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My Oil Pulling Experience

My Oil Pulling Experience

I’ve been hearing about the benefits of oil pulling for the past several months. I figured one day I’d get around to checking it out and seeing what all the fuss was about.

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I had seen the list of benefits but didn’t know anyone personally that had done it yet. Then my yoga instructor Becki mentioned that she had been oil pulling and loved it and encouraged her friends to give it a try. Since I respect and look up to her, I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. Plus I had a toothache and have a horrible phobia of the dentist so if it could prevent me from having to go, I was in.

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Oil pulling is a traditional Ayurvedic technique to detoxify the body. Traditionally, sunflower/sesame oil is used but more and more people are finding the same beneficial results with organic coconut oil (I use organic refined coconut oil).

Before I go into my personal experience, here is a long list of what the alleged benefits of oil pulling are:

    • Brighter, whiter teeth
    • Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis
    • Prevents bad breath
    • Overall strengthening of the teeth and gums and jaw
    • Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat
    • Increased energy
    • Clearer mind
    • Decreased headaches and headache relief
    • Clearer sinuses
    • Alleviated allergies
    • Better sleep
    • Clearer skin
    • Regulated menstrual cycles
    • Improved lymphatic system
    • Improved PMS symptoms by correcting hormone imbalances
    • Reducing inflammation of arthritis
    • May help with gastro-enteritis
    • Aids in the reduction of eczema
    • May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
    • Helps support normal kidney function
    • Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

Sounds pretty unbelievable doesn’t it? I have to admit that I was skeptical but since I use several other homeopathic things on a regular basis and have had positive/effective experiences, why not try this. I use coconut oil for a zillion other reasons so what’s one more.

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  • When you wake up, before drinking water or eating, brushing teeth or anything, take about 1 tablespoon of oil into your mouth.
  • Swish it around in your mouth pulling it in and out of your teeth like you would with mouthwash for 20 minutes, no more no less. Do not swallow the oil as it will be loaded with toxins and bacteria.
  • After 20 minutes, spit the oil into the garbage can. It will be milky white. It’s important not to spit it out into the sink because the oil can solidify and end up clogging your pipes.
  • Rinse mouth with warm salt water to remove more of the toxin containing oil. You can spit this into the sink.
  • Brush your teeth and go about your day. All done.

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DAY 1 – I scooped a tablespoon full of coconut oil (mine was in a solid state) and chewed it for a few seconds in my mouth. The heat of my mouth quickly melted it into a liquid form.

I swished the oil around in my mouth, pulling and pushing it in between my teeth for a full 20 minutes while I went about my normal morning routine like making the bed, doing the dishes, setting up my laptop for the day, etc. It was a little strange not to be able to speak to my cats at all, I could only moan and hum at them. Not speaking for the 20 minutes ended up being almost meditative.

After pulling for exactly 20 minutes, no more no less, I spit the coconut oil into the kitchen garbage can. What I spit out was milky foamy white just like others said it would be.

After spitting the oil into the garbage, I rinsed with warm salt water to remove the excess then I brushed my teeth as I normally would.

Within the next hour after pulling, I sneezed no less than 15 times within about 20 minutes. I ended up having to blow my nose a few times because my sinuses were draining a lot. Once I did, that was it, no more draining for the rest of the day.

I don’t know if it was my imagination or a placebo affect but I had so much energy all day. But by the end of the day I really wasn’t feeling that great. I almost felt like I was catching a cold. Now I know that it was the toxins in my body surfacing due to being pulled by the oil.

Coincidentally I did have a toothache prior to starting my oil pulling experiment and the tooth pain did not subside after one day of pulling.

I still went to yoga class despite not feeling my best and afterwards I felt awesome. I no longer felt ill like I did earlier. I slept really good but then I usually do after yoga.

DAY 2 – The 20 minutes really goes fast, I even showered while pulling. After swishing the coconut oil and spitting it out I do a final rinse of warm salt water then brush my teeth. I did have another sneezing fit about an hour after pulling and my sinuses drained again.

I had an incredible amount of energy and my tooth pain was slightly improved. I got so much done today and was still going strong at 11 pm.

DAY 3 – Woke up with a headache and a little heartburn. I’ve heard that because the oil pulling draws toxins from the body that some people may experience headaches when they first start oil pulling. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence but I rarely, very rarely headaches.

Had another sneezing fit about 45 minutes after pulling, sinuses drained but a little less than the days before. Still had tons of energy.

DAY 4 – Woke up headache free. Only 2 sneezes today. I’ve heard that oil pulling is supposed to help with allergies and I think they might be right. All the sneezing is actually clearing out my sinuses. My tooth is as pain free as it has been all week, bonus. Loads of energy too.

DAY 5 – More of the same. Woke up headache free. Sneezed a few times, drained the sinuses. Tooth is feeling great still, can barely feel it. Loads of energy.

DAY 6 – More of the same. Today my tooth is completely pain free. I never would’ve thought it possible. I’m loving all the energy.

DAY 7 – Mouth feels healthier, no more tooth pain, sinuses are clear, I have tons of energy, no headaches and sleep more sound.

CONCLUSION OF MY WEEK OF OIL PULLING

After my first initial headache and sneezing, all other side effects have been super positive.

  • Mouth health is improved. Toothache is completely gone and its actually been 4 weeks since I started writing about my experience. I’m still oil pulling and my toothache has not returned.
  • My teeth are getting whiter and whiter.
  • Even morning breath is much improved. I used to get an icky film on my tongue overnight and now when I wake it feels like I just brushed my teeth. No film at all.
  • My sinuses are clear as a whistle. I used to blow my nose after a shower but now I don’t even have to do that because the pulling drains my sinuses great.
  • My lips aren’t chapped anymore because I rub any excess oil all over my lips while pulling.
  • I have so much energy and get so much more done during the day which probably contributes to me sleeping better at night.

I promised myself a full week of faithful pulling and I’m so glad I did. I’ve been oil pulling now for 4 weeks and it has become part of my morning routine.

There is something peaceful about not speaking at all for 20 minutes when I first wake. I’m kooky like that but I find it almost meditative.

Give it a week, you’ve got nothing to lose and lots of benefits to gain

 

 

 

 

 

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Perfectly Healthy Cookie

PERFECTLY HEALTHY COOKIE

Healthy cookie you say?  That is really hard to find in a store and foods with labels tend to have too many ingredients for my taste.  The fewer ingredients, the better, always.  It’s a good thing healthy is really easy to make.

I use the term “cookie” loosely because these can be had for breakfast, after school snacks, energy bars, post workout snack, on-the-go treats for the kiddies, etc.

Peep these benefits:

  • No added sugar
  • No flour
  • No eggs
  • Contains protein
  • Contains fiber
  • Vegan
  • Can be made gluten-free with Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oatmeal.  Bob’s tests for gluten down to 20 parts per million. Make sure you purchase only gluten-free labeled oatmeal, Bob’s has several that are not gluten-free.

Those benefits alone are reason enough to try these. A couple tips before you get started:

  • The riper your bananas are, the sweeter your cookies will be.  I used ‘just ripe’ bananas just because I couldn’t wait to make these but you might want to wait until your nanas are a bit more ripe.  Although mine turned out mildly sweet, its your preference really.
  • These cookies don’t spread on the cookie sheet unlike cookies made with eggs and flour.  You can place them really close to each other.
  • I would typically look for the ‘brown around the edges’ sign of being done when making other cookies but not with these.  They don’t get that brown.  I found that 23 minutes was perfect for a full sheet of cookies though.

Enough previews, let’s get to the show already!

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Perfectly Healthy Cookie
 
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No sugar, flour, eggs or dairy. Vegan, fiber and protein included. Can also be made gluten-free!
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Recipe type: Snack
: Vegan
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe bananas (the more ripe, the sweeter the cookie will be)
  • 2 cups rolled oats (not the quick cook kind)
  • ⅓ cup no sugar-added applesauce
  • ¼ cup almond milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1¼ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.
  2. In a large bowl, mash up those nanas. Mash them up good.
  3. Whisk in vanilla and cinnamon. Whisking will help add more oxygen to the bananas helping them to ripen and sweeten up even more.
  4. Whisk in applesauce and almond milk. Whisk for a good minute or two to help everything get smoother.
  5. Add oats and raisins, mix well.
  6. Put drops on parchment paper or non-stick pan.
  7. Bake for 20 - 23 minutes.

 

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Side note: While these were baking I wanted to use up my ingredients for another ricotta and spinach stuffed mushroom so I got everything ready so I could use the oven when the cookies were done.

The first batch of cookies came out and of course I had to test them so I had one.  Then I had another.  Then I decided a cup of coffee would go great with them so I made a cuppa joe and put in the second batch of cookies.

Second batch done and I tested yet another cookie.  Then I put away all of the mushroom ingredients because I wasn’t hungry any longer and would have to save them for later today.

Needless to say, these cookies are filling and satisfying.  Not to mention healthy!  Eat up!

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Even if you added chocolate chips or a tablespoon of brown sugar, you are still making an incredibly healthy treat.

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Homemade Vanilla Cinnamon Coconut Granola

Homemade Vanilla Cinnamon Coconut Granola

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I LOVE me some granola but buying it in the store is sketchy for me.  There are either ingredients I’m not too keen on or there are additives that I’d rather not put in our bodies.  The solution?  Make it yourself!

I had wanted to make my own granola for a while now and finally did it last night.  I don’t know what I was waiting for.  It was so fast and easy!  Let’s not forget nutritious and delicious and I used organic ingredients as much as I could.   This recipe yields about 6 cups of granola.  Prep time: 5 minutes.  Cook time:  25 – 30 minutes.  Cool time: 20 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

2 ½ cups old fashioned oats (NOT quick oats)

3/4 cup almond slivers

1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

3/4 shredded sweetened coconut

1/2 cup of raisins

2 tbsp. dark brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

4 tbsp. coconut oil (I used refined), melted

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup of honey*

2 tsp. vanilla extract

*this recipe can easily be made vegan by substituting honey for more maple syrup.

Preheat the oven for 325.  Prepare a large cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.  You will be spreading this mixture on the cookie or baking sheet so if its on the small side, you might want to use 2. securedownload

In a large bowl toss the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sweetened coconut and raisins. 

In a separate microwave safe medium bowl, mix the dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, coconut oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla extract together.  If your coconut oil is not already melted, put the mixture in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time just to melt the coconut oil.  Take it out, stir it up.  If the coconut is still not melted, pop it in for another 10 or 15 seconds. 

Once your liquid ingredients are melted, pour over the dry mixture in the big bowl.  Stir everything together until the dry ingredients are wet with the liquid mixture.

If you find that the liquid isn’t getting the dry ingredients wet enough, either add more honey or maple syrup but only one tablespoon at a time so not to use too much.  If by chance you used too much liquid, just add some more nuts or oats, easy fix.

Once you’ve got everything mixed the way it should be, spread the mixture evenly over your baking sheet or cookie sheet and put in the oven for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes your kitchen should be smelling pretty darn awesome. 

  • Put in for 10 minutes, stir
  • Put in for another 10 minutes, stir
  • Put in for another 7 – 10 minutes but this time when you stir, notice how brown the underside is getting.  If it’s a dark caramel color, you are done – give it one last stir and let it cool.  You don’t want to burn your latest snacksecuredownload-1 creation.

Let the granola sit out and cool for about 20 minutes then sit back and bask in all the compliments you’ll be getting.  You can take some on-the-go for a quick energy boost/snack or pour some milk over it for a delicious healthy cereal everyone will love.

You can create your own variations with your favorite nuts, dried fruits or some dark chocolate chips as my husband suggested.  Get creative!  Let me know how yours turned out and if you used any other ingredients.  I love the concoctions people come up with.