During the Yoga/Detox Retreat, upon waking up in the morning, we would swish sesame seed oil in our mouths for 20 minutes. When I say “swishing”, it’s pretty much like using mouth wash.
Now 20 minutes may seem like a long time, but during this period, I take my morning pee, wash my face, check the socials and my email, and voila, time is up!
Morning showers are also great to do oil pulling, especially if you have routines such as myself (curly hair = maintenance), so my showers are usually just over 20 minutes to take.
Mind you, you can’t sing in the shower, but you’ll feel amazingly refreshed!
Your face/cheek muscles will feel sore for the first few times, but the feeling will pass as you continue the technique and strengthen these muscles.
What is Oil Pulling?
As one of the 5 techniques mentioned in My Kriya Cleansing Techniques post, oil pulling is a traditional Indian medicine which rids toxins that have built up in our mouths.
Our mouths contain billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins, so oil pulling is used to keep our mouths clean and healthy – think of it as mouthwash but with oil.
How to do Oil Pulling
Place 1 tablespoon of organic sesame, sunflower or coconut oil in your mouth
*** If you are using coconut oil, make sure the oil is not solid to avoid having a bad experience such as gagging (just saying).
Begin swishing the oil in your mouth, by pushing, pulling, and drawing the oil through your teeth for 10 – 20 minutes.
For beginners, I would recommend swishing for 5 minutes.
The idea is to work your way up to swishing for the full 20 minutes or longer, until the oil is thin and milky white.
** IMPORTANT – DO NOT SWALLOW **
after swishing around, the oil contains bacteria and becomes toxic matter.
Once time is up, spit out the oil.
Important to note – if you are using coconut oil, spit in a trash, rather than the toilet or sink, to avoid ruining your plumbing. Coconut oil hardens below 25°C, and the gunk will clog up your pipes!
Next, if you have a tongue scraper, scrape your tongue, rinse your mouth, and brush your teeth.
Coconut Oil vs. Sesame Seed Oil
I was introduced to oil pulling using the ancient Indian tradition using sesame seed oil.
Modern and Holistic practices recommend using organic extra virgin coconut oil, for it’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, so it’s really up to you, and your preference of oil taste or if it comes down to it, cost.
When to do Oil Pulling
Best time to do oil pulling is in the morning when you wake up.
This helps rid your mouth of the bacteria that has built up over night.
Health Benefits to Oil Pulling
While the internet is blazing with a bunch of health benefits to oil pulling, and before you believe the hype of oil pulling pulling toxins out of your bloodstream to rid yourself of diseases – be smart and do your research.
I have yet to meet someone who can successfully say thanks to oil pulling they are rid of x-y-z, but realistically speaking, the following are proven benefits to oil pulling:
- effective as the chemical chlorhexidine (as in Oral B mouthwash) for chronic bad breath, but without the side effects
- beneficial in patients with gingivitis
- result in whiter teeth and pinker gums
- reduce the cavity-linked Streptococcus mutans bacteria in plaque and saliva of children
- exert antibacterial actions through emulsification and saponification
Head on over to Health Ambition, who has a great article, What is oil pulling and does it work? The results you can expect, as Helen provides further detailed information.
Have you given it a go to Oil Pulling? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.