important change in procedure
Today I was reading about people’s oil pulling experiences on a health website and someone suggested taking the time to spit out the swished oil after ten minutes, replacing it with new oil. This makes sense and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before, not to mention should have read similar advice before. The used oil becomes quite toxic so after a while the mouth can start to reabsorb this toxic, used oil. Starting tomorrow I will start changing oil ten minutes into the pulling session. The downside is that I will use twice the amount of oil in doing this. Although I feel refreshing the oil will be a great time-saving alternative to swishing also at night.
I read several accounts of people experiencing symptoms like facial breakouts and feelings of lethargy, common while doing a body detox. I have had minor facial breakouts, just a pimple here and there but nothing really to report. Perhaps my body didn’t have as many toxins to begin with compared to the experience I read.
Something I have noticed is that my nails are growing very fast and are stronger than they have ever been. Normally I cannot keep my nails long before one of them breaks, causing me to cut them all short so they match. I’m thinking perhaps just the handling of sesame seed oil over the past couple of weeks has provided extra nourishment for my nails and is helping them grow strong. People say hair and nails grow extra fast and thick during pregnancy but my nails were never as long or strong as they are now, even when I was pregnant last year. A friend asked me if oil-pulling would strengthen her teeth. I would say there is no harm in giving it a try and most likely it would absolutely help, especially after noticing what it has done for my nails so far.
Another observation: I had a sore inside my mouth, right next to one of my molars. It was caused by something I ate at dinner last night. After swishing this morning the sore seems to have healed significantly.
OIL-PULLING TIP OF THE DAY: Keeping oneself busy during the 20 minutes or more of swishing is important. My favorite ways to pass the time are showering, shaving, or stretching/yoga. But one must be careful not to lie on one’s back if stretching or yoga is being practiced while oil-pulling (my mother shared her experience with me this morning so I thought I’d warn the readers as well). Swished oil should not be swallowed as it contains many toxins that should be spit out. (Don’t be concerned if only trace amounts of oil are ingested while pulling as this is difficult to avoid).
This is my brother Tim and I in Cooke City, MT. Tim called me while I was 11 minutes into oil-pulling today so I spit it out early. Better than not doing it at all, right? We had a nice chat, he is happy and sounds well. Love you, Tim!
Mom, this is the brand I was talking about that you can find at Publix. When my bottle runs out I’m going to go with cold-pressed oil, that is what is recommended above this refined, expeller pressed oil.
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One Week Down
I started this blog one week ago. I missed day 5 of oil pulling but other than that it is going well. Every day it gets easier, becoming routine. There is not much to say about my experiment tonight but maybe I will have new observations to report tomorrow. I just thought there was some significance to recognizing week one.
Today was day four of oil-pulling. I swished while I showered today, a great way to multi-task and passes the 20 minutes very easily. I have noticed a smoothness in my lips and the skin around my mouth. Sesame seed oil is supposed to be good for the skin and it is recommended to apply it topically especially on the area around the nose where oil collects and pores enlarge. Kids are taught that oil period is bad for the skin of the face and that it clogs pores. An oily face was something I have always thought was to be avoided. I’m learning now that there is good oil and bad oil. My next step in my sesame seed oil experiment will be to use it on my face after washing as a moisturizer, concentrating on the area around my nose. Hopefully it will help shrink some pores. We’ll see.
first entry (in longer than i am willing to admit)
Desperately and for too long have I needed an excuse to write about something, a project. I used to do so much creative writing—here’s to getting back to it!
The purpose of starting this tumblr was to record my observations during 40 days of oil-pulling. I am now at the end of day two. In short, oil-pulling is a healing process where one swishes in ones mouth a tablespoon of sesame seed or sunflower oil for 20 minutes at the beginning of every day on an empty stomach. There are many supposed benefits to doing this. Last week I googled sesame seed oil and read about the amazing and seemingly endless benefits of sesame seed oil. My mother is a health food nut and a belieber in holistic healing and medicine and so I asked her if she had ever read about the benefits to this “Queen of Oils”. Of course she had and she asked me if I had heard about oil-pulling. I began to read and quickly decided, why not?? So yesterday morning and this morning I swished refined sesame seed oil (cold pressed oil is recommended before refined but refined is supposed to work too) through my teeth for 20 minutes. It doesn’t take long before the oil mixes with the saliva and becomes much thinner of a substance. It is supposed to look white when it is spit out, if it’s still yellowish it has not been pulled long enough.
About 15 minutes into my first oil-pulling session, I gagged and spit it all out. It looked white enough to me but for day two I lasted the whole 20 minutes and the spit seemed whiter. Both days I rinsed and gargled with warm sea salt water. I keep one tooth brush for brushing after pulling and one for brushing at other times. The oil pulls many toxins out of the blood and body through the mouth during the process so safety is the reason for keeping two toothbrushes. They do say dogs mouths are cleaner than human mouths…
Read more about oil-pulling here