I am always after new ways to improve my health and I remembered many years ago I was doing oil pulling regularly and really enjoyed the process. I have started again and prefer to do mine at the beginning of the day when I first wake up. The idea is that the oil removes oil soluble toxins from the body that have built up in the mouth. Toxins and bacteria build up in the mouth and the oil pulling technique draws out these impurities and removes them from the mouth. 

I use coconut oil, but it goes hard under 23.9 Celsius so it takes a moment for the oil to become liquid once in my mouth. Oil pulling also is great for whitening the teeth, removing plaque and strengthens gums.

 


Oil Pulling started in India as part of the Ayurveda Holistic System of Medicine which has been practiced for 3,000-5,000 years. Place a small amount of plant oil of your choice, the most commonly used is coconut, you could also try sesame, sunflower or olive oil. Hold the oil in your mouth for 3-5 minutes, swishing it around and gargling. Do not swallow! Then spit out the oil. I like to put some water in my mouth and swish that around and spit out, then repeat rinsing and spitting out a few times.

Each section of our tongue is actually connected to a different organ in our body according to the Ayurveda Medicine world. So oil pulling is a great way to detoxify the entire body.  Oil Pulling also helps with bad breath. The Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventative Dentistry found that oil pulling was just as effective as chlorhexidine in the treatment of bad breath. Chlorhexidine is used in mouthwash to kill bacteria.  

Oil Pulling has not been linked directly to skin health and the treatment of acne....yet, but I am sure a study will happen in the near future. We are learning more everyday on how the gut rules the skin, but we still have a long way to go. The gut-skin-axis theory is proven by scientists back in 1909, yes they were onto it then! They showed the direct link between psoriasis, eczema, acne and rosacea and the health of the gut.  Stokes and Pillsbury who found the gut-skin-axis theory said that there's a link between the gut and the skin, and what mediates that link is the physiology of the gut, like whether it's permeable or not, and the bacteriology of the gut, meaning our gut flora.  They also showed that40% of those with acne had hypochlorhydria, which is the medical term for low stomach acid, and low stomach acid is what sets the stage for the migration of bacteria from the colon, where it belongs, to the small intestine, where it doesn't belong, and that condition is called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO.

I use oil pulling not to replace any of my usual and recommended practices from my dentist but as an addition to my daily routine. If there are any health benefits in this simple and easy step first thing in the morning, I happy to be a part of it.