Oil pulling: How to do the mouth-washing detox rinse

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In Ayurvedic medicine, sesame oil is the solution of choice for this mouthwash detox method that’s reemerging in New York City wellness circles for its health and beauty perks.

But for a less pungent and decidedly more palatable experience, try a tablespoon of coconut oil. Spectrum’s Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil ($7.99) is an organic option with a nice flavor. (And it’s great in cooking and baking, too.)

Traditionally you swish it in your mouth for about 10 minutes, working your way up to 15 or 20 minutes, once a day. Focus on pulling, pushing, and drawing it through your teeth without swallowing it. Then spit it out. (I’ve never lasted more than 3 or 4 minutes, but my gums seem healthier and maybe my coffee stains have faded…)

Proponents says that rinsing before breakfast, on an empty stomach, produces the best detox results. And it might go without saying, but brush your teeth per usual after you’re done. Prolonged contact can cause tooth decay, and that would pretty much defeat the healthy reasons you’d want to try it in the first place.

Read more about the oil pulling trend and why New Yorkers trade Listerine for this Ayurvedic detox method.

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