Best Health Hacks: Oil Pulling

coconut-oilAncient India is home to the oldest known healing system on Earth, Ayurvedic Medicine, which in Sanskirt means “knowledge of living”. Developed by those that believed living harmoniously with the body while being mindful of spiritual and mental awareness. Ayurveda Medicine, a simple yet highly effective practice involves many techniques of medicine based on Ayurvedic body types.

Oil Pulling, used as a traditional Indian practice for many years to prevent decay is a remedy that was used for bleeding gums, dryness of throat, cracked lips, strengthening teeth, gums, the jaw and also a purification and detoxification protocol. Helping to prime senses and maintain clarity, these oral cleansing techniques can also benefit bad breath, dry face, dull senses, exhaustion, anorexia, loss of taste, impaired vision, sore throat, and all hormone-related imbalances.[1]

Oral Health
To perform Oil Pulling find a quality oil, I highly recommend Coconut Oil due to enhanced anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, however Olive oil or really any oil will work. Take 1/2 to 1 Tbsp. of oil into your mouth and move it everywhere you can, swishing it through teeth and all parts of the mouth. Do this for 20 minutes.  A shorter duration will work but many report 20 minutes being highly optimal. Afterwards dispose of the oil, never swallowing the irreprehenisble toxic products your body has just disposed of.

This practice was used for detoxification and purification, while all evidence seems to point to that being the case, the biggest benefit is oral mouth health. By clearing bacteria, mucus, fungus and a host of toxins from various sources such as the environment. Oil Pulling, since it involves the use of a high-fat oil, breaks down plaque and tarter. As one continues to Oil Pull white teeth will present, healthier non-bleeding gums and periodontal pockets after being cleared will even heal and tighten up, for many avoiding large costs and painful dental care.

It may take longer with extensive build-up but the oil will work much like oil in a car, clearing grim and breaking down the mineral deposits formed on your teeth due to bacteria, presenting in the form of stains, and yellow all the way to black colored tarter. Even quicker success can be achieve by purchasing a tooth scraper and once a day working on especially stubborn areas. This does not need to be done, but will help to loosen the tarter a bit quicker.

Before very long at all, in days not months you will notice mineral deposits literally breaking and falling off your teeth. It is quite a liberating experience for the tooth. After sometime you can go to your dentist and get a full exam, expecting good feedback, and possibly suggesting you “keep it up”. The amount of support you will get from a Dentist on the matter is yet to be determined, but rest assured if you try the method out you will likely gain increased oral health.


cocooil-620x410The ultimate benefit is the protection offered to healthy teeth and gums for the rest of your life. After getting your teeth cleared, continue Oil Pulling daily or at least periodically to maintain a great mouth for years to come. Make sure to utilize a flouride-free toothpaste, or better yet make your own using baking soda, coconut oil, a tad of peppermint and a hint of stevia.

Many people commonly report the following conditions also clearing up due to the detoxification and purification properties of the technique:

– Mouth & Gum Disease
– Hormonal Issues
– Allergies
– Asthma
– High Blood Sugar & High Blood Pressure
– Digestive Issues
– Migraines
– Eczema
– Heart, Kidney & Lung Diseases
– Arthritis
– Insomnia
– Chronic Infections

Doing Oil Pulling daily has been shown to have some very positive impacts on health, and oral health many believe is where all health starts. Regardless if you believe that, as more people learn about Oil Pulling, health will improve in those same individual which leads to healthier families. So go ahead and give Oil Pulling a try today, and just like me, you may soon be convinced of the positive impacts it will have on your life.

spoonProtocol Summary: 

Use 1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil (Olive, Sunflower or another can be used) for 20 Minutes, swishing it around the mouth.

Push the oil through teeth and around anywhere you can. Do not gargle or swallow the oil as it will become filled with toxins.

This can be done anytime of the day, first thing in the morning is excellent. If you have problems with the oil at first, use less of an amount. You will quickly become accustomed to the practice.

Dispose of the oil. If you use coconut oil, use a garbage can or outside as it can solidify into your plumping after it cools.

Repeat the procedure daily or often to maintain top quality dental care and dexotification of your body.

Results begin after just the first few pulls, continue and you will be well on your way to optimal oral performance.


[1] National Institute of Health – Tooth brushing, oil pulling and tissue regeneration: A review of holistic approaches to oral health (