Last Modified on May 14, 2016
Oil pulling is a safe and effective traditional home remedy for cleaning teeth and gums while detoxifying the body using food-grade sesame or coconut oil. Other oils can also be used. India and Asia have been oil pulling for at least 3,000 years, using this home remedy to treat approximately 30 systemic diseases. Oil pulling has only been popular in the US for about 20 years.
A sinus infection causes a variety of uncomfortable issues. Swollen nasal passages, inflammation in the mucous membranes, drainage and pressure are all common symptoms of the condition and can be difficult to treat. However, oil pulling may help treat this condition while supporting good overall health.
How Does Oil Pulling Work?
In short, oil pulling involves swishing oil in the mouth for up to 20 minutes. Depending on the oil used, this natural remedy functions as an effective antibacterial and antiviral treatment. As such, oil pulling functions to detox the body, cleanse the sinuses, and improve overall oral health.
In essence, the action of oil pulling has a "soap-like" effect on the mouth, reducing the numbers of bacteria in the oral cavity. As oral health is linked so closely to overall health, the treatment is beneficial for clearing the sinuses and detoxing the body of other illnesses as well.
How to do oil pulling:
The process for oil pulling is fairly straightforward. Prior to brushing your teeth and on an empty stomach, take one tablespoon of oil into the mouth. Swish the oil around for several minutes, typically 15 to 20, and spit it out. Rinse the mouth with warm water and brush your teeth as normal. (Do not spit oil into the sink or toilet as regularly doing so could cause plumbing clogs.)
What Oil Should be Used?
The type of oil selected varies by intended use. Sesame oil is typically suggested for most general purposes. However, coconut oil is also effective for removing bacteria and even whitening teeth. The best oils to use are natural plant-based oils. A complete list of oils and their particular benefits was compiled by Sandy, an Earth Clinic reader.
Is It Safe?
As the process uses edible oil compounds, the process is completely safe. While some individuals report greater benefit than others, the practice has done no harm. Avoid swallowing the "used" oil, though, as it contains a high concentration of bacteria and toxins.
While a less traditional treatment option, oil pulling is extremely effective for treating the all too common condition of a sinus infection. The process naturally eradicates the infection and supports good overall health.
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Oil Pulling Instructions to Treat Sinus Infections
Alternative Therapy Instructions:
- You'll Need: Sunflower or Sesame Oil - 1 Tablespoon
The Ayurvedic tradition of oil pulling can remove toxins from the body and clear up congestion as well. Before brushing your teeth and with an empty stomach, take one Tbsp of oil into your mouth and swish it around for 10-20 minutes until the oil has turned milky white. Spit this out. Most any food oil will do, but sesame and sunflower oils are traditional and the most popular.
I have actually cured pneumonia in myself with unrefined, pure (quality matters) oil pulling. It took one solid day of this technique to detoxify my body, I could barely get off the couch - so sick.
This is especially beneficial if you have mercury fillings in your teeth (I had 11). Also ice cream has many chemicals added under "natural flavours" like 30 or more, which contribute heavily to sinus infections.
i was a non-believer. I have been suffering with sinusitis for so long, I cannot remember when it started. Orange or yellow-green mucus, stuffy nose, sore throat, always begins around March or April, continues thru to November. I was looking for a holistic fix, and stumbled on the oil pulling site. What a find! I only had extra virgin olive oil, lite, so I thought, why not? I was desperate! This time, the sinus was so bad, I could not talk. I had no voice, and what I did have was a whisper. I swished the oil around for about 1-2 minutes, spit it out, it was white. Then I brushed my teeth, gargled with salt water. After about 20 mins, my throat was not sore, thick mucus was coming out, green as usual, of my sinus, I was coughing up plhem, this went on for about an hour. I did this again in the AM, and now I have a voice, my throat does not hurt, I am breathing clear, my mucus is not as green, I am still coughing up plhem, but the improvement in my throat, my voice, my overall feeling of improvement is unbelievable!
I am going to continue doing " the pull" as I now call it. I am so happy I found this site. if you have any information about what oil would be best for my sinusitis, or what would be best for a type A negative blood person, please let me know. I am going to try coconut oil as soon as I can get to a natural food store. I have read alot of the testimonials, and I cannot hit on one type of oil. I am looking forward to better sinus health.