Oil pulling is clearly mentioned in the classic and most esteemed textbook of Ayurveda, the Caraka Samhita. Caraka says this about oil pulling:
Keeping of oil gargle provides strength in jaws and voice, development of the face, maximum taste and relish of food. One does not suffer from dryness of throat, lip cracking and teeth become firmly rooted. The teeth do not ache or become sensitive and can chew the hardest food items.
Gum health has been linked to heart problems in many studies over the years which is why dentists take such care to support healthy gums. Poor gum health may allow foreign microbes to infiltrate the blood stream and irritate the arterial walls. Interestingly the same bacteria; Strept mutans which surges in the mouth after a high sugar diet has also found in unhealthy levels in the arterial walls of heart patients.
Numerous studies citing similar results very much support the original statements made by Caraka Samhita more than 3000 years ago. The benefits of oil pulling on plaque as a natural cleansing agent for the teeth and gums are all very real.
Sesame oil, coconut oil and turmeric all have benefits. Sesame and coconut oils herbalized with turmeric are used in Ayurveda regularly to detoxify or “pull” toxins from the skin that they are applied to. The theory is the oils are lipophilic, meaning they attract other oils. The fatty layers in our skin are well-known dumping grounds for fat-soluble toxins
Some of the fat-soluble toxins that we are regularly exposed to are:
- heavy metals
- environmental toxins
When applied to the skin, these oils may attract toxic fat molecules to the surface, cleansing them through the body’s largest detox organ: the skin.
This use of oil as a detox accelerator or “pulling” agent has been recently studied. In one study, the external use of sesame oil in massage and the ingestion of ghee were found to reduce lipid peroxides or free radicals in the blood. (Sharma HM, Midich SI, Sands D, Smith DE: Improvement in cardiovascular risk factors through Panchakarma purification procedures. JRes Educ Indian Med, 1993; 12(4); 2-13.)
So, what I do is that I mix about ½ teaspoon of organic cold pressed coconut oil 1/5 teaspoon with fresh ground turmeric. I take the oil mixture and chew it, suck it through my teeth, and swish it around, for 10 and up to 20 minutes each morning after brushing and flossing your teeth and using a tongue scrapper, if you’ve already adopted some healthy Ayurvedic rituals. Spit out and rinse with water, but don’t rebrush. The slight oil coating is actually beneficial.
I hope you will enjoy and see a difference in your wellbeing! I most definitely did.
Lots of Love