This one health practice has a dozen health benefits! Here’s how you do it the right way.
This age-old remedy involves using natural substances, like oil, to clean and detoxify teeth and gums! It can help to whiten teeth naturally, among many other benefits, and using certain oils can assist in keeping harmful bacteria in the mouth at bay.
Oil pulling simply involves swishing oil – often coconut or sesame – around your mouth for up to 20 minutes to improve oral health. Just like the Oil Cleansing Method, the oil helps draw out and remove toxins without affecting teeth or gums.
While there is definitely more research needed to determine any scientific backing to oil pulling, I’ve personally noticed the benefits. In my research I found many testimonials online from people who’ve experienced benefits, too; such as whiter teeth, improved skin conditions, headaches, arthritis, hormonal imbalances, asthma, liver problems, infections, and more.
I’ve been doing oil pulling for a few months now, and my personal experience with it is improved oral health; less plaque and whiter teeth with less sensitivity.
At the very least, oil pulling can be quite beneficial and has no downside as long as quality oil and ingredients are used; a high enough quality to eat. It must also be done correctly. Which leads me to…
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How to Oil Pull
The concept is incredibly simple. It’s so simple you’ll read this and go, “is that it?”
It involves swishing up to one tablespoon of oil (coconut or sesame) around the mouth for 20 minutes, spitting it out (don’t swallow it!) and rinsing well. It’s recommended that the best time to oil pull is in the morning, before eating or drinking anything. However, it can be done before each meal if needed for more severe infections or dental problems.
My personal concoction:
*Make sure all ingredients are of high quality.
- Combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl, and mix together well.
- Pour mix into a glass container for storage. Use first thing in the morning, swishing up to one tablespoon of the mixture in your mouth.
How to Oil Pull: Step-by-step
- Put up to one tablespoon of oil into the mouth. Organic sesame oil is traditionally used in oil pulling, and is also the most studied for use in oil pulling, but organic coconut oil works too.
- Swish for 20 minutes. This allows enough time to break through plaque and bacteria, but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins. The oil will start to double in volume during this time as saliva builds up in the mouth. At first, it can be difficult to make it the full 20 minutes, so starting out by swishing for around 5-10 minutes may be more achievable, and just build up from there.
- Spit oil into the garden. Especially if you have a septic system… The oil may harden and thicken over time, which can clog the pipes. Don’t swallow the oil either as it’s full of bacteria and toxins.
- Rinse well with warm water. I swish water around my mouth a few times to remove any remaining oil.
- Brush well. I follow-up by brushing my teeth with remineralising toothpaste or tooth powder to remove any remaining oil residue.
If allergic to coconut oil or coconut products, avoid using coconut oil in this way. Sesame oil is a great option, just make sure it’s organic.
Avoid using any high Omega-6 or chemically created oils like vegetable oil, canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, etc.
DIY oil pulling tutorial
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.
Have you tried oil pulling before? What was your experience? Share in the comments below.
Lots of love,
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