Song for the day: Club Tropicana by Wham!
My poll for my Spring Reads ended on Monday! Thank you to everyone who voted; it turns out that I’ll be reading The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore! I’m looking forward to it.
Today I thought I’d talk about the coconut oil pulling that I’ve been doing for a few weeks now:
I think pretty much everybody in the known world has heard of the benefits of this wonder solution by now! I bought it to cook with at first, but then I heard about the benefits of using it on your skin. I used to have really dry elbows, so I used it on those. After two days, my skin was seriously SO SOFT! I decided to have a browse on Pinterest to see what else I could use the oil for. I found tutorials for using it on your hair, in curries, in manicures, to clean with… and then I came across oil pulling.
There were several bloggers (I can’t remember them now though) using coconut oil to pull toxins out of their body. I was going through a particularly woe-is-me phase at the time, and so the process sounded rather cathartic. I had to give it a go.
The process of oil pulling involves you, a teaspoon of coconut oil, an empty stomach, and time. I use this method to start my day:
- Wake up. Curse phone, snooze alarm. Wake up again.
- When fully awake, I take a teaspoon of coconut oil… and put it directly in my mouth. It may seem and feel a bit gross at first, but you get used to it. It helps that virgin coconut oil just tastes like coconut rather than oil.
- Swish it around until the raw form dissolves into liquid oil, and then swish some more. Like mouthwash, but for 20 minutes. Yes, I said 20 minutes. 20 minutes of mouth swishing with oil. It feels very weird the first time or three. Not physically weird, but weird in the sense of “I’m washing my mouth with oil“. To be honest though, the time goes by quite fast if you do it whist you’re in the shower, or when you’re doing your “I will check every social network I’m on multiple times before I leave my warm duvet” thing. That’s what I do anyway.
- If your mouth gets tired, you can rest – I mean, the oil will still be in there, so. After 20 minutes, spit it out and rinse with water – you never know what toxins will have been drawn out by the oil.
- I brush as well, but a couple of the blogs I read had straight up replaced morning brushing with the oil pulling! I would be way too paranoid to do that though.
After a few weeks of doing this, I can say with complete honesty that I haven’t felt much of a difference toxicity-wise, but would I have been able to tell before? What I have noticed is that my teeth have become whiter! I’m not talking Hollywood levels, but they have gone up a shade.
Have you tried oil pulling? What do you think of it?
Speaking of things I’ve found on Pinterest, I have set up a new lbloggers group board with the aim of our little community being able to share and promote our posts. Find it and information about how to join here.
Oh, and one more thing – it’s the Brits tonight! Seeing as my BAFTA chat was so much fun, I’ll be on Twitter again tonight using the hashtag #BRITSbloggerchat . Hope to see you there!
Hope you’re all ok out there!