Guest Blog By Lucy Baena
Coconut Oil Pulling
Whilst researching alternative remedies online for my blog I came across this, an ancient Ayurveda treatment where you use oil like mouthwash, hence the name oil pulling.
It is said to cure many things so I had to try it!
The steps seemed easy enough:
1) On an empty stomach, before brushing your teeth, put one tablespoon of softened organic coconut oil in your mouth.
2) Swill it around for 20minutes. Be careful not to swallow any.
3) Spit it out. Rinse mouth. Brush teeth as normal. Start day. TA DA!
Learning about Oil Pulling
I went to my local health food shop and asked them if they knew about Oil Pulling. A lovely Sri-Lankan guy working there got hugely excited when I mentioned it and told me he had been brought up doing it and everyone in his family does it and they are the healthiest people in the world!
The next day I dutifully got up earlier than normal, gently melted a tablespoon of oil as slowly as possible and put it in my mouth.
Maybe my mouth is a bit small, I’m not sure but a tablespoon seemed like A LOT and I could only get about half of it in. I set a timer and swilled away. It was quite hard not to swallow any but I managed it.
After the 20mins I spat it out- the coconut oil had turned bright white- and brushed my teeth. My teeth definitely felt cleaner and my tongue felt softer. On the downside I felt very dizzy and late!
From everything I’ve read, Oil Pulling is the kind of treatment you need to keep going with. So far I’ve only managed it three times. I’m going to try it again tomorrow and am very excited that I’ve discovered yet another amazing use for Lucy Bee!
Lucy Baena Bio:
I love elephants, coconuts and tea. I watch surfing instead of football and I believe in magic – if you don’t you’ll never find it! I also have Epilepsy and Chronic Pain caused by Tension Myositis Syndrome. I write it all down on my blog; Empowerment, Epilepsy and Elephants.
A note from Lucy (of Lucy Bee)
My thanks to Lucy (great name by the way!) for her amusing tale of oil pulling. I’ve recently tried it (see the photo above) and found a teaspoon is plenty to use and I do like the clean feel in my mouth afterwards. Maybe give it a try and see what you think.
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