While oil pulling has been around for thousands of years, it is starting to become more mainstream as a part of regular health routines. We have been oil pulling in our house on a weekly (sometimes daily!) basis for about five years now and have witnessed firsthand the numerous benefits of this easy, yet universally beneficial practice.
The History of Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient Indian technique that began thousands of years ago. The purpose of swishing oil in one’s month for several minutes a day was simple: overall health starting in the mouth. Those who practiced this natural remedy believed that oil pulling was responsible for curing over thirty diseases, ranging from migraines to diabetes, while also maintaining oral health. This technique was not introduced in the United States until the 1990s, when a Russian scientist spread awareness of this remedy, and health-conscious people began to get on board.
Benefits of Oil Pulling
The intention behind oil pulling is to rebalance the body through targeting the oral microbiome. In doing so the benefits are many:
Because oil pulling acts as a natural cleanser, the swishing method of pulling oil in between your teeth causes the oil to lather like a soap and can help remove stains that have built up from certain foods and liquids you have consumed.
Kills Bad Breath
While mouthwash is normally used to treat odors in the mouth, oil pulling is a much healthier alternative. While most mouthwashes are so powerful that they remove the harmful bacteria along with the healthy, oil pulling works to remove bad without eliminating the good, creating a healthier balance of bacteria.
By reducing the bacteria that causes cavities, oil pulling becomes a great tool in preventing tooth decay. Some clinical trials have even produced results showing that oil pulling may be more effective than mouthwash in ridding the teeth of harmful bacteria.
Coconut oil, as well as other oils such as sesame oil and olive oil, contain antioxidants and other beneficial, detoxifying properties that contribute not only to oral health, but to overall health as well. Maintaining a healthy mouth can be key in maintaining a healthy body.
Oil Pulling: How To
Oil pulling is done by swishing a tablespoon of oil in the mouth for about ten to fifteen minutes AFTER teeth have been brushed. Make sure to spit the oil out in a trashcan afterward, as the oil can clog pipes. For added benefit, we sometimes add activated charcoal to the oil during the process because it safely binds to toxins AND helps whiten teeth!
Oral health is linked to the overall health of several areas of the body, thereby making it of utmost importance when considering your personal health routine. Oil pulling is a simple, inexpensive way to improve and maintain your oral health and prevent avoidable dentist visits in the future.
Why not start today?!
In gratitude and good health,
Matt & Monica