I was recently introduced to the concept of oil pulling or Kavala Graha. I am a big advocate of jal neti or cleansing the nasal and sinus passages with salt water. I had a terrible cold and sadly, my neti pot wasn’t doing the trick. After digging a little deeper, I found Kavala Graha.

Kavala Graha, is a cleansing technique using sesame oil (unrefined, preferably) to rinse the mouth and gums. First thing in the morning, before eating or drinking anything, before brushing teeth, put about a tablespoon of oil into your mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes. If the taste of sesame oil is too much, you can also use coconut oil. It’s nice to take a shower or boil water for tea while doing it. Afterwards, brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with warm water. Your smile will be noticeably brighter.

What I’ve noticed is that it not only cleanses and moisturizes the mouth and gums, it pulls toxins and germs out of the bloodstream through the capillaries in the mouth. It also enforces a morning silence and is itself a kind of meditation.

I’m happy to say I quickly recovered from my cold and have added Kavala Graha to my morning ritual. I suggest you do the same.