Oil pulling is a safe and effective traditional home remedy for cleaning teeth and gums while detoxifying the body using food-grade sesame or coconut oil. Other oils can also be used. India and Asia have been oil pulling for at least 3,000 years, using this home remedy to treat approximately 30 systemic diseases. Oil pulling has only been popular in the US for about 20 years.
A sinus infection causes a variety of uncomfortable issues. Swollen nasal passages, inflammation in the mucous membranes, drainage and pressure are all common symptoms of the condition and can be difficult to treat. However, oil pulling may help treat this condition while supporting good overall health.
The process for oil pulling is fairly straightforward. Prior to brushing your teeth and on an empty stomach, take one tablespoon of oil into the mouth. Swish the oil around for several minutes, typically 15 to 20, and spit it out. Rinse the mouth with warm water and brush your teeth as normal. (Do not spit oil into the sink or toilet as regularly doing so could cause plumbing clogs.)
What Oil Should be Used?
The type of oil selected varies by intended use. Sesame oil is typically suggested for most general purposes. However, coconut oil is also effective for removing bacteria and even whitening teeth. The best oils to use are natural plant-based oils. A complete list of oils and their particular benefits was compiled by Sandy, an Earth Clinic reader.
How Does Oil Pulling Work?
In short, oil pulling involves swishing oil in the mouth for up to 20 minutes. Depending on the oil used, this natural remedy functions as an effective antibacterial and antiviral treatment. As such, oil pulling functions to detox the body, cleanse the sinuses, and improve overall oral health.
In essence, the action of oil pulling has a “soap-like” effect on the mouth, reducing the numbers of bacteria in the oral cavity. As oral health is linked so closely to overall health, the treatment is beneficial for clearing the sinuses and detoxing the body of other illnesses as well.
Is It Safe?
As the process uses edible oil compounds, the process is completely safe. While some individuals report greater benefit than others, the practice has done no harm. Avoid swallowing the “used” oil, though, as it contains a high concentration of bacteria and toxins.
While a less traditional treatment option, oil pulling is extremely effective for treating the all too common condition of a sinus infection. The process naturally eradicates the infection and supports good overall health.
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