Oil pulling with coconut oil is a new healing concept in the U.S., but for many years practiced in other countries such as India and China. It is completely harmless and consists of washing your mouth out with an edible oil, but not swallowing it. You can really use any kind of edible oil such as sunflower, sesame, virgin olive or coconut oil. I am going to focus on oil pulling with organic coconut oil but really any oil which is cold pressed and not refined is fine to use. It has many oral and systemic health benefits.
For the most benefits, it should become a regular part of your daily routine. It’s best to start first thing in the morning on an empty stomach before eating or drinking. The recommended amount is a tablespoon of coconut oil for 15 to 20 minutes per day. For quicker results, you can do it more than once, but make sure it’s at least 4 hours after you have eaten. You are swishing the oil around in your mouth, in and out of your teeth for 15 to 20 minutes without swallowing the oil, then spitting it out and rinsing your mouth out a few times.
When done on a regular basis, it helps to detoxify the body and will begin to work the first time you try it. It doesn’t work by killing germs but by drawing out the toxins from the deep crevices between the teeth, gums, and the small tube-like structures inside the teeth. The tongue and the teeth are the accessory organs for the digestive system and hold these toxins in which the oil pulling draws out.
Oil pulling is effective in healing the gums, cleansing and brightening the teeth, healing oral infections, and curing bad breath. It increases the metabolism and will help your body to lose weight, if needed. It also helps in the treatment and even curing of these diseases: allergies, mouth and gum disease, constipation, bronchitis, hormonal issues, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, asthma, eczema, migraines, insomnia, meningitis, diabetes, cancer, AIDS, kidney disease, lung disease, and chronic infections.
If you have many toxins in your body, you may experience detox symptoms when you start oil pulling. Some of these symptoms include pimples, headache, mucus, and congestion. These symptoms will disappear as you continue with the oil pulling. Since mucus drainage is one of the body’s ways to remove toxins, you may experience increased flow of mucus from your throat and sinuses. This is normal to experience, it’s just the body getting rid of the toxins.
It may be difficult to do the full 20 minutes of oil pulling with coconut oil at first. I recommend starting out in 5 or 10 minute increments. Just swish it for as long as you can, spit it out, then start again. Try to do it for at least 15 minutes, once per day. Practice makes perfect. Try to keep busy like during your shower, watching the news, or doing the dishes while oil pulling. When your time is up, just spit it out in the toilet and rinse a few times with warm water and them rinse again with a good mouthwash and you’re done.
I have consistently done oil pulling with coconut oil with Nutiva or Nature’s Way EfaGold Coconut Oil. Both are very good quality and you won’t be disappointed. There are many health benefits (not just through oil pulling) with the daily use of organic coconut oil. I have been using it for a few months now and have never felt better. There is a long list of benefits associated with the daily use, whether used internally or externally.
If you find the taste of the oil to harsh try adding a drop of Peppermint oil to it.