Not Your Everyday Mouthwash: Oil Pulling

I’ve already detailed my morning beauty routine, but one thing I didn’t mention is oil pulling. This is something I swear by, and I’ve been doing it for years.

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What in the world is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice, which means it’s been around for over 5,000 years. It’s supposed to be done on an empty stomach to pull toxins from our body. The method: Take a tablespoon of oil, swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes, spit it out.

Does oil pulling work?

While studies show benefits, many reports of effectiveness are anecdotal. Those anecdotes include better breath, whiter teeth, healthier gums and clearer skin. People also report relief from headaches and hangovers. Plus, coconut oil (what I use) has antibacterial properties on its own. At a minimum, it rids the mouth of bacteria and moisturizes the gums.

My take on it

I believe where there’s smoke there’s fire. From my own personal experience, I haven’t had a single cavity since I started oil pulling. It also gets rid of my sore throat whenever I wake up with one. I won’t pretend I make it a full 20 minutes every morning, especially if the kids wake up early, but 5-10 minutes consistently is better than nothing!

Finally, what does it hurt to try? Do it while you go about your morning routine, and brush your teeth after you spit it out. MAKE SURE YOU SPIT INTO THE GARBAGE. Yes, the garbage. PLEASE don’t put oil down the drain!

Have you heard of Ayurveda? Should I do another post about different Ayurvedic practices? Leave a comment below!

2 thoughts on “Not Your Everyday Mouthwash: Oil Pulling”

  1. Yes, very into Ayurveda….go deep! I have incorporated many of the Ayurvedic concepts into my lifestyle, but I think at 101 level. Would be interesting to dive into one area specifically, maybe food to the extent that you practice it? Or something that is relevant seasonally, since it’s the start of summer, how to stay balanced with all the extra heat?

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