How to Improve Your Health with the Ayurvedic Practice of Oil Pulling (Video)

Written by on October 2, 2016 in Diet, Weight Loss, Obesity, Health, Prevention with 5 Comments

3144_Sesame Oil 16 ozPrintI’ve had many requests lately for information on the ancient Ayurvedic practice known as oil pulling. Below is a short video which explains how and why the practice is so beneficial.

The video demonstrator uses sesame oil which is considered the best choice by Ayurvedic practitioners, but you can also use unrefined virgin coconut oil (my personal choice) or unrefined sunflower oil. I always use organic oil.

Related Article: Cleansing Body, Mind and Spirit–The Ayurvedic Way

Note that sesame oil is a heating oil and is better for Vata and Kapha types. Coconut and sunflower oils are cooling and are better choices for Pitta types (fire). My constitution is Vata-Pitta, so I generally use sesame oil during the cold months and coconut oil when the weather gets warm. Although I admit to sometimes using coconut oil year-round because coconut oil is more pleasing to me. (Unsure of your Ayurvedic constitution? Click HERE.)

I have practiced oil pulling on and off for a few years. But I decided to try it consistently for a month (every morning after brushing my teeth and scraping my tongue) before my last dental checkup. Both the hygienist and the dentist commented on how much better my gums looked and I have to admit, it was the easiest cleaning I’d had in a long time.

The benefits reach far beyond just a clean mouth, however. Ayurveda teaches that our mouth is not separate from the rest of our body and is in fact, a good indicator of heath in other areas. So, it made perfect sense to me that oil pulling would be beneficial to my general health.


I admit, the first time I put a tablespoon of oil in my mouth I wondered what the heck I was doing! But I’ll try just about anything when it comes to holistic health. 🙂 Now I just put the oil in my mouth and go about my morning routine: brushing my hair, washing my face, putting water on for tea, making the bed, etc. Before I know it, twenty minutes has passed.

Related Article: Ayurvedic Sexual Advice (Video from Lissa Coffey)

Check out the video, give it a try, and let me know what you think!

Much love,
Barbara

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist, AADP certified Holistic Health Counselor and Energy Healing Practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda.  Barbara was able to heal herself from fibromyalgia by learning and implementing ancient holistic practices, including Ayurveda. She is now pain-free and eager to share these methods with her readers and clients. You can contact her for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session, or to read more articles on her blog, at barbarasinclair.com. Sign up HERE to receive Barbara’s monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips.

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  1. feuerpferd_66@gmx.at' the truth and health says:

    thank you very much for this article!!
    i do this since 20 years and its the best of all for the mouth, teeth, and whole healthness!!!
    greeting from austria!!

  2. phakamisiwemvubu@gmail.com' Phaka says:

    where can I get sesame oil?

  3. Rebecca Harrison – reminds me of our conversation last night haha

  4. Been doing it for over 4 years now but I use coconut oil instead – tastes better.

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