Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic remedy that has been used for hundreds of years. It involves ‘swishing oil in the mouth’ and then spitting it out. Oil pulling can improve the condition of the gums and teeth by reducing dental bacteria, viruses and fungi – which in turn fosters overall health. Ayurveda practioners swear by it, claiming it can heal diseases from common colds to cancer. The theory behind this is bacteria such as Candida or Streptococcus which is commonly found in the mouth, can multiply and secrete toxins into the bloodstream, thereby causing inflammatory disorders like heart disease.
Some benefits of Oil Pulling
How to do Oil Pulling
Use one table spoon of cold pressed oil (preferably coconut oil, but sesame seed oil or sunflower oil is effective too) and rinse mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. Ideally this should be done on an empty stomach in break-fast and then spat out. It is important not to gargle the oil in the throat. Once finishing, it is recommended to rinse the mouth with water and a bit of sea salt and then proceed to brushing teeth, flossing… whatever your morning routine.
I have been trying this on and off, but for the past week have done it every day religiously. I find my teeth are whiter, my skin is shinny and I have been sleeping better. This is such a cheap and harmless remedy, why wouldn’t you give it a go!? The results will speak for themselves.
Let me know how you go! Or if you have any experience of having done Oil Pulling please share, I would love to hear about it!
Love and light,
Ginger has become a family friend in my household. I love its unique spicy – zingy taste. I brew it in an infusion on most winter mornings, or make ginger ice tea in summer, juice it with my veggies (ginger, apple and carrots – hello!) and like cooking with it in my stir fries.
Ginger becomes my best friend when I’m battling a cold or overdone it in Bikram and feel nauseous, thanks to its unique healing properties.
The healing property of ginger comes from the volatile oils, such as gingerols, that are responsible for its strong taste. The rhizomes from younger ginger plants are generally used for cooking because the older the plant is, the more essential oils are present and the stronger the flavor. Rhizomes from older plants are harvested for medicinal uses.
It has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years thanks to its incredible health benefits. Fresh ginger is used for asthma, coughs, colic, heart palpitations, swellings, dyspepsia, loss of appetite and rheumatism, while the dried root is used to “strengthen” the stomach.
Benefits of Ginger
Ginger is available all year around. If peeled it can stay unrefrigerated for 3 weeks, or you can freeze it and go using it as you please for up to 6 months i.e. grate it, cut parts off etc.
Why not try a cool summer drink, by cooling your brewed ginger tea, with some squeezed lime and a few drops of stevia to sweeten.
How do you use ginger?
IMPORTANT: If you are taking medications, consult a health practitioner, as all herbs can interact with other medications.