Oil pulling was first popularized in the early 1990s in Bangalore, South India, but dates back almost 5,000 years to traditional Indian remedies. It is a folk remedy where oil is swished around in the mouth for several minutes. People who practice oil pulling weekly claim it capable of improving oral and overall systemic health.

Some conditions that oil pulling have been known to help are:

-Headaches, Migraines, Diabetes, Asthma, Acne, Teeth Whitening, Gingivitis, Bad breath, Eczema, Bronchitis, Gastro-enteritis, Hormonal imbalances, Vision, Congestion, Hangovers, Insomnia, Pain, Allergies, and Arthritis.

The simple claim behind this forefront home remedy is that it works by pulling out toxins that would be in your mouth and removing them from your body.

The exact known mechanism of action is still poorly understood. Some suggest that oil provides a surface layer that prevents plaque or bacteria from adhering to your teeth. Also suggested is that by increasing the secretion of saliva by swishing oil around in your mouth, oil pulling uses the salivary glands in the mouth as a detoxifying organ, allowing the saliva to trap the toxin within the oil. The next theory is that since oil pulling is usually performed for 15-20 minutes, this prolonged and forceful action may play a part in dislodging bacteria and undigested particles from the deep crevices in your mouth. Sesame oil is the most traditional oil used in oil pulling but in western cultures coconut oil has become more popular. Oil pulling with sesame seed oil moisturizes gums, helping those with dry mouth. Dry mouth is a known cause of bad breath and is a harbor for bacterial growth.

The American Dental Association recognizes that not much research has been done on oil pulling but says no harm can be done from performing it.

So how do you perform Oil pulling?

  • Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into the mouth. I prefer to use 2 teaspoons of organic coconut oil. …
  • Swish for 15-20 minutes. …
  • Spit oil into the trash can. …
  • Rinse well with warm water. …
  • Brush well.

It is very important to spit out the oil after the time you have been swishing it around as it full of toxins and it SHOULD NOT BE SWALLOWED. The most common oils used are sesame, sunflower , and coconut oil. Although olive oil is not commonly used some people still report that the see the same benefits with olive oil as they do with the other oils. If you are using coconut oil be sure not to spit in the sink as coconut oil may harden and can clog your pipes.




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