oil swishing

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling (aka oil swishing) is an ancient Ayurvedic healing practice, which is said to have many possible positive effects on overall health.  And it’s really quite simple…

How to:

  • After brushing teeth, slowly swish about 1 tablespoon of oil (warm/room temperature) around your mouth for 2 to 20 minutes.
  • Make an effort not to swallow any of it (especially since it might possibly have bacteria and other grossness in it)
  • Spit it out (it will likely be white & foamy after all that swishing/pulling)
  • Rinse your mouth out well with warm H20
  • Feel detoxified! :)

I have read recommendations of swishing for anywhere from 2 minutes to “ideally” 20 minutes.  As you continue swishing, the oil-saliva mix gradually becomes more and more liquid and thin and acquires a whitish look. One possible rule of thumb is that if the oil is still yellow then it has not been pulled long enough. The commonly recommended oils to use include high quality sunflower, sesame or olive. Ideally, swishing first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is said to be best.

Some of the possible benefits? This oil-centric method is said to aid in drawing toxins, destroying germs in the mouth, as well as strengthening the teeth, gums, and jaws. Other possible benefits range from organ-disorders to skin-diseases to menstrual problems and more!

When I first tried this it was pretty weird, but it also definitely felt like I was doing something good for myself. You know what I mean? Well, while I haven’t kept up the habit on a daily basis, my mom has and she is just loving it. I think I’m going to start making it a habit because I could definitely see it helping with my tooth sensitivity and dry skin. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Photo Credit: Eden Foods