Daily Rituals: Oil Pulling

Over the next couple of posts I will be sharing some of my daily rituals, why I do them and how you can to. They go hand-in-hand with my lifestyle and dietary choices, they also contribute to my overall wellbeing.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 15 minutes. The action draws out toxins from your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.

Research show that the teeth and its root systems affect the other parts of the body, therefore good Oral hygiene is really important.

Oil pulling is widely used combining ancient and modern techniques. While more options are now available, I choose to use cold-pressed coconut oil because of its benefits which include having antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Benefits

  • Kills harmful bacteria in the mouth, some of which may lead to tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease
  • Reduces bad breath
  • Prevents cavities
  • Reduce inflammation and improve gum health
  • Whitens teeth

Technique

  • Use 1-2 teaspoons of edible oil and put it in your mouth. The amount will basically depend on how much you can tolerate as well as the size of your mouth. You can eventually increase the amount once you get comfortable with oil pulling.
  • Pull the oil by swishing it (as you do with a mouthwash) in your mouth for 5 – 10 minutes, making sure that it goes through your mouth and gums.
  • Spit the oil out into a bin NEVER down the sink or drain as it will clog when the oil solidifies
  • Clean teeth as normal
  • Take note: Once you spit the oil, take note of the color. A milky white color is an indication that you were able to collect the toxins and bacteria. However, if it still looks oily or yellowish, it indicates that the length of time you spent for oil pulling is not enough

 

Check out the video to see how it’s done.

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