2 Reasons Why Oil Pulling Should Be in Your Daily Routine
By now you have probably heard the term 'oil-pulling'. And while you may think its some 'hippie-healing' method, there are some real benefits to oil pulling:
1. Helps Oral Hygiene: Oil pulling has been shown to improve many oral hygiene issues from curing tooth decay, ridding bad breath, healing gums, preventing gingivitis, whitening teeth and preventing cavities to name a few.
*BONUS*: The health of your mouth can affect your whole body:
Bacteria from gum inflammation and periodontal disease can enter your blood stream and cause cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases and make it difficult to control blood sugar
Bacteria from gingivitis may enter the brain through nerve channels in the head or bloodstream and might lead to the development of dementia. Thus the healthier your mouth is, the healthier your body is!
2. Boosts Immune System: Because oil pulling acts as a detoxifying method and many illnesses enter the body through the mouth, oil pulling can help ward off common illnesses and improve your immune system!
* How to Oil Pull*
Oil Pull prior to brushing teeth, drinking or eating anything in the morning
Heat organic coconut oil just until it turns to liquid form (or can use fractionated coconut oil). Coconut oil has many health benefits.
Gently swish for 10-20 minutes
Spit in trash can (the oil will clog the sink)
Want to add more benefits to your oil pulling? Add essential oils to further the health benefits:
Add clove to reduce inflammation as it is antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, antiseptic
Add peppermint to help reduce pain, swelling and headaches
Add helichrysum oil to help fight allergies
Add grapefruit seed oil to increase energy and positive mental state
Add any you enjoy