Have you heard of it? Oil pulling. It’s not a process used for car maintenance but rather for oral health. It’s becoming the next big thing and has even been written about on Huffington Post.
This “next big thing” is actually an ancient Ayurvedic technique and many claim that the benefits go far beyond oral health but may even help in conditions such as chronic migraines, arthritis, eczema & many more. However, studies have only shown benefits on oral care.
There are a lot of options and opinions out there about what type of oil to use but the consensus points towards cold pressed sesame oil to be the best. Sunflower seed oil and coconut oil are often mentioned as options but do not seem to work as well.
How to Oil Pull
Oil pulling is a very simple process. It is mostly recommended to do it in the morning before breakfast.
1. Place 1-2 tablespoons of oil in your mouth.
2. Swish the oil around your mouth for 10-20 minutes. The oil will become thinner and turn white over time.
2. Do NOT swallow the oil. (I can’t imagine anyone would want to.) Spit it out and rinse thoroughly. You may way to dispose of the oil in the garbage or some other alternative to the drain to protect your pipes.
*Please consult your doctor first if pregnant or nursing.
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