Oil Pulling – Thousands of Years Old Natural Therapy
It’s been almost a year that I’ve been practicing “Oil Pulling” every morning, as soon as I wake up.
Being an ex-engineer, I approach every method with a bit of skepticism and analyze meticulously before practicing. But this method sounded so simple and logical that I decided to add it to my daily morning routine as soon as I read about it. And I think that I’ll be practicing it until the end (as long as I have enough money to buy coconut oil of course! 🙂 )
Oil Pulling is in fact a thousands-year-old Ayurvedic method. (Ayurveda which means “Science of Life / Knowledge of Life” is a holistic healing system developed in India as far back as 5000 years ago).
It is referred to as “Kavala Graham” in Ayurvedic texts and is recommended for dental health, but because of its detoxifying effects the ones who practice it claim various other health benefits.
First of all, it sounds very logical:
We all know that our mouth is a wonderful nest for bacteria, germs and other toxins. When we rinse our mouth with some oil, all the bacteria and germs that were hidden through cracks in the gums, the tongue or the teeth are sucked out and held in the oil. Doing so, we not only get healthier teeth and gums but by detoxifying our mouth and preventing the toxins to reach our body through saliva, we are getting healthier in general.
How to do oil pulling?
Preferably as a first-thing-to-do in the morning we rinse (swish) our mouth with 1 tablespoon of organic oil for around 20 minutes. We don’t have to swish hard. In fact, swish gently. The important is to move around the oil so that it reaches all parts of the mouth. Again, the timing is important because we need at least 15-20 minutes in order to detoxify completely our mouth. Gradually our mouth will fill with liquid, because the oil will get mixed with our saliva. Let’s bear with it! At the end of the 20 minutes, let’s spit. Let’s rinse our mouth with warm water and brush our teeth.
- Ayurveda generally uses sesame oil. But you can use any organic oil that you like. Personally since I didn’t like the idea of putting oil in my mouth first thing in the morning, I chose to use virgin coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature as you can see on the picture. I also really like the taste of it. Later, when I read about its antiemflammatory and antibacterial properties I congratulated myself for the good choice!!!
- When the oil mixes with the saliva it becomes a real voluminous liquid that can fill up your mouth. In order to get used to the feeling, it is better to start with half a tablespoon and to increase to 1 tablespoon gradually. Again if it is hard for you to have a mouth filled with liquid for such a long time, you can start with 10 minutes and gradually increase to 20 minutes.
- Never Never Swallow it! Don’t forget that the liquid that is in your mouth is full of toxins and bacterias now!!!! You probably wouldn’t like to send them all-at-once to your body, toxifying it instead of detoxifying it!!!! If it gets unbearable, spit it out.
- Never spit it in the sink! After sometime you’ll get your pipelines clogged. I spit it to the toilet but you can use a trash bin as well.
- If you’re in a hurry like me in the mornings and you don’t have 20 minutes to do it calmly in front of the mirror, keep doing it with your morning activities. I start it just before the shower, so that all the time I spend showering, putting on my body lotion and getting dressed is simultaneously productively spent on oil pulling. Therefore I get to swish for 15-20 minutes. If you’re in hurry I think that even doing it for 10 minutes is better than not doing it at all.
If you scan the Internet for “Oil Pulling” you’ll probably see all kind of benefits besides the classic “healthy teeth and gums” one: reducing of migraines, healthier skin, healing of sinusitis etc.
The benefits I can state here are the ones that I noticed since I started practicing Oil Pulling:
Whitening of the teeth: Of course not as white as a dentist whitening procedure, but there is a clearly visible difference.
No more tartars: Every time I went to the dentist, he used to clean my tartars and I hated the sensation of that procedure. Well, lucky me!!!!
No more bleeding gums: I used to bleed from time to time, although not very often. Not anymore!!!
No Cold / No Flu: I used to be a cold&flu queen. I even managed to have them at summertime. Well, just once this year! Thumbs up!
Even for only the benefits stated above, since it’s such a simple procedure, I guess it is worthy to continue practicing it! Give it a try!