30 Mar Benefits of Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling has been around a long time, but I just discovered it about a year ago. The motivation for me was to whiten my teeth naturally. In the process, I discovered that the health of your mouth is a big indicator of the health of your body. Click here for more information.
So what is oil pulling?
It’s basically the swishing of oil in your mouth, ”pulling” it between your teeth for about 20 minutes. The oil is worked around your mouth by pulling and pushing and drawing it in and out of your teeth. BE CAREFUL NOT TO SWALLOW any because at this point because of the germ count.
You can use sesame oil, sunflower oil or my favorite, coconut oil. I like coconut oil because it tastes better and is antibacterial as well as anti-viral. While I am swishing for white teeth, I am also getting some great treatment on my teeth, gums, as well as helping out my immune system.
According to the independent German popular science magazine “Der Naturarzt” devoted to subjects surrounding naturopathy (founded around 1882), oil pulling has the following effects: it activates lymphatic flow and thus increases detoxification and the elimination of metabolic acids. The suction movement activates the thymus gland (the motor of metabolism and “awakener” of vital energy). Finally, the mouth’s acupuncture points are stimulated.
Here’s how to oil pull:
- Put 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil into your mouth. Yes, it will be a solid at first. It takes only a half minute or so for it to melt into a liquid for swishing. TIP: pure, essential oil can be added for flavoring. Lemon or peppermint oil would be good choices. Add just a small amount of essential oil to the coconut oil since essential oil is very strong.
- When the oil is liquefied, begin gently swishing and continue for approximately 15-20 minutes. A great distraction from this process can be done in the shower or reading your morning e-mails. NOTE: oil pull on an empty stomach and before you brush your teeth.
- When finished swishing, discard into the trash can and not the sink. When the oil solidifies, it can clog your pipes.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth. Then, brush your teeth again.
SO why Oil Pull?
For me, several reasons: my teeth feel really smooth afterwards, they are whiter, and I have found I sleep better as a result. You can read about the additional benefits of oil pulling here.
You have nothing to lose but all to gain in a period of just 20 minutes!
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This post was written by Karen Shackelford.
Mary Caire MD empowers the world to create a culture of optimized health guided by DNA and epigenetics.