Oil Pulling Benefits – And How to Do It
Oil pulling benefits have been a known to Ayurvedic wellness practitioners for centuries. Ayurveda has been using the healing power of carrier oils such as Coconut and Sesame oils to enhance wellness and keep harmony within our physical bodies. Oil pulling is know to be great oral healthcare by removing plaque and whiten teeth. It is also know to remove bacteria and toxins from the mouth. Not only can it pull toxins from the mouth, oil pulling can also help detox the body. Ayurvedic practitioners believe oil pulling can reduce inflammation in the body, clear the sinus cavity, and help improve your overall health.
Which Oils to use for Oil Pulling
Sesame oil and coconut oil can serve as healing carrier oils to help pull toxins and impurities from your system. Sesame oil has been studied for its high antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which are great for promoting healing and reducing cell damage. Coconut oil is great for our skin, teeth, bones, and immune system. The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil also possess antimicrobial properties that can help treat acne and protect the skin from harmful bacteria. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-oil-and-skin
While both sesame and coconut oils could be used for oil pulling and nasal lubrication. I prefer to use Sesame oil for oil pulling and as a nasal oil. In Ayurveda health practices Sesame oil benefits all three of the dosha; Pitta, Vata, Kapha.
I love to use coconut oil as a facial oil cleanser and make-up remover. It leaves my skin feeling wonderful and balanced, not stripped. It also does not irritate my eyes and removes stubborn eye makeup gently.
How to Oil Pull for Oral Hygiene
The actions of oil pulling is simple. Take about a tablespoon of sesame oil in your mouth, and swish it around. I add a few organic mint leaf flakes in the sesame oil mixture for a minty taste; and store in a glass container. It is recommended to do this practice in the morning on an empty stomach prior to brushing your teeth.
Throughly swish the oil around pushing and pulling the oil between the teeth. Make sure NOT to swallow any of the oil. A benefit of oil pulling through mouth is it detoxes the body by pulling toxins and harmful bacteria from the soft tissue of our system. The length of time to do the oil pull varies per your preference. My ideal time for this process is 3-5 minutes; however some people prefer to swish upwards of 20 minutes as apart of their self care routine. Once you have reached your desired time, spit the oil out in the trash can and proceed to brush your teeth as normal. An additional healthy oral hygiene practice is to brush your teeth with a flouride free toothpaste with charcoal for natural whitening.
Using Oil for Sinus Health- Nasya
Nasya is the Ayurvedic practice of lubricating the nasal passageway with healing oils. The benefit of using a nasal oil is it moisturizers the nasal passageway promoting a healithy nasal cavity. This helps reduce sinus issues, and helps enhance prana and universal energy flow. It is a therapeutic enhancement to use the nasal oil during your night routine to unwind from the day, and calm the mind.
To do Nasya tilt your head slightly and place 3 drops of the oil in each nostril. Gently massage the outside of the nostril to help lubricate the passage, mindfully breathe, and relax.
You could mix your own nasal oil with a mixture of sesame oil with natural essential oils such as eucalyptus. Store the mixture in a small amber glass bottle with a dropper for easier use. Or you have the option to purchase a nasal oil at your local natural wellness store, and online. I prefer to use a Nasya Herbal Oil Shop Amazon- Ayurveda Nasya Oil
For more of how to incorporate oil pulling into your daily wellness routine read Ayurveda Holistic Wellness Tips