About Ayurvedic Medicine
Oil pulling, otherwise known as 'Gandusha' in Ayurvedic medicine, may seem like is is the new trend, however it has been around for centuries. It's only recently that the Western world has become interested in the health benefits of this ancient healing technique. Ayurvedic medicine originated in India around 3,000 years ago.
My Oil Pulling Experience
I've tried oil pulling in the past with just coconut oil but I never really got the hang of it. After recently talking to a friend who was a convert, I decided to give it another go. This time using the Mouth Oil Cure by Oliveda. I read a lot about the benefits of oil pulling and how it's been used in traditional Ayurvedic treatments for centuries. So why has it taken so long for us Westerners to get on board? As I'm more used to Traditional Chinese Medicine, I already know the importance of mouth health and the impact on generals health. Also the mouth is a great way of seeing how healthy or not a person is. I think the first time I was perhaps using too large a quantity of oil which made it difficult to keep in my mouth for very long once it was mixed with my own saliva. Now I use a smaller amount of oil and have been able to so far keep swishing it around for 15 minutes (normally while I am sending my morning emails). Oliveda uses the sap from the leaves of the olive trees rather than the oil collected from the olives themselves.
How Oil Pulling Works
'The fine oil binds contaminants that have accumulated overnight in the mouth; freeing both it and the body of these. Bleeding gums and oral plaque on the teeth and tongue are reduced and hey quickly comes back into balance. After 2-3 weeks of use, the general complexion glows rosy-fresh and pores are finer. In addition, the fat-metabolism is stimulated and improved, provenly lowering cholesterol levels. The teeth regain their natural white and begin to shine again. The unique interplay between olive polyphenols and hydroxytyrosol oleuropein combined with medicinal herb extracts, come together to produce a perfect synergy.' Recent studies show that oil pulling helps against gingivitis, plaque and micro-organisms which cause bad breath. Need a bit more convincing? So, here comes the science part. Micro-organisms normally consist of a single cell which has a lipid or fatty membrane. When these cells come into contact with oil they naturally stick together, thus when you spit out the oil you are also removing bacteria from your mouth.
I use a large teaspoon (some recommend a tablespoon, but that's way to much for me) of oil and aim to leave it in my mouth for around 15 minutes (try a minimum of 10 and max. 20). I then spit and rinse my mouth well with water. Make sure you don't swallow the oil. Also it's better to spit into your rubbish bag rather than down the sink as the oil can block the drains (especially coconut oil). Oil pulling should never replace your normal brushing and flossing routine.
olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis (almond) oil, tocopheryl acetate, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, limonene, linalool, citral.
Where to buy?
You can buy the Oliveda Mouth Oil Cure online or view their website to see where it is stocked locally. Or you can start off by trying just coconut oil at home. Remember to start with small amounts and gradually build up the time. Try and find something else to do in the time you are pulling as it makes the time go so much faster and I find I can keep it in my mouth for a lot longer than otherwise. Let me know your experiences with oil pulling in the comments below!
Enjoy your weekend!