Did you know that besides cooking, oil can detoxify your body? Let us explore this interesting way of flushing out toxins from your system called Oil Pulling.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is a technique which has its roots in ancient Ayurveda. The modern version however is new. This is basically nothing but rinsing your mouth with oil, a vegetable oil, to be precise.
-It is exactly the way you use your mouthwash. 1 to 2 teaspoon oil is swished around in the mouth for around 20 minutes (a minimum of 5 minutes, if you are a starter), before spitting it out.
-However, whatever you do, you must not swallow the post-swishing oil, the reason being that it contains all the toxins that you are trying to wipe out in the first place.
-After spitting out the oil, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water and brush well later. It will clear out the hidden traces of the oil.
Is Oil Pulling Therapy?
Oil pulling is not used to cure any disease. And there is no specific method that is directed towards a specific kind of disease or disorder. Instead, oil pulling is a treatment to get rid of the toxins that might lead to some disorder in future. Hence, it is a therapy.
What are the Oils that can be used for Oil Pulling?
One can experiment to find out which oil works the best. However, there are certain oils that Ayurveda recommends, for the purpose of oil pulling:
- Sesame oil is more warming than others. It detoxifies more gently and since it is food oil, many people prefer this.
- Sunflower oil is also a vegetable oil and thus a familiar food taste for many.
- Coconut oil is also a familiar in taste oil for many. It is cooler in nature and best suited for those who have a warmer constitution. However, coconut oil has strong detoxifying properties.
- Organic, unrefined and cold pressed oils with life force of core substances of oil are recommended, as those do not contain chemical residues.
What are the benefits of Oil Pulling?
Your mouth is a hub to millions of bacteria, fungi, viruses and toxins. Sound pretty yuck, doesn’t it? Oil pulling helps you get rid of all of it, in a crux. Some of the benefits of oil pulling are:
1. Enjoy Amazing Oral Health:
Oil pulling gives your teeth a cleaner and whiter look. This is in fact much better than chemical whitening. Oil pulling, known for the anti bacterial and anti viral properties, does the job better and in a more effective manner. It keeps your gums and teeth in perfect health. Oil pulling enhances your oral hygiene by getting rid of bad breath and taking care of the tooth cavities
2. Get Smooth and Glowing Skin:
Oil pulling keeps skin clear and luminous. So, no more worries on acne outbreaks. This process will make sure your skin gets rid of the toxins and remains smooth and supple.
3. Detoxify Your System:
Contamination in the form of toxins and bacteria in mouth is the main gateway for all types of germ breeding and diseases. By ridding your body of such toxins, oil pulling detoxifies your body. So, your immunity gets a boost and you are less likely to be prone to common infections like flu etc. In addition, you will feel energized and rejuvenated after the detoxification process.
4. Balance Your Hormones:
Your hormones can never be free, till they are required to deal with the unwanted bacteria and toxins. By using the therapy of oil pulling, you can let the hormones behave in a natural manner, directed towards their natural area of functioning.
5. Boost Your Immunity:
Our immune system saves and protects you from all kinds of diseases and infections. The presence of unwanted bacteria and toxins makes it hard for the immune system to focus on its normal function. It makes you more prone to diseases and infections. Oil pulling, by getting rid of such toxins, facilitates the immune system in resuming its normal area of expertise.
6. Get Rid of Headache:
Migraine and headaches imply that the body is under too much toxic stress. In this case, oil pulling comes to your rescue. By flushing out the toxins from your body, you will get relief from frequent migraine and headaches.
However, if oil pulling is not done properly it may have the following side effects:
- Dryness in the mouth
- Excessive thirst
- Stiffness in the muscles
- Loss of sensitivity or taste in the mouth
Consult an Ayurveda doctor to find out your body constitution and the oil best suited to you.