What is Oil Pulling & Why are we Obsessed?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that dates back thousands of years.

Let’s take a step backwards. What is Ayurvedic? Ayurvedic is the traditional Hindu system of medicine. It is based on the practice of finding balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing to achieve it.

Now that we have that out of the way, what is oil pulling? It is actually an extremely simple process.  Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth. Essentially you swish and gargle oil, much like you would mouthwash, but for a much longer time.

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Rumi Poem

"At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breath into me.  Close the language-door and open the love-window.  The moon won't use the door, only the window."

 

I love this poem.  I love the moon.  Symbolically, it stands for the emotional body and intuition. To me, Rumi is suggesting tuning into, embracing, and speaking through the heart and its language... and quieting the logical mind.