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The Benefits Oil Pulling

Updated on December 23, 2013

All that is needed to pull oil is simply take a tablespoon or two of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 15 or 20 minutes.

As the oil moves around your mouth, it draws and pulls toxins from not only your mouth, but from your entire bloodstream and body as well.

In this hub we explain the the benefits to pulling oil and show you how to get started to improve your own health in a matter of weeks.

What Kind of Oil Should You Use?

While traditional oil pulling was done with virgin sesame oil, coconut oil provides many health benefits, as well as anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and enzymatic attributes that cannot be found in other oils.

Most people that oil pull find that coconut oil works the best.

Why You Should Oil Pull With Coconut Oil

Oil pulling with coconut oil provides more health benefits than oil pulling with other oils. After only a few days using coconut oil, improvements can be seen in oral health.

Teeth are whiter, gums are healthier, and the breath is fresher. Pulling with coconut oil also helps stop gingivitis, gum disease, and tooth pain.

How to Oil Pull

You will want to find a high quality unrefined, preferably organic coconut oil. In colder temperatures, coconut oil will solidify. To melt coconut oil, you may place the jar in a pot of soft boiling water. Remember not to swish your mouth with oil that is too hot and has the potential to burn you.

Take 1-2 TB of coconut oil that has been melted and swish it around your mouth for at least 5 minutes. Once you get more comfortable with oil pulling, you can pull for up to 20. Make sure to let the oil swish everywhere in your mouth; over your teeth, gums, and tongue. Make sure not to let the oil get in your throat, as it contains toxins that can make you sick. When you oil pull, all the toxins will extract from your mouth and cells and become trapped in the oil. Make sure NOT to gargle it!

Once you have swished the oil around, spit it into a trash can. Coconut oil can solidify and clog your drains, and spitting it into the trash is very important. Next, rinse your mouth out with clean, cold water a few times. This will ensure none of the toxins you just pulled from your body are still in your mouth. You can then brush your teeth as normal. Your mouth will feel fresh, clean, and rejuvenated.

Oral Benefits of Oil Pulling

· Helps prevent and heal gum disease and tooth decay.

· Whitens teeth and freshens breath.

· Strengthens teeth, gums, and jaw

· Prevents dryness of the lips, mouth, and throat

· Treatment for sore jaw

Oil Pulling For Your Health

Those that practice oil pulling claim that it works for much more than just their oral health. Oil pulling is also excellent for overall immune system health, and aids in a variety of issues.

It helps in the recovery of heart problems, asthma, diabetes, and cancer. It is also excellent for ulcers and allergies. It helps clean the blood and provides for optimal overall health.

Other Overall Health Benefits of Oil Pulling


  • Reduces symptoms of PMS
  • Great for migraine headaches
  • May help reduce symptoms of bronchitis
  • Helps reduce insomnia
  • Reduces allergy symptoms
  • Reduces the inflammation of arthritis
  • Helps support normal kidney function
  • Helps reduce sinus congestion
  • Aids in reducing pain

Understanding the numerous benefits of this ancient practice will help you incorporate it into your daily health routine.

It may sound strange at first, but is no stranger that rinsing your mouth with any store-bought mouthwash. Mouthwash you buy in the store is also usually loaded with alcohol, artificial color, and other things that aren’t necessarily the best for your health.

Incorporating Oil Pulling Into Your Life

When you begin oil pulling, you may want to start slow. Try swishing the oil for 5 minutes to start and working your way up to 15-20 minutes at a time. At first you may see no change but after a few weeks you will begin to see amazing health benefits ranging from a clean mouth to clearer skin.

When some people begin oil pulling, they will notice their body go through detox-like affects. This is normal, and oil pulling does wonders for pulling the toxins from the body. Years of abuse to the body through different chemicals and processed foods tend to accumulate in your liver and cells. When you begin oil pulling, bacteria, toxins, and parasites are literally being pulled out of your system.

With time, usually within a month or so, you will find these symptoms disappear. What you are left with is a not only a healthier mouth, but an overall increase in health as a whole.

Your Opinion

I would love to know your opinion on oil pulling, have you tried it in the past if so what was your results, did it work as well as you expected?

are you considering trying oil pulling, if so please let us know all the good and bad points so everyone can learn from the experience.

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is something, I have not heard before. But as you have listed the benefits of Oil Pulling, it is worth trying.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub!

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      Ken Kline 2 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      executivecatering,

      This is fascinating. I will certainly try it. Curious to see/feel the difference with my teeth.

      I have two friends who are severely plagued by sinus. This might be a helpful, all natural solution for them.

      Thank you very much for an informative hub!

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