I feel like I'm having all sorts of new realizations lately & it's kind of really cool. This week, I realized that for the past 3-4 Sundays in a row I have been doing a self care routine of some sort. I usually plan what my focuses will be for the week to keep me on track with my monthly goals, meal prep & grocery shop, & wind down with some sort of hands on self care practice - like a self given coconut oil face massage or a nice hot epsom salt bath. Upon realizing this is already becoming a consistent routine of mine, I thought, why not share this with others?
I have to be honest from the gate here: I don't hardly know anything about essential oils or much about self care routines in general, but they fascinate me & I have been researching & practicing my own for years now. All I know is what I've stumbled upon in the midst of my own personal interests, travels, talks, & general learnings about this stuff in life. I'm not a cosmetologist, herbalist, essential oil consultant, or anything of the like. I simply think it feels good to take care of myself & is fun to put my own concoctions together!
I originally got the idea to try this hair treatment right on the back of the jojoba oil bottle itself. It says "[Jojoba Oil]...is good for moisturizing the scalp and to prevent dry skin or flakiness. It can be used as a leave-in hair treatment or as an aftershave moisturizer." That got my wheels turning. Last Fall (September 2015) I picked up a handful of essential oils while I was in Thailand & also a book about all the different types of essential oils & what they can be used to help treat or aid in. I have been playing around a tiny bit with the oils since, but I am always looking for extra opportunity to bust them out! I selected Winter Melon & Rosemary from my drawer because their scents blended well under the opinion of my nose & both their bottles doted that they were each effective for dandruff, hair growth, as well as greasy hair.
I take a small spoonful & swish it around in my mouth for twenty minutes. Why twenty minutes? Honestly, because that is the time recommended that popped up in a few articles when I was researching the matter. I don't recall the articles to site them now, but they had said best done in the morning, for twenty minutes. It just makes relative sense to me as morning is a time when you haven't really done anything with your body yet. It's when, as a health coach, I recommend people drink warm lemon water & ease into their day, so I just decided to go with it. It makes sense to me. Just swish, swish, swish then spit 20 mins later - I usually set a timer & read during this time. Once I spit the mix out, I rinse my mouth with warm salt water, with a dash of sea salt, which is the salt I keep in my kitchen. A warm salt mixture helps to sterilize everything & wash everything out. It should help to keep your mouth from feeling too oily afterwards too. To keep playing on the safe side, I also usually brush my teeth & tongue after this entire process is finished.
Oil Pulling Benefits
To recap from everything above, from the knowledge gathered in my life it makes sense to oil pull simply for the fact that you're helping sterilize our mouth & possibly whiten your teeth. Coconut oil also has many healing minerals, like calcium benefits, that could play into benefits as well. As far as the toxins & bad stuff that oil pulling is supposed to take out of your gums & bloodstream & all that jazz - that is the part that I simply do not know my science on, don't feel comfortable trusting just a random beauty type blog, & so again I look at it as there is no loss. I'm getting some benefits & I just might be getting more!
Rinse it All Out