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Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice that uses oil to clear your mouth, throat and gums of any toxins that have accumulated. Oil pulling is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text, Charaka Samhita, where it is known as Kavala or Gandusha. Oil pulling may sound strange at first but it becomes very addictive. I’m big on dental hygiene and because our mouths literally become a breeding place for germs (ew ?), I’m always looking for additional ways (like tongue scraping) to get rid of bacteria . In addition to cleaning the gums and removing bacteria, oil pulling can also naturally whiten your teeth which is perfect if you drink lots of tea and coffee! Oil pulling should not replace your normal dental routine of brushing, flossing etc.

 

Here are some of the other benefits:

 

-Helps bleeding gums

-Prevents cavities by reducing plaque build up

-Strengthens gums

-Reduces inflammation

-Aids sensitive teeth

 

Some people even report that oil pulling aids in boosting immune systems, stomach problems, chest congestion and allergy issues. While there isn’t much scientific evidence to prove these claims, oil pulling is so easy to do that it’s worth giving it a try. I know that for me personally that I’m always looking for routines that help clear my body of toxins so that I can feel my best self.

 

Traditionally people use sunflower or sesame oil but I prefer to use coconut oil.  It doesn’t matter which oil you use. The important part is that you don’t swallow the oil as it is filled with toxins…plus I don’t think it would taste very good!

coconut-oil

How to do it:

 

1. Use 1 tsp of either sunflower, sesame or coconut oil.

2. Put the oil in your mouth and start swishing.

3. Swish the oil in your mouth for about 10-20 minutes. If that feels too long, do it for 5 minutes. Gradually increase the time the more comfortable you feel doing it.

4. Spit the oil into the trashcan. It’s better than spitting it out into the sink to prevent any clogging if the oil thickens. Do not swallow the oil!!

5. Gargle with warm salt water to rinse the mouth of any oil.

6. Brush teeth.

 

Now you’re ready to continue your day! Let me know if you like it!

 

xo

 

 

Sources:

Asokan S, Emmadi P, Chamundeswari R. Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: A randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Indian J Dent Res 2009;20:47-51

 

Singh, Abhinav, and Bharathi Purohit. “Tooth Brushing, Oil Pulling and Tissue Regeneration: A Review of Holistic Approaches to Oral Health.” Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. Medknow Publications Pvt Ltd, 2011. Web. 09 Nov. 2016.

 

“Oil Pulling Benefits & How to Do It | Wellness Mama.” Wellness Mama. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2016.

 

Hobson, Hayley. “How Oil Pulling Can Change Your Life.” Mindbodygreen. N.p., 12 Dec. 2013. Web. 09 Nov. 2016.