There are many reasons to use oil pulling, one of them is to detox your system, and another is for better oral health. The name sounds odd, and no matter how much you’ve heard it, you still may not know exactly what it is or how to do it.
I can help you not only understand what it is but also tell you how to do it.
Oil pulling came from ancient times. It’s an Ayurveda cure for many things, but dental care in particular. The process isn’t difficult. In fact, it’s very simple.
You just swish cold-pressed virgin oil (coconut oil or sesame oil) around your mouth for a specified period. While it may sound a bit strange or even gross, it does work but takes a few weeks to show results.
That’s simple. You use the oil to pull out the toxins in your system, via the gums and teeth. You can use almost any type of virgin, cold pressed oil, but most people use olive, coconut or sesame oil for pulling.
If you’ve ever swished olive or sesame oil around your mouth, it may leave a less than desirable taste in your mouth. It did mine.
I choose the lighter flavor of coconut oil, based on the aftertaste and antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, since I had all three available.
You place a teaspoon to a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swish it around, including between the teeth, for approximately 7 to 20 minutes.
The longer you swish it, the more it pulls and destroys the bacteria and toxins in our mouth. If you have TMJ problems, start out with fewer minutes because it can trigger a problem.
Swishing is easy but can get very tiresome very quickly and 20 minutes will seem far longer. Don’t ever swallow the oil. It contains all the toxic materials it’s pulling from your teeth and gums and sending that to your stomach via swallowing isn’t a good idea.
I personally have seen huge improvements, but I know it’s not for everyone.
Some people hate the feeling of oil in their mouth, and that turns them off immediately. Others have tried it and found it triggered TMJ problems, probably from overdoing it initially.
Everyone has different opinions and experiences. I’d be interested in hearing yours.
Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.
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