Detoxing with Oil: an Oil Pulling Diary
Oil pulling. It sounds like an environmentally friendly activity, doesn’t it? And it is. For your internal environment, that is. It’s an Ayurvedic detoxifying/purifying technique involving swishing sesame or sunflower oil (ideally cold-pressed, although refined works, too) in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, first thing in the morning, until it turns white and foamy and, essentially, toxic. Then you spit it out. It’s purpose is to pull out toxins before they can cause problems, as well as getting rid of the ones of which we’re already aware. One nice outcome is the balancing effect this has on the endocrine system. According to EarthClinic.com, it has also been used to heal “mouth & gum disease; stiff joints; allergies; asthma; high blood sugar; constipation; migraines; bronchitis; eczema; heart, kidney, lung diseases; leukemia; arthritis; meningitis; insomnia; menopause (hormonal issues); cancer; AIDS; chronic infections; varicose veins; high blood pressure; diabetes; polio; cracked heels.” A client told me about it. I thought it seemed like a fairly easy way to detox, with the possibility of some very favorable results, and I’m always interested in finding simple ways to feel better, for me and for my clients, so I decided to try it out.
Day One. Swishing oil around my mouth for 15 minutes wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I think I even managed to avoid swallowing any. My teeth feel amazingly clean, like I just came from the dentist. I’m reluctant to eat, lest I get them dirty, but somehow I manage. An interesting side effect: my mouth has been shooting out saliva all day. I’ve clearly started something happening. All I want to do is spit. Why are there so many people around all the time? Why didn’t I pay attention when my older brother was learning to hock a lugie with flair? Maybe I could carry a little cup with me, be discreet about it…oh the images that just popped into my head. Scratch that. I think I must be a little giddy. With any luck, this will be a temporary thing.
Okay. I accept and honor my saliva. Let the detoxifying begin!