What is oil pulling?
Are you thinking of oil rigs and other major equipment? Nope, I’m talking about another beauty trick. Yes, it’s hard to imagine what I’m talking about, isn’t it?
Oil pulling is a ancient Ayurvedic healing remedy that involves swishing oil around your mouth. Traditionally sesame or sunflower oil is used but some people prefer to use coconut or olive oil. The big question is why, isn’t it? Oil pulling is done for healing, detoxing your body, healing your skin, and overall rejuvenation.
Quite a few years ago I met this girl, Laura, and she just literally glowed, from the inside out. We became friends and I asked what her secret was because, frankly, she was a bit of a party girl and was a bit lax in her diet. She told me all about oil pulling and I couldn’t believe it. It sounded like it could literally cure anything and give you the skin you always dreamed of. Right away, I was off to buy a bottle of the best, cold-pressed organic sesame oil I could find.
How To Oil Pull
First you want to make sure your mouth is absolutely immaculate. Do this before you eat. Brush your teeth, scrape your tongue, rinse your mouth with warm water—the works!
Measure out a tablespoon of the oil of your choice, put it in your mouth, and close—but do not swallow!
Put your head back to ensure that the oil coats your entire mouth and back molars. Slowly sip and suck the oil through your teeth, back and forth, working it through all the 32 gaps through your teeth, back of your throat, sides of your mouth (ear to ear). You do this for about 20 minutes. Don’t gargle, even if you get really bored. Try watching TV, meditating, relaxing or reading while you move the oil around.
Then you spit it out. Don’t be alarmed when oil becomes white and watery.
Rinse out your mouth with water and brush your teeth again.
You also want to drink a few glasses of water, which you should be doing regularly anyway, right?
I religiously practiced this for about 6 months but, to be absolutely honest, I didn’t notice anything, I did not feel any better or see any difference in my skin so I gave it up. But just because we don’t see things for the outside, doesn’t always mean there isn’t something good going on in the inside. This just wasn’t for me, I am not particularly toxic as I lead a pretty health lifestyle 🙂 So what are some of the more specific benefits of oil pulling?
Benefits of Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is supposed to help alleviate skin conditions like acne, eczema, hyperpigmentation, scars, rashes, etc. It is also supposed to help allergies, asthma, digestion, headaches, colds, bronchitis, gingivitis, gum disease, candida, whiten teeth, halitosis, constipation, diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, obesity, remove toxins from your body, relieve joint pain, and female reproductive problems.
So, how does it do this? The belief is that oil pulling stimulates and supports the healing system of the body in curing all diseases.
Side Effects of Oil Pulling
If you do decide to try this and feel flu-like symptoms for the first week, this is normal as your body pulls out toxins.
It is believed that organ meridians are present in the tongue, just as they are in other key points in your body such as your hands, feet, and ears. That makes that the tongue is important for diagnosis of disease and that taking care of your tongue is an important part of both preventing and treating illness.
Now, before you start, make sure your fillings are not loose. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll lose one but if you already have loose fillings, it is a possibility.
Now, about acne. I know, didn’t I just say it’s suppose to help acne? But all that pulling out of toxins from your body can cause you to get more acne. Go figure. Usually it will clear up but sometimes it can aggravate acne problems further.
It can also aggravate your sinuses.
Overall give it a try, see if you notice any changes. Once thing for sure it is great for your gums and oral health! Post back and let everyone know how it works for your body.