Benefits of Oil Pulling

Recently, I tried out oil pulling and I found it interesting enough to share with you guys. I will break this post down into sections and try to cover important aspects of oil pulling. I hope you learn a thing or two.

What is oil pulling?

When I looked up ways to remineralize the teeth, I discovered that natural, holistic websites such as Wellness Mama amongst others had posts on the subject. I had to try it out!

Erica of Fashion Lush explained oil pulling here:

It’s an ancient Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes to help improve your oral & overall health. The idea behind it is pretty simple- the oil is “sticky” and when you swish it around in your mouth bacteria gets stuck in the oil & dissolves.

An in-depth explanation by Wellness Mama goes thus:

Oil pulling is an age-old remedy rooted in Ayurvedic medicine that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it may be beneficial for gum health and that certain oils may help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth!

From the above we can gather some benefits of oil pulling, they include:

  • Getting rid of harmful bacteria in the mouth
  • Detoxifying teeth and gum
  • Whitening teeth naturally
  • A chemical-free way of boosting overall gum health


My personal experience

After my RESEARCH, I got to work and purchased a bottle of sesame oil and a bottle of clove (garlic) essential oil. I added a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil and got to business.

For the first few days, I thought it was bizarre. My gag reflex was on a 100 and I could barely make it to the 20 minutes mark. Later on, I got better as distracting myself while I oil-pulled.

Although it is advised to oil-pull first thing in the morning before brushing your teeth, I find that I prefer to do mine at night before brushing my teeth for the second time in the day. This is because I could oil pull while watching a show and 20 minutes wouldn’t feel like such a long time.

I have to add to the benefits by saying that oil pulling aids remineralisation of existing cavities and prevention of new ones, reduces halitosis (mouth odour) and also reduces dental plaque.

After I got over the 20-minute hurdle, I have been enjoying the benefits of my night-time oil pulling. I have noticed though that I tend to salivate a lot after I oil pull but apparently this is good news!

Oil pulling also works to increase saliva production to tap into the body’s natural immune system, and accesses all surfaces of the mouth- unlike tooth-brushing, which concentrates on just about 10%. (source)

Preferably oil-pull with:

Olive oil (easily accessible)

Sesame oil (traditionally used in the Ayurveda)

Coconut oil (naturally antibacterial, mild taste)

A few drops of Clove essential oil (or ginger essential oil)


Tips while oil pulling

  • Don’t swish too hard, if your cheeks start to hurt you need to relax a bit
  • Use a tablespoon of oil, not too much
  • Don’t swallow the oil while swishing (refer to above point)
  • Don’t spit the stuff in your mouth into the toilet sink or wash hand basin, spit it in the trash. This way you avoid clogged pipes.
  • Sparsely use the essential oil, I experienced some sensitivity in my teeth when I used too many drops of clove essential oil.

If you have any more tips or questions, please share in the comments section!

Until next time.


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