Oil pulling “is beneficial for strength of jaws, depth of voice, flabbiness of face, improving sensation and good taste for food. One used to this practice never gets dryness of throat, nor do his lips ever get cracked; his teeth will never be carious and will be deep rooted; he will not have any toothache nor will his teeth set on edge by sour intake; his teeth can chew even the hardest eatables”—Charaka samhita Ch V -78 to 80.
Want whiter teeth? Want to feel an overall sense of well-being? Want to take a preventative approach to bad health and oral hygiene? If yes, perhaps oil pulling is something you may want to incorporate in your daily routine!
Oil pulling is a traditional detoxification practice that uses your salivary glands to rid your blood stream of toxins. It promotes healing from within.
This is a safe, simple and cheap health practice for anyone interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
-Sesame (NOT toasted!) or Sunflower Oil, or Coconut Oil
-Baking Soda, Salt & Water for rinsing
How to Oil Pull
- On an empty stomach (preferably first thing in the morning- while you shower, check email, etc…), place 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth- DO NOT SWALLOW IT because once you start swishing it will contain bacteria and toxins
- Gently swish the oil around your mouth for 10-20 minutes (when you’re starting off and getting used to it, less time is OK!). Make chewing motions with your jaw to ensure your saliva is completely mixed in.
- Spit out the oil from your mouth- DO NOT spit it down your sink or toilet- it will clog your drains. Spit in an old shampoo bottle, a compost bag or something that will let you dispose of it drain-free!
- Observe the colour of what you spit out- is it white and milky? Success! Is it still yellow? Increase the time you have the oil in your mouth.
- Rinse your mouth with a 1 cup water/ ½ tsp baking soda/ ½ tsp salt mixture
- Use a toothbrush to brush your gums and tongue with the water/baking soda/salt mixture
It is best to rotate the kind of oils you use to get maximum results.
I would love for you to share your experience if you try this. The first few times oil pulled, the initial shock of oil in my mouth was a bit overwhelming. Don’t’ worry- after a few seconds, the taste disappears. This has become a daily routine for me and is somewhat meditative. It is quiet time for myself where I take the time to acknowledge that I’m doing something great for my health!
Sources: Asokan S. Oil pulling therapy. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2008 [cited 2012 March];19:169. Available from: http://www.ijdr.in/text.asp?2008/19/2/169/40476