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Oil Pulling: An ancient method turned modern treatment

August 8, 2016

Oil Pulling

People are really into oil pulling nowadays. At first, we didn’t know what to think of it, because isn’t normal dental care sufficient? It turns out oil pulling is not just about healing your gums or whitening your teeth. In traditional Ayurveda, the treatment of the imbalance of various doshas is done by gargling natural oils, such as sesame oil calling it Kavala graham. It was first popularized in India in the early 90’s. It seems that oil pulling has revived and instead of sesame oil, coconut oil has been the main choice of most users. I have never tried swishing sesame oil before, but the coconut flavor seems more attractive to me. From an Ayurvedic point of view, one should first be aware of the issues at hand before selecting the effective type of oil, so this might also be sunflower or other herbalized oil.

My oil pulling experience

I have been trying out oil pulling for a couple of months where I opted for coconut oil and I think the best moment to start oil pulling is in the morning, right after you wake up. I take one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around for 15-20 minutes. During that time I do my other stuff, like deciding what to wear and iron those clothes since I’m too lazy to do that the night before. In the meantime, the coconut oil can do its work. It’s super efficient that way since I don’t have to make extra time for oil pulling.

After 20 minutes my mouth feels clean and my teeth feel smoother. It’s said that brushing your teeth afterwards is optional and that oil pulling is enough. However, I simply can’t leave home without brushing my teeth in the morning. It’s so integrated into my morning routine that it’s impossible for me to not brush my teeth. I guess I’m mixing the traditional Ayurveda with my modern time toothpaste and brush. However, I have to say that extra treatment makes my teeth and gums feel nourished and super clean!

After 1,5 week I did notice a little change because my teeth seemed whiter. Dental health for me was the only factor to gauge the effect of oil pulling and I hope that after a month or two my teeth will be even whiter than they are now. In terms of cleanliness, I feel very comfortable swishing coconut oil, but if you have any other dental problems, such as an increasing amount of plaque or sensitive gums, why don’t you give it a try for a couple of months and see if you notice a difference! Create another healthy habit, increase dental health and maybe you’ll even notice other physical improvements by oil pulling!

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