Oil pulling is 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 organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and even throat.
The most effective oil pulling is done by placing around a tablespoon of cold pressed organic sesame oil into the mouth and swishing the oil around the mouth for approximately 10-15 minutes and then spitting it out.
Other oils such as extra virgin cold pressed coconut, sunflower and olive oil have been used, although sesame oil is considered one of the best oils for this practice. I recommend alternating oils every couple of days to get the full benefit. Putting high quality organic oils into the mouth has a multi-effect outcome.
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 spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed.
Scientists believe that the lipids in the oil both pull out bacteria, as well as stop bacteria from sticking to the walls of the oral cavity. Oil pulling may also increase saponification in the mouth, creating a soapy environment that cleanses the mouth as vegetable fat is an emulsifier by nature. Most interesting is perhaps 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. Other benefits include overall strengthening of the teeth, gums and mouth, reducing cavities and gingivitis, prevention for bad breath, potential remedy for bleeding gums, prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat and possibly treatment for TMJ and general soreness in the jaw area.
Beyond the mouth, it can help with migraine relief, hormone imbalances, inflammation of arthritis, gastro-enteritis, eczema, bronchitis, kidney function, sinus congestion, improved vision, insomnia, hangovers, physical pain, allergies and detoxifying heavy metals.
Enough said.. seriously! You should totally try it! The feeling of oil swishing in your mouth is a little different, but it doesn’t take long to get used to it! Once you do, look at all the amazing benefits you’ll reap from a little morning swish swish!!!