One of my favorite yet most simple holistic procedures for keeping optimal health and to allow your body to promote healing is Oil Pulling. Many of you may have heard of this practice and may even have tried it. If not then I hope you will give it a try after reading this blog. Believe me; you have much to gain and nothing to lose by doing so.
Oil pulling is based on an ancient practice from the Ayurvedic medical tradition. Ayurvedic medicine is not an unproven “newbie” in healing traditions. It is possibly the oldest or one of the oldest medical and healing traditions in the world. It has been traced back as far as 5000 years. You could say it is a tried and proven system of health and healing. Much like Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has a long history of successful and verified cases.
In Oil Pulling the technique is very simplistic yet it is said to have amazing results. These results bring a more healthy balance of good flora and bacteria within your body. It will remove unhealthy bacteria from your mouth, teeth and gums thus promoting less intrusion of these germs into your body via the bloodstream and less into your organs. As Ukrainian physician, Dr F. Karach said at a conference of the all Ukranische-Union of the Oncologists and Bacteriologists, “treatment will achieve remarkable results with illnesses like migraine headaches, bronchitis, diseased teeth, arterio thrombosis, chronic blood disorders such as leukemia, arthritis and related illnesses, neuro physiological paralysis, eczema, gastro enteritis, peritonitis, heart disease, kidney disease, meningitis, and women’s hormonal disorders are completely eliminated from the organism.” Dr. Karach’s further stated that the oil therapy heals the whole body in perpetuity.
The interest in Oil Pulling is continuing to grow with many new converts. Even people that are skeptical at first, upon trying this technique for a few weeks find that they see and notice improvements in their oral health. I often read or hear those that have not tried it and probably never will comment that there is really no good evidence or research on the success of this technique. I can and will lead you fine people to the writings of Bruce Fife, N.D… Dr. Fife has researched extensively and has written numerous books detailing the use and results of using coconut oil in your daily life. He has an awesome website full of fantastic information including Oil Pulling. You can browse his information gathered through years of research and usage at http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/. If you would like to peruse through the Oil Pulling info on his website just use his site search and search for “oil pulling”.
So how do you do this “Oil Pulling” thing? First you should choose what oil you will use. Many researchers and users have stated that one of two oils work best. The two recommended oils being sesame oil or sunflower oil. I have personally used both and also have used coconut oil and olive oil. It is recommended to have cold pressed if available. Obviously if you have any allergies or food reactions to any oil do not use that particular oil but use another one you are not reactive to.
First thing in am before breakfast or intake of any liquids, pour one tablespoon of whatever oil you choose to use into your mouth. Remember this, that whatever oil you use, it is only food you are putting into your mouth. Oil is, after all, food.
Next, swish this around in your mouth and pull and push it around your gums and between your teeth. You should “Oil Pull” about 15-20 minutes.DO NOT SWALLOW any of the oil. You will be swishing and moving it around but also DO NOT gargle with it. The oil will become toxic as you continue the procedure so that is why you should not gargle with it or swallow it. Let me tell you some of my initial road blocks and problems from my own experiences with Oil Pulling. I found the whole tablespoon of oil to be quite a bit of oil when I was not used to having it in my mouth for a prolonged period like this. Also, as I swished it and pushed and pulled it around my mouth, it became frothy and watery as it mixed with my saliva. That is a good thing and the proper way it should go. The problem being was that the texture of the mix was hard to get used to and “stomach” at first. Let me say this, if you feel like you need to spit it out before the whole amount of time, do so. You can just start over again and try to get the proper amount of time out of the two attempts. The thing here is that you are comfortable with the procedure. I found that my mouth and jaws also would get tired and ache. This probably meant that I was doing the “Oil Pulling” too hard and/or fast. I would take a break for a second then start back at an easier more relaxed state. If you can find that easy and natural rhythm then that is the best and most proper way to proceed. This, like anything new, will eventually get easier and more natural to do for you. Just keep at it and you will start to notice results. Good results. One of the most notable results is the whitening of your teeth after Oil Pulling.
Once you have done about 15-20 minutes of the Pulling, you will spit out the watery, frothy mixture. This spit is highly toxic at that point so if you spit it into a sink, you need to clean the sink with an antibacterial soap/cleaner. It is best and easier to spit it into the toilet.
Once you spit out the oil mixture you can rinse with salt water or some recommend brushing your teeth with your fingers and soap. I know you are saying soap??? But, you just finger brush your teeth and rinse out your mouth thoroughly.
You can perform this procedure a few times a day if you like but always do so before eating. You can also space out the days you perform this if you like. The whole schedule thing is up to you. Do weekdays and lay off weekends or do it every day. It is your decision. Two days of OP and a day off…whatever you like.
Now that you have read this article, if you are not already doing so, please give it a try for a week and see the results for yourself. Some even claim to have more energy, lose weight and sleep better after starting this ritual. Who knows what your body will bless you with once you help it out?
I wish you happiness and health the natural way!!!