Oil pulling is a traditional Ayurvedic practice that was first documented in the ancient Ayurvedic textbook, the Charaka Samhita. It states: “Oil gargling provides strength in jaws and voice, development of the face, maximum taste and relish of food. One does not suffer from dryness of the throat; lip cracking and teeth become firmly rooted. The teeth do not ache or become sensitive and can chew the hardest food items.”
The process of oil pulling is quite simple, harmless, and very inexpensive. There are also different opinions and scenarios for its use. I recommend: After brushing the teeth, drink a cup of water or two (which informs the body it is time to go). Then put one tablespoon of medicated oil in the mouth, pull it through the teeth, and swish it around the mouth for 1-3 minutes, making sure to spit it out and not swallow it. The properties of the oil and medicinal in specific swishing oil will permeate the gums and tissues.
During this process, the oil mixes with the saliva, creating a thin, white liquid. Swishing activates the enzymes, and the enzymes draw toxins out of the blood. More specifically, lipids in the oil help to extract toxins from the saliva of the mouth. As you swish the oil around your mouth, teeth, gums, and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins while later turning thick and white. At this point, the oil becomes toxic; this is why spitting the oil out instead of swallowing it is an essential last step, as you don’t want to reabsorb the toxins. While you can do this process anytime during the day, it is most beneficial upon rising before eating or brushing your teeth.
The benefits of using sesame or coconut or medicinal oil are many, including balancing hormones, lowering blood pressure, promoting healthy skin, relieving constipation, boosting oral health, preventing cavities, and removing dental plaque. It removes internal parasites, detoxify the body, kill candida, improve digestion, moisturize skin, reduce cellulite, balance blood sugar, enhance energy, benefit immune and nervous systems, and lowers LDL cholesterol.