We all want fresh breath, whiter teeth, an a healthy gut, right? I invite you to consider practicing the ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil-pulling.
Ayurveda is the world's oldest health system, originating in India over 5000 years ago. It is the sister science of yoga and is based on creating balance in the mind and body. Oil-pulling is introduced in Ayurvedic medicine as a means to detoxify the mouth and help wash the bad bacteria away. This practice piqued the attention of Western wellness and beauty seekers because of its breath-refreshing and teeth whitening benefits.
What is oil pulling?
Oil-pulling, called gundusha in Sanskrit, is an ancient Ayurvedic tradition, that involves swishing oil in your mouth for about 10- 20 minutes to produce antimicrobial health benefits. This is thought to be an essential part of oral hygiene because it removes the bad bacteria that build up in the mouth.
What are the benefits of oil pulling?
The benefits of oil-pulling extend beyond just a fresh mouth and whiter teeth. Oil pulling helps pull the bad bacteria from your mouth without killing the good bacteria. This practice is preferred over your traditional mouth wash because antibacterial mouthwashes kill all of the good stuff, too. Oil-pulling helps dissolve the junk that gets stored on the roof of your mouth, on your tongue, in your teeth, and along your gum-lines.
"It’s well documented, for example, that ingesting certain kinds of oil has a chelating, or pulling effect on other oils and fat-soluble toxins, such as heavy metals and pesticides, drawing these substances from the fatty tissues of the body. (This practice forms the basis of Ayurvedic panchakarma cleansing programs.) And studies have shown oil pulling to be as effective as medical-grade anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis treatments, and to be a potent cleanser for the soft tissues and mucosa of the mouth." - Yoga Journal
What type of oil do I use for oil-pulling?
While you may get the same bacteria-fighting benefits with sesame or sunflower oil, we prefer coconut oil has it has the added benefit of lauric acid, which is well-known for its anti-microbial agents. Also, coconut oil may help prevent tooth decay.
How do I do it?
Grab 2 tablespoons of my Not Your Ordinary Coconut Oil by Conscious Coconut and put it inside of your mouth (liquified is best). Then swish inside your mouth for 15-20 minutes. If that’s too much for you, do it as long as you can and work your way up every day. Try 1 minute to start! You can swish while you’re reading a book, cleaning the house, working from home, loving on your pets, etc. After that, swish with warm water and brush your teeth. That’s it!