This week’s post is at the request of a friend of mine who asked about oil pulling. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic tradition of the removal of toxins and bacteria from the body through the mouth. Sounds much worse than it is! In practice, it is actually just swishing some oil in your mouth for a few minutes and spitting it out!
Oil pulling has been used in Ayurvedic healing in India for centuries to cure things such as tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, to prevent heart disease, reduce inflammation, whiten teeth, soothe throat dryness, prevent cavities, heal cracked lips, boost the immune system, improve acne and strengthen the gums and jaw.
In Ayurvedic tradition, different parts of the tongue are connected to different organs in the body so when you cleanse the tongue, you are cleansing those organs. By cleaning the oral cavity you are literally sucking toxins out of the mouth.
You can use olive oil, sesame oil and coconut oil. Traditionally sesame oil was used because this is widely available in India. My personal preference is coconut oil. I choose this because it is readily available, tastes pretty nice and has such wonderful anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and healing properties. In fact, coconut oil is highly absorbable so you can experience benefits such as balance in your hormones, kill candida, improve digestion, moisturise your skin, reduce cellulite, decrease wrinkles and age spots, balance blood sugar and improve energy, improve Alzheimer’s, increase HDL and lower LDL cholesterol and burn fat (wahoo!) just through oil pulling with coconut oil.
You don’t need too much, about a teaspoon or two is enough (start with less and add more when you are ready). Swish it around your mouth getting in between your teeth and at the back near your gums. The ideal amount of time is around 20 minutes but this is a really long time to swish (and not spill or swallow!). Anywhere from 5-20 minutes is a great addition to your wellness routine.
When you are ready to spit, you should spit in the shower (with hot water running) or in the bin. Make sure you don’t spit down the sink drain because coconut oil hardens at 24 degrees and you will block your drains. And make sure you don’t swallow it either, you don’t want to put those toxins back into your body!
The shower is a great place to do your oil pulling because you are busy doing other things so you don’t really notice how long you are spending swishing the oil around your mouth. You can also spit it down the drain because the hot water will keep it moving until it dissipates so it won’t cause you any plumbing problems.
By practicing regular oil pulling, you will be improving your immune system and removing toxins from your body.
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