Oil pulling has been used for oral health for thousands of years in Ayurveda to reduce dental plaque, whiten your teeth and boost overall health. The sesame seed oil has excellent healing properties because it is a natural anti-inflammatory agent with antibacterial properties.
For centuries, the health benefits of sesame oil have been recognized. It is a major part of Ayurveda and dates back as early as, 1,600 BC making it one of the oldest condiments to man and one of the first oils made. Its many benefits include both internal and external uses. Its ability to resist rancidity and not easily oxidize at high temperatures makes it an excellent cooking oil. Research shows Sesame oil is a rich source of polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, and several soluble vitamins and minerals which help maintain a healthy body in balance.
Note: Only buy organic cold-pressed sesame seed oil.
Here is a very good one to use: ORGANIC SESAME OIL, 100% Pure / Undiluted / Cold Pressed. 2oz -60 ml. For Face, Hair, and Body.
A Little Goes a Long Way, Absorbs Quickly, Not Greasy, Unscented, Chemical Free, Not tested on animals and it does not contain any preservatives.
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 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 anything and that includes water.
How to Do Oil Pulling
- Pour one tablespoon of sesame oil into your mouth. For children, use less oil so they have control over the amount in their mouth and supervise the process to make sure they do not swallow the oil.
- Swish the oil around in your mouth and 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 tight. 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 shows 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 first time try to start with is 20 minutes; you can experiment with the timing as you get in the regular habit of doing it.
- At the end of the oil pulling session, spit the oil out.
- Now, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. It is not absolutely necessary to rinse with salt water but it is proven to be effective in rinsing out any toxins which may be left 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.
Did you know that sesame seed oil is the main ingredient in many skincare products?
Because sesame seed oil is rich in antioxidants, it pulls toxins from your skin. I hear that sesame seed oil can even clear the skin of pimples, and fade dark spots.
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Some Great Sesame Recipes For You to Try
Creamy Tahini Dressing: Easy, delicious and creamy. I love this tahini salad dressing recipe for its simplicity but mostly because it gives me a creamy dressing that is vegan. Most creamy dressings contain milk products which for many individuals is hard to digest and contributes to weight gain. The other great thing about this dressing is that it full of very good protein.
Gomashio Seasoning: A tasty addition to a meal. This gomashio seasoning is a Traditional Japanese Macrobiotic Seasoning that I learned to make in my macrobiotic days a long time ago. It is so tasty and a wonderful addition to a meal.
Creamy Chick Pea and Rice Pie: A hearty nourishing meal. This chickpea pie is a very tasty meal which does take a little extra time to prepare but it is worth it. The great news is that it is dairy-free meaning it is vegan and gluten-free too!
Yummy Molasses/Tahini Cookies Are Good for You -These molasses/tahini cookies are Middle Eastern-inspired, delicious, and easy to make! Also, they are vegan, and gluten-free too! And they are so very yummy. They are a very healthy cookie full of nutrients from the molasses, tahini, stevia and coconut oil. Thick, dark, syrupy, sweet blackstrap molasses is more than something to make candy or cookies with; it has many benefits, from helping prevent cancer to getting rid of grey hair. It is a superfood full of health benefits.
Delicious Turkish Tahini and Molasses Dessert – This tahini and molasses dessert is from Turkey which they call ‘Tahin Pekmez’. It is so easy and fast to make as it requires no cooking or no baking. All you do is mix it up and that only takes a few minutes and voila it is done! It can be eaten with a spoon, but it is a very very sweet dessert. Traditionally it is eaten with fresh crunchy bread dipped in or mixed in it.