Oil Pulling Test

Last week my friend Lizzy had me pick up a jar of coconut oil from Whole Foods, saying she wanted to try out this new "thing" she had heard about -- Oil Pulling -- She said it was great for your teeth and it can clear up your skin, etc., etc. 

The idea: Swish a spoonful of oil (coconut, sunflower, or sesame are most popular) in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes. Then spit it out in the trash.

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 3.05.49 PM.png
Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 3.06.19 PM.png

Ever since she told me all about it, I have seen this term pop up all over Facebook. Friends posting links to websites talking about it. BlogHer & PopSugar Fitness posting about it, other friends asking about it.

Friends opinions and blog posts vary about if it works, many saying it is simply a placebo effect, others say they have given up brushing their teeth (uh, eww). My sister who works for a dentist office has never heard of the term, and said it was not a good idea to give up on other forms of dental hygiene. 

But.... In the name of science, or just general curiousity, I figure I should try it out for myself (and, yes, I will still brush my teeth).  Let's see how long I can last. 20 minutes a day is a long time, but I work from home.