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Oil-pulling products are headed to the drugstore

(Photo: Future Derm)
(Photo: Future Derm)
(Photo: Future Derm)

In-the-know healthy women have been trading Listerine for Ayurvedic oil pulling for a while now (especially since Shailene Woodley started doing it). And purveyors of wellness products are taking note.

GuruNanda, a self-proclaimed entrepreneur turned yoga guru (turned entrepreneur?), just debuted Pulling Oil ($14.99), a blend of organic sesame, sunflower, coconut, and peppermint oil that’s meant to replace the plain old coconut or sesame oil that you would typically use for oil pulling.

It comes ready-to-swish with a convenient measuring cap, and not only promises an oral detox and fresher breath but also to alleviate headaches, blocked sinuses, allergies, insomnia, PMS, bad skin…and your college loans. But is it any better or different than that health food store-bought jar of coconut oil you already own?

“It seems like they’re trying to reach more people and be more tri-doshic with the combination of oils,” Ayurvedic expert and Hey Monica B. author Monica Bloom offers. (There are three Ayurvedic types or constitutions called doshas; according to the 5,000-year-old science, we all fit into one.) “There aren’t necessarily any drawbacks to this, but everybody is different, and not one thing will work best for oil pulling across the board,” she offers.

Bloom recommends testing out coconut and sesame oil to see which resonates best with your dosha. Typically, nourishing sesame oil is best for Vata and Kapha types, while soothing coconut oil is best for Pitta, she explains. She suspects the cooling peppermint oil in the Pulling Oil may benefit Pitta  types, too.

And hey, the packaging may at least make the product available in oral care aisles, so oil-pulling novices won’t have to make the mental jump from baking ingredient to mouthwash. —Jamie McKillop

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