Oily Mouthwash?

Headlines, Natural Healing and Prevention with Dr. Joseph Russo — By on March 12, 2014 10:56 AM

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What is this?  Rinsing my mouth out with oil?  It sounds as bad as soap.  I had to get to the bottom of this oily mess.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayervedic practice of swishing unrefined plant oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes to help pull toxins from the body.  That was a mouthful!

There are not many studies that directly show detoxification results for the body, but the health benefits for teeth and gums seem to be evident.  It is touted to help halitosis, gingivitis, plaque, and more.  The additional benefits that I have found are in the chart below.

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What kind of oil do you use?
Cold pressed, organic, raw oil is supposed to be crucial for effectiveness. The best oil to use seems to be sesame.  Other oils that can be used as well are; sunflower, coconut, and olive oils.

Okay, so how does this work?
1)  Preferably in the morning, before eating or drinking anything, put a tablespoon of the oil of your choice in your mouth and swish it around.  It is important for it to reach all teeth and gums but don’t gargle with it, just swish.

2)  Swish in your mouth for approximately 15 minutes.  Sounds like a lifetime, right?  One website had a good idea.  After you take the tablespoon of oil, take your morning shower and then come out and sit.  Just remember to spit in the toilet or trash, as it may clog the sink.  Wow, doesn’t this sound elegant!

3)  The oil will foam in your mouth so if it feels like too much than spit some of it out.

4) Once the 15-20 minutes are up and you have gotten rid of the oil in your mouth, you can brush your teeth or just rinse with water.

I have to say, from someone with bad enamel and sensitive teeth, it’s worth a try.  I will let you know how it goes.  If anyone has tried this already, please feel free to share.  I would love to hear about your experience.


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