A research rabbit trail led me to oil pulling this morning. Recommendations were to use sesame or sunflower oil for a minimum of fifteen minutes. A large number of respondents used CO or EVOO with positive results. A bottle of organic sunflower oil (albeit with black truffle aroma added) was sitting forlornly in my fridge. The women in my family have a strong gag reflex, and I claim it for myself. Incidently, I had a headache which could be attributed to the strong drying Santa Ana winds this week, or the boron supplementation I just started maybe creating some detox. Possibly it was the result of this being my first day off since Easter, and the nine hours sleep I got last night.
The first sixty seconds of truffle flavored oil in my mouth definitely induced a desire to wretch. I forced myself to breathe strongly through my dried up sinuses, and I made it past the initial gag. I believe 1 tablespoon is too much for me as it filled too much of my mouth and seemed excessive for the requisite swishing through the teeth. I started out with fairly vigorous swishing, and soon chose a gentle wake with various "pulling" or sucking actions between my teeth. With several more episodes of strong nasal breathing to avoid spitting it out of my face, and a few tiny swallows to make room for breathing, I survived for 20 minutes.
First reaction after rinsing was the sense of clean teeth as if I'd just seen the hygienist. Second was the definite relief to my sinuses in that they felt less dry and taut. Third, the headache was gone indicating it could have been sinus related.
I had already had breakfast, so I didn't meet the before meal requirement. Several hours and a weak cup of coffee later, my sinuses still feel good. My teeth are smooth on my tongue. Using the truffle oil was a matter of what was on hand, and coconut oil did not sound good this morning. I wouldn't recommend it because of the strong flavor. That said, I could see myself continuing this with a variety of oils as my inclinations dictate, and using 1 or 2 teaspoons to determine a less explosive sensation level for my mouth.