I heard about oil pulling through one of my personal hero’s blog about 6 months ago. After doing some research I thought that I would give it a try. Well, 6 months later it has become my morning ritual, the first thing I do every morning upon waking.
So what is oil pulling? It is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual that was introduced to the modern world in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, MD. Dr. Karach claimed that oil pulling could cure a variety of illnesses ranging from heart disease and digestive troubles to hormonal disorders. It is known to help prevent enamel erosion and gum disease among other things such as headaches, chronic illnesses, insomnia and even cancerous tumors. The oil forms a protective coating against harmful ingredients that we may ingest throughout the day.
The oil acts like a cleanser. When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris.
“As simple as it is, oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.”
THE BENEFITS OF OIL PULLING
• Brighter, whiter teeth
• Healthier gums
• Prevents bad breath
• Increased energy
• Clearer mind
• Decreased headaches
• Clearer sinuses
• Alleviated allergies
• Better sleep
• Clearer skin
• Regulated menstrual cycles
• Improved lymphatic system
• Improved PMS symptoms
HOW DO I DO IT?
When you wake up in the morning, first thing before you eat, spoon a tablespoon of oil into your mouth. I use coconut oil (make sure it is liquid not solid…yuck). I have read about others using sesame oil and sunflower oil. Swish the oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes and then spit it out. You may find that this is a good time to practice some yoga or meditation, read a book, or just spend the time reflecting on your day and start off thinking about everything you are grateful for.
Never swallow the oil, as the swishing will render it full of toxins, and be sure to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth thoroughly afterwards. I brush my teeth after with a little 3% hydrogen peroxide and then with my normal toothpaste.
I never had a problem getting started but I have heard that the first few times some people have gag reflexes and find it a little difficult keeping the oil in their mouth, but by the second or third day they are fine. If you have this problem, I recommend sticking with it.
Oil pulling is cheap, easy, and is backed up by so much anecdotal evidence that its hard to ignore. There are so many benefits without any risks, so why not give it a try?
Choosing healthy living over dying :)