I absolutely love oil pulling. I first learned about the ayurvedic practice when I was fantasizing about and researching super fancy spas that you check yourself into for weeks at a time like you’re a big ol’ celebrity in need of a detox. I couldn’t actually afford to get away for such a stay, but I did start looking into what they do at these places and I thought I would try to do it myself, at home.
One of the first things I learned was that every morning, the guests start their day by putting a tablespoon of sesame oil in their mouths and swishing it around for 20 minutes. And then I learned that people loved it for its health benefits. It’s called oral oil pulling and it began in India thousands of years ago. It’s used primarily for detoxing and teeth/mouth issues, like sensitive teeth and gums, plaque-buildup, bad breathe and even loose teeth! But after practicing oil pulling myself, and recommending it to others, I’ve noticed
some amazing results. Some people experience clearer skin, fewer headaches and body aches, decreased instances of colds and other infections, fewer allergies, liver problems improve, hormones balance out and much more. In fact, it spans such a broad spectrum of health improvements, I can’t help but recommend it often.
If you’re ready to give it a try, here are the steps…
1. Always oil pull on an empty stomach.
2. Put 1 tablespoon of organic sesame oil in your mouth. (Not toasted sesame oil. You can use some other oils, but this one works best, in my experience).
3. Swish the oil around, pulling and sucking it between your teeth and tongue, for 20 minutes. 20 minutes is long enough to break through the plaque and bacteria, but don’t do it for longer because the bacteria will get re-absorbed into your body. The oil will start out yellow and oily, but will be watery and creamy white when you spit it out.
4. Spit out the oil into a trash can. Make sure you spit it out and don’t swallow it! The oil is now full of bacteria, toxins and other nasty things, so don’t swallow it! And to be safe, spit it into a trash can, rather than the sink.
5. Rinse your mouth with some warm water.
6. Brush your teeth and tongue really well. This will ensure any excess oil and bacteria is flushed.
For more information, check out the book, Oil Pulling Therapy by Dr. Bruce Fife.