For some time now, I’ve been hearing dope raves about the ancient Ayurvedic practice called “oil pulling.” Years ago, I watched an oil pulling piece on a daytime talk show, and I tried it a few times. It was straight-forward but I can’t remember why I didn’t keep up with up with the practice. Fast-forward, I’ve read about the benefits of oil pulling in two different mags lately, so I’m back to giving the good ole’ oil pulling another try.
The process is simple, you swish a natural oil in your mouth for 3-20 minutes with the aim of releasing mucus, bacteria, and toxins from your body through your saliva. Ok, I’ll admit, it’s not that sexy but it comes from the ancient Indian medical system of Ayurveda, meaning the knowledge of life, an old practice dedicated to healing the body with raw and natural ingredients.
Initially, I’m wondering how swishing oil around in my your mouth could do anything. Then I read how according to traditional Chinese medicine, the tongue is mapped by organ-locations – that is, a particular section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine. Causing an oil-mouth-massage to soothe and stimulate the key meridians where our taste meets our organs.
INTERESTING RIGHT? There is information on top of information, regarding ailments that have been positively affected by oil pulling. Things like: bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, ulcers, intestinal diseases, heart and kidney diseases, encephalitis, arthritis, sleeplessness, and woman’s diseases. While I’m no doctor, if Tracy says it, I’m trying it, accordingly Tracy Ellis Ross dishes on how it helps her with headaches, hangovers, and the flu.
For me, it does whiten and add a noticeable shine to my pearly whites on top of leaving me with coconut fresh breath. I’ve been pulling daily for the last few mornings when I’m most likely to have the most toxins and bacteria in my mouth and on an empty stomach. I take about a tablespoon of coconut oil but you can use your cooking oil of choice (Sesame, Sunflower, or Coconut). Studies have shown it has the highest efficacy rate of all the common oils. I swish anywhere from 5-1o minutes. I’m told the longer you swish the better, but after 5 mins, I’ beyond ready to be done. As you swish, the oil is gathering toxins, so don’t swallow it.
Enjoy pulling away!