For this month’s We Heart, we’re focusing on an all too often forgotten aspect of holistic health… oral health!
When we found PAAVANI, we were enamored with all of their product, but we especially fell in love with their Oil Pulling Oils. When most of us think of oil pulling, we think of scooping a lump of coconut oil into our mouths.
But PAAVANI’s oils are dynamically infused with Ayurvedic, intentionally chosen herbs. Needless to say, their products have take our oral hygiene to the next level—read on to learn more about oil pulling and why we love PAAVANI!
what is oil pulling?
Simply put, oil pulling consists of rinsing one’s mouth with oil in order to maintain proper dental hygiene and brighten those pearly whites. This is done by using the oil to “pull” out harmful bacteria and toxicity from the walls of the oral cavity.
The practice of oil pulling is an ancient healing ritual, which traces its roots back to Ayurvedic medicine as a natural prevention of oral diseases.
OIL PULLING'S AYURVEDIC ROOTS
If you are unfamiliar with Ayurvedic medicine, here’s a fun little history lesson for you. Ayurveda (translated from Sanskrit: “the science of life”) is a natural, whole-body, healing system that originated in India some 3,000-5,000 years ago. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than treat illness.
Not only is Ayurveda a form of holistic medicine, but it is also a way of life. Through nutrition, personal hygiene, exercise and other lifestyle factors, Ayurveda provides a gentle guidance and balance between the body, mind, spirit and environment.
PAAVANI Ayurveda is an artisan line of small-batch, pure, organic health & skincare products formulated in Northern California. Handcrafted with the wisdom of Ayurveda, their products offer ancient traditions to the modern world, with the intent to reconnect people to their innate body wisdom.
PAAVANI stands behind the philosophy, that what is harmonious for one may not be for another. This is a concept that plays a significant role in the fundamental roots of Ayurveda. Through understanding & honoring one's individual needs, health & beauty is cultivated from within.
Named after the Sanskrit term for Purity, PAAVANI takes pride in offering pure products that are made entirely of ingredients from the earth. Selecting quality ingredients to craft their line is important to uphold ancient Ayurvedic traditions & to offer products that are nutrient rich; containing the highest amount of healing constituents.
All ingredients are selected from premium sources, holding high standards for organic, sustainable & ethical practices.
The seed of PAAVANI Ayurveda was planted between Leah Klatt & Trudy Collings during their Herbalism Apprenticeship, at the California College of Ayurveda. It was then that the women discovered their common passion for developing skin & body care products that carry on the tradition of Ayurveda. They decided that they wanted to share this with the world.
PAAVANI was born a few years later in 2014, when the women opened an office space in Grass Valley,CA, to offer Traditional Ayurvedic Body Therapies. It was at this time that the first products in their line were developed- the Aromatherapy Spritzers & Body Oils.
The women intended to create dosha specific products that they could use in their therapies & further extend out to their community.
REFRESHING MINT OIL PULLING OIL
According to Ayurveda, digestion begins in the mouth. Therefore, proper oral care is not only necessary for a pearly white smile, but is also essential to a healthy digestive system.
That’s why we love their Refreshing Mint Oil Pulling Oil – its infused with ingredients like turmeric, bayberry, barberry, bhringaraj, amalaki, clove, cinnamon & essential oils of peppermint & spearmint. A daily practice of oil pulling can keep your teeth & gums strong for chewing & eliminate toxins from further entering your body.
This ancient Ayurvedic ritual of pulling or swishing oil through the teeth is used to support overall oral health & hygiene. Use daily to strengthen gums, whiten teeth, eradicate plaque & draw toxins out of the body. Oil Pulling is also beneficial for TMJ.
TO USE: Vigorously swish & pull 1-2 tsp. of oil around the mouth & in-between the teeth. Continue for 5 to 20 minutes.