Oil pulling benefits list for skin, hair, teeth according to ayurveda

Benefits of oil pulling
Benefits of oil pulling

Oil pulling is a traditional folk remedy practiced in ancient India. It is believed to cure more than thirty systemic diseases when practiced regularly and as directed.

History of oil pulling

Oil pulling originated in India as part of natural healing practices described in ancient Ayurveda texts. 
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that was formed around 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. 
The oral health practices of Ayurveda include crewing on sticks and eating herbs, as well as oil pulling.

Original practitioners of oil pulling used sunflower and sesame oils as a way to prevent bleeding gums, decay, dryness of throat, oral malodor, cracked lips and for strengthening teeth, gums and the jaw. 

Gandusha and Kavala Graha are traditional pulling practices that have different processes. 
In Gandusha, the mouth is filled with oil, which is held in the mouth for three to five minutes and then spits out. 
In Kavala Graha, only a comfortable amount of oil is placed in the mouth. Then, the oil is held inside of the mouth for three minutes, gargled and spit out. 

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is meant to remove bacteria and stimulate saliva production, among other benefits. 

Oil pulling generally involves swishing a tablespoon full of oil around your mouth first thing in the morning. 

The oil is “pulled” between the teeth and all around the mouth for up to 20 minutes. 

oil pulling benefits list
oil pulling benefits list

At the end of the pulling, when the oil is milky and thin, spit it out in the trash. 

Never swallow the oil after pulling — it’s full of bacteria.

Does Oil Pulling Work?

There have been numerous studies on oil pulling’s effect on oral health and hygiene, and discussion about which type of oil is best. 

One study noted that oil pulling with coconut oil was as effective as chlorhexidine, a prescription mouthwash, in the reduction of Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria believed to cause tooth decay.

In addition, a study published in the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine concluded that oil pulling with coconut oil is more effective than sesame oil in reducing the severity of gingivitis.

 Due to the occurrence of side effects of modern medicines and oral hygiene products, people are increasingly attracted towards complementary and traditional practices. Oil pulling in addition to offering several oral health benefits has also beneficial effects on overall health. 

The procedure of oil pulling:

In oil pulling, a tablespoon full of oil is swished around the mouth in the early morning before breakfast and in empty stomach for about 20 min.

Benefits of oil pulling:

  1. Organic oils such as sunflower oil, sesame oil, and coconut oil are of benefit especially if it is cold-pressed, though refined oil also works in “pulling” the bacteria, viruses, and protozoa from the oral cavity.
  2. Oil pulling activates salivary enzymes which absorb toxins such as chemical toxins, bacterial toxins and environmental toxins from the blood and removed from the body through the tongue.
  3. Oil pulling generates antioxidants which damage the cell wall of microorganisms and kill them.
  4. Oil pulling prevents dental caries, gingivitis, oral candidiasis and periodontitis from occurring, helps to reduce tooth pain, fixes mobile teeth and achieves vigorous oral hygiene.
    benefits of oil pulling for hair
    benefits of oil pulling for teeth

  5. Also, teeth become whiter; breath becomes fresher; oral cavity muscles and jaws become stronger with the excellent achievement of oral hygiene.
  6. Oil pulling, when practised regularly, is believed to freshen and stimulate the mind and strengthen the senses.
  7. It is also beneficial in sore throat, dry face, impaired vision, taste loss, and anorexia.
  8. Oil pulling with olive oil is presumed to prevent oral malodor.
  9. Oil pulling is also supposed to increase the metabolism of the body, heal the cells, tissues, and organs of the body and improve longevity in human beings.
  10. Thus oil pulling detoxifies and purifies the entire human body.

Oil Pulling Side Effects

There aren’t any known physical side effects from oil pulling. However, you might notice a sore jaw or headache at first from the rigorous motion of oil pulling. 
If you swallow the oil, it could cause an upset stomach or diarrhoea.

Oil pulling should never be used in place of brushing and flossing. Always adhere to your dentist’s recommended dental regimen, and only add in alternative therapies like oil pulling after discussion with your dentist.

Best Oils for Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling (30 Sachets (1 Month Course))


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