Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. You basically swish pure natural oil around in your mouth for a few minutes to remove harmful bacteria, fungus and other organisms from of the mouth, teeth, gums and throat. This remedy dates back thousands of years, although it is relatively new in the Western world.
How does it work?
Many people swear by this practice and claim that not only does it whiten your teeth and improve general oral health, but that is also offers many other health benefits like clearing sinuses, promoting healthy skin, reducing headaches and migraines and so on.
There are thousands of different types of bacteria in the mouth, some harmful and others not. By swishing the oil around in your mouth, you remove a large amount of the bacteria and plaque in the mouth.
What oil should I use?
You can pretty much use any pure natural oils, but a popular choice is coconut oil because of its many health benefits. The lauric acid in coconut oil is anti-microbial, which means it kills bacteria, viruses and fungi. Another reason coconut oil is so popular for oil pulling is because it has a fairly pleasant taste compared to other oils.
How do I oil pull?
The concept is incredibly easy. Simply put 1 or 2 teaspoons of oil into your mouth and swish it around for about 20 minutes. If you use coconut oil, you can melt it beforehand or simply leave it in your mouth to melt. Try to keep the oil in your mouth for the full 20 minutes, since you want to be sure it breaks through plaque and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and whiter in colour as it mixes with saliva. After about 20 minutes it should be a creamy-white colour and you can spit it out. Do not swallow the oil, since it is hopefully full of bacteria and toxins at this point. Use warm water to rinse your mouth and to remove most of the oil.