The A to Z of Oil Pulling - a recent wellness trend with ancient beginnings.

If you're the type who likes to try the latest and greatest health and wellness trends, then you have probably heard a lot about 'oil pulling' lately. Despite being touted on E! News and other trendy sources, the practice of oil pulling - essentially swishing any type of natural oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes - is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that has been around for centuries. I decided to give it a go. It's only been a week or so, but I'm definitely feeling that my mouth is cleaner, my breath is fresher and my skin is clearer. I can taste food a lot better. I'm giving myself a 30 day oil pulling challenge to see what the results will be!

HOW DO I DO IT?

You can try oil pulling using sunflower oil and sesame oil. Coconut oil is also great, but possibly not as effective as sunflower or sesame oil. You put about a tablespoon or so in your mouth an swish it around for 20 minutes. It is said to be most effective first thing in the morning. It's a little challenging at first, but it becomes much easier each time. I like to put the oil in my mouth and go and write some emails - that usually passes the time much faster! I'm actually oil pulling right now as I write….after 20 minutes, you spit the oil out. It is important not to swallow the oil as it contains bodily toxins including bacteria and chemicals. However, it's not the end of the world if you do. You then wash your mouth out with salt water and brush your teeth. You can oil pull 1-3 times a day. 

WHY SHOULD I DO IT?

The website youngandraw.com identifies some key benefits of oil pulling:

  • Detoxifying the body
  • Clearing skin
  • Whitens teeth
  • Fixing  loose teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth pain
  • Better Breath
  • Teeth whitening (free from bleach and abrasive chemicals that break down enamel and cause teeth to chip or break.)
  • Bronchitis
  • Migraine Head Ache Relief
  • Insomnia
  • Thrombosis
  • Eczema, Acne & other skin conditions
  • Ulcers and diseases of stomach and intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases.
  • Diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis
  • Increasing the metabolism
  • Detoxifying the body
  • Healing Inflammation
  • Healing Arthritis Pain
  • Reducing Sinus Congestion

Have you tried oil pulling? We would love to hear your comments below! Join me on my 30 day oil pulling challenge and post your results. 

- Georgie.