The Science of Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing oil in your mouth to remove microbes and toxins which help to balance microbes in the mouth and improve oral health. It’s believed to help remove bacteria, promote healthy gums, reduce plaque, stimulate the taste buds, strengthen the voice, prevents cold and freshen breath. It has been an anti-ageing ritual for many centuries.
How to do Instructions:
- Choose an oil: Traditionally coconut oil, sesame oil or mustard oil is used. Coconut oil is popular due to its pleasant taste and purported antibacterial properties. Sesame oil has anti-plaque effects. Which removes plaque from teeth and brightens teeth. Mustard oils kill harmful bacteria and prevent bleeding of gums.
- Swish the oil: Take about a tablespoon of oil and swish it around in your mouth for about 2 to 5 minutes. Start slowly to avoid jaw fatigue, and try not to swallow the oil during the process. The oil will mix with saliva and may increase volume, so don’t be alarmed.
- Spit it out: Spit the oil into the trash after the swishing time. Don’t spit it in the sink to prevent clogging; the oil may solidify again, especially if you use coconut oil.
- Rinse and brush: Follow up by rinsing your mouth with warm water and then brushing your teeth as you normally would. Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner.
Health benefits include:
- Improved oral hygiene: Some suggest that oil pulling can reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth, which may lead to fresher breath, reduced plaque build-up, and healthier gums.
- Detoxification: Some proponents believe that oil pulling can remove toxins from the body, although there is limited scientific evidence to support this claim.
- Teeth whitening: Supporters claim that oil pulling can naturally whiten teeth by removing stains and discolouration
- Improved skin health: A few people claim that oil pulling can lead to clearer skin and may help with conditions like acne.
- It’s an anti-ageing ritual and prevention for colds, coughs and flu viruses. It has been used as an insecticide in firming. In ancient times people gathered in the village hall the perform oil pulling and spit oils in a big drum. They used it as an insecticide.
Oil pulling is generally considered safe for most people. However, it’s essential to note that it’s not a replacement for regular oral hygiene practices like brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups. It’s also recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting if you have any oral health issues or concerns.
Additionally, some people may find oil pulling difficult or unpleasant due to the extended swishing time or the sensation of oil in the mouth. As with any new health practice, it’s essential to listen to your body and discontinue if you experience any adverse effects.
Disclaimer: we do not make any health benefit claims. For Medical advice consult your doctor and qualified health professional.