We spend a lot of time focusing on the food we put into our bodies, but often forget that the products we use on them also affect our health. Many deodorants, toothpastes, lotions and potions contain toxins that are harmful to our beautiful bods, so I’m always on the lookout for natural and chemical free alternatives. Recently I came across oil pulling and was instantly intrigued.
Oil pulling is an ancient ayurvedic technique which involves swishing oil around in your mouth for 15-20min. It is used to cleanse the mouth and believed to help with mouth & gum disease, whiten teeth and improve overall dental health. It’s even linked to detoxifying the body and can lead to the alleviation of other ailments like allergies, asthma, migraines, stiff joints, arthritis, high blood pressure, and insomnia, just to name a few. So how does it work?
The Oil Pulling Method:
It is recommended to do on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
Place one tablespoon of organic oil into your mouth (do not swallow) and then swish it around for 15-20min, pushing and pulling it through your teeth. Most people choose an organic coconut oil. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and is easier on the taste buds. Other options are olive and sesame. The oil will mix with saliva activating enzymes which pull toxins from your blood. Do not swallow the oil as it is toxic.
After about 15-20min the oil will take on a white color letting you know that it has done its job and is ready to be spit out. Spit the oil out in a trash can or the toilet, not the sink, since it is hopefully full of eliminated toxins from the body.
Once you spit out the oil rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water and brush the remaining residue off with natural toothpaste or a brushing blend.
Voila! You did it!
If the idea of keeping oil in your mouth sounds challenging for 15-20min, try starting out with 10min and gradually build up to the full suggested time. Another tip is to pop the oil in your mouth before your morning shower and by the time you are done, it’s about time to spit out the oil.