The benefits of oil pulling

The benefits of oil pulling

The 3,000-year-old practice of oil pulling has its origins in a holistic Indian healing system called ‘Ayurveda’, meaning science of life. By targeting and eliminating the abundance of oral bacteria and toxins that can trigger health problems throughout your body, it can pack a powerful detox punch that will aid wellbeing well beyond your mouth.

How to do it
Prior to eating or cleaning your teeth in the morning, pop a tablespoon of cold-pressed organic oil (olive, coconut and sesame varieties are all good) into your mouth. Swill it around for about 10-15 minutes, and then spit it out. Be cautious not to swallow – the oil collects harmful toxins that you want to expel, not ingest. Rinse your mouth with warm water, adding a little salt for extra antiseptic power if you like, and then brush your teeth as normal. That’s it – simple.

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The benefits:

A treat for your teeth
If you want to give your teeth a whitening boost, don’t go the chemical route – oil pulling is the way to go. Packed with antibiotic and antiviral properties, oil will help keep your smile white and bright, naturally. Furthermore, ridding your mouth of nasty bacteria will also help keep bad breath, plaque, cavity formation and gum disorders like gingivitis at bay.

Immune power
Many germs that can cause a whole gamut of illness lurk and enter your system through your mouth. By intercepting them in infancy (and before they have a chance to spread), oil pulling puts less pressure on your immune system and boosts your body’s natural defence against ill health.

Energy boost
Reducing the amount of toxins that your immune system has to combat will top up your energy levels, giving you that extra zest to enjoy life to the max.

Hormonal harmony
When your body has to contend with harmful bacteria, you are more prone to hormonal imbalance. By significantly reducing this occurrence, oil pulling helps optimise natural hormonal functionality, equipping you with the equilibrium necessary for everyday healthy living.

Headache buster
Toxic stress can be a major cause of headaches and migraines. If you suffer from either, oil pulling can considerably reduce your toxin intake and help you keep a clear head.

Radiant skin
Reducing the volume of toxins entering your bloodstream through oil pulling will show on your face, literally. Your skin will quickly gain an altogether healthy glow, and it can even improve any reoccurring conditions like rashes or dry patches. So get swishing!

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