If you know me by now you’ll know I enjoy researching and trying out new things. The latest craze to hit the Internet is ‘oil pulling’. Sounds weird right? This latest craze comes with a whole lot of health benefits, well at least that’s according to all the blog posts I’ve come across. Intrigued as yet? Let’s take a better look at this remedy…
According to research from the internet, “oil pulling or oil swishing is a folk remedy where oil is “swished” or “held” in the mouth.”
It originated in Bangalore, South India in the early 1990’s and has slowly made a recent comeback with celebrities like Scott Disick and Kylie Jenner pictured using it.
Studies show that the “oil provides a surface layer that prevents plaque or bacteria adhering to teeth.”
So how do you go about doing it? It’s simple really, you take a tablespoon of oil (it can be either sesame or coconut oil) into your mouth and swish, gargle or pull the oil around and through your teeth and gums. Do this without swallowing it. This is done for 15-20 minutes and should be done gently to prevent the jaw from paining.
After swishing you should spit the substance in a toilet or drain and not in a basin to prevent the pipes from clogging.
So what are the alleged benefits of oil pulling?
- Whitens teeth
- Strengthens your gums/teeth/& jaw. It helps with sensitive teeth.
- Prevents cavities & gingivitis.
- Helps get rid of acne/ eczema/ psoriasis/ & other skin care issues.
- General body detox.
- Helps keep your breath fresh.
I’ve been doing oil pulling for a week now and have seen some results. The results may not be immediate but after continuous use you will see significant results. You can either buy the exclusive imported coconut oil from cocowhite.co.uk which goes for about 19GBP or you can buy a normal jar of coconut oil that is used in the kitchen.