I woke up one morning with a terrible cold and the first thing I did was check Pinterest for home remedies to help me get rid of it. I’m all about the home remedies. If I can get healthier by buying something cheaper and more natural, then I’ll do it.
During my search, I came across a method called “oil pulling.” Basically, you swish oil around in your mouth for several minutes and then spit it out. The goal is to remove all toxins or bacteria in your mouth by allowing it to stick to and dissolve in the oil before you spit it out. This sounded easy enough, so in between classes, I bought coconut oil and I swished it around in my mouth for 15 minutes before spitting it out. My nose already began to clear up just several minutes after finishing and I continued to do it for several days until my cold was completely gone.
How Oil Pulling Works:
Before you eat or drink anything in the morning, you should put ½ to 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth. Most articles I found suggested using coconut oil because the taste is more tolerable and it has more added health benefits than other oils. Then, you swish the oil all around your mouth for 15-20 minutes. During this time, I suggest you find a way to occupy yourself, maybe get some homework done, clean around the house, or just watch whatever is on TV. After the time is up, spit out (never swallow) the oil into a nearby trashcan or toilet. Then, you can brush your teeth or just rinse out your mouth.
Why Try Oil Pulling:
Not only does oil pulling help cure colds (or at least in my case it did), but it has been know to cure other ailments as well. Oilpulling.com has a “Diseases Cured” list that includes acne, allergies, bad breath, bronchitis, diabetes, sinusitis, and more. Oil Pulling has also been linked to weight loss. According to healingcancernaturally.com, an Indian newspaper conducted a survey to study the effects of oil pulling on its readers. Out of the 1,041 readers that responded, 927 reported healing effects of various diseases, including cancer, diabetes, blood pressures, etc. Another study, with subjects using sunflower oil, showed a statistically significant reduction in gingivitis after 45 days of oil pulling.
Although it is still unclear as to how oil pulling works exactly or how it cures all different kinds of ailments, it is believed that any removal of bad bacteria allows room for good bacteria to flourish, therefore, creating a healthier immune system. Some still believe it has no effect on them and others swear by it.
Whether or not you have a disease to cure or you just want whiter teeth, oil pulling is definitely something you should consider. Anything this easy (and cheap!) is worth trying if you can become a healthier version of you.