Oil Pulling Week 2: Falling into new habits, but will they last?
We’re halfway through our month of oil pulling here at Boka, and our pullers are starting to fall into new routines. All four of them have experienced some positive changes in their oral health and are seeing their teeth get whiter.
Becky even had one unexpected change for the better in the first two weeks of oil pulling.
“This is kind of weird,” she said, “but within a couple days of starting to oil pull, a bump I’ve had in my ear for years started to go away. Now it is completely gone. Ashleigh got me researching the connections between oil pulling, the lymph system and ear infections, and I don’t think it’s crazy to believe it was the oil pulling that got rid of it.”
Becky also switched from Cocowhite to regular coconut oil and said there wasn’t much of a difference in taste or effect. Katie did some oil experimentation too and researched which type of oil is better: refined or unrefined. She came to the verdict that unrefined works better for oil pulling because it’s more raw and contains micronutrients that are lost through heat in the refining process.
While everyone is getting a healthier-feeling mouth, there’s still the fact that oil pulling calls for 20 minutes out of each morning, a time demand Eric called “unsustainable.”
“I’d be curious to know how much difference 10 versus 20 minutes makes in your overall oral health,” Eric says. “To me, 10 minutes feels more sustainable and if the bar was set at 10 minutes more people would find themselves ‘successful’ at oil pulling and willing to try it in the first place.”
On the other hand, Ashleigh said she likes pulling for 20 minutes and that the practice makes her more mindful of her time in the morning. Some of our pullers said they’re considering experimenting with shorter times when they can’t hit the full 20 minutes next week. How will that affect them? Check back here next Friday to see how week three went.