What Is Oil Pulling and Why Do It With Castor Oil?

What Is Oil Pulling and Why Do It With Castor Oil?

What Is Oil Pulling and Why Do It With Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil

What Is Oil Pulling and Why Do It With Castor Oil?

Written by: Heather Tanti R.P.N (non-practicing)

Medically reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 7 minutes

Have you seen all the oil pulling buzz on TikTok? Now, what’s the scoop on this trend? 

Picture this: Swishing oil in your mouth for dental hygiene support and wellness benefits. Yep, that’s oil pulling (or oil swishing), an age-old practice that’s making waves. And guess what’s stealing the spotlight? Castor Oil, a top-notch choice for oil pulling with its natural support!

Curious to learn more about this practice? Keep reading

What is Castor Oil pulling?

Have you tried this trending, holistic practice that boasts not only oral hygiene benefits, but also a touch of ancient wisdom?

What is Oil Pulling by Queen of the Thrones

Oil pulling is a centuries-old tradition that’s making a modern comeback.

This ancient Ayurvedic technique is believed to help detoxify the body and support overall well-being. Pretty amazing, agreed?

You may have heard of oil pulling with sesame oil or coconut oil, but let’s shine the spotlight on Castor Oil; known for its varied wellness benefits, Castor Oil is derived from the seeds of the castor plant.  

It’s a powerhouse of nutrients and has been used for centuries in traditional home remedies, including oil pulling (it makes this practice quicker and stronger… more on this later!).

According to Ayurveda, there’s a theory that the tongue is linked to different organs like the kidneys, heart, lungs, small intestine, spine, and more. And the practice of oil pulling is thought to aid in the elimination of toxic heavy metals through saliva. 

When you engage in oil pulling, it may activate enzymes in your saliva that are thought to absorb various toxins, including chemical, bacterial, and environmental toxins from the bloodstream. These toxins are then thought to be expelled from the body through the tongue1.

Pretty interesting, agreed? 

Does oil pulling actually work?

Now, maybe you’re wondering if oil pulling actually works? Or whether this is just another one of those celebrity trends that come and go with little to no results. Is this you?

Castor oil dos and donts of-oil pulling by Queen of the Thrones
Let’s start with what oil pulling can (and can’t) do for your oral hygiene. Now, oil pulling is pretty supportive at tackling certain types of germs that may cause infection, but it’s not a superhero for everything. Unfortunately, it won’t magically fix those pesky raging gum infections or zap away cavities.

Here’s the deal: Oil pulling is supportive for removing bacteria from your mouth, but it doesn’t go all out and kill them. If you’re relying solely on oil pulling without the tag team of regular brushing and flossing, it’s not going to be your knight in shining armor for a healthy mouth.

However, don’t toss oil pulling out of your oral care routine just yet. When teamed up with good ol’ brushing and flossing on the daily, it can play a preventive role2. Picture it as the sidekick, helping to keep bad breath at bay, stains under control, and more!

Oh, and if you’re battling the dreaded dry mouth, we’re all in for some pre-bedtime oil pulling. It could be that extra boost of hydration that you need. 

So, in a nutshell, oil pulling is like a trusty sidekick in your oral hygiene journey, but it can’t do all the heavy lifting alone. Keep it company with your regular brushing and flossing routine, and you’ve got a winning team!

Let’s dive into the benefits of oil pulling next!

Benefits of oil pulling 

Having issues with your teeth can really impact how you feel and go about your daily life, agreed? 

Plus, it is believed that there is a strong link between problems in your mouth and other conditions that may be present in your body. Taking care of things like cavities and gum disease not only helps your teeth, but also is thought to help lower the chance of getting diabetes or heart problems.3 

Benefits of Oil pulling by Queen of the Thrones
Plus, some folks believe that oil pulling with sesame oil or coconut oil helps with gum health by easing inflammation and bleeding, as well as supporting dry mouth, throat, and chapped lips. And, as an added perk, it might even give your teeth a natural whitening effect!4 It’s like a natural, chemical-free way to say goodbye to those pesky stains.

Sounds wonderful, agreed?

And, because most toxins are lipophilic (meaning attracted to fats), the idea is that as you swish oil around in your mouth, toxins are absorbed into the oil to be spit out of your body.

Why use Castor Oil for oil pulling

Castor Oil is well known for its antimicrobial properties5 6, so it could be battling against harmful bacteria, plaque, and other germs that can set up camp in your mouth. 

It’s like sending in the cavalry to keep your oral environment in check!

Plus it’s been studied in periodontal medicine as a natural alternative to conventional denture cleansers, for its ability to break down biofilm7 8 9

Biofilm is a protective layer that bacteria creates to stop you from killing it… Think about that fuzzy feeling you get when you don’t brush your teeth for awhile. 

There are only a few natural substances that are able to break down biofilm, and Castor Oil is one of them! This is why you only need to swish for 1-2 minutes with Castor Oil, as opposed to the 20-30 minutes of swishing that are typically suggested for sesame or coconut oil. 

So, here’s to giving it a try and maybe uncovering a new dimension of self-care for your pearly whites!

Are you wondering how to do this natural practice? Read on for your easy steps!

How to oil pull with Castor Oil

Have you tried oil pulling before, but couldn’t stick to it because of the lengthy 20-30 minutes of swishing? Who’s got the time for that, right? 

How to do oil pulling with Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil

Not to worry, we’ve got you covered on the ‘how-to’ for oil pulling with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil, that only takes 1-2 minutes!

How to do oil pulling at home:

    1. Pour 1 tbsp of Queen of the Thrones® Golden Castor Oil onto a spoon.
    2. Place the oil in your mouth and swish it around for 1-2 minutes.
    3. Spit the frothy, white oil into the trash when finished.
    4. Brush teeth and rinse your mouth thoroughly.

      That’s all there is to it! With practice, you can extend the duration of your oil pulling sessions as you become more used to the practice.

      Would you like a simple video tutorial on oil pulling with Castor Oil? Check out the easy how-to below!

And there you have it, the secret weapon in your wellness arsenal! 

Castor Oil, the unsung hero that seamlessly transitions from supporting your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs to becoming the cornerstone of your oil-pulling journey.

So, as you embark on your daily routine, envision Castor Oil as your loyal sidekick, standing guard not just over your royal throne, but also over the brilliance of your smile. It’s more than just oil-pulling; it’s a journey into self-care, with Castor Oil leading the way.

Let this dynamic duo — your Castor Oil Packs and oil-pulling practice — weave a story of holistic well-being, from the soothing moments of self-care, to the daily dance of oral hygiene.

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