Most of us think that oil is to be mainly used for cooking but little did we know that it could also be used in a healthy practice that could give wondrous benefits. Nowadays, people have been introduced to oil pulling which is undergoing some heated debate on it’s effectiveness and scientific basis.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic health ritual that dates back over 3,000 years. It involves a tablespoon of organic oil (coconut, sesame or olive oil will do) and swishing it around your mouth for 5 – 20 minutes before spitting it out. You can rinse your mouth afterwards with warm water to remove any oil residue. It’s also strongly advised not to swallow the oil for you will ingest the toxins that you’re trying to get rid of.
Why Do Oil Pulling?
The mouth is the place where a lot of nasty bacteria, virus and toxins reside. Oil pulling can help get rid of those harmful things before they can even get the opportunity to do some damage. Here are the top benefits that you could get from oil pulling:
Improved oral hygiene. Oil pulling is effective at reducing tooth cavities and fight off halitosis or bad breath. It also reportedly can help reduce the risk of gingivitis and give you pink and healthier gums.
Teeth whitening. No need to use chemical products when you can just use oil. Oil has some antibacterial properties which can help clean and brighten teeth. By oil pulling regularly, you would notice whiter teeth.
Detoxify the body. By removing bacteria and other toxins in your mouth, you would be also detoxify your body. You could avoid mouth inflammations and infections which can also give a healthier body in return.
Fights off headaches. Headaches can be naturally be avoided by oil pulling. Toxins which are one of the causes of headaches, can be removed which can result to a relaxing feeling. Got a hangover? Just swish some oil around your mouth and you’ll recover from your hangover before you know it.
Increased energy level. With the toxins removed from our body, we can have a more energetic body and a better mood. Oil pulling is a good way to kick start your morning!
When you start oil pulling, you might a different experience when it comes to getting results. Some can get immediate results, while others get results after days or weeks. Just try to be patient and maybe, just try it for 2 weeks or so. It might be a bit strange at first but, eventually you’ll come to love it!
Feeling a bit more skeptical about oil pulling? Check out this testimony: