Oil Pulling

What is Oil Pulling?

The first time I was introduced to oil pulling I was living at an ashram in India for three months. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic remedy from India which dates back thousands of years. Ayurveda is the practice of natural healing. I was told that oil pulling had many health benefits and it was as simple as swishing the oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes.
I was open to trying it although the idea of oil in my mouth sounded disgusting to me.  The pros seemed to outweigh the cons with all the benefits, so I thought I'd try it out.  When I first tried oil pulling, my mouth got tired pretty quickly. As you're swishing the oil in your mouth, it mixes with your saliva which turns milky from oily. I'm pretty sure that I didn't do it for twenty minutes when I first tried it.  However with practice, it got easier. After a short while, it wasn't as bad because your mouth muscles build up to the swishing. The time also seemed to pass quickly as I combined simple morning tasks, like picking out my clothes. Then after 20 minutes, spit the oil into the trash and rinse your mouth.

According to Ayurveda, here is a list of some of the benefits of oil pulling:
-whitens teeth
-prevents bad breath and cavities
-reduces plaque and build up
-reduces inflammation of the mouth and helps with oral diseases (like soars and blisters)
-relieves headaches and hangovers
-increases your energy
-helps you sleep better
-pulls toxins that help with skin conditions like acne, dermatitis and eczema
-help with issues related to heart disease, mucous congestion, sinusitus and high blood pressure
-regulates your menstrual cycle as well as menstrual cramps
-improves lymphatic system
-alleviate allergies

My results:
I had actually forgotten about oil pulling until a few months ago. Since I started the practice, I have noticed that it has helped me with acne, allergies and with reducing plaque. Since my teeth are already pretty white, I've heard many people say their teeth have become whiter. What I can say is that I've noticed my teeth seem whiter in those hard-to-reach-spots in between the teeth. Recently I haven't been as tired so it is a possibility my energy levels have increased as a result of oil pulling.

How to Oil Pull:
There are different oils that can be used but I've only tried coconut and sesame oil.

1. Oil pulling must be done in the morning on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth.
2. Take a tablespoon of your preferred oil into the mouth.
3. Swish around the oil for 20 minutes.
4. When time is up, spit it into the trash because oil in the sink may clog the drainage pipes.
5. DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL, after a while it will be full of toxins pulled from your body.
6. Rinse your mouth with warm water or salt water.
7. Finally brush your teeth and go about your morning routine.

Thanks for reading! Leave me a comment if you try this out or if you're someone who practices oil pulling, I'd love to hear how it's working out for you. Don't forget to follow me on my other social networks.


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