Originally Posted by capmikee
Really? My ears get blocked all the time. And you can clear them out by swishing oil around in your mouth?
I haven't read any official oil-pulling stuff. Is there a brief set of instructions somewhere without a lot of testimonials/promotion, etc?
I can give you instructions:
1) Put a teaspoon/dessertspoon (depending on size of spoon!) of your oil of choice (olive oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil and coconut oil are popular choices) and put it in mouth. Swish this around in your mouth, press it between your teeth etc, for as long as you can. You will notice that your cheeks will start to swell as your naturally produced saliva is added to the mix. If your cheeks are about to pop, then spit a litte bit out into a bowl and carry on swishing. If you can't take any more after ten minutes, spit the lot out (coconut oil shouldn't go down the sink as it will harden, but I guess you could spit the olive oil down the sink). Take another teaspoon of oil and swish for another ten minutes. 15-20 minutes is recommended.
DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL!!! After all this swishing, the oil has "pulled" out various toxins from your mouth, teeth and gums, bacteria have started growing in the mix, and hence it is pretty poisonous - so they say - so you spit the whole lot out, rinse a couple of times and brush your teeth.
I did this yesterday for 15 minutes and my ears, which were really blocked with mucous and pressure, felt a lot better afterwards. Today I don't have the same ultra-blocked feeling and did it again, but today I haven't had the same kind of relief. But your teeth do feel ultra clean afterwards!
I felt really peculiar yesterday with sinus problems and mucous running down the back of my throat, blocked ears, dizziness, that I was willing to try anything!!! As I say, it helped a lot and I don't have the same nasty mucous problem today or any dizziness.
However, the blocked-ear feeling hasn't gone away completely. Nonetheless, I am going to stick with it as I have gum problems too and amalgam fillings in three teeth. The oil pulling apparently also works as a mercury chelator, too. My dentist proposed a nasty-sounding treatment lately for my gum problems and I don't want to have it done (he makes more money off me as I'm privately insured and the treatment would involve a lot of pain and measurements being taken - for his benefit, not mine) plus he wants to put a slow-release antibiotic tablet under a tooth, which would be giving off antibiotics for about 6-8weeks!!! No sirree!!! I have therefore decided to give this oil-pulling a try to see if it helps with my recurrent sinus problems and gums. I figure it can't do any harm, whereas what the dentist wants to do sounds painful, expensive and harmful!!!
Good luck and keep me posted about whether you try it and what results you get!