Most of us rinse our mouths with mouthwash. Gargling and spitting is part of many of our nightly routines. If you find that mouthwash is too sharp for you or it is not providing you with lasting benefits, you may want to consider oil pulling. If you haven't heard of it before, the name may be off-putting. We are cautioned against the negative health effects of consuming too much oil. However, with oil pulling, you do not consume the oil. Like using mouthwash, it consists of gargling and spitting.
Oil pulling involves swishing oil in your mouth for several minutes before spitting it back out. Gandusha and Kavala Graha are two traditional oil pulling practices. They have different processes, but both involve gargling plant oils for at least three minutes. Puneet Nanda, the creator of GuruNanda Pulling Oil, said oil pulling is supposed to get rid of oil-soluble toxins and harmful bacteria that build up in the mouth.
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