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Oil Pulling: How to Get Shiny Teeth & Healthy Gums from a Stir Fry Ingredient!

oil-pulling.jpegEvery so often the internet buzzes with a new “cure all”, right now oil pulling is the thing. So what is it? And should you be doing it?

What is “Oil Pulling”?

Oil pulling comes from Ayurveda where rinsing the mouth with oil is recommended for keeping teeth and gums healthy.

Why you Might Want to try it…

If you want white healthy teeth forget harsh oral bleach and get yourself some sesame oil (not the toasted type, just plain cold pressed oil and organic if possible). By using the sesame oil as a mouthwash you can improve the health of your gums and teeth and help detox the upper part of your digestive system.

Earth Clinic gives details on the benefits of oil pulling and recommends using sesame or sunflower oil for detox benefits. Since Ayurveda favours sesame oil for oral health and as an antidote to the drying effects that ageing has on the body, that’s what I use and recommend.

How to Try Oil Pulling for Yourself

First thing in the morning, before eating or drinking, take a small measuring cup and measure about 15ml of sesame oil. Pour the oil into your mouth, like you would a mouth wash, and begin moving it around, drawing it repeatedly between your teeth and making a chewing action with your teeth and jaws.

Keep actively working the oil around your mouth for a minimum of 5-10 minutes. Longer is better if you can. After 10-15 minutes the oil will become thin and white as it emulsifies with your saliva.

Then spit it out and rinse your mouth with warm water and clean your teeth using a small amount of natural toothpaste. If you want to clean your tongue with a tongue scraper you will thoroughly remove toxins from its surface and stimulate your digestive system too.

If morning times are busy for you, you could practice oil pulling while showering, or doing other morning activities, so it doesn’t add minutes to your routine.

Bed Time Brush Up

Ayurveda recommends massaging the gums with sesame oil before going to bed to prevent or help receding gums. For a quick night time boost to your oral health, you could pour a little oil onto the bristles of an electric toothbrush and then massage around your gums and over the surface of your teeth. For maximum benefit don’t rinse afterwards, just leave the oil residue in your mouth to work while you rest. It’s not unpleasant and makes your mouth feel very clean.

Sesame oil works as a great natural lip salve too, dip your finger into a small amount and rub it gently into your lips morning and night to protect them from chapping.

While the oil’s out why not spend a couple more minutes really looking after yourself?

Sesame Oil De-stress Routine

To ease anxiety and improve sleep pour a little oil into the palm of your hand and massage into your forehead and temples. Rubbing warm sesame oil into the area between your eyebrows in slow gentle circles is particularly good for calming your mind and improving the quality of sleep.

Finally use a little more oil and massage it into your feet. Work up and down the instep to release tension from your spine, and across the soles of your feet to relax tension and help you feel grounded as you settle down to rest.

If you’re worried about getting oil on your bed linen you could sleep with cotton socks on which will also help keep your feet warm and draw tension from your head down into your lower body.


Written by Ananga Sivyer. Join me on Facebook or Twitter

Photo by daxiang stef

Other articles you might find of interest:

Abhyanga - Ayurveda & Massage as an Act of Self-Care

Are Your Cells Thirsty? Ayurveda & Dehydration


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Reader Comments (13)

Oil pulling is a fantastic therapy that has the potential to not only give you healthy teeth and gums but improve the health of your entire body. The health of your mouth is inseparately connected with the rest of your body and profoundly affects the health of your entire body. The book "Oil Pulling Therapy" by Dr. Bruce Fife explains the science behind the process. He backs up his statements with citations to published medical studies. He also clarifies some of the misconceptions often reported on the Internet about oil pulling. If you haven't tried oil pulling you should give it a try.

Aug 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Thank you Leslie for the additional information.

Sep 5, 2008 | Registered CommenterAnanga

Nice Post. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSEO Firm

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Apr 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRozia

That's a very interesting technique to take care of our teeth and gums. I want to know why it wouldn't destroy our teeth with the use of oil?

Aug 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDental Moreno Valley

This topic is so interesting is there any other use for that oil except for the teeth and gums? Does it really works?

Sep 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDentists Fremont

Thank you for the information. I am not so fond of the feel of oil in my mouth, but I shall give it a try.

Sep 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDental Irvine

This technique really works. it acts like a polisher for my patient's teeth. i recommend them to do oil pulling for a healthier gums.

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Sep 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDentists Plano

wow, this is such awesome news and makes perfect sense.. I am off for organic sesame oil now :-)
love this site, guys!!!!

Jan 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

This is the first time I've heard of this. Is this proven ? I just can't imagine rinsing my mouth with sesame oil. I'm not used to the idea.

Apr 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDentist Roseville

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