The practice of oil pulling began is a 3,000-year-old Ayurvedic practice of swishing a tablespoon of oil (like coconut or olive) around your mouth every morning for 10 minutes. Yes, that's right — 10 minutes. The practice is supposed to cleanse your teeth and gums of bacteria. Here's how it works: the coconut oil sticks to the oil in the cell membranes of all the little cells in your mouth, and so when you spit it out, you’re also spitting out all those little guys in there.
Besides eliminating plaque and bacteria, oil pulling is supposed to do a lot of other things too: purported benefits include whitened teeth, better breath, reduced headaches, clearer skin, and increased energy. Ayurveda advises oil pulling to purify the entire system; as it holds that each section of the tongue is connected to different organ such as to the kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Oil Pulling:
- Put 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil into the mouth.
- Swish for 10 minutes. I put the coconut oil in my mouth then got into the shower to pass the time. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.
- Spit oil into the toilet or trash can. The oil could build up in your pipes over time.
- Rinse well with warm water then use your tongue scrapper.
- Brush well.
Overall, I enjoyed the practice of oil pulling. I found it difficult to pull for 10 minutes- my mouth was pretty tired after a few minutes. The tongue scrapping was interesting too. It was very ticklish- haha. It was a great practice for the morning in commitment to the entire process and it can be done while showering or getting dressed. I am going to stick with the oil pulling for the next ten weeks- I'll keep you updated!