With its vast array of benefits and incredible results, oil pulling is the latest health trend that everyone is talking about… and that many are curious to try. Oil pulling is a technique used to detoxify and rejuvenate your oral health. This ancient remedy was used as holistic medicine in India thousands of years ago, but it has slowly found its way into today’s cleansing practices.
Similar to using commercial mouthwash, which can often be a bit harsh, oil pulling involves the act of slipping a spoonful of oil into your mouth and, using very light motions, continuously tossing and swishing the oil from cheek to cheek for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. This will dissolve all bacteria found in the mouth, loosening its grip from your teeth and saliva, and sticking instead to the oil, which ensures that no germs are left behind.Traditionally, oils used in this remedy have included sesame and sunflower, but the use of coconut oil has been popularized due to its added benefits.
When is the best time for oil pulling?
It is recommended to pull daily, first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach—you can easily swish away while you’re getting ready for work. Once the task is complete, be sure to spit the oil into a trash can or in toilet bowl; the sink should always be avoided, so as to prevent clogging. Follow this by drinking a tall glass of water, and brushing your teeth properly.
Is it worth your time?
Many wonder if pulling for 20 minutes is worth the time spent, given that mouthwash, dental floss and toothpaste play a major part in people’s daily routines. Oil pulling is primarily used to strengthen gums, help with gingivitis, reduce tooth decay and plaque buildup, relieving bad breath, and leaving behind a noticeably whiter smile within just a few days. It is definitely the healthier option to its chemical alternatives.
There are claims that oil pulling is also a therapeutic method used to detoxify and heal the body. This analogy comes from the fact that viruses and germs enter our bodies through our mouths, from the food that we eat and the air that we breathe. By pulling all the toxins out, we eliminate unwanted germs and prevent them from entering our bloodstream.
By pulling daily, you may begin to notice the following:
– Improved quality of sleep;
– Relieved headaches and migraines;
– Clearer skin;
– Correction of hormonal imbalances;
– Cleared sinuses.
Swishing oil may be an uncomfortable feeling at first, but it quickly turns into a pleasant one once the positive changes present themselves. Enjoy the challenge, and happy swishing!