What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient practice in Ayurvedic medicine, shown to naturally accelerate the body's detoxification process. Ayurvedic medicine is holistic, natural approach for preventative medicine and longevity. It was originated in India and has been practiced for over 3,000 years.
How do I do it?
Place 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth and swish for 10-15 minutes. Coconut oil is usually in a solid form. Once placed in your mouth, your body's temperature will melt it into liquid. Start swishing around the mouth, gums and teeth. Enzymes are activated and the oil will draw out toxins and bacteria from the mouth.
What are the benefits?
This helps promote healthier gums and teeth and oral hygiene for the day. The saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil draws out the bacteria that accumulates in your mouth from sleep. Its best practice to thoroughly remove all bacteria in the morning before you start eating. Once the bacteria comes into your mouth, you definitely don't want to put it back into your system!
When should I do it?
It is best practiced in the morning, on an empty stomach. After 15 minutes, spit out the oil into the trash can (not the sink!) and rinse/brush your teeth. Oil pulling is great during your morning shower and can easily be part of your morning routine. I usually oil pull after waking, scrape my tongue and brush my teeth. Tongue scraping and brushing your teeth are other forms of Ayurvedic medicine. I'll also try to squeeze in some morning yoga and a glass of lemon water to kick off my day. It takes time and practice, so start slow and build up to your ideal routine!
What kind of coconut oil do I use?
To achieve the best results, use unrefined, organic coconut oil. Refined coconut oil comes from dried coconut. I usually get my oil from Target or Amazon. You can also use other oil, like sesame oil.