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Oil Pulling Using Coconut Oil

Updated on February 19, 2014

Oil Pulling:

In my opinion, there really is no other ‘easier’ form of a natural all-round health treatment out there than simple ‘oil pulling’. This alternative form of treatment can be carried out right in your own home, and only takes a fifteen to twenty minutes to administer. All you need are beneficial oils (such as coconut oil) and a tablespoon. People have indicated that this form of treatment has a number of benefits on your health. Initially I was very skeptical (as I always am about things like this), but it does have a surprising 'healthy feeling' impact after a short period of treatments. I guess this may also be a psychological thing, as if you think it makes you feel better, it often does. Yet, if it works for you, then I say continue doing it.

So what is oil pulling? Well the idea of oil rolling or pulling is to pull out all of the bad toxins that reside in your blood and body, particularly the some intense ones that reside in your mouth and between your teeth. This is done by swishing a tablespoon of oil around your mouth for about twenty minutes or so, before spitting out the oil and toxins into the trash, or down the sink. It is then recommended that you rinse your mouth, or brush your teeth afterwards to remove any 'left over' toxins and oil.

You need to perform this treatment in the mornings, as well as preferably on an empty stomach for the best effects. That said, many also perform this before sleeping, last thing at night when the stomach should also be more or less empty.

This alternative form of treatment is highly beneficial for clearing your body of all of those toxins which could have a harmful effect on you. When you put a pill under your tongue, it is absorbed by the body very easily via the thin membrane under your tongue. Oil pulling reportedly works in a similar way to this method, but in reverse. Essentially it is pulling the toxins out of your body through that membrane. It is also helping to remove the bad (and sometimes dangerous) bacteria that resides on, or in between, your teeth and gums. Let’s take a little look at some of the benefits that this reportedly can provide. It is well researched, but please bear in mind that not everything we consider to be 'facts' today, will necessarily turn out to still be facts in the future.

One thing to remember with oil pulling is that it isn’t a treatment designed for ‘specific’ ailments, although many people have reported that it does cure some of the problems they have suffered from on a permanent basis. You do have to be aware that this is a highly ‘individual’ treatment, and the benefits of it will vary from person to person, depending on your lifestyle and health. However, you should notice at least some benefits from the oil pulling process, often within one to two weeks of starting to pull oil.

As you are primarily removing toxins from the mouth, the majority of the early benefits are focused around this area. With oil pulling you can look to strengthen your teeth and gums, eliminate tooth decay, reverse gingivitis and even repair those loose teeth as the gums heal. It really is an ‘all in one’ solution for cleaning in your mouth. To cap this off, it will even whiten your teeth within a couple of weeks of starting and seemed to quickly gives a 'fresh out of the dentists' feel to your mouth. If you are a little embarrassed about your smile, then why not try using oil, and hopefully the changes will start to make you feel a bit more comfortable about cracking a smile.

It isn’t just oral problems that it is able to deal with however. Used for a long enough period, it can deal with many an ailment in the body. This can be partly from the pulling of toxins from the blood, but also the removal of the oral toxins that then often get into the tonsils and internal regions. People have known oil pulling to cure many different things, such as constant migraines, digestive issues, and they have even found that it reduces the symptoms of various issues such as menopause and constipation. It even has an amazing ability to help combat disease, in fact, many people that ‘oil pull’ say that they hardly ever get sick ... possibly due to the cleaner oral cavities and the body not having to constantly fight issues in that region.

Some people have found that the oil helps to relieve stress too, or even provide relief for their depression. The process may actually be a part of this, as swishing oil between your teeth and around your mouth is surprisingly meditative after the first few minutes. In fact, many times I forget that I am doing it and realize I've already gone past 20 minutes (which, isn't a problem by the way). Others have found that it helps combat chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. It is even reported that it can help prevent and fight against some cancers (although, I'm assuming that this is partly due to increased health and reduced toxins in the body).

This honestly isn’t one of those ‘weird and wacky’ treatments; it actually does seem to work, although the benefits you look set to obtain do differ from person to person. You should consider trying it out, you really have nothing to lose except for twenty minutes of your day, which you can use to do other things whilst you swish the oil about anyway. You may even find that your health is going to improve substantially as a result, as the oil literally pulls toxins from your body via the skin in your mouth, almost the reverse of how medicine administered under the tongue works. It seems to also help with sleeping, as I now find that I awaken feeling clearer than before (no more groggy mornings is definitely a nice benefit!)... although this is just a personal observation, not a studied or highly reported benefit ... yet, I have read about others also noticing this benefit too.

If this is of interest to you, then you may also like to read about the benefits of actually taking coconut oil as a health supplement for your day to day life. Thanks for reading.

Virgin Coconut Oil Extraction Process

Which Oil to Use for Oil Pulling

If you are considering using coconut oil for daily use, or for oil pulling, then the most highly recommend that I have come across so far is cold-pressed coconut oil.

However, if you are only oil pulling, there is the option to use other oils for similar benefits. For example, pure virgin olive oil is also meant to be good (but, doesn't taste as nice in my opinion).

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    • ChristyWrites profile image

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      On the TV the other day I saw a story about swishing oil around in the mouth - now I know it is called 'oil pulling' and what its benefits are. Thanks Brett for the informative read!

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      5 years ago from USA

      This is something my holistic dentist recommends as well.

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      Mary Wickison 

      6 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Brett,

      I have heard of oil pulling, in fact I included oil pulling in a hub about tooth care. I have tried it but with a different type of oil.

      Here on my farm in Brazil we have coconuts and use them for drinking and the coconut meat. Unfortunately I have been unable to find coconut oil in the shops. The process in the video is a little too advanced for our small farm.

      There are so many interesting traditional remedies that work, we just need to keep an open mind and try them.

      Thanks to Moonlake for sharing this.

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      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I have tried oil pulling before with both coconut and sesame oil. I did it for some mouth issues I was having, and I gave up quite quickly. I want to try to stick with this and see how it goes this time because it is hard to ignore the benefits.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      It certainly can't hurt you and after reading all the comments here (in addition to your great hub) it seems like a very good thing to try. Anything we can do naturally to improve our health in any way is always a good idea. Olive oil, though it may not taste that great, has so many attributes that it would make sense this is one of them!

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.

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      6 years ago from America

      Never ever heard of this but it sounds pretty interesting and it's not something that could hurt anyone. Voted up, shared and tweet.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      6 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is a very interesting idea for cleaning the mouth which I have never heard of. I like to eat coconuts, and hopefully as you and many others have stated, I will experience a healthier and better feeling in my mouth. Voted up and sharing with followers. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

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      6 years ago from India

      Thanks for this wonderful Hub. Actually I am someone who has the habit of using coconut oil and its byproducts much more than anything.

    • Brett.Tesol profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett C 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Thank you all for commenting. I've also found that taking a tablespoon of this or virgin olive oil in the mornings seems to settle the stomach and give a good metabolism boost for the day.

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      Alise- Evon 

      6 years ago

      Like some others, I have been aware of the benefits of using coconut oil for some time, but have never heard of this use for it. Other natural substances, clay and salt, for instance, can be used to draw impurities from the body, also, so the idea is certainly plausible. Now I have another use for my coconut oil, thanks!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hello, Like so many others leaving comments, I've never heard of this before and I'm into alternative and healthy. This seems very easy and non-invasive, not to mention that the coconut oil probably tastes good. I'll definitely give it a try.

      Thanks for providing new information for staying healthy. Voted interesting and useful.

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      Kim Kennedy 

      6 years ago from uk

      I take about twenty minutes to shower/shampoo in the mornings, so guess oil pulling could be added to the routine. It sounds like the benefits are worthwhile. Hope I don't absent mindedly swallow the oil part way through. Now my challenge is to find some in the shops, can't say I've ever noticed it. Thanks for enlightening me.

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      Brett C 

      6 years ago from Asia

      @ Kathryn Stratford, I'm not sure about the science, but the oil seems to cause many toxins and pollutants of the mouth to release from the teeth and gums. I find that I get that smooth 'just polished' dentist feeling after a few days of oil pulling. I admit I don't do it all the time, as life sometimes gets busy. However, when I'm doing it I notice I feel better and my teeth are cleaner.

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image


      6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      Interesting. I have never heard of this.

      I wonder what the logic is concerning the possibility of whitening your teeth.

      It would be interesting to try, but 20 min seems like a long time to be swishing. But then again, it's not like it is mouthwash! Coconut is a decent flavor.

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      6 years ago

      This ones pretty cool, coconut have so many uses indeed.

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      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Oil pulling sounds like an alternative therapy that has few, if any, negative or residual side effects. I'm going to share the information you've provided with a friend who has an ongoing battle with periodontal disease; oil pulling may prove to be the elusive solution.

      Great hub; voted up and Shared.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      I actually just finished oil pulling this morning. :) When I have it on hand, I use coconut oil. Sunflower oil is supposed to be good and olive oil works okay in a pinch. I love the feeling that you've just walked out of the dentist, having just gotten your teeth polished. I was skeptical at first, but I've been doing this for a couple of years and if I go for awhile without doing it, I always notice. Great hub!

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      7 years ago

      I was asked by a client on Elance to write an article about oil pulling. I had never heard of this alternative therapy until then. I tried it with olive oil and it was pretty soothing. I think it whitened my teeth, naturally. Thanks for sharing this. I'll try coconut oil soon! Take care, Kelley

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      Healthy Life 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks for sharing an interesting concept. 20 minutes seems like a long time to have the oil in my mouth but even doing it for ten minutes is probably beneficial. It seems like an easy way to eliminate toxins. voted up and shared!

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      7 years ago from Central United States of America

      I have never heard of this activity, but have eaten coconut oil for health benefits. Will have to try this...think I may make the twenty minutes? Since coconut contains derived 'monolaurin' which is antiviral and antibacterial it stands to reason it could only be beneficial this way. Thank you for this interesting health tip!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Aha! I came back to see if you then swallowed it but see from one of your comments that you then spit it out and brush your teeth. You might want to add that to your hub in case people do not read all of the comments? Sharing again!

    • CMHypno profile image


      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Have oil pulled a couple of times now, and the solid coconut oil liquefies pretty quickly in your mouth. Bit gross, but the twenty minutes passes pretty quickly. Have to say, it has made my mouth feel a lot fresher.

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      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia


      I'm a little confused too. The best coconut oil to use for taking and for oil pulling is cold pressed coconut oil. You can use other oils, but if you want to take coconut oil daily, it makes sense to use this one. If not, you may want to consider some of the other oils. It should not be as a solid, but as an almost clear oil in a bottle.

      @ Doodlehead, I can't see why you wouldn't get some of the benefits by doing a few shorter periods, especially on the oral health side. However, I do know that the oil changes consistency when you hit about 10-15 minutes ... this may play a part in its absorbsion properties, but I will have to try to find out more about that.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've never heard of "oil pulling" until you explained it. Did this originate in a tropical country? Voting this Up and Interesting. SHARED.

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      7 years ago from Northern California

      I use coconut oil. I buy raw cold-pressed coconut oil. I do a ton a natural holistic stuff: yoga, herbs, you name it.

      HOWEVER...for some reason oil-pulling just grosses me out. i tried it and I could only keep it in my mouth for perhaps five minutes. After that....hey----I gotta get rid of it.

      So I started to think about it and here's my question: could not the same effect be accomplished by 5 separate oil pulls? In other words I do this 5 times with 5 separate coconut oil amounts? Would this not accomplish the same thing?

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      7 years ago

      Interesting concept. May have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      My sister told me about Virgin coconut oil. She said it is really good. Thank you for the additional information about coconut oil.

      Voted up and useful.

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      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Ok Brett, I've bought the coconut oil and am going in! The only thing that I'm confused about is that it appears to be solid - does it liquefy in your mouth? Also, how frequently are you supposed to do it?

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      Dennis Thorgesen 

      7 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      As a person who grew up with natural medicine I am aware at least those used on me work. The idea of drawing was used by the American Indians also. Strong teeth were very important to Indians. They didn't have toothbrushes. Drawing and using twigs to clean teeth were the only options.

      The shamans were usually the oldest people in the tribe. This is because they were taught how to take care of themselves as well as others. One of my great, great aunts lived to 106 and never saw a doctor in her life, she was "the doctor."

      Voted up and sharing for my business friends.

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      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Informative and useful. Voted up and sharing!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Brett, this therapy certainly works. I've used it and it does make the oral cavity much healthier.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing this.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Thanks for this informative and useful hub. Didn't know this about coconut oil. Passing this on.

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      This seemed so strange at first it was almost startling! After reading through the hub it does seem to be a great idea. I will definitely have to try this. Worst case: I get to taste coconut! Best case: My health improves by removing toxins! Doesn't really seem to be a downside. Great hub. Voted up, sharing and definitely trying this!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very interesting! I happen to have some coconut oil in the house and will give it a try. Like you can't hurt! :) I need to read your other hub about the benefits of coconut oil. I have been reading some interesting things about it. Up votes and sharing.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Brett interesting information, i have not heard of this before but will be giving a try.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Liz Davis 

      7 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Great hub! The added benefit of using coconut oil for oil pulling is that it is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Thank you!

    • Brett.Tesol profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      @ CMHypno,

      I chose coconut oil as it also has many other bennifits, covered in my other hub. However, you can use a couple of other oils, one of which I believe is sunflower oil. However, another good side of coconut oil is that you get a mild coconut taste ... something I like. When finished, you spit it out and rinse/brush. That's it.

      You will also find that its consistency strangely changes during the process, at around the 10-15 minutes mark.

      Have a try and let me know if you start to sleep well (another benefit) or feel healthier ....

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      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Very interesting. I have never heard of this. Voted up and shared.

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      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I have one question Brett - what does it taste like? And does it have to be coconut oil or can you use other oils? Sounds interesting to try, just not sure about having a mouthful of oil. Do you rinse afterwards?

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      I am really surprised to learn something new from your well-explained hub! I have not heard of oil-pulling before till now thanks to you. Now I realized that coconut oil have so much more benefits than I expected. An amazing hub!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & socially shared

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      The first I've heard of this. Thank you for enlightening me.

    • Brett.Tesol profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      @ MarleneB ... good question.

      You take one lot of oil, about a tablespoon is good. You then swish it around in your mouth for 20 minutes and spit it out. The idea is that it will extract the toxins, then you spit them into the sink and clean your mouth.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Oil pulling sounds like a very interesting program that is safe to try. Now, I just have one question - do you take, for instance a teaspoon of oil and then swish that one mouthful around for twenty minutes, or do you put some oil in your mouth, swish it around, spit it out and then put more oil in your mouth, swish it around, and spit it out - following this process for a period of twenty minutes? I ask because I envision taking the oil and swishing that one amount for the duration of twenty minutes, but wasn't sure.

      Thank you for sharing this alternative health care benefit. I really do plan on trying it. The benefits listed are fantastic. I defiinitely want to share this with others.


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