Oil pulling - how to do it right?

When pulling oil you should pay attention to different things. The choice of oil or oil mixture and especially the duration of use are important factors that determine the success of oil extraction. Here you will not only find a helpful guide to help you with the healing method step by step, but also answers to the most common questions.

A step-by-step guide to successful oil pulling

  1. Preparation: The application should always take place in the morning and on an empty stomach. It is advisable not to drink any liquid beforehand, otherwise the toxins accumulated in the mouth overnight will re-enter the systemic circulation. Prosthesis wearers should remove these before pulling on the oil.
  2. Mouth open, oil in: Now you take a tablespoon of oil in the mouth. Some add some lemon juice to the oil to make it tastier.
  3. Pulling, sucking, chewing: If the oil is in the mouth, move it back and forth between the back sides for about 20 minutes. The oil should also be pressed through the interdental spaces and sucked back again. A short break in between ensures that the oil can act on the mucous membranes. Attention: Do not gargle or swallow the oil! In the oil, flushing removes toxins that should be removed from the body by oil pulling. So swallowing it would be counterproductive.
  4. Spitting: Towards the end, the oil becomes thinner as it emulsifies. It now has a whitish color and can be spit out. It's best to spit it in a paper towel and dispose of it with household waste. So the toxins do not get into the water cycle, the sink remains clean and the pipes do not clog.
  5. Rinsing: The mouth is then rinsed well with water to remove residual oil from the mouth. Again, the water should be spat out and not swallowed.
  6. Brush your teeth: Oil pulling does not replace daily brushing. Therefore, you should brush and clean your teeth as usual after the application.

Difficulty in pulling oil

As with many things, this process is a matter of practice. If you do not want to put a whole tablespoon of oil directly into your mouth for 20 minutes, you can start with a teaspoon of oil and five or ten minutes, gradually increasing the amount and duration.

Especially at the beginning it may be that you want to spit out the oil after a few minutes. Again, you can slowly increase or just start with a new spoon of oil.

If you have amalgam fillings in your teeth, it's best to ask your dentist first whether or not you prefer oil pulling. Because hot and acidic liquids and also chewing gum chews can dissolve the toxic mercury from the amalgam filling. There is a risk that the oil can not completely bind the dissolved mercury and this migrates through the oral mucosa into the body.

Questions about oil pulling: When, how often and how long?

The best way to do the oil pulling in the morning after getting up and before breakfast. Because overnight, the organism tries to get rid of pollutants. Especially in the mouth then accumulate more such substances.

If necessary, such as in acute or chronic complaints or as part of a cure, the Ölziehen can be applied again at noon or at bedtime. But also here: Always on an empty stomach before meals. Under these conditions, the healing process should be particularly effective.

Ideally, oil pulling should last 20 minutes. That's how long the oil takes to seep into the gaps between the teeth and eliminate the bacteria there.

If you want to do an oil pulling cure, you will find recommendations for a period of two weeks to three months. For example, three to four weeks are enough for acute symptoms, while a longer period is needed for chronic symptoms. After a cure you can do the oil pulling again and again on at least three consecutive days.

Which oil should you use to pull oil?

For oil extraction, cold pressed organic oils such as sunflower oil, sesame oil, linseed oil, coconut oil or olive oil are recommended. Every oil has its advantages and disadvantages. In Ayurveda sesame oil is usually used, modern naturopaths recommend coconut oil. Here is a useful overview:

  • Sunflower oil: The original oil-drawing process from Russia provides native sunflower oil. The oil is cheap to buy and for many tastes pleasant. But sunflower oil often sells low-quality oils. Therefore, one should pay special attention to a trustworthy manufacturer.
  • Sesame oil: Ayurveda usually uses roasted sesame oil. However, modern methods indicate that the oil should be cold-pressed, as it is fairly neutral in taste and the taste of blended essential oils comes out stronger. Sesame oil helps especially with gingivitis and periodontitis, as it has anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Linseed oil: In the mouth and throat, this oil is especially healing. In ancient medicine, linseed oil has been used to treat asthma, cough, bronchitis and hoarseness, among others. The taste is rather tart and can therefore be mixed in a ratio of 1: 1 with sunflower oil. It should also be noted that linseed oil is only stable for a short time after opening and should therefore be kept in the refrigerator.
  • Black cumin oil: This oil consists mainly of unsaturated fatty acids, essential oils and other powerful substances. In particular, the essential oils contain about 50 percent thymoquinone, which may be toxic in large people, but in small quantities soothing effect on allergic reactions.
  • Wheat germ oil: Due to its cell renewal effect, wheat germ oil is particularly suitable for healing wounds and scars and is therefore ideal after surgery in the mouth area. The oil also improves the metabolism of the connective tissue. However, wheat germ oil is not long-lasting because of its high content of unsaturated fatty acids and should therefore be purchased only in small quantities.
  • Coconut oil: Native coconut oil is not only suitable for oil pulling because of its pleasant taste. It also has antibacterial properties and is therefore particularly good for the oral flora. Coconut oil is therefore so popular for oil pulling because it is available in very high quality.
  • Olive oil: It is very important here that exclusively cold-pressed, virgin olive oil is used for oil extraction. It helps, for example, especially against halitosis and elevated cholesterol.

Essential oils for special ailments

For certain ailments, it is also possible to add essential oils to the oil, which, however, must be 100% natural and approved as food:

  • Anise and fennel help against respiratory problems.
  • Lavender relieves nervousness and relaxes.
  • Peppermint works against headaches.
  • Rosemary stimulates the circulation and invigorates. People with high blood pressure should not use this essential oil.
  • Tea tree oil disinfects and can therefore be helpful in inflammation.

Tip: prepare in advance a larger mixture of the base oil with the essential oils. For a quantity of 100 milliliters of oil, three to five drops of the essential oil are sufficient. For a quantity of 500 milliliters, 12 to 15 drops of the respective oil are used.

Alternatively, you can use a special mouth oil for oil pulling. This has the advantage that it already contains essential oils.

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