Oil Pulling is a wonderful and simple practice for your well-being and oral care. It’s actually an ancient Ayurvedic action to help with body detox and oral health.

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Oil Pulling, simply put, is swishing oil in your mouth to pull out bacteria, fungi, viruses and other toxins.



Bacteria and these toxins have a lipid membrane, and they are ATTRACTED to other oils. (They are repelled by water.)


You have more than 100 Million bacteria in just one drop of saliva! Microorganisms reside not only on our teeth but also on our gums, the tongue and the mucosa of the cheeks and lips.


When you swish oil in your mouth, these toxins are pulled from every corner of your mouth, from the crevices of your teeth and other hard to reach areas – they are rushing to adhere to the oil.  Mouthwash, lemon water or simple brushing (while all good) do NOT pull out these toxins.


Your mouth is the gateway to your body – and is teeming with toxins!  Typically they attach to teeth or gums, are swallowed and|or enter the blood stream and organs to be dealt with by your lymphatic system (or not). They can cause all sorts of diseases.  Taking them out of your body before they enter the system takes a load off your lymphatic system and improves wellness as well as potential disease the toxins may cause.

Oral health has long been linked to heart disease and many other diseases in the body.  Using the simple Oil Pulling system daily will improve your wellness. Teeth will become whiter and smoother and gums more healthy. Oil Pulling gets rid of bad breath and gives your system a boost.




You simply use about a Tablespoon of an organic oil (we recommend Sesame as the best and most tested).


You swish the oil around your mouth, making sure to move it through your teeth multiple times.

The oils mix with your saliva, which eventually turns a different consistency and white. The oil pulls toxins from the saliva and your mouth – there is nowhere to hide!

Oil goes into the crevices, pores, around your gums, between teeth, on the tongue and in all those hiding places in your mouth!  As you keep swishing more toxins adhere to the oil and are suffocated.  The oil becomes more viscous and cloudy.  You simply spit it out into the waste can!

The recommended time is 10 to 20 minutes, but you can benefit from a shorter period if it is too difficult at first. Try at least 10 minutes.

When you are finished, rinse your mouth with water and spit, then brush.




Oil Pulling is actually a very ancient Ayurvedic practice from 5000 years ago, and it was mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita.  Oil Pulling has been practiced by Ayurvedics and those aware of the healthy benefits through the ages, but it wasn’t known in the western world until the 1990’s.


Dr. Fedor Karach brought the practice to the attention of doctors and scientists in 1992 at a conference and a published paper in a medical journal, and it was the beginning of being recognized.



What Else Can Oil Pulling Do For Me?

– Strengthen the lymphatic system

– Can help support normal kidney function

– Help reduce plaque

– Help whiten teeth

– Can reduce bad breath

– Can prevent dryness

– Help reduce overall inflammation

– Help cleans the oral environment with increased saponification

– Help keep bacteria from sticking to the oral cavity

– Help prevent cavities

– Help gum health and strengthens jaws, teeth and gums. It could be a possible aid in the treatment of TMJ or sore jaw area.

– May help with sinus issues, as the mouth is connected to the sinuses.

Those with poor oral hygiene have a higher incidence of heart attacks, pneumonia and other serious issues – and this is linked to bacteria and toxins making their way from the mouth to the body.


Are There Any Scientific Studies on the Subject?

Yes.  A study in 2008 found a “remarkable reduction in the total count of bacteria” in the mouth, and less susceptibility to cavaties.


A study, Effect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and Gingivitis, was published in the Journal of Oral Health and Community Dentistry in 2007 by HV Amith, Anil V Ankola and L Nagesh.


Another paper was published in the Asia Journal of Public Health (May 2011) called Effect of Oil-Pulling on Oral Microorganisms in Biofilm Models by S Thaweboon, J Nakaparksin and B Thaweboon.


Effects of Oil Pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in Plaque and Saliva appeared in the Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, March 2008 by S Asokan J Rathan MS Muthu PV Rathna P Emmadi and Raghuraman Chamundeswari.


Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study by Asokan S1, Emmadi P, Chamundeswari R was published  January 2009 in the Indian Society for Dental Research.


Tooth Brushing, Oil Pulling and Tissue Regeneration: A Review of Holistic Approaches to Oral Health was published in April 2011 in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine by Sing and Purohit.


And there are more.

See Our Reference Page for Books on Oil Pulling!

Are There Any Other Benefits than Oral Health to Oil Pulling?

Because oils can help pull toxins out of the system, it can help support or decrease some of the work the lymphatic system does. In other words, since you are pulling out some of the harmful toxins from your mouth, they will not enter the system to be dealt with and processed by the lymphatic system.

Some believe that Oil Pulling is a PREVENTIVE measure for yet other conditions, such as migraine relief, headache and hangover relief, reducing inflammation, reducing eczema, supporting kidney function, helping with sinus congestion and throat problems, reducing allergy symptoms and more.


Are There Any Adverse Reactions?

It is reported that a few people may experience a Detox Reaction for a few days when starting Oil Pulling, which would include mild congestion, some drainage or headache.  Most people don’t experience this, though.


What Oil is Suggested?

3 bottles Sesame Oil all front Sublime NaturalsMost holistic experts recommend Sesame Oil. We recommend a Certified Organic USDA Sesame Oil for Oil Pulling.  Why organic?  A certain amount of oil will be absorbed into your system as you swish, so it should be pure and certified organic, with no pesticides or adverse ingredients.


Sesame has long been recommended as the best. It is a natural antibacterial oil, high in Vitamins E and K and has been tested in Oil Pulling through the ages (even recommended in ancient Ayurvedic texts.)

We developed and manufacture the Sublime Beauty NATURALS® USDA Certified Organic Sesame Oil specifically for our daily Oil Pulling, Certified organic Sesame Oil from Sublime Beauty Naturals on Amazon.


It is also available on the Sublime NATURALS webstore.