Coconut Oil Pulling

If you’ve followed me on Instagram you’ll have seen me post about Oil pulling on more than one occasion.  It’s something I try do at home at least 3 mornings a week with my son, to create a good habit, and every morning myself.

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling originated in India as part of natural healing practices, it is used primarily in Ayurvedic medicine. A technique that uses natural oils to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. Oil pulling is a great oral detoxification procedure that is simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil (usually coconut oil, olive or sesame oil) in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. It has the added benefit of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it may be helpful for gum health and that certain oils may help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth.

How do you oil pull for 20 minutes!?!

Well if this little man can do it, then so can you. I like to think of it as 20 minutes of quiet time in your morning to get stuff done. Or better yet, use it as your morning meditation

Morning Oil Pulling
My little man doing his morning oil pulling.

time. You may find the act of oil pulling helps to still your mind for a kind of active meditation. Either way the benefits are amazing! Oil pulling is best done in the morning on an empty stomach, however it can be done before each meal if needed for more severe infections or dental problems.

-Here are a few benefits:

Cure tooth decay

Kill bad breath

Heal bleeding gums

Prevent heart disease

Reduce inflammation

Whiten teeth

Prevent cavities

Boosts Immune System

Strengthen gums.


Oil Pulling how to:

  1. Put 1 teaspoon of oil of choice into the mouth.
    Swish for 20 minutes, timing is important, it needs to be long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white by the time you spit it out. It will also double in volume during this time due to saliva. It may be challanging at first to swish away merrily for the full 20 minutes, so go for as long as you can and build up to the full 20 minutes. I know when my son started he couldnt manage that long, he is 7 now and gets on with it just fine. (thats 20 minutes of silence, golden!)
  2. Spit oil into the dustbin.… don’t spit into the sink or drain! The oil may thicken and clog pipes. Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria, toxins and pus that are now not in your mouth! Yay!
  3. Rinse well with warm water, some poeple even suggest rinsing with warm salt water. I would reccomend this if you have an infection of any kind you are fighting off.
    Brush your pearly whites well and enjoy the wonderful sensation of a fresh and clean smile.

Who should Oil pull?

Anyone, young and old can do it, but as with anything be sensible about it. Make sure to check with a doctor or dentist if you have any metal fillings, crowns, or dental problems, just to be sure.

Children:  oil pulling is safe for kids once they are old enough not to swallow the oil, this is very important!

Pregnant and nursing mums: It is generally considered safe for pregnant women, especially after the first trimester, oral health is very important during pregnancy. For Nursing mothers too, it is considered safe, but as with anything, check with a doctor, midwife or dentist before doing oil pulling, especially if pregnant.


Note: Some people may notice a detox reaction for the first few days of oil pulling that usually includes signs of mild congestion, headache, sinus drainage etc. 

It is also not advisable to replace oil pulling for tooth brushing, the two should be used together for optimal results.