Whiten Teeth Naturally: Oil Pulling
Studies show that we swallow 25% or more of the chemically loaded whitening products that come in the form of strips or trays. Does fluoride, tar, aspartame, aluminum or benzene sound tasty to you? I think it’s safe to say that we’d all like to find an organic alternative, and oil pulling is just that.
What is oil pulling?
The practice is simple. Soon after waking, before eating or brushing your teeth, swish your mouth with a spoonful of high quality Sesame oil in order to “pull” bacteria, parasites and other toxins from your teeth and mucus membranes. Swish the oil vigorously, pulling “through” the teeth, and side to side for 15-20 minutes.
Oil pulling is said to be a powerful means of maintaining good health as well as an effective cure for a variety of ills. This is an ancient technique, first described in 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic texts.
oil pulling is one of many Ayurvedic techniques valuable for purifying and strengthening the body. According to Ayurveda, organ meridians are present in the tongue just as they are in key points such as the hands, feet and ears. That makes the tongue integral for diagnosis, and care of the tongue important in preventing and treating illness.
The ancient practice of oil pulling makes sense in another way. As oil is swished back and forth before being spit out, the mouth`s mucous membranes and large veins on the underside of the tongue are likely to absorb vital nutrients from the oil. Sesame oil, one of the oils traditionally recommended for this practice, has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Plus it offers iron, calcium, magnesium, copper and phosphorus and vitamins A, B and E.
The practice of oil pulling has been shown effective at removing bacteria in the mouth. A two-week study at Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, India found that two weeks of oil pulling caused a significant reduction in Streptococcus mutans count, reduced plaque and modified gingival index scores.
According to oil swishing enthusiasts, the practice can:
Improve oral hygiene signifcantly by removing bacteria, plaque and gingivitis
Brighter, whiter teeth (it’s amazing, I promise!)
Improve joint pain and arthritis
Improve sinus infections
Improve skin conditions, such as eczema, rashes and acnes
Improve digestive issues
Improve mental clarity
Increase hair growth