Whats the deal with oil pulling?
Oil pulling has been around for years, despite it's more sudden popularity. The act of oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental practice that can have many benefits on the body. Each person tends to have an individualized experience, but many people see results in the following areas:
- Brighter, Whiter Teeth
- Improved Skin Clarity and Texture
- Better Digestion
- Stronger Immune System
- Reduced Headaches
It's important to use an unrefined or 'raw' oil for oil pulling, coconut oil being the go-to. We love the ease of the CoCo Rinse Oil Pulling Kit by Kismet Essentials. They're individually packaged making them great for travel and are flavoured with peppermint oil.
How it's done:
Oil pulling works best first thing in the morning, before eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. Tear open a sachet and put it in your mouth. You can either put it directly into your mouth in solid form, or run the sachet under warm water so that it liquefies first.
Swill the oil throughout your mouth, gently pulling it through and around your teeth. Do not gargle or swallow the oil, as after pulling it will contain all the bacteria and toxins from your mouth. After 10-20 minutes, spit the oil into a trashcan and brush your teeth.
The first couple of times you try oil pulling, it may seem impossible to swill for 10-20 minutes. The muscles in your mouth are likely not used to the motion and it may take time to get there. Don't feel bad if you can't make it to 10-20 minutes the first few tries, in fact we recommend starting off trying to hit 5-7 minutes and make your way up to the full time when it feels right to you.