Oil Pulling

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual for oral care that dates back to over 3,000 years ago.   It involves taking about a tablespoon of organic, cold-pressed coconut oil or sesame oil and swishing it in your mouth, pushing and pulling between your teeth, for 10-30 minutes.  


Our mouths are homes to all kinds of bacteria, fungi, viruses and toxins and this is the best way to detox what’s going on in there.  As the oil gets swished around, it collects all the unwanted guys hanging out in there like a vacuum, which helps free up our immune systems and aids in overall well being.  

Thieves® essential oil:

Go one step further and add Young Living’s essential oil blend Thieves® to the mix.  It’s a carefully thought out blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary, and the result is powerful! Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination they used while robbing the dead and dying during the plague. Because Young Living’s coveted precious distilling process, Seed to Seal, these oils are as pure as they can get which means they are safely ingestible. So why not add this to your oral routine?  By doing so, you are not only eliminating the bad stuff, but also supporting the immune system through healthy oral care.

The many benefits of Oil Pulling:

Detox – Because there is so much bacteria and fungi hanging out in our mouth, if left alone, this can lead to all kinds of illness.  Removing the bad guys before they get a chance to continue through the body will help promote a healthier immune system.

Kills Bad Breath – bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth! Keeping those populations in a healthy balance will result in better breath (and probably more friends). 

Reduces Headaches – sometimes headaches occur from the body being under toxic stress.  By oil pulling and removing those toxins, it gives your body a chance to take a break from fighting all the time.  

Energy Booster – much like how oil pulling can reduce headaches.  When your body is working overtime to fight off unwanted bacteria and toxins, it becomes very tired and draining.  Eliminating that process will boost your energy level.

Promotes Overall Oral Hygiene - 

Reduces gingivitis
Whitens teeth
Strengthen gums
Prevents cavities and tooth decay
Remineralizes teeth

Here’s how:

It’s best to do this in the morning right after waking up, but before you eat or drink anything.  But in reality, just adding it in somewhere in the day is better than nothing. 



  • Put 1-2 drops of Thieves® (get essential oils here) on a tablespoonful of coconut oil.  If your coconut oil is solid from it being cooler than 76 degrees in your house, you many want to melt it slightly before putting it in your mouth.  But it will eventually melt if you start swishing.  

  • Swish the oil around, in between teeth for 10-30 minutes.  The longer, the better. The goal is at least 10 minutes. I do this in the shower so times passes without thinking about it.

  • Spit the mixture out into the trash (not the sink or drain, it can clog your pipes) and do not swallow it.  You don’t want to ingest what was just pulled out of your mouth.  

  • Rinse your mouth with water and brush teeth like normal.  

  • Repeat as often as you like, although 4-5 times per week is highly recommended.  



Things you should know:

You might feel the health benefits right away, or it might take a few days or even weeks.  Hang in there!

If you have a sensitive gag reflex, start with a smaller amount of oil and work your way up to a full tablespoon.  You will get used to it.  Oy you can try sesame oil which is liquid at room temp.

Diet has a ton to do with oral health--big surprise. And I don't just mean sugar. One of my favorite bloggers, Wellness Mama, has a great article on diet and oral health and her personal success with remineralizing her teeth. Find that article here.

I did a periscope about how I oil-pull. Check it out here:

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/the-7-health-benefits-of-oil-pulling and