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5 Nov

Beauty Tips: Benefits of Oil Pulling

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Oil Pulling Offers Fabulous Beauty Tips To Start Using Now!

Brandistas you’ve probably heard about the ancient Ayurvedic practice called “oil pulling.”  I first saw oil pulling covered on one of the daytime talk shows,  then I saw a story on the  local news in Chicago, and now it’s all over  social media.

So,  oil pulling is the method of swishing a natural oil in your mouth for 3-20 minutes in aims of  releasing mucous, bacteria, and toxins from your body through your saliva. Oil pulling comes from the ancient Indian medical system of Ayurveda,  meaning the knowledge of life. The Ayurveda practice is dedicated to healing the body with raw and natural ingredients from nature.

In my research, I’ve uncovered an interesting  list of diseases that have reportedly been cured from oil pulling. Oil pulling has been associated with helping to cure: bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, ulcers, intestinal diseases, heart and kidney diseases, encephalitis, arthritis, sleeplessness, and woman’s diseases. Tracy Ellis Ross dishes on  how it helps her with headaches, hangovers, and the flu.

If you are like me, you are wondering how swishing oil around in your mouth can help with so many things? Well, according to traditional Chinese medicine, the tongue is mapped by organ-locations – that is, a particular section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine. Thus, an oil-mouth-massage soothes and stimulates the key meridians where taste meets the organs.

While western doctors may debate that oil pulling can cure-all the aforementioned items it’s clear that oil pulling has beauty benefits. It helps whiten teeth, remove tartar build up, and gives you fresher breath. Plus, it can help reduce itchiness and irritation with eczema and acne.

I’ve been oil pulling for about three months now and I can definitely say that my teeth are whiter, my breath is fresher, and my skin is clearer. I don’t have any allergy issues with the external environment but I’m positive that if I did this would help. My sinuses are always fully clear after oil pulling and I didn’t realize that they were so clogged before.

Beauty Tips of Oil Pulling You Can Use Now…

 

  • Oil pulling is  best performed daily and in the morning when you’re likely to have the most toxins and bacteria in your mouth and an empty stomach. I’ve heard some people do this up to 3 times a day. Make sure it’s been 4 hours since the last time you’ve eaten.

 

  • Take one tablespoon of cooking oil (Sesame, Sunflower, or Coconut) and swish and chomp it in your mouth for 3-20 minutes. (I would suggest Sesame. Studies have shown it has the highest efficacy rate of all the common oils.) Of course, coconut is the oil I’ve been trying.Obviously don’t use any oil that you may be allergic to.

 

  • Yes, 20 minutes is a long time and you may not be able to do it for that long the first few times. I started off with  3-5 minutes and worked my way up to 20. Don’t swish for more than 20 minutes.  The toxins can start to go back in your body.  I usually prepare breakfast or do my hair to pass the time.

 

  • Do not swallow the oil. As you swish, the oil is gathering toxins and you don’t want them to deposit it back into your body. Release the oil.  The oil should be white and foamy when you spit it out. You can rinse with just regular water or salt water to clear any residue.

Oil Pulling Is Now A Part Of My Weekly Beauty Routine…

Yes, I will continue oil pulling.  Why not? It’s a simple, non-invasive technique that have seen improve my health, oral hygiene, and beauty. I think this is going to be staple for a while in my beauty routine.

Have you or any your friends  tried oil pulling? Give me your thoughts….

Courtney Rhodes

Courtney R. Rhodes is an author, brand building and marketing strategist, and speaker with a passion for style, traveling, and sharing interesting and informative content. She is founder of The Brandista Guide + www.CourtneyRRhodes.com; a volunteer for women development and empowerment initiatives and a student of the arts, humanities, and the pursuit of happiness. Courtney is a graduate of Morgan State University ('98) and The University of Baltimore M.A. ('03).

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