While I was away in India this year, I came across a new and interesting holistic health practice. This practice is called Oil Pulling or Kavala. I am going to chat about oil pulling in this post, its benefits and why you should be incorportaing it into your daily practices! So let's begin...
What is oil pulling?
Kavala is an Ayurvedic practice that focuses on mouth and overall body health. It involves swishing one tablespoon of oil around in your mouth to remove toxins and harmful bacteria. It is like a mouth wash that removes bacteria by dissolving it into the oil and spitting it out after about 15 minutes. Studies have found that the practice moistens the gums, promotes saliva production and reduces inflammation by reducing the harmful bacteria in your mouth. There are many bacteria but not all are good for you!
Harmful bacteria can be a major factor in tooth problems, yellow teeth, tooth decay, bad breath etc. and oil pulling will reduce the number of harmful bacteria, ultimately leading to improved oral health.
What oils can I use?
Coconut oil, seseme oil, olive oil...
What are the benefits?
As already mentioned above there are quite a few benefits of oil pulling:
1. Reduces inflmmation - and certain conditions linked to inflammation.
2. Helps with bad breath
3. Prevents cavity formation and tooth decay
4. Whitens your teeth
5. Helps with digestion
6. Reduces Bloating
7. Simple and a cheap method to add to your daily routine
How do I do oil pulling?
It is a very simple process and a super easy thing to do if you do something else at the same time - like house work, reading, showering etc. This needs to be done on an empty stomach.
1. 1 tablespoon of the oil of your choice (I prefer coconut oil!)
2. Swish the oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes - be extra careful not to swallow anything as you do not want to swallow the bacteria and toxins in the oil.
3. Spit out the liquid into the toilet or trashcan (not down the sink as this can clog the drain).
4. Have a small glass of salt water handy to swish around in your mouth afterward to remove any remaining oil.
5. Brush your teeth as normal and carry on with your day.
I hope you enjoy adding this into your daily routines!! I have loved doing this daily and have noticed a conserable difference in my oral health.
Let us know how you get on!
Amelia xx (@reduce_girl)
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