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All About Oil Pulling

Updated on February 4, 2014

What is Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling is a traditional Indian folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth. Oil pulling popularity is increasing due to the amazing array of benefits.

Oil Pulling benefits are extensive and can make you look and feel better. A spoonful of oil is cheaper then taking a vitamin and has less nasty side effects then typical medicines.

Read on to find out how you can get the benefits of oil pulling.

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Which Oil to Use

Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce

According to an Ireland study, coconut oil is the only effective oil used in oil pulling that can stop growth of Streptococcus bacteria and is therefore recommended for oil pulling.

Life-Flo Organic Pure Sunflower Oil, 16 Ounce
Life-Flo Organic Pure Sunflower Oil, 16 Ounce

A 2007 study looking into the effect of oil pulling (with sunflower oil) on plaque and gingivitis on oral soft and hard tissues. Results found that after 45 days of oil pulling, subjects showed a statistically significant reduction in gingivitis.

oil pulling benefits
oil pulling benefits

Oil Pulling Benefits

Benefits Beyond the Mouth

Oil pulling benefits has caused amazement due to the simplicity and the amount of diseases and illnesses it can help.

Due to it's ability to detoxify it is often used as a preventative measure and for increased wellness.

It has been claimed that oil pulling can aid the lymphatic system as it removes harmful bacteria whilst the beneficial microflora are provided with a healthy environment in which they can flourish.

Other possible benefits of oil pulling include:

- Migraine headache relief

- Balancing hormones

- Reducing inflammation of arthritis and eczema

- Can help with symptoms of bronchitis

- Supports kidney functioning

- May help reduce sinus congestion

- Some people report improved vision

- Helps reduce insomnia

- Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption

- Aids in reducing pain

- Reduces the symptoms of allergies

- Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

- Cleaner, whiter teeth

- Healthy gums

- Increased energy levels

- Clearer and more focused mind

- Less headaches

- Clearer sinuses

- Alleviated allergies

- Improves bad breath

- Better sleep

- Clearer and brighter skin with less breakouts

- More regular menstrual cycles

- Helps PMS symptoms

The oil acts like a cleanser, it cleans your mouth and gets rid of any bacteria and other harmful toxins.. When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it pulls out bacteria and other debris, says Fife.

Germs and toxic waste products cause gum disease and tooth decay and CAN contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting against this and oil pulling can help with this. When our immune system becomes exposed to excessive stress, bad diet, environmental toxins etc. These can spread through

If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.

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oil pulling benefits

Improved Dental Hygiene as a Benefit of Oil Puliing?

Multiple scientific studies show the efficiency of oil pulling therapy in an improvement of dental hygiene. Scientists believe that the lipids in the oil both pull out bacteria, as well as stop bacterial from sticking to the walls of the oral cavity.

Other possible benefits of oil pulling for oral health include:

-Strengthens the teeth, gums and jaws

-Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth

-Helps combat bad breath

-Helps bleeding gums

- Prevents dryness of the lips, mouth and throat

In fact, these studies showed an overall reduction of bacteria from 10 to 33.4% in participants, and after 40 days of oil-pulling, participants were found to show 20% in average reduction in oral bacteria. Moreover, half of all participants in this case study showed a drastic reduction in susceptibility to dental caries.

oil pulling benefits
oil pulling benefits

So how do you get Oil Pulling Benefits?

The Method

You simply rinse the mouth with approximately one tablespoon of oil cold pressed (raw) oil for 15 minutes first thing in the morning then spit it out and wash the teeth, gums, tongue and palate thoroughly.

Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash. You'll find that the oil will start to get watery as your saliva mixes with it. Keep swishing.If your jaw muscles get sore while swishing, you're putting too much into it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. When you do this correctly, you'll feel very comfortable.

Do this gently for 20 minutes in a relaxed way. If this becomes to unbearable spit it out and try again. It may be difficult to do the whole 20 minutes at first, but you will soon get used to it.

When the process starts working the oil will become whitish and thinner as the toxins are pulled out.

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Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil can also be used in your beauty routine, find out more here Benefits of Coconut Oil

Have you tried oil pulling? - What do you think about the claims?

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      MissRubyStars 3 years ago

      No! I have heard many people swear by it, I'm interested in trying it!

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      appelonia 3 years ago

      Thanks for a really good lens. Everyone should know about this.