What is Oil Pulling?

One of my morning rituals is Oil Pulling, which is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual. It was introduced to the modern world in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, MD, who claimed that oil pulling could cure a variety of illnesses ranging from heart disease and digestive troubles to hormonal disorders.

“The oil acts like a cleanser. When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris,” says Bruce Fife.

“As simple as it is, oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.”

THE BENEFITS OF OIL PULLING

• Brighter, whiter teeth
• Healthier gums
• Prevents bad breath
• Increased energy
• Clearer mind
• Decreased headaches
• Clearer sinuses
• Alleviated allergies
• Better sleep
• Clearer skin
• Regulated menstrual cycles
• Improved lymphatic system
• Improved PMS symptoms

HOW TO OIL PULL

Oil pulling is done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach before you brush your teeth.
I like to do it while I have a shower and get dressed in the morning.

Spoon a tablespoon of organic, cold-pressed coconut oil, sesame oil or sunflower oil into your mouth, and swish it around for 15 to 20 minutes before spitting it out. I use coconut oil due to its many health benefits and because it tastes a lot better than other oils. Just make sure it is liquid form before you do it.

Also make sure you do not swallow the oil, as the swishing will render it full of toxins, and be sure to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth thoroughly afterwards. I  like to brush my teeth with my Ocea toothpaste and clean my tongue with my copper tongue cleaner.