Oil pulling is a traditional medicine native to the Indian Subcontinent and has since been adopted by people in the West for its  health benefits. It is known to pull toxins out of the body in the mouth. This traditional medicine is an easy way to have healthy dental hygiene as well as strong whitened teeth. It also improves breath, reduces tooth decay and plaque as well as pulling bacteria, virus, fungi and other harmful agents of the mouth.

Oil pulling is as simple as someone taking a small amount of a neutral, unrefined oil, preferably virgin unprocessed coconut oil, and swishing it back and forth in the mouth for 20 minutes and then rinsing well and drinking several glasses of water. It is important not to swallow any of the oil because it will be very toxic and these toxins can be seen and assessed if the waste is placed under a microscope. Its claimed that as the oil is swished in the mouth, it removes toxins from the veins and gums, turning white and foamy.

If performed on a regular basis, oil pulling will promote oral health as well as general physical health.


How to do Oil Pulling:

Step 1: First thing in the morning, on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour exactly one tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth.

Step 2: Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it. Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash (don’t tilt your head back to gargle though). You’ll find that the oil will start to get watery as your saliva mixes with it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. Also rest the oil just inside your mouth in front of your teeth and lips and around the gums.

Step 3: Towards the end of the oil pulling session, you may notice the oil/saliva mixture in your mouth has become thicker. This is quite normal, since it is pulling out toxins from your body. When 10 – 20 minutes is up, spit out the oil. Don’t be alarmed if it has changed colour–this is also normal.

Step 4: Rinse out your mouth a couple of times with warm water and spit.

You can always add a super detox to your oil pulling by adding in a therapeutic grade essential oil. I suggest Doterra Essential Oils and either Lemon or Peppermint are both great detoxing and cleansing oils to help aid your oral and general health and wellbeing.

Have you tried Oil Pulling before? Whats your favourite way?   . . .

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