The magic of oil pulling

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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
with water.
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,
Diana StoboThe magic of oil pulling

6 Comments on “The magic of oil pulling”

  1. Brit T

    Great! How often is recommended, once daily? Weekly? Do you need to work up to a daily goal?

    I heard a homemade toothpaste of coconut oil and baking soda with a drop or two of essential oil is good (ex. peppermint) was good but haven’t tried it yet. I currently use YoungLiving toothpaste.

    Will try ASAP!

    1. Diana Stobo

      Every morning is recommended. I think what you red to work up to is how long you can swish it in your mouth- that takes some getting used to. :)

  2. Chris Taylor

    Hi Diana, I’ve been using coconut oil for oil pulling for a little while now and have heard some prefer/recommend to use sunflower oil instead. Is there a reason why some oils may be preferable to others? I’d have thought the anti-bacterial nature of organic coconut oil would be preferable. Thanks.

    1. Diana Stobo

      I think your instincts are right about coconut oil. I have not heard of using sunflower oil, I have used sesame oil in the past for its healing and nutritional benefits, but I am sure that any oil would work, its a chemical reaction to the oil. I personally like the idea of coconut oil because I love the idea of coconut oil and its benefits. I am going to look into this and and see why I would suggest one oil over another. Thanks for that information.

  3. Amy

    Do you still brush daily after you have worked your way up to 20 mins? I’ve only been oil pulling for a day or two now, I don’t have any issue w the oil being in my mouth, but my jaws do get tired of swishing gently after a while so I tilt my head all around and let the oil just move all around my mouth. I have had problems with halitosis and I can tell it is helping already! I currently use coconut oil but haven’t tried the other oils. I saw one post where a woman has been doing it for a year now and she only brushes once or twice a week and uses oil pulling daily. I first shrieked at the thought of not brushing, but her teeth and gums look to be in perfect health and her cavity has even healed some! Thanks for any additional info!

  4. vinod

    Thanks for the useful information about oil pulling. I am a diabetic for more than 3 years. Can I practice oil pulling with coconut oil and any exclusive tips for the diabetic?

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