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Oil Pulling – Oral Cleansing

‘The ancient practice of oil pulling is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text called Charaka Samhita.  In sanskrit it is  known as Kavala Gandoosh. Oil pulling can improve oral health and overall health.” It help remove mucus and other toxins from the body. Toxins are drawn out of the tissues in the mouth by the sesame oil, or other oil. This practice can also be done using coconut oil. Traditionally sesame oil was used for this purpose. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial  and anti-viral. Use of sesame oil reduces the amount of bacterial in the mouth. Oil pulling is the practice of swishing oil around the mouth for 5-10 minutes before spitting it out. During this time the oil mixes with your saliva and turns to a white liquid. The oil draws toxins from the saliva, tongue, teeth and gums. The oil will take on a thicker consistency towards the end of swishing. The oil containing the toxins and bacteria is then spat out – DO NOT swallow any of it. Oil pulling can be done at any time of the day but it’s particularly beneficial to do first thing in the morning. Sesame oil is considered to be one the best oils to use but other oils such as coconut can be used. Benefits of oil pulling

  • healthy gums
  • cleaner, whiter teeth
  • cleaner tongue
  • fresher breath
  • overall healthier mouth

Longer term benefits of oil pulling may include

  • less cavities
  • reduced headaches
  • regulation of menstruation
  • reduced PMS symptoms
  • increased energy
  • clearer sinuses

There are claims that oil pulling also has beneficial effects on allergies, asthma, eczema, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, to name a few. Oil pulling is great at strengthening the jaw.

How Do You Do It?

Put 1 – 2 tablespoons of your chosen oil into your mouth. Start swishing the oil around your mouth and tongue, pull it through your teeth and from cheek to cheek. Keep the oil in your mouth for 5 to 10 minutes all the time swishing it about. The oil will start to take on a different consistency as it mixes with saliva. (You can add turmeric to the oil.) At the end of the session spit the oil out. You will notice that the oil is now a different colour and consistency. If you want to rinse your mouth or clean your teeth you can  do but not necessary. Note: Never swallow any of the oil. If you have a strong urge to spit, do so. It may take a bit of practice to get up to the suggested length of time. The first couple of sessions may only last a couple of minutes, that is perfectly fine and normal. Persevere and build the time up to 5 – 10 minutes, it will be worth it. The results can be amazing!