“Oil Pulling” as a Cure for Acne?

Ok, who isn’t looking for the newest and best way to treat acne? Right. Well, I am definitely interested in how to treat it with an all natural approach. I have stumbled upon an all natural type of treatment called “Oil Pulling.” Oil Pulling is an Ayurveda (Indian folk) process that works by pulling all of the toxins out of your body before they can become full- blown organisms.

You will start by choosing your oil, sunflower and safflower are the best choices, but some people report that they like olive oil, while some prefer coconut oil. The choice is up to you. Start first thing in the morning–when you should have an empty stomach, before you eat/drink anything, and before you brush your teeth. Take a tablespoon of your chosen oil and swish through your mouth. For twenty minutes, you will swish, pull and push this oil through your mouth. Your saliva will activate your enzymes, those enzymes draw out the bacteria.

Important: After the twenty minutes, YOU MUST SPIT OUT THE OIL. This is because you have pulled out all of the unhealthy bacteria from your mouth, they are billions of tiny microbes that have yet to form into organisms. Once you have spit out the oil, you will then rinse your mouth with a very strong mouth wash or hydrogen peroxide, which you may water down if you wish.

Oil Pulling seeks to break down the bacteria and toxins in your body before they have to exit on their own–possibly through those pores of yours. The first sign of improvement is in the teeth-they become firm and white, he says. Other healing indications: fresh, relaxed feeling on waking up, disappearing dark pouches below the eyes, anew appetite and energy, better memory and deep sleep. The Oil Pulling offers several changes, brighter, whiter teeth at first. Next, your skin can slowly begin to clear up. You should start to notice that you wake up more refreshed, with less dark circles under your eyes.

How does it work? Perhaps the viscosity of the oil inhibits the bacteria’s ability to “stick” to the mouth. OR, since sesame oil is a vegetable fat, when you introduce it to the saliva, it creates a “soap making” process, cleansing the mouth and killing bacteria.

In any event, I’m going to give it a whirl, it isn’t dangerous. It could be a little gross at first, I’m sure the gag reflex will certainly be a problem! lol. However, let me know if it works for you.

toodles!

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