Oil pulling – What is it? – you may ask. Well I’m glad you did because now I can tell you about how I got my entire existence after discovering this amazing practice.
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice to promote overall teeth/gums/oral health. In the simplest form, it is the act of using natural (ideally organic) oils as a mouthwash! Yes, I said mouthwash. I was on the fence about it at first, like why do I have to rinse my mouth with oil? Like,of all things….oil? The stuff I cook with? Seriously? But when I found out about all the benefits that come with practically replacing my Listerine, I toughened up and gave it a go.
So of course I had to share this goodness with my readers, because I’m super generous and it’s what I do. So here’s the scoop:
What to use and how it works:
I typically use coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil, about a tablespoon of liquid (half it for solidified coconut oil). Other practices recommend sunflower and sesame oil as well. In the morning, on an empty stomach and before brushing your teeth, here’s what you do:
- Take the oil and swish it in your mouth for 10-20 minutes (like a mouthwash).
- Once that’s done, spit it out, ideally in a trash can or toilet (because coconut oil will harden once cooled and can cause drainage issues). The oil should be white-ish and cloudy if done for recommended time
- You then rinse your mouth about 2 times with clear water, to remove any residual “dirty” oil and saliva.
- Lastly, brush your teeth as usual and you’re all done.
Benefits of oil pulling
OK, so first off, I will tell you what my results were – how it worked for me and the immediate and eventual benefits of oil pulling.
- Fresher breath that lasted much longer than just brushing alone
- A squeaky clean feeling in my mouth after brushing
- Sinus drainage – ok so as disgusting as this sounds, we all know that mucus is a primary culprit in a lot of our bodily ailments. So, this was a huge plus, especially if you’re congested, have sinus issues or tend to be very “mucusy”.
- Over Time:
- Teeth became a few shades whiter
- Surface cavities were reversed or significantly better. Yes! It helps to reverse cavities too.
- Less mucus build up (unless I had crazy amounts of dairy the night before – which never happened)
Some other benefits of oil pulling that I didn’t personally experience:
- Reduces symptoms from gingivitis and prevents/heals it over time
- Strengthens teeth
- Reduces inflammation
- Soothes a dry throat
- Help moisturize dry, cracked lips
As you may have noticed by now, I post a good deal about DIY beauty and other such treatments. The thing is, I don’t post things that I haven’t tried for myself. I am usually my own guinea pig and that determines whether something is even worth sharing.
Oil pulling is definitely worth sharing. It’s something everyone should try at least once in their lives. Do it for a minimum of 5 days to get the full effect of what it can do. Then if you choose not to go on, so be it. But I guarantee you will feel and ultimately see an overall difference.