Way back in December 2013 I wrote about the benefits of oil pulling but since then I have been enlightened even further.
The way we live has put a heavy toxic burden on us all and this is a simple, cheap and easy way to reduce some of this burden on a daily basis. Oil pulling brings out the bacteria, fungi, pus etc that can be found in everyone’s mouth and which can be a source of illness and disease. Oil pulling helps with fresher breathe, helps with bleeding gums, teeth may become whiter, there should be less chance of oral infections and it helps to reduce plaque build up, which is full of bacteria.
Oral health is extremely important as the bacteria found in the mouth can migrate to anywhere in the body. For example, it has been widely known for years that oral health and the heart are very closely linked and published medical studies have shown that the bacteria in the tissue of a person’s brain with Alzheimer’s can be exactly the same bacteria found in that person’s mouth, hard to believe I know, but true. Bacteria from the mouth can fur up the heart capillaries, damage muscles and nerves contributing to fibromyalgia, affect bones and be a link to osteoporosis…there is no end to this list.
Most of us don’t even know that we have mouth infections because they are silent but those who have implants, root canals or have had extractions will definitely have infections unless they have visited a biological dentist. These dentists are far and few between but in the coming years this will improve but it doesn’t help us now! I will write more on these issues in my next blog because this is a wider topic which I would like to address further.
Oil Pulling Technique
- Preferably use coconut oil because it is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and it knits tissue together whereas olive oil does not, if you don’t like coconut oil though use olive or sesame oil
- Do it first thing in the morning
- Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil and do it for 15-20 minutes ideally but if you are pushed for time then it’s better to do 5 or 10 minutes than not at all. It is better to start slowly though as some experience a detox reaction so begin with say 5 minutes 3-4 times per week and build up. If you feel nausea after oil pulling that is a normal reaction to a detox situation and the body is telling you to go slower, most will not have this reaction.
- The oil should be swished and pulled around the mouth and teeth, don’t just let it sit there hoping it will do the job itself
- You can add a drop of clove or oregano essential oil if you wish to the coconut oil to enhance the benefits but it’s not really necessary but if you have an infection then it’s helpful. If there is an infection you can do this x 3 a day safely
- Don’t spit it out in the sink or toilet as coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees so becomes solid under this temperature. If you spit it in the loo or sink there is a chance of it clogging up the pipes so spit it in the bin where it will solidify or spit into a cup to let it harden and then put it in the bin.