You must have seen many videos and posts about the oil pulling. Although it became popular recently, it is not a new-age technique but an ancient practice with its roots in Ayurveda. Oil pulling or oil swishing is also known as kavalagraham or snigda gandoosha. It is a practice of swishing a spoon of oil in your mouth for around 20 minutes. It is said that the swishing of oil can pull out the toxins from your body, improving your oral and overall health. This Ayurvedic dental technique is done on an empty stomach in the morning. The list of health benefits are oil pulling is long and it includes lower dental issues, whiter teeth, fewer gum issues, gingivitis and cavity prevention, improved breath, relief from headaches, plaque reduction, stronger gums and teeth, less sinus and sleep issues, clears acne and skin issues and relief from asthma. So, we tried to test this technique to know whether it is as good as everyone is saying. Here’s everything you need to know about oil pulling.

The procedure:

Oil pulling is simple. You have to take a tablespoon of oil, put it in your mouth and swish it for around 20 minutes. You do not have to swish aggressively like you do while using a mouthwash. You can gently swish it around your mouth and then after 20 minutes, spit it out. Make sure your spitting it in the trash and not in your sink as toxins you are spitting out can discolor your sink or block it. Use warm water with a pinch of salt to rinse your mouth and then brush your teeth.

I chose coconut oil for the procedure but any other vegetable oil can be used. Coconut oil is considered to be a natural alternative to mouthwash. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin D and vitamin D. It is also known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Coconut oil is also rich in antioxidants. Traditionally, sesame oil was in use for oil pulling.

Day 1: I decided to start with a teaspoon of coconut oil instead of a tablespoon (and that was a mistake) I took a teaspoon of coconut oil and put it in my mouth. I swished for about three minutes and then my mouth slowly started filling with saliva. After about five minutes, I could hold the entire amount of oil and saliva mixture in my mouth. I had to spit it out.

Coconut oil

I realized that taking just a teaspoon of coconut oil left some space in my mouth while swishing and it was then filled with saliva. By the end of five minutes, there was so much saliva in my mouth that I have to spit everything out.

Day 2: It was better than day 1 as I used a tablespoon of coconut oil. It was easier to swish it around my mouth.  However, I found it very boring procedure and 10 minutes felt like forever.

Oil pulling became easier after a week and I started enjoying the freshness I experienced after the procedure. I could do swishing for about 15 minutes by the end of a week and I felt proud but the procedure still felt a little boring even though I was reading the news during the process.

By the end of the third week, I could see that my teeth were whiter and my mouth felt cleaner. Instead of reading news, I used the time, when I was doing oil pulling, to pay attention to my breathing and sitting in padmasana. I felt better and was no longer finding the procedure boring.

Now, after a month, I am happy that I tried oil pulling. My teeth are not only whiter but are also stronger. My breath feels fresh and my gums are not bleeding anymore. I had a positive experience with oil pulling and would recommend it.