Oil pulling....sounds intimidating? I promise it's not. In fact it's one of the easiest, and one of the most rewarding and beneficial self-care items you can do - in as short as 5 minutes a day. You might think that oil pulling is interesting, beneficial, or maybe you think it's disgusting. However, oil pulling helps to improve your oral hygiene and whiten your teeth, along with a number of other health benefits.
So what IS oil pulling?
It is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that sounds a lot more complex than what it actually is. It really is as simple as swishing oil around your mouth and when you use the right oil, its antibacterial properties help pull out bacteria and fungus that in turn may help with everything from bad breath, bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, plaque, gingivitis, or even help reduce inflammation and congestion.
Sounds great Emmy.....How do you do it?
This truly is one of the simplest self-care techniques. I do it first thing in the morning as part of my morning routine, but if that's not convenient, you get the same benefit any time of the day. Start small (just a few minutes a day) and you will quickly get used to it being part of your routine.
Measure out 1-2 teaspoons of oil (if it becomes solidified as coconut oil frequently does, heat it up and liquefy it first). I recommend using high quality (preferable organic) coconut oil.
Put oil in your mouth and simply swish it around your mouth and between your teeth. Start with 5 minutes (but you can work up to 20 minutes or even more).
Be careful not to swallow the oil as it will now contain bacteria and toxins you "pulled" from your mouth.
When you're ready, spit the oil out into the garbage and not into the sink. Just to be sure...as oil can clog your pipes.
Rinse your mouth and follow up with brushing your teeth.
Wasn't that easy? Self care should always be high priority. I always tell my clients to "remember to put your own oxygen mask on first, before you can help others."
Smile! You have beautiful teeth and a fresh (oil pulled) mouth!