The magic of oil pulling (from http://www.ionizeroasis.com/oil-pulling/)
I have known about “oil pulling” for some time now. I have tried it from time to time but never consistently as I have found it hard to maintain. Having an oily substance swishing around in your mouth for nearly 20 minutes isn’t as easy as it seems. But since this ancient Ayurvedic practice is making it back into the mainstream, it’s time for me to give it a whirl again.
I am using coconut oil this time. In the past I have used other oils, specifically sesame oil, and I can’t recall much change or benefit, but remember — consistency is where you will see the difference. Modern naturopathic practitioners are now recommending this ancient Ayurvedic health practice to their patients as a powerful detoxification and healing tool.Here are some of the benefits that are claimed from oil pulling:
• Overall strengthening of teeth, gums and jaw
• Plaque prevention
• Prevention of halitosis (bad breath)
• Prevention of cavities and diseases such as gingivitis
• Prevention of lip, mouth and throat dryness
• Possible remedy for jaw soreness and TMJ
• Relief of migraine headache
• Hormone imbalance correction
• Inflammation reduction
• Support of normal kidney function
• Relief from sinus congestion
• Relief from eczema
• Improved vision
• Pain reduction
• Detoxification support
• Insomnia relief
Ok,that all sounds great, but how do you do it? I mean swishing around oil in your mouth seems easy enough, but it can take a little getting used to. Here are some steps to get started:
1 — Oil pulling should be done on an empty stomach (preferably
first thing in the morning)
2 — Use one tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil – you may
want to start with ½ tablespoon and work your way up to a
3 — Swish the oil around in your mouth slowly and be sure that
the oil reaches all parts of your mouth – do not swallow.
4 — Swish for five to ten minutes. Try to work up to twenty
minutes if you can.
5 — Spit out all of the oil when you are done and rinse your mouth
6 — Brush with toothpaste (try to use natural) afterward.
Note: Some people may feel a bit ill during or after oil pulling.
This is generally a good sign that your body is removing
toxins and should dissipate as you become healthier.
Do me a favor and note some of the reactions or changes you experience. Everyone is different and it is fascinating to me what a simple technique like oil pulling can do. I’m keeping track of my progress as well. Let’s see if there really is any magic in it.
In health & love,