I’ve seen people all over the internet buzzing about oil pulling. At first I thought it involved clearing your pores similar to the way you pull blackheads.
But no, oil pulling involves swishing oil around in your mouth. I thought, “Why would anyone want to do that?”
Well here is why…
What Is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual dating back 3000 years. It is done by placing a tablespoon of cold pressed oil (olive, coconut, sesame) in your mouth and swishing around for 20 minutes.
It is said to help improve your oral health by drawing toxins out of your mouth through the oil. Many toxins in your mouth are oil soluble, so the oil draws them from the nooks and crannies in your mouth.
The oil pulls toxins such as plaque from your mouth without harming your gums or teeth. Plaque can be responsible for bad breath, yellow teeth, gingivitis and gum inflammation.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Oil Pulling?
Many agree that oil pulling can greatly improve your overall oral health, not just whitening your teeth.
In addition to oral health, there are many other oil pulling benefits including:
- Increase energy
- Eliminate acne
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce headaches
- Eliminate asthma
- Eliminate arthritis
- Reduce chest congestion
How To Oil Pull?
- Choose an oil – for oil pulling, there are a few different oils that you can use. You might already have these in your pantry! I highly recommend using coconut oil for
- Measure out 1-2 teaspoons of oil and put it in your mouth.
- Swish for 20 minutes – This gives your body enough time to draw the toxins out of your gums and plaque off of your teeth. Do not gargle, as this may cause you to swallow some oil.
- Spit the oil out – Discard oil into your trash can. DO NOT spit into your sink at all! Just like with cooking oil, it will clog your pipes. Also, DO NOT swallow the oil! It’s gross and full of all the toxins you just drew out of your body.
- Rinse your mouth out with water – Swish a few times just to get the remaining oil out. Due to the thickness of the oil, it’s very possible there is some stuck inside.
- Brush your teeth normally – At this point, brush your teeth as your normally would. Doing this will kill any remaining germs in your mouth.
Is Oil Pulling Safe?
Yes, oil pulling is very safe.
Many health professionals and websites online will probably tell you that oil pulling doesn’t work, due to there not being enough research to back up the claims.
However, I would be shocked if you were told that oil pulling is dangerous. There’s absolutely no basis for that statement.
The oils that are used for oil pulling are all natural oils. These oils are constantly being spoken about for their health benefits.
As long as you aren’t swallowing the oil after pulling, you won’t have any issues.
Oil Pulling FAQs
Q: I’m having difficulty gargling for 20 minutes, what can I do?
A: Gargling for 20 minutes is an optimal time because it gives your the oil enough time to absorb the toxins without letting your body reabsorb the toxins. However, you can dial the time down to 10 minutes to start out or cut back the amount of oil you are using to get used to it.
Q: Does oil pulling help treat my bad breath?
A: It should. This is because the bad breath from your mouth is caused the toxins in your mouth. The oil will pull those toxins out and help improve your overall oral health.
Q: How long until I notice a difference?
A: That depends. Some will notice a difference right away. You will feel smoother teeth pretty quickly and that’s because the oil is pulling toxins from your teeth.
Q: Are there any oil pulling side effects?
A: There are some who report coughing up mucus after oil pulling. Oil pulling has been said to help with chest congestion, so it can be your body expelling that mucus. Also, you may find experience some jaw stiffness due to swishing for an extended period of time. If you have this issue, try working your way up to 20 minutes.
After oil pulling for a few weeks, I noticed that my teeth looked a little whiter and felt smoother. I can confidently say that oil pulling will help improve your oil health. As far as the other health benefits, there isn’t enough research to prove whether or not it works.
However, if you’ve tried everything else, it can’t hurt to try oil pulling. It only takes 20 minutes and it super affordable.
Have you tried oil pulling before? Let me know in the comments below!