I’m SO HAPPY to say we have a *WINNER*, seeing as it’s been a trouble-free experience!! So for the time being, I shall stick with it (or at least until I finish my bottle, haha). In the future I may also experiment with other oils like olive and grapeseed, but for now I’m satisfied.
I’ve been OP’ing with this oil for 23 days and I’ve noticed a few things as follows:
–Occasional need to blow your nose after oil pulling, as a result of sinuses being cleared up
–Cleared up / clearer skin / reduced blemishes (although I will say I generally have good skin). I do have dry skin though and perhaps this is helping somehow?
–Strong gums, brighter teeth. Now, this hasn’t been a crazy tooth-whitening experience, although it’s possible that you’d get more of that effect with other oils? I can’t be sure though. Things may change as I keep doing it, but so far it’s more of a modest effect.
–MAY or MAY NOT be tied to safflower oil: I have noticed more toning in my abdominal area; something I’ve been striving for for quite some time. Obviously, I exercise to help me reach this goal and I try to follow a certain diet (nothing too extreme though; I do believe in enjoying life!! :)). However, I find it interesting that according to some claims, safflower oil can be particularly helpful in specifically blasting belly fat (Dr. Oz source can be seen here). It may not be the safflower oil, seeing as I’ve also taken on drinking kefir milk–which apparently contains fat-blasting CLA–and could therefore be another factor (see my post on kefir milk here). Either way, I’m down for the change!
As for the oil pulling process itself:
Safflower (not to be confused with sunflower) oil is relatively tasteless, which I find easier to OP with (removes the aftertaste effect that other oils have). The process is fairly easy and simple. The pic of the bottle is the exact one I use, and I’ve linked the pic to Vitacost; just one of the potential sites to order it from.
What you need:
-bottle of oil (varies with taste: olive, safflower, grapeseed, coconut, etc.)
*This is my routine*:
First thing when I get up, I swish a spoonful of oil in my mouth for 15 minutes. You can do it for up to 20 minutes, but I feel 15 minutes is long enough. It can feel like a long time the first few times you do it, so it may help to do something in the meantime, like put dishes away, watch TV, etc.
You simply swish it–DON’T swallow!–since the point of oil pulling is to pull bacteria from your mouth (and therefore swallowing is counter-productive by keeping it in your body). Then spit it out in the garbage–it’s best not to do it in the sink because accumulation of oil can clog pipes.
Then, I follow it by brushing my teeth and feeding my grumbling tummy after having teased it for 15 minutes. 🙂 LOL!
Needless to say, I’m very glad with the results I’ve seen so far and I recommend it to anyone interested in trying it out. 🙂