Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy...
that employs natural oils such as sesame, sunflower, olive or coconut, to clean and detoxify the teeth and gums. It is anti-microbial so swishing before brushing extracts bacteria and virus-laden organisms from the mouth, gums, and throat. It can prevent tooth decay, whiten teeth, improve bad breath and even help detox the body.
What is Oil Pulling?
The basic concept behind the practice is that the oil is swished around the mouth for a short period each day. The process helps draw out bacteria and infection in the mouth, but research suggests it goes much further than that. The practice works as a natural cleansing process. As the oil is sloshed around the mouth, a certain level of friction is created. This friction creates a cleaning effect that removes unwanted particles as well as germs. The concept of “like dissolves like” also applies in this situation, as the oil used is capable of cutting through plaque and removing toxins as the compounds are so similar.
Does It Have Benefits Beyond my Mouth?
Many people view oil pulling as solely an oral health treatment, but when practiced regularly, the process benefits the rest of the body as well. In addition to improving oral health, oil pulling can also:
-Correct hormone imbalances
-Treat digestive issues
-Support normal kidney function
-Detoxify the body of heavy metals
How to Oil Pull
Add it to your morning routine 3-4 times a week upon waking, before eating or drinking anything. Here’s how:
1. Place 1 Tbl of Coconut Oil in your mouth. Once the oil has liquified, gently swish for about 10-20 minutes. When you first start oil pulling, you will probably only last for about 5-10 minutes. That’s fine! The longer you do it, the more used to it you get.
2. Spit out oil and rinse. Do not swallow the oil and Do Not spit into the sink as oil clogs plumbing. It’s best to spit it in the garbage or a bag. For an extra clean mouth, try rinsing with salt water.
3. Brush your teeth as normal.