Oil Pulling – what is it and why do it?

So I heard about oil pulling for the first time about one month ago when a women in the changing rooms started telling me about it. I googled it, but thought on my first research it wasn’t something I fancied doing. About a week later, a friend posted on Facebook about Oil Pulling, at which point I took notice and did a bit more research. As lent was fast approaching I thought I would give it a go for 6 weeks.

So first what is oil pulling?

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique, using either Organic Coconut (my preference), sesame, sunflower or olive oil to draw toxins and bacteria through the mouth by swishing it around in your mouth for 20 minutes. You can use a teaspoon to a tablespoon of oil (I prefer a teaspoon). For 20 minutes swish the oil around in your mouth, pull it through your teeth but DO NOT SWALLOW. When you finish spit out into a plastic bag and dispose in the bin otherwise it will clog the drains.

Why do it?

Well, I read about the benefits being for overall oral hygiene, improvement in teeth whiteness, clearer skin (all of these I have found to be true for me). Other benefits listed in articles I read are; banishes bad breath, prevention of cavities and gingivitis, strengthen teeth and jaw, clear sinuses and relieve headaches and hangovers.

Having done this for 10 days now I have to say I noticed marked difference, I feel like I have a clearer head, my gums no longer bleed when I brush my teeth, I have more energy and generally feel like my teeth are cleaner.

I had to build up to 20 minutes, starting with about 10 and each day increasing the time – now I can’t wait to do it every morning, it has become part of my morning ritual cleansing.¬†Give it a go, give it a week and I am sure you will feel the benefits.