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Oil Pulling: Clears The Throat

In upcoming blogs I would like to share natural remedies which I use on myself, family and friends. One issue coming up for me at the moment is a build up of mucous in my throat. 

Over the Christmas period there have been a lot of family get-togethers. Food has been heavier and richer with a lot more sugar thrown in than usual. After all I couldn't turn down mum's Ras Malai, (a South Asian dessert made with milk and cream) or her fresh cream cake!  Check out my picture of mum's Ras Malai (left) and her cream cake (right). I love the fresh fruit/cream combination with her awesome cake!

Anyway all of this extra consumption has led to an increase in thick, sticky mucous building in my throat particularly in the mornings (sorry to be graphic).

To clear this out I use a technique called oil pulling.

Oil pulling is a very old practice from Ayurvedic (Traditional Indian) Medicine. It involves swishing and gargling with oil in the mouth for around 10-15 minutes. The oil is then discarded by spitting it out and rinsing the mouth out with water. For best results, oil pulling should be done daily: first thing in the morning before eating/drinking and last thing at night.

As the oil is swished around the mouth, it gets into all the nooks and crannies of the mouth and acts as a cleaning agent. The salivary glands are activated which all helps to expel quite a lot of mucous from the throat.

By the way it is a great way to exercise the facial muscles.

I like to use coconut oil when I am oil pulling. It has a light texture but more importantly has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. I usually mix 1 drop of peppermint essential oil with 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil then allow it to melt in my mouth. This gives the oil a pleasant minty fresh taste but it also acts as a decongestant and has astringent and anti-bacterial properties. For children, please don't use essential oils with oil pulling. 

I have been oil pulling for a few years now and apart from it being great at clearing mucous congestion from the throat, it has helped to tighten my gum tissue and has reduced sensitivity. I have also noticed that my teeth are whiter.

Oil pulling is great for removing stains like tea and coffee from the teeth.

If oil pulling is done regularly every morning when waking and last thing at night it will definitely help to keep the mouth and teeth a lot cleaner than conventional tooth brushing with tooth paste. If you want you can also use brush your teeth with toothpaste after oil pulling. I like to use a fluoride free version like Aloe Dent.There's too much fluoride exposure in the body anyway through diet, water and the environment. Apart from interfering with iodine uptake and acting as an oestrogen mimicker, fluoride has detrimental affects on the brain!

Although bad breath involves other factors, regular oil pulling is also great for dealing with this.

Give it a go and let me know what you think.

See my article on oil pulling for further information

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