Oil Pulling


So, I’ve been hearing quite a buzz about oil pulling. I read about it on the Skinny Confidential blog and then saw a segment about it on Entertainment Tonight. This left me curious and I decided to do some research on oil pulling.

Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional folk remedy where oil is swished or held in the mouth. Ayurvedic literature states oil pulling is capable of improving oral and systemic health, including alleviating symptoms such as migraines, diabetes, asthma, and even acne. Not to mention that it has the power to whiten teeth.

And despite its growing popularity, this practice is not new. Oil pulling is known as “Kavala” or “Gandusha” in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita and has been used in ancient times as a way to pull out toxins and thereby reducing inflammation.

There are currently no studies to suggest whether or not oil pulling works, however, I would venture to trust that if ancient people made it a practice, there must be something to it. Either way, it wouldn’t hurt to try.

So, how’s it done? All you need is a little oil and a little time. I prefer using coconut oil because it tastes the least offensive to me, but find what oil works best for you. I think that any cold pressed oil would work (no Crisco!).

Simply put a tablespoon of the oil in your mouth and let it get warm. Then, swish it around in your mouth, over your teeth, under your tongue, everywhere, for about 10-20 minutes. If this is your first time, I suggest doing it for 5 minutes and working your way up. You can use the timer on your iPhone to let you know when you’re done. I like to do it while watching Scandal. I find that I’m so distracted by Olivia Pope’s drama, that the time flies by.

Once the time is up, just spit it out, like mouthwash, and brush your teeth to get rid of that oily taste. The end.

How often should you do it? There is no magical number, but doing it at least once or twice a week sounds good. I wouldn’t recommend doing it everyday, because if it really does clean out those toxins, you don’t want to overload your body with detoxing.

Until next time pretty girl!


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