31 Day Skin Care Re-Boot Challenge Day 18
Oil Pulling- Ancient Detoxifying Ritual in a Modern World
The first time I heard of “Oil Pulling” I was intrigued, I had a vague idea of what Oil Pulling was from books that I read about Ayurvedic remedies. Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual that was introduced to the modern world in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach MD.
Oil pulling has many health benefits. I have to admit I don’t do it as much as I should, my hope is that writing this post will put my “rear” in gear to make it a habit. It’s not a magic bullet, just as any therapy, alternative or mainstream isn’t. I have talked to many friends who do it on a daily basis and swear by it.
If your looking for more information about the subject a great book is, Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying & Healing The Body Through Oral Cleansing by naturopathic physician Bruce Fife. Here is a short excerpt from the book:
” As simple as it is,oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other parasite and their toxins. Candida and Sterptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet , environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.”
There are many DIY toothpastes if oil pulling isn’t your thing, this is a great alternative for whiter healthier teeth and overall health benefits…..
The Benefits of Oil Pulling:
- Brighter, whiter teeth
- Improved lymphatic system
- Clearer Skin
- Alleviated allergies
- Better Sleep
- Decreased headaches
- Mental clarity
- Increased energy
- Prevents bad breath healthier gums
I have to be totally honest, the first few times I did oil pulling it gagged me a bit, it takes a few times to become friends with it, but it’s worth it! Check out the video by Dr Axe
Are you willing to try it ? Let me know your thoughts and results!
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Written By:Alice Wilcox