Oil Pulling, an Ancient Technique to Naturally Cleanse Your Body of Toxins

July 17, 2014
Oil pulling helps you detox your body naturally. Try it, and you'll see it'll give you very good results!

Our body stores every toxin that it takes in and can’t deal with immediately. Toxins can come from bad food choices, pollution, stress, negative emotions, medications, as well as lack of exercise. A not only simple but also cost-effective detox method that you can use at home is oil pulling.

Read on to learn how you can help many ailments with it.

Oil Pulling, an Ancient Medical Technique to Cleanse Your Body

Toxins in your body are constantly eliminated naturally by it (for example, when going to the bathroom, sweating and breathing).

However, there’s a great natural therapy that can help you get rid of any backup your body might be struggling to deal with. Practicing this technique regularly may help your body both heal chronic health problems and prevent serious disease.

It’s great for people who have oral problems, such as gum disease. Nevertheless, since the different parts of your body work together, this technique can actually benefit your whole body. We’re talking about oil pulling, an Ayurvedic technique (in other words, an old medical system from India).

It’s specifically recommended for the following:

  • headaches
  • migraines
  • excessive mucus
  • sinusitis
  • asthma
  • skin problems
  • allergies
  • oral infections
  • gum problems
  • dental plaque
  • gingivitis
  • strained teeth
  • loose teeth

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What You’ll Need

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First, cold-pressed sunflower or sesame oil.

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How to Do Oil Pulling

Oil pulling

Every morning, before eating or drinking anything or brushing your teeth, put a tablespoon of sunflower or sesame oil into your mouth. Then swish it around for 10 to 20 minutes, as if you were rinsing with mouthwash.

You can swish the oil around using your jaw and tongue, aiming to move the oil around every area of your mouthAfter the recommended time, the oil will become both thicker and foamy, and you may then spit it out. The oil should be a whitish color. If it’s still yellow, swish for longer next time.

You can now wash out your mouth with water and brush your teeth. Ideally, you should drink either one or two glasses of water afterwards to strengthen the cleansing action.

You may experience a healing crisis when you first begin using this technique. You may break out and have headaches, for example. These symptoms mean that your body is cleansing. They should be light and last only a few days. If the reaction is strong or lasts longer, reduce the length of your oil pulling sessions or oil-pull every second or third day.

You should always consult your naturopath or therapist before cleansing your body.

  • Asokan, S., Emmadi, P., & Chamundeswari, R. (2009). Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: A randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Indian Journal of Dental Research. https://doi.org/10.4103/0970-9290.49067
  • Bhardwaj, V. (2015). Ayurveda and holistic approach in oro-dental care: An overview. SRM Journal of Research in Dental Sciences. https://doi.org/10.4103/0976-433x.156218