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The Best Oils Used For Oil Pulling

Updated on June 18, 2015

What is Oil Pulling?

It is said the oil used provides a layer on the surface that prevents plaque or bacteria from sticking to the teeth. This then leads to an increase in saliva secretion. This increase in saliva acts as a detoxifier by trapping toxins in the oil.

With its origins in India, especially in Europe oil pulling is already an accepted alternative treatment.

Ancient texts say that oil pulling helps to cure around 30 systemic diseases. Today, it’s used as a way to detoxify our whole body. Backed up by science, benefits in the mouth are seen with oil pulling and have very significant healing and cleansing effects.

Oil pulling is performed by swishing an oil in your mouth, or “pulling” it through the teeth for around 20 minutes. There are a number of oils used for this, however, sesame, coconut, olive, grape, and sunflower oils are used most commonly. Others oils like olive oil have great effect to, but many people do not like the taste.

It is very important that after the oil pulling you "pull" water. Not just rinse your mouth. Also, brush your teeth to get rid of all the bacteria extracted.

Do NOT swallow the oil as after the oil pulling it is pretty toxic.

Best Oil Pulling oils

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It contains lauric acid that kills bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It tastes good in comparison to the other oils. It is best to use extra virgin coconut oil. It is antioxidant rich and is the best to use for oil pulling.

Sunflower Oil
Sunflower oil is also considered one of the safest oils to use for oil pulling. This oil is high in antioxidants. It is also antimicrobial because it is rich in oleic and linoleic acid. Sunflower oil will help soothe

Sunflower oil is also considered one of the safest oils to use for oil pulling. This oil is high in antioxidants. It is also antimicrobial because it is rich in oleic and linoleic acid. Sunflower oil will help soothe inflammation, that you may have of your gums.

Sesame Oil
There have been studies done, that may suggest that Sesame oil is the most effective of all the oils for oil pulling. It seems to act just as the chemical mouthwashes and can relieve the symptoms of gingivitis that is plaque-induced. It inhibits the bacteria Streptococcus mutans, that eventually lead to the plaque formation.

It also has antioxidant properties and, according to literature this oil should be used on a daily basis for reduction of dryness of the mouth. When your mouth is dry, it promotes bacterial growth. It is also beneficial in reducing burning and inflammation of the mouth.

Olive Oil
Olive oil works in the same way as the other oils do. Be sure you are using extra virgin cold pressed organic olive oil. Olive oil is a strong antioxidant and has the same benefits as the oils listed above. Sometimes this oil can be a little overwhelming due to the taste

Conclusion

Be sure you are not using refined oils which are heated and chemically treated. These oils include corn, cottonseed, canola, grape seed, or soy oil. These oils tend to go rancid quickly. The polyunsaturated fats are usually not as good as a monounsaturated or saturated oil, however, grape seed oil does have other benefits and may be used in small quantities.

Also, these oils tend to go rancid quickly. The polyunsaturated fats are usually not as good as a monounsaturated or saturated oil, however, grape seed oil does have other benefits and may be used in small quantities.

Oil pulling is very cheap and the only expense is the oil that is used. It is easy when compared to other detoxification methods. So from the list of the best oils to use for oil pulling, pick one that will work for you and give you the benefits you desire. It may be the best thing you can do for your oral health and all over well-being.

It may be the best thing you can do for your oral health and all over well-being.

It takes a bit of getting used do, do not give up easily. In the beginning, it is totally fine if you do it for just a few minutes until you get used to it.

Keep in mind the benefit: German scientific research has shown that the oil people spit out contain lots of bacteria and other things you would rather not have in your body.

I would love to learn about your experience!

Thank you for reading and Namaste!


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