Oil pulling is one of the Ayurvedic approaches to natural healing. This holistic practice is not only for oral health and hygiene, but it is also widely known for its detoxification benefits. Sesame oil has been used traditionally but coconut oil use is gaining popularity due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits.
The simple and effective process of oil pulling is one of the best ways to promote healthy teeth, and prevent gum disease. It even strengthens jaws which helps with overcoming TMJ symptoms. Swishing a tablespoon of the oil in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes daily cleans and removes the toxins in the mouth.
The 7 health benefits of this ancient Ayurveda holistic approach are:
- Oral health – prevents cavities, treats tooth decay, destroys bad breath and whitens teeth
- Prevents heart disease
- Reduces inflammation
- Prevents migraine headaches
- Restores hormonal balance
- Clears and improves skin conditions
- Strengthens the immune system
Start your oil pulling regimen by doing this first thing upon waking, before brushing your teeth.
Rinse your mouth with plain water, and scrape the tongue.
Using one to two tablespoons of coconut or sesame oil, gently swish and suck through your teeth for 5 to 10 minutes. (You can gradually increase the swishing time to 10 to 20 minutes as you get used to the process.) Do not swallow any of the oil, as this in some people may cause diarrhea or upset stomach. Adding ¼ tsp of Turmeric powder is optional.
Spit out the oil and the toxins you just pulled from your body. Rinse with warm water, and brush your teeth.
The powerful detoxifying technique is also known to prevent chronic illnesses. In Ayurvedic natural medicine, oil pulling is known to purify the whole body, with each section of the tongue being connected to a different organ in the body. The use of oil, swished in the mouth for 10 to 20 minutes 3 to 5 times a week has a pulling effect on the toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals, drawing these harmful substances away from the fatty tissues of the body.
Note that you may develop symptoms of congestion, mild acne or breakouts, even headaches as your body is getting rid of the toxins. These symptoms will go away as you continue with the process of oil pulling to eliminate the toxins in your body.
To get the most health benefits from oil pulling, make it a part of your daily routine. Most people experience the benefits of having a cleaner mouth, fresher breath, dental issues lessened or even eliminated, healthier gums and stronger jaws, and an overall sense of wellness within a week of starting this natural health regimen.