Oil Pulling

Used primarily in Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is a fantastic oral detoxification procedure. Oil Pulling is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums. Done by swishing a tablespoon of oil, typically coconut oil, some use olive or sesame oil in your mouth. It works by cleaning the oral cavity in similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes. Make sense? It sucks the dirt (toxins) out of your mouth and creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment that contributed to the proper flow of dental liquid that is needed to prevent cavities and disease. 

This is something I started doing recently, after some really extensive research and after talking to a few people. I have to be honest, I would like to do it 3 to 4 times a week, but it’s not a habit for now. (After oil pulling, I gargle warm water!) 

Oil pulling has gained popularity in Singapore due to the benefits of coconut oil. This may be really weird to some, but this effective procedure has been used in India for centuries for the following remedy:-
•    Cures tooth decay
•    Kills bad breath
•    Heals bleeding gums
•    Prevents heart disease
•    Reduces inflammation
•    Whitens teeth
•    Soothes throat dryness
•    Prevents cavities
•    Heals cracked lips
•    Boosts Immune System
•    Improves acne

History of Oil Pulling
We will find it hard to imagine life without brushing and flossing our teeth. However, tooth brushing is new since nylon bristle didn’t become part of our lives until the late 1930s!  Our ancestors didn’t brush their teeth with toothpaste for thousands of years. As Archaeological evidence suggests, most people throughout history lived a ripe old age with most of their teeth intact and in a strong, healthy state. 
Well, first of all, they ate real food and didn’t consume processed sugars and grains filled with phytic acid, which destroy tooth enamel. Secondly, they took care of their teeth through natural means like chew sticks that they rubbed against the teeth as has been found in Egyptian tombs dating to 3000 B.C. Third, depending on the culture and region of the world, many people also oil pulled.

More On Oil Pulling
To date, there are just 7 oil pulling research studies reporting on the health benefits of oil pulling. I’m excited to read more as researchers catch on to how oil pulling can help transform someone’s life. The Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, for example, recently highlighted a study that reviewed holistic approaches to oral health and discovered that oil pulling is one of the most effective natural health solutions known to scientists that prevent tooth decay and loss. Praised for curing more than 30 systemic diseases, the authors of this study have some profound things to say about this ancient natural healing practice:

“Oil pulling is a powerful detoxifying Ayurvedic technique that has recently become very popular as a CAM remedy for many different health ailments. Using this method, surgery or medication could be prevented for a number of chronic illnesses. The oil therapy is preventative as well as curative. The exciting aspect of this healing method is its simplicity.
Ayurveda advises oil gargling to purify the entire system; as it holds that each section of the tongue is connected to different organ such as to the kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine, similarly to reflexology and TCM.”

I really like this passage because it highlights how the detoxification effect that oil pulling has on the entire body reaches far beyond oral health. This is especially important for people who have conditions that contraindicate brushing such as mouth ulcer, fever, indigestion, those who have tendency to vomit, have asthma, cough, or thirst.

How to do it?

This is how I like to do coconut oil pulling:

Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning right after you get out of bed before you brush your teeth or drink anything.
  1. Gently swish 1 – 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth and between your teeth for 10-20 minutes making sure that you don’t swallow any of the oil. (Do this gently so you don’t wear out your jaw and cheeks!)
  2. Spit out the oil in the trash (not the sink so it doesn’t clog up the plumbing…ask me how I know) and immediately rinse your mouth out with warm water (use salt water for added antimicrobial properties).
  3. Finally, brush your teeth as normal.
Voila, easy as that!

I recommend oil pulling 3-4x per week with coconut oil and also adding essential oils to your mixture.

All the best and do share with us your Oil pulling experience! 

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