Oil pulling is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic technique that has been practiced for hundreds of years. It is supposed to help draw out toxins in your body. It is also said that it can improve oral health, whiten teeth and even aid digestion.
So what does it involve?
You basically swish oil around your mouth. The oil should be organic and cold-pressed. I like to use organic, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil, because it’s anti-fungal and antibacterial.
Here’s what you do:
- First thing in the morning (before you have eaten or drunk anything), place about a teaspoon of oil in your mouth.
- If you’re using coconut oil, chew it until it dissolves. Now swish the oil around your mouth, drawing it through your teeth and gargling with it.
- Do this for about 20 minutes. Once done, spit the oil out (it’s said that the toxins will have accumulated in the oil).
- Brush your teeth.
N.B. Some people recommend that after spitting out the oil you should do a salt water rinse. To do this, place a pinch of sea salt (not table salt) in a small glass of water and let it dissolve. Take a few sips of the water, swish it around your mouth and spit it out. Do this until there is no water left, then brush your teeth.