Oil pulling is an age-old ayurvedic dental technique, which was practised in ancient India. While this practice has been around for centuries, it has only recently gained momentum and garnered several followers who vouch for its many benefits.

And guess who decided to jump on this bandwagon? None other than Bollywood beauty, Anushka Sharma. Like most of us, Anushka has been making good use of the all the extra time on hand to take better care of her health, and therefore, she is trying everything — from taking in some much-needed vitamin D to indulging in oil pulling every morning. Interesting, isn’t it?

If you, too, want to start oil pulling like Anushka Sharma, here’s everything you need to know about this ancient practice…

 

What is oil pulling, anyway?

What is oil pulling, anyway?

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Very simply put, oil pulling involves taking about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swishing it around for a couple of minutes and then throwing it out. The main purpose of this method is to eliminate or ‘pull’ the harmful bacteria out of your mouth by dissolving them into the oil. The most popular and easily available choice of oil for this method is extra virgin coconut oil, mainly because it has a nice taste.

Here are the benefits of oil pulling

 

01. Kills harmful bacteria

01. Kills harmful bacteria

A lot of bacteria found in the mouth can be harmful and lead to problems such as tooth decay, plaque formation and gum inflammation. And just brushing your teeth twice a day isn’t enough to completely kill them. This is where oil pulling proves to be helpful. It can reduce the number of harmful bacteria in your mouth and prevent a host of dental issues.

 

02. Reduces bad breath

02. Reduces bad breath

Poor oral hygiene caused due to lingering bacteria and tongue coating are touted to be two of the most common causes of bad breath in adults. Oil pulling helps to eliminate these bacteria and has been found to be an excellent and natural way to deal with the issue of bad breath.

 

03. Pulls out toxins from the body

03. Pulls out toxins from the body

Apart from getting rid of bacteria from the mouth, another great benefit of oil pulling is that it helps to extract harmful toxins and heavy metal from your saliva, tongue and even your body. This is a great way to boost immunity and detoxify your body.

 

How to oil pull?

How to oil pull?

Now that you know about the benefits of oil pulling, here’s how you can practice it:

Step 01: Start by taking a tablespoon of any edible oil of your choice.

Step 02: Swish (do not swallow) this oil around your mouth for about 10-15 minutes.

Step 03: Spit it out and thoroughly rinse your mouth with lukewarm water.

Main image courtesy: @anushkasharma