Say what? Swishing oil in my mouth? Yes, this is the latest rage in the world of holistic health but it has actually been around for a lot longer than we all think…
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil Pulling is the act of swishing oil in your mouth and pulling it in between your teeth. It is an Ayurvedic practice and has been around for thousands of years.
There are claims that Oil Pulling can:
- Correct hormone imbalances
- Reduce inflammation of arthritis
- Aids in the reduction of eczema
- Support normal kidney function
- Improved vision
- Basically help with any illness or chronic condition
The above points are just claims, I am unable to find scientific research to support these claims.
However, it is more believable that Oil Pulling can improve overall oral hygiene.
As the oil is being swished in your mouth and pulled between the teeth, microbes are pulled free.
After about 20 minutes, the solution in your mouth should be of a creamy colour. This indicates all the bacteria has been pulled off. It is important to NOT swallow this solution as it is full of bacteria, viruses and other yucky organisms. Spit into the bin. NOT the sink as this will not go down well with the plumbing.
For me, oil pulling has helped whiten my teeth, alleviate bad breath and even reduced gingivitis. I think it has also helped me prevent many cavities, as well as relieve gum and tooth sensitivity.
Best oil to use?
I would recommend you use organic quality oils, preferably cold pressed. It’s also a battle between coconut oil and sesame oil. Personally, I use sesame oil. It tastes like peanut butter to me 😛 However, if you are allergic to sesame seeds, then you are best to go with coconut oil. Best results are seen using sesame and/or coconut oil.
How to Oil Pull
This is done best first thing in the morning, before you have eaten anything.
Use a tablespoon of your choice of oil from:
- Sesame oil
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Sunflower oil
If you so inclined, you may add in a drop of an essential oil. Depending on the oil you choose, this would amp up the benefits of oil pulling.
Swish the mixture in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes, no longer. The output should be a creamy colour. Discard into the bin, NOT the sink or toilet.
Brush teeth. Feel fresh 🙂
There are few skeptics out in the webosphere – mainly conventional doctors, mainstream medicine and people that just don’t believe.
All I can say is try it for yourself and see if it works for you. When I have done it, my teeth are whiter and no more funky breath!
I was also treated by a dentist for periodontitis and she said that my gums were bad and all these wonderful things that you love to hear from a dentist. I was thinking that she probably wanted to get me back to make more money off me. I stopped using normal toothpaste a couple of years ago, started making my own and added oil pulling to my regime. I have been to 3 different dentists since and they all said my gums are fine and why the hell was I being treated for periodontitis?? If they couldn’t see any signs of this gum disease, then what I am doing MUST be working.
Before you knock oil pulling, give it a go. Be consistent and try it for at least a couple of weeks for ongoing benefits.
The Boring Stuff
Oil Pulling should not replace routine dental visits and traditional at-home oral care, such as brushing and flossing. I have used myself as an experiment and everything here is from my own experiences.
Out and over for now… I’m heading to Melbourne on Sunday 😀
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