March 25, 2014
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Everybody’s Talking About Oil Pulling, Here’s Why

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A couple of us at LEAF have been doing the ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling for about 6 months, ever since it first took over the interweb. And honestly – we’re in love! We know it sounds a little strange, but, the benefits far outweigh the initial “what?! that’s gross!” thought process.

Benefits:
-Whitens teeth
-Strengthens gums
-Reduces and prevents plaque build-up
-Pulls bacteria out of the mouth, teeth, gums, throat
-Promotes gut health
-Rev’s up your metabolism
-Helps cure hangovers
-Helps with bad breath

Ummm… have we hooked you yet?!

Here’s how to do it:
1. Choose your organic, cold-pressed, unrefined oil:
2. Sesame, Sunflower or Coconut (we love sesame, many people are advocates of coconut but the consistency takes more getting used to)
3. Measure out 1 tsp to 1 tbsp, whatever you’re comfortable with – work your way up
4. Swish it around in your mouth anywhere from 10-15 minutes, 20 max
5. Spit it out into a cup, discard in trash or toilette (it will be a milky, watery substance)
6. Rinse your mouth out with salt water
7. Brush your teeth as you normally would
8. SMILE!

Tips:
* Watch this video to see how not gross it is!
*Find the time to do this when you FIRST wake up. You can either go sit back in bed, do your dishes, read a magazine, get your breakfast prepared… whatever!
*Make sure you DO NOT swallow the oil, it’s where all of the toxins are going!
*Brush your teeth immediately after.

Have you tried it? What do you think!?

10 Responses to “Everybody’s Talking About Oil Pulling, Here’s Why”

TerriMarch 25th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Best thing ever!!!! I’ve been doing this for over a year. What it does for your skin must be seen to be believed!!!

Jenn Baker (@jbakernyc)March 27th, 2014 at 10:07 am

I’ve been doing this for about two weeks with coconut oil and it’s easy peasy. No bad texture or taste and 20 minutes goes by fast. Haven’t noticed any significant results but I’ll keep it going as it can’t hurt.

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