Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that has recently resurfaced. When swished around in the mouth, the antibacterial properties of oil pull out bacteria and fungus, alleviating inflammation, congestion, and even allergies. It rids of bad breath, bleeding gums, cavities, gingivitis, plaque, and sensitive teeth, and moistens the mouth, lips, and throat. It’s even said to relive stomach issues such as ulcers, improve kidney function, and kill strep throat bacteria.
Although it may sound a bit complex, it’s actually one of the simplest self-care measures you can do for yourself. It’s also pretty inexpensive, depending on what type oil you use.
- Measure out 1-2 teaspoons of oil and put it in your mouth. Coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil is recommended for best results. Use the highest quality oil possible.
- Swish and pull the oil around your mouth and between your teeth. Start with five minutes and build your way up to 20 minutes or more. Be careful not to swallow the oil since it contains toxins and bacteria from your mouth.
- When you’re ready to spit out the liquid, make sure you do so in the garbage. The contaminated oil can clog your pipes.
- Rinse your mouth out using salt water or water mixed with a little apple cider vinegar to ensure that all of the oil is out of your mouth.
- After you’ve thoroughly rinsed your mouth, brush your teeth well to kill any bacteria remnants.
- Smile in the mirror and thank yourself for taking time to take care of you!
The best time to practice oil pulling is in the morning, but you will benefit from doing it any time of day and for any amount of time. Start small and work your up. It will quickly become as natural as brushing your teeth.
Your self-care should be an extremely high priority. When you care for yourself deeply, you’re able to show up in the world in a big way.