The Benefits of Oil Pulling

oil pulling

According to Wikipedia, Oil Pulling or oil swishing is a folk remedy where oil  is “swished” or “held” in the mouth. Oil pulling is an old age Ayurvedic practice (Hindu traditional medicine) which originated in India and has now gone mainstream and is used to minimize bacteria growth.

When I was first introduced to Oil Pulling I was given a list of oral benefits, but after carefully researching this technique, I now know that this method has even greater healing properties than I was first told.

Benefits of Oil Pulling:

  • Brighter and whiter teeth
  • Healthier gums
  • Better breath
  • Clearer skin (can eliminate skin conditions such as eczema or acne)
  • Increased energy
  • Clearer sinuses and alleviated allergies
  • Migraine relief
  • Better sleep
  • Regulated menstrual cycles
  • Improved PMS symptoms
How does Oil Pulling work?
1. First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour a tablespoon of oil into your mouth. Most popular are sesame or coconut, but research indicates that there are also multiple benefits in using sunflower, olive, or safflower oil.

2. Swish the oil in a relaxed mode around your mouth without swallowing for 20min. Do not tilt your head back. Use your tongue to help move the liquid around.

3. At the end of 20min spit the liquid in the bathroom trash and rinse a couple of times with warm water.

4. Follow up with brushing, using your toothpaste of choice and go about your day as usual.

How Often should I do oil pulling?
Some research recommended daily while others recommended 3-5 days per week.
Why 20 Minutes?

Twenty minutes is essential because it allows time for the oil to get deep down into the sockets of the gums and reach the harmful bacteria on contact, unlike toothpaste and mouthwash which is only in the mouth for a few minutes.
Why Spit in the Trash?
Because you do not want to clog your sink or toilet pipes.
Is it worth it? 
Yes! It’s time tested and proven to work. The benefits speak for itself.

FYI: Some research has suggested using a tongue scraper after Oil Pulling to rid the mouth of any leftover, lingering toxins.

Here’s to your health!

Stephanie Davis
Certified Natural Health Professional
**Disclaimer: Please pray and ask God for direction and always consult a doctor before starting any new regimen. **
Join us for 40 Days of Fasting in September! REGISTER HERE
Categories: Surrender 2014, The Health Segment | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments

Post navigation

2 thoughts on “The Benefits of Oil Pulling

  1. Wow thanks Stephanie, I’m interested in trying this!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: