After the discussions on oil pulling recently, here’s a little article that I have at the clinic… There is much much more online, with literally thousands of testimonies on this simple Ayurvedic health habit – the many benefits people experience for next to nothing… Next to this, the best thing you can do for your dental health is to use a fluoride/toxic chemical free toothpaste and whatever you do, do not use regular mouthwash. The use of bicarb and Himalayan salt ensure mineral salts not only neutralise but remineralise your teeth.
BENEFITS ACCORDING TO STUDIES
Mouth &, Gum Disease
~ this list is not conclusive. If you read into each symptom you will be able to see just how many benefits it could have.
OIL ‘PULLING’ is a cleansing technique that consists simply in swishing oil in your mouth for a few minutes each day. This easy habit can kickstart your weight loss, whiten teeth, and improve your overall dental health including an ability to fight gum disease. Remarkably, it seems also to have a potential for detoxifying the body—removing heavy metals and other pollutants while strengthening the immune system for better overall health.
…”When Dr Karsch examined the gargled milk-white oil under a microscope with 600 magnification, he saw live organisms swimming in it. It’s poisonous, so never swallow it, he warns. These poisons are bacteria-embryos, which, if not eliminated, cause diseases. Apparently, Dr Karsach cured his own chronic blood disease and 15-year-old arthritis.
The first sign of improvement is in the teeth-they become firm and white, he says. Other healing indications: fresh, relaxed feeling on waking up, disappearing dark pouches below the eyes, anew appetite and energy, better memory and deep sleep…”
HOW TO OIL PULL –
Step1: First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour one tablespoon of sunflower or sesame oil (or whatever oil you have chosen) into your mouth. Children can also do this with less quantity of oil provided they have control and practice not to swallow the oil.
Step2: Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it. Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it
was mouthwash (don’t tilt your head back to gargle). 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. There is no right way or wrong way to swish and pull oil. Do this gently, not vigorously, in a relaxed way for about 20 minutes.If you have the unbearable urge to swallow and If it becomes too unpleasant, spit out and try again. It can be a bit unpleasant at first when you’re not used to it, but soon will be just like brushing your teeth.When the oil has become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out, it may become whitish and a thinner, milky consistency, depending on the type of oil used. Each time you oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point, so 20 minutes is a general rule of thumb, but you can experiment with this.
If you spit out before 20 minutes, start again, the process is to make the oil swish enough time in your mouth so that it becomes a white thick substance which is an indication of process completion.
Step3: At the end, spit the oil out, then rinse the mouth with warm salt water. Salt water rinsing isn’t absolutely necessary, but is very helpful as an antimicrobial and to soothe any inflammation and proven to be effective in rinsing out any toxins which may be left out in the mouth. After 15 minutes, brush your teeth.
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