Why I Do Oil Pulling – and Why You Should Too!

Oil pulling is a great method for purifying your mouth

It’s easy to do and with results.

It sounds to be a bit strange at first – swishing around olive oil in your mouth and then spitting it out. Yet this is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual having been around for thousands of years — and it does work!

It’s all about oral hygiene – something we don’t hear a lot about.

By practicing oil pulling you are essentially helping to detox and prevent tooth decay in this area by removing bacteria.

You really feel like your teeth are cleaner. Your teeth were ok before, but with the new ritual your teeth now feel better and look whiter.

Top 4 benefits of oil pulling:

  • Reduces dental cavities.
  • Helps to get rid of your bad breath.
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system. This system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials.
  • Assists in the whitening of the teeth.

There is a much longer list of benefits and many are admirable but difficult to measure. I only listed a few here in order to jump-start your practice.

How To Oil Pull

Go out and buy some top-quality oil. I prefer to use organic olive oil.  Do your best to get cold pressed virgin olive oil You may also use coconut oil, sunflower, or sesame. Just make sure that you do not use anything with additives.

extra virgin olive oil is a top choice for oil pulling | Shirley Meerson, Health Coach

Oil pulling must be done first thing in the morning when you wake up. No teeth brushing or drinking water or anything before.

Prepare your ritual – place your items on the counter the previous evening as a reminder and to make it easier.

Measure 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil. Don’t overdo it.

Gently swish the oil around your mouth and teeth for 20 minutes.

Spit the foamy milky substance into the garbage.  Never throw into the toilet or down the drain.

Rinse your mouth with warm water. For an added benefit – make it salt water for a more antimicrobial effect.

Then proceed to immediately brush your teeth after.

You are done.

Additional advice on oil pulling

Start out doing your new oil pulling routine by putting it on your to-do calendar for a month. You can then judge your results.

Be gentle when swishing the oil – don’t wear yourself out – or you may get a sore mouth and jaw.

You can start with 5 – 10 minutes of oil pulling and work your way up to 15 – 20 minutes, as you get comfortable.

Never swallow the oil.

Always spit the oil out in the trash and not down the sink due to a possibility of clogging the drains.

After your initial experiment of a month – then periodically bring back this wellness habit into your daily life by doing 2 or 4 times a week.

Best time is when you wake up.  I have heard that you can do oil pulling later in the day – but this idea never appealed to me – so I didn’t try.

And my results with oil pulling?

  • I always have a brighter whiter smile.
  • More confidence regarding any possibility of bad breath.
  • I felt it deterred some illness. You know when you are coming down with something, have a sore throat, or have overindulged in some junk food. It helps to cleanse.

I’ll let you know about the cavities and the overall status of my teeth and gums after my next visit to my dentist! But, the bottom line on oil pulling?

I encourage you to try this holistic self-care regime to get a super boost of cleanliness for your health!


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