The latest trend in beauty, Oil Pulling, is making headlines. Stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, ‘The Fault in our Stars’ actress Shailene Woodley and fashionista Olivia Palermo strongly endorse it. Shweta Bhatia tried it too
I was intrigued especially after learning that the hottest beauty trend involves taking a spoonful of oil and swishing it around in your mouth which, let’s face it, isn’t the most appealing thing to hear. For starters, allow me to give you a proper introduction.
Oil Pulling is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic tradition that’s been around for thousands of years. To perform it, you simply swish an oil in your mouth, ‘pulling’ it between your teeth for about 15-20 minutes. You can use a number of oils for this, but sesame, sunflower and coconut oil are the most commonly used.
I chose coconut oil because the taste could possibly remind me of Thai food maybe, I thought. Bought my bottle from the local pharmacy for AED 34 (not bad at all) and got to work. Ideally the best time to do Oil Pulling is in the morning before eating breakfast but it can be done at any time. I poured out a tablespoon full of my cold pressed organic coconut oil and hesitated a bit. Thinking of all the times I have had to down those awful tasting medicines that left a bitter aftertaste, had me shuddering. “This was going to be that moment”, I panicked reminiscing.
Honestly, the taste wasn’t really bad. In fact, it was actually pleasant but I didn’t love the idea of having oil in my mouth. Once I consumed the oil, I swished it around my mouth like a mouthwash for about 15 minutes. Luckily I used my 15-minute mark to watch my favourite show during the process. After my time was up, I spit up the oil and rinsed with salt water and brushed my teeth. It did leave a slight after taste but not strong enough to make me shudder. Phew! The process is also very simple and smooth but I wondered about how it would benefit me.
Ancient Ayurveda texts claim that Oil Pulling may cure about thirty systemic diseases and even today it’s widely discussed as a tool for detoxification of your whole body. First the oils mix with the saliva turning it into a thin white liquid. Lipids in the oil begin to pull out toxins from the saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins and usually ends up turning thick, viscous and white. Once the oil has reached this consistency it is spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed. One has to do it continuously for atleast a week to begin seeing results. Avoid swallowing the oil as it’s going to be filled with toxins that it has just pulled out.
The benefits include whiter and stronger teeth, gums and jaws. It is also known to aid in the prevention of cavities, gingivitis and bad breath. It also caters to problems not restricted to the mouth only. The oils help the symphatic system of the body as harmful bacteria are removed and the beneficial micro flora are given a healthy environment to flourish. This helps improve migraines, arthritis, bronchitis, sinus congestion, insomnia, allergy symptoms and many more.
The pros of this new trend seem vast and sound fantastic for a long healthy life. I figure,if there is so much to benefit from, I am definitely sticking to Oil Pulling and the best part of anything organic? There is no side effect. So, want to give it a try?