By Carly Woods
Coconut and coconut oil.When it comes to beauty procedures, products or treatments, I really will try anything. (Seriously -- I once used a serum on my face that smelt like pee.) So when a friend sent me an article on the latest craze -- "oil pulling" -- I was obviously going to try it out for myself.
Oil pulling, also known as "kavala" or "gundusha," is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.
The reported benefits include:
• Whiter teeth
• Cavity and gingivitis prevention
• Better breath (halitosis suffers also reported greatly improved morning breath)
• Stronger teeth and gums
• Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement), sleep problems and sinus issues
• Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues (reports have shown