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Oil Pulling….and why you should think about it


I know, I know.
It’s all the rage right now, and why it all of a sudden took off like a mad woman is beyond me.

Oil Pulling...and why you should think about it.(über cute measuring spoons found HERE)

We ALL saw that going through our feed several Saturdays back. Everyone shared the crap out of it, gagging at the thought of it.

I was skimming through, reading it and it definitely grabbed me. Google, google and a bit more and I knew I needed to try it. We had a jar that is kept in the pantry for cooking, that I started buying a while back when I had researched all the good that comes from using it.
Three of the key reasons I wanted to try it were for clearing your sinuses, acne and teeth whitening.  My allergies are horrific…Four shots twice a week for years. The acne, yup…never had it growing up and it hits in my thirties. I have had one knot in my cheek that I can feel with my tongue since the fall. And teeth whitening, I can’t use the strips or trays because I need morphine afterwards, I literally cry.

I reread the directions and went for it, what could it hurt. You use anywhere from a tsp to a tablespoon and swish in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Spit out, not in a drain because it will clog, and rinse if needed.

I’m still at a loss at why people are repulsed by it. Many said the texture or flavor or swishing for 20 minutes. People, seriously….

Oil Pulling...and why you should think about it.

Heres the dealeo. It basically turns into water when you put it in your mouth. It’s a harder texture (I keep mine in the bathroom now, so it’s softer) but when it’s warm it liquifies. Go about your morning, best to do it in the morn, and that 20 minutes flies by. And don’t swallow! It immediately starts ‘pulling’ bacteria and you don’t want that going back in. The bacteria, toxins and plaque stick to it.
What I noticed immediately was how good my teeth felt, and pretty much all day.
And my sinuses were draining and I wasn’t stopped up, or sneezing.

By day two I could tell that my teeth were a bit whiter.

And guess what, I could no longer feel that lump in my cheek. weird, right? So I fully dived in with more research and this is what I found it helps with:

Acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin care issues.


Clears out your sinuses

Symptoms of TMJ

Prevents cavities & gingivitis & benefits overall oral health

Halitosis, bad breath and morning breath

Oral pain issues

Whitening teeth

Sensitive teeth

So for something that can help with all of that, plus a ton more, it was definitely worth it to me to try. And it’s not bad. At.All. Without any negative side effects, why wouldn’t you at least try it?

When you are oil hunting, you have different options if you don’t like coconut, or if you are allergic to any of them. And I have read that it can be good to switch around from time to time. The biggest thing is to try to find unrefined and organic. My local grocery carries it and I think most do. And you can order it online (HERE). I opted for coconut because we have it on hand, the taste doesn’t bother me (it doesn’t really taste after it’s in your mouth) and it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties in it.
Other options are sesame, sunflower, olive and almond. Again, make sure you aren’t allergic before downing any.

I have also started using coconut oil for a few other things, but I will save that for another post 😉
It was interesting reading all the people who have done this for years and who shook at the thought!

So what are yours? I am super curious to your thoughts or if you already do this and your results!!

Oil Pulling...and why you should think about it.

(word to your mutha, I am not a doctor….just a professional splinter picker. Please don’t attempt this as a method for a broken arm caused by the trampoline. More info can be found HERE)


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  • Janis@All Things Beautiful

    I’ve done this before, and I am going to put a jar in my bathroom too and see what happens. It’s definitely not as gross as it sounds. I just have to set a timer or something to get the full benefit. Do you swish for 20 minutes? And I adore those striped measuring spoons!!! Everything you have is CUTE!

    • http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/ Two Thirty~Five Designs

      Its actually softer in my bathroom, probably because it’s warmer in there instead of the pantry.
      Yes, I do the full 20, but I haven’t ever had a problem with it. I know some who just can’t stand the texture or hold it in that long.
      Target, always target!!! Thanks sweet Janis, you are always too sweet!

  • Vicky Mason

    Hmmm. I already have it in my house. It’s worth a shot. I have the same issues.

    • http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/ Two Thirty~Five Designs

      Crazy right? My teeth usually hurt when I am drinking coffee in the morning, but they haven’t been in the past few weeks.
      Super easy!

      • Vicky Mason

        ALLISON! My husband actually came home and told me my teeth look whiter! INSANE! And weird and I kind of liked it. So I’m now on that oil pulling bandwagon and I blogged about it. Ha.

        • http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/ Two Thirty~Five Designs

          I was JUST reading your post, insanity right?!?

  • http://www.shadylaneblog.com/ Shaina Longstreet

    I have a lot of the same issues…Might have to give this a try. :)

    • http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/ Two Thirty~Five Designs

      Its definitely worth it (in my humble opinion)!

  • Julia Nyanyo

    I had heard about it, but didn’t really get it. I thought it was just celebrities doing it. Now I have a recommendation from a normal, regular person (and I mean that as a compliment) I might be persuaded to give it a go. Thanks for the info.

    • http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/ Two Thirty~Five Designs

      I get it 😉
      I normally take a while to jump on something, not just because someone is doing it.
      But when I read and reread all the benefits I knew I had to try. And I’m loving it!

  • http://www.lifelovewithmrwonderful.com/ Kasey Moffitt

    Okay, you MIGHT’VE convinced me with naming all of the benefits, especially the first one since I suffer from two of the ones mentioned!

    • http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/ Two Thirty~Five Designs

      Try it!! So worth it! My teeth normally hurt first thing in the morn when I have coffee and they haven’t in over two weeks!
      And my sinuses, haven’t had a stopped up nose, and we are in the middle of dust storms and spring.

  • satsumadesignsbaby

    Allison, you’ve convinced me! Love your post and practical approach – no downside and lots of potential upside. I’m the same as you with the teeth whitening. I want to use strips, but my teeth are way too sensy. Excited to learn more from home on the web! Best, jen

    • http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/ Two Thirty~Five Designs

      Oh gosh, thanks so much!
      And I have tried different things for my teeth, and while they may get just a touch lighter, the pain is worse every time.
      Definitely worth it!

  • kasey linder

    I use coconut oil in the morning for pulling then I put a little in my coffee. I have had bursitis in my shoulder for 10 yrs and after lifting my shoulder always hurts. I have been doing this for about 2-3 weeks and it doesn’t hurt hardly at all. It’s pretty amazing. I have a lot of dental issues so I figured there was nothing to lose. So far my teeth are for sure less sensitive and I had to quit chewing gum. I Don’t even have bad breath anymore throughout the day. I am a true believer.

    • http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/ Two Thirty~Five Designs

      That is amazing!! Crazy how simple stuff like this works….
      My teeth hurt so bad in the moorings with coffee and they haven’t been hurting at all with coffee lately.

  • sunny

    I have been oil pulling for years now..I use organic sunflower oil..like you I leave it in my bathroom and pull while in the shower. .it may be difficult for some to swish for 20 minutes. .so just work up to it..it not only does everything you have mentioned? But it firms your facial muscles. .makes you look younger. .so if u needed.that little push off the fence? There you go…:)
    Thank you for sharing♡

    • http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/ Two Thirty~Five Designs

      Bam, more great results!
      We haven’t had a problem, but several just said they couldn’t do it that long. I said the exact same thing, build up to it. And 10 minutes is better than none at all!

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  • Amber Hillman

    I too have heard about it but just wasn’t sure. I cook with coconut oil so do have it on hand. Just have to take that first jump, right? I want white teeth and I get migraines here and there. My teeth use to be sensitive but we use Xylitol in our tea and on our teeth and after using that, my teeth are no longer sensitive. Just the thought of putting the oil in my mouth though…..

    • http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/ Two Thirty~Five Designs

      Right, some people have a hard time getting past the thought of the texture. It liquifies after it’s in your mouth!

  • Guest

    I’m a Dental Hygienist and would recommend you see your local Dentist regarding the lump in your cheek. Peer reviewed articles regarding oil pulling are scarce. It takes 5 minutes a day to properly clean the oral cavity. 2 minutes to brush in the morning, 1 minute to floss (anytime during a 24 hr period), and 2 minutes to brush in the evening. That’s 5 minutes.

  • Kim Carver Scheidler

    I’m a Dental Hygienist and would recommend you see your local Dentist regarding the lump in your cheek. Peer reviewed articles regarding oil pulling are scarce.There is a concern for it getting into the lungs. It takes 5 minutes a day to properly clean the oral cavity. 2 minutes to brush in the morning, 1 minute to floss (anytime during a 24 hr period), and 2 minutes to brush in the evening. That’s 5 minutes and a small percentage are compliant. 20 MINUTES???!!!! Are you not going to swallow at all during this 20 minutes? Oil is antimicrobial and gets into the tissues of the mouth to inhibit bacterial growth. I would recommend it as a part of a healthy holistic daily routine which includes brushing, flossing and tongue scraping.

    • http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/ Two Thirty~Five Designs

      The lump is gone, it was acne :(
      And no, I don’t swallow during the time it’s in my mouth, you can do between 10-20 minutes.
      And yes, it is just part of my dental routine. I still and will always brush, floss and rinse.
      The pulling does so much more than just dental care, which is why I personally do it.
      Thanks for reading and your comment!