Oil pulling is becoming increasingly popular as people search for more and more home remedies and more natural ways to increase health benefits. It is thought that oil pulling can help to remove toxins from the body as well as improving your overall dental health. According to Wikipedia, it is an old folk remedy that began making an appearance in mainstream home health in the early 90’s. It has since grown and has many committed followers who opt for oil pulling over modern dentistry.
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is when you place a small amount of oil in the mouth and then lightly swish is around, being sure to guide it through every tooth. You place approximately a tablespoon of oil in the mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes. You swish until it has changed from a liquid state into more of a thick white consistency. If at the end of oil swishing the oil in your mouth seems the same as it was when you put it in, you either haven’t done it long enough or you moved it around too fast. The oil changing forms is supposed to be a visible sign of it picking up the bacteria within your mouth. When you are done spit out the oil into a tissue or trash as it could clog your drains. Then brush your teeth and repeat each morning. It is suggested that you should complete oil pulling first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This way the bacteria that has formed in your mouth overnight won’t be spread to the rest of your body through the food you are consuming. Also, swishing oil around your mouth might not be the most pleasant feeling at first and an empty stomach might be best in the even you feel ill from the oil. You should always be cautious not to swallow the oil, as then you would ingest all of the toxins you have just worked so hard to remove. If your mouth, gums, or cheeks are sore or achy, try slowing down and swishing much more gently and keep your muscles relaxed. If soreness continues to be a problem, try cutting down on the amount of oil you are using, as you may have your mouth to full.
Types of oil used in oil pulling
Essentially, you can use any type of oil for oil pulling, but the following are among the most popular in use today:
Sesame oil – Traditionally sesame oil has been used for oil pulling. In studies, sesame oil has been found to be useful at reducing plaque and bacteria, but not as much so as a mouthwash. Though sesame oil may have been what our ancestors used, the majority of people prefer the less harsh taste and expense of other oils.
Coconut oil – In recent years, the use of coconut oil has skyrocketed. It is believed to be among the healthiest oil and people has begun to substitute its use in every aspect of their lives. Coconut oil can be found in nearly everything, especially when you are looking for healthier and more beneficial options. Many suggest that it is a favorite of oil pullers do to its less harsh flavor. But it is also in a solid state, so some reviewers have also mentioned having to chew it for a few minutes in order for it to dissolve.
Olive oil – Much like coconut oil, olive oil, has been growing in popularity. It is among the top oils used in the practice of oil pulling. For the most part people believe that it doesn’t matter which oil you choose to use in oil pulling, however some have noted that they had different effects with each oil. Some of the additional effects mention by using coconut oil are: loosing addiction to caffeine and nicotine, hair and nail health improvement, mood changes, weight loss, and sinus health.
What are the benefits of oil pulling?
Though there is no scientific proof to support any of the theories and suggested health benefits; According to Earth Clinic, People across the world truly believe in and are committed to their daily oil pulling routines. Users are flocking to it in recent years because they believe it to be safe, inexpensive and preferred to mouthwash. It is believed that while you are swishing the oil around your mouth, it is removing many things, such as: Bacteria, Viruses, parasites, and any other toxins that may be present. Thus helping to prevent gingivitis, gum disease, bad breath, cavities’ and other negative oral health effects. Many believe that oil pulling can also effect other aspects of the body’s health besides oral hygiene. By removing toxins from within the mouth you may be reducing the effects of headaches, arthritis, heart disease, infections, eczema, and anxiety. The though is that removing the toxins from within your mouth prevents them from moving to others parts of the body, thus, preventing your immune system from having to fight them off in the rest of the body.
Committed users of the oil pulling method have also said that they feel an overall increase in oral health as well as appearance. Oil swishing is believed to whiten teeth as it is removing toxins and give the feeling of oral freshness. Others believe this is because nothing can stick to your teeth when you cover them in oil every morning.
Is there any health risk to oil pulling?
When it comes to the dangers of oil pulling, scientist don’t feel that there are any. Though, there isn’t any research proving any dental or health benefits of oil pulling; scientist don’t feel that there are any disadvantages to it if you can stand to swish the oil around your mouth for 20 minutes every day. The majority of dentist are not on board will oil pulling and the American Dental Association suggests that you stick with brushing, flossing and using mouthwash daily.