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What are The Types of Oils Used for Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurveda therapy which uses certain types of oils to treat a variety of ailments including eczema, bronchitis, headaches and diseases related to the lungs, heart, blood, liver and kidneys.

Sunflower oil, sesame oil and coconut oil are three common types of oils used for oil pulling. The oils should be the organic and refined variety since it will be close to its natural state without having chemicals and additives added to it.

Oil pulling should be done in the morning on an empty stomach before brushing the teeth.
To do the oil pulling, take two teaspoons of the oil and place in your mouth and begin swishing it around inside the mouth. Do this for 20 minutes. Make sure you keep your head in a straight position whilst doing the oil pulling and do not swallow any of the oil.

Make sure to relax the jaw muscles as you are swishing the oil as this will prevent the muscles from aching.

If for some reason you need to spit out the oil before the 20 minutes are up then do so and begin again with new oil. If you did the oil pulling for 5 minutes and had to spit then repeat the process for another 15 minutes with new oil. To get the most out of the treatment it’s important to swish for 20 minutes.

Finally rinse your mouth with warm water which has a little table salt added to it. More about oil pulling can be read here.


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