There are two oil pulling techniques, kavala graha and snigda gandusha. In kavala, you fill your mouth with one tablespoon of oil and hold it there for a couple of minutes. Spit it out after swirling it around the mouth. The process shouldn’t exceed more than three or four minutes. But it should be repeated two to three times. Do not gargle with the oil, and do not swallow the oil. In gandusha, you need to hold the oil in the mouth for a couple of minutes, and then gently slosh it around your mouth through the teeth in a relaxed way for about 15 – 20 minutes. You should then spit out the oil into the trash, and repeat the process two to three times. Do not spit the oil into your basin, as it may clog the drain over time. At the end of the session, (kavala or gandusha), rinse the mouth with warm, salt water, scrap the tongue, and brush your teeth.
You can use different oils for oil pulling. Mixing oils is also allowed, provided they blend well together. To reap the health benefits of an essential oil, you can add a few drops of the oil to coconut or sesame oil. Organic, unrefined, cold pressed, extra virgin oils are considered as good oils for pulling. Coconut oil, sunflower oil, and sesame oil are commonly used, but you can also use safflower, olive, or vegetable oil too if you want.
This oil has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. The lauric acid present in it helps kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It has a pleasant taste as well as compared to other oils. So, the whole, extra virgin coconut oil, which is high in antioxidants, is the best oil for oil pulling.
Certain studies suggest that it’s the most effective oil for oil pulling, as it acts just like a chemical mouthwash and helps alleviate the symptoms of plaque-induced gingivitis. Traditionally, this oil was used for oil pulling. It curbs the growth of Streptococcus mutans, which otherwise eventually leads to plaque formation. It exhibits antioxidant properties too. According to Ayurvedic literature, it should be used daily for reducing dryness of the mouth (dry mouth promotes growth of bacteria). It helps reduce inflammation and burning sensation in the mouth.
This is also one of the safest oils for oil pulling. It is rich in antioxidants. It also acts as an antimicrobial, as it is high in both linoleic acid and oleic acid. It helps soothe inflammation of the gums. Studies show that Siberian shamans practiced oil pulling with sunflower oil for more than a century.
Benefits of Essential Oils
Many essential oils exhibit anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antibiotic, and antiviral properties. Every day, you can use a different essential oil and can get maximum health benefits from them. The list of oils is never-ending. There exist hundreds of oils which are used for medicinal purposes.
|Tea Tree Oil
You can add 3 – 4 drops of tea tree oil per tablespoon of oil that you want to use for swishing. It helps destroy oral bacteria. That is why it is used in various toothpastes and mouthwashes.
Adding 2 – 3 drops of peppermint essential oil to the main oil can help improve its taste. It helps alleviate gagging during oil pulling.
Adding a quarter teaspoon of limonene oil to an 8-ounce bottle of sesame or sunflower seed oil can offer better results. Limonene oil, extracted from citrus fruits, has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It promotes easy passing of the oil mixture through the gum pockets.
This is an excellent blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. It is known for its cleansing abilities. It enhances the function of the immune system and helps fight all types of infections. Also, when diffused in the home/office, it helps kill 99% of airborne bacteria within a few minutes.
Oregano oil, distilled from the leaves and flowers of the oregano plant, is considered as nature’s most powerful antibiotic. It helps get rid of the symptoms of flu, sore throat, swollen glands, etc.
This oil that is extracted from the resin is a very powerful antioxidant. It exhibits antimicrobial, astringent, expectorant, antifungal, stimulant, carminative, stomachic, anticatarrhal (removes excess mucus from the body and lowers inflammation of the mucous membranes), diaphoretic (induces perspiration), vulnerary (useful in healing wounds), antiseptic, immune booster, circulatory, tonic, and antispasmodic properties.
By improving the taste and flavor of the base oil, it helps alleviate gagging during oil pulling, and cleanses the mouth. It acts as an antiseptic and detoxifying agent. It helps lessen the symptoms of common cold and sore throat.
This oil helps eliminate bad breath. It exhibits antifungal properties and helps combat infections. It acts as a lymphatic system detox. It helps relieve cough and nasal congestion.
This has a rose-like scent, and helps eliminate bad breath. It helps relieve stress and depression. It improves dental health by reducing inflammation and irritation.
As a natural analgesic and antiseptic, clove oil helps get rid of infection and toothache. It lowers inflammation too.
Grapefruit oil keeps infections at bay. It also has a sharp refreshing smell. It is high in vitamin C, an antioxidant. It works as a cleansing and detoxifying agent.
This oil works as a painkiller and helps alleviate toothaches. It carries several other medicinal properties too.
This works great for chronic pain and bruises. It is a very expensive and scarcely available oil. But it has a very long shelf-life. It exhibits several medicinal properties.
Health Benefits of Oil Pulling
✦ Oil pulling helps boost oral health by reducing the number of bacteria in the mouth. This helps prevent cavity formation.