Last week, I began a practice called oil pulling. Simply put, oil pulling is when you use a type of oil orally in your mouth for health purposes. The oil is swished around your mouth and is used to “pull” things out of your body, like toxins. It can also help with oral health—whiter teeth, healthier gums, cavities, jaw pain, and plaque and tartar buildup. It can also help fight bad breath.
After reading this blog post a few weeks ago, I decided to give oil pulling a shot. I am using coconut oil because it comes in a solid and dissolves easily. It also has a more pleasant taste and is lighter than some other oils being used. People also use sesame seed oil and sunflower oil to oil pull as well.
This is how oil pulling works:
- You put a teaspoon of the oil in your mouth, then swish for 15-20 minutes
- You do not swallow the oil
- Once oil swishing is completed, you spit out the oil in a plastic bag (or trash) because it can clog your pipes
- Rinse mouth with warm salt water and brush teeth
- Use organic coconut oil only. You can also use sesame oil, olive oil, or sunflower oil (think vegetable based)
This can be done as part of your morning routine. I do it in the morning while doing chores. 20 minutes seems like a long time, but I am so busy in the morning that the time goes by very fast.
Oil Swishing (quick 10 second video I made)
I have been oil pulling for a week (or 8 days) and I see noticeable differences in my teeth. They are whiter, and my gums look healthier. My face is also smoother and looks radiant. I have experienced adult acne before and have had my share of breakouts, especially during that time of the month. Now that I have been oil pulling, my skin is clearer and also less oily.
There isn’t any scientific evidence (at least none that I have seen) that shows that oil pulling rids the body of toxins. But there are millions of people who swear by oil pulling—many people have experienced the results I just shared and many other positives. Some people say they sleep better when they oil pull. Some have even lost weight. According to some blog posts I’ve read about oil pulling, it can help with inflammatory issues.
Oil pulling is a natural practice that has been used for centuries. For many, it is a natural way to help the body expel bacteria and other toxins that can hamper overall health. Since I started oil pulling, I’ve had so many people say that they’ve been oil pulling for years. When I first started hearing about oil pulling, I thought it was a new fad people were doing, but it looks like I am the one who was on the “late show”.
Should you oil pull? I say YES! It won’t hurt you, and it could give you much needed benefits. I can tell you that after each time I oil pull, my mouth and teeth feel dentist clean. That alone is a reason why I will continue doing it. That is a feeling that I personally enjoy.