Despite being a tried and tested therapy for centuries in Asia, the process is still relatively new in the western world. Oil swishing, particularly using coconut oil is called coconut oil pulling, has become very popular as a form of dental hygiene and involves the washing of your mouth with an edible oil; however it is important that you do not swallow this oil. It is important that the oil you use is cold-pressed and unrefined to ensure the most effective results.
As is mentioned above, this therapy is used as a means of dental hygiene using harmless oils. In order to reap the various benefits it is recommended that it become a regular part of your daily regime. It is best to complete it in the morning before you eat or drink anything as you would have to wait 4 hours after eating before you can engage in this treatment. Of course, if you wish to complete ‘pulling’ more than once per day you are welcome to do so, just note the time period between pulling and eating.
So, how do you complete this process? Firstly, you must take in one teaspoon full of coconut oil into your mouth. Swirl this liquid around your mouth over the teeth, tongue and gums. This is done to remove any toxins and bacteria within the mouth and on the tongue, which will prevent future physical oral health-related diseases. The oil must be swished around your mouth for a minimum of 20 minutes, followed by rinsing with warm salt water. Do not be alarmed if the oil presents with a watery texture and milky white appearance, this means it is working and removing bacterium from your body.
Many people complain that completing a full 20 minutes of coconut oil pulling can be difficult, therefore it is recommended you begin with only 5-10 minutes and build up to the advised time period. Swirl the liquid around your mouth for as long as possible before spitting it out and beginning once again until you meet the assigned 20 minutes. Practice makes perfect and with time you will be able to complete even 30 minutes of this method. One trick is to engage in other activities while swirling the oil, such as checking emails or stacking away clothing.
This dental treatment assists in removing toxins and chemicals from your body, and if you present with a large amount of toxins you may begin showing detoxification symptoms. Be patient! If you continue with the therapy you will experience the health benefits. Some detox symptoms to expect are pimples, congestion, mucus and headaches.
This pulling method is a holistic and natural treatment that can be employed as a means of healing gums, teeth and your overall physical well-being. Of course, you may experience some unpleasant physical symptoms during the early days, but by continuing with the process you will note a reduction in dental difficulties and oral health-related diseases will be prevented.