Coco-Nuts for Oil Pulling
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the latest health-related news, you’re no stranger to the infamous fluoride controversy.
In fact, if you’ve only been keeping an eye on this blog, you should be pretty well informed.
Only last week, I highlighted the dangers and risks posed to our health by exposure to this wolf in sheep’s clothing.
But, of course, such a revelation can only gain infamy if its impact is far reaching…
And its impact can only be far reaching if its use is widespread…
And if its use is widespread –and is now being discouraged– as a reasonable person, I can’t help but wonder, what will fill the void?
Well, a little bit of digging, found that ancient history was about to make fluoride…ancient history.
For the last 3,000 years, Ayurvedic literature has taught the use of Oil Pulling for improving oral, as well as systemic health.
According to ancient texts, Oil Pulling, or “Kavala”, was also successfully used in the treatment of headaches, migraines, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and acne.
Wanna Give it a Try?
The process of Oil Pulling itself, is quite simple.
The ideal time of day is first thing in the morning, when the palate is clean and there are no foods or drinks remaining in the mouth to interfere with the action of the oil.
Anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon of the selected oil is taken into the mouth and swished around for approximately 20 minutes.
The timing is thought to be crucial; you need to swish long enough clean plaque and other bacteria, however, if you over-swish, you might allow the bacteria to re-enter your mouth, defeating the purpose of the procedure.
When the twenty minutes is up, be sure to spit the oil into a small plastic bag or trash can and rinse with a glass of warm water.
DO NOT SWALLOW the oil, as it is said to be inundated with the very bacteria and toxins you are trying to rid yourself of.
Also, because some oils, like coconut oil are solid at room temperature, it’s not wise to spit the oil down the sink or flush it down the porcelain throne.
Tradition encourages the strict use of either coconut oil, sesame oil, or ghee for the purposes of Oil Pulling.
But, if I had to pick a favorite, my money is on unrefined, extra-virgin Coconut Oil.
Coconut oil is the only of the three containing the highly beneficial lauric acid, which touts powerful anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.
…not to mention I LOVE the tropical taste of coconut.
Amongst the long list of early established benefits of oil pulling, more recent anecdotal evidence from the large population of loyal “pullers” has shown Oil Pulling to also:
-Strengthen teeth, gums, and jaws
-Prevent and treat oral diseases such as gingivitis
-Prevent bad breath
-Reduce gum bleeding
-Prevent throat, mouth, and lip dryness
And if the long list of amazing benefits isn’t enough to push you past your reservations, you should also know there’s never been any documented negative side effects.
So go on! Give it a whirl..and a swish and a gargle.
Then spit it out and let me know what you think below.
Did you love it? Did you hate it? Would you try it again?General Health