Post # 1
This is one of the many, many articles on the subject.
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about bettering complexions, clearing acne, dry skin, etc. and as someone who has endured bouts of bad skin from teen years into my 30’s, NOTHING has worked so consistenly well like oil pulling.
I use coconut oil b/c we always have it on hand and I’d presume it’s one of the better tasting ones to use. I let a spoonful dissolve in my mouth first thing in the morning and swish it around as I shower and get ready. Spit, rinse with salt water and brush. Though I haven’t seen as drastic an improvement in my oral health yet, my skin has become virtually blemish free. The true test was whether or not I broke out with PMS and I haven’t, 2 months now.
It takes a little getting used to like anything, but it’s not hard to do at all. I actually look forward to doing it every morning now that I’m seeing the results!
LOL I know I sound like an advertisement! But I swear it works, so I figured I’d share!
Post # 3
@BurlapnLace: I’ve always wanted to try this, but swishing anything around in my mouth for 20 minutes sounds just exhausting! My mouth hurts just thinking about it haha! Does it make the muscles in your mouth/face sore?
Post # 4
Yeah, i was on board too until i found out you have to do it for 20 mins. yuck!
Post # 5
I found no benefits whatsoever (other than my husband enjoying me mute for a bit), but I am glad it worked for you!
Post # 6
20 minutes? I can barely last the 60 seconds of my mouthwash.
Post # 7
@LilliePad: You don’t need to start at 20 mins – you can do 5, some people do.
I actually do it in the shower, because then I lose track of time. It’s been EXCELLENT to help clean my teeth – have a wisdom tooth growing in that my toothbrush doesn’t always reach. Also, it really helped to cut down on the tooth sensitivity issues I was having.
Post # 8
I felt the same way about it and no, it’s not bad at all. Definitely doesn’t hurt your face and if you do it while you’re getting ready and distracting yourself with other things, the time goes by quickly. You’re supposed to do it before eating or drinking anything, so I do it first thing then get in the shower.
Post # 9
I can’t imagine myself doing that for 20 minutes every day, but one of the articles said it helps with canker sores, and I might try it for that!
Post # 10
@BurlapnLace: Im willing to give it a shot! I have tried everything for acne and nothing! does it work with anykind of oil? I love olive oil teaspoon of that when you have a sore thoat works great.
Post # 11
@wanabeabee: Yes, you can use olive oil. They say sesame oil is the best.
Post # 12
I can second the oil pulling endorsement. I haven’t been doing it for long but have seen results in my complexion. I also use coconut oil.
for those who feel like swishing for that long may be tiring, it’s not a hardcore mouthwash swish, it’s just basically moving it around your mouth, so your jaws shouldn’t get particularly tired. It does help to do other things while you’re pulling.
From what I’ve read and friends I have who do it, it is recommended that you pull for at least 15-20 minutes. The oil should be opaque when you spit it out. Also, if you feel strange or have to work your way up to the 15-20 minutes, that’s fine too.
Mist suggest trying to stick with it for at least 30 days for real results. Happy pulling!
Post # 13
I have a friend doing this with her teeth and her dentist has seen improvements. She started small with only a couple minutes and works her way up. She’s up to 12 minutes.
Post # 14
Does that mean you’re essentially maintaining your saliva in your mouth for 20 minutes? This sounds interesting, but I’d throw up.
Post # 15
@BurlapnLace: Iv done this!I was actually shaking on my first go as i honestly thought i was going to gag lol. I found the best time for me to do it was in the evening (too gaggy in the morning!) and i used grapeseed oil as it was all i had here.
I managed 7or8 mins the first day and slightly longer the second but my teeth were much whiter! Friends noticed the difference too and said my teeth were ‘shinier’! Didnt notice any difference on my skin but i take fairly good care of it anyway.Im now down to doing it just once every 3-4 weeks and my teeth havent gone back to the shade i started at
Dentist saw an improvement too 🙂
Post # 16
Hmm… sounds interesting, I have acne and bad gums, so maybe I should give it a try. Hopefully it wouldn’t make me gag! Where do you get your oil from? Is the kind of coconut oil they sell at trader joes the right stuff?