Most of us think that oil is to be mainly used for cooking but little did we know that it could also be used in a healthy practice that could give wondrous benefits. Nowadays, people have been introduced to oil pulling which is undergoing some heated debate on it’s effectiveness and scientific basis.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic health ritual that dates back over 3,000 years. It involves a tablespoon of organic oil (coconut, sesame or olive oil will do) and swishing it around your mouth for 5 – 20 minutes before spitting it out. You can rinse your mouth afterwards with warm water to remove any oil residue. It’s also strongly advised not to swallow the oil for you will ingest the toxins that you’re trying to get rid of.
Why Do Oil Pulling?
The mouth is the place where a lot of nasty bacteria, virus and toxins reside. Oil pulling can help get rid of those harmful things before they can even get the opportunity to do some damage. Here are the top benefits that you could get from oil pulling:
Improved oral hygiene. Oil pulling is effective at reducing tooth cavities and fight off halitosis or bad breath. It also reportedly can help reduce the risk of gingivitis and give you pink and healthier gums.
Teeth whitening. No need to use chemical products when you can just use oil. Oil has some antibacterial properties which can help clean and brighten teeth. By oil pulling regularly, you would notice whiter teeth.
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