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Oil Pulling for Healthy Reasons

Updated on August 2, 2013

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Oil Pulling for Wellness

I happened to be surfing the web, for ideas and research information, when I came across an article called "Oil Pulling." Of course, it drew my attention because I had never heard of it before.

They writers initial complaint was that she was telling someone else how bad she felt, she had a cold, and they recommended the practice of Oil Pulling to her!

Oil Pulling is considered to be theraphy, cheaper than vitamins, most medicines, and can be found in my kitchen cabinets, it is an inexpensive treatment by far!

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil Pulling is an ancient ayurvedic practice. Traditionally untoasted and unrefined sesame seed oil is what has primarily been used. Some have found that coconut, sunflower, and neem oils work just as well.

It has been said to work on the ROOT CAUSE, while affording the body the opportunity to heal itself. It is made plain that the "healing" is a process, it will take the body time to reverse the damage done and allow the body to function properly.


Ayurveda means "the science of life "(AYUS means Life/Longevity and VEDA means Knowledge/Science). This system of healing is over 5,000 years old and focuses on the complete person. This means that attention is given to the body, mind, and spirit, while traditional medicine primarily focuses on specific symptom or disease that manifests in the body.

Ayurveda is based on the belief that in order to have complete wellness, the body, mind, and spirit must be in harmony in order to be naturally resistant to disease causing symptoms.

Creation of Balance

Ayurveda seeks to bring balance by healing via opposites. For example, if you become overheated, a suggest theraphy could be cooling off in nature. Excessive moisture might deem that you need to find a method of drying out. The theraphy for a life that is too fast-paced, would be remedied by slowing down. Sluggish digestion would need stimulation.

How to Oil Pull

  1. As soon as you get up in the morning, before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth, on an EMPTY stomach, chose 1 tablespoon of the oil of your choice.
  2. Place oil in your mouth and swirl and pull the oil through your teeth for 5 to 20 minutes. It will be difficult for most beginners to do the full 20 minutes, so start off slowly doing two to five minutes and work your way up to the full 20 minutes.
  3. Make sure that you DO NOT SWALLOW or allow the oil to seep down your throat because the oil is now considered to be toxic. Spit out the oil when you have completely your allotted time.
  4. Take time to rinse your mouth well. Drink a minimum of two full glasses of water afterwards.

This can be done several times a day but should ONLY be done on an EMPTY stomach.

Bottles of Oils

It's Reported Benefits Are

Oil pulling has been reported to treat the following conditions: “Mouth & Gum Disease; Stiff Joints; Allergies; Asthma; High Blood Sugar; Constipation; Migraines; Bronchitis; Eczema; Heart, Kidney, Lung Diseases; Leukemia; Arthritis; Meningitis; Insomnia; Menopause (hormonal issues); Cancer; AIDS; Chronic Infections; Varicose Veins; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Polio; Cracked Heels.”

Oil Pulling Video

The Science of Oil Pulling

Oil is non polar and attracts non polar molecules. The arrangement or geometry of the atoms in some molecules is such that one end of the molecule has a positive electrical charge and the other side has a negative charge. If this is the case, the molecule is called a polar molecule, meaning that it has electrical poles. Otherwise, it is called a non-polar molecule. Whether molecules are polar or non-polar determines if they will mix to form a solution or that they don't mix well together.

Saliva which is secreted into the mouth when the oil is repeatedly swished and pulled is mainly water, electrolytes, digestive enzymes, anti bacterial and antifungal/anti viral agents, and is mainly polar and therefore attracts polar molecules.

It is this heterogeneous mixture that works together to rid the mouth and body of unwanted toxins and chemicals."--Oil

Final Thoughts

So, there it is! Something to try or maybe not try! If you have, please leave me a comment and/or suggestion. If you simply just want to contribute a thought or comment, your comment is welcomed as well!

Happy Swishing!

Copyright © 2012 Lady Summerset for Heart of a Woman Ministries. All Rights Reserved.


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    • Lady Summerset profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Summerset 

      5 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Thank you mathira for stopping by and commenting. At least I wasn't the only one that didn't know about oil pulling.

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      5 years ago from chennai

      My brother does it and has been advising me to do it. I never knew it had such benefits. Thank you for sharing, Lady Summerset.

    • Lady Summerset profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Summerset 

      6 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Greetings toknowinfo,

      From what I've read, it is becoming more popular and it seems to work for a lot of people.

      I'm honored that you not only took time to read, but to comment!

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      6 years ago

      This is an interesting hub. I knew a little about ayurveda and essential oils. But the oil pulling is something different. You definitely got me interested in finding more about this. Thanks for putting this info together.

    • Lady Summerset profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Summerset 

      6 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Greetings MarleneB,

      Thanks for visiting me, here at my place! LOL! Let me know how it goes!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      I am starting to read more and more about oil pulling. I guess it is time I tried it at least once. I have some coconut oil handy, so I'll start with that. Thank you for a wonderful hub on the subject. The video is an excellent accompaniment.

    • Lady Summerset profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Summerset 

      6 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Greetings BethanRose,

      Yes, my friend and coworker who is a nutritionist didn't know about it either but apparently it works.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      6 years ago from South Wales

      This is so interesting! I never knew about oil pulling. Will have to try it! Voted up, useful and interesting!

    • Lady Summerset profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Summerset 

      6 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Greetings Marliza,

      You made me smile! First thing in the morning to add something else to my plate, the jury is still out. Thanks for stopping by my sister, I love your energy!

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      Marliza Gunter 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      I'm the first to comment... hehe... I can bearly swallow Borstol, which is a oil based cough syrup... but it is a fasinating article! :)


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