Oil pulling creates a glimpse to the beauty of traditional medicine. The origin of this practice can be traced back in the early accounts of Ayurveda where it was also called Kavala or Gandusha. Coconut Oil Pulling is not merely a preventive remedy but also considered a curative one. This is a safe “do it yourself” treatment. It utilizes natural products to help promote good oral hygiene, along with its noticeable aesthetic results and systemic health benefits.
How Does Oil Pulling Work?
Oil pulling involves gargling of oil in the mouth for about 20 minutes to treat certain mouth conditions and maintain oral health. Coconut Oil Pulling is done routinely and shortly on a daily basis in the morning, prior to eating or drinking or before each meal. The belief of “like dissolves like” governs the concept of oil pulling. The oil used is able to pass through plaques and eliminate toxins while leaving the teeth, gums and oral structures unharmed. One might wonder whether benefits of oil pulling are myths or proven facts? Read more!
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Step Two: Put Oil in your Mouth
The morning after you get your coconut oil, scoop out about a teaspoon of oil and put it in your mouth. Oil pulling is preferred in the morning because you’re supposed to do it on an empty stomach, though though Dr. Mercola says you can do it anytime. At first, the coconut oil may taste disgusting. Coconut oil is usually hard at room temperature. Place the bottle of coconut oil in a hot/warm water until it melts. After the oil melts, shake it well.
Step Three: Swish for 20 Minutes
Swish it around for as long as you can. Start with 5 minutes and gradually increase to 15 to 20 minutes. It takes a few days to work up the muscle tone to swish constantly for 20 minutes.
Also may experience a build up of saliva when you first start coconut oil pulling–just spit excess liquid out and keep on swishing.
Step Four: Spit and Rinse
It is vital to spit out this oil after 15-20 minutes of swishing. Spit it out in the trash (not the sink as it can clog pipes) because this is the safest, cleanest and best way to eliminate used oil. Be sure to wash out your mouth thoroughly to help clean out any lingering bacteria or toxins. Important Reminders > Do not swallow the oil. It contains bacteria and toxins. > Do not gargle in the throat. Swish the oil in the mouth only. > Do it slowly. If you want to detoxify faster, you can oil pull up to three times per day. Make sure you do it on an empty stomach - wait 4 hours after eating, or an hour after drinking.
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0:38 Health Benefits of oil pulling
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Why Oil Pull?
What makes oil pulling very interesting is its simple nature. The mouth is considered as a portal to the different organs of the body which when well cared for, can bring about a holistic wellness. The good results of oil pulling can be summarized into two: improved overall state of the mouth and systemic beauty benefits.
Improved mouth condition
> Oil pulling aids the body in getting rid of the bacteria Streptococcus Mutans, the main culprit for plaque development Sand tooth decay. In 2009, Asokan et al, conducted a study with 20 male adolescents who did oil pulling for 2 weeks and showed reduced number of such bacteria.
> Additionally, this ancient practice decreases the development of plaque and gingivitis. The same authors found out that oil pulling was as effective as chlorhexedine in preventing both gum disease and sticky film build up. > Oil pulling significantly helps lessen bad breath or halitosis. This unwanted mouth odor is the outcome of bacteria accumulation which produces chemicals and gases. Therefore, the elimination of these bacteria through the gargling action relatively gives a fresher breath.
> The swishing of oil whitens the teeth. Coconut oil has antibiotic and antiviral characteristics that have a brightening effect to the teeth. The whiter the teeth, the prettier the smiles. > Oil pulling causes detoxification that decreases the appearance of skin impurities. The removal of toxins and bacteria from the body also directly decreases bodily stress leading to increased physical power. > It makes the skin glow. The harmful toxins and microorganisms in the mouth have the potential to enter the systemic circulation and create bigger problems. The cleansing property of the oil and the health-friendly qualities of the oil altogether make the skin glowing. So, would you try oil pulling or not? Comment below!