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Oil Pulling: Natural Remedy For Healthy Oral Care

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When it comes to deciding what to put in your body, the answer is easy now: it’s primarily plant-based food. It’s changed my life in ways I had never expected or imagined. It’s certainly going to help you as well! When you change the way you eat, you begin to notice other areas of your life that need attention, too – like your career, your relationships, the way you incorporate movement into your life, and even the products you use on your skin and in your home.

Suddenly, you realize that it all matters. It’s not just about the food. Moreover, when it comes to health, everything from food to environmental conditions that you expose yourself to comes into play. Over the last year or so, I’ve committed to shifting to safer skin and body care products. One natural health trend that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is oil pulling. But it’s far from new!

Oil pulling is thousands of years old and comes from the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda, “the science of life”. I love it because it’s a natural solution to cleaner and whiter teeth. However, it is not just the cleaner and whiter teeth that oil pulling is good for. Evidently, there are several things that oil pulling is profitable for you.

Some widely reported benefits of Oil Pulling:

-Improved overall oral health
Clears out toxins hiding in the mouth and sinus cavities
-Seasonal allergy relief
-Relief of sinus congestion
-Fresher breath
Migraine relief
-Improved hormone balance

I also love how simple it is. All you need is oil! Coconut, sesame, and olive oil are all great options. But stick with the cleanest, most natural version you can get your hands on.

How does it work?

The fat cells in the oil pull out the bacteria and other harmful toxins from your saliva and around your teeth, tongue, and gums. It’s super easy, painless, safe, and affordable. I mean, consider how much people spend on teeth-whitening kits – or a professional whitening job at the dentist’s office!

So, how do you do it?

1. Prior to breakfast and on an empty stomach, simply put a tablespoon of the oil in your mouth. The consistency can be strange at first, but trust me – it gets easier with practice.
2. If it’s solid, move it around a little while until it becomes liquid.
3. Begin to swish the oil around in your mouth, “pulling” it through your teeth and around your gums.

Fifteen to twenty minutes is the recommended time for swishing and pulling.

Tip: Remember that you can always start with just a few minutes and build up over time. Try doing it while you’re taking a shower – or watching television. This helps to pass the time quickly.

When you’ve finished, spit the oil out (in the trash can), brush your teeth, and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you’re taking care of, and detoxifying your body naturally.

Warning: Do not swallow! That’s a lot of toxic solution you don’t want hanging out in your belly. The idea here is to get it out.

 

 

 

Katie Hussong

I believe that sometimes you've gotta take a leap and follow your dreams if you wanna make things happen in the world. A Registered Nurse turned Holistic Health Coach and Culinary Nutrition Expert, I'm all about helping people get healthy so they can do what they love.

Katie Hussong

I believe that sometimes you've gotta take a leap and follow your dreams if you wanna make things happen in the world. A Registered Nurse turned Holistic Health Coach and Culinary Nutrition Expert, I'm all about helping people get healthy so they can do what they love.

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KateWelling
KateWelling 5pts

I've been resisting doing the oil-pull trend for a long time now. However, if some of the benefits is migraine relief and improved hormone balance, then I guess it is worth a try. My birth control messes with my hormones so much, and I bet it is one of the cause for my frequent migraines.

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JordanBaker2
JordanBaker2 5pts

I guess I'll just have to look more into this oil pulling business. When I first heard about it, I though it was just some kind of fake method of improving your teeth. However, I've read about it a couple of times now. There must be some kind of merit to it. I'll have to give it a go once more. http://www.capitolsmiles.net/services.html 

JenniferStevens
JenniferStevens 5pts

I wasn't aware that oil pulling could help with sinus congestion as well.   It seems cool to think that something that simple can make such a difference in someone's mouth.  However, it might come down to the person and their specific needs. http://www.southridge-dental.ca 

VictoriaRunda
VictoriaRunda 5pts

I will probably start oil pulling this weekend. I'm curious about some of these benefits though. While some of them seem obvious I don't understand how the hormone balance works. Could you perhaps explain which hormones specifically are effected? http://www.wearelivingitout.com 

LaurenAdams
LaurenAdams 5pts

I'm thinking that I may try oil pulling. I've read a few articles about celebrities that have done this. It works great for them. I don't know if it is scientifically sound when it comes to whitening teeth, but it couldn't hurt to test it out and see for myself. http://www.legacydentalalaska.com/services 

Martha Kapima
Martha Kapima 5pts

I have been doing it for about 3 weeks and my teeth feel so clean afterwards.

Debbie Billirakis
Debbie Billirakis 5pts

Oil pulling sounds so nasty but i know it's benefits just yuk on the oil pulling.\U0001f615

GaryJames2
GaryJames2 5pts

I think I'll start with coconut oil.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing you experience Justen Allen! :)