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Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil

Updated on February 10, 2013

What Is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an alternative medicine that may be used as a home remedy. There are many health benefits including dental health. It is done with any kind of edible oil with the most popular being sunflower, sesame, or olive oil.

I use organic coconut oil mainly because I like the taste and smell of it. Everyone is different and there may be an oil that you like better. it's important to choose an oil that you can tolerate and one that is certified organic.

You can easily find organic oils in any natural food store or online. You may want to experiment with different oils before finding the one you like the best. I have always enjoyed the taste of coconut oil, so this is what I stayed with.

The Oil Pulling Process

The oil pulling process should be done first thing in the morning before any food or drink, on an empty stomach.

1. Take a teaspoon of whichever oil you choose and place inside the mouth

2. Swish around the mouth slowly, in between the teeth, around gums, and all over

3. Slowly swish the oil for 15 to 20 minutes while you're in a rested position

4. After you have reached the 20 minutes, spit it out and rinse your mouth out a few times with warm water and/or mouthwash.

5. Do not swallow the oil and make sure you rinse the mouth out thoroughly

Oil Pulling Tips

If it's your first time, it may be difficult to oil pull for the full 15 to 20 minutes. Start out for as long as you can, spit it out, then continue again. Keep repeating until you reach the full 15 to 20 minutes.

When I first started, I was able to go for about 8 minutes before I started to gag. I just spit it out and continued on for another 8 to 10 minutes. With oil pulling, practice makes perfect.

It's very important to do the recommended time, not to swallow the oil, do so on an empty stomach, and rinse the mouth out thoroughly. You can oil pull up to 3 times per day, waiting 4 hours after a meal.

The process is one that should be done in a resting position. For instance, I oil pull while setting up my coffee machine in the morning and then watching the news or weather for the rest of the time.

Lastly, do not be alarmed if you experience symptoms of detoxification which may include: nause, pimples, increase congestion and mucus. This may or may not occur and will go away after continued oil pulling.

Oil Pulling For Detoxification

The practice helps to draw out toxins and bacteria from the mouth which can lead to disease if it reaches the bloodstream. It also works by stimulating the eliminatory system and increases the metabolism.

With this form of detoxification, you may experience symptoms of detox in the beginning of the oil pulling process if many toxins are being pulled. As you continue, these symptoms will disappear.

Some of the symptoms of detoxification include:

  • Nausea

  • Increased mucus

  • Pimples

  • Congestion

    No one wants to experience these symptoms. However, if you do, it means the process is working by drawing out the toxins and bacteria from reaching the bloodstream. If it does, you will become even more sick.

Oil Pulling For Dental Health

When oil pulling is done consistently, there are many dental health benefits. These include:

1. Cleans the teeth

2. Heals and promotes healthy gums

3. Lifts stains from the teeth

4. Helps to heal oral infection

5. Good for treating mouth & gum disease

6. Helps to cure or eliminate bad breath

7. Prevents cavities

8.Removes toxins & bacteria hidden inside the mouth

Other Health Benefits

Not only is oil pulling good for dental health, it is also good for many systemic benefits including:

1. Asthma and Allergies

2. High blood pressure/sugar

3. Cancer

4. HIV

5.Kidney & lung disease

6. Skin conditions - eczema

7. Hormonal Issues

8. Diabetes

9. Migraines


How It's Helped Me

When I first found out about oil pulling with coconut oil and how it helps to improve dental health, I became very interested and eager to try it out. It always felt like every visit to the dentist was a dreadful one, so I decided to give it a try.

After having three cavities filled on a recent visit to the dentist, I decided on giving oil pulling with coconut oil a try. Not only do I oil pull once in the morning, I also brush and floss three times per day.

Sometimes I will even brush my teeth with organic coconut oil with some toothpaste on my toothbrush. The process worked because my next visit to the dentist was a good one with no cavities.

Learn More About Oil Pulling - Oil pulling books from Amazon

Amazon Search - Nutiva Coconut Oil

I have been using Nutiva Coconut Oil for the last several months. It is versatile in that it can be used as a high heat cooking oil, for the skin, hair, oil pulling, and as a massage oil. This organic, extra virgin coconut oil is unrefined, cold pressed, and can be used internally and externally. It has a naturally rich aroma and light taste and is of very high quality.

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    • Happimess LM profile image

      Happimess LM 

      5 years ago

      I have been doing oil pulling for a couple of weeks now and it's great! I did get sick, but I think that was because of the detox. I did not know i could do it more times a day, will try that. And I rinse after with water and himalayan salt, that is better than mouthwash I think...unless you have your own mouthwash without harmful additives.

    • MelloKnitty LM profile image

      MelloKnitty LM 

      5 years ago

      I tried oil pulling a few years ago but could only get sesame oil - I have to say using coconut oil makes a HUGE difference as I'm more willing to keep it in my mouth for longer! Great lens :)

    • mrbill7474 profile image


      5 years ago

      Until reading this lens, I had never heard of oil pulling, either. I love coconut, so this might be worth a try. Very informative lens, Melissa!

    • justramblin profile image


      5 years ago

      I haven't tried oil pulling but it really sounds helpful. The detox part sounds a bit scary, but you said the symptoms do go away. I'm glad you described your first time trying it and that it took you a while to get used to it so I"ll know what to expect. Thanks.

    • SlfMstr profile image


      5 years ago

      Hmmmm, never heard of oil pulling until I say your Lens. Totally for trying more conservative remedies before drugs. It just make sense.

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      5 years ago

      Such informative post, here is all I wanted to know about coconut oil.

    • BuyAndStoreGold profile image


      5 years ago

      I had never heard of this, but I can smell the coconut oil as I read the lens!

    • melissafitz lm profile imageAUTHOR

      melissafitz lm 

      5 years ago

      @TACTCI LM: I'm using Nutiva now and have been recently. Nature's Way EfaGold is also a good quality oil.

    • melissafitz lm profile imageAUTHOR

      melissafitz lm 

      5 years ago

      @john-stewartsr: Me, too, it takes time to get used to and I love the way my mouth feels afterwards.

    • TACTCI LM profile image

      TACTCI LM 

      5 years ago

      I think I'll try that Nutiva Organic next!

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      5 years ago

      My daughter introduced me to oil pulling. It was difficult at first to do the full 20 minutes but I got used to it. I found my mouth very refreshed afterwards.

    • OldCowboy profile image


      5 years ago

      I might be in the minority here, but I had never heard of oil pulling before. My wife on the other hand seemed to know all about it. Looks as though coconut oil has yet another benefit to stay happy and healthy. Great lens!


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