Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method for detox and rejuvenation. It’s a simple practice, with pretty remarkable results.
How many of you have heard of it? How many of you have tried it?
So what is it? What does it do?? Have you tried it? Tell us what it’s done for you!
Oil pulling is where you swish oil around in your mouth for five to fifteen minutes. Yes…I said 15 minutes. Many start off with just 5 and will gradually work their way up to the 15.
It’s supposed to pull all all sorts of toxins out of your system, whiten your teeth, speed up your metabolism, give you softer skin and have many more added health benefits.
I am interested in trying it so I asked a few people if they have ever tried oil pulling and this is what they had to say about it.
Jaime – I started oil pulling with coconut oil about 3 weeks ago because I heard it is supposed to keep teeth cleaner and whiter and reduce bacteria in the mouth.At first I was skeptical but now I love it! My mouth has never felt more fresh!
Kelly – I began pulling to benefit my gums and teeth, which used to be extremely sensitive. I feel my gums have definitely strengthened, and my teeth are much whiter! I have also noticed my skin is extremely soft and my face looks like it has a nice soft glow to it!
Sandra- Don’t laugh but I started oil pulling 2 weeks ago and they say it can take up to a month before you really see results. Well I went out last Thursday night and woke up Friday morning with such a hangover. I almost skipped the oil pulling and went back to bed. I am SOO glad I didn’t. I could not believe after 10 minutes of swishing this oil around I actually felt better!
How is oil pulling done?
To start, scoop ½ to 1 full tablespoon of oil into the mouth. If it’s cold, allow the oil to melt. Now push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. You don’t want the oil getting in contact with your throat because it’s now carrying somewhat toxic material. So make sure no gargling! When you are done and spit it out, it should almost look creamy white. Rinse your mouth out with clean water a couple of times. Oil pulling can be done any time of the day but it’s best to do it in the morning before you have had anything to eat or drink.
What kind of oil do I use?
Traditionally, oil pullers used virgin sesame oil.You can also use coconut oil which is what I plan on using. I prefer to use raw coconut oil is because it has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and enzymatic properties. This provides the added benefit of killing any unwanted bacteria that may be residing in the mouth, while leaving behind healthy probiotic strains
More benefits of Oil Pulling
While researching what some more benefits of doing this could give us, this is what I was able to find.
The reported benefits include:
• Whiter teeth
• Cavity and gingivitis prevention
• Better breath (halitosis suffers also reported greatly improved morning breath)
• Stronger teeth and gums
• Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement), sleep problems and sinus issues
• Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues (reports have shown improvement in acne, psoriasis and eczema)