Oil Pulling 101
The idea of oil pulling never really interested me, which is weird, because I have tried a lot of things to whiten my teeth. (I’ve always been a big fan of brushing with baking soda.) I think I grabbed a sloppy tablespoon of coconut oil from my baking stash one time, swished it around my mouth for two seconds, regretted my decision, and spat it out.
So that’s the extent of my experience with oil pulling. Until now!
Recently, I was approached by Kismet Essentials to try their oil pulling kits. Why not, I thought? I try everything else. (Including allowing a new client to perform two hours of microblading on my eyebrows yesterday–and that hurt!)
So what is oil pulling and what should you know about it? Let me hook you up:
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an an old ayurvedic dental practice. The basic idea is that by swishing a tablespoon of pure coconut oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes per day, you can help your body to release toxins and then expel them by spitting the mixture out.
But the benefits don’t stop at toxin removal: oil pulling whitens teeth, cleans plaque, destroys bacteria, promotes nice-smelling breath, and generally contributes to a healthier mouth and brighter smile. Here’s Kimset Essentials’ list of health benefits, as found on their website:
- Whiter Teeth
- Fresher Breath
- Improved Digestion
- Reduced Headaches
- Cleaner Tongue and Mouth
- Better Immune System
- Healthier Gums
- Reduced Plaque
- Clearer, Softer Skin
- Improved Skin Conditions (Eczema, Psoriasis etc)
- Balanced Hormones
Oil Pulling with Kismet Essentials
As I mentioned above, I briefly tried oil pulling in the past, and quickly (and foolishly) determined it to be a useless, kind of disgusting practice. But my experience with Kismet was really different! Their kits are meant to be completed in two weeks; they come with 14 satchels containing one tablespoon of high-quality coconut oil, flavoured with a mild, very pleasant minty taste. So right off the bat, they’re easy to use, travel with, and they taste clean, which I would think is an impressive feat for coconut oil. (Because let’s face it–coconut oil is still oil. It tends to taste fatty.)
Then for the health nuts in the group (my hand is eagerly waving), the product also uses organic, virgin, cold-pressed oil that’s non-GMO and fair trade.
So now you’re in love, right? There are like 4 or 5 magic words in that sentence!
The Results of My Experience
My teeth are not naturally white. I have a photograph of myself smiling for third-grade picture-day, and my teeth are kinda yellow. (So my expectations were not high.) I only lasted about 10-12 minutes with each satchel (actually, I only lasted 4 minutes on day 2 because I forgot and had 2 glasses of wine first, and then didn’t have the willpower to hold oil in my mouth for longer than that…oops…), and had to distract myself through the process. I usually worked on my laptop or read a book while swishing.
(Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to swish like you would with mouthwash–that would result in a very sore jaw! Think gentle.)
After you swish, you can’t spit it into your sink, because it’s coconut oil–it could firm up and cause a blockage. So I spat my coconut oil into a zip-lock bag after each time, and then threw the bag out at the end.
Hot tip: if you plan on reusing the bag to include all 14 treatments, you might change your mind after the first week or so, because the bag seriously begins to smell like vomit. I’m assuming this is because there are tons of trapped bacteria and toxins in this bag of used coconut oil. So instead, I recommend switching it up every 3-4 days.
I didn’t really see a difference in my teeth hue until after about a week, and then after 10-12 days, the change was pretty evident. I’m very sorry that I’m not providing a before-and-after photo, but it’s because I’m currently treating myself to Invisalign, and have bumps affixed to my teeth that help to hold the trays in properly, and I feel like I look like a vampire. (Also, they’re not as invisible as their name suggests. FYI.)
So that’s why.
Anyway: it was a good experience, and I’ll do it again! For those who want to whiten but aren’t into chemical bleach kits, this blog’s for you. (You’re welcome.)
To order an oil pulling kit from Kismet, view their SHOP page. This business is located in Vancouver (local for me!), and their social tags are as follows: