Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice for removing toxins and bacteria from the mouth and body.
You place a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, swish it around for 10-15 minutes, making sure to move your jaw up and down to activate the saliva glands.
The lipids in the oil draw out the toxins and bacteria in your mouth. After about ten minutes, the oil will have thickened and turned a cloudy white colour. Spit the oil out, brush your teeth and tongue immediately and wash your brush thoroughly.
Oil pull twice a day, first thing in the morning and before you clean your teeth at night. This can be a challenging task for chatters…so is probably best done alone – oil pulling while showering is a good multitasking event.
Organic sesame oil is supposedly the best but I use sunflower oil. I don’t think it would matter enormously which you choose but it must be organic.
(photo by Miriam, of Joan)
Topically, it strengthens and whitens the teeth, helps to prevent gum diseases and bad breath as well as rebalancing the flora in your mouth.
Beyond the mouth, the benefits are manifold:
– detoxifies the lymphatic system
– helps to alleviate the symptoms of allergies
– draws heavy metals out of the blood stream
– helps to clear the skin
– in some cases, provides pain relief, probably as a result of lowering inflammation
– great hangover cure!
I can tell you, from experience, the first few weeks can produce surprising and disgusting results! Hang in there, though, and you’ll really see the benefits. Ping! (that was the sound of light twinkling off your shiny white smile…)