Table of contents:
- Which oils are suitable for oil pulling?
- Oil pulling - how does it work?
- The preparation
- The implementation
- Advantages of oil pulling
Oil pulling is an important part of the traditional Indian curative treating Ayurveda. In oil pulling (sometimes called oil treatment, oil chewing or oil soaking), a small amount of unrefined, virgin vegetable oil is moved in the mouth for 10 to 20 minutes. Oil pulling is intended to improve oral hygiene, but also to remove bacteria and other pathogens from the oral cavity and thus, from the body.
Nowadays, oil pulling is also becoming more and more popular in other cultures. Many people think that oil pulling not only contributes to a more comfortable mouthfeel, but also helps them to improve their general health.
Since the oil stays in the mouth for a long time, only cold-pressed, unrefined vegetable oils with a pleasant or neutral taste should be used for Ayurvedic oil pulling. As the oil acts on the sensitive oral mucosa for 10 to 20 minutes, the oil seeds and nuts should come from certified organic farming. Also, they must not contain any residues of pesticides or other pollutants. Don’t worry: all organic oil specialties from Ölmühle Solling are tested to ensure that they are residue-free.
Which oil you choose is a matter of taste. For oil pulling we especially recommend our tasty organic coconut oil. However, you can also use sesame oil, linseed oil or sunflower oil for daily oil pulling. Some people like nutty oils and prefer walnut oil. Also a fruity oil like our passion fruit oil, plum kernel oil or the aromatic almond-vanilla oil can be used for oil pulling.
The best time for oil pulling is in the morning. However, if you are under time pressure in the morning, you can choose to pull the oil at any other time of the day. It is important that you reserve 10 to 20 minutes for the oil pulling, and, if possible that you do the oil pulling regularly once a day, or at least three to four times a week.
Every time before you start oil pulling you should clean the tongue with a tongue scraper. In this way you reduce the number of bacteria that accumulate in the oil. If you do not have a tongue scraper, you can also use an inverted tablespoon to clean the tongue and gently stroke it over the tongue two or three times from back to front. Clean the spoon after each time. Then rinse your mouth with water. You do not need to brush your teeth before pulling the oil - you will do it afterwards.
Take about a teaspoon of your chosen oil in the mouth and then move the oil back and forth as if using a mouthwash. Keep pulling the oil between your teeth over and over and moisten your entire mouth.
As the oil pulling stimulates the production of saliva, the amount of oral content increases. The oil mixes slowly but surely with the saliva. It dissolves food particles, bacteria and other microorganisms from the teeth, tongue and oral mucosa and absorbs them.
Since 10 or even 20 minutes can be quite long, if you concentrate exclusively on the oil pulling, use the time for something else: take a shower, prepare breakfast, water the plants, clean up or do whatever else needs to be done. This can have another advantage: the mouth movements will be less powerful and do not overwork the jaw.
At the end of the oil pulling, please do not swallow the oil, but spit it into a handkerchief, which you then throw away. Brush your teeth afterwards. After a few days of oil pulling your oral mucosa and your teeth will probably feel smoother.
According to Ayurvedic teachings, oil pulling is said to have various positive effects on the oral cavity and the entire body. It brings better breath and a healthier oral flora and thus has a positive effect on the dental health. Since it is supposed to release bacteria from the body, it is also said to have positive effects on the general health.
However, recent scientific studies that have been carried out on oil pulling are still not sufficiently meaningful to confirm all these effects. Still, one thing is clear: oil pulling does not harm your body. By pulling oil, you offer your body the opportunity to eliminate unwanted substances through the mucous membranes and the tongue and to remove them regularly from the metabolism of the body. It may be worthwhile to try out this traditional Ayurvedic treatment with one of the mill-fresh, natural vegetable oils from Ölmühle Solling for the first time.