Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic medicine practice, dental detox technique to be more precise, that is also known as ‘gundusha’ or ‘kavala’ According to the authors of The Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, “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.”
Two of the best things about coconut oil pulling that you’ve probably gotten from this so far are:
a. It is simple.
b. It is effective, tried and tested, you might say.
But, you may still be lost as to what oil pulling actually is. So, let’s cover that real quick.
What Is Coconut Oil Pulling?
Focusing again on it’s simplicity, in the morning, all you have to do is take a tablespoon of coconut oil and kind of like mouthwash, just swish it around your mouth for a good 10-15 minutes, then spit it out. Done. It is recommended to be done every day for best results.
Other alternatives to using coconut oil would be sunflower oil, sesame oil, or olive oil. However, coconut oil has tons of other great benefits that we’ll get to later on. But first, let’s focus on the benefits of oil pulling.
What Are The Benefits of Oil Pulling?
- Helps cure tooth decay and cavities
- Prevents tooth decay and cavities
- Kills bad breath
- Whitens teeth
- Stops/heals bleeding gums
- Strengthens gums
- Soothes dry throat
- Heals dry/cracked lips
- Helps treat acne
- Reduces inflammation
- Boosts immune system
And check out the neat infographic below on the overall benefits of coconut oil, not only for oil pulling: