Oil pulling refers to swishing oil in the mouth as a cleansing procedure, and is a form of natural oral hygiene that is way more powerful than simply brushing teeth, flossing and/or gargling.

An ancient practise found in Ayurvedic medicine, this tried and tested biomedical method of intensive cleansing and detoxing has been enjoying a modern resurgence since the early 1990s, when it was popularised by a medical doctor, Dr F Karach.

Oil pulling is a simple and inexpensive treatment that not only effectively combats yucky bacteria lurking in the mouth, but also simultaneously strengthens gums and whitens teeth. It is also reputed to resolve a wide array of health imbalances and ailments – and all without the risk of adverse side-effects.

which oils are used?

Traditionally, sesame oil, virgin coconut oil or butter oil (ghee) have been used for oil pulling, in various cultures, but sunflower and other oils are also advocated. Choices will generally be influenced by budget and belief.

As health practitioners familiar with vegetal oils are aware, organic, unrefined, cold pressed oils are always preferable for both internal and external use, since they are likely to contain minimal chemical residues and have not been heat-extraction degraded. Additionally, monounsaturated or saturated fats are preferable to polyunsaturated fats for oil oral use.

Virgin coconut oil [VCO], on the other hand, has some outstanding bacteria-busting benefits due to its high lauric acid content – a fatty acid known for its antimicrobial action.

Streptococcus mutans, which is the primary bacterium responsible for dental caries/tooth decay, is inhibited by lauric acid, which makes this oil an obvious choice for dental health, as confirmed below.

It also has antifungal activity, which helps combat candida. In addition, VCO is a comparatively potent detoxing agent. And just to add to its many and varied virtues, it also tastes pretty good, which is helpful when one is swishing away for a long time!  But let this not be a temptation to swallow it.

Coconut oil could prove to be an attractive alternative to chemicals in maintaining oral health. Not only does coconut oil work at relatively low concentrations, but with the worrisome problem of increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important to consider coconut oil a potentially novel new way to control microbial infections.

how is oil pulling done?

Simply slowly swish between 10ml-30ml of your oil of choice in your mouth, ‘pulling’, pushing and munching it between your teeth in a relaxed fashion, for about 15-20 minutes.

You may notice that as the process continues, the oil tends to gets thinner and becomes white or creamy coloured [depending on which oil is used]. This is normal and thought to be due to a mixture of saliva, mucus and accumulated toxins.

Apparently swishing activates enzymes in the saliva and these enzymes draw toxins out of the blood. As such, don’t swallow the toxin or ‘ama-laden’ oil that results from the procedure, as that would rather defeat the detox purpose – and besides, it just seems gross!

When you’re done spit it out, rinse your mouth, and brush your teeth. Rinsing with warm, sea-salt water also has added antimicrobial benefits, and in addition it does not disrupt the balance of healthy flora.

It helps quell the gag reflex if you tilt your chin down or lean forward a bit, as opposed to tilting your head back and letting it hit the back of your throat.

What can it do for your health?

According to oil-pulling guru, Dr Karach – just about everything! He claims it may effectively treats acne, arthritis, bronchitis, cracked lips, chronic blood disorders, encephalitis, eczema, gingivitis and bleeding gums, halitosis, headaches, heart, inflammation, intestinal disorders, kidney, liver, lung, nerve and stomach diseases, as well as nervous disorders, paralysis, sleeplessness/chronic insomnia, strokes, toothache, thrombosis, ulcers [gastric], and woman’s diseases. Quite an impressive list – all in addition to the standard claims of tooth and gums strengthening, cavity-reduction and tooth whitening!

While most of us wouldn’t dream of not brushing our teeth or flossing, this practise is relatively new and only became the norm in the early 1900s. Before that time our ancestors cleaned their teeth with bits of chewed twig – if at all – and they sure didn’t all die as toothless wrinklies! Proof of this is evident, if the dental state of Egyptian mummies from about 3,000 years ago, is anything to go by.

Obviously other factors like nutrition played an integral part in keeping their nashers strong and healthy during those times e.g. they ate very few refined foods – especially sugary food and drink, and tooth enamel destroying, phytic acid laden grains.

Upping the ‘ANTE’ with Essential Oils!

Adding a few drops of essential oil to your daily oil pulling dose can enhance the therapy. About 1 drop per 5ml is usually palatable and effective and a good starting dilution. Organic essential oils are preferential.

In general, spearmint, peppermint, lemon, orange, grapefruit and fennel are good basic essential oils to start with. They can be used either singly or in combination. Other oils, like oregano, tea tree and myrrh also have a place, especially when there is illness or gum disease present, but they are indeed an acquired taste! And although clove oil is traditionally the oil of choice for toothache, take care with the dosage as it’s highly potent and can burn the oral mucosa if indiscriminately used – so take care.

try our cocobaci oil pulling program

Cocobaci’s Oil Pulling Program is an integrated natural technology combining the healing and cleansing benefits of coconut oil, gemmotherapy and aromatherapy:

Coconut Oil inhibits Streptococcus Mutans, the main culprit that causes cavities.Its antifungal properties have been shown to help reduce candida and yeast in the body and fight yeast infections. It can also help fight infection and flu due to its antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties

Gemmotherapy is a special therapy that uses the newly grown tissues of various parts of plants such as the buds, emerging shoots, reproductive parts, rootlets and sap gathered at the time of year when these tissues are at their peak, be it spring (buds) or autumn (seeds), to gain advantage of the hormones and enzymes released. Cocobaci uses a special remedy made from oak bud extract (Quercus pedunculata), that acts as a universal drainer for cellular detox, and is excellent for gum disease and inflammation

Aromatherapy is an ancient method of holistic healing that uses aromas to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. The physical and emotional benefits of essential oils can be used to manage a wide range of illnesses.

Benefits of Cocobaci Oil Pulling

  • Improves dental health
  • Removes Bacteria and Plaque
  • Brighter, Whiter teeth
  • Drains toxins
  • Assists with hangovers
  • Helps to prevent and relieve headaches

Cocobaci 15-Day Oil Pulling program is formulated in 3 delicious flavors with optimal blend of essential oils to bring different benefits for your oral health and make oil pulling tastier than ever! Choose your favourite: Cool Mint, Lemon Sparkle and Raspberry.

Cocobaci ingredients are organic and natural, certified by USDA.

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