You know that feeling of dread ...it's dentist time, because your mouth hurts...and he's gonna do something wild and painful to get to the NON painful bit of being healed from that tooth pain.

Yep, I HATE the dentist and all it entails. The smells, the painful moaning coming from next room and the 'instruments' …! What's that you say Mr dentist? You're going to get your “INSTRUMENTS?!!” I got up and left, right there and then, and that was the last time I went to the dentist.

What Can You Do To Avoid The Dentist Chair?
Well, you can make sure to brush your teeth at least once per day (make sure to use a non fluoride toothpaste), tooth whiteners (containing toxins like coal tars, fluorides, aspartame, aluminum and benzene) No thanks, no chemicals for me!

Why Did I Stop Using Toothpaste?
I found out that most commercial toothpastes are really just globs of glycerin, laying a saran wrap/cling wrap type film over teeth, preventing remineralization. You will also find fluoride in most toothpastes which is not a healthy thing to be putting into your body. Then there's the long list of extra chemicals that are the norm in tooth products, ugh! Have a read and google some of those chem names. You might be surprised?

And Then There Is Oil Pulling
You know how sometimes, the ancient, time tested and super simple therapies work the best? This is one of those therapies. It's truly amazing that such results can be achieved with this super easy and cheap, biological, self-healing method.

The History Behind Oil Pulling
An ancient practice, oil pulling comes from the 5000 year old, Indian Ayurvedic medicine text named 'Charaka Samhia' where oil gargling was described as a natural remedy for oral diseases. From a time when our ancestors had to solve the oral hygiene issue or face a "Ahem, dog breath darling! Phew!" response from their lovers.
The earliest literature on Indian medical practice appeared during the Vedic period in India. The Susruta Samhita and the Charaka Samhita are its earliest authoritative texts. Over the centuries, Ayurvedic practitioners developed large numbers of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments and diseases.

Even though dentistry was not a specialized branch of Ayurveda, it was included in its' system of surgery. In ancient India, problems such as deformities of the oral cavity, plaques and infections could be managed and even cured.

In Ayurveda, dental health (danta swasthya in Sanskrit) is held to be very individualistic, varying with each person's constitution (prakriti), and climatic changes resulting from solar, lunar and planetary influences (kala-parinama). The body constitution is classified based on the predominance of one or more of the three doshas, vata, pitta and kapha. The dominance dosha in both the individual and nature determines health care in Ayurveda, including dental health

The idea of rinsing one's mouth with oil, having originated in the ancient Ayurvedic Indian natural medicine text Charaka Samhita, was relatively unknown in the western world until the 1990's, when, a man named Dr. F. Karach gave a presentation to the All-Ukrainian Association for Oncology and Bacteriology where he explained an the very simple healing process using cold pressed oils.

The benefit of Dr. Karach's method is that the oil therapy heals the body holistically, in perpetuity. Which is why when you research oil pulling, you find many and varied claims for it's health benefits ...If you heal the system, you heal the symptoms :)

Which Oil To Use?
Ok, so I've researched and wide in my travels, and by far the most personally recommended is organic virgin coconut oil However, ancient texts say to use sesame or sunflower oil. So many recommend the coconut oil that I thought I'd give that a try, seeing as the other 2 options are quite strong in taste. I like the idea of coconut oil for a few reasons. Firstly, because it's the lightest colour, so if there's any staining effect (which there shouldn't be a problem with if you follow up with a brush with bicarb) then there's the least chance of it happening with the lightest colour oil. I also prefer the taste of coconut oil over all the other choices.

Lots of people are also getting great results using olive oil, grape seed oil and hemp seed oil. Give a few different ones a go if you like, and see which your palette prefers. Whichever oil you chose to go with just make sure it's cold pressed and organic :)

UPDATE: I worked my way up to 20min oil pulls, daily, only to find that my face detoxes heavily while doing so ie I break out fiercely. I am told that this happens sometimes. I am going to try with the oil recommended by our ancestors; sesame.

How To Pull Your Oil
When taught oil pulling in India, it is paired with tongue scraping. ie after you pull, then spit out the oil. Use a teaspoon or wooden tongue scraper to scrape the white stuff off your tongue. (Make sure to start gently) If you stick your tongue out and wait a while, the white gunk will magically reappear. scrape again, repeat a few times.

Sip, suck and pull through the teeth for fifteen to twenty minutes. This process makes the oil thoroughly mix with the saliva. Swishing activates the enzymes and the enzymes draw toxins out of the blood. The oil must not be swallowed, for it has become toxic. As the process continues, the oil gets thinner and white. If the oil is still yellow, it has not been pulled long enough. It is then spit from the mouth , the oral cavity must be thoroughly rinsed and mouth must be washed thoroughly.

Only ever spit oil in the BIN! NEVER in the sink! Trust me, if you DO spit oil in the sink, you are going to need the services of a plumber in no time flat.

How Long Does It Take To Pull Oil?
Look, yes, 20min IS a long time to hold oil in your mouth. I'm up to about 8min today. Am building up about a minute a day. The longer I hold it in, it seems, the more clean my mouth feels after. I can feel the antiseptic properties working (enhanced by one solitary drop of lemon balm essence, which will be replaced with oregano oil today) The first 2 days I had the gag reflex trying to kick in, but I persisted and by day 3 it went away.

It takes a long time to accumulate all the toxins in your mouth, so by the same logic, yes, it will take a little time for the oil pulling to really work. However, in some super sensitive people, you can start to feel the effect within the first couple of practices.

When To Pull Your Oil
It's very highly recommended to do your oil pulling on an empty stomach. So, first thing in the morning seems the logical choice. The oil pulling /swishing is done best before breakfast. To accelerate the healing process, it can be repeated three times a day, but always before meals on an empty stomach. Once you have the oil in your mouth, you can move around and do other things while you swish.

What If You Just CANNOT Pull Oil?
I found that after the first few doses I just couldn't do my oil pulling for a while. The gag reflex has been very strong with this. So I've switched to brushing my teeth with coconut oil (just until summer rolls around again. The oil is currently a solid) Hopefully, by summer, I will be used to the feeling of the oil in my mouth from the brushing, and I can get back into the swing of pulling the oil.

The Next Step
I oil pull then rinse my mouth with a warm bicarb solution which helps to remove all the coconut oil that would otherwise be stuck to your teeth and gums. I then brush with a little bicarb and an ever changing choice of one drop of essential oil. Be careful with the bicarb brushing. This is designed to alkalize your mouth. But, bicarb IS abrasive, so make sure you brush softly with it.

If you feel the need to follow up with brushing with a commercial toothpaste to start with, then go for it. After a week or so, you will notice that you don't really need to use that chemical laden stuff at all. The whole aim, for me anyway, is to get as far away as I possibly can, from all chemicals.

Oil Pulling For Better Sleep?
There seem to be a lot of people that say they experience better sleep with oil pulling too. Well, yeah, sounds far fetched eh? I thought so when I first read about this aspect of goodness derived from oil pulling. However, it happened to me lol, so I personally cannot dismiss it anymore. I like to pull my oil at night time, right before shower and bed. Which I did for the first few nights, just fine. After the 4th dose, I slept in in the morning for more than an hour and a half! HA! So, being a person that is NEVER late for anything, I have to wonder 'was it the oil pulling?'

Author's Bio: 

Hi, My name is Pixie
...and I'm a woman on a mission! On a mission to improve both mine and my family's health, one natural remedy at a time.

I have 3 grown up kids and 1 little one left at home. And then there's Sweetpea the wonder dog. She likes to eat organic too, shh! :)

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