Oil pulling is a natural remedy that is becoming increasingly popular. This natural healing treatment comes from Ayurvedic medicine, and it is something that can be done with many different oils, but coconut oil is a preferred choice for many. Let’s take a look at this practice, and how it works.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is a traditional remedy which uses oil to clean your mouth and help to “detox” your teeth and gums. Oil pulling can also help to whiten your teeth, and it can be beneficial in removing harmful bacteria from your mouth and significantly improve oral hygiene. Just as people use coconut oil to cleanse their skin, it can help eliminate toxins from your mouth without irritating your teeth or your gums.
The Benefits of Oil Pulling
In a way, oil pulling is a lot like using mouthwash, except without the harsh chemicals and toxins that are found in modern mouthwashes.
The reason the practice is called oil pulling is because of the idea that the oil pulls bacteria out of the gums. Oil pulling has been found to reduce the amount of harmful bacteria – including streptococcus mutans – in your mouth. This bacteria, in particular, is known to play a role in tooth decay and gum disease.
Using non-invasive ways of removing bacteria, and using natural, edible substances instead of synthetic mouthwashes, is becoming a popular choice in the health conscious community.
Other benefits of oil pulling include:
- Helps bleeding gums
- Fights against tooth decay
- Protects against cavity formation
- Can help improve teeth whitening
- Eliminates bad breath
- Supports overall gum health
- Improves immune system function
- Lowers inflammation
- Helps to eradicate acne
- Can contribute to lower the risk of heart disease
See also: The Health Benefits of Using Coconut Oil
Why Use Coconut Oil for Oil Pulling?
You can use any edible oil for the practice, but coconut oil has been found to be particularly effective due to it’s highly nourishing and beneficial properties. It is a safe oil to ingest, however, during oil pulling you will not swallow the oil as you will want to spit it out once you are done (see how to do oil pulling below). Furthermore, coconut oil also has a pleasant taste and odour, which makes it a particularly pleasant oil to use for oil pulling.
In addition, coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-microbial agent. So in addition to the “pulling” of toxins, it also offers additional health benefits as a nice added side effect.
How to do Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil
Oil pulling is an easy process. The best time to do it is first thing in the morning. Coconut oil naturally solidifies above 24 Celsius, 75.2 Farenheight. So once placed in the mouth it will take a few seconds for it to liquefy.
Start the process by taking 1-2 teaspoons of the solidified coconut oil in your mouth, and either wait for a few seconds for it to become liquid or begin chewing. Once the oil has become liquid begin to swish it around in your mouth, gently, for 10-20 minutes. You don’t have to be aggressive about this, just gently move the oil around in your mouth. If you feel like your teeth and jaw are getting tired, then you are probably “swishing” too vigorously. Just gently keep the oil moving, and take care not to swallow it.
When you are done, spit the oil out (preferably into a plastic bag or other disposable container and put in the trash). Do not spit the oil out into your sink or toilet, because it will clog up your pipes once it solidifies again. Next, rinse out your mouth with warm, salty water. The salt in the water will give extra anti-microbial protection. Spit the salt water out into the sink. Do not swallow the salt water because it can likely make you ill. Preferably use either natural sea salt or Himalayan salt for this step and avoid standard table salt. Standard table salt often contains other chemicals, which you will not want to put in your mouth.
Now that you’re done, you can brush your teeth as normal. Repeat this process three or four times a week for optimum oral health.
If this is the first time that you have tried oil pulling, then you can begin your practice by doing it every day for two weeks. Then, cutting it down to three to four times per week.
After you have finished the process, you should notice that your mouth feels especially clean and fresh.
Oil pulling is such an easy process and can even be done while you are getting ready in the morning to help save your time.
It may seem like oil pulling is a lot of hassle, but once you have tried it, you will quickly see how simple it is and how it can easily fit into your day. As mentioned before, you don’t have to stand patiently in the bathroom for ten to twenty minutes while you swish away. You can do it in the shower, while cooking your breakfast or even while you’re working on the computer.
It’s a quick and easy job, really, and once you get into the habit of doing oil pulling on a regular basis, you’ll soon find that it is an enjoyable part of your day.