Oil Pulling - Is it as good as they say it is?

Oil pulling! When most people hear this they assume you are talking about something to do with mechanics or your car. However, oil pulling is actually an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. It involves the use of pure oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus and other nasty organisms out of the mouth, gums and throat.

I plan on starting oil pulling tomorrow morning. After reading other people’s stories and discovering the amazing benefits I think now is better than any other time to try this ancient practice.

Here is some information on what oil pulling is and the wonderful effects it has on your dental and overall health:

The practice of oil pulling

The most effective oil pulling is done by placing around a tablespoon (you can start off with less and work your way up) of cold pressed organic oil into the mouth, and then swishing the oil around the mouth for approximately 10-20 minutes and then spitting it out. The longer you can hold the oil in your mouth the better but start with a few minutes and work up - make sure you don't go over 20 minutes otherwise your body will start to reabsorb the toxins it is pulling out.

Research has shown that organic cold-pressed sesame oil is the most effective. Although other oils such as extra virgin cold pressed coconut, sunflower and olive oil have been used with success as well. I plan on using coconut oil, as that is what I currently have at home.

What happens next?

   First, the oils mix with the saliva, turning it into a thin, white liquid

   Lipids in the oils begin to pull out toxins from the saliva

   As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white

   Once the oil has reached this consistency, it is then important that you spit it out so the toxins don’t get a chance to become reabsorbed

What are the benefits?

A variety of scientific studies show the success of oil pulling therapy. One study has proven that oil pulling with sesame oil can boost overall oral health. Particularly, using sesame oil as an oral health agent helps to reduce the amount of germs in teeth plaque and mouth saliva. Scientists also believe that the lipids in the oil not only pull out bacteria, but stop bacteria from sticking to the walls of your oral cavity as well.

Another interesting find is the ability of oil to cleanse out harmful bacteria, as well as reduce fungal overgrowth. These oils also possibly help in cellular restructuring, and are related to the proper functioning of the lymph nodes and other internal organs.

The benefits of oil pulling for oral health include:

   Overall strengthening of the teeth, gums and jaw

   Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis

   Prevention of bad breath

   Potential natural remedy for bleeding gums

   Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat

Going beyond the mouth to find even more benefits

Ancient Ayurvedic health practitioners strongly believed that oil pulling could assist with more than just diseases of the mouth and throat. It is believed that these oils help the lymphatic system of our bodies remove harmful bacteria and promote healthy micro-flora to ensure we have a healthy internal environment. Due to this, oil pulling has been used as a preventative health measure for a wide variety of health conditions. It’s another reminder that when it comes to our wellbeing, what helps each part also helps the whole body to be healthier.

Other benefits of oil pulling for our overall health include:

   Increased energy

   Clearer mind

   Decreased headaches

   Clearer sinuses

   Alleviated allergies

   Better sleep

   Clearer skin

   Regulated menstrual cycles

   Improved lymphatic system

   Improved PMS symptoms

   Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption

I will write a follow up post in about a month to let you know my personal experience and results with oil pulling.

Love and gratitude,

Steph