Oil pulling is a practice I learned about in 2008 from my raw food coach. I purchased unrefined sesame oil and started the practice each morning regularly as I transitioned into a raw food lifestyle. It is a practice that is simple and easy to start for good oral health and detoxification of the body.
The process of oil pulling involves putting a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swishing it around your teeth for about 2 to 5 minutes. Make sure you push, pull and draw the oil throughout the teeth. Then spit out the oil in the sink and rinse your mouth with water afterwards. When the oil in your mouth becomes white and foamy, it is an indicator that the toxins and bacteria have been removed. Make sure you do not swallow the oil mixture at any time.
Some benefits of oil pulling include:
- whiter teeth
- boost in energy
- reduced joint pain
- relieved bleeding or inflamed gums
- preventing bad breath
- complete body detoxification
It is an ancient technique with roots in Ayurvedic medicine that is used by many to deal with health ailments. Some common oils used for this practice include sesame or sunflower oil. Coconut or cold-pressed oils may be used as well. When the oil mixes with the saliva, it pulls out the bacteria and toxins from the body. I would suggest starting oil pulling on a regular basis for a couple of weeks. And then incorporate it into your lifestyle maybe a few days a week.
When you start gargling with oil for the first time, you will see results right away. The first sign of that the practice is working– is the build of mucous in the throat region. Mucous is easily expelled after a session of swishing oil in your mouth, along with a complete rinsing of the mouth with water.
The best time of day to do oil pulling is on an empty stomach and before breakfast. It is a activity you can do after you brush your teeth.
For those undergoing chemotherapy, I would highly recommend that you implement oil pulling about 3 times a day after a chemo session for about 3 days. When I was undergoing chemotherapy, oil pulling prevented mouth sores and removed all the toxins from the chemicals in my mouth right away. The traditional route after a chemo session is gargaling with salt water, but oil pulling is 10 times better and you will see amazing results.