Oil pulling is a traditional Indian folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth. The Ayurvedic literature describes oil pulling as capable of improving oral health and providing other health benefits. While no medical research can solidify these claims, the amount of information available online definitely supports it.
Here are a few of the numerous claimed benefits of oil pulling:
- Strengthening of teeth, gums, and jaw
- Whitening of teeth
- Prevention of bad breath
- Healthy kidney function support
- Increase in energy
- Clear skin
- Helps detoxify the body
- Helps with better sleep quality
Oil Pulling Instructions:
1. Choose an Oil
Coconut oil is very popular, because of its sweet, tolerable taste. However, lots of people suggest that sunflower and sesame have been shown to be the most effective. Make sure the oil is liquid; some people suggest putting solid coconut oil in your mouth and letting it melt, while I found it much easier to just begin with liquid. The recommendation is one tablespoon of oil. However, I suggest starting with a teaspoon and working your way up to a tablespoon.
2. Swish the Oil
Swish it around your mouth, through your teeth, aiming to reach all areas. One thing I found helpful was to floss my teeth beforehand. This will make it easier to “suck” the oil between teeth. You’ll find that this is quite a jaw/neck workout and not that easy at all. Swish for up to 20 minutes, but again, building up time is almost necessary. I found that I could only last for 3-5 minutes for the first few times I tried it.
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