Oil pulling is a traditional ayurvedic remedy where oil is swished around in the mouth. When done daily, it is believed to improve oral and systemic health.
Mouths are home to a variety of bacteria, viruses, fungi, other parasites whose toxic waste can contribute to plaque accumulation and tooth decay. Oil pulling, an ancient Ayuvedic tradition, is a technique where cold-pressed organic oil (sunflower, coconut or sesame) is worked around the mouth by pushing, pulling and drawing the solution through the teeth for 15-20 minutes on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. The oil acts as a magnet, drawing microbes from crevices in the gums and pores within the teeth. Once the toxins have accumulated the oil turns a milky white, indicating that the oil is ready to be spit out and the mouth rinsed with fresh water. This daily practice is said to whiten teeth, alleviate halitosis, tooth decay and gum sensitivity while lessening the overall toxic burden on the body.