Many healthy things can be done in the morning, that’s for sure now. I tell people very rarely about my morning routines (that was until the day I spoke about it on Dutch national television). Can you imagine I had to tell people that the first thing I do in the morning (before brushing my teeth and drinking my lemon juice) is put a teaspoon of oil in my mouth? And if that isn’t disgusting enough, I keep it in my mouth for 15-20 minutes. Pretty weird, right? Or not? And what is oil pulling?
What is oil pulling?
It’s an ancient Ayurvedic natural remedy to stay healthy, detox the body, strengthen the immune system and whiten the teeth. My teeth were never so white! Sesame oil is the most popular oil to use. It’s essential to use cold-pressed oil. So don’t just use any oil. I use coconut oil. I like the taste better than other oils, and since I use coconut oil for about everything, it makes more sense.
How to do oil pulling?
It’s straightforward. Take a teaspoon of oil, put it in your mouth, and swish it from one side to the other. Remember you are ‘pulling’ bacteria, parasites, fungus, and other toxins/organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gum, mucus membranes, and even throat, so never gargle and never swallow. If you do so, you will consume all these toxins. And always spit it in the toilet since you may block your sink otherwise. That’s it.
Meanwhile, I dry brush, was some vegetables, check my email, write an article, or just take a moment to do nothing. After spitting the oil in the toilet, I flush my mouth with warm water and brush my teeth. After that, I immediately drink a glass of lemon water. Normal water will also do.
According to Ayurveda, the tongue represents organ meridians. That makes the tongue a suitable organ for diagnosis and care and for preventing and curing illnesses.
After some weeks you will notice the following:
- Your teeth, jaws and gums can be stronger. You can prevent diseases of the gum such as cavities and gingivitis.
- Your teeth will be whiter. A bad breath? Never the case anymore with oil pulling.
- Strengthens the immune system. Many people doing this much longer have reported a more robust immune system.
- Might relief joint pain and arthritis.
- Can fights migraines and sinus infections.
- Can help clear the skin when suffering from eczema, allergies and acne.
Don’t be surprised if your nose start to run or your gum start to bleed. It’s al a reaction of your body to let go of waste. This will pass. It takes some discipline, but I can tell you from my own experience that it’s worth it!
What has been scientifically proven?
The above is not scientifically proven, but Ayurveda is a big fan. So what is scientifically proven when it comes to oil pulling? What we know is that oil pulling can reduce the bacterium streptococcus mutans. This bacteria causes plaque and tooth decay in the mouth. In a study in 2008 20 people did oil pulling every day (with sesame oil). And guess what? The number of streptococcus mutans and plaque was reduced (after only 2 weeks).
If oil pulling is too much of a good thing for you, or you need more proven studies to motivate you to get started, then you will love this quick, satisfying fix.
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