• What is oil pulling – and why you should give it a go!
  • Alison Morgan
  • lifestyle
What is oil pulling – and why you should give it a go!

If you’re not yet familiar with oil pulling, you'll find this article particularly interesting. It produces whiter teeth, better breath, clearer skin and cleaner insides! 

Oil pulling is an ancient practice originating from Indian Ayurvedic medicine and is used to detoxify the mouth and body. It was originally conducted with sesame oil, and is now commonly used with coconut oil. This ancient practice is fast gaining popularity all over the world because not only does it cleanse your mouth and increase your overall health, it also naturally whitens your teeth and gives a fabulous smile.

How Oil Pulling works

  • Swish around coconut oil in the mouth for about 5 – 15 minutes and then spitting out the contents.
  • This binds to the build up of bad bacteria present in the mouth and teeth, which is then expelled like a normal mouthwash.
  • The swishing movement of the formula draws out toxins and bacteria from the mouth, helping to support the immune system and liver while preventing and banishing bad breath, gingivitis and cavities and naturally whitening teeth.

Oil Pulling and teeth whitening

Over time, the food and drink we consume can cause a yellow film to form over the teeth. This ‘film’ or ‘layer’ is most commonly referred to as plaque and tartar.

Comprised of millions of bacteria that live on the surface and within the pores of the teeth, this build up can be difficult to remove with brushing alone.

While conventional teeth whitening products may help to brighten up a discoloured smile, they do not address the root of the problem and possess potential health implications that far outweigh the results.

Studies have shown that mainstream teeth whitening products may trigger an inflammatory response and mucosal trauma to the tissues in the mouth when used in high concentrations. This combined with the harmful free radicals generated in the artificial teeth whitening process has the potential to cause damage on a cellular level.

Offering a safe, gentle and effective alternative, regular oil pulling with Keeko provides a healthy antidote to common tooth discolouration. The power packed formula is significantly more effective than other oil pulling methods on the market thanks to its hard-working, essential oil-infused soluble nature that works to attract the bacteria that leads to tooth discolouration like a magnet, ready to be expelled after 10-15 minutes of use.

The results? A vibrant pearly white smile that is healthy, sustainable and 100% natural!

Oil Pulling and detoxification

Targeting bacteria, viruses and toxins at the gateway to the body, oil pulling acts like a cleanser, eradicating these nasties before they enter the gut - where a whopping 80% of the immune system is located. By targeting germs at the source, the workload is taken off the liver to destroy the excess of toxicity, resulting in lower levels of stress and inflammation in the body and boosting energy levels for a greater sense of daily wellbeing.

Similarly, certain skin conditions like acne, rosacea, dermatitis, persistent dryness and psoriasis can also be linked to the health of the gut. It is only when gut flora is in balance that skin conditions can heal efficiently. For this reason, it is important to remove the bad bacteria and toxins that lead to flare ups and poor skin. This is especially crucial in winter when skin is particularly susceptible to seasonal dryness and irritation, which is why oil pulling is a win-win for those who want clearer skin and better health, fast!

Oil pulling and Ayurveda

Drawing on over 3000 years of Ayurvedic wisdom, oil pulling is a fabulous and effortless way to reap the incredible benefits of Ayurveda in as little as 5-15 minutes per day, daily oil pulling helps to protect and support two of the bodies most important functions - the detoxification process and immune system.

According to Ayurvedic knowledge, we all possess 3 dosha’s or ‘energies’ – Pitta, Vata and Kapha – which govern our physiological activity. For centuries, Ayurvedic practitioners have believed that differing proportions of each dosha determines individual temperament and physical constitution. When our dosha’s are unbalanced by certain lifestyle or environmental factors, it is thought to create a disposition to particular physical and mental disorders – not what we’re after if optimum wellbeing is our goal.

Praised for thousands of years for its dosha regulating properties, coconut and sesame oil pulling is thought to be one of the most healing ingredients, and most notably assists in the regulation of Pitta imbalances including anger, inflammation, and stress – conditions that at times we could all use a little help reducing!

Utilising the antibacterial, antifungal and therapeutic properties of coconut oil as the star ingredient, Keeko have taken this age old practice to a whole new level, enriching their collection of oil pulling formulas with a power packed propriety blend of organic cold pressed essential oils. The inclusion of certified organic essential oils offer additional proven antiseptic and anti microbial properties, resulting in an efficient and effective immune boosting treatment superior to the use of coconut oil alone, and one of the fastest and most effective oil pulling products on the market.

How to use Keeko Oil Pulling sachets

Squeeze the formula out of the packet into your mouth. Swish it around for 10-15 minutes, bin your spit and rinse the mouth out. Follow up with a quick brush with your Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush.

About Keeko 

Keeko is proudly Australian made and owned. All Keeko oil pulling sachets are dentist-recommended, vegan, gluten free, organic and made from the highest quality ingredients sourced within Australia. The formulas are made with an infusion of cold pressed essential oils including lemon, chamomile, myrrh, peppermint & spearmint oil which makes this treatment faster and more effective than regular coconut oil. The tastebud-tantalising flavours include: Morning Mint (Spearmint and Peppermint), Citrus Burst (Lemon Lime & Pink Grapefruit) and Sweet Sensation (Vanilla Coco with a hint of cinnamon. Keeko Oil Pulling sachets and its subsidiary Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush products can be purchased on www.keekooil.com and in selected stockists throughout Australia and internationally.  

  • Alison Morgan
  • lifestyle

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