It all started with my daily check of Alexa.com’s “What’s Hot” list of popular URLs. One title of a viral blog post caught my eye. With a title like “WTF is Oil Pulling + Why I’m Hooked,” that link was screaming, “Click me!” I did, and that began my journey of oil pulling, something I’d never heard of prior to that day.
My oil pulling journey begins…
I was a little too lazy to head on over to my local Mustard Seed Mart health-food store to grab coconut oil, although I love buying my aromatherapy oils at that location. Instead, I sought out the concoction in my local Giant Eagle grocery store, seeing as though I had other food items to purchase as well.
Thankfully, tucked away near the natural honey section, a jar of MaraNatha All Natural Coconut Butter appeared. Since there was no coconut oil in the store that I could find, I stood there and searched on my iPhone to discover that coconut butter is just coconut oil with the meat of the coconut included. At around $10, the glass jar of butter was mine.
Swishing coconut oil in my mouth
I promptly delved into the practice of swirling the stuff in my mouth, but since coconut oil and the butter has a melting point of around 75 degrees or so, I had to place it near my heating vent all night to have it melted enough in a liquid format to pour into my mouth.
The first time went relatively well. It only took a little getting used to the feeling of swishing the warm stuff around my gums and through my teeth for 20 minutes without swallowing it or gagging on it. Like another writer recommended, I spat it out into paper towels and tossed them in the trash, instead of going with an instinctual urge to turn my bathtub or toilet into my coconut oil-spitting spittoon, because that could clog the pipes.
Perhaps it’s simply the power of suggestion, but I swear my teeth looked whiter right away. Another swish of the stuff on other days proved the stuff too thick – and I had to sit up in the bathtub so I wouldn’t gag on it. I chalk this up to the fact that I purchased coconut butter instead of pure coconut oil.
The woman in the dry sauna with coconut butter
Ironically, the same day I jumped on the oil pulling bandwagon, I saw a woman in the dry sauna room dipping her fingers into a jar of white cream and rubbing it on her body. I couldn’t resist asking for more info. Of course, it was coconut oil. I excitedly told her about the new oil pulling trend – something my Facebook friends are posting statuses about as well – and she gave me the inroads of a local place to buy the oil for cheap by the gallon so that my mouth-swishing journey can continue unfettered.
No wonder people praise the mighty coconut. In the same way that dry sauna woman said she couldn’t resist eating a little bit of the oil, I’ve added some melted coconut butter to my green smoothies as well (but keeping within my 1,600-calorie or so daily diet) – and I plan to scrub the rest of this coconut butter on my body in the bathtub.
Stay tuned for the oil-pulled, whiter-toothed, stronger-gummed, younger-looking and healthier version of me.