My thoughts & tips after oil pulling for one year

You may recall all of my posts about oil pulling around this time last year.  Since there was so much interest in my experience at the time, and I continue to receive questions about it, I figured that it was time for a little follow-up post.

If you have no idea what oil pulling is all about, you should definitely read my previous posts on the subject.  I went into lots of detail about the process, my results, and my thoughts on certain types of oils versus others, and I think you’ll find them to be helpful and informative.

At least, I hope you will!

Thoughts and tips after oil pulling for one year

Have I been oil pulling consistently for the past year?

After oil pulling from December of last year through the Spring of 2014, I took a little hiatus over the summer and then kicked it back up again in early November.  While much of what I have read on the subject says that a person should take periodic breaks, I am not sure if I will take such a lengthy one next time because I actually really missed it.

Why did I take up oil pulling again?

Oil pulling became such a morning ritual- just as brushing my teeth, showering, and drinking coffee. But it wasn’t just the act of oil pulling that I missed, it was the many benefits that I saw while I was in the habit of oil pulling daily.  My skin was clearer, energy levels were higher, and my teeth were whiter.  Sure, I probably had more energy then because I only had one child to care for at the time, but I was pregnant, and that is pretty draining.

Since my diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis, I have just been trying to be as healthy as humanly possible- without getting cuckoo crazy about it- so the primary reason why I started oil pulling again was really to detoxify my body.  I do think that it is having an impact (primarily on my skin), so I plan to keep it up through the end of January before possibly taking a few weeks off.

What oils am I currently using?

When I first started back up again, I used coconut oil which is always very effective and pleasant tasting in my opinion.  For the past few weeks, I have been using an oil by GuruNanda (which I featured in a recent Friday Favorites post).  The oil consists of 100% organic sunflower, coconut, peppermint and sunflower oils.  I really like it because it feels more like swishing with mouthwash than an oil (although it definitely has the consistency of oil).

By the way, I came across this really convenient idea to make pulling chews.  I haven’t tried it out myself yet, but I definitely have it on my radar.

Advice to beginners?

So many of my friends and readers have told me that they tried oil pulling once before discontinuing.  Trust me- I totally get it.  It isn’t the most pleasant thing in the world, especially at first.  However, I really encourage you to stick with it for at least 3-5 days.  You really do get used to it pretty quickly, and you might even become crazy about it like I am!  And remember that, with most things, you probably won’t see results overnight (although you may be encouraged to know that I saw some benefits pretty quickly).

Do you have an oil pulling experience to share?  I’d absolutely love to read about it!

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  1. Why is it suggested to take breaks?

    • The books that I have read say that while oil pulling isn’t harmful, it is like any sort of detox where you should just do it periodically. While it hasn’t happened to me, it can pull out fillings for some people when they do it for an extended period of time, and that is something that you definitely don’t want to happen! I am sure that (with anything) there are competing thoughts about how long you should do it, but I tend to trust the books on Ayurveda that I’ve read over some of what I find online. 🙂

  2. you are always so thorough with your recaps. i love it. about how long did it take you to notice whiter teeth? 🙂

    • The white teeth were actually the first really noticeable signs! I was shocked that they looked whiter after a week, and after a month, the difference was super obvious. It is a much healthier alternative to white strips! 🙂

  3. The girls at work have all been doing it and i might give it a try. does it improve gum health too?

    • Yes!!!! I actually had some gum issues last year, and it made a huge difference. I have also seen some crazy before and after photos. Some people claim that it even heals their receding gums (though I cannot speak personally about those effects).

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