I don’t know if you have heard of oil pulling, but if you haven’t, then I am happy to be the one to introduce you!
As incredible as it might seem, your oral health is a reflection of the health of the rest of your body. If you have gingivitis (inflamed gums), then you also have inflammation in other parts of your body. Clean up your mouth and you are going a long ways towards cleaning up the rest of your body. With the cost of dental insurance, we need less visits to the dentist! And this little trick will, I believe, save you lots of money!
What is it?
Oil pulling comes to us from India thousands of years ago, with its roots in Ayurvedic medicine. It was recently brought to the US in the 1990’s by Dr Karach. It is a procedure of swishing oil (usually sesame, sunflower or coconut) in the mouth for 10-20 minutes, then spitting out.
Why do it?
What are the benefits you might ask? Well……as it turns out, it reduces the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Coconut oil in particular is my favorite because of it’s antimicrobial properties. Use only Organic Coconut Oil from your local health food store or online purchase. I use Costco’s Organic Coconut Oil myself, but there are many reliable brands to choose from. As you swish the oil around in your mouth, the bacteria become stuck in it, and then when you spit, out they go! In a few weeks time, you will notice your teeth getting whiter!
As with all the other microbiomes in your body, your mouth contains good bacteria and bad bacteria. If bad bacteria gets the upper hand, it can create a biofilm over your teeth, which they will then attach to. The buildup over time on your teeth is called plaque. A little plaque is ok, but a lot of plaque can lead to all sorts of bad consequences in your mouth….bad breath, yellow teeth, inflamed gums (gingivitis), which if left untreated will go into periodontitis. Dental caries (cavities) also have their origin in ‘bad bacteria’, Streptococcus Mutans to be specific. Regular oil pulling keeps this plaque from developing because it takes care of the root of the problem, which is getting rid of the bacteria before can adhere to your teeth in the first place.
How do I do it?
Place 1-2 tsp of organic coconut oil in your mouth. It will take about 15 seconds for it to melt. Then start slowly swishing it between your teeth and inside your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Don’t be forceful about moving this oil around in your mouth, relax! And if all you can do is 5 minutes, that’s better than none. It is a weird sensation to have oil in your mouth, but you will get used to it! Next, spit it out, NEVER swallow because it’s full of all the nasty buggers off of your teeth! Spit into the trash can because it will re harden and clog your pipes if you spit in the sink. Then swish your mouth out with water and spit again. Then brush as you usually do. According to Dr. Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, after 20 minutes, you would start reabsorbing the toxins you had dislodges from your teeth, so don’t do any longer than 20 minutes.
Adding a drop of doTERRA’s Essential Oil, such as Melaleuca, Lavender or On Guard, will enhance this practice by providing additional antioxidant, antimicrobial, and ‘soothing to mouth tissues’ benefits.
When do I do it?
It’s best to do it first thing in the morning before you drink or eat anything. But if you forget and don’t get around to it till noon, doing it then is better than not doing it at all! Do it daily if you can. But again, if you only do it twice a week, that’s better than never at all!
When I first started doing this I did it 20 minutes daily. After a few days I noticed a weird stomach ache a few hours after I ‘pulled’. I never get stomach aches and couldn’t figure out what it was…..After discussing it with a friend, she mentioned she got a few headaches when she first started ‘pulling’. Our conclusion was that some people can sometimes have a ‘detox’ effect when first starting. This is actually a testament to its power to be good for you, not a reason to stop. Just slow down and pull for only 5 minutes daily, and work up to 20 minutes if you have this sort of reaction.
A Few Studies:
In a study done with 20 subjects comparing sesame oil for oil pulling, and Chlorhexidine mouthwash, the oil pulling caused a reduction in the Streptococcus Mutans in the plaque in 2 weeks. It was not as effective as the Chlorhexidine mouth wash, but there were no side effects either!
Here, in another study, oil pulling and chlorhexidine were compared in their effectiveness against gingivitis. Both did equally well. Oh yes, but did I mention that chlorhexidine tastes nasty and is expensive, so who wouldn’t want to try the coconut oil instead?
I hope I have piqued your curiosity enough to give this a two week trial before you draw any conclusions. As with most home remedies that have made it this far through time, there is usually some basis in fact for their longevity. Taking care of our mouths can be simple, yet effective. Mother Nature really has provided all we need to do well and re balance ourselves when we need to get back on track.
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Smile Whiter, Breathe Fresher…..!
Abundant Blessings and Health to you!
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