Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique where you swish vegetable based oil (coconut is the best) in your mouth for 20 minutes on an empty stomach. It's best to do it on an empty stomach because that is when you have the maximum enzyme containing saliva. Oil pulling not only improves your oral health, but it also extracts toxins from your entire body, improving your health as a whole.
- Whiter teeth
- Reduces headaches
- Promotes oral hygiene
- Detoxes the body
- Increases energy
- Alleviation of hangovers (whole different topic)
- Better breath
- Many more!
- I begin by cleaning my tongue with this scraper. This is something I totally recommend, and would be happy to do a post on if you're interested.
- I use 1 tbsp. of organic coconut oil (TJ's is my fave, shocker!), and swish it around for 20 minutes. Coconut oil had high antimicrobial properties, so this is what most people use. 20 minutes is said to be the perfect amount of time, as it is enough time to break up the plaque, but not enough time to re-absorb the toxins and bacteria. During the 20 minutes I usually do one or more of the following: take a shower, clean the bathroom, do my make-up, dry my hair, whatever fills time.
- Once done swishing, you'll notice that the oil is almost foamy, and doubles in size. Spit it in the trash. Do NOT spit it in the sink (oil is viscous, so it will most likely clog your drain). Do NOT swallow, as it is now full of toxins and bacteria, so that would defeat the purpose.
- I then rinse my mouth with about 1/4 c. diluted apple cider vinegar. This will clean your mouth, but it will also remove any remaining toxin-filled oil, too. You can also use warm water if you don't have ACV on hand.
- Once done, brush your teeth like you normally would. I switch back and forth between Earthpaste and TJ's fennel toothpaste.
- 20 minutes may seem like a long time, so work your way up. Start with 5 minutes, and gradually increase the time.
- I try to oil pull as often as possible. Basically, when I remember. It's best to do it daily, but I probably do it about 5x per week. Do what's best for your schedule.
- Empty stomach or not, you will still see benefits.
- I am not saying this should be replaced with brushing, flossing, or going to the dentist. I just know for myself, it has been a great added benefit. PLUS, my dentist said my teeth were wayyy better after doing this for a consistent period of time (I didn't tell him I was oil pulling).
- I have read that some people experience detox-like symptoms (mainly headaches) from oil pulling. I personally have not, but I can understand why this may occur.
Okay, so do you think you may start oil pulling? Do you already oil pull? I'd love to hear about your routine, too!