Oil pulling is an acient Ayurvedic technique used to cleanse the mouth, throat and teeth. It involves swishing oil in the mouth for a period of time (15-20 minutes) then spitting it out. Daily oil pulling can help to tighten gums and to clear toxicity and bacteria from the mouth. The mouth can be route for dangerous micro-organisms to enter the body, oil pulling can significantly help to clear them out.
What does it do?
It is not fully known how this technique works but it is thought that the swishing action of oil in the mouth helps to stimulate the surrounding lymphatic tissue and flow of saliva. Toxicity from the surrounding lymphatic tissue is then drawn into the oil and saliva mix.
- The swishing of oil in the mouth stimulates nerve reflex points within the mouth, which in turn connect to the rest of the body.
- Clears bacteria from the mouth. If certain harmful micro-organisms are allowed to enter the body from the mouth they can be the source of systemic infections. Oil pulling if done regularly helps to clear out this bacteria.
- Removal of stains on the teeth
- Reduction of bad breath as the oil acts as a cleaning agent drawing up debris and bacteria from the mouth
- Helps to clear mucous congestion from the throat in particular
What Do I Need?
1 tablespoon of cold pressed oil (sunflower, coconut, olive, almond, sesame etc)
Instructions for Oil Pulling
- First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids including water, pour one tablespoon of oil preferably sunflower or sesame oil into your mouth.
- Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it.
- Move the oil around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash. You'll find that the oil will start to get watery as your saliva mixes with it.
- Continue to swish the oil for around 15-20 minutes. As the end of the oil pulling session approaches, you may notice the oil/saliva mixture in your mouth has become thicker. This is normal and is an indication of toxicity being pulled from your body.
- When 20 minutes is up, spit out the oil.
- Rinse out your mouth a couple of times with warm water and spit out. It is beneficial to follow up oil pulling with brushing the teeth. Particles loosened from the teeth by oil pulling may be removed by brushing.
Avoid using oils that you have a known sensitivity or are allergic to.
What are the Effects?
Depending on the individual, this technique can produce differing effects. There is often an increased flow of mucous after oil pulling. Therefore oil pulling would be helpful to clear sinus congestion, congestion headaches, sore throats and ear ache.