Oil Pulling: Everything You Need to Know
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that has, in recent years, become well known amongst those that are trying to live a little bit more naturally.
There are a lot of health benefits to oil pulling that include keeping your mouth clean and gums healthy, but it also has benefits that extend far beyond oral health.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil Pulling is very simple. You simply gargle an edible oil for between five and 20 minutes. Coconut oil is the most popular thanks to it's flavor and natural anti-bacterial properties.
Depending on the viscosity of the oil, about one tablespoon is enough. According to Ayurvedic practices, it should be done each morning on an empty stomach and before brushing your teeth.
The Benefits of Oil Pulling: Why Should You Do it?
1. Shown to help reduce bad bacteria in your mouth
There are roughly 700 different types of bacteria that can be found inside the human mouth. You probably have about 300 different types in your mouth right now.
These bacterias are the little guys that cause bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Studies have shown that oil pulling can help to remove many of these harmful bacteria from your mouth. This means fresher breath, healthier teeth, and cleaner gums.
2. Can reduce gum inflammation and overall gum health
Bacteria is a major cause of gum inflammation and the gum disease, gingavitis.
Using an oil like coconut oil when oil pulling has shown to dramatically reduce not only the amount of the bacteria which causes gum disease, but it also helps naturally reduce inflammation.
3. Can help with overall health
The Ayurvedic approach to health stresses the importance of detoxifying the body. Toxins can build up in the body (and your mouth) and cause various health problems that aren't just in your mouth.
Swishing oil in your mouth removes not just the bacteria but also all toxins present in your mouth. When you spit out the oil, you are removing both the bacteria and the toxins from your body.
Ayurvedic practices suggest that the saliva that forms in the mouth during oil pulling is able to absorb toxins from within our body and our environment. This is how oil pulling can help in detoxification. It is believed that oil pulling detoxifies your body and is capable of treating many diseases.
Things to Know About Oil Pulling
Oil pulling cannot reverse cavities or already decayed teeth. It is a preventative method of oral care, not a cure. If you are having pain in your teeth or gums, be sure to make an appointment to see your dentist.
It is also important to note that oil pulling is not something that should replace your normal oral hygiene practices, but should sit alongside it. It isn't a substitute for brushing your teeth, flossing, or cleaning your tongue.
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What to Use for Oil Pulling
The best option for oil pulling is simply to use virgin coconut oil. It should be easy enough to find in your local supermarket or health food store.
If you are new to oil pulling, you may find the texture of the oil in your mouth a little bit too much to handle at first (I gagged within the first minute when I first started) you may want to ease yourself into it.
We have several oil pulling products that you can shop on our website as well as all natural mouthwashes that may suit your needs better.
This coconut oil rinse has spearmint essential oil in it to add some flavor and detract from the oily taste.
Our personal favorite is the oil pulling rinse from The Dirt offers a huge selection of flavors including a mint chocolate chip flavor all using natural essential oils and a combination of both coconut and sesame oil. Shop all of the flavors of that rinse here.