February 1st: Oil Pulling


I hope your day is truly wonderful.

Did I mention it is wet season here in Bali?  It rains and it rains and it rains.  Usually, the morning starts off pretty clear and then it starts raining around 2ish in the afternoon.  For the last couple of days though, it has pretty much been raining all day.  Yesterday we were lucky, it was only lightly raining when we went out to Dr Carli's workshop.  Then it poured down within about 10 minutes of us getting home.  So glad we left when we did.  We didn't sense that rain was imminent and the raincoats were safely tucked under the scooter seat.  We would have been drenched if we were any later.

Last night, we planned on starting today with a nice walk.  Steve was going to walk to the Ubud clinic  (about 45 minutes away) and I was going to walk with him to Jalan Monkey Forest and then split off and go to the library.  With all this rain, it would be good to have a couple of good novels to read.  I have plenty of nonfiction here but I didn't bring any novels with me.  The thing is, I hadn't read a novel for about six years until I gave up work last year.  So, bringing novels over weren't a priority, they are also very heavy in the suitcase.  The art supplies were a way higher priority on my list!

We woke up this morning and it was already very grey but Steve had his shower and started getting ready for our walk.  While he was in the shower, it started bucketing down and it really hasn't stopped much since.  Unfortunately, it was also pretty windy as well so the rain was coming down sideways.  We decided the clinic and the library could wait for another day.

When I was thinking about my new experience for today, I had the brilliant idea that would give oil pulling a go.  We have the best coconut oil, it is pure, organic and homemade.  Our massage lady and her mum make it for us.  Oil pulling has enormous benefits and I have been thinking about starting this as a daily practice for some time.   It is something I keep putting off.  I just can't seem to get my head around swishing oil in my mouth for 20 minutes, even though I know the benefits.

Apparently, oral health can have a direct relationship to a person’s overall health.  The most obvious result of oil pulling is improved oral health.  According to Dr Bruce Fife1, oil pulling has the potential to help with just about any illness or chronic condition.  For example, people with the following conditions have reported that oil pulling has been beneficial to them:





Back and neck pain

Bad breath

Bleeding gums


Chronic fatigue



Crohn’s disease

Dental cavities







Migraine headaches

Mucous congestion

Peptic ulcers


Periodontal disease


Tooth abscess

Well, I was keen to give it a go.  I put a dessertspoon of oil in my mouth and started swishing away.  I don't think this was enough, it didn't really move around that easily.  After about ten minutes I had already had enough but kept on persevering.  At 15 minutes, I felt like I was swallowing some of the oil and this thought made me want to gag.  That was it!  No more for the first day.  I may give it another go tomorrow.

Grateful for another day.


Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.

Jim Rohn


1. Dr Bruce Fife: Oil Pulling Therapy, Detoxifying and healing the body through oral cleansing

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