Reduce the Toxins in Your Body with Oil Pulling to Help You Age Better

Maybe the idea of swishing oil around in your mouth doesn't sound all that appealing but hear me out on this one because the benefits certainly outweigh the icky factor, I promise.

Okay, so what exactly is it? 
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice and cleansing technique that involves the simple swishing of a specific oil in the mouth for a few minutes each day and then spitting it out.

One of the main purposes for the habit is "pulling" a variety of toxins from the bloodstream. Some of the benefits include improved gum health, whiter teeth, clear skin, elimination of bad breath, and a healthy complexion. Didn't I tell you it was good stuff!

And there are a wide range of additional benefits that have also been reported, including positive changes in cellular health, immunity, and the ridding of unwanted toxins such as heavy metals and microorganisms, resulting in more energy and much more. Scientific evidence supporting many of the claims below are limited. However, I can tell you from my own experience that since I have started this practice about 5 years ago, I've noticed great improvements. I really think this along with other healthy lifestye practices is what is helping me to age so well!

Some of the potential benefits of oil pulling:
Oral Health: Oil pulling is primarily known for its potential benefits in oral health. It may help reduce the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth, improve gum health, and contribute to fresher breath. As we age, maintaining good oral health becomes increasingly important to prevent dental issues and maintain overall well-being.
Reduced Inflammation: Some proponents of oil pulling suggest that it may help reduce inflammation in the mouth and, by extension, throughout the body. Chronic inflammation is associated with various age-related health conditions, so any practice that supports inflammation reduction may indirectly benefit aging.
Detoxification: It can help detoxify the body by removing toxins from the mouth. Improving oral health can reduce the risk of oral infections, which can spread through out your body, especially in older adults.
Stress Reduction: The act of oil pulling, which involves swishing the oil gently in the mouth, may be a meditative and relaxing practice for some people. Reducing stress can have positive effects on overall health, including slowing the aging process. Once I got the whole system of doing it down, I have found it very meditative.
Improved Digestion: It can stimulate the digestive system and improve digestion. As we age, digestive issues can become more common, so maintaining healthy digestion is essential for overall well-being.
Better Nutrient Absorption: Maintaining good oral health can support the ability to chew and enjoy a variety of foods. This can lead to better nutrient absorption and overall nutritional status, which is crucial for healthy aging.
Skin Health: While there is limited direct evidence, some individuals claim that oil pulling can lead to improved skin health and a more youthful complexion. However, more research is needed to establish a clear link between oil pulling and skin benefits.

Want to increase the benefits even more? 
Add an essential oil that targets an area of interest. 
  • 💧 Frankincense for its anti-inflammatory benefits
  • 💧 Lemon to support detoxification 
  • 💧 Clove for teeth health with its antibacterial and antiviral benefits 
  • 💧 Or check out my post for Essential Oils to Boost Your Immune System

How do you do oil pulling?  
Oil pulling should be done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach prior to consumption of any liquids (including water) or foods for the best results. It is not really recommended to be done at any other time of the day if you are wanting the full benefits. 
Next, you'll want to choose a "swishing" oil. There are many to choose from but I have found coconut oil (virgin organic) to work the best.  
Finally, choose an essential oil that supports your particular health concern. Contact me if you need some help with this.

  1. Use one tablespoon of selected "swishing" oil in mouth. Add 1-2 drops of chosen essential oil(s) if desired. Older children can also do pulling with less quantity of oil provided they have the ability to not swallow it.
  2. Swish oil around in mouth. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT swallow it. 
    Move it around in mouth and through teeth, using the tongue to create the movement. Do not tilt your head back. 
    The oil will begin to get watery as it mixes with saliva. Keep swishing.  If jaw muscles get sore while swishing, relax jaw and use tongue more to help move liquid. This is a gentle and relaxed process that lasts ideally for about 15-20 minutes. When done correctly, it feels comfortable, especially with repeated practice. As the oil/saliva mixture is saturated with toxins, it may become more whitish or milk-like in consistency depending on the oil used. Each session varies in results and timing for such an effect. Again, 15-20 minutes is the general rule. That may sound and feel like a lot. So, do what I did – I started with 5 minutes, jumped to 10 and then found it easier to get to the 20 minutes. I usually do something else while I’m swishing like a household chore or checking emails to help make the time go by faster.
  3. As the end of the oil pulling session approaches, spit the oil out in a trash can- NOT down the drain (it can clog the drain). Rinse mouth with warm water. Adding salt to the water (use a good quality sea salt or such) adds antimicrobial action, can soothe any inflammation or irritation, and is effective in rinsing out any residual mouth toxins.
And lastly, I'll leave you with a tip. If you are experiencing the urge to swallow during pulling session prior to the 15-20 minute mark, spit the oil out and begin again and resume the session until the above described change in the liquid has occurred to indicate completion. With practice, these urges, if present will diminish over time. 

So what do you think? Are you going to give oil pulling a try? 
I'd love to hear what your thoughts are!  Or if you are already a huge fan of oil pulling tell me why!

Blessings for Health, Joy & Laughter,
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Please, note that oil pulling should not be considered a standalone solution for addressing age-related health concerns. A holistic approach to aging well, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and preventive healthcare, should be the foundation of any strategy to promote healthy aging. And you can find tips for all of these on my blog, just scroll through. If you're interested in trying oil pulling, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure it's safe and suitable for your individual needs and conditions.

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