Oil Pulling: For Whiter Teeth and a Healthy Body

ingredients for oil pullingWhat is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes.

What Oils do I use?

You can use Olive oil or Coconut oil.  Just make sure you are not allergic to one before using it.  If you are using coconut oil it will turn to  liquid form very quickly or you can let it melt before putting it in your mouth.

What are the Benefits of Oil Pulling?

Oil Pulling is known for drawing out toxins/plaque in your body.  We all know how plaque can take away years from your life.  The same plaque that builds up on your teeth is the same plaque that builds up on your arteries.  That’s one of the reasons dentists always insist on people flossing; to remove the plaque.  Oil Pulling is another way to do that plus you gain a wonderful, white and beautiful smile!  Not only will you gain a beautiful smile but you will be able to do it naturally and at home at a very low-cost.

I do not use any type of whitener from the store and my dentist says I have beautiful teeth.  Although I drink a lot of tea which is known to stain, my teeth stay healthy and white.

oil pullingHow Oil Pulling Works.

As stated in the beginning of the article, you put 1 Tablespoon of your choice oil above and swish it around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes.  You don’t have to swish so vigorously to the point of making your jaw hurt.  Just pace yourself and at a steady rate swish like you would mouth wash.  You can make it part of your morning routine while getting dressed, put the oil in before you get in the shower or as I do, swish the oil in my mouth before bed while I’m cleaning up the kitchen or tidying up the house.

The Oil will double in volume as you swish because of saliva and extra plaque and toxins being added.  When my children Oil Pull I have them use 1 teaspoon for this reason.  After your 15 to 20 minutes is up you discard the oil in the garbage or outside.  Do not spit it out in your drain.  Eventually that could clog it, unless you plan on running hot water for a few minutes directly behind it.   Once oil is discarded just rinse your mouth out.  You now have completed what we call “Oil Pulling.”

How Often Should I Oil Pull?

You can do it everyday for a week or until you feel you have the results you want.  After that I would suggest a few times a week.  Continuing everyday in no way will hurt you.  Remember the benefits.  Three times a week would just be a suggested amount if you feel you can’t continue everyday.

Ending Notes:

They say Oil Pulling will help with gum bleeding, bad breath, acne, strengthens gums, reduces inflammation, boost immune system, cures tooth decay, prevents heart disease, whitens teeth among others.  I can attest to only what I’ve experience myself and what my dentist says.  He tells me how white my teeth are and has actually asked me what I use and also how extremely healthy my gums are.  My regular physician says how healthy I am also and I attest that to living a healthy lifestyle all around.  I believe that a holistic approach to health and using what we can in its natural states, such as plants, oils and foods are so beneficial that it would be hard to put a price tag on.  Life is to be lived and living with a healthy a vibrant body and mind sounds like the best kind of living to me.

oil pulling helps whiten your teethSo now go grab your oil, swish it around and feel better about what you’re removing from your body and look in the mirror to see a whiter and beautiful smile.

Say Cheese;)



-Heather Earles

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