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How Oil Pulling can Transform Your Health

Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling is an ayurvedic remedy from India that dates back to more than 3.000 years.

It involves high quality oils being swished back and forth in the mouth for a certain amount of time and thereby pulling out toxins, bacteria and harmful fungi.

In this way it decreases inflammation and increases detoxification.

Today even contemporary western medicine recognizes the benefits of oil pulling in at least reducing plaque.


The following are some of the many health benefits one can experience through regular oil pulling:

Whitened teeth
Promoted oral health
Increased energy
Boosted immune system
Clear mind
Decreased migraines and headaches
Clear sinuses
Better sleep
Clear skin
Decreased inflammation
Improved women’s hormonal disorders


  • Oil Pulling should be done at least once a day. Best is right after getting up in the morning before drinking or eating anything. To increase the healing process, it may be done up to 3 times a day, preferably before the meals on an empty stomach.
  • Take ½ tbsp. of solid or 1 tbsp. of liquid vegetable oil. Due to its overall medical benefits and neutral taste, I prefer coconut oil so far. Traditionally though, sesame and sunflower oil have been found to be the most effective. In any case, always use organic and cold pressed oils.
    According to my research, other oils are not recommended.
  • Swish the oil around in your mouth, from side to side, up and down and through your teeth’s gaps. If your jaw starts to hurt, then pause and just let it sit in your mouth or change your pace. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes. The oil should be thick and white in the end.Do not swallow the oil at any time, as it will contain a high amount of harmful bacteria!
  • After the time is up, spit the oil into a bin, not into the sink as it may clog.
  • Wash your mouth thoroughly with water and ideally brush your teeth afterwards with a fluoride-free toothpaste.

My experience with oil pulling?

So far I have been using this technique every few days for several months. I wanted to specifically improve my oral health, because I have been struggling a little with cavities.
Oil pulling won’t show you quick results but on the long run I believe it is working, at least for me. I haven’t had any new cavities and a few of my friends even mentioned that my teeth look whiter!

Beside continuing to keep my teeth healthy, I intend to do oil pulling on a more regular basis. I have just recently learned the connection between bacteria (which are supposedly pulled out by oil pulling) and post pill acne, which I am dealing with for already more than 2 years. So I am curious to see what oil pulling can do for my skin with a little more dedication.

Have you already tried oil pulling? Let me know how it went!

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