Oil Pulling: How 20 minutes a day can detox your body.

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What is oil pulling? 

It is mind blowingly simple: swish oil in your mouth and spit it out after a while.

How long should I pull for?

The optimum amount of time is 15-20 minutes, to reduce toxins and reap the benefits of oil pulling. This may seem like a long time, but actually goes really quickly especially because you can do other (speechless) things while you pull.

How much oil should I use?

It depends on your level of experience with oil pulling. Starting out, 1-2 teaspoons is a nice amount. After a few weeks of this or when you feel comfortable, move up to 1 tablespoon.

What kind of oil should I use?

This one is personal preference. Coconut, sesame, olive, turmeric are all beautiful oils to use. Pick one that you like the flavour of and give it a go. Adding an essential oil, like peppermint, clove, lemon are all uplifting and antibacterial plants that will assist the detoxification process.

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When should I oil pull?

First thing in the morning is the best time. Straight after waking up, pop some oil in your mouth and have a shower or start preparing breakfast. It’s an efficient way to gently detox on a daily basis.

What does oil pulling do?

Oil pulling is a powerful detoxifying technique that has recently become very popular as a remedy for many different health conditions. Using this method, this study suggests that surgery or medication could be prevented for a number of chronic illnesses.

The oil therapy is preventative as well as curative. The most compelling aspect of using this method is its simplicity and accessibility.

Studies have shown that oil pulling can significantly reduce plaque induced gingivitis. Oil pulling was also reported to reduce bad breath. This study measured bacteria in saliva and plaque in teenage children and concluded that oil pulling is an effective way to improve and maintain oral health.

Ayurveda health experts advise oil gargling in the mouth purifies the entire system; and believes that each section of the tongue is connected to different organs, such as to the kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine, similarly to reflexology and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Taken from: http://www.greekmedicine.net/diagnosis/Tongue_Diagnosis.html
Taken from: http://www.greekmedicine.net/diagnosis/Tongue_Diagnosis.html

Further to this, using the right oils helps to eliminating the following from the body:

o heavy metals
o parasites
o pesticides
o preservatives
o additives
o hormones
o environmental toxins

Not only is the body highly interconnected, but the mouth is also a host to many organisms that breed in it’s warm and moist conditions. Dr. Bruce Fife, explains it really well (Bruce is the author to an entire book on oil pulling). He describes the oil as acting like a cleanser.”When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris. As simple as it is, oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers. 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.”
The Mind Body Green website suggests that oil pulling may result in the following benefits:
  • Brightening & whitening teeth
  • Healthier gums
  • Removal of mucus
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Preventing bad breath
  • Increasing energy
  • Having a clearer mind
  • Decreasing headaches
  • Clearing the sinuses
  • Alleviating allergies
  • Better sleep
  • More clearer skin
  • Regulating menstrual cycles
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Improving the lymphatic system
  • Improving PMS symptoms

So, what do you have to lose? Nothing! There is so much to gain from this quiet, gentle practice that will detox your body and offers amazing benefits.

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