ARE YOU OIL PULLING YET?
Oil pulling is an ancient tradition, rooted in Ayruvedic medicine. Basically, it’s the use of natural oils, like sesame, sunflower, or coconut, to clean and detoxify your mouth. While the idea of swishing oil around in your mouth might seem weird (the feeling of it is odd for some people), the benefits of oil pulling are incredible.
Benefits of Oil Pulling
Though there have been few scientific studies inspecting the benefits of oil pulling, there is a plethora of anecdotal support for the practice. In fact, there are stories of people using oil pulling to help with skin conditions, hormone imbalances, infections, liver problems, and the list goes on. However, there are studies showing a reduced level of bacteria, a lowered chance of gingivitis, and maintained oral hygiene when oil pulling regularly. You might also notice your teeth getting whiter, particularly if you are oil pulling with coconut oil.
How to do it
Oil pulling is super easy. You’ll start by putting 1-2 teaspoons of coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil into your mouth and then swish for 5-20 minutes. If you’re just starting an oil pulling regimen, you might want to start with 5 minutes, as some people do have a hard time swishing for the full 20 minutes. When you’re done, spit it into a trash can. Try to avoid spitting it into the sink, bath, or toilet, as over time the oil could thicken and clog drains. Definitely, don’t swallow it! That oil is full of toxins and bacteria that we’re trying to pull out of the body. Afterwards, you can rinse with warm water to clean the mouth. Some like to swish with warm salt water and follow up with a good brushing.
Which Oil Should I Use?
We recommend coconut oil, which is slightly more effective at removing certain bacteria that is often found in the mouth. It’s also the most effective at whitening the teeth! Sesame oil is also commonly recommended, as it’s the most well studied and is widely available. Try to avoid any chemically created oils like canola or corn oil.
The cherry on top? Oil pulling can help with bad breath, so if you’re looking to replace your Listerine with something a bit more natural, why not try coconut oil? Have you tried it already? Share your experience in the comments!