The Health Benefits to Oil Pulling
What is Oil Pulling?
This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine (a traditional Indian system) that dates back 3,000 years. It involves swishing approximately 1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes then spitting it out. You can use any edible oil, however coconut oil is preferred. Unlike some so-called natural home remedies, oil pulling is not a practice that is based on pseudo-science. Recent studies show that oil pulling helps against gingivitis, plaque and microorganisms that cause bad breath. How does this work? Most microorganisms inhibiting the mouth consist of a single cell. Cells are covered with a lipid, or fatty, membrane which is the cell's skin. When these cells come into contact with oil they naturally adhere to each other. If you do your research, you will find that oil pulling benefits your health in many ways by helping with sinus and allergy issues, along with inflammatory type disease processes.
Steps in Oil Pulling
My Oil Pulling Recipe
2 tablespoons of coconut oil +
5 drops Thieves Oil +
5 drops Orange Essential Oil
I use the Thieves Oil because it has antibacterial properties and will help improve your immune system and also jump start the pulling process.
Orange Essential Oil naturally whitens your teeth so this is a perfect time to give your teeth extra attention.
Melt coconut oil and allow to cool off a bit, then mix Essential Oils until well blended. Coconut Oil solidifies at 76* F so if your house is like mine, it will not stay in its liquid form for long. Keep this mixture in a dark, class container and spoon in your bathroom for easy access.
Important Oil Pulling Tips!
Do you are someone you love suffer from arthritis pain?
Honestly, I thought I would be well aged before I had to deal with arthritis, but thanks to a shallow hip socket, I have arthritis in my right hip. I suppose that I have been developing Uncle Art for years but I realized I had a problem a few years ago when I had a flare up which prompted me to visit my doc. I have had two opinions and both docs tell me that a total hip is in my future. The problem is that I'm "too young" for surgery, (I would normally love to hear those words "too young"). Unless the pain is so severe that I can't tolerate it, my doc of choice will not preform surgery. That's okay because I do not plan to have surgery unless the pain gets intolerable. But there is a fine line between severe pain and intolerable. I don't wont to be in pain daily and now that I have had this issue, I have a new respect for those that have chronic pain, it is not fun! Pain really has an effect on you when you can't sleep and can't physically do what you want to do. For the last two years I have had some level of pain that I had to deal with, not always severe, but always nagging me to remember Uncle Art is around. I still enjoyed tent camping and other outdoor activities but my activities had their consequences. The price I paid for a weekend of camping would be a week of pretty bad pain.
My Treatment Choice
One of the first mixtures I made was for arthritis pain, I figured I didn't have anything to lose. I experimented with several EOs that were known for their pain relief properties and the mixture seemed to work pretty well. The more I researched arthritis and what can cause "flares", I started experimenting with a whole new group of EOs. It amazes me how multifunctional many of the EOs are. There are several EOs that work wonders with arthritis pain as they not only alleviate pain but also decrease the inflammation that causes the pain to begin with. Another thing to consider when treating arthritis pain is to also treat your muscles. Even if you don't have arthritis, I'm sure you have suffered from some type of injury that has caused your muscles to compensate for the weakened extremity. When muscles are made to compensate for weakness of a joint or bone, they can get sore and stressed. This lead me to consider adding EOs into the mixture that had antispasmodic properties for the muscles. So we have a trifecta effect now of decreasing the inflammation, which in turns decreases the pain and finally, relaxing the muscles. This newest mixture version is great and I apply it at night before bed. As an added bonus I use Copaiba which is specifically for arthritis. I apply 6 drops mixed with a carrier oil every morning to my feet and cover with socks. I can honestly put my hand on the Bible and say since I have been using this combo my pain is so much improved. I can jump right out of bed in the morning now without being stiff at all. Well after I hit snooze a few times :)
What is Arthritis?
Myths about Arthritis
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with arthritis, it is important to learn more about the disease and its potential impact. However, pinning down the facts about arthritis can be difficult. Despite striking more than 50 million Americans, arthritis is an often misunderstood disease with a core of common myths surrounding it.
Myth #1: Arthritis is just minor aches and pains associated with getting older.
Fact: Arthritis is actually a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders.
Fact: Arthritis places a growing burden on the health care and economic systems in this country.
Fact: Exercise is a valuable tool in the fight against arthritis.