Oil pulling is the “newest” old health trend that is picking up steam.
Oil pulling is a process from the Indian medicine system called Ayurveda. The process has been around for a long time, but its just now starting to become a trend in the United States as an extra step to take care of one’s oral health, reports The Inquisitr.
Oil pulling is a simple process. All that is required is a teaspoon of an organic oil, users of the process suggest coconut oil or sesame oil, and 20 minutes. All someone needs to do for oil pulling is swish the oil around in their mouth for 20 minutes and then gargle a cup of warm water. The oil shouldn’t be swallowed and should instead be spit out, The Inquisitr notes.
EBONY.com gives a detailed look at exactly how oil pulling helps take care of gums and teeth.
First, the oils mix with the saliva, turning it into a thin, white liquid. Lipids in the oils begin to pull out toxins from the saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white. Once the oil has reached this consistency, it is spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed. Oil pulling creates a soapy environment that cleanses the mouth, as the fat in oil is an emulsifier by nature. The oil cleanses out harmful bacteria and reduces fungal overgrowth. The oil helps in cellular restructuring, and is related to the proper functioning of the lymph nodes and other internal organs.