Oil Pulling

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling consists in putting a tablespoon of a vegetable oil in your mouth, then swish it around for 15-20 minutes. The main benefit of doing this, is that it reduces the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth and it has a natural effective way to clean your mouth, avoiding the harmful chemicals usually found in mouth cleaners.

The way oil pulling works is simple: when you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria attaches to it and dissolves in the liquid oil. So each time you do oil pulling you remove a large amount of bacteria and plaque from your mouth.


Having some plaque on your teeth is normal, but if it gets out of hand it can cause all sorts of problems, including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities.

Oil Pulling can contribute to:

  • Reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth

  • Reduce Plaque and Gingivitis

  • Reduce bad breath

  • Whiter teeth

  • Stronger teeth and gums

  • Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema – given that inflammation can cause all sorts of health problems, it does make sense that reducing inflammation in the gums and mouth could lead to benefits for overall health as well and this may explain why some people report improvements in health issues that really have nothing to do with the mouth.


  1. Fill a tablespoon of coconut oil and add one drop of one of these three essential oils known for their oral benefits here

  2. Place the mixture in your mouth.

  3. Swish the oil around your mouth for about 15-20 minutes.

  4. Spit out the oil, then brush your teeth.

If the coconut oil you use is not fraccionated you may have to chew on the oil for a minute or so to let it melt, in case it is solid at room temperature.

The best time to do oil pulling is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. You can do it while you shower.

Make sure you spit the oil to the trash, because it can clog the sink. Rinse your mouth with water and then brush your teeth. You will notice the difference.

I chose coconut oil because it contains Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant and it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties thanks to lauric acid and monolaurin. It also contains lots of easily digestible, fat-soluble vitamins: A,D,E and K. Vitamin A is good for the immune system, Vitamin D is good for strong bones and teeth, and Vitamin K is good for blood-clotting. Before oil pulling with coconut oil test it in the crease of the elbow before putting it on the mouth just to be sure you are not allergic. It is very rare but some people may experience “contact dermatitis” an allergic reaction to the oil. In alternative you can try other vegetable oils such as olive oil.

I have been oil pulling with coconut oil and one drop of Clove. I have noticed that my teeth are both whiter and more shiny and my breath is fresher. So just give a try to a couple of weeks or a month and see how you feel about it. People with severe teeth problems should notice overall improvement after one year of continuous usage of this technique.

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