Oil Pulling Method: Definition, Process, & Benefits

(You can go to my Oil Pulling tab for all of my posts on this subject.)

I’ve heard a lot about The Oil Pulling Method lately, and because I am interested in all things health-related, I decided to do some research to see what it’s all about.  I guess that the information I read was pretty compelling because I decided to try it out for the next 30 days (more about that in a minute).

If you’re not familiar with oil pulling- no worries. I’m about to give you a brief overview to get you up to speed.


Oil Pulling- definition, process & benefits



Very simply put, oil pulling is an Ayurvedic method (also known as oil swishing) that involves swishing oil around in the mouth. When you swish the oil around in your mouth, bacteria is literally pulled into the oil.



To begin oil pulling, you must have some sort of quality oil on hand.  The most commonly used oils seem to be coconut oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil, and olive oil.

For best results, swish 1 tablespoon of the oil first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.  Some information I’ve read says that you should start even before drinking water, but other sources have said that you should drink some water to start saliva production.

Put the oil in your mouth- and be sure not to swallow.

Gently swish it around in your mouth for at least 10 minutes.  20 minutes seems to be the ideal recommendation, but you may need to work up to it.

After the time is up, spit the oil into a waste paper basket or toilet. The oil can get pretty thick and pasty and may clog your sink after time.

Brush your teeth (preferably with natural toothpaste) and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.



I’ll admit that the process sounds crazy (at least it did to me initially), but there are many possible benefits that make it worthwhile, such as:

  • Prevention of cavities and gingivitis
  • Clearer skin
  • Whiter teeth
  • Reduction of headaches and migraines
  • Relief from sinus congestion/pain
  • Decrease in inflammation
  • Increased energy
  • Removal of toxins from the body
  • Elimination of halitosis (bad breath)
  • Stronger teeth and gums
  • Reduction in oral plaque

There have even been reports of reduced hangover symptoms!


Important things to remember

There are some key things to keep in mind with oil pulling.  The most is important is that, even though the process is gentle, you should always consult with your physician before beginning any kid of detoxification process.  It’s also crucial not to swallow the oil while you’re swishing, as it is filled with toxins.   Finally, you may need to experiment with different types of oils until you find one that works best for you.


As I mentioned up above, I’ve been interested in oil pulling for awhile but only tried it for the first time this morning.  My ultimate goal is to do it consistently each morning for 30 days with different kinds of oils. I plan to take you along on the journey by checking in each week with a little progress report. Stay tuned for my week one update!


Have you ever heard of oil pulling before today?  Have you tried it yourself?  If so, what did you think?

Have a great day!



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  1. I am so excited you are doing this! I’ve been reading a lot about it and have wanted to give it a try but 20 minutes seems like a long time and I’m worried about being grossed out by the oil in my mouth because I’m a texture person. Looking forward to your updates!

    • I’m so happy that you’re excited about these posts! I definitely plan to be very honest about the whole experience, and you can expect my first recap next Wednesday. I already have so much to say! 🙂

  2. Interesting – this is new to me! I have heard of cider vinegar, lemon and hot water, benefits of tea, etc. The best thing I have done for my body in the last year has been yogurt and high protein yogurt! I have healthier skin, nails, hair, digestion, etc. Thanks for sharing this information. Happy Bump Day – I can say that again now with the bun in the oven – ha:)

    • Haha. Happy Bump Day! 🙂

      Apple cider vinegar is definitely great for detoxing. I drink a tablespoon every morning and use it as a toner for my face.

  3. I have heard of this before, I think your post has helped me decide to try it too!

  4. This is very interesting!! I’m looking forward to your update!

  5. Wow! This post was so interesting. I am a bit versed in ayurvedic healing but I have never heard this- definitely need to try!

    xx Kait

  6. I’ve never heard of this, but now you have ME intrigued!!!

  7. Interesting! Never heard of it…I’ll have to read your other posts to see how it’s going!

  8. I’m convinced Erin! I have heard of this before, but the way you explained it makes it much clearer for me. Thanks for that. I love olive and sesame oils so I’ll try it with those.


  9. I’m curious to try it, especially if it helps with the migraines and sinus issues…but I don’t understand the why. I mean, I can see it pulling things out of your gums and teeth area, but how can it help with headaches? and sinuses? :/


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