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Oil Pulling 101

November 7 2017

Oil Pulling 101

This post comes to us from Nathalie Minerva, Bala Fremont Front Desk Karma Yogi

Oil pulling, also know as Kavala or Garusha, was introduced to Ayurveda holistic medicine, in order to treat oral cavity deformities, plaque and infection. It is practiced by swishing a table spoon of oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes. In the early 1990’s, Dr. F. Karach successfully introduced this system to his medical practice, and recorded a notable improvement in his patient’s overall oral flora, whiter teeth, better skin, and a boost in their immune system.

How it works

The oil pulls germs and bacteria from your gums, helping the body get rid of all unnecessary toxins. As your gum hygiene plays an essential role in the overall health of your body, it is directly connected to your organs, and helps with much more than just detoxifying your mouth. Some people swear oil pulling has helped them treat discomforts such as arthritis, asthma, headaches, hormone imbalances, infections, liver problems and more. Personally, oil pulling has helped me with acne, mucus and sinus problems, plaque, sensitive enamel, and teeth whitening. Hopefully, after a couple of years of practice, the list of benefits will grow!

Oil Pulling 101

Oil pulling instructions

  • Put 1 – 2 teaspoons of oil into your mouth. The oil traditionally used in oil pulling has been sesame, organic coconut, or olive oil. It is important to use safe, quality products to ensure that the practice is done safely and efficiently. Using low quality products can result in opposite effects. If you want to be sure you have a good product, pick up the Paavani Refreshing Mint Oil Pulling Oil for sale at Bala Fremont.
  • Swish for 20 minutes. It may not be easy at first, but it’s important to stick to this time frame. Be gentle. There is no need to be as aggressive as you would with mouth wash. Your jaw might get a little stiff the first few times, and the oil will double in size, as it draws in saliva as well as toxins. Be sure not to swallow any of the toxins back into your body!
  • Spit the oil into the trash can, not the sink (coconut oil can regain a solid form, and the oil may clog your pipes). Again, do not swallow the oil as it is full of bacteria and toxins that you worked hard to get rid of.
  • Rinse well with warm water. I recommend swishing with warm water a few times to rid your mouth of any residues.
  • Brush. To make sure remaining bacteria is removed, brush as you normally would.
  • It is recommended that oil pulling is practiced in the morning, on an empty stomach. That is when your mouth is full of bacteria and you can get the most out of this practice. Some doctors/dentists go as far as saying you can do this before each meal!

Who can do Oil Pulling?

  • Children: Several practitioners have said that oil pulling is safe for kids once they are old enough to not swallow.
  • Pregnancy: Oral health is especially important during pregnancy, since the flora of your mouth and stomach are directly connected. I asked a midwife, and she assured that it was generally considered safe for pregnant women, especially after the first trimester.
  • Dental issues: Most dentists will say it is safe, but it’s recommended to check with your specialist first, in case you have any crowns, metal fillings or dental problems that might need special attention. Oil pulling has been said to act great against bacteria that causes tooth decay, without interrupting any other installations.
  • Note: Some people supposedly notice a detox reaction on the first few days. Some examples might me mild congestion, headache, mucous drainage or other effects. Personally, I didn’t notice any of these effects but advise you to not be alarmed if one of these does happen.

Happy Pulling!


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Words By: Nathalie Minerva – Artist, Ashtangi, environmentalist
Photos By: Naomi Huober

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