Oil Pulling

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Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is a traditional practice of Ayurvedic medicine, a system of ancient Indian medicine which dates back over 3,000 years. The oil pulling technique claims that it can improve systemic diseases including chronic headaches, migraines, diabetes, sleep problems, sinus issues, jaw pain and several skin conditions to include acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It is even believed to help with a hangover. It is said to freshen your breath, whiten your teeth, strengthen your gums and teeth, and greatly improve your overall oral health. It is believed to remove the toxins from your body. The main benefit in oil pulling is to reduce the number of harmful bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth creates plaque and if the plaque gets hard it can cause cavities, gum disease and bad breath. Oil pulling sweeps away the bacteria which is then dissolved in the oil.

The technique is fairly simple and straight forward; basically, it is like using a mouthwash. But instead of mouthwash you are swishing a tablespoon of oil around your mouth for 15-20 minutes. You can use different types of oils including sesame oil and sunflower oil, but the most common type used is extra-virgin coconut oil due to its pleasant taste and its strong antibacterial properties. NOTE: If a tablespoon seems to be too much, start with a lesser amount, and work up to a tablespoon just DO NOT swallow the oil.

It is recommended to do the oil pulling technique first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before brushing your teeth. You might try it when you are bathing or showering. Always remember when you finish to spit the oil on a paper and discard it in the trash; DO NOT spit the oil in your sink as over time it will clog your drain.

Oil pulling is gaining popularity nowadays even though modern-day science says that there is no evidence to support the claims of the benefits of oil pulling, they say that it is another useless trend. But if this article stirs your curiosity why not give it a try and you be the judge whether or not this ancient technique has any merit in our modern world.


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