Oil Pulling - For A Brighter Smile And Great Health
Gandushi, commonly called oil pulling is a very powerful ayurvedic ritual with an endless litany of benefits. Some of you may be raising your eyebrows with shock but believe me, it’s a wonderful, simple and very cheap addition to improving your dental hygiene and overall health. Here is what Charaka Samhita, an ancient ayurvedic text states about Gandushi: “Keeping of oil gargle provides strength in jaws and voice, development of the face, maximum taste and relish of food. One does not suffer from dryness of throat, lip cracking and teeth become firmly rooted. The teeth do not ache or become sensitive and can chew the hardest food items”. But oil pulling’s benefits goes far beyond whiter teeth and clean mouth; it strengthens the immune system, heals eczema, ulcers, nerve diseases, insomnia, even infertility. Gandushi is a highly detoxifying ritual as the properties of the oil attract toxins (heavy metals, preservatives, parasites, pesticides, hormones, etc.) stored in our fat tissue and removing them through skin, our largest organ of elimination.
HOW TO DO IT
Oil pulling is most beneficial when done first thing in the MORNING, using some warm, organic, unrefined, cold-pressed oil:sesame, coconut or any other good quality oil you have in your kitchen cupboard. Use one than agrees with you in terms of the taste and remember, this is a morning ritual. If for some reason you can’t do it in the morning, you can do that on an empty stomach, ideally after 3 hours of you taking any food. Before you start, scrub the toxic white coating off your tongue with either a tongue scraper or silver tea spoon (use only stainless steel or copper ones as they prevent the building up of bacteria on the tools themselves). Make sure you warm up your oil before you start. I simply put mine in a small glass bottle and heat it up in a cup of warm water. Take a sip of oil and gargle for a minimum of 5 minutes- the longer the better- all around your mouth; you can do it while getting change, taking shower or preparing your breakfast. Once finished, spit out the oil either to the toilet or container since the gargled oil contains bacteria pulled out from the body, which may be harmful. At this point you can additionally rinse your mouth with warm salted water (you can use normal table salt but more beneficial would be Himalayan pink salt). Salted water has antibacterial, soothing, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. Always brush your teeth straight away using fluoride-free toothpaste.