Oil pulling, also known as ‘gundusha’ or ‘kavala’, is an ancient Ayurvedic procedure for dental health that involves swishing oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes. This process draws out toxins from within the body to improve one’s overall health but primarily to encourage better oral hygiene.
Coconut oil is the most popular choice of oil because it has impressive antibacterial properties in addition to lots of easily digestible, fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K. Vitamin A is great for building a strong immune system, vitamin D strengthens bones and teeth, vitamin E has antioxidant properties for the skin and vitamin K reduces blood clotting. Also, coconut oil has a nicer taste than other vegetable-based oils. Chi has a fresh minty flavour because it contains 1% organic peppermint oil so there is no need to worry about any nasty taste!
You should swish the oil around your mouth quite gently in order to avoid getting a stiff jaw. Some people new to oil pulling find twenty minutes to be a bit of a struggle and if this is the case why not try to keep the oil in your mouth for around 10-15 minutes and build this up as you become more used to the feeling. As you are swishing the product around your mouth the oil will double in size as it draws in saliva and toxins. When time is up, empty the contents of your mouth and rinse your mouth out with some warm water before brushing as you normally would.
When oil pulling, the oil in your mouth binds itself to the plaque on the teeth and therefore when spitting out the oil you are removing bacteria from your mouth. Oil pulling is a particularly efficient way to reduce this kind of bacteria because the plaque on your teeth is fat-soluble as opposed to water soluble. This means that the lipids must dissolve in fats, which is why coconut oil is the perfect remedy unlike other water-based products on the market.
Clinical trials carried out by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) have shown that the benefits of coconut oil pulling include improved oral hygiene, the prevention of cavities and gingivitus, reduced oral bacteria, reduced plaque and whiter teeth (remember that everybody’s teeth will react differently and that response times may vary).
- One sachet to be used once daily before cleaning your teeth.
- Swish oil around in mouth for 15 minutes.
- Rinse and brush teeth.
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Organic Peppermint Oil