Washing your mouth with oil is an ancient Ayurvedic cleansing technique that is making a comeback! Oil Pulling is becoming more and more famous in the alternative circles, and I already picked up on quite a few articles on the internet. So it’s about time that as a yogi - and big fan of oil pulling - I share this technique with you.
THE SECRETS OF OIL PULLING
It’s actually very simple. The technique involves swishing oil around your mouth for 20 minutes, to pull out toxins through your mouth. The idea is that oil is sticky, so when you swish the oil around in your mouth, bacteria get stuck in it and dissolve.
And don’t worry if 20 minutes seems like a long time to you. You can use this time of no-speaking to check your e-mails, listen to music, read a book, … it actually forces you to have some you-time! What a great way to start the day!
WHY YOU SHOULD SWISH OIL EVERY MORNING
There are many benefits of oil pulling. Here are a few:
– whitens teeth – strengthens your gums, teeth, and jaw – helps with sensitive teeth – prevents cavities – helps with skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis – cures hangover and migraine – clears out sinuses and helps with allergies – improves morning breath
HOW TO DO THE TRICK
You will need preferably an organic cold-pressed oil (coconut, sesame, sunflower, grapeseed).
First thing in the morning, take a spoonful of oil(teaspoon to tablespoon, as you prefer) and start swishing it around your mouth.
Make sure to not swallow the oil! The oil will start to fill up with toxins, so you want to make sure you spit it out.
After 3 minutes, spit out the oil and take a fresh spoonful. This time swish the oil in your mouth for the remaining 17 minutes. The whole process takes approximately 20 minutes.
SHOULD YOU GIVE IT A TRY?
I highly recommend this morning kriya to people with a vata dosha constitution, women with hormonal imbalances, and anyone who would simply like to purify their body. Why not do it as a daily detox practice to cleanse, heal, and rejuvenate!