Kavala and Gandusha are known as Oil Pulling in the West. This Ayurvedic practice is known to prevent or decrease the chances of gum disease. It is also known to awaken the senses, including the taste buds and hearing. This morning ritual is beneficial for loosening tight jaws and freshening the breath by removing toxins from the mouth and gums.
First, brush your teeth, scrape your tongue (see the Copper Tongue Scraper under products) and follow it up with Kavala. Place two tablespoons of this oil in your mouth and gently swish it in your mouth for at least 20 minutes. This oil penetrates the gum tissue in a way that just water or mouthwash cannot do. Spit the oil into the trash can. Rinse your mouth with warm water.
Both sesame and coconut oils are antibacterial in nature. Neem is one of the most powerful antibacterial and antifungal trees. Lastly, clove oil is also known to be friendly to oral care. Do this practice only in the morning BEFORE eating as it affects metabolism and digestion.