Updated: Apr 19
Ayurveda is one of the oldest holistic healing systems in the world, created thousands of years ago in India.
The focus of the Aurvedic approach places the emphasis on maintaining a balanced body, mind and soul to maintain good health, through a nourishing diet, exercise and wellbeing practices.
One of the ancient techniques used in this system is called oil pulling, which is fantastic for good oral hygiene.
The practice is said to draw out toxins in the mouth (and the rest of the body), leaving you with cleaner, whiter teeth, healthier gums and fresher breath.
It may sound revolting but it’s easier than it sounds;
Once or twice a week pop a teaspoon of coconut oil into your mouth, allow it to melt and gently hold it or swill it around your teeth for 5-10 minutes.
When the time is up simply spit the oil into a bin (do not spit it into the sink as the fat can solidify and clog your pipes!)
You may, like me, find the texture and taste very odd to begin with but the more I did it the more I got used to it and, now that I’ve seen the benefits, I find it easy to practice.
The best time to do it is before breakfast, just avoid doing it around the same time as brushing your teeth.
5-10 minutes feels like a long time but build up slowly and do something distracting! (I usually put my make up on or make my bed).
Use oil pulling as an addition to your daily routine, which should always include brushing twice daily and regular flossing.
Remember to spit the oil out, we want to get rid of those toxins!
A word on buying the right product:
The rise in popularity of coconut oil has seen some dedicated oil-pulling products hitting the shops and they’re not cheap!
You honestly don’t need to spend a fortune, you can use the same oil that you would use for your cooking which can be picked up easily in most supermarkets.