Ayurvedic medical practices suggest that swishing oil in your mouth for a few minutes each day can be of great benefit to oral and general health. This system of medicine, called Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago in India and is a whole body healing system. Ayurveda stresses on the balance between spirit, mind and body to promote wellness and health. The philosophy behind this system of medicine is to promote good health instead of just fighting disease.
Most natural cures are effective when the cure is best suited to your particular constitution and can be different for different people. So even in the case of oil pulling, as the swishing of oil in the mouth is called, you have to find the one that you find the most convenient and suited to you.
The oils that are commonly used for this Ayurvedic practice are coconut, sunflower and sesame oils. The most popular oil is sesame oil and is the one that is normally suggested by Ayurveda practitioners, though in recent times coconut oil is working to displace this favorite.
Any oil that you use must be completely organic and natural and contain no other additives. Oil pulling is not an instant cure and takes time to show any improvement of whatever disease or affliction is being treated, and needs to be persevered with, if any results are expected.
A number of essential oils may be added to the oil depending on the disease that needs to be treated, and for oil pulling for oral health the essential oils suggested are clove, myrrh, geranium and frankincense. Oil pulling has to be done with the pure organic oil that has been mixed with the essential oil and has to be done as soon as you get up in the morning, without having brushed your teeth or having anything to eat or drink.
A tablespoon of the oil has to be taken in the mouth and the oil swished around slowly, while pulling it through the teeth for at least twenty minutes. The oil gets thoroughly mixed with the saliva and activates enzymes that help to draw out the toxins from the blood.
The oil will become toxic and must never be swallowed. It will become thinner due to the mixed saliva and may turn white. After the said time period, spit out the oil and rinse your mouth, before you brush your teeth. Be careful of where you spit out the oil, as some oils , like coconut, can cause drains to get clogged.
Detox can work faster if you repeat the process three times a day, as long as you are always doing it on an empty stomach. This means that you may have to wait at least four hours after every meal. There are no side effects to this process of oil pulling, though some toxins can get absorbed into the blood during the swishing action, but this can be offset if you drink plenty of water, cleanse your mouth and have a balanced diet.
Oil pulling has to be done with great patience as any hurry can cause you to choke or set off a bout of sneezing. Do this treatment only when you have time before you, and are not rushing to meet any deadlines.
Make sure that the oil you use is one that suits you, and the correct one suggested by the Ayurveda practitioner. The consistency and thickness of the oil has to be just right for oil pulling, as otherwise they can be dangerous to use. Oil pulling helps to detoxify the body and when you are in good health, you may even lose a little weight.
Oil pulling can be very beneficial for oral health. It can help to strengthen the jaws, gums and teeth, while gingivitis, cavities and other disease that affect the mouth and gums will be kept at bay. It can be of great help when a person suffers from halitosis or bad breath. It is a remedy for bleeding gums and can actually tackle the problems that are causing the gums to bleed. Soreness in the jaw area and problems with temporomandibular joint disorders or TMJ are also prevented. Oil pulling can give a lot of relief to people who suffer from dry conditions in the throat, mouth or lips.
Besides these very obvious advantages of oil pulling for oral health, other benefits can also help in maintaining overall health. You may get relief from migraines, hormonal imbalance may be corrected, swelling and redness in joint and bones may reduce, kidney function may be assisted, eczema may reduce and you may notice improved vision, less congestion and better sleep patterns.
Oil pulling is a method that helps the body to detoxify and can be done by anybody, as there are rarely any side effects. It can be of great help when any problems arise with the teeth and can help to avoid extraction and other painful dental procedures.