Oil treatment, oil pulling, oil chewing - what is it all about?
For some people it is as natural as brushing their teeth every day or taking a shower in the morning: Oil pulling! What at first glance appears to be a new wellness trend is actually part of a millennia-old health doctrine. Oil pulling is an alternative medical, ayurvedic method in which you rinse your mouth with vegetable oils. This is said to remove toxins from the mouth and cure or alleviate many diseases. Not only does oil pulling make a great contribution to your oral hygiene, but it is also supposed to detoxify the entire organism. Even though there is no large-scale proof of a positive effect so far, but half of Hollywood allegedly swears by the detox trend of oilpulling cures, we are getting to the bottom of it - uh... on the trail of oil.
How does oil pulling work?
Even if this beauty and health tip sounds strange at first, it is currently conquering the West. The simple method of oil pulling became known in Western Europe through Dr. F. Karach, speaker at the meeting of the Association of Oncologists and Bacteriologists at the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. According to him, the effect of the healing method is created by the intensive movement of sunflower oil in the oral cavity. By moving the oil back and forth, harmful bacteria in your oral cavity are killed. The gums are massaged, which improves blood circulation and makes them tighter around the teeth again. Plaque is reduced and toxins and bacteria are removed from your mouth. Bad breath, tooth decay and periodontosis are prevented. And side effects? There are hardly any, but you should definitely inform yourself in advance.
How do I pull oil effectively?
Since many toxins, bacteria and pathogens accumulate in your mouth overnight, ideally you should pull the oil in the morning, immediately after getting up on an empty stomach and before brushing your teeth. Simply take a tablespoon of the oil of your choice into your mouth and move it back and forth, suck and pull it through your teeth until the oil takes on a whiter colour. You can also take short breaks to allow the oil to work its way into the mucous membranes. Take your time, as it takes at least 15 minutes for the oil to collect all toxins and bacteria in the mouth. For this reason you should never swallow or gargle with the oil! When you are finished, spit it preferably in a kitchen or cosmetic towel (and dispose of it in the household waste) and not in the sink, as it hardens in the drainpipe and can clog the pipe. Then rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth. For the best possible and health-promoting effect, the application should be carried out over several weeks, or better yet, become an integral part of your morning routine!
What does it help against?
According to experience reports, oil cures help against a variety of complaints. For you we have listed some of them here:
- tooth decay and Periodontosis
- Dry mouth and odour
- chapped and cracked lips
- Bronchitis and flu-like infections
- stomach ulcers and inflammation of the mucous membranes
Which oils are suitable?
In principle, any oil can be used for oil pulling, e.g. normal household cooking oil, such as sunflower oil or olive oil. Coconut oil is recommended by many alternative practitioners, but hemp oil is particularly suitable thanks to its numerous positive properties. Here are a few options for you:
1. Sesame oil - The classic Ayurvedic variety
Sesame is one of the oldest oilseeds in the world. Originally from East Africa, it quickly spread to India, China and Latin America. It is one of the richest oil plants in the world and the remedy of choice in traditional Indian Ayurveda. It has the property of penetrating deepest of all oils into the tissues in the oral cavity and thus most effectively promoting the breakdown of harmful substances. This oil can help you especially with gum inflammations and periodontosis. Rich in minerals, trace elements, lecithin and choline, it also contains a lot of calcium and has a strong antioxidant effect. It has a positive effect on heart activity as well as on blood clotting and cholesterol levels.
2. Linseed oil - the Omega-3 powerhouse
Only virgin or cold-pressed linseed oil should be used both for cooking and for oil pulling. Due to its high omega-3 fatty acid content, it is good overall for cardiovascular complaints and for brain function. Linseed oil is also said to help against diabetes, as it can influence the blood sugar level. The oil has a particularly healing effect in the mouth and throat area: in folk medicine, the oil has been used to treat asthma, coughing, bronchitis and hoarseness, among other things. If the tart taste of linseed oil is too strong for you, you can mix it 1:1 with an oil of your choice, e.g. coconut oil!
3. Coconut oil - The taste winner
Virgin coconut oil is excellent for oil pulling. On the one hand because of its pleasant taste, on the other hand because it has strong antibacterial properties and is therefore particularly good for your mouth flora. You can recognise carefully processed coconut oil by its colour: it is always white! Heated coconut oil reveals itself by its slight yellow colour, which is caused when the naturally contained sugar of the fruit pulp caramelises when heated. Natural coconut oil is rich in minerals, trace elements, vitamins (e.g. all B vitamins and vitamin E) and amino acids. Certified organic, it is particularly high quality and a clear winner in terms of taste - not unimportant if you are to keep it in your mouth for 15 minutes!
4. Hemp oil - One of the most valuable vegetable oils
More and more people appreciate the benefits of this healthy, anti-inflammatory vegetable oil. However, it does not have the intoxicating effect commonly thought of, because at just 4mg THC per kilogram, the oil would have to be drunk by the litre for an effect to be achieved. The oil pressed from hemp seeds has a multitude of positive properties that are beneficial to health and can be used especially for skin problems. High-quality, cold-pressed hemp oil has a light to dark green colour and a slightly nutty taste. The darker the oil, the stronger its flavour.
5. Mouth pulling oils - It's the mixture that does it
Instead of simple vegetable oils, a special mouth oil can also be used for oil pulling. Hundreds of years ago, our oral cavity was much less polluted, there was no refined sugar and our food was generally less processed. The combination of different oils with essential essences can promote a holistic effect. Especially in the field of oral hygiene, mixtures can make sense: Thyme is effective against gum inflammation and throat diseases. Myrrh prevents periodontosis and bleeding gums and juniper gives fresh breath. Niaouli strengthens the gums and reduces germs and cloves help against toothache and swelling of the gums.
Design your individual oil treatment
Do you have a particular complaint? No problem, you can design your treatment individually: Just add another (essential) oil to your oil! Here are a few examples:
- Aniseed and fennel, for example, help with respiratory problems and soothe your mucous membranes,
- Lavender helps against nervousness and relaxes,
- Peppermint revitalises and works wonders for headaches and
- Tea tree oil disinfects and helps against inflammation.
Find out what is best for healing your ailments and create your oil mixture in advance, which you will use for the duration of the cure. You can add about 3-5 drops of another oil per 100ml. However, for a quantity of 500ml, 12-15 drops are sufficient for an effective application. However, please note with aromatic oils: less is more!
Your oil - your routine
At the beginning it can take a lot of effort to put a spoonful of oil in your mouth for several minutes in the early morning. After all, we usually only ingest small amounts of oil - and these are usually in salads or fried foods. Even the prospect that the ritual should be performed daily in the morning on an empty stomach does not help. But we can comfort you, this is how it happens to almost everyone who starts drawing oil anew. In any case, choose an oil that you particularly like and optionally start with a smaller amount of oil. Even a teaspoon can have an excellent effect and help to detoxify. If you start with a smaller amount, you can also start with a shorter period of time. Increase the amount and time just as you feel comfortable, because: Pulling oil should be fun and pleasant!