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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Does Oil Pulling Really Work?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice where you swish oil in your mouth for a few minutes each day. But does oil pulling really work? From everything I've read (I have only done it once myself so far) I would have to say "yes". But more on that later...
Let's start off with a definition of "Ayurvedic"-maybe not everyone has heard of it. WebMD defines Ayurvedic medicine as "one of the world's oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems". It was developed in India thousands of years ago and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on the balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of this practice is to promote good health instead of fighting disease.
What are the Best Oils?
The best oil is whichever one works the best for you. As with most natural cures you have to go with what works for your body-remember, everyone's body is different and you know yours best.
That being said, the most common oils used are:
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower
  • Coconut
You do not want to try oil pulling with olive oil or peanut oil as they have no known benefit. Sesame oil has been the most popular and most widely used, but coconut oil has been working its way up in popularity.
Whichever oil you decide to try, make sure it is all natural or organic. Next, you may need to experiment with the number of days you do it because oil pulling is not an instant cure. You may see results after your first try or you may need to do it for multiple days before you get any benefits.
First thing in the morning before you do anything else (no eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth yet), take 1 tablespoon of your oil of choice and add essential oils based on issues.
They might include, but are NOT limited to:
  • On Guard - General immune system, mouth and gum health, teeth problems, halitosis, cold, flu, sore throat, virus.
  • Oregano - Flu, Cold, Virus, sore throat, swollen glands, cold sores, herpes, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antibiotic, anti-viral.
  • Clove - Mouth and Gum, analgesic, anti-biotic, and antiseptic.
  • Frankincense - Analgesic, cold & flu, mouth surgery, mouth trauma, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, antibacterial.
  • Lemon - Cleansing, detoxifying, cold, sore throat, anti-septic.
  • Lemongrass - herpes, halitosis,
  • Melaleuca - Cold, flu, Immune system, braces irritation, Gum and mouth sores, Congestion, herpes, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial,, antiseptic.
  • Myrrh - mouth, teeth and gum, cold & flu, tonsillitis, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic.
  • Geranium - mouth and gum, throat, laryngitis, analgesic, antiseptic
  • Grapefruit - Cleansing, detoxifying
Take the oils into your mouth and make sure you DO NOT swallow it. Move the oils slowly around in your mouth-swish them around and suck and pull through the teeth for 15-20 minutes. This action thoroughly mixes the oils with your saliva. Why does oil pulling work? Swishing activates the enzymes which draw toxins out of the blood.
The oils MUST NOT be swallowed because after you are done swishing, they become toxic. As the process continues, the oil gets thinner and white. At this point, you need to spit it out at which point you need to thoroughly rinse your mouth and brush your teeth.
If you are using the coconut oil pulling therapy, spit the oils out in the trash when you are done as coconut oil can solidify and clog up your drains.
You can repeat this up to 3 times a day if you want to detox faster, however, it works better if you do it on an empty stomach. If you want to do it after you eat, then wait at least 4 hours.
Do not stop oil pulling if you feel aggravated symptoms or heightened side effects after a day or two. Your body is healing.
Side Effects
There are no known side effects per se, however, research has hinted that some toxins not favorable to metabolism may be absorbed into the bloodstream while oil pulling. Eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water to cleanse the mouth should reduce this possibility.
These precautions should reduce the chances of this side effect occurring:
  • Never hurry. If oil pulling is done too quickly, it may cause sneezing and maybe a little choking. Oil pulling should be done in a relaxed environment when you have ample time.
  • Do not use oils that are not recommended. These oils may be dangerous if the consistency or thickness of the oil is not right.
Weight Loss
There is no documented evidence that oil pulling can help you lose weight. If the evidence can be believed, however, oil pulling does help detoxify the body, and a healthy body free of toxins is better able to shed excess pounds.
Oil Pulling For Teeth
Let's look at some of the oral benefits:
  • Overall strengthening of the teeth and gums and jaws.
  • Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis.
  • Prevention for bad breath
  • Potential holistic remedy for bleeding gums
  • Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat.
  • Possible holistic treatment for TMJ and general soreness in the jaw area.
Detox Benefits
Some other possible benefits of oil pulling for your overall health include:
  • Migraine headache relief
  • Supporting hormone imbalances
  • Reducing redness and swelling in bones and joints
  • May help with gastro-enteritis
  • Aids in the reduction of eczema
  • Helps support normal kidney function
  • May help reduce congestion
  • Some people report improved vision
  • Helps promote normal sleep patterns
  • Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption
  • Aids in reducing discomfort
  • Helps detoxify the body
Does Oil Pulling Detox?
Overall, oil pulling is known as a powerful method for detoxifying the body. Dr. Bruce Fife, quoted on Natural and author of Oil Pulling Therapy says, "Oil pulling is one of the most remarkable methods of detoxification and healing I have ever experienced in my career as a naturopathic physician.
Is oil pulling a scam? Does oil pulling really work? Based on personal experience, I would have to say "no", and "yes". I tried this practice because I was having trouble with a tooth-it wasn't exactly loose, but it did seem to be "shifting". Now, understand that I have not been to a dentist in I can't remember how long, and I didn't really want to go to one for this (picture fillings, root canals, extractions-ARGHH). Though I have only done the oil pulling once so far, I have already noticed a difference in the tooth. It seems to be staying put and not bugging me so much.
Have you tried oil pulling? If you have, what kind of oil did you use? Did you notice any benefits? Leave a comment on my website and let me know about it-that way we can all share.
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Victoria has been using doTerra essential oils since 2010 to improve her overall health and wellness after a cancer scare and has been practicing Reiki for 4 years. She has a passion for helping people and their pets by sharing natural remedies. Sign up for the Joyful Essential Oils bi-weekly newsletter and receive a free essential oil sample and a pocket sized guide to their therapeutic uses.

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