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Ever wondered what oil pulling is? What is it for? Why do people do it? It’s probably not what you think it is. Let’s explore and learn a little about the health benefits and uses for the coconut oil you may have in your kitchen right now.
When you Google what oil pulling is, you will see that Wikipedia defines it as: ‘Oil pulling or oil swishing is a folk remedy where oil is “swished” (kavala graha) or “held” (snigda gandoosha) in the mouth. The phrase “oil pulling” and usage in its current form was popularized in the early 1990s by one of the early adopters, Tummala Koteswara Rao in Bangalore, South India. Rao actively evangelized oil pulling as an ancient Ayurvedic practice.’ So again, what is this practice? How do I do it?
Now the other information you will see is the debate raised as to whether or not its folklore, or a true medicinal remedy. According to a few sites, there is not research or evidence that supports the use of oil pulling as a Ayurvedic medicinal remedy. Some dentist remain skeptical that edible oils can have such strong oral health benefits.
But I think it is worth a try, so here is what you do: To start you need to pick an oil, I think the most common is coconut oil due to its strong antibacterial properties. You then take a tablespoon of it and swish it round in your mouth for 20 minutes. That seems like a really long time to me! But if you can withstand the time consuming swishing practice, its reported that you will have whiter teeth, reduced cavities and gingivitis, better smelling breathe, reduced jaw pain if you are a sufferer of TMJ, improved skin reduction of acne and psoriasis) and here is a kicker…some report it alleviates headaches and can diminish a hangover!
Once you have swished for 20 minutes, the amount you have in your mouth ill seem to double. DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL. The increase in volume is reported to include the toxins the oil is pulling from your body. You will defeat the procedure if you swallow the oil. You will want to spit it out in the trash so it doesn’t harden and make a plumbing issue. Now brush and floss as you normally do.
While there is little clinical data, many swear this procedure works. If you can handle the swishing and the thought of having all those toxins removed from the body, you will most likely reap the benefits many report. Is it real results or a placebo effect? Well the true test could be in the whitening of the teeth. In my times of doing an oil pull, it has in fact removed coffee stains from my teeth and left my mouth feeling clean. A headache is sometimes felt, but I really think this is the detoxification process. As when I get a massage, you have to drink plenty of water to flush your body fully of these toxins.
We still don’t know if oil pulling is as good and effective as some people claim it is, but it is still practiced, so I think there has to be some truth to the results. At the very least, we know cleaning our mouths with coconut oil can’t hurt us, especially with all of the added benefits like the fat soluble vitamins like A,D,E, and K. These vitamins can help improve your skin at the very least. It has antibacterial properties that I find help cleanse my mouth, along with the stain removing. I think it may be time for some clinical research and trials to be done. We need some concrete evidence!
Growing and juicing wheatgrass isn’t as hard as some may think. A recent endeavor into the sprouting world has proven this to me. It started with wheatgrass seeds, trays, organic soil, water and some patience. The result, my own, homegrown wheatgrass to juice as I want, share or sell if anyone is interested! I have been earning more and more about using food as medicine. Sprouted grains, and seeds fall into the “Super Food” category. So naturally drinking an ounce or two of wheatgrass juice daily, will give your body a super food boost. It is thought to have the equivalent nutrients as 5 pounds of vegetables. Here are a few more reasons why juicing wheatgrass is so beneficial to your health:
1. Wheatgrass is high in living chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll can increase the quality and quantity of your red blood cells because the compound has a chemical composition very similar to hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a molecule found in your red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen.
2. Chlorophyll has antibacterial properties and can be used inside the body and on the outside.
3. Wheatgrass is high in protein, contains 17 amino acids and virtually every vitamin and mineral known. This composition makes it great to use for its healing properties.
4. Liquid chlorophyll neutralizes toxins within the body, cleansing the liver and has also been said to remove drug deposits from the body.
5. Wheatgrass is high in oxygen, which the body needs and benefits highly from. The brain and blood are very happy in a highly oxygenation environment.
6. The wheatgrass seed contains a starch that is converted from a stored energy into a quick energy source that is especially good for athletes. In juice form it is digested quickly and uses very little of the body’s energy to extract the nutrients.
There of course are many, many more benefits to wheatgrass juice, but I just wanted to touch on a few that are really beneficial and in the end can leave you feeling energized, renewed, and hopefully stronger in mind and body.
So what are you waiting for? Ready to grow your own wheatgrass? It really is easy and inexpensive. The most expensive part of the investment is getting a good quality wheatgrass juicer. But if your overall health improves, reduces visits to the doctor, the initial investment is well worth it!
The quality of the wheatgrass you grow or purchase is important. As I have said, it is cheaper to grow your own, but thats not for everyone. Either way, pay attention to the quality.
Harvest time is crucial too, and that is typically around one week after you germinate the seeds at what is called the “jointing stage.” Some stores that sell wheat grass will harvest it once and then let it grow again for a second harvest. The wheatgrass loses nearly all its health benefits after the first cut. You can regrow it again for your pets, however, the benefits have drastically reduced. Some also sell frozen wheat grass but this is far less effective than freshly harvested wheat grass.
The taste of wheatgrass juice is not for everyone, but I think you get used to it. Especially when you start feeling the health benefits from it. Next time you are out and about, look for a juice bar, try a shot of wheatgrass either on its own, or in a drink. If you are feeling adventurous, or already enjoy juicing wheatgrass, try growing it for yourself. Below are a couple favorites you can try out, and let me know how it ‘grows’!