You brush twice daily, you use mouthwash, you floss meticulously. Why do we need to even bother with something that sounds like a process akin to siphoning engine oil from a combined harvester? Yes, Old McDonald did have a farm, but in his mouth it is “with an Ugh! Ugh! here, with an Ugh! Ugh! there”.
This particular technique – oil pulling – is centuries old that can make your mouth’s day… and week… and month… you grasp the concept. It is also au naturel, so there are no harmful chemicals and your smile will shine brighter than JLo’s rocks when she was still Jenny from the block!
What is oil pulling? And what happens to my mouth?
First up, we must clarify what it is. Long story short, it is putting organic oil in your gob (e.g. coconut oil), swishing and swirling it in there for twenty minutes just like a mouthwash, then spitting it out. However, not down the sink because that can clog up your pipes; you have been warned. It works as the oil sticks to bacteria in your mouth, killing said bacteria that is stuck in the process. Now, on to what happens after twenty minutes of oil pulling goodness. Here are the benefits below provided by James Colquhoun at Food Matters.
These Things Happen To Your Body When You Try Oil Pulling
1. Whitens teeth
“The oil possesses natural antibiotic and antiviral properties that brightens and cleans teeth, keeping them pearly white.”
2. Increases energy
“Removing the noxious culprits (bacteria) in the first instance by oil pulling lowers the amount of work our body has to do to function, which leaves us feeling a whole lot better.”
3. Detoxes the body
“The gateway to the body for such contamination (caused by bacteria) is the mouth. Therefore, in removing the toxins at the source before they get a chance to spread, the body undergoes a complete detox.”
4. Aids hormonal changes
“Without having to compete with foreign substances, hormones can behave as they should, functioning to their best ability without being thrown off balance.”
5. Reduces headaches
“When the body is under toxic stress, headaches and migraines occur. By eliminating bacteria from the body via oil pulling, headaches can be avoided.”
6. Keeps the skin clear
“Removing toxins from the body that would otherwise make it into the bloodstream means the skin has a chance to shine (along with more JLo bling perhaps?). Rashes and skin issues often reduce dramatically, or even clear up completely.”
7. Promotes oral hygiene
“Oil pulling is highly effective at reducing tooth cavities and at eradicating bad breath. It also helps with plaque-induced gingivitis.”
Please remember not to give up if you do not get the desired effect. Every case is different with varying factors, as explained by Colquhoun:
“When you start oil pulling, you might experience some of the positive effects immediately, or it may take a few days or even weeks. It will very much depend on the state of your health to begin with, and how compromised your immune system is. Either way, hang on in there and I am sure you will grow to love it.”
If it works the first time, feel free to throw a party at Old McDonald’s farm and make sure you invite Clint Eastwood and JLo!
Sing it with us: “Old McDonald has white teeth, E.I.E.I.O.”