Usually I let my subconscious mind come up with a topic to blog about. Something usually springs to mind during the latter part of the week or early on a Saturday morning as I jump out of bed.  I do it this way so I can keep things real and honest and try to make sure that nothing is contrived. It’s always worked out for me until I awoke this morning! No ideas during the week, no ideas this morning, nothing, nada! I was suffering my first case of juicers block!

Mark gets bloggers block

Image by Drew Coffman

Panic hadn’t quite set in when I wandered into the kitchen and on the kitchen counter was my saviour!

It was a jar of Extra Virgin Organic Raw Coconut Oil from Lucy Bee. I was going to start oil pulling!

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling was first described in some 5,000-year-old texts that originated in the Indian subcontinent.

It’s a method of “pulling” bacteria, and toxins from your teeth and mouth by swishing oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes.

Organic and raw coconut oil or sesame oil are considered best for this but other oils can be used such as sunflower oil and olive oil.

Benefits of Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is said to provide a huge list of benefits primarily promoting good oral health by the reduction of bacteria in saliva and plaque. There are other possible benefits including:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Prevention of bad breath
  • Strengthening of teeth, gums and jaws
  • Prevention of cavities and gingivitis

I would suggest that you Google it. The benefits list is huge!

[It is also mentioned in Neil’s post: Common Juicing Mistake: Cleaning Your Teeth After Drinking Your Juice]

How to Oil Pull?

I took a teaspoon of raw coconut oil and popped it into my mouth. The oil is usually solid at room temperature but it it soon melts. I swished it around my mouth and between my teeth for about 20 minutes. Anything between 5 and 10 minutes is the norm. Once the swishing is complete spit the oil out into a bin. Don’t spit it into a sink, unless you want your sink to get blocked with solidified oil of course! Job done!

How Did I Find Oil Pulling?

I found it to be remarkably easy. I didn’t find the taste and texture unpleasant in any way. The only challenge in the first few minutes was getting the swishing technique perfected and making sure that I didn’t swallow any of it! Once completed and it had been spat out, my teeth do feel smoother. My mouth doesn’t feel particularly fresh but I will give my teeth a brush and repeat the process over the next few days to see how I get on. I will report back next week!

Juicy News

My weight in this week was a gain of 1 lb. Not worried by that as all because I know I have been eating fairly clean all week and weight can vary through the week and the day. Maybe I just weighed in at the wrong time for the result I was looking to get. Its all positive and I’m happy with that.

On a slightly different note, I have had a few other people contacting me and showing an interest in juicing and asking for advice. Its fantastic that juicing is starting to get the recognition it deserves.

A slight plug now. I recently decided to split my juicing world from my personal world on various social media and so I have started a Facebook page ( I have also started to explore Twitter over the last couple of weeks. Its tremendous fun and the diversity of people and organisations you can interact with and share information with is extraordinary. If you would like to take a look please follow @ExploreJuice and join in the fun!

Cheers for now!



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