A new craze has just hit the market: oil pulling with coconut oil! What is it? It sounds weird and crazy but it must be something interesting. Well, you are correct in those assumptions. Oil pulling may just be a relatively new term floating around and may take some time before being accepted in the mainstream, but it truly is interesting – and good for your health, too!
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling with coconut oil is an alternative method for preventing tooth decay and reducing gum sensitivity. A tall order for a simple oil, yes? Maybe, but a number of people have tried this interesting fix and wrote positive things about its great results.
Although quite new to our ears, this method has been around since the ancient times as an Ayurvedic method for detoxification and rejuvenation. Why it never gained stardom and popularity in all those years is beyond me. Well, it is quickly gaining a following these days. Maybe it just wasn’t given a chance to shine in the past.
How to Do Oil Pulling
This procedure involves putting coconut oil inside your mouth for a couple of minutes. You might want to lock yourself in the bathroom to avoid interruption. After all, it could look weird (not to mention gross!) to see you with a mouth full of oil!
To successfully do oil pulling with coconut oil, put 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth. Swish it around for 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t gargle! It might help you get more comfortable with the process if you imagine that the oil is taking out all those nasty bacteria from your mouth.
If visualization can’t do the trick, try doing something else – maybe get in the shower and take a bath to keep yourself busy. That would be hitting two birds with one stone, too. Don’t forget to set an alarm or time yourself.
When the time is up, spit it out but don’t rinse with water. Brush your teeth. That’s it. You’re done. Congratulations! You are on your way to achieving healthier teeth and gums.
Benefits of Oil Pulling
Although results may not be quite pronounced after 1 or 2 sessions of oil pulling, the process is said to be effective with regular use or for at least several weeks. The act of oil pulling draws out the harmful bacteria that lodge in the mouth, giving you fresher and cleaner teeth.
It could also help combat plaque and gingivitis, strengthening your gum line. In turn, there will be a definite reduction in sensitivity, especially against hot or cold food and drinks. Oil pulling can also combat halitosis or bad breath, getting rid of the bacteria that cause the foul smell.
Did you know that oil pulling with coconut oil also does wonders to the body? It seems that this wonderful alternative treatment is not just perfect for achieving a cleaner, healthier mouth but can also detoxify the body!
Truly, oil pulling with coconut oil is a great method for achieving a cleaner, healthier, and odor-free mouth. Whether it is effective in detoxifying the body is still subject to extensive research and requires more evidence.