Do you want whiter teeth ?
Do you want to cure a hangover ?
Do you want to detox ?
Then you have to try Oil pulling! What is that?
I first found out about oil pulling when I was about 10 years old. One morning when I was in a hurry to get ready for school I was talking to my mom and she wouldn’t reply. She had something in her mouth for what seemed to be hours and she wouldn’t talk to me. I later found out she was Oil Pulling. I thought it was so weird and never for a second thought I will do it. That was 15 years ago. Now look at me, oil pulling every morning!
Oil pulling has its roots in the Ayurvedic practice of oil gargling. The healing modality called Ayurveda, which translates from the Sanskrit as "science of life," is a healing practice and philosophy that originated in India, but Ayurvedic medicine is practiced all over the world as a complementary and alternative medicine. Dr. Deepak Chopra writes in his book Perfect Health that oil pulling is an important way to start your day by cleansing your mouth and taste buds.
Oil Pulling is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, where it is called Kavala Gandoosha or Kavala Graha. Ayurvedic literature describes oil pulling as capable of both improving oral health and treating systemic diseases such as diabetes or asthma. It is claimed to cure about 30 systemic diseases ranging from headache, migraine to diabetes and asthma. Oil pulling has been used extensively as a traditional Indian folk remedy for many years to prevent decay, oral malodor, bleeding gums, dryness of throat, cracked lips and for strengthening teeth, gums and the jaw.
Oil pulling therapy can be done using oils like sunflower oil or sesame oil. The sesame plant (Sesamum indicum) of the Pedaliaceae family has been considered a gift of nature to mankind for its nutritional qualities and desirable health effects. Sesame oil is considered to be the queen of oil seed crops because of its beneficiary effects.
I will sum up some reasons here that convinced me to start Oil Pulling straight away!
I have done it before, for 10 minutes every day but I couldn’t last more than 2 weeks and I kept forgetting.
So this will be my challenge for the rest of March - Oil Pulling every day for at least 10 minutes, feel free to join me!
How do you do it?
In the morning when you wake up, take one tablespoon of extra virgin oil in your mouth and swish it in your mouth for as long as you can between 10 and 20 minutes. Try to “pull” it between your teeth too. I know it sounds a bit gross but it’s not really, you will get used to it. Start with 5 minutes if you can’t do 10 and work your way up every day. After 10 minutes, spit the oil out in the bin, or in your garden, not in the toilet or sink. After you spit out the oil, which will be thin and white colored, you should rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm salt water. Never swallow the oil because it is loaded with toxins. After you rinse with salt-water, brush your teeth.
What oil do you use?
I use Organic Cold pressed Coconut Oil because of it’s of its lauric acid, which has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. But other organic cold pressed oils will be great. I read about sesame oil, sunflower or olive oil.
This is the brand I use at the moment.
What makes oil pulling effective?
Swishing the oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes eventually gets bacteria to cling to the oil. When the oil is spit out, so too are the toxins that are harmful to your body.
BENEFITS of Oil Pulling:
- - Brighter, whiter teeth
- - Strong gums, teeth and jaw. It also helps with sensitive teeth
- - Detox is one of the surprising benefits of oil pulling that many people are not aware of. It is very effective at removing toxins from the body when performed on a regular basis.
- - cures bad breath and help to boost the metabolism that will help you lose weight if you need to shed a few extra pound
- - Prevents cavities and gingivitis. Some people even reported it helped with their cavities.
- - Increased energy
- - Clearer mind
- - Helps get rid of acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin care issues
- - Cures a hangover and a migraine
- - Helps with sleep issues
- - Clears our your sinuses and helps allergy sufferers.
- - Helps with general pain issues.
- - Manages any hormonal imbalances. Especially for women on the pill, or who have just stopped taking the pill.
- - Improved PMS symptoms
- - Improved lymphatic system
- - Regulated menstrual cycles.
A 2007 study, which looked at the effectiveness of oil pulling with sunflower oil, showed a “statistically significant reduction” in gingivitis among oil pullers who tried the technique for 45 days. A 2008 study found that there was a “remarkable reduction in the total count” of mouth bacteria, and a reduction in susceptibility to cavities, Group said.
Sources – Ibtimes.com, ntptalk.com, Wikipedia, Jaim.in, healthfoodlover.com
Read more about Oil Pulling from The Wellness Warrior http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/2012/04/oil-pulling-my-new-morning-ritual/
There is an entire website dedicated to Oil Pulling http://coconut-oil-pulling.com/
Today's Mantra: Life is vey simple. I create my experiences by my thinking and feeling patterns. What I believe about myself and about life becomes true for me.
Enjoy and Have a Happy Weekend!