If you have been reading Oh Lardy, you know that in the past I made a goal to oil pull every morning. Well, guess what! I did! And it was great!
I keep a small jar of organic coconut oil and a spoon in my bathroom and put a spoonful in my mouth upon arising. I would ‘swish swish swish' while I showered, got dressed, made my daughter breakfast, etc. I probably average 10 minutes a day.
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that dates back thousands of years.
It is a super simple process. Essentially you swish and gargle oil (coconut oil is used often due to the myriad benefits of coconut oil), much like you would mouthwash, but for a much longer time, anywhere from 5-20 minutes. The oil pulls toxins, bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts, plaque and more out of your mouth. You then spit the coconut oil out (DO NOT SWALLOW) and rinse.
Many experts say it should be done first thing in the morning, which I have been trying to do. But doing it at anytime will still be beneficial.
Benefits of oil pulling
The benefits of oil pulling are numerous. Oil pulling can be detoxifying, cleansing and healing to the body. It leads to improved skin health with less acne and a glowing complexion. It has the benefit of whitening teeth and improving gum health. There are also countless testimonials, online, where people experience healing with arthritis, asthma, hormone imbalances, skin conditions, and more.
Since I started oil pulling, I have noticed whiter, shinier teeth and a better overall feeling in my mouth and gums. Oil pulling is a great technique to add to your cleansing regimen, in addition to dry brushing, drinking green drinks, etc.
You can even add essential oils for oil pulling to make it more powerful! I often add Peppermint to make my mouth feel fresh.
Even my daughter enjoys oil pulling!
How to Do Oil Pulling
- Take a spoonful of organic coconut oil (sesame oil is also traditionally used) and place in mouth.
- Swish forcefully around your mouth for at least 5 minutes (ideally up to 20 ). Do this while you are showering, getting dressed, etc. The time goes by quickly.
- Spit out the oil into the garbage (don't spit in sink, it may clog your pipes!).
- Rinse with warm water.
- You can brush your teeth now, also, if you would like.
Here are even more ways to improve your oral health naturally.
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- Oil Pulling Therapy
- Tooth brushing, oil pulling and tissue regeneration: A review of holistic approaches to oral health. J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2011 Apr;2(2):64-8.
- Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Indian J Dent Res. 2009 Jan-Mar;20(1):47-51.
- Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2008 Mar;26(1):12-7.
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