I recently learned of oil pulling. The claims I heard from one person about this “oil” ritual seemed so far out and overblown- whiter teeth, clear skin, rashes disappear, healthier gums, no sinus infections, greater energy, better digestion- it seemed like a bit of a tall tale. Swishing oil in your mouth for 15 minutes a day and you will live longer? Yeah, right. Well, investigating further, oil pulling could be the best kept secret in the healthy ritual department! Are you willing to give it a try with me?!
The Ayurvedic ritual of oil pulling is thought to work by pulling bacteria, toxins and mucous from the body as you swish oil in your mouth. Documented benefits that have been studied include helping to heal tumors, repairing diseased gums, re-fastening loose teeth, decreasing systemic candida, decreasing blood diseases, reducing allergies, curing sinus infections and much more. Some claim that the oil pulling method is a key to longevity. While I can somewhat gag at the notion of putting a giant spoon of oil into my mouth, I am ready to try it!
All you need: unprocessed sesame oil or sunflower oil (thought to be the best 2 oils… others have used virgin olive oil and coconut oil with great results).
To do the oil pulling: Put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Swish it for 20 minutes through your teeth and mouth. Do not “gargle” it in your throat and don’t swallow it. When you are done with the swishing, the oil is considered toxic and filled with pathogens. If you spit it out, some advise to wash your sink. Others say to spit the “in in the toilet which is one step easier! (Note: If you want to do this more than once a day, wait four hours after eating and at least an hour after drinking any liquids to try it again!)
Because I am eating and drinking for the rest of the night, I will do this early morning tomorrow. Are you in?! And…if you have already done it, please let me know how it works for you! xoxo Dana