My Oiling Pulling Journey: Results & Thoughts After 1 Month
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Happy New Year!
I hope that 2014 is off to a wonderful start for all of you. We didn’t do much on New Year’s Eve, but I’ll give you a mini recap in tomorrow’s post.
As I said in the beginning of my oil pulling journey, my intention was to stick with it for an entire month, and I did it! Well, I guess I technically have a few more days to go, but for the purpose of these recaps, I achieved my goal.
Before I get into my final results and thoughts, here’s a little overview of week four…
I finished my bottle of sesame oil this morning! I really plowed through it quickly, but as I’ve told you many times before, sesame oil has been my favorite oil to swish with during this process.
Rather than buying more sesame oil, I decided to use more olive oil and coconut oil. On this day, I pulled with olive oil in the morning for 20 minutes and coconut oil at night for 15 minutes. I know that I sound like a broken record, but I hate oil pulling with coconut oil.
I swished olive oil for 20 minutes in the morning but didn’t get to pull again that evening.
The same as yesterday, I used olive oil in the morning for 20 minutes, but I wasn’t able to devote time to doing it again before bed.
I really missed doing the oil pulling multiple times a day and made a point of doing it three times this day.
When I woke, I swished with olive oil for 20 minutes. Later in the day, I went to the store and bought more sesame oil and swished with it that evening. It felt good to be reunited with my beloved oil again.
I learned that oil pulling can be dangerous today. Everything went just fine in the morning, but later in the day, it was a different story. I decided to do some swishing with sesame oil around 4 pm. In order to kill some time, I did some housecleaning while I swished. As I was scrubbing the toilet in my master bathroom, Michael came up next to me and slammed the seat into my head. I now have a cut, a bump, and a bruise on my forehead. I accidentally went over it with my Clarisonic last night, and it wasn’t pleasant!
After nearly a full month of oil pulling, I’m pretty pleased with my results. My teeth are whiter, sensitivity is gone, my mouth feels cleaner, my skin looks great, and I have more energy.
There was also one pretty incredible result that I didn’t share.
A few days before I started oil pulling, I was in the shower and felt a large hard bump on the left side of my face (kind of near my jaw line). Needless to say, it really freaked me out! Although the area was kind of tender a few days beforehand, the lump seemed to appear out of nowhere. I immediately turned to Google for answers, and everything that I read just freaked me out even further. My OB/GYN told me that he had never seen anything like it (which is always just great to hear, right?), so I made an appointment to see my dentist to get his thoughts.
By the time I was able to see my dentist, I had been oil pulling for about two weeks, and the lump had actually decreased from the size of a golf ball to the size of a marble. After taking an x-ray (which my OB/GYN said was perfectly safe at this stage in my pregnancy), my dentist determined that the lump was caused by one of my teeth (root canal for me!) and that it wasn’t anything dangerous- especially since the lump was shrinking.
It was obviously a huge relief, and after a few more days of oil pulling, the lump was nearly gone.
How do I know that the lump went down because of the oil pulling?
Remember those two days during week four when I was only able to do it once in the morning? Well, the lump started to get bigger again almost immediately! As soon as I got back into doing it multiple times a day, the lump started to shrink again.
I guess it is safe to say that I’m officially a believer in the power of oil pulling, and I absolutely intend on keeping up with it. It’s now a part of my daily routine.
I won’t do weekly recaps any longer, but if you’re interested, I’ll check in monthly or every few months to let you know how it is going and whether I’ve seen any more results. I have to believe that if the results were so great after just a few weeks then they are bound to get even better over time!
So many of you have contacted me to say that you’ve been oil pulling as well or plan to try it soon, and it makes me so happy because I just know that you’ll have great results.
My best tips for anyone who is looking to get into it are to start slowly and build up to 20 minutes a day, find an oil that works for you (which may require trying several), and not to get discouraged if you find it to be difficult in the beginning. Finally, don’t feel as though you have to pull multiple times a day. I was obviously eager to get rid of the lump in my mouth, and that’s why I was swishing oil like it was my job!
Please let me know if you have any questions about my experience. I’ll be more than happy to address them all in the comments or even an FAQ post. As always, I’d also love to hear all about your own experience if you’ve tried oil pulling for yourself!