If you've been checking in on Fourth Street from time to time, you may have read that I'm always a little late to the party. It happened again. I heard about oil pulling sometime back, but I was skeptical to try it. Confession. I am always skeptical with products or processes whether they are natural or not because there are so many out there, how do you know what really works? I've learned you trust and you try. Since this little health routine started getting press again, I thought I'd give it a try, and I'm so glad I did.
I know it's another step to add to the morning beauty or evening skin care routine, but it really is worth it. I've been doing it for about two weeks now and have already noticed results. For those of you that don't know, oil pulling is an ancient art of detoxification that began in India because of it's health benefits. It is known as Kavala or Gandusha and is capable of improving oral (plaque, halitosis, gingivitis, and healthy gums) and systematic health (headaches, diabetes, mellitus, asthma, acne and teeth whitening). Aside from having a healthy mouth, the systematic health benefits are such a bonus.
The part I like the best is that it's so easy, and literally quite pleasing. All you have to do is pick up a jar of organic coconut oil from your local health food store (I bought mine at Whole Foods), scoop a tablespoon into your mouth (it will dissolve immediately) and start swishing it around for fifteen to twenty minutes. One, the taste is yummy and almost feels like you are having a guilt free dessert, and two, you can do it while you are putting on your make-up, curling your hair, or at night when you are running through your skin care routine.
I love it, and if you try or have tried it, please let me know.