Oil Pulling

kavala or gandusha 


Oil pulling, as is all the rage right now is not, contrary to popular belief, an ancient Ayurvedic practice. However it closely resembles a cross between the practices of gandusha and kavala. Gandush involves holding oil or a decoction of herbs in the mouth andkavala involves gargling with oil.
Oil pulling as we know it is a relatively recent invention, but one that people are receiving wonderful results from.

So why not try it out for yourself?

Some of the Benefits:

  • Relaxed neck and jaw muscles, improvement in TMJ symptoms
  • Healthy sinuses & improved respiratory health, including allergies and asthma
  • Support for joint health
  • Support of the body’s natural mechanisms to remove āma (toxins)
  • Healthy skin, less wrinkles
  • Natural energy and vigor
  • Healthy teeth and gums, including improvement of and prevention of dental caries (cavities), improvement for loose teeth and for receding gums, reduction of plaque, gingivitis and periodontal disease (this one is claimed by enthusiasts though I haven't seen research to back it up)


1. In the morning on an empty stomach, take 1 tablespoon of oil into your mouth.

2. Swish the oil in the mouth, moving it around both sides; also move the oil in front of, behind, and through the teeth.

3. Continue the process for 10-20 minutes, until the oil has become thin and whitish in color and a bit frothy. Yes, this is a long time! Work up to it slowly, a couple minutes at a time.

4. Spit it out (in the garbage can, save your drain), and rinse your mouth with warm water, brush if desired.

5. Do not swallow the oil.

Which product to use: 

Mamāyurveda Medicinals Fresh Oral Oil contains a mix of sesame, coconut and immunity boosting/microbial balancing essential oils

You can also use plain coconut oil (melted) or plain sesame oil


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