My new favorite self-care routine is called
which is so safe, easy and delicious so that please let me share with you!
Oil pulling is a technique from Ayurveda, a system of Indian traditional medicine. It is a simple cost effective natural remedy procedure that involves of swishing oil in the mouth for oral and systemic health benefits. A few years ago, I had a privilege of studying Ayurveda with Dr. Neelam in India and I was so amazed by the numerous ways of using oils to treat illnesses and promote wellness. Recently I started hearing and seeing around the oil pulling technique for the oral hygiene, teeth whitening and other health benefits. Coincidentally I was thinking about my oral health and stains (as I drink lots of tea!). So that I found several researches (below) on this topic, proving its effectiveness and explaining the theory. Not only for this technique, but actually many traditional healing wisdom and techniques have been also studied and proven to be useful by the modern sciences. I think this is exciting and amazing 🙂
Anyhow, I had everything I needed to start this technique at home, so I decided to try it.
What you need is just an oil – which can be any kind. And in the morning, before brushing your teeth, put a table-spoon full of oil into mouth. Without swallowing, gently swish the oil around in your mouth as if it was mouthwash for 5-15 minutes. Lastly, just spit out the oil. If you would like, you can rinse the mouth with warm salt water as well.
Ayurvedic medicine uses sesame seeds oil extensively yet you can use any kind of oil. My favorite is coconut oil as it has a lovely sweet flavour so it makes my routine more enjoyable and delicious!
The healing mechanism of oil pulling is simple. The non-polar oil becomes polarized when it is mixed with saliva, which contains various enzymes and electrolytes. Once it becomes polarized, it works like a magnet to pull out various toxins, bacteria and other micro-organisms in saliva, blood and lymph so that ultimately detoxify the mouth and body. So make sure to spit out the oil after this procedure!
Moreover, the traditional way of practicing this technique is sitting quietly while focusing on the oil in the mouth. As a typical practice of many Asian traditional healing techniques, it must have some mindfulness/meditational component. However, I think it is also important to be easily incorporated into our modern lifestyle so that I am doing this during my morning routine, which is sweeping floors. It may not be a proper way, but at least I am continuing. I think exploring and adjusting the traditional method into a sustainable way is a key to success.
So, It has been almost a week and my mouth feel nicer and cleaner every after my morning ritual and also I started noticing that my teeth color is lightening (^-^)
There are so many health promotional & self-care techniques out there. The most important lesson here is to find something safe, easy and sustainable for the individual. And when we find something to match our lifestyle and values, they will definitely contribute to create more delicious moments towards our beautiful health!
What is your delicious self-care routine?
With love, hope and gratitude from my heart to yours 🙂
- HV Amith, Anil V Ankola, L Nagesh. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2007 ;1(1):12-18 (http://www.johcd.org/pdf/Effect_of_Oil_Pulling_on_Plaque_and_Gingivitis.pdf)
- A Singh and B Purohit. J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2011 Apr-Jun; 2(2): 64–68. ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3131773/)