If you are looking for one thing that you can do to improve your overall health enormously, you should add oil pulling to your daily regimen. Many people say it helps them feel amazing! Oil pulling benefits have been reported, not only for oral health such as reducing tooth decay and cavities, but also for improvement in a wide range of diseases. Since I tried oil pulling, I’m convinced that what everyone says about oil pulling is definitely true and it makes sense because the health of the oral cavity is connected to overall body health! There are so many oil pulling benefits that I have to list them for you!
Oil pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic practice originating from the Common Era, involves swishing an oil such as sesame or coconut in your mouth and spitting it out. It helps detoxify the body and improves systemic health. The swishing helps pull out harmful bacteria. I try to do it twice a day, but if I can’t, I make sure I always do it before bed. It makes my teeth so white in the morning and my breath super fresh! Once you try it, you will never go a day without doing it!
Oil Pulling Benefits
Prevents cavities, reduces plaque, and cures gingivitis
Gets rid of bad breath
Detoxifies your body (eliminates harmful bacteria and organisms)
Helps balance your hormones
Relieves sinus congestion
Reduces inflammation in the body
Reduces joint pain and arthritis
Helps skin conditions such as eczema and rashes
Helps and reduces migraines
The oil pulling benefits don’t stop there, you might discover a new one! People have reported it helping many more diseases and health conditions.
What Kind of Oil To Use for Oil Pulling:
To get the oil pulling benefits it is recommended that you use sesame, sunflower or coconut oil. I like to use coconut oil for oil pulling. I’ve found my health has improved using it. I haven’t tried using a different kind of oil yet.
When to do Oil Pulling
It is recommended to do oil pulling first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. The reason they recommend an empty stomach is because some people have reported experiencing slight nausea occasionally if it is done after a large meal, but I have never experienced this and often do it after a light meal. I typically do oil pulling two times a day, once when I wake up (I swish as I make my breakfast) and one more time before I go to bed.
How to do Oil Pulling
1. Put 1 or 2 teaspoons of oil (I use organic coconut oil) aside. Many people just put the oil in their mouth, wait till it melts and begin swishing. I like to warm it up in a glass first, but either way works fine.
2. Swish the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, if possible, or at least for 10 minutes. As you swish, the bacteria and toxins in your mouth get pulled out into the oil. You don’t have to do it vigorously, it is effective just doing it slowly, letting the liquid pass around your mouth and all around your teeth. If you can’t do it the full 20 minutes (which may be difficult at first), spit it out, rinse a few times with warm water and do it again.
3. Spit out the oil when you are done swishing. Make sure you don’t swallow the oil as it contains bacteria! When you spit it out, it should look milky white, which means it worked.
4. Rinse your mouth with warm water, swishing several times. It is suggested to rinse with salt water. You can use Celtic sea salt for the rinse.
5. Then brush your teeth. This helps get any remaining bacteria out.
How Oil Pulling Helps Me:
Since I started, I’ve noticed a definite improvement in my acne. This is amazing because I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to keep up with using any of my natural topical treatments. I also haven’t had much time to exercise, yet my skin looks much clearer! Just after a few days of oil pulling, I also noticed my teeth are much whiter, even whiter than after I brush with baking soda. These are just two of the oil pulling benefits I’ve noticed so far.
My mom, who has hypothyroidism (Hashimoto) started oil pulling about 3 weeks ago and she has also seen some great improvements in her health! Improvements in thyroid health aren’t listed in the oil pulling benefits, but she told me her thyroid symptoms are reduced and she has a lot more energy.