Think about your mouth for a minute. Cleanest place in your body, right? WRONG! Did you know a typical clean mouth has 1,000 – 100,000 bacteria (some are good, but others are not) living on each tooth? Now consider all of the viruses, diseases, and other infections that are primarily transmitted orally. Still think your mouth is clean?
Brushing your teeth is great, but it only cleans your teeth. Oil pulling, however can do so much more! It “pulls” out bacteria, fungus, parasites, germs, and other toxins from your mouth, leaving a much healthier environment for your entire body. Here are a list of reasons I’ve found about why you should be oil pulling:
- Whitens teeth
The oil pulls off plaque and bacteria from your teeth and removes stains from teeth. I personally have noticed my teeth are whiter after one time!
- Prevent cavities and gingivitis
Oil pulling creates a healthier environment for strong teeth and gums. I’ve even heard (and don’t claim this to be true) that oil pulling can reverse cavities and heal teeth. I’m not claiming it does, but I was having severe tooth aches from a few cavities, and after a few times of oil pulling, they didn’t hurt anymore. I’m not saying they’re gone, but they aren’t bothering me anymore. I guess I’ll find out when I go to the dentist.
- Fights bad breath
By removing harmful bacteria and toxins from your mouth, you will notice fresher breath. I know I did!
- Better sleep and increased energy
By detoxifying your body from harmful toxins, you should start sleeping better and having more energy throughout the day.
- Relieves headaches (and hangovers)
I haven’t oil pulled consistently enough to see these benefits myself (and I don’t drink…), but I plan on doing it more (pulling, not drinking) to find out.
- Healthier skin
Reports have shown that oil pulling has improved skin conditions such as eczema, acne, rashes, scars, and more.
- Balances hormones
It has helped people with hormone imbalance and can regulate menstrual cycles.
- Relieves respiratory problems
Many people have experienced less allergies, colds, coughs, asthma, and other respiratory diseases.
- Improves major diseases
Oil pulling helps people with kidney disease, heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, and related illnesses. (I do not know if this is true, but many people swear it is.)
- Promotes a healthy digestive system
It can help with constipation, gastro-enteritis, and other GI functions.
- Relieves arthritis, bone, and joint pains
It is said to have helped back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and reduces redness and swelling in bones and joints.
- Detox your body
Oil pulling draws out toxins from your mouth, blood, and body into the oil. There are so many toxins we put in and on our bodies every day and this is a great and painless way to get rid of them.
Oil pulling is an ancient detoxing technique with many stories of healing benefits. I have not experienced all of the benefits mentioned above, but like I said, I have not been very consistent with it. I plan on making it a daily routine again and I will share more of the benefits I notice. I have noticed whiter teeth, relieved pain from cavities, and fresher breath. My teeth feel like they were just cleaned at the dentist every time!
If you want to try it out for yourself, here’s how:
Take one teaspoon to one tablespoon of sesame, sunflower, or coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Then spit it out into an empty bottle or anywhere but the sink (if you don’t want your sink clogged). I would start with a teaspoon the first time, because the saliva builds up in your mouth and can become too much. I usually do somewhere between a teaspoon and tablespoon comfortably. I have only tried it with coconut oil, but I’d be interested in trying the other two as well. I usually do this at night, but I just found out you’re supposed to do it right after you wake up in the morning, on an empty stomach which helps release even more toxins.
Anyone worried about gagging? I have a horrid gag reflex (I gag when I brush my tongue). If you start with a small amount and try not to tip your head up, the oil should stay more to the front of your mouth to prevent gagging. I usually gag when I’m rinsing my mouth out though, not sure why. Be sure not to swallow the oil as it is full of the toxins you are trying to release from your body. You may want to put the jar of oil in a bowl of hot water if the oil is solid so it enters your mouth as a liquid (especially if you have texture issues, like me). Don’t just stand in the bathroom while pulling, you can read, or work, or almost anything else that doesn’t involve your mouth.
I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do this at first, because I’m a freak about texture and gross things in my mouth. The coconut oil doesn’t have a taste and it’s not too filmy. After the first couple times, I didn’t have any problems with it. Don’t worry if you have to use less or stop early. You are still drawing out toxins either way.
If you have tried oil pulling or want to try it, please share!
*DISCLAIMER* I’m not a dentist, I don’t have a degree or any dental experience. Statements on this blog should not be taken as dental advice and even though something may have worked for me, I’m not suggesting it will work for anyone else.