Once again, ancient wisdom is proving its worth as studies reveal that millennia-old oral hygiene practices are still incredibly effective in today’s society. Practically anyone can promote oral cleanliness, reduce cavities, and detoxify quickly with one simple ritual, using coconut oil.

Cococut OilThe Facts Behind Oil Pulling

Only recently have health groups and dental professionals in the western world begun to advocate the benefits of oil pulling, which is surprising considering that the practice has been around for over a thousand years. Before the days of toothpaste, antiseptic rinses, and floss, the ancients helped keep their teeth healthy by swishing a tablespoon of oil each day for 10-20 minutes. The results are real.

Although it has not commonly been practiced in the western world, oil pulling has long been supported by Ayurveda and other Eastern health traditions. Now, recent studies are demonstrating that oil pulling is vastly more effective than mouthwash rinses, with benefits that go far beyond oral health. Simply swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil every day can potentially:

  • Treat and prevent tooth decay
  • Reduce bad breath
  • Tend bleeding gums
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Whiten teeth
  • Soothe throat dryness
  • Prevent cavities
  • Mend cracked lips
  • Boost the immune system
  • Reduce acne
  • Strengthen gums and jaw
  • Relieve migraines and allergies
  • Reduce sinus congestion
  • Relieve insomnia
  • Support normal kidney function

All of these benefits are possible because the oil absorbs bacteria and toxins, removing them from the teeth, gums, jaw, throat, and surrounding blood vessels. The effects of this process reverberate throughout the entire body.

Getting Started

The first step is to find the right oil. Although sesame and olive oil are both sometimes used, coconut oil may be the most effective. We recommend raw, alkaline coconut oil without any added ingredients or preservatives, such as Coconut Oil by Skinny & Co.

If 20 minutes of straight oil swishing seems daunting, start with five minutes, increasing the duration each day as you become more comfortable with the process. The same holds true for the quantity of oil. You can start with a small amount, such as a teaspoon, and gradually work your way up to the full tablespoon. Even a little oil pulling is better than none at all. The results can often be felt within hours of the first full prolonged pull.

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