Have you ever wonder on how the ancient people from hundreds of years ago, clean their teeth or if did they even do it at all? According to several studies, they do, at least for some of them. Obviously, toothbrush and toothpaste were not in fashion yet during the time but our ancestors were able to kept their teeth strong and healthy naturally through oil pulling with coconut oil.
That’s a relief. Imagine yourself talking to someone who doesn’t understand the word oral hygiene, I doubt you can keep a straight face throughout the conversation, hah. Kidding aside, this age-old cleaning method is effective in killing the billions of bacteria thriving in the mouth.
Simply put 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil in the mouth and swish it for about 10 to 15 minutes. Too long? Probably since we are used to swishing water or antiseptic mouthwash for only a few seconds up to a minute. But bear with it because it is part of the procedure to make sure that the coconut oil penetrates the plaques build up around the teeth.
Just do it gently so your jaw and cheeks don’t wear out though and don’t forget to spit it in the trash can and not in the sink as oil can clog the plumbing (as if you don’t know *eyes rolling). Afterwards, gargle warm water with salt, and brush your teeth as usual.
Why not use other popular nontreated oil? The reason is, among its contemporaries, coconut oil is the most effective for the pulling method. It contains medium chain fatty acids which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is also known to help whiten teeth. That saves you time and resources of going to the pharmacy to buy a whitening strips. Is it safe? Of course! Remember, coconut oil can also be used in the kitchen for cooking, so it’s basically edible. However, in this case, don’t swallow it after swishing as it is already full of swimming bacteria.
In India, where it originated, people used oil pulling as natural oral health solutions to tooth decay, teeth discoloration and other oral health problems such as bleeding gums, bad breath and dry throat and mouth.
But it’s not the only things that you can get from practicing this traditional detoxifying method. Its other benefits extend far outside oral health. Apparently, it also lowers the risk of having heart disease, boosts the immune system and gums and jaw.
In fact, according to a research which titled Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine published in April – June 2011:
“Oil pulling is a powerful detoxifying Ayurvedic technique that has recently become very popular as a CAM remedy for many different health ailments. Using this method, surgery or medication could be prevented for a number of chronic illnesses. The oil therapy is preventative as well as curative. The exciting aspect of this healing method is its simplicity.
Ayurveda advises oil gargling to purify the entire system; as it holds that each section of the tongue is connected to different organ such as to the kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine, similarly to reflexology and TCM.”
It is obviously for these reasons why oil pulling with coconut oil has become popular in the west and in the rest of the world.Tags: coconut oil, healthy, oil pulling, oral care