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Oil pulling..would you do it for the sake of health?

coconut oil pullingNo really…is oil pulling worth the hype and a worthwhile inclusion in your daily routine?

Oil pulling is very simple. If you haven’t heard of it before there may be some weird and wonderful thoughts going on in you mind but basically you rinse your mouth out with some type of unrefined plant oil (e.g., coconut, sesame, sunflower, olive, palm) much like you would with a mouthwash, for 20 minutes each day. Oil pulling has its origins in Ayurvedic medicine, which dates back thousands of years.

“Oil pulling is said to treat chronic pain, insomnia, cavities, allergies, thrombosis, diabetes, asthma, bad breath, gingivitis, digestive issues, meningitis, low energy, heart disease, kidney disease, “toxic bodily waste,” PMS, leukemia and even AIDS. Oil pulling, it would seem, is truly a life-changing medical miracle.” Snopes.com


There are many devotes out there that claim it works wonders but it’s not something I have given a crack, and not sure if I want to for that matter. From what I have researched though oil pulling is taking off fasting than a green juice in a jar as natural cure in health circles for those mentioned above.


The process of swishing, and rolling the oil around massages gum tissue, which could improve blood flow in the gums plus it is less harmful alternative than a chemical/alcohol laden mouthwash. This study shows a link between a reduced rate in plaque but really nothing replaces good dental hygiene (brushing, flossing, regular dental visits).  There doesn’t seem to be any clinical research and I don’t buy the claim that it detoxifies…only your liver and kidneys are capable of that.


Our mouths are naturally grounds for bacteria so if you swish anything in your mouth for 20 minutes it is going to do something and react with our saliva. There is a huge difference in oils also which makes me a little sceptic as the efficiency. I can’t really even find a correct definition of what ‘pulling’ is.. some say is it from the oil through your teeth and others say it’s because toxins are being pulled through your body.


One thing to be wary of though if it does float your boat and something you would like to try is that be careful not to ingest the oil. If the oil is accidentally inhaled repeatedly there is a risk of lipoid pneumonia, which happens to people when oil gets into the lungs. Perhaps test your swishing and gargling with water first!


So for me I’ll put my 20 minutes a day to better use but respect those that say it works. If your keen to know more or give it a try Wellness Mama, just be sure to do your research and consider any allergies you may have first.


pic via healthybodynow.com

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  • Georgina Clarke

    I looked into when it started trending, but like you, couldn’t find any scientific evidence of benefit. I’ll be waiting for a little more proof myself.