It’s always an interesting week or two of blogging when I’m down here in Florida working with Gigi. Today I’m brimming with stories ranging from a weekend at Epcot with Chef Art Smith to Oil Pulling. It’s going to take some time to go through my Disney photos, so let’s start with Oil Pulling.
Here’s the back story…
Gigi has a neighbor named Nina. I’ve heard stories of her for over three years, yet never met her. Over the last few years we’ve called her, knocked on her door and called her again. While I was in town, she never once answered her door or phone. I was beginning to doubt her existence.
Nina was a police officer for over eleven years until injured in the line of duty several years back. Fourteen surgeries later she still has numerous complications stemming from that single event which resulted in removal of her bladder and an irreversible colostomy. Gigi saw her over a month or two ago and told me Nina looked like she was dying – she looked that bad. With zero energy, lethargy, chronic fatigue, depression and constant infections – she rarely went out. It seemed she was always on antibiotics for UTI’s among other things.
Gigi’s Daughter, Lisa, of Pick Me Yard is studying to become a Master Herbalist. When Lisa saw Nina she immediately handed over her book called Herbal Antibiotics – Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria which I’m reading now (thank you Lisa!) and Nina is currently exploring. While conversing about the book, Gigi mentioned she should try Oil Pulling. Nina has been doing Oil Pulling every day now for 4 weeks.
I finally met Nina the other day for the first time and never in a million years would I have guessed she has been so sick. Not only does she look great, but she’s quite possibly the most energetic person I have ever met. After a recent visit to the dentist, he expressed shock at how well her gums and teeth looked and asked what she had been doing. When she said Oil Pulling, he rolled his eyes and called it Gypsy Medicine, but said “keep it up – whatever it is, it’s working!”. It’s impossible to see her and believe she was so sick less than a month ago. She says she feels amazing.
So what the heck is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling, Oil Swishing or as I called it last week, Oil Swooshing – is a traditional Indian remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth. It’s mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, where it is called Kavala Gandoosha or Kavala Graha.
Do a search on the topic and you’ll find people who practice Oil Pulling and swear by it. Although I found doubters on-line, I could not find anyone who claimed any negative side effects. Dr. Dr. Karach, a Ukranian Physician presented a paper in 1992 on the process and said this…
Pulling Oil (sunflower oil) heals head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and woman’s diseases. It heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, encephalitis and chronic sleeplessness. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them.
The basic premise behind it is that as you swoosh, harmful toxins attach themselves to the oil and you get rid of those toxins when you spit out the oil.
I figured there was nothing lose, so why not try it? It’s only been a week, but the biggest thing I have noticed is my teeth are significantly whiter. That in itself is pretty amazing. I’m going to keep it up for at least a month so I can report back to you, but would especially love it if you joined in with me and tried it too! Make sure to let me know how it goes for you! Here’s how to do it…
How to Oil Pull:
- TBSP of Oil – Your pick of melted coconut oil (expeller, coldpressed – preferrably organic, sesame, vegetable oil, sunflower or olive oil
- Glass full of water mixed with a tsp of unrefined salt such as Himalayan salt.
On an empty stomach and before brushing your teeth…
- Grab a tablespoon of oil – I use coconut oil.
- Gently swoosh it around in your mouth for twenty minutes.
- Spit into toilet when time is up.
- Gargle and rinse several times with a glass of salt water.
- Brush your teeth.
Tips and FAQs:
- Do NOT gargle or swallow the oil as it will be full of toxins from your body.
- If it’s difficult in the beginning, spit into toilet after 10 minutes and repeat for another 10 minutes. After two or three days it will be much easier. Keeping busy while swooshing makes it easier. I put on make up, shower, check e-mails, etc.
- Your saliva will mix with it as you swoosh and when you spit it out it will be milky white.
- If your coconut oil is in solid form (it will be liquid on a warm day and solid if it’s cool in your house) run the jar under hot water for a few seconds until you have enough melted to fill a TBSP.
My friend Lori has been drinking a TBSP of Coconut Oil every day since I wrote about it – she’s a believer. She puts it into her coffee every morning… I’m hoping she’ll try Oil Pulling as well. I’ll update my personal experiment with a follow-up post called Oil Pulling Part II in 30 days. I will include an update from Nina as well!
Try it! You have everything to gain! Amy xo