What’s the first thing you do in the morning? My morning routine involves a cup of warm lemon water (yep, I’m that person!) and then trying to convince my littlest person to wear the clothes she herself picked out.
But after reading an article on oil pulling, I wanted to make a change.
Because if I thought about it, my lovely lemon water was being washed down with a side of sleep-mouth-grossness…eugh.
The idea behind this ancient ayurvedic practice, is that our mouths harbour a bunch of bacteria, especially in the morning (aka morning breath) and that even brushing our teeth doesn’t really remove those little beasties. But by swishing oil around in our mouth for around 15 minutes, first thing in the morning, we can collect all the nasty stuff and then spit it all in the bin, leaving our mouths fresh and clean to enjoy our morning drinks.
Now there’s not much actual research done in this area (yet) but plenty of documents from interviews and ayurvedic practices in India and Sri Lanka confirm a range of health benefits. It seems the simple act of oil pulling is incredibly effective for:
- Strengthening teeth, gums and jaw (my jaw ache only lasted a few days!)
- Brightening & whitening teeth
- Removal of mucus
- Boosting the immune system
- Preventing bad breath
- Increasing energy
- Having a clearer mind
- Decreasing headaches
- Clearing the sinuses
- Alleviating allergies
- Better sleep
- More clearer skin
- Regulating menstrual cycles
- Decreasing inflammation
- Improving the lymphatic system
- Improving PMS symptoms
My husband has been doing this for months and has the healthiest teeth and gums around, so I finally jumped on the bandwagon and am hoping for similar results. And now I want YOU to join me too!
Step 25 – Oil Pulling
What you need:
A tablespoon of good, cold pressed, organic oil. I’ve used sesame, olive, and coconut and much prefer using coconut oil!
What you do:
As soon as you get up in the morning, pop a tablespoon of your chosen oil in your mouth and swish it all around your mouth and throat for between 10-20 minutes. Then you can get on with the rest of your morning routine; my husband does his oil pulling while he’s walking the dog!
Now, you may need a few days to get over the weirdness or the texture of having oil in your mouth that early in the day, but PLEASE stick with it. My gag reflex calmed down after two days, if that gives you any hope
You will feel the oil become a bit thin and foamy after a while, and this is a good thing. Just keep swishing to get into every nook and cranny of your mouth.
It’s important you don’t swallow the oil, as it is full of gross morning-mouth bacteria, and once you’re done, spit it out in the bin instead of the sink; your drain and pipes will thank you for it.
You’re then free to eat your breakfast, search for any lost library books and enjoy the rest of your day.
What do you think? Up for giving it a try?
I hope so.
I’m hooked now.
I wish I’d taken a photo of my teeth before I started this practice, to see if all the amazing, teeth whitening, claims are true – so perhaps YOU can take a pic and keep me posted 🙂
Happy oil swishing. You’ll get over the weirdness pretty quickly, I promise.