Oil pulling has been around since ancient times. It is simply swishing coconut oil in your mouth for a defined period of time and then expelling it.
Oil pulling has incredible health benefits. It’s already been proven that oral hygiene is connected to a plethora of other health issues when not properly maintained. Think of oil pulling like this: the oil acts as a binding agent and sticks to the gunk on and in between your teeth. Expelling the bacteria it pulls out is a good thing for a number of reasons – one, you don’t swallow it which means that those bacterium aren’t going into your system; rather, into the garbage.
How do you oil pull?
Choose 1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil to swish in your mouth, first thing in the morning and swish for 20 minutes. Spit into a Dixie cup or paper towel and toss out. I prefer to use unrefined, organic, cold pressed coconut oil as it’s as close to putting a coconut itself into your mouth. If you are allergic, you’re welcome to try any vegetable-based oil such as cold pressed organic sesame oil, sunflower oil or olive oil. Organic and unrefined are best but start wherever you can.
Want to learn more? Here are two great resources also touting the health benefits of coconut oil:
16 Stunning Benefits of MCT Oil (aka: coconut oil)
Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
I know, 20 minutes is a long time. I can’t say that it’s fun but it’s certainly worth it. It definitely takes practice and stamina. If all you’ve got is 2 minutes, start there and work your way up in increments. Start swishing just before you get into the shower and expel when you get out so that you’re distracted.
What are the benefits of oil pull?
The top 4 are direct health benefits that my family sees from oil pulling as both personally reported and reported by our dentist. The rest have also been reported by the many essential oil experts:
- Better breath
- Whiter teeth
- Increases energy
- Plaque reduction
- Supports a better immune system
- Removes toxins before they enter your body
- Fights bacteria
- Reduces hormonal fluctuations
- Mitigates tension in the head
- Rejuvinates skin
Note: do NOT swallow the coconut oil to avoid putting that bacteria you just pulled, into your digestive system.
If you’re an essential oil fan, add 1-2 drops of diluted essential oil. A few recommendations:
- Protective Blend, Grapefruit and Lemon essential oils support immune system.
- Clove and Geranium support the body’s natural pain management functions.
- Melaleuca, Myrrh and Frankincense support the immune system and the body’s natural inflammatory response function.
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