Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Oil Pulling Explained

Well,  a few weeks ago I saw a show on Dr. Oz where he was talking about oil pulling and other mystical treatments.  I had never heard of oil pulling or oil swishing  before.  On the show he swished for about three seconds just to give a demonstration.  Later I looked it up on line and decided to try it.  I went to my local grocery store and got a bottle of sesame oil.  There is a proper way to do it.  Carefully timed for the best results.  It is an old Ayurveda process that works to heal the body and rid it of impurities.  So far I am on day 3 and you must follow the following directions to get the proper benefit.  I tend to keep it up.  I feel different, more clear headed.  Really.  I felt a change on day 2.  It is working for me.  So, here is the proper way to perform oil pulling.

Oil Pulling Explained
1.  First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour exactly one tablespoon of sunflower or sesame oil (or whatever oil you have chosen) into your mouth. I don't receommend doing this process at any other time. It will not work if not done at the very start of the day.

2.  Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it. Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash (don't tilt your head back to gargle though). You'll find that the oil will start to get watery as your saliva mixes with it. Keep swishing.If your jaw muscles get sore while swishing, you're putting too much into it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. When you do this correctly, you'll feel very comfortable. Pretty soon.
There is no right way or wrong way to swish and pull oil. Don't focus on doing it right. Do it with very natural movement. Do this gently, not vigorously, in a relaxed way for about 20 minutes.
If you have the unbearable urge to swallow and If it becomes too unpleasant, spit out and try again. It can be a bit unpleasant at first when you’re not used to it, but soon won’t be bothersome at all, just like brushing your teeth.
When the oil has become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out, it may become whitish and a thinner, milky consistency, depending on the type of oil used. Each time you oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point, so 20 minutes is a general rule of thumb, but you can experiment with this.
If you spit out before 20 minutes. start again, the process is to make the oil swish enough time in your mouth so that it becomes a white thik substance which is a indication of process completion.

3.  When the 20 minutes are over, spit the oil out.  Rinse your mouth out with salt water and brush your teeth. Floss as well.  The salt water rinses away any microbes that are left and will help with any sort of inflammation.

Why do this?  What are the benefits?

Well, there are many.  Right away your teeth will become whiter.  People who have tried this say that the following ailments have responded to oil pulling.  That is not a complete list.  If you do your own research, you will find many other ailments that people say were remedied or even completely healed by oil pulling.

Back and Neck Pain
Bad Breath
Chronic Fatigue
Crohn's Disease
Dental Cavities
Migraine Headaches
Mucous Congestion
Peptic Ulcers
Periodontal Disease
Bleeding Gums
Tooth Abscess

Oil pulling seems to be working for me.  I will give updates later as I continue as to things that I think have been made better by my oil pulling.  I mean people not in the western world have been doing this for hundreds of years.  There has to be something to it.

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~


Anonymous said...

How has your oral health improved due to oil pulling? Do you have an update? Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

My Shoes said...

Yes it has. right after doing it, it seems like my mouth is extra clean..almost like I just came from the dentist for a cleaning. It makes a difference!