Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, much is being said and read about health. This deadly virus has not only confined our lives to indoors but has also got us accustomed to new normal. 

Right from staying, working and even learning from homes, maintaining 6 feet social distancing, wearing masks to ensuring hygiene in public places, the lessons that are being taught by coronavirus seem endless. Thanks to technology, we also have ample information in hand, on how to build immunity, fight viruses, infections, boost metabolism and at this point in time, it is all things health. 

In these days and times of uncertainties, many of us including celebrities are reaffirming their faith in ancient health practices be it drinking Kadha – the herbal concoctions, doing yoga, performing breathing exercises, to leaning towards vegetarian food hoping to tide over this deadly virus. Also Read: Kadha: Brew These Traditional Concoctions Right Now, To Boost Immunity And Fight Infections

The latest to join the list of popular, traditional practices that can be easily done at home is ‘oil pulling.’ Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in her recent Instagram post revealed her daily morning ritual ‘oil pulling’ and a brief history about it. 
oil pulling

Dressed in comfy, cute pyjamas, the actress-producer described oil pulling as a mouth cleansing method, which she does daily in the morning. The Sui Dhaaga actress wrote, “My morning ritual of oil pulling in the company of my sweet-smoosh-doggo Dude! Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practise known as 'Kavala' or 'Gundusha', a dental technique that involves swishing little oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for few minutes and then spitting it out. This action is excellent for dental hygiene and health and also draws out toxins in the body. As we are all using this time to take better care of our health and improve our immunity I thought of sharing this. Hopefully, it will be as beneficial to you too."

In fact, oil pulling – the method of squishing a little amount of edible oil around the mouth for a few minutes before brushing the teeth, is widely recommended by Ayurveda. Traditional practitioners vouch by this method for easing those symptoms related to migraine, stress headaches, asthma, flushing out of toxins and even asthma. It is also a popular home remedy for getting those bright, white teeth in a jiffy. 

What Is The Best Oil For Oil Pulling?
coconut oil

Coconut oil is the number one choice for this daily morning ritual owing to its strong anti-bacterial properties. One can also choose virgin or wood pressed sesame, olive or sunflower oils to derive similar benefits. Also Read: A Good Saturated Fat Coconut Oil

How To Do Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an inexpensive and easy method. 

Take a tablespoon of either coconut, sesame, sunflower or olive oil on empty stomach and swish it around your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes. 

Do not swallow it. Even if you swallow in little amounts, nothing to worry. 

Wait till the oil turns frothy and spit it out. 

Rinse the mouth and brush properly with a toothpaste. 

What Are The Benefits Of Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is mainly recommended for oral hygiene and it is a proven method to reduce many issues related to dental health.

Removes Harmful Bacteria

Around 350 types of harmful bacteria can be found in the mouth and they are often responsible for various issues related to oral health. Rinsing the mouth with oils daily followed by thorough brushing in the morning helps in flushing out these harmful bacteria. 

Prevents Cavities

Cavities or caries are a common problem that is being found even among children these days. If not treated on time, cavities can cause various complications including fever, severe pain and infection. Regular oil pulling will reduce the number of cavities besides strengthening the gums. 

Reduces Inflammation of Gums

Swollen gum is an intensely painful condition that would require immediate medical attention. If you are not in a position to access doctor’s appointment, try oil pulling with coconut oil. The antioxidant, antibacterial, antimicrobial properties in coconut oil help in reducing the inflammation and serve as pain relief. 

Whitens The Teeth

Oil pulling is perhaps the most inexpensive way to whiten the teeth. Regular practice of swishing oil around the mouth will gradually decrease the stains and restore the natural brightness of the teeth. 

Clears Bad Breath

Oil pulling is strongly recommended for those suffering from bad breath or halitosis. In a few cases, halitosis turns into a chronic condition causing major embarrassment. Try oil pulling daily in the morning for 20 minutes, as it flushes out toxins and bacteria and helps in giving fresh breath.