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Oil Pull as if your health depends on it

Cate Stillman November 9, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , Blog, Body Wisdom 37 comments

Dear_You, 

I love your smile!

I want you to keep your teeth for your whole life. That is why I’m giving you your first bottle of organic coconut oil to get you started on the possible daily routine for your optimal health.

What you need to do is OIL PULL!

Here is how.
Love,

me.

For those who have never oil pulled… you’re living in the dark ages of oral care. You can whiten your teeth without bleach, just through pulling the “scum” oil of them. “Scum” is the technical term Dr. Bruce Fife, author or Oil Pulling Therapy, uses to refer to bacteria, viruses, fungi, strep, debris, candida, and other nonsense that gathers in your oral cavity. When you swish oil through your teeth and gums for 20, yes 20, minutes a day…. you reboot your immune system.  It’s simple… suck out the “scum” through the biggest gateway in your body.

Oil pulling is the single most effective self-care therapy.

It’s too good to believe, so you and your kinfolk probably won’t try it. It’s one of those practices that takes no time (b/c you can multitask and oil pull while you’re doing just about any activity that doesn’t require your voice).

I’m sounding a little fanatical.
It’s sort of like if you never drank water and someone pointed out you could be drinking water. And you started to drink water and noticed…. everything gets better. Your skin, your vision, your oral health, your beautiful bowels, your heart issues, and the list goes on.

Think I’m exaggerating?
There is research. (Of course, there are also 3000 years of testimonials coming out Ayurveda from Indian peasants.). Dr. Fife, founder of the Coconut Research Institute  will tell you all about it. Here is the interview.

 How to Oil Pull

  • Drink 1 c. water on an empty stomach.
  • Melt 1-3 tsp. coconut oil in your mouth or in a low skillet.
  • Swish through your mouth for 20 minutes while you’re busy doing something else.
  • Spit into trash (not sink).
  • Swish water through your mouth.

Oil pulling is only gross and nauseating for some people, and only for beginners. Use less oil. Get over it. And show of the benefits by flashing your pearly whites.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

  • best proven way to remove bacteria, viruses, debris, & fungi from your mouth (& body)
  • most effective gum restoration self-care practice
  • removes mucus
  • boosts immune system
  • clarifies skin
  • brightens teeth
  • decreases inflammation

I’m inviting you in on an interview I had with the Oil Pulling detox expert, Dr. Fife, last month. He was a guest speaker for my  Living Ayurveda Course. We loved him. You will too.



 

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37 comments

Marlo - November 9, 2011

I oil pull and it’s really whitened my teeth and really helped with my gums as they tend to bleed a bit.

I swear by it and glad to here you posted this remedy for others!

Cate Stillman - November 9, 2011

Thanks for sharing…. isn’t it amazing?
I can’t believe what a huge impact this one therapy has on our overall bodily integrity.
It’s the major ama suction-removal- process.

Justicia - November 10, 2011

Thanks Cate! Do you think this is good therapy for receding gums, or is there another treatment you’d recommend more?

Cate Stillman - November 10, 2011

this is the best.
your gums can repair and grow…. they are alive.

Blue - November 19, 2011

What about sensitivity? I have severely sensitive teeth, to the point that I have to use two different types of sensitivity toothpaste, alternating every other day, and even then I still have severe pain periodically. Will this remove the protective build up that my toothpastes provide? My dentist tells me to avoid essential oil toothpastes like the plague because of my issues.

Cate Stillman - November 20, 2011

Try it for 3 weeks and see.
Report back.

I imagine you will have unbelievable results. My sense is that the build up your toothpaste provides is potentially blocking the flow of the underlying issue (bacteria/toxins) from releasing. The oil will pull out the underlying gunk and you’ll have less sensitivity.

saz - November 22, 2011

i had no idea that coconut oil was THAT incredible. what healing powers!

i’m starting to get used to the o.p.

Grace - November 23, 2011

Is oiling pulling meant to be use in place of regular toothpaste? If you still brush with toothpaste, do you do it before or after?

Susanne - November 24, 2011

Hi Cate-
i read this is to be done daily for 20 minutes, but i did not see for how many days. are we looking for certain results and then we can do this once a week or something? what is the general prescription here?
thank you.

suzanne Lynch - November 25, 2011

Cate,
I can see why you love oil pulling–I never heard of it, but your enthusiasm for it in your blog made me give it a try. I’ve been doing it for about 5 days and it’s a whole new level of calm and clean in my mouth—way beyond flossing. You are right, it’s the best. My husband and I are now pretty addicted to this practice.

Thanks for putting out awesome free info that supports health.
Suzanne

Cate Stillman - November 26, 2011

Susanne,
It’s a daily routine. You should notice major results within 3 weeks. By then, you might be a convert for life.

Cate Stillman - November 26, 2011

This is my morning mouth routine:
1. drink water
2. oil pull
3. rinse and brush

Cate Stillman - November 26, 2011

So glad. Share the link with your kula :)

Nancy Lustgarten - November 28, 2011

I’ve been oil pulling with sesame oil; is coconut oil good even for a cold vata type like me? Thanks!

Cate Stillman - November 28, 2011

I think it’s fine … even for vata types. Try it and report back :)

Mags Maurice - May 2, 2012

Hello Cate! Thanks for posting your morning routine of “1. drink water 2. oil pull 3. rinse and brush.”
My 2 follow up questions are:
1. Where does tongue scraping come in? Sould I do it before I pull oil or after?
2. If I am doing a salt water oral enema in the morning, should I perform that before or after oil pulling?
Thanks for your help! I’m really enjoying this time to refine my morning routine :)
Peace,
Mags

Cate Stillman - May 2, 2012

Hi Mags,
Tongue scrape first – check out your digestive fire by the residue on your tongue first thing.
2. good question! I’d oil pull after. Drink the water. Then oil pull.

Thanks,
Cate

Mercury Mouth - July 13, 2012

Have heard that o.p.ing can pull out or wash out dental fillings; have no desire for dental work (pls don’t recommend swapping metal fillings for plastic ones, either, as the plastic ones are just as toxic as metal).

What do you do to protect your fillings when oil pulling? Dental suggested smearing vaseline over them, but this sounds like a lot of GUNK to house in your little mouth! :)

Mercury Mouth - July 13, 2012

Have heard that o.p.ing can pull out or wash out dental fillings; have no desire for dental work (pls don’t recommend swapping metal fillings for plastic ones, either, as the plastic ones are just as toxic as metal).

What do you do to protect your fillings when oil pulling? Dentist suggested smearing vaseline over them, but this in addition to the oil sounds like a lot of GUNK to house in your little mouth! :)

Cate Stillman - July 13, 2012

Please state your research references on this. I’ve never come across it.

Mercury Mouth - July 14, 2012

There are a lot of references & questions online about it. Found the following discussion, which is balanced and helpful.

This link also has a great article about the healing benefits of coconut oil, especially in treating, preventing, or slowing down Alzheimer’s disease:

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.com/hwnl_8-1.htm

Mercury Mouth - July 14, 2012

There are a lot of references & questions online about it (possibly affecting fillings).

Found the following discussion, which is balanced and helpful.

This link also has a great article about the healing benefits of coconut oil, especially in treating, preventing, or slowing down Alzheimer’s disease:

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.com/hwnl_8-1.htm

Cate Stillman - July 15, 2012

Thanks – I hadn’t heard it was an issue. It looks from that post that it’s not an issue unless there is an underlying infection. The oil pulling seems to reveal what lies beneath…

Carly Chaffee - February 25, 2013

My mornings are pretty busy with two young children. Typically, I am up at 5am so I have time for yoga before they get at up at 6. Is it ok, so to say, to do oil pulling in the evening instead of the morning?

Cate Stillman - February 25, 2013

Yes. Best after dinner is out of your belly, though.

anu - April 1, 2013

Hi!
Wanted to know if its ok to brush teeth with toothpaste after op?

Cate Stillman - April 1, 2013

Yes – that is fine.

Joy Seward Onyschak - April 24, 2013

Great article Cate Stillman I'll be adding to my detox this week as I'd forgotten this. It's not too late to join in those who looking to clean up their diet and habits this spring. Upgrade your family diet – listen to the podcast:

https://qq114.infusionsoft.com/go/newnormal/a443

Tom Hays - May 26, 2013

Oil pulling,, fasting,, coffee liver flush,, exercise,, running ,, sungazing , Inversions,, head stands handstands, I'm sixty,,,, feel great tranquilized happy constantly.

Stuart - June 15, 2013

Why do you need to do the oil pulling on an empty stomach? And why do you say to drink a glass of water before the oil pulling? I have heard others say to do it on an empty stomach but you are the first person I have heard say anything about drinking the water. I am just curious. I love the practice and know it is good for me and just want to understand it more fully! Thanks!

Bryan Vazquez - June 18, 2013

You might want to consider this before you oil pull.
http://trueayurveda.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/oil-pulling-an-ancient-ayurvedic-treatment/

Tyka - July 12, 2013

Me & my sister were doing OP with Organic Virgin Coconut oil. But during the time , we noticed that our baby hairs were getting dry and brittle. Ironic, even when my sister used VCO on her hair causing hair fall badly, she almost bald that moment :(.
And we changed to use Sesame oil, still dry out our hair. And we change to EVOO, nothing’s different. So I can say since we do OP our hair were getting dry and curly.

Too bad, we’ve decided to stop OP, although we love to do it b/c we’ve got some good effect on our health.

Maybe it’s because we live in the tropical country? so the oil dry out our hair?! idk

Kat Williams - August 10, 2013

the research I've read said oil pull before you drink anything, then flush with lemon water after rinsing following the oil pull.. and that's what I do.. I do it as soon as I get up.. then rinse and brush my teeth.. drinking first is drinking all the crap you're trying to get out..

Joanne Avallone - October 24, 2013

Where can I hear Dr. Fife speak?

Ally Donaldson - January 13, 2014

http://trueayurveda.wordpress.com/ is marked private by its owner

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