What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Indian folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth for around 20 minutes to “pull out” toxins. The practice is said to improve oral health, whiten teeth, and freshen breath.

The mechanism by which oil pulling works is not entirely clear, but it is thought that the oil attracts and absorbs toxins from the oral cavity. The oil is then spat out and the toxins are eliminated from the body.

Oil pulling is a simple, inexpensive and convenient way to improve your oral health while enjoying other benefits such as whiter teeth, stronger gums and fresher breath.

Ayurvedic Origins

Oil pulling is a part of ayurvedic medicine that focuses on detoxification and oral health. Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that originated in India several thousand years ago. It is based on the belief that the body is a system of interconnected parts, and that illness is the result of imbalance in the body. Ayurveda seeks to restore balance and health through a combination of diet, lifestyle changes, and herbal remedies.

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