Achieve better health and beauty results with this new trend.
We've all done some pretty crazy and likely painful things in the pursuit of beauty. So it's a happy relief to learn about a new trend called oil pulling that yields incredible results for some of our biggest concerns. From whitening teeth to clearing acne and skin issues, the benefits of oil pulling are well received!
What Is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is one of many ancient remedies for full body detoxification and oral health. It can be done with various types of oils – coconut, sunflower, and olive - but sesame oil is regarded as the best oil for this practice. The process is simple. Take one tablespoon of cold pressed oil and swish it around in your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes, then spit it out. That’s it!
What Does Oil Pulling Do?
Whitening Teeth: The oils contain a natural antibiotic that not only kills the bacteria inside your mouth, but also brightens dull or yellowed teeth. By swishing the oil daily, you can prevent bad breath issues, treat gum disease, and whiten teeth naturally.
Clear Acne and Skin Issues: Oil pulling is known for its ability to detox the body. With that, the toxins that often cause skin issues and blemishes can be released. Stress is also tied to the toxins in your body, so as those are released, you may feel a decrease in stress levels.
Total Body Health: Many believe that the oils are beneficial for the lymphatic system as harmful bacteria are removed from the body. While the majority of the benefits are focused around the mouth and throat, other benefits may include
- Relief from migraine headaches
- Re-balancing hormone levels
- Reduction in inflammation caused by arthritis
- Fewer problems with insomnia
- Alleviated symptoms of a hangover
Various studies have been done on the effectiveness of oil pulling. In 2007, a study showed that after 45 days of oil pulling, participants had a significant reduction in gingivitis. In 2008, a separate study found a significant decrease in the bacteria count in participants’ mouths and less susceptibility to dental cavities. While oil pulling may not be the miracle cure for every bodily ailment, members of the beauty community are jumping on this new trend bandwagon and loving it.