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Oil Pulling

14 March 2014

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What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling has its origins in oil gargling practiced in Ayurvedic medicine and is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. Dr. F. Karach introduced the current form of oil pulling in 1992 as a cure to a variety of illnesses ranging from heart disease and digestive troubles to hormonal disorders.

The concept is incredibly simple. Basically, Dr. Karach’s method of oil pulling consists of swishing a couple teaspoons of oil in the mouth for a period of 5 to 20 minutes and then spits it out and rinses well. The best time according to Dr. Fife is in the morning before eating breakfast, but it can be done any time of the day. The used oil is discarded and the mouth rinsed out with water. The oil is never swallowed because it is loaded with bacteria and toxins.
The basic idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for a short time each day and that this action helps improve oral health. Oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums, being similar to mouthwash. Oil pulling is incredibly effective in brightening teeth, healing gums, preventing bad breath, quenching inflammation, and healing oral infections. It is also effective in treating many systemic conditions throughout the body.

Other possible benefits of oil pulling for overall health include (Fife 2013):

To relief migraine headache;
To reduce eczema;
To help support normal kidney function;
To help reduce sinus congestion;
Some people report improved vision;
To help reduce insomnia;
To reduce hangover after alcohol consumption;
To reduce pain;
To reduce the symptoms of allergies;
To help detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms.

How to do Oil Pulling
The most effective oil pulling is done by placing around a tablespoon of extra virgin organic oil into the mouth and swishing the oil around the mouth for approximately 5-20 minutes and then spitting it out.

Organic Oils
The common oils used are extra virgin organic coconut and sesame oil. As an alternative, organic red palm oil can be used. Palm oil is a rich source of saturated fatty acids and natural compounds and it is good for the overall health and nutrition. It is a natural source of vitamin E and carotenoids in addition to fatty acids and other essential fat-soluble micronutrients.

Timing of the swishing
Swish the oil between 5 and 20 minutes. Apparently timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it is mixed with saliva. The oil continues to absorb toxins and usually ends up turning thick, viscous and white. Once the oil has reached this consistency, spit it out before the toxins are reabsorbed.

- Spit out the oil in the trash as it may block your drain.
- Rinse your mouth well with warm water to get all the remaining oil out of your mouth. - Brush your teeth to thoroughly clean your teeth and mouth.
-Mix oils together to spice things up: half a tablespoon of organic coconut oil with organic red palm oil. It is a really nice combination!

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