By Dr Gregory Damato, PhD
Oil pulling has been used for over 3,000 years in Ayurveda with amazing results due to several of its health-promoting benefits and is certainly a must for any Beyond Thrival toolbox. It involves simply swishing a tablespoon of cold-pressed oil (typically sesame, coconut or sunflower) in your mouth for roughly 10 mins.
How to Oil Pull
Put 1 Tbs of sesame or coconut oil into your mouth on an empty stomach (other cold-pressed oils can be used as well)
Swish it around back and forth against the teeth for 2 mins (working up to 10 mins each day)
Spit it out in a garbage or compost (do not swallow as it contains toxins and bacteria you do not want in your body)
According to published research, there are over 30 diseases and afflictions that can benefit from oil pulling.
Oil pulling is also great for:
- Whitening Teeth
- Detoxing the Entire Body (including blood, liver and kidneys)
- Balancing Hormones – via a reduction in toxic, hormone disruptors (like xenoestrogens and phthalates)
- Creating Glowing Skin
- Increasing Energy – via a reduction in toxins and pathogenic burden like bacteria
- Rebuilding the Enamel of the Teeth and Gums
- Reducing Headaches – via an elimination of toxins in the blood
- Reducing Bad Breath – via a reduction of Streptococcus Mutans (1)
- Reducing Gingivitis (2)
- Reducing and Eliminating Cavities (3,5)
- Reducing Plaque (4)
How Does it Work?
There are two primary modes of action on how oil pulling works. The first is known as saponification which means the fats (triglycerides)in the oil essentially turn into a soap via a unique synergy of Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) and Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) which essentially cleans and alkalizes the teeth. This process helps to remove stains and whiten teeth.
The second method is known as emulsification which happens when oils mix with water via a force (the back and forth swishing of oil in your mouth) which further enhancing the cleaning the scrubbing action of the oil to ‘pull’ and absorb toxins.
Give it a try for at least 2 mins each day for 10 days and watch your body, mind and spirit excel to a state Beyond Thrival.
1. S Asokan, R Saravana Kumar, Pamela Emmadi, R Raghuraman, N Sivakumar. Effect of oil pulling on halitosis and microorganisms causing halitosis: a randomized controlled pilot trial. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2011 Apr-Jun;29(2):90-4..
2. S Asokan, Pamela Emmadi, Raghuraman Chamundeswari. Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Indian J Dent Res. 2009 Jan-Mar;20(1):47-51.
3. S Asokan, J Rathan, M S Muthu, Prabhu V Rathna, P Emmadi, ,. Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2008 Mar;26(1):12-7.
4. S Asokan, T K Rathinasamy, N Inbamani, Thangam Menon, S Senthil Kumar, Pamela Emmadi, R Raghuraman. Mechanism of oil-pulling therapy – in vitro study. Indian J Dent Res. 2011 Jan-Feb;22(1):34-7.
5. T. Durai Anand, C. Pothiraj, R. M. Gopinath and B. Kayalvizhi. Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria. African Journal of Microbiology Research Vol.(2) pp.063-066, April, 2008.