First: Why to Do Oil-Pulling
When you do oil pulling it pulls all mucous, bacteria and toxins from your body through your saliva. The way Ayurvedic medicine sees mucous is that it is a poison that must be removed.
• Oil pulling is most helpful for the gums, as it stops the growth of strep bacteria says Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman.
• It whitens teeth and improves gum health and eliminates bad breath
• It clears up acne. Oil pulling has a detoxifying effect on the body thus can reduce the appearance of rashes and blemishes.
The best time to do it is ‘First thing in the morning’.
Important: This is to be done on an empty stomach and before drinking any anything and that includes water.
What you need:
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
Warm Salt Water
Your Mouth 🙂
15 – 20 Minutes
- Pour one tablespoon of sesame oil into your mouth. For children use less oil they have control over and make sure they do not to swallow the oil.
- Swish the oil around in your mouth do not swallow it.
- Swish it as if you were using a mouth wash, all around your mouth and through your teeth. Do not gargle though.
- As you do this the oil will get watery as your saliva mixes with it.
- Keep swishing but not so hard that your jaw muscles get. Use your tongue to move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. Stay relaxed and as you learn to do this well, you’ll feel comfortable.
- Be natural doing this as there is no right way to swish and pull oil. Simply be gentle, and comfortably swish for about 15 – 20 minutes.
- If you spit out before 15 minutes, start again. What you are looking for is for the oil to have enough time swishing in your mouth so that it becomes a whitish consistency; this show that it is full of toxins and this is what you want to happen.
- As you do the oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point. The time to start with is 20 minutes; you can experiment with the timing as you are in the regular habit of doing it.
- At the end of the oil pulling session, spit the oil out.
- Now, rinse the mouth with warm salt water. It is not absolutely necessary to rinse with salt water, but is proven to be effective in rinsing out any toxins which may be left out in the mouth.
- Clean out your sink as it is filled with bacteria.
Note: If it becomes difficult to finish and all you want to do is stop then spit it out and try again.
When you’re not used to doing this it can be challenging. Eventually it will become as natural as brushing your teeth.
The oil will become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out and may look whitish with a thinner consistency than the oil you began with.