Weird Things I’ve Been Googling {Oil Pulling}

what is oil pulling

Short Story

It is claimed that swishing oil in your mouth first thing in the morn helps to improve oral health, detox and treat ailments (such as sinus congestion, diabetes, asthma).

Long Story

This is an ancient Ayurvedic practice from India.  The idea is to swish oil (e.g. sesame, sunflower, coconut) through your mouth for at least 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning. It is said that the oil will break down plaque and draw out toxins and bacteria in your mouth.
Since the health of our mouth can be related to the health of out bodies some advocates claim that it will help to treat systemic ailments such as migraine headaches, bronchitis, diseased teeth, chronic blood disorders, arthritis, eczema, heart disease, kidney disease, meningitis, and women’s hormonal disorders.  I looked for studies to back up these claims and there hasn’t been much research done on these topics.  
I did find a couple studies that do show a strong link between oil pulling and the reduction of bad breath, plaque and gingival inflammation.  There are also a lot of people online who have tried it out and reported that they notice feeling more energetic and that their skin and teeth have improved in appearance.

What do you say, you up for trying coconut oil mouthwash?

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