So you ask yourself what is oil pulling? What does it do? Why should I be doing it? Well, to address these questions, oil pulling is an ancient, Ayurvedic, natural remedy of swishing oil through the mouth for oral and systemic health benefits. Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine. It is the oldest form of medicine known to man.
Oil pulling is a safe, simple, cost-effective and a gentle way to rid your mouth and body of toxins and bacteria. It is claimed to cure nearly 30 diseases from headaches, migraines, diabetes and asthma. Much of the bacteria that we come in contact with enters the body through the mouth. The movement of the oil throughout the oral cavity causes a mucosal and tissue perfusion. Vitamins and minerals from the oil are absorbed into the mucous membranes and removes toxins from the body through the mouth. Oil pulling balances microflora to restore cells, tissues and organs so they can regenerate. It is suggested that you do oil pulling up to 3 or 4 times a day.
Oil pulling involves putting 1 tablespoon full of organic, unrefined, cold pressed sesame, sunflower or coconut oil into your mouth. (Do Not Swallow The Oil) Swish it around your mouth (like mouthwash) and pull it through your teeth for 20 minutes. This step must be done first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything, and on an empty stomach. It has been suggested to do oil pulling while in the shower, so you’re not just standing around doing nothing, swishing oil around in your mouth. After the 20 minutes have passed, spit the oil out in the toilet or into a lined trash can. Constantly spitting out into the sink may clog your plumbing pipes. Rinse the mouth out with warm or salt water several times and then brush your teeth as usual.
There are some additional things of which you should be made aware. When you start oil pulling, you may notice some oral discomfort or irritation. If you do experience this issue, switch to another oil that is more pleasing. It is reported that coconut oil is more detoxifying. Be cautious and go slow when starting out. One of the most common testimonials for oil pulling is an improvement in gums and whiter teeth.
Oil pulling was introduced to the west in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach who claimed the practice could help with heart disease, digestive problems and hormonal disorders. In addition, Deepak Chopra endorsed the practice of oil pulling in his 2001 book “Perfect Health.”
I am beginning my oil pulling adventure today. I can definitely use the savings on my dental bills. What are your thoughts on oil pulling? Are you interested in trying it?