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November 17, 2013

NATURAL HEALTH: Oil pulling a improves oral health, inflammation

Tonawanda News — Oil pulling — or oil swishing — is a healing remedy popular in the traditional Ayurvedic medical practice on the Indian subcontinent. It has also become a very favorable and effective treatment for oral health. 

Other health conditions that may see improvements with regular oil pulling include inflammation, allergy relief, headaches, heavy metal accumulation, eczema and ulcerative conditions of the stomach.

Most individuals who incorporate this practice will swear that it reduces oral plaque, eliminates bad breath and minimizes gingivitis. It appears to stop the growth of strep bacteria, especially when coconut oil is used. 

 It is a known fact that poor oral hygiene correlates with an increased risk for cardiac complications. Those individuals that suffer from bleeding gums or dry mouth/throat conditions will likely benefit from oil pulling.

For those of us concerned with looking young for as long as we can, oil pulling has some beauty benefits that could make it a worthwhile addition to our daily routine. Coconut oil can be used as a skin moisturizer and make-up remover, as well as for supplementation and cooking. Oil pulling may also help to whiten teeth, improve acne and help promote a glowing complexion. The reason behind these claims has to do with the natural antibiotic and anti-viral properties of the coconut oil.

The most common oils used in the practice of oil pulling are coconut oil, sesame oil and sunflower oil. Some suggest that coconut is the most beneficial, as it fights the growth of strep bacteria, but many Ayurvedic practitioners recommend sesame oil.

The oil must be cold-pressed — raw — to be effective. This practice is most effective on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Take 1 tablespoon of your oil of choice and swish in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. When you spit out the oil you will notice that it now has a cloudy appearance. 

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