By Jenni Madison
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic health tradition for detox and rejuvenation. It is a simple morning practice that offers remarkable results. Many people are doing it, many are talking about it, and many are super keen to get started.
Oil pulling as we know it today, was re-introduced by Dr.Karach, MD. Dr Karach claimed that oil pulling could help a variety of illnesses ranging from heart disease and digestive troubles to hormonal disorders. He used the method in his medical practice with great success.
Traditionally, oil pullers used sesame or sunflower oil. Today Raw Virgin Coconut Oil is the preferred choice, as it offers the additional benefits of antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and enzymatic properties. The added benefits of using coconut oil help to remove plaque from your teeth and strengthen your gums by thoroughly cleansing this area.
The best time to oil pull is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach as your body is in its natural detox mode. Simply put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 10-20 minutes, just as you would a regular mouthwash. Once you’ve finished swishing spit the oil out. Brush your teeth and give your mouth a good clean. If you use a mild flavoured coconut oil it is quite pleasant. If it is cold and the oil is solid, it will only take a minute for it to melt.
Bruce Fife, naturopathic and expert in the healing effects of coconut explains that the fat enzymes in the oil literally “pull” congestion and mucus from your throat and loosen up your sinuses. The process removes bacteria, toxins, and parasites that live in your mouth or lymph system. He uses the following analogy: "It acts much like the oil you put in your car engine. The oil picks up dirt and grime. When you drain the oil, it pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively clean. Consequently, the engine runs smoother and lasts longer. Likewise, when we expel harmful substances from our bodies our health is improved and we run smoother and last longer."
Oil pulling has been around for thousands of years. Research has demonstrated a direct link between oral health and chronic disease. By adopting a simple and effective morning routine, such as oil pulling therapy you can enjoy fresher breath, healthier gums, whiter teeth, clearer skin and protection from many chronic health problems.
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