Oil Pulling can have a significant cleansing, detoxifying and healing affect not only for your mouth and sinuses, but your overall health as well. Candida and Streptococcus are common in the human body. Their toxic waste can cause plaque accumulation and tooth decay, as well as chronic inflammation in the body. Making oil pulling a regular part of your cleansing routine can lessen your toxic body burden by preventing the spread of these organisms from your mouth to the rest of the body, via the bloodstream.
Step1: First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour exactly one tablespoon of sunflower, sesame oil, or coconut oil (or whatever oil you have chosen) into your mouth. Children can also do this with less quantity of oil provided they have control and practice not to swallow the oil.
Step 2: Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it. Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash (don’t tilt your head back to gargle though). You’ll find that the oil will start to get watery as your saliva mixes with it. Keep swishing. If your jaw muscles get sore while swishing, you’re putting too much into it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. When you do this correctly, you’ll feel very comfortable.
If you have the unbearable urge to swallow and if it becomes too unpleasant, spit out and try again. It can be a bit unpleasant at first when you’re not used to it, but soon won’t be bothersome at all, just like brushing your teeth.
When the oil has become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out, it may become whitish and a thinner, milky consistency, depending on the type of oil used. Each time you oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point, so 20 minutes is a general rule of thumb, but you can experiment with this.
If you spit the oil out before 20 minutes, start again, the process is to make the oil swish enough time in your mouth so that it becomes a white thick substance which is a indication of process completion.
Do not gargle with oil.
Step 3: As the end of the oil pulling session approaches, Spit the oil out in the trash*, then rinse the mouth with warm salt water. (Just use normal table salt). Salt water rinsing isn’t absolutely necessary, but is very helpful as an antimicrobial and to soothe any inflammation, it is also effective in rinsing out any toxins which may be left out in the mouth, after oil pulling.
*Using a trash can or container rather than the sink will help prevent your sink from clogging, as oil will solidify and build up over time.
Items mentioned in this article:
Oil Pulling Therapy by Bruce Fife, N.D.
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