Oil Pulling: Kate is a close friend with whom I love to share, compare and research new health and holistic treatments. Kate introduced me to to something called, “Oil Pulling.” This technique basically consists of taking about a tablespoon of coconut oil, sesame oil (which is the oil that was traditionally used) or the oil of your choice and swishing it around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. This should be done every morning prior to brushing your teeth, drinking water, or doing anything else. I have found many mind, body benefits in this ayurvedic mouth and body treatment. Some of the benefits I have found include whiter teeth, breaking up the phlegm in the throat, aiding digestion and in addition to making me more confident with my “morning breath.” Inadvertently, I have found that the small amount of eczema that I had on my legs has disappeared. I wondered if there was a connection to this, and through research, I have found that this is also a side effect of practicing the technique. Also, if you happen to enjoy a glass or two of wine, oil pulling does a stellar job of helping revive you for the day ahead. I also have found this is a great way to take some time for myself in the morning. I enjoy getting up, putting the oil in my mouth and swishing it around while reading the newspaper, catching up on emails, researching the benefits on oil pulling or even looking out the window, making my intentions for the day.
Directions and Tips:
1. Wake up
2. Place a tablespoon of oil in your mouth
3. Swish the oil in your mouth make sure not to gargle or let the oil seep back
into your throat as you will be swallowing toxins
4. Continue to do this for 15-20 minutes
5. Spit out the oil into the toilet, not the sink as the oil will clog the sink
6. Clean your mouth out with water
7. Brush your teeth
8. Start your day!
What other benefits have you noticed? Let me know!