Oil Pulling

Ayurvedic oil pulling, or swishing, has been used for its oral and systemic health benefits for thousands of years. Now I have to be honest, I’m not too sure about this, but some people swear by it.

Oil pulling – which extracts toxins from the body – is said to cure about 30 systemic diseases, including headaches, migraines, diabetes, asthma, skin conditions, allergies, oral bacterial infections and gum problems.

So how’s it done? First thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth, eating or drinking, take 1tbsp of oil (sesame or sunflower is best). Put the oil in your mouth, tilt your chin up and slowly swish, suck and pull through the teeth. Do this for at least 10 minutes, then spit it out. The oil should look like a thick, white foam, If it’s still yellow, you haven’t done it for long enough. Rinse your mouth really well and follow by drinking a couple of glasses of water.

Never swallow the oil as it will be full of parasites and bacteria; don’t gargle; do it slowly; and don’t use toasted sesame oil.

If you’re unsure, consult a reputable Ayurvedic practitioner. Oh, and let me know how you go – I’d love to hear your feedback.

For more information, try oilpulling.com or earthclinic.com.

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