Oil Pulling


I have read a lot about oil pulling lately

and all its wonderful benefits, and I am really excited to give it a try. Some of the benefits include:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Helps with bleeding gums
  • Helps with tooth and gum sensitivity
  • Helps you have better breath
  • Helps to prevent cavities and gingivitis
  • Helps with allergies and sinus problems
  • Helps to detoxify the body
  • Helps you to have clearer healthier skin
  • Helps hormone imbalances
  • Helps arthritis and inflammation
  • Helps the immune system
  • Boosts overall health
  • May help with appetite and weight loss
  • Plus many other health benefits

Oil pulling is an ancient remedy used in India and Asia for thousands of years to treat many systemic diseases.  Oil pulling has gained popularity in the West over the last few decades as it is a safe, easy, and inexpensive way to detox our bodies and enjoy all the amazing health benefits. I remember the last time I was at the dentist he had a poster on the wall that explained how our mouths are a gateway to our body.  Poor oral health is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, lung conditions, and obesity.  It is very important for our overall health that we support our teeth and gums by brushing, flossing and regular cleanings at the dentist, and I would like to add oil pulling to that list.

Step 1

It is best to oil pull first thing in the morning when you wake up before you eat or drink anything.  You want to have an empty stomach when you oil pull.  It is recommended that you use a tablespoon or less of a good quality cold pressed organic oil, such as sesame or coconut oil. (I use a cold pressed unrefined coconut oil, because coconut oil has Lauric Acid) A whole tablespoon of oil was a bit difficult to do the first time, it is a very odd feeling to have a mouth full of oil, so I started with a little less, and adjusted the amount as I became more comfortable with the process. Also the oil with mix with your saliva and practically double in size after swishing for a few minutes, so don’t start with too much oil at first.

Step 2

Gently swish the oil around your mouth in and out between your teeth with a push and pull type method, sorta like you would do with mouthwash, but do not gargle with the oil as it is very important that you do not swallow any of the oil because the oil will be full of toxins from your body. Continue to swish the oil around your mouth for 15-20 minutes, 20 minutes seems like a very long time when you first start oil pulling and your mouth and jaws will be a bit tired, so don’t worry if the first few times you can’t do the full 20 minutes, it gets easier I promise.

Step 3

Now you want to spit the oil out in the trash. Remember the oil will be very toxic after you finish your 20 minutes, so you do not want to swallow any of the oil, but spit all the oil out.  I prefer to spit in the trash as I do not want to clog up my pipes by spitting in the sink, nor do I want to contaminate my sink.  The oil should look white when you spit it out, if the oil is yellow you have not swished long enough.

Step 4

For the final step I like to rinse my mouth out with warm water or warm salted water to remove any leftover oil that may be in my mouth.  I like to swish and then gargle to make sure my mouth and throat are rinsed clean.

I can’t wait for my next visit to the dentist to see what my results are. Even after just 10 days I feel like my teeth are whiter and my mouth feels so good and clean.  I am glad that I started oil pulling and will continue to do so and will update my blog with my progress.

I just gave you the basics, but there are so many resources on the internet to learn more about oil pulling– here are a few of my favorites

Oil Pulling the Habit That Can Transform Your Health

Oil Pulling a Wonderful Therapy and they offer an E-Book for download

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

Dental Professionals Respond to Oil Pulling 

Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection

The Ultimate Guide to Oil Pulling: Rock your Immune System with this Ancient Method

Everything You Need to Know About Oil Pulling

I would like to state that I am not a doctor or trained professional. These statements are information that I have gathered from the internet and are strictly my opinions only.  Please discuss with your doctor or healthcare professional. Thank you.


Everything You Need To Know About Oil Pulling




20 thoughts on “Oil Pulling”

  1. Hi Maggie! I absolutely love your site. I have been reading so much about oil pulling lately. I’m dying to try it. Thanks for this great article. I know exactly what to do now. 🙂 I’m thrilled I discovered your blog.

    1. Thank you so much Nicole <3 I would love for you to try oil pulling, it is a little weird at first, but I promise it get easier after a few days 😀 and you will love it. I am such a fan of everything coconut!

  2. What GREAT information! We have coconut oil in abundance around here. I knew how amazing it was for just about everything else. Infact, I just put some in my daughters hair today, since it’s getting to that stringy pool hair. Thank you so much for sharing this!!

  3. I have been oil pulling scince I was 21 thanks to my dentisit that knws that I detest any kind of pain meds, drills are fillings. I had a small cavity forming and she recommended it for me and I have been happy ever since. It does help with whitening your teeth it also helps with if you have any tooth decay for the pain and any kind of mouth infections. It’s nasty feeling in your mouth but so worth it.

    1. Wow Natasha what a progressive dentist you have. At my last cleaning I asked the hygienist if she knew about oil pulling and she had not heard of it before. I am glad you are having great results too. After a few days I got over the nasty feeling LOL and I do love it. 😀

  4. I have heard so much about this and yet still am leery to try it out. More because I am very picky about textures in my mouth. But I really dislike the dentist so it is definitely worth thinking hard about.

    1. I understand about weird textures tamarasuz and the oil is very weird at first for sure. You can make sure that it is melted first and that helps. It will take a bit to get used to. You just have to not think about it lol and not focus on it when you first start 😀

    1. I know what you mean Risa, I kept having the urge to swallow too. But you don’t want to swallow the oil. I would just let my throat sorta do the swallowing motion without actually swallowing the oil, if that makes any sense. 😀 I didn’t even realize but I don’t have that urge to swallow anymore, I guess you just get used to it after awhile.

  5. That sounds fantastic, I can’t wait to try it. I am so into it because I really use oil for my skin and hair and I would not use anything else. I was actually looking lately at changing my mouth wash, from the store bought one to a home made one because I don’t think it works that well. I had no idea that you can use oil to clean your teeth but it makes a lot of sense. Oil is a very good cleaning oil, for example, the best makeup removers are oil based, if you want to remove stains, like the ones on the hands of mechanics, you use oil. Oil is a great cleaner. It makes a lot of sense that it will clean the teeth too. I am so delighted to hear about this piece of information. I have never heard about it before and I did not think of it. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Ethan. I am so glad that you found this info useful and you wanna try oil pulling ? I think you are right about oil being good for cleaning. Great examples!

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