Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that is gaining popularity! The process involves putting a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swishing it around for 15-20 minutes. This action is said to pull toxins out of your mouth as well as your body, improving your overall health. Studies report many benefits: whitens teeth, healthier gums, increased energy, reduces headaches, clearer skin, detoxes the body, promotes oral hygiene, better breath and many more!
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Or check out this book:
Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing by Bruce Fife
On a personal note, I have been oil pulling for about two years and I love it! It took a while to get used to it, but now it has become a part of my daily routine. I “pull” the first thing in the morning as soon as I get out of bed. I take a shower, make my bed, get dressed and do my hair all while I am swishing oil around in my mouth. After 15-20 minutes, I spit the contents (oil & toxins….. yuck!) out into the a biodegradable plastic bag or carton and then throw it away….. make sure that you do NOT spit it out in the sink. (I learned this the hard way!) I, then, swish warm water in my mouth and brush my teeth. Following this process I tongue scrape…. I know, one more thing, right?! But, tongue scraping is a great compliment to oil pulling. I would recommend a stainless steel tongue scraper….. you can buy them on Amazon. (Dr. Tung’s Tongue Cleaner, Stainless Steel) Tongue scraping helps to physically remove the build up of toxins on your tongue.
So, to recap…. I am not sure about all of the health benefits…. if I have more energy, less headaches or clearer skin…. however, my mouth does feel cleaner, and last week when I visited my dentist he said that I have excellent oral hygiene. That’s enough for me to continue…. maybe you should give it a try!
Side note: When first started oil pulling, I used sesame oil; however, about 6 months ago, I switched coconut oil and I like it much better! Good Luck!