Some Common Questions about Oil Pulling

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle


What is Oil Pulling?

Oil Pulling is the act of placing roughly a tablespoon of a good quality oil (preferably unrefined and organic) in your mouth and swishing the oil around for 15-20 minutes, forcing it back and forth through the teeth.  The oil is then spit out (DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL), and the mouth is rinsed with water or salt water and or the teeth are brushed.

Bacteria and microbes in the mouth (there are millions!) have an oily or lipid skin, and Oil Attracts Oil.  The microbes attach themselves to the oil you swish in your mouth – you draw them out!

You thereby can prevent plaque buildup (which is just excess bacteria), cavities, dull teeth, gum disease (this is a biggie!). Further, you help your lymphatic system which is constantly trying to take microbes out of your system.

14 question markWho can Practice Oil Pulling Therapy?

Everybody above the age of five years can practice. For younger children, start with just a teaspoon (five ml) of oil and make sure they understand not to swallow.

What is the best time to practice Oil Pulling Therapy?

Ayurveda advises Oil Pulling in the morning first thing, on empty stomach, though not everyone chooses this approach. If you can do this, it is preferable, but you still reap benefits if you Oil Pull after breakfast or even before bed at night. Do it DAILY!

Which oil should I use for Oil Pulling?

Sunflower, sesame and coconut are the most common. ALWAYS use an organic oil, because you don’t want to get pesticides, additives, dyes or other non-beneficial ingredients into your mouth and body systems!

Ayurveda recommends Sesame and so do we.  The qualities of Sesame oil are absolutely amazing.  Plus it tends to be smoother than coconut oil. In the end, choose the oil that will get you to do the practice every day!

Doesn’t putting a large amount of oil in your mouth make you want to gag, and doesn’t your mouth get sore from swishing?

If swishing for 15-20 minutes is too much, start with 5-10 minutes and work up to a longer time period. You don’t have swish constantly – you can take a break now and then and just hold the oil in your mouth. Once you get used to it, it’s really not a big deal. Do it at your own pace.

What can Oil Pulling do?

To read some claims, oil pulling does everything but cook you breakfast in the morning. lists the following conditions on their “Diseases Cured” page as most frequently responding to Oil Pulling – in our opinion, results will vary on some of these claims. We do KNOW that it takes bacteria and microbes out of the body, helps with oral health (directly related to body health), makes teeth smoother and whiter, reduces gum disease.  Here are some of the other potential conditions it has helped from

Back and Neck Pain
Bad Breath
Chronic Fatigue
Crohn’s Disease
Dental Cavities
Migraine Headaches
Mucous Congestion
Peptic Ulcers
Periodontal Disease
Bleeding Gums
Tooth Abscess


Scientific Studies that Show Oil Pulling is Useful

Several scientific studies verifying that oil pulling is helpful for oral health. I think other claims would be very hard to measure.

* Oil pulling reduces plaque and gingivitisEffect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and Gingivitis (full results) and Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study (summary)

* Oil pulling can help reduce cavitiesEffect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria

* Oil pulling reduces harmful bacteria in the mouthEffect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study.

* Sesame and sunflower oils on their own do not fight mouth bacteria, but the action of oil pulling changes them (enzyme action and emulsification action) so that they can lift contaminants from teethMechanism of oil-pulling therapy – in vitro study.

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Oil Pulling for Detox?

We believe so, and suspect more studies will be found to show that the detox claims have some validity.  Detox is getting rid of “bad” microbes or cleansing, and that is what Oil Pulling is all about.

Is Oil Pulling Dangerous?

I have read some accounts of people who have experienced mouth irritation from oil pulling. If this happens, discontinue, try a different oil or pull less frequently. Don’t swallow the oil, because it looks like it will be filled with dead bacteria and other things that are better out than in.




This natural oil has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-viral properties!  It is a powerhouse! Sesame Oil is also used in various massage oils to rejuvenate energy process and helps in controlling bacterial infections, dandruff and heal scrapes or abrasions.

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