It’s the practice known as “oil pulling,” and it has been gaining popularity in the United States over the last year or so.
The ritual is simple: Just fill your mouth with coconut or sesame oil and swish it through your teeth and gums for a short time each day. This odd habit is said to “pull” toxins out of your body and trap them in the oily solution, which you spit into the toilet or the trash when finished.
How to Oil Pull:
The most effective oil pulling is done by placing around a tablespoon of organic sesame oil into the mouth and swishing the oil around the mouth for approximately 15-20 minutes and then spitting it out.
Other oils such as extra virgin cold pressed coconut, sunflower and olive oil have been used, although sesame oil is considered one of the best oils for this practice.
First, the oils mix with the saliva, turning it into a thin, white liquid. Lipids in the oils begin to pull out toxins from the saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white. Once the oil has reached this consistency, it is spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed. It’s pretty simple…if you can dedicate 15-20 minutes a day without talking!
One thing to note…don’t use it as an alternative to brushing your teeth, and don’t expect it to cure any and all conditions.
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