Originally Posted by memory maker
how do you swish it around for 20 minutes? Is there some trick to doing it so your mouth doesnt get tired?
The trick is to start gradually. Do it for five minutes the first time (or whatever you can tolerate) and build up. It felt wierd the first time to have oil in my mouth, but I quickly got used to it. After four or five times, I could easily do it for 20 minutes.
Also, keep in mind that it's not an Olympic event...there's no need for frantic swishing that makes your mouth tired. Slow and gentle is better. Many people consider it a meditative type practice.
I'm really glad Metasequoia started this thread! I had started OP a few months ago, and did it consistently for about two months. A couple weeks ago I ran out of oil and just forgot about it--but this thread reminded me to start up again.
The benefits I saw when I did OP consistently is that my mouth felt cleaner than ever before, breath was fresher, and my gums didn't bleed when I brushed or flossed. The biggest benefit I noticed was that a low-grade fever I'd had off and on for several months disappeared; I think it must have been from an underlying dental infection. (I have one tooth that had an abcess a year ago and I've never followed up to do anything about it because I have no dental insurance and no money for dental work). I haven't noticed the teeth whitening benefits that some people have, but I love the overall benefits I've seen from OP.
I like to OP with VCO except that it is an expensive oil, and I'd rather save it for cooking or eating. I brush my teeth with a mix of VCO and sea salt, but now I mostly OP with almond or sunflower oil.
There's an excellent OP discussion group on CureZone dot com.