Oil what? This was my first response when I heard this term… you’re pulling my ‘you know what’ – surely!
On investigation though this is an incredible cleansing technique and one I’ve happily added to my morning routine.
If you haven’t come across it before, Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional Ayurvedic remedy. It involves swishing oil in the mouth for a few minutes first thing in the morning. It’s a simple practice, with remarkable results.
I’d first heard of it ages ago, but thought I’d get to it one day, then started reading more and hearing more about it, and knew it was time to give it a go.
Why do it?
Besides looking a bit strange for 10 – 15 minutes, this is what’s involved:
The last steps are important. The practice of oil pulling potentially releases toxins and bacteria from the mouth, which we don’t want to consume.
Ayurvedic literature describes oil pulling as capable of both improving oral health and treating systemic disease such as diabetes or asthma. Scientific evidence is yet to show this, some studies though have suggested it may reduce plaque, halitosis and gingivitis. (wikipedia)
Coconut oil is a great oil to use with its antimicrobial properties – traditionally sesame oil was used.
Now if you’re the slightest bit interested or intrigued, give oil pulling a go – it’s quick, harmless, relaxing and see what benefits you notice? Post your comments below, we’d love to hear from you.
References; Dr Bruce Fife, ‘Oil Pulling Therapy’ and www.naturalnews.com