Oil Pulling Removes Bacteria
If you have heard of oil pulling, you may think that it is relatively new and trendy. Oil pulling has been around for thousands of years! Used in Ayurvedic medicine for oil pulling is a common practice.
I have personally used this practice on and off for a very long time between my routine dental visits.
What is it? I think the name should change to oil swishing (A little less harsh sounding), but I guess it has earned its reputation after thousands of years.
Oil pulling is:
- Putting about a teaspoon of oil in your mouth
- Preferably in the morning before breakfast
- Vigorously swish and pull oil in between teeth.
- Timing preferably 20 minutes (Start with five and work your way up)
- Spit the oil into something that and put it in GARBAGE
DO NOT SPIT IN DRAIN!! I WILL HAVE LOTS OF ANGRY HUSBANDS EMAILING ME AFTER THE DRAIN IS CLOGGED! (Oy!)
- Rinse mouth with a little water
- Brush your teeth
DO NOT SWALLOW ANY OF THE OIL! Remember, it had bacteria and toxins.
6 benefits to the Oil Pulling Method and some of them include the following:
- Helps Fight Plaque and Gingivitis
- Brightens Teeth
- Firms Facial Muscles (Especial those jowls)
- Removes Bacteria from Tongue and Mouth
- Meditative (you can’t talk while doing it)
After looking to see how many articles popped up with a case against oil pulling, I found many. One even went as far as to call it “A Quackery.” Oh no. Not quackery! (Not a term commonly used in the DC area.)
Look, most times, any holistic practices that go against the norm will have push back. There is no money in it! The idea of oil pulling is a preventive measure. It’s not rocket science, and it has some incredible benefits. It is not used instead of seeing your dentist, but to hopefully improve your visits.
Please don’t take my word for it; take NIH’s word for it. In 2016 after doing studies on oil pulling, NIH found some benefits and improvements. Please read this great article.
Many people use coconut oil, olive oil, and sunflower oils. However, the Crème de la Crème is Sesame Oil. Sesame oil may take a little getting used to if you are not used to it. Sesame oil seems to have the best benefits for detoxification. If you want to start in baby steps, start with coconut oil.
One last note, I often do oil pulling while in the shower. I am all about multi-tasking;)
Oil pulling has worked well for me, and I have never encountered any issues. Please read the NIH article. Most importantly, always ask your doctor if you have concerns. I am not a doctor.
Just a Happy Hippy.