I have been oil pulling for quite some time now. I was doing it on and off and then one January I decided to make a proper commitment to it. I had over indulged so much the Christmas before my body was showing it.
Since I’ve been doing it every day (I miss a few days here and there) I can really see the benefit in my skin, teeth and just how I feel. I feel cleansed and my skin is glowing. It also really works to boost your immunity.
So what is Oil Pulling and how do you do it?
It is an ancient Ayurvedic treatment dating back over 3,000 years. It involves placing a tablespoon of extra virgin organic cold pressed oil (I use coconut oil, but sesame or olive oil is fine too) into your mouth and then swishing it around for up to 20 minutes. I started with 5 minutes and worked my way up. Swish it around your mouth, pulling it between your teeth like you would mouth wash, then spit it out. Whatever you do, do not swallow the oil as you will ingest the toxins you are trying to wipe out. Afterwards brush your teeth with as natural toothpaste as you can get, and rinse your mouth out with warm water. And you’re done! It really is that easy.
The mouth is home to millions of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other toxins, the oil acts like a cleanser, pulling out the nasties before they get a chance to spread throughout the body by swallowing.
This frees up the immune system, reduces stress, curtails internal inflammation and aids overall health. You can do it while you lie in bed waiting to wake up, or even as you shower first thing in the morning. I often tidy the kitchen or do some breathing through my nose while I’m oil pulling. Soon you won’t even notice you’re doing it.
My partner loves this as I can’t natter away to him in the morning (I’m a morning person!) while he is waking up! It also gives you some time to yourself where you can just be silent and connect to yourself.
It will feel bizarre at first and you’ll be so tempted to swallow the oil or spit it out. But be patient and allow yourself time to get used to it. Build up the time and amount and if you feel the oil increasing in volume this is good. It’s pulling all the toxins from your mouth and you will then get rid of them when you spit.
Check out this great article about someone’s honest and real feedback after trying oil pulling here.
And that’s it guys. Try it and let me know how you get on! Even take before and after pictures of your skin if you feel it needs clearing up. I’d love to see them.