Last week I started something which is probably pretty new to some of you, but is actually an ancient way to cleanse yourself. When I first read the words "oil pulling" I was kinda disgusted by it. I didn't know what it meant, so I was making up my own definitions. Although it seems like a pretty nasty thing, to put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and spit it out after 20 minutes, it's actually not that bad once you've started. Oil pulling has amazing health benefits and I'm finally going to try it for 30 days. Depending on my experiences, I might stop or continue after these 30 days. It is a very "trendy" thing to do nowadays apparently. I noticed this once I started doing some online research. I actually found out about it in a book about ancient detox rituals. I've started last Monday and I'm so excited about it that I decided to share my journey.
Let me explain you a bit about what oil pulling is and what it can do for you. I'll be back after I've finished the 30 days to tell you what happened during my experience and if I will continue. There is not much I can tell you up to this point only that the challenge is "on"!! After 7 days I'm pretty much used to it. It is too early to tell the benifits, something is changing, but I can't quite tell you yet what it is.
If you have any questions whatsoever, please ask! I've done quite a bit of reading about this subject! :D
Sending you my Love & Hugs,
WHAT IS OIL PULLING?
Oil pulling (kavala graha) is a natural way to detoxify the body. This technique is centuries old and is originally from 3000 years old Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda is a health science that originated in India and is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). Oil pulling is already mentioned in the Charaka Samhita, one of the ancient Sanskrit texts where these health teachings are based. Kavala means "mouth washing" and graha meands "to grab". In other words you could say, when moving around oil in your mouth, the oil grabs toxins in your mouth and by spitting it out, the oil pulls them out. Oil pulling has so many benefits, the most important one; it detoxifies your body and brings balance to your overall health. Let me give you a few examples of benefits...
HEALTH BENIFITS OF OIL PULLING
These are just a few benefits. Everybody experiences it differently, because nobody is the same, but these are the most common:
Oral Hygiene: Cures tooth decay | Kills bad breath | Heals bleeding gums | Whitens teeth | Strengthens gums and jaw | Soothes throat dryness
Improves Skin: Improves acne | Heals cracked lips | Reduction of rashes and skin issues
Overall Health Benefits: Detoxes the body | Boosts immune system | Aids hormonal changes | Reduces inflammation | Increases energy
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Most oil pullers start first thing in the morning. The oil which is used most (I use it as well) is coconut oil. You can do your daily rituals during the oil pulling; shower, get dressed, make a breakfast. The usual amount is one tablespoon. You might want to take a little more or less, depending on the size of your mouth. It needs to be a comfortable amount for you to be able to mix it with your saliva. It is not a mouth wash, don't gargle. Just calmly move the oil around in your mouth in your oral cavities and over your teeth. Do not swallow it, but if it happens by accident don't freak out, it's not a big deal. The time you want to keep the oil in your mouth depends on the complaints you have. 5 to 20 minutes will suffice. Spit the oil (preferably in the trashcan on a piece of tissue, else you might clog the sink). Wash your mouth with warm water. I like to right away brush my teeth afterwards. If your schedule allows it, wait 30 minutes with eating your breakfast. Image Source: Food Matters
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