Every day we are constantly absorbing toxins from the food we eat, the products we use, and even the air we breathe. And the more bad stuff our bodies take in the harder our organs have to work to remove them-exhausting resources that could be better used for more productive things.
Within the past decade, detox methods have become a mainstream topic. Most of these techniques entail purposefully consuming, or not consuming certain foods in order to lessen the responsibilities of the excretory system so as to remove the toxins faster.
However, there is a method that doesn’t focus on the excretory organs but on the very cells themselves. This practice is called oil pulling.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is a form of oral detox in which oil is used to lure toxins and harmful bacteria out of the gums and other mouth tissues. When you hold pure oil in your mouth, the body reacts miraculously, allowing any foreign particles to be drawn out through the salivary glands and cell membranes. This also works to whiten teeth and promote not only oral health but overall health as well.
How to Oil Pull
Begin by measuring out a tablespoon of plant-based oil. There are several types of oil that can be used for oil pulling, which will be discussed in more detail below. Take the spoonful of oil into your mouth, being careful not to swallow. Swallowing oil during a pull means that you are re-ingesting toxins that you were trying to remove, thus defeating the purpose of the detox.
Swish the oil around the all of the crevices of your mouth gently for 15 to 20 minutes. You don’t want to be as aggressive as you might with mouthwash since you’ll be holding the oil for a lot longer.
As you work the oil around your mouth, you’ll feel the amount of liquid increase. This sensation lets you know that a combination of saliva and toxins have been added to the initial amount of oil. This is a good thing meaning the oil pull is working. Embrace it!
After the 15 to 20 minutes are up, spit the remaining liquid into the trash. Rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth as usual.
Types of Oil to Use
Any type of plant-based oil can be used for oil pulling, including sunflower oil, sesame oil or canola oil. However, coconut oil is the most common for oil pulling because of its outstanding antibacterial properties and general health benefits. At room temperature, coconut oil is a solid; however, when warmed in the mouth the oil becomes liquefied and easy to swish.
Cautions When Oil Pulling
Although oil pulling is an effective method of removing toxins from the body, it cannot be held accountable for a complete detox on its own. If you feel you need a more extensive detox, speak to your doctor first before attempting these methods.
Your mouth may also be sensitive to oil, leading to an allergic reaction. Test your selected oil on the skin of your elbow before carrying out the oil pulling process.