I’m just starting out with the simple and plain truth…Oil Pulling can change your LIFE!!
I have been oil pulling on and off for some years now and I have found that EVERY TIME I consistently oil pull I feel good AND my overall health and well being is heightened. How so? I’m sure you may be wondering…that’s fair. I find that for one, when I oil pull it releases excess mucus from my body and for some reason removes the feeling of sluggishness throughout my body. Also, I have been able to rid my gums of oral cysts that pop up occasionally due to some other oral issues I have (that’s another story I may share, which has to do with tooth loss and child bearing ). My skin even feels and looks better after I oil pull …ironic I know. I oil pull for about 15-20 minutes, I normally start right before I shower and do it the whole time while in the shower.
I personally love using sesame oil with drops of Tea Tree oil in it! I have also used coconut oil and I find that both are effective and work the same. This is me oil pulling while doing a coconut oil mask treatment.
If you are reading this and are wondering “what is oil pulling” because I know it would be foolish of me to think that everyone even knows what it is, keep reading. I can list and explain all things concerning oil pulling but the topic is very extensive BUT I happen to like the simple way Food Matters broke it down so I decided to share it with you. In the most simplest way here is the basics of Oil Pulling:
WHAT IS OIL PULLING?
An ancient Ayurvedic ritual dating back over 3,000 years, oil pulling involves placing a tablespoon of extra virgin organic cold pressed oil (I use coconut oil, but sesame or olive oil is fine too) into your mouth and then swishing it around for up to 20 minutes, minimum 5 minutes (pulling it between your teeth), before spitting it out. Whatever you do, do not swallow the oil as you will ingest the toxins you are trying to wipe out. Afterwards requires brushing your teeth with an all-natural fluoride-free toothpaste, and rinsing your mouth out. And you’re done! It really is that easy.
WHY OIL PULLING?
With the mouth as the home to millions of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other toxins, the oil acts like a cleanser, pulling out the nasties before they get a chance to spread throughout the body.
This frees up the immune system, reduces stress, curtails internal inflammation and aids well-being.
7 of the Top Benefits of Oil Pulling
1. WHITENS TEETH
There is no need for chemical teeth whitening strips when oil pulling works just as well! The oil possesses natural antibiotic and antiviral properties that brightens and cleans teeth, keeping them pearly white. Try it for two weeks and you’ll see what I mean, or just take a look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s smile. She is known to follow the practice each morning.
2. INCREASES ENERGY
When our immune system is put to work in clearing out toxic waste from our body, it drains our energy levels. Removing the noxious culprits in the first instance by oil pulling lowers the amount of work our body has to do to function, which leaves us feeling a whole lot better.
3. DETOXES THE BODY
Germs in the body are much like poison causing inflammation and leading to disease and illness in turn. The gateway to the body for such contamination is the mouth. Therefore, in removing the toxins at source before they get a chance to spread, the body undergoes a complete detox. Neat!
4. AIDS HORMONAL CHANGES
Without having to compete with foreign substances, hormones can behave as they should, functioning to their best ability without being thrown off balance.
5. REDUCES HEADACHES
When the body is under toxic stress, headaches and migraines occur. It is nature’s way of asking for some time out to recover. By eliminating bacteria from the body via oil pulling, headaches can be avoided.
6. KEEPS THE SKIN CLEAR
Removing toxins from the body that would otherwise make it into the bloodstream means the skin has a chance to shine. Rashes and skin issues often reduce dramatically, or even clear up completely, when oil pulling.
7. PROMOTES ORAL HYGIENE
Oil pulling is highly effective at reducing tooth cavities and at eradicating bad breath. Removing the Streptococcus mutans bacteria (an important player in tooth decay) as well as other microorganisms, oil pulling is great for oral health. It also helps with plaque-induced gingivitis.
So Skinnies, give oil pulling a try! I LOVE it! Here is a BONUS TIP for you also: You can make an amazing follow up mouth wash with some warm water, Celtic Sea Salt, and a few drops of Tea Tree or Peppermint Oil for a refreshing, bacteria fighting, end to your Oil Pulling experience.
Any Thoughts or questions on oil pulling? Comment Below!
Until next time, keep loving you and the skin you are in!
Lic. Holistic Skin & Wellness Therapist