Last Updated on November 12, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Many people may be unaware of the advantages of oil pulling. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that was rediscovered in the Western world and has been used for its many health benefits.
This post will look at oil pulling with coconut oil, which is one of my favorite oils to use both orally and externally to optimize its advantages. It will cover topics about the benefits of oil pulling as well as how it can be done properly with a few simple steps. I hope you enjoy reading this post!
What Is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient Indian remedy that has been around for centuries. For one to practice this, they must take a tablespoon of organic, cold-pressed oil and swish it back and forth in their mouth for 20 minutes.
While swishing or “pulling” the oil, it should be kept in your mouth until there is no more oil left. This process may be repeated once a day. One of the best types of oils to use is coconut due to its many health benefits.
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How To Do It Properly
Oil pulling is a very easy practice to master once you get the hang of it.
- First, if you want to try oil pulling with coconut oil, make sure the organic oil you are using is cold-pressed.
- Second, make sure your mouth is filled with coconut oil and no other food or liquid because this will prevent any kind of accidental swallowing while also preventing bacteria from spreading.
- Thoroughly swish the coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes when you first begin. This may be tough in the beginning, but do not give up! Keep swishing until there is no more oil left in your mouth and then spit it out in the trash (do not swallow).
I filmed this little (somewhat goofy) video to demonstrate how I oil pull with coconut oil when I’m getting ready in the morning. Here is a link where you can watch the video.
8 Oil Pulling Benefits For Better Health:
Here are some of the fantastic advantages of oil pulling with coconut oil.
1. Detoxifies the body
Our mouths are home to a variety of bacteria and harmful toxins. Examples of common toxins include:
- preservatives added to prepackaged foods
- harmful bacteria
- yeasts inside the body
- chronic infections
- negative thinking
Plus, many people have amalgam fillings in their teeth which are made of about 50% mercury.
If these toxins build up in your body they can cause a lot of damage and disease. Oil pulling can help “pull” the toxins out and eliminate them from your system.
2. Freshens breath
Halitosis is a by-product released by bacteria in the mouth. Oil pulling helps get rid of these bacteria, giving you fresh, clean breath. What a great benefit!
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3. Whitens teeth
In my experience, using coconut oil for teeth whitening is amazingly effective. It works just as well, if not better, than commercial teeth whiteners (such as Crest Whitestrips) which are full of bleach and other toxic ingredients – and often taste terrible and cause tooth sensitivity.
4. Helps your body manage hormonal changes more efficiently
Though scientific evidence is lacking to support this claim, many people maintain that oil pulling has helped them balance their hormones.
When your body has fewer toxins to clean out, it has more energy to spend on other important functions like restoring its delicate balance of hormones.
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5. May help prevent headaches and migraines
Did you know that a major cause of headaches is an overload of toxins in the body? Oil pulling may help naturally cleanse your body from these harmful toxins.
This may help prevent future headaches and migraines.
6. Removes plaque
Oil pulling may help reduce harmful bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) which produce plaque that causes cavities (1).
Just 20 minutes of swishing with coconut oil may stop plaque from settling and building up on your teeth. Oil pulling can also eliminate any kind of bacteria on the surface of the mouth by coating it with the oil. This will lessen the risk of tartar buildup and help avoid gum disease.
7. Improves skin conditions
Removing toxins from your body has a positive impact on your skin too. It can help clear acne and other skin conditions.
Oil pulling has been used in an attempt to treat a variety of ailments, including eczema and psoriasis, while others have reported seeing a more radiant complexion.
8. Heals bleeding gums
Oil pulling reduces overall inflammation and helps reverse gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums.
Oil pulling seems to reduce inflammation which can help heal irritated or bleeding gums. Coconut oil may also soothe gum tissue and help reduce redness.
Oil Pulling Side Effects
There are no known physical side effects to practicing oil pulling. However, swishing the oil around in your mouth might irritate your jaw or give you a headache as a result of the swishing movement.
Coconut oil is very beneficial and may kill some types of bacteria. If you do notice any adverse reactions to the specific oil you’re using, discontinue use and consider switching to a different type of oil.
Which Oil Should I Use For Oil Pulling?
There are different oils you can use. I use coconut oil for my daily oil pulling. You might like to try coconut oil too because of its many health benefits.
A reader recently asked me if there is a type of coconut oil that doesn’t have the coconut oil flavor.
It’s important to mention that virgin coconut oil generally has a mild flavor but if you don’t want to try this you may want to try expeller-pressed refined coconut oil.
Although expeller pressed oil is refined it has the same health benefits as virgin coconut oil. And the refining process used to make the expeller pressed is all-natural so it is not harmful to you like other refined products can be. Still, you don’t have to use coconut oil to do oil pulling.
You do want a high-quality, pure, organic plant-based oil. Coconut oil is one many people use. But you can also use sunflower, olive, sesame, walnut, avocado, black cumin seed, and others.
Tips for Using Coconut Oil in Other Ways, Including Externally and Internally
There are many fun ways to use coconut oil aside from just oil pulling. Here are just a few:
- If you have a chronic sore throat, try gargling with coconut oil instead of saltwater. It can soothe your throat and provide relief from the discomfort it is causing.
- Coconut oil also makes a great moisturizer for your skin. If you have dry skin, apply a thin layer of coconut oil to create a protective barrier for it.
- And if you’re a morning person who never feels awake no matter how much coffee they drink, try using coconut oil in your morning coffee or tea by blending in just one tablespoon before drinking it.
There are many other uses for coconut oil at home and with your pets as well!
Be sure to check out 81 Uses For Coconut Oil for a huge list of creative ways to use coconut oil.
Conclusion – Oil Pulling Benefits
If you’ve never done oil pulling before, you may want to read How To Do Oil Pulling For Better Health. It explains exactly what to do.
I hope this list of 8 oil-pulling benefits encourages you to try it for yourself and enjoy the health benefits! Even though there’s not a ton of research about the effectiveness of oil pulling so many people say that it’s helped them. And I know from experience that oil pulling with coconut oil makes my teeth whiter, is super affordable, and doesn’t cause sensitivity like commercial products.
Here’s a popular organic virgin coconut oil from Thrive Market. It’s high-quality and affordable.
There are many benefits of using coconut oil for everything from oil pulling to beauty routines and more. It is a staple in my house and I hope you feel the same after reading this post!
Have you ever tried oil pulling? What results did you notice? Comment below!