Welcome to Day 1 of the oil pulling challenge!
In case you missed it, yesterday I introduced our new challenge and explained why you'd want to try oil pulling in the first place. There were many great comments left, and here is one from Georgia, that can be our encouragement and kick-start the challenge!
I got a head start. I had been considering it for a couple of months too & finally started on Sunday, 3/2. First I’ll tell you why I hesitated as I’m sure many others have the same reasons.
1) I thought it was going to feel like cold grease feels in your mouth. You know, when you take a bite of a cold leftover & the grease gets in your mouth? It just kind of coats your mouth & tongue with a thick, nasty feeling.
2) I have a trigger happy gag reflex. I can’t even brush my teeth without gagging. 3) What if I throw up? (I will do ANYTHING to not throw up) 4) The thought of swishing OIL around in my mouth was not pleasing. REALLY? OIL? Now I’ll tell you why I LOVE it. I actually look forward to it each day! 1) It’s refreshing. Not only does it not taste bad, it tastes good! 2) There is no bad after taste. It is a pleasant, refreshed taste.
3) Today is my 6th day of oil pulling & I can already tell a difference in the whiteness of my teeth. I’ve got a ways to go because I am a smoker & I drink coffee & tea, but after only SIX days, I can see a difference. I finally took a close up of my teeth today. The main reason I wanted to do oil pulling is because I have 2 cavities in the front. Not the two in the very front, but the two next to those. I have heard several testimonies of oil pulling not only stopping tooth decay but reversing it AND RESTORING the tooth to a healthy state. Can’t wait to continue on this journey with you all & see/hear your results.
Reader Susan wrote in the last post that she adds peppermint oil to her coconut oil and loves it (click here to buy high quality essential oils). I thought that was a fantastic idea! Just be very careful as you only need 1 or 2 drops. Essential oils are very powerful and should be used internally very sparingly as they can cause sensitivities. Certified aromatherapists say you shouldn't use essential oils internally at all without the supervision of a certified aromatherapist, so use at your own discretion.
If you're also trying to lighten your teeth, I suggest taking a picture today, then take another one in a week and see if there is a difference!
My Day 1 Experience
I had a pretty good experience with the oil pulling today. It's a great time for me to try it as I am coming down with a cold and have a stuffed up nose. Apple cider vinegar is my go-to for colds, and I did do it last night, so it'll be a little hard to tell if the ACV is working or if it's the oil pulling. But, I did try it with a drop of the peppermint essential oil and it was wonderful! My mouth feels SO fresh and clean. I feel like it removes the food and plaque off my teeth and my teeth are so smooth.
I was able to do it for 20 minutes, but I did have 3 tiny little swallows. That's the hardest part for me – I have no trouble with gagging but have to fight SO hard not to swallow! I'm hoping that by the end of this challenge it'll be much easier.
I rinse my mouth out afterwards with water and brushed with Earthpaste toothpaste.
Follow along and join the challenge!
- Oil Pulling – What is It and Why Would You Want to Do It?
- Day 2 (common struggles discussed)
- Day 3 (tip to keep from gagging)
- Day 4 (how it helps with allergies & even PMS symptoms!)
- Day 5 (teeth are much whiter)
- Day 6 (healed a toothache and a sore throat)
- Day 7 (detoxing & die-off symptoms)