Oil pulling is an ancient, Ayurvedic practice that involves placing approximately two teaspoons to one tablespoon of oil in one’s mouth and swishing it vigorously for ten to twenty minutes. Oil pulling offers many benefits including reduction in bacteria, detoxifying and reducing inflammation of the gums, naturally whitening teeth, reducing tooth sensitivity, and removing plaque buildup without disturbing sensitive teeth or gums.
Oil pulling is best practiced first thing in the morning before you have had anything to eat or drink or up to twice a day, before meals, for dramatic results. The best oils to use for this practice include sesame seed oil (untoasted), coconut oil, and olive oil; opt for cold-pressed, unrefined organic oils. Simply place the desired amount of oil (most practitioners will use 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoons of desired oil) in your mouth and swish back and forth between your teeth and gums for approximately ten to twenty minutes. When swishing, ensure that you are thoroughly pulling the oil through the gums, around the sides of the teeth, and over the tongue and the top of the mouth. During that time you can take a shower, stretch or do a yoga practice, feed your pets, or complete any of your other morning rituals. Once completed, the oil will become a milky white color as it will be full of bacteria and other natural toxins from the mouth. Spit the oil into the trash, not down a drain as it may clog your drain, rinse your mouth with warm salt water, and then brush your teeth as usual. Your mouth, gums, and teeth, should feel refreshed and clean after oil pulling. Simply taking the small amount of time out of your morning to complete this invigorating practice will ensure that your oral health is in top condition.