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WTF Is Oil Pulling?

Written by Mindy White

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Chances are, if you have the internet you’ve heard of oil pulling. If not, don’t worry, because we’ve gathered all the details below on what, why, and how. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic Indian tradition that dates back 5,000 years and has quickly made its way back to popularity for its many health benefits.

The practice is said to rid the body of toxins and harmful bacteria, cleanse the mouth, whiten teeth, reduce plaque, improve gums, freshen breath, and help with skin conditions, low energy, sinusitis, asthma, and more. Now, before you start thinking that this is just another trend, know that these benefits are actually backed up by science. Some even believe that it can cure diseases—but hey, we’re just the messengers.

So, how does it work? Essentially, oil pulling is just another natural, organic, high-quality form of mouthwash. Simply put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into your mouth. As for the type of oil to use, it’s really just a preference of either sesame, sunflower, or coconut oil (which most people prefer for its antibacterial properties). Next, swish the oil through your mouth for exactly 20 minutes before spitting into the trash can or a plastic bag. It’s important not to spit it out in your sink, as the oil eventually hardens and will cause drains to clog. Lastly, brush your teeth and rinse.

If you’re open to try oil pulling, but not quite sure where to start, you can head to your local Trader Joe’s and grab a jar of their Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (it’s about $3), or try the brands below.

Gurunanda Pulling Oil. This blend includes 3 types of oils—sesame, sunflower, and coconut, plus peppermint to make the perfect concoction for pulling. They also offer travel-size tubs for on-the-go use.

Dale Audrey Ayurvedic Oral Pulling Rinse. This formula consists of organic oils, vitamins, and herbs that leave your mouth clean, teeth white, and breath fresh.

Tropicana 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. This cold-pressed oil helps to dissolve stains on teeth and rid the body of toxins.

AyurBest Oral Klenz. A simple, natural, safe formula made of organic coconut oil, organic sesame oil, and organic turmeric (which is known to be very beneficial to the body).

03 Ozone-Infused Oil Pulling Solution. This blend is ozone-infused for extra cleansing power to help maintain a healthy mouth and body.

Uncle Harry’s Natural Products Oral Swish. This organic cold-pressed sesame oil also includes organic peppermint, organic eucalyptus, organic clove, organic oregano, myrrh, and helichrysum (everlasting).

Amrita Botanicals Oil Pulling Blend. This oil pulling concoction detoxifies with the help of organic turmeric, organic peppermint essential oil, organic myrrh essential oil, and organic frankincense essential oil.

Diamond Dental System Oil Pulling Formula. Using the highest quality organic sunflower, sesame, and black cumin seed oils, this blend purifies the body along with help from a proprietary blend of essential oils.

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