Oil Pulling. A lot of people have been talking about it lately, and there’s a good reason why. It’s amazing for your oral health, but also benefits the whole body as well. It is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that aids in the detoxification and cleansing of your mouth and body, and has been around for quite some time. It is a very simple and mindful practice in which you swish oil through your teeth for approximately 20 minutes. If the time sounds daunting to you, trust me, it’s not…you will even start to enjoy the fact that it takes this long. You can continue on with your morning routine while you are swishing: shower, make breakfast, get ready, etc., or you can choose to set aside this 20 minutes in the morning to meditate and clear your mind. It’s up to you, either way it is a wonderful habit to add to your morning routine as it is very grounding to have a steady routine you follow everyday.

The type oil that I use is organic extra virgin coconut oil. I love coconut oil for the plethora of healing properties contained within this healthy oil. You can also use good quality unprocessed sesame oil or olive oil. You want to oil pull first thing in the morning on an empty stomach so it can fully cleanse your insides, and to avoid an upset stomach. Use about 1 tablespoon of oil and don’t worry if the coconut oil is solid as it will melt very quickly in the warm temperature of your mouth. Now start swishing: take long slow swishes making sure it gets pulled through your front and back teeth. Don’t feel the need to treat it as you would a mouthwash where you swish hardly and gargle loudly. Just feel the oil pulling through the spaces in your teeth. Your jaw may feel a little sore the first time you do it, but you will quickly get used to it. An added plus is that the jaw work will really strengthen the muscles of your mouth, releasing tension and preventing jaw clenching. This will also help to keep your face firm which can help prevent wrinkles. After about 20 minutes you want to spit the oil out in the trash can as it is now toxic (remember not to swallow the oil!). Don’t spit it down the sink as it can clog up your drain. Then rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth to make sure you rinse the remains of the oil out. You can also just choose to rinse your mouth with warm salt water if you prefer not to brush your teeth afterwards.

The oil helps to detoxify your body by pulling the toxins from your saliva, leading to stronger gums and teeth. It also prevents bad breath and tooth decay, and whitens your teeth.

It also has many health benefits beyond your mouth such as:

*reducing insomnia

*relieving headaches and hangovers

*relieving asthma, allergies and sinus issues

*supporting kidney function

*clearing up skin issues such as eczema and acne

*improving stomach and heart conditions

*general detoxification

I have been oil pulling every morning for about 2 months now, and I must say I have really grown to love it. My teeth are feeling really clean and smooth. I haven’t noticed too many other changes yet, but I’m happy with knowing that I am preventing future health problems. This really goes along with the Chinese Medicine principle of nourishing the body before disease becomes prevalent. I hope I have inspired you to try out this wonderful practice of oil pulling as I believe you will really love it and benefit from this beautiful and healthful practice.