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Is this up-and-coming trend just hype or the ultimate organic mouthwash? It’s up to you to decide, but here’s a few facts to get you thinking.

What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling means simply swishing oil around in your mouth. From your beauty regime to what you put on your plate, if you’re a health-conscious person then you are probably very aware of what chemicals you are putting on or ingesting into your body. The idea behind oil pulling is: if you don’t tolerate chemicals in your  food or makeup, why willingly put mysterious chemicals in your mouth when you brush your teeth?

Here’s what you do first thing in the morning before brushing your teeth:

1. Take a spoonful of edible oil (olive, coconut, sesame, or sunflower) without swallowing.

2.  Swish the oil around in your mouth for 10-15 minutes while you continue your morning bathroom regime.

3. Spit it out after 10-15 minutes and rinse your mouth with warm water.

4. Floss, brush, and you’re done!

If the practice sounds a bit nasty, I don’t blame you. Swishing around oil seems like a recipe for a greasy aftertaste for the rest of your day, but oil pulling has been around for as long as 2,000 years. In a 2,000 year old Ayurvedic text, oil pulling is described as a way to improve oral health and rinse away bad breath. Ancient text asides, recent scientific studies have concluded that oil pulling MIGHT help reduce plaque and gingivitis. Don’t let that get you down though, oil pulling has been accepted as an effective alternative to over-the-counter mouthwash in fighting bad breath. Studies on oil pulling are somewhat limited but what we can conclude is that oil pulling is entirely safe. Just remember, to avoid clogging your sink, spit into a garbage bag or another container. If you’re looking for a way to an organic addition to your morning routine, why not try oil pulling?

About The Author

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A Hong Kong-native with a penchant for good food and drinks, Kelly Lo has always had a love-hate relationship with fitness. In the past, Kelly has backpacked across a good portion of the Nakasendō trail, gone mountain-biking in New Zealand, and white-water rafting in Australia. Now she dabbles in yoga and kickboxing in her new home, New York City. Kelly enjoys writing about her experiences, as well as promoting the Fitness Luxe mission of health and happiness.