Sunday, March 9, 2014

Coconut Oil Pulling

Oil pulling has been around for years, which makes me mad I’ve only just found out about it. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic technique that basically involves you swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes (no more no less) & it pulls toxins out of your body through your mouth. The idea behind it is pretty simple - the oil is “sticky” and when you swish it around in your mouth bacteria gets stuck in the oil & dissolves.

It’s easy to do. Pick an oil, you can use ORGANIC coconut oil or sesame oil, put anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon (depending on what you can handle) in your mouth, then you may have to chew on the oil for a few seconds for it to melt, because it is solid at room
temperature. It is best to do this on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth. I know, you are freaking out about the 15 to 20 minute thing, so that is why I prefer to do it while I take a shower in the morning. Pull the oil through your teeth & make sure not to swallow it. Once you start, that oil fills up with toxins, you don’t want to swallow! When your timer beeps, spit out the toxic waste into a plastic baggy or directly into the trash. Don’t spit it down the drain cause the oil will solidify again & mess up your pipes. Rinse your mouth with
water and brush your teeth well. There is no need to use a lot of force here, if doing this causes pain in your facial muscles then just relax a bit. Try using less oil next time and don't swish it around too forcefully. 

Here are the benefits, they are pretty much endless & differ for everyone, but some of the big ones are: 

  • Whitens teeth
  • Strengthens your gums,teeth & jaw. 
  • Prevents cavities & gingivitis. Some people even reported it healed their cavities?! Not sure about that one… but who knows?!
  • Helps get rid of acne, eczema, psoriasis & other skin care issues.
  • General body detox.
  • Cures a hangover & a migraine.
  • Helps with sleep issues.
  • Clears out your sinuses & helps allergy sufferers.
  • If you have halitosis, oil pulling has been a big savior for many sufferers & your morning breath will get much better.
  • Helps with general pain issues.
  • Manages any weird hormonal imbalances.

People rant & rave about oil pulling, now I can see why!