Monday, April 21, 2014

Oil Pulling

I know. Right?

What the crap is oil pulling?

Reader: Sarah, that's what I was going to ask, but then I figured it out. It is the art of pulling oil from the ground. Right? Like Jed in the Beverly Hillbillies!

No. Oil pulling is swishing around some nasty coconut oil or sesame seed oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes to promote healthy teeth and gums.

Supposedly it kills bacteria and such.

(Side note: Almost every time I think about oils, the Beverly Hillbillies theme song comes on in my head.)

(I don't hate this.)

I digress. Have you ever had part of your gum by your tooth hurt really bad?

About once a month, I have this part of my gums that gets kind of inflamed and hurts really bad. It is in the back of my mouth by one of my molar teeth. (I have no idea which one. I am not a dentist)

The pain/inflammation usually lasts around 2 or 3 days and then is gone for a few months.

One night it started up and I decided to try oil pulling.

I am not here to knock any of my hippie friends, but I think this is all a big load of "popo" (Spanish word for crap)

(Side note: I am so excited that I have weird hippie friends now!)

Reader: It's cute that you think you have friends...

Still, I figured I would try. I put some coconut oil and a few drops of lemon in my mouth.

It's nasty.

I felt like I was just swishing the spit around in my mouth for three minutes.


I only made it three minutes.

I spit that stuff out and went straight to my bottle of Thieves oil.

I put a few drops right on the gum and the pain went away.

The next morning the gum was not inflamed and there was no pain.

Thieves oral products are flying off the shelf at Young Living and I know why.

They work

I have their toothpaste and love it. They have mouth wash and dental floss too.

The moral of the story. Skip the pulling, and go straight to the Thieves...or the dentist.

OK actually, just forget everything i said. I just saw a lot of before and after pictures of people who did oil pulling. Stuff apparently works!

Crazy White Teeth!

If you can stand swishing your spit around, go for it!


  1. 20 minutes? That's kind of crazy, I thought you just did it for 30 seconds or so, like Listerine. Scratching that one off my to-do list.

  2. Oh yea. You have to do it for a long time. I don't think it's worth it. Not sure though.