Here’s The Deal With Oil Pulling You may have heard of this health and beauty trend recently; after all, it’s literally making headlines. But, what exactly is oil pulling and what are the potential benefits? We have the full scoop, so read on! What's the deal? Traditional oil pulling is the act of swishing oil in the mouth as a means of extracting bacteria. Oil pulling is an ancient Indian medicinal practice said to ease digestion, clear skin, aid in weight loss, and more. Traditional oil pulling has also been extended to include topical application as well as consumption of oil for additional health and wellness benefits. It is recommended to use coconut oil, though many report benefits through the use of sesame oil, as well. How's it done? To practice oil pulling, gently swish oil in your mouth for 5-20 minutes most days of the week. Using coconut oil, this method does have proven dental health benefits as it removes plaque from the mouth’s surfaces. Bacteria consist of a single cell that is surrounded by a fatty cell membrane. The fat of the cell membrane is attracted to the fat of the oil, so they bind and the bacteria are expelled as you spit out the oil. It is important to note that this technique should not replace regular tooth brushing and dentist visits. Some believe that swishing with oil can remove bacteria from the rest of the body, increasing the health benefits. This, however, has not been proven by any scientific studies, so take claims beyond dental hygiene with a grain of salt. Detox Benefits An oil cleanse or detox involves drinking 1-2 tablespoons of oil up to 14 times daily, as a replacement for daily meals. The thought process behind this is that the oil provides your body energy and your body doesn’t need to direct any energy towards digestion, focusing instead on cleansing your system. Many believe this kick starts weight loss and boosts metabolism. These claims are not supported by research. Skin Benefits Oil pulling for the skin can be done by applying coconut, sesame, or olive oil directly to the skin and massage the surface for a few minutes. This natural beauty method supposedly fights aging by boosting the skin with antioxidants and clears skin by removing bacteria. Again, this is not supported by any scientific evidence. Many people, in fact, report acne and skin appearance to worsen before improving. So, the jury is still out. Whether or not you experiment with adding oil pulling to your health and beauty regimen is ultimately up to you. Results vary from individual to individual, while only the dental benefits are scientifically backed. One thing is certain, the taste and texture of the oil takes some working up to. Best of luck! About the Author: FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box’! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|