Have you ever heard of oil pulling? It’s one of my favorite natural ways to improve your health naturally, not just in your mouth, but in your body overall. Oil pulling has been used in India for thousands of years to clean teeth, whiten teeth naturally, remove harmful bacteria from the mouth and improve overall health. It has only recently (in the past 20-30 years) made its way into the US.
When oil pulling, oil is swished in the mouth for a short time first thing in the morning before putting anything else into your mouth (including water). The oil is able to remove plaque and extract toxins without harming the teeth or gums.
When researching online, you can find testimonials from people who have experienced amazing health benefits from oil pulling, including improving skin conditions, headaches, arthritis, asthma, infections and even liver issues in addition to improved oral health.
I have been using oil pulling off and on for a few years now. I personally like using raw, organic first cold pressed coconut oil because it has natural antibacterial properties and I also like the taste. Some of the benefits I have personally experience include: less sinus congestion in the morning upon waking, less oral sensitivity, whiter teeth, better breath and less gum recession.
So now you’re wondering…what do I do?
- Put 1-2 teaspoons of solid organic coconut oil into the mouth and let it melt.
- Swish for 20 minutes. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, this amount of time is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.
- Spit oil into the trash can. It will have gotten thicker and milky from mixing with saliva. Don’t spit it into the sink and definitely don’t swallow it. It is full of bacteria and it will wreak having on your septic system.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water by swishing a few times, then spitting. I like to swish then spit about 3-4 times after I spit out the oil, just to make sure I got it all out.
- Brush your teeth.
Oil pulling can be a great tool to add to your wellness regimen. There’s really no harm in incorporating it into your daily routine and you can see wonderful health benefits as a result.