A while ago I started experimenting with the fad practice of oil pulling. I wrote an article about the pros and cons I had experienced after a week, and I said that I would keep doing it because it couldn’t hurt. But I have since stopped. Why? Three reasons:
1. It’s gross. The biggest thing that I couldn’t get past when I was oil pulling was how disgusting it really was. I used coconut oil, which some people swear by (others say sesame oil is preferable), but the taste was so…soapy. I could’ve gotten past the taste perhaps, if it wasn’t for the texture. Which was also kind of like a snotty soap. The whole thing was pretty gag worthy, if I’m being honest.
2. No real change. In my initial article, I noted that my teeth felt slicker (which was nice), and my jaw more relaxed after all the swishing. I also noticed that perhaps all the swishing was draining my sinuses a little bit. But none of those things that I noticed were major, and after a while became not worth putting up with the disgusting taste. I also wrote in my previous article that I wasn’t really sure that oil pulling was supposed to do exactly, because everyone who was talking about it was nearly claiming it cured cancer, the benefits were so numerous. I stuck with it for almost a month and really didn’t notice much aside from those initial, and minor, things.
3. Time consuming. Lastly, oil pulling is supposed to take a little time. While I do write, and actually do have time in the day to sit and swish oil in my mouth for a half an hour, that still felt like too much time not to have the use of my mouth. It was awkward when the phone rang or when my boyfriend knocked on the door to ask me a question. But then again, maybe I just talk a lot.
All in all, oil pulling just felt like a little too much effort for a dubious payoff.