What is Oil Pulling?Well, it’s as “old as the hills” as they say. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic medicine remedy dating back over 3000 years and is used to promote oral health and detoxification. Simply put, oil pulling is swishing a high quality oil in your mouth as you would mouthwash. Sounds weird, I know, but trust me, it’s worth doing! Oh, and it’s really not as gross as it sounds! This daily measure has experienced quite the resurgence in recent years and for good reason.
Why do it?Our mouth is home to millions of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other toxins (yuk!) and is essentially the gateway to the rest of our body. The oil pulls and collects these toxins before they spread throughout the body.
Benefits of Oil PullingAyurvedic medicine boasts over 30 health benefits to oil pulling but here’s my TOP 6! Starting with a fun one, of course :)
Whiter TeethKeep your smile bright without the use of harsh chemicals and teeth whiteners. The oil possesses natural antibiotic and antiviral properties that clean and brighten teeth. Everyone is different, but you should see a great difference in about two weeks!
Better Oral Hygiene & Fresh BreathOil pulling helps fight gingivitis, plaque and microorganisms that cause bad breath While coconut, sesame and sunflower oil all have the same bacteria fighting benefits, coconut oil has the added benefit of lauric acid, which is known for its anti-microbial agents and therefore is more effective. There have also been promising studies done on the effect of oil pulling in preventing tooth decay. Oral health is essential for overall health as well because certain diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease are linked with gum disease.
Clear SkinRemoving all these toxins from the body before they have a chance to do harm allows the skin to shine through. Oil pulling not only leads to clearer skin but help those with acne, rashes and other skin issues.
Less HeadachesHeadaches can be nature’s way of saying, “give me a break”. Oil pulling can eliminate the bacteria that can contribute to the toxic stress that causes headaches. I have to mention here that I got a friend of mine hooked on this habit about a year ago. She has suffered from frequent headaches for years and now only gets the very occasional one – yay!!
Clears SinusesOil pulling pulls congestion and mucus from your throat and loosens up your sinuses – aaah! So whether you’re dealing with allergies, a cold or a sinus infection, oil pulling will bring you some much needed relief!
Boosts the Immune SystemAyurvedic practitioners believe that this therapy detoxifies the whole body system by removing harmful bacteria and toxins so that the immune system is free to heal the body. It is important to rid the body of toxins and other invaders because the body responds to these with inflammation, allergic reactions and other symptoms, consequently over burdening the immune system. Ready to give it a try?