This post was sponsored by Nutiva®. While I was compensated to write this post, all opinions are my own.
I’ve been a coconut oil puller for about three years now.
I discovered the concept accidentally (thank you Facebook) and, although it sounded a tad icky, was intrigued enough to give it a try.
Here’s the short version of exactly what oil pulling is (longer version here):
- Swishing oil in mouth to relieve body of toxins.
- Toxins are released due to stimulating effect swishing has on the body’s “eliminatory system.”
- Oil pulling (supposedly) heals individual cells & cell conglomerates (lymph nodes/internal organs) simultaneously.
- Oil pulling (supposedly) keeps gums exceedingly healthy and prevents Alzheimers.
It was the last bullet point which snagged my attention and solidified my trying.
Poor genetics make for an adventurous Carla and I figured it couldn’t hurt me—so why not?
For years I gagged, swished and spat, barely tolerating the coconut taste, as my daughter watched in horrified fascination.
Do you like doing that? She’d ask periodically.
It’s fine. I’d respond. It’s good for my body.
I never offered her the chance to oil pull with me nor did I ask if she wanted to give it a try.
As the way I approach the rest of my mothering, I chose to practice what I longed to preach and say not a word.
Flash forward to a few months ago when I received an email from Nutiva asking if I wanted to try/write about their Organic Refined Coconut Oil.
leaped at the chance to fuel my habit nonchalantly accepted Nutiva‘s offer and a few weeks later a jar arrived in the mail.
Alas, the skull is filled with Nutiva Organic chia not coconut oil.
Are we going to bake with the coconut oil??? the child asked in excitement.
I shook my head no.
Huh. Well, I want to try it. I want to try it now even though I don’t like the taste of coconut at all.
Here’s where I will forever be indebted to the people at Nutiva.
Before they educated me I had absolutely no idea virgin coconut oil (which I’d been using) tasted like coconut while refined did not.
For years I’d swished (beginning with 1 minute and recently verging on 10) with a taste I disliked completely unaware I had options.
I shared this new tid-bit with my coconut-disliking child.
I informed her the refined coconut oil was sent to me for oil pulling.
She announced she was ready to be like mama and give coconut oil pulling a try for herself.
She readied the jar and grabbed a spoon.
She readied herself and scooped out a more generous spoonful of the oil than I’d anticipated she would:
She hesitated only briefly as she placed the scoop of coconut oil in her mouth:
She closed her lips, paused and PULLED!
She swished the oil in her mouth for about 2 minutes (hardcore oil pullers aim for 20!) and I readily admit she lasted about two minutes longer than I did my first time!
After she emptied her mouth of the swished oil I asked her what she’d thought.
I was really excited! It felt like an adventure. It was solid in my mouth and then it melted to liquid and oily. It was weird having the oil in my mouth, but it was fun.
Since that first try she’s oil pulled with me a few other times.
I love I can trust Nutiva to create an organic product I’m confident letting her “use.”
I love how mothering can, some days, feel as simple as practicing what I long to preach.
I love I’ve bought us another jar (unbeknownst to her) downloaded Nutiva’s cookbook e-book and have a surprise baking with coconut oil adventure planned for us this week.
- Have you considered giving coconut oil pulling a try?
- Did you already know the difference between virgin and refined coconut oils?