As the natural health and wellness movement rolls on full steam ahead, many people are looking for alternatives to traditional methods of personal care. There is a lot of controversy around the ingredients and effectiveness of commercial toothpaste and as people are starting to understand the impacts of ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, hydrated silica, fluoride and propylene glycol, they’re turning to some old-school methods of cleaning their teeth.
You may have heard the term “oil pulling” come up recently, but unless you’ve tried it for yourself, chances are you’re not even sure what this technique really means. If you’re interested in trying oil pulling for the first time or even just curious about alternative health, you’re in luck because today I’m going to cover the basics and benefits of the technique known as oil pulling…
1. What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is not some new wave health practice. It’s actually an ancient Ayurvedic medicinal practice that dates back over 3,000 years. It’s a process where you swish a small amount of coconut oil around in your mouth in order to kill unfriendly bacteria, keeping your whole mouth clean and fresh.
The term ‘oil pulling’ refers to the way you work the oil in your mouth by pulling, pushing, and sucking it through your teeth to get into every nook and cranny where bacteria like to hide. The theory behind the practice is that the fatty molecules in the oil attract and bond with the fatty membrane that surrounds each microorganism cell. Once you spit out the oil after it has done it’s job, the collected bacteria goes out with it.