Oil pulling has been used for thousands of years in the ancient Ayurvedic tradition of India. However, ancients more than likely performed oil pulling with sesame oil and not coconut oil.
Coconut oil is a fantastic product that has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It has also been shown to reduce plaque and gingivitis. “Coconut oil is an effective treatment for reducing gingivitis symptoms and plaque build-up on the teeth.”
“Titled, Effect of coconut oil in plaque related gingivitis – a preliminary report, and published in the Nigerian Medical Journal, researchers decided to test the hypothesis that the increasingly common practice of oil pulling or oil swishing therapy today is as effective for maintaining oral health as has been believed for centuries.”
According to the report, “The mean gingival index was 0.91 and the plaque index was 1.19 at baseline. In comparison to the baseline values both the gingival and the plaque indices substantially reduced during the period of assessment. There was a steady decline in both the plaque index and the gingival index values from day 7. The average gingival index score on day 30 was down to 0.401 (from .91) and the plaque index score was 0.385 (from 1.19).”
Oral health was improved for all participants, and it is well known that the health of the mouth relates directly to the health of the whole body.
How to Oil Pull and Tongue Scrape
1. As previously stated, oil pulling is not difficult. You simply take a heaping teaspoon of coconut oil, chew it until it melts, and swish it around the mouth for 5 to 20 minutes. The more time spent swishing with the coconut oil the better. One could also use olive oil or sesame oil to oil pull.
2. After swishing, discharge the oil in the garden, rubbish, or sink and rinse the mouth with water.
3. Take a spoon and scrape the surface of the tongue from the back forward. It is also a good idea to note the color of the tongue. A pink, fleshy tone is good. White or green tongues are not healthy.
4. If desired, repeat the coconut oil swishing process one more time.
5. After pulling and scraping, it is the best time to brush your teeth like you normally would.
Extra: It is also possible to add five drops of essential oil to the oil before pulling. Essential oils to add include frankincense for immunity, lavender for gums, and tea tree oil or a blend of cinnamon or cloves to help kill more harmful bacteria. It might help with the taste as well.
Benefits of Oil Pulling
There are many advantages associated with oil pulling beside dental health.
According to Top 10 Home Remedies, coconut oil does the following:
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Reduces Eczema
- Treats arthritis and related illnesses
- Clears sinuses and reduces infections
- Improves the lymphatic system
- Stimulates metabolism
- Prevents heart disease
- Supports kidney function
- Alleviates allergies
- Regulates menstrual cycles and reduces PMS
- Promotes better sleep