am willing to try it because it's no fun to not be able to breathe and feel stuffed up and have sinus aches and pressure all the time.

How To Pull Oil

1.  Put 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of oil in your mouth.  
2.  Swish the oil around your mouth (like mouthwash) for 10-20 minutes. Push and pull it through your teeth.
3.  Do not gargle, you do not want to put the oil into your throat, as it is now full of bacteria.
4. Spit the oil out, (in the garbage or toilet; coconut oil can clog drains over time), rinse your mouth with water a couple times, then brush your teeth.
5. Be sure to spit it out and not swallow the oil - it's teaming with nasty bacteria.

Note: It's best to do this first thing in the morning before eating or drinking.
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so when putting into your mouth, it may take a few seconds for it to melt.  You could do it while you are showering, checking your email, looking at Instagram, or reading.  

My first experience went fairly well.  I'm not going to kid you, I was equally grossed-out by the thought of putting it into my mouth, and the feel of it in my mouth at first.  I automatically talked myself into a 'gag-reflex' before I even had my first spoonful melted.  Trust me, it is not that bad!  Be persistent, don't give up if you can only do it for a few minutes the first few times - you will adjust to it and you will notice the benefits soon!
When I started out, I pulled the oil for only 5 minutes.  That was the longest I could pull it, not because of the grossness (I'm tougher than that!) but because my nose was so stuffed up and I could not breathe.  But guess what?  I don't know how, but, shortly after I spit it out - my right nostril started opening, then my left!  I still felt congested, but I could feel a little air flow for the first time in days without having to use over-the-counter medication for congestion.  Besides any other benefits oil pulling might have, my sinus problems were the  reason I tried it to begin with, and I could see some positive results that soon.  
I was surprised at the effectiveness of oil pulling in such a short time.  My mouth felt cleaner, my teeth felt cleaner and even my dry, cracked lips benefited from the oil pulling.  I won't be quitting this routine anytime soon.  I have a feeling that I'll see even more benefits over a period of time.  Like any natural remedy that I try and can see results, I like to share it with everyone I know.  I hope you'll give it a try.
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*Disclaimer: This testimonial is my own personal experience using the Oil Pulling method.  
 I am not a doctor, please consult a healthcare professional before following any advice or suggestions in which you may read on this website.  
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