Oil pulling is the ayurvedic traditional Indian remedy in which oil is swished around (kavala graha) or held (snigda gandoosha) in the mouth. As oil is swished in the mouth in this remedy, this remedy is also known as oil swishing. The remedy of oil pulling involves the use of oil such as coconut oil, sesame oil or sunflower oil. This technique involves the process of sipping and sucking the oil or pulling the oil between teeth in the oral cavity. One tablespoon of oil is required in this technique and oil is swished in the mouth for approximately 15–20 minutes and then spit it out.
Benefits of oil pullings:
- Improves and maintains oral hygiene:
Oil pulling reduces tooth cavities and also removes the bad breath problem. Streptococcus mutant bacteria is the bacteria that leads to tooth decay. Oil pulling also removes streptococcus bacteria as well as other microorganisms. It improves the overall oral health and reduces diseases.
- Detoxifies the body:
Oil pulling technique detoxifies the body. As the body undergoes natural cleansing process while we are sleeping at night between 10 pm to 6 am, the toxins accumulate the mouth. When such toxins enter the body, it leads to many diseases. Doing oil pulling first thing in the morning removes the toxins from the mouth and this is how this technique detoxifies the body and thus reduces the risk of many diseases.
- Whitens the teeth:
Oil pulling is also effective for the teeth whitening. The oil has natural antibiotic and antiviral properties which helps in brightening and cleaning the teeth which in turn gives the pearly white teeth.
- Maintains hormones behaviour:
Practising oil pulling technique maintains hormones behaviour. Hormones behave in the way they should behave with the proper balance.
- Gives clear skin:
Doing this daily gives us the clean and clear skin. If you are the one who has pimples or gets pimples easily, then this is also the solution for your pimples.
- Helps in reducing headache and migraines:
Oil pulling helps in reducing headaches or migraines because of the toxins that are removed from the body by this as the toxins are the cause of headaches and migraines.