- May 19, 2016
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Health & Wellness
Oil Pulling, also called Kavala Graha or Gandusha, is the ancient Ayurvedic practice of holding plant based oils in the mouth and then swishing it around the mouth and pulling the oil through the teeth.
Oil Pulling takes a bit of practice. Your mouth may become tired until you build up the muscles that will allow you to oil pull. It is generally recommended to pull for 20-30 minutes.
Oil pulling can be transformative in several ways.
- Detoxification. We pick up toxins from the air we breathe, the food we eat, the products we use and the chemicals in the air. These need to leave the body and one way to make this happen is through the mouth.
- Energizing. When our bodies are full of toxins energy needs to be pulled from other important areas of the body to try and fight the offenders. This can result in low energy levels. When the toxins are removed the body can get back to its work and your energy may skyrocket.
- Skin Clearing. The toxin removal from the body can help with the reduction of skin inflammation, rashes and acne.
- Boost Immune System. As your body does not need to fight so hard against toxins it can do the work that it is meant to do.
- Overall Oral Improvement. The properties of a high quality oil can brighten and clean teeth, freshen breath and reduce your chances of cavities. This is achieved through the removal of bacteria including Streptococcus mutans which is a major tooth decay contributor.
Oils of benefit to use for this practice include olive, sesame, sunflower, palm or coconut. Due to the many benefits of coconut oil this would be my top recommendation.
Be sure not to swallow the oil after your new oil pulling habit. This oil has been removing toxins from your body and we do not want to reintroduce those into your system.
When finished pulling the oil should be spit into a garbage can. Do not spit the oil into your sink or toilet as it will clog your system.
If you have oil pulled I would love to hear about your experience. If you have not, does this post make you want to try?