Oil. — Natural Disasters to Natural Remedies

Have you heard of Oil Pulling?

Last week, our lovely mail lady, … ummm…mailwoman? Mail Carrier? Postal Worker? Nevermind. B., the lovely woman who delivers our mail. There. Geeesh. Politically correct, nonsense.

While putting some packages into her trunk, B. accidentally let a five quart container of motor oil fall out of the back of her car. Β Don’t ask me how she didn’t hear this happen or how she didn’t see this occur. Because I will just keep saying, “I don’t know.” And will get exasperated with you.

She just didn’t. She’s lovely and accidents happen and she just didn’t see this happen.

But then you know what happens next, right? She backed over this random five quart jug of motor oil with her car, where it exploded on to our driveway.

Five quarts. Motor oil. Five quarts of motor oil.

On our driveway.

It was like our own mini-version of the Exxon Valdez or the BP unnatural disaster in the Gulf. Except much smaller. With much less destruction of wildlife and injury to the environment.

But still. Have you met my husband, Felix? The one who prides himself greatly on the upkeep of our lawn and landscaping? The one who works tirelessly to make everything about our house look nice?

The one who still keeps a secret (well not so secret anymore) list of anyone who has ever driven slightly off of our driveway and onto the mulch?

Yeah. Him. I thought Felix was going to cry a little over this oil mess. Or start saying some really bad words.

B. of course, felt horrible and said she would be back to clean it up, but she had to finish her route first. So Felix built a little sand berm around it to keep it from running all over the place, where it created a little pool.

B. came back a few hours later with her son and a bag of kitty litter. Β I laughed out loud when her son, (a kid I taught a million years ago in 2nd grade) looked at her, looked at the mess, looked at the little bag and said, “Mom. I think we are going to need more kitty litter!”

Long story short, (say it with me: TOO LATE!), it then proceeded to rain for the next three days. Washing the oil into the environment, making Felix anxious and sad. But the girl child thought it was kind of neat that our driveway looked like a shiny, sheany rainbow.

Felix can't appreciate the rainbow effect.
Felix can’t appreciate the rainbow effect.

Oh wait. That is oil POOLing.

I was asking about oil PULLing. Not Pooling. Sorry. πŸ™‚

Oil pulling is something I have added into my world as I “Live Like A Health Coach” on my journey to being intentional about what we eat and how we spend our time. In the process, I am slowly trying to clear out some of the toxic stuff in our day to day world. Reduce our toxic load, so they say.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique of swishing oil (not the motor kind, that would be very bad!) in your mouth for 10-15 minutes in order to remove gunk from your body. Β So really, oil pulling is a 10 minute detox for your mouth and skin. The good oil literally pulls, hence the name and attracts the bad, fatty oils and other toxins from our bodies.

So, in the morning while I’m getting ready for work, I take a teaspoon of coconut oil and let it dissolve in my mouth. Then commence with the swishing. It is not hard, doesn’t take up too much time and I really can tell a difference in just a few days.

It’s also fun to mumble to the kiddos too, to see if they can figure out what I am saying.

Oil pulling. Try it. (But try to avoid oil pooling. That’s just a mess.)

Let’s all, Go. Do that.

Want to learn more about Ayurveda and Oil Pulling? Here’s the expert on the topic: John Doulliard Check it out!

Pre-shower, oil pulling. Yeah. That happened.
Pre-shower, oil pulling. Yeah. That happened.

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This is me and my S.I.S./business partner = oil pulling while on a trip last year… when “Grass and Gravel” were born. πŸ™‚


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