Lately there is a lot of buzz around oil pulling, which doesn’t mean that it is a fad, on the contrary, Ayurvedic oil pulling is an ancient Indian technique.
I first got acquainted with sesame oil pulling thanks to Ayurveda. I have done it on and off for many years and find it a great way to cleanse your mouth, gums and teeth and pull away toxins. If you do it properly, the Ayurvedic oil pulling catches and traps toxins within the oil particles.
Coconut Oil Pulling or Sesame Oil Pulling?
According to traditional Ayurveda the best oil for oil pulling is sesame oil, although in some cases Ayurveda practitioners recommend coconut oil pulling, or ghee (clarified butter) and other oils like sunflower oil.
Actually, from the Ayurvedic point of view, the type of oil you use is related to your dosha or body constitution. Ayurveda is a very personalized medicine and personalization is the key to a positive result.
Ideally, before starting with your morning oil pulling you would see an Ayurvedic healer who would establish your dosha and recommend the oil that’s best for you.
Failing this, watch the video below, a very comprehensive video about oil pulling by Indian Ayurveda practitioner Dr. Lina. Anyone serious about oil pulling should watch it. You’ll learn about the benefits of oil pulling, the best oils for oil pulling and the risks associated with this detox technique. Truly interesting and useful!
Dr Lina is an expert in oil pulling and the ancient Ayurveda science and explains how sesame oil is warming and a vata pacifier. Vata is one of the three doshas and it’s cold, dry and light. Sesame oil counteracts this and grounds and warms us. Dr Lina also discusses coconut oil and that it is generally advisable in case of inflammation.
If you always wanted to know what is oil pulling, the why and the how, watch the video below, it’s very informative and very enjoyable. And then check out the written oil pulling instructions below the video and the recommended resources at the bottom.
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In this video Dr Sonica Krishan explains the benefits of oil pulling and how you put it into practice.
Instructions on how to do oil pulling
This is how we do sesame oil pulling, but the same instructions apply if you use coconut oil, ghee or another vegetable oil.
- First thing in the morning, sip one tablespoon of sesame oil and swish it around your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes. Again, I hear many people in the West pulling oil for 20 minutes. It’s up to you, but we never do more than fifteen minutes, we don’t feel it’s necessary.
- Suck and pull the sesame oil in between your teeth. Or you may also chew the oil. Germans call oil pulling, Oel ziehen, which means oil pulling, but also Oelkauen, which means chewing oil —a very graphic way to describe the oil pulling technique that can help you at the beginning.
- When you finish pulling the oil, spit it out.
Here’s what another Ayurveda specialist, Dr Kulreet Chaudhary, MD points out:
“One study has shown that this technique may reduce plaque, remove bacteria, naturally clean teeth/gums, and help prevent gingivitis and bad breath.”
Do’s and don’ts of oil pulling
- If you live in a cold climate and the oil is too cold, warm it up until it’s lukewarm before you put it in your mouth. The easiest way is to put it in a small glass and inside a larger galls containing warm water for a few minutes.
- Once you finish pulling the oil, spit it out into the trash can, not into the sink, because it can easily clog it.
- Brush your teeth after the oil pulling.
- Optionally you can scrap your tongue with a tongue scraper
- Never swallow the oil after oil pulling, always spit it out. This is very important because the sesame oil or coconut oil or whatever oil you used might be full of toxins.
- Don’t take more than one tablespoon of oil because you need enough room in your mouth for pulling the oil comfortably.
Oil Pulling Myths and the Actual Ancient Ayurvedic Practice
Finally, a very interesting video that clarifies the myths and overstatements around oil swishing in the West. It is short and I strongly recommend you watch it before you start with Ayurvedic oil pulling.