The word "Ayurveda" is derived from Sanskrit and means "science of life". Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest medical systems, holistically connecting physical, mental, and emotional health. Ayurveda's teachings are based on the idea that disease is caused by an imbalance and therefore is rooted in practices that bring the mind, body, and spirit into harmony. One of Ayurveda's integral morning practices that guides us towards inner balance and deep nourishment is oil pulling.
Oil pulling is the practice of swishing a small amount of oil around your mouth, teeth, gums, and tongue. The simple act attracts the 600+ species of bacteria within your mouth into the oil and allows for you to flush them, alongside toxins, out of the body - balancing your oral microbiome from within. Andreas Mortiz, Ayurvedic practitioner, recommends oil pulling with the following steps for supporting the liver, cleansing the blood, and nourishing your entire being.
On an empty stomach, slowly swish 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed, unrefined sunflower, sesame, or olive oil for 3-4 minutes around the mouth, gums, and teeth. After 3-4 minutes, spit out the oil that will appear a milky white or yellow color as it becomes saturated with toxins and bacteria. Repeat this two more times and then rinse your mouth with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda or unrefined sea salt dissolved into water, removing any oil and toxins left behind.
A healthy mouth is intimately connected to the health of the entire body; Welcome balance and harmony with this simple daily practice that is a beautiful reminder of the interconnection of all.