What if one simple morning ritual had the potential to transform your health? Would you be willing to give it a try? Well say hello to the powerful cleansing and healing effects of oil pulling. This ancient Ayurvedic technique involves swishing natural oils around your mouth, in a similar manner to what you would do with a mouth wash. According to traditional Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is said to detoxify and cleanse your system by ‘pulling’ bad bacteria and toxins and fungus out of the mouth.
We love the simplicity of oil pulling! First thing in the morning, while your stomach is still empty, put one tablespoon of a high quality, cold-pressed vegetable oil into your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. Just carry on your normal routine while you do it. If the thought of popping a tablespoon of oil into your mouth and swishing it around for 20 minutes makes you gag, try starting out with a teaspoon for five minutes and gradually work your way up!
Another top tip is to try and suck the oil through your teeth for the added benefit of removing plaque build up and dental bacteria. Once finished, spit the oil into the garbage (not the sink if you’re using coconut oil as it can solidify and block drains) and rinse with a glass of warm water. Most importantly, don’t swallow the oil as it is said to be full of toxins and other nasty gunk from your mouth.
Sesame seed oil was traditionally the oil of choice for oil pulling. However, the new natural health trend is to step things up a notch and use coconut oil for its varied health benefits. Coconut oil is made up of health fats and has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which make it great for detoxification and boosting your immune system.
Advocates of this natural health technique claim that it can help treat up to 30 issues including migraines, fatigue, arthritis, PMS, hangovers, allergies and asthma. It also reputably helps improve oral hygiene, whitens teeth and makes your skin glow from the inside out and helps acne.