Oil Pulling: Why & When To Do It


Oil pulling is an age-old remedy that started in India thousands of years ago. It’s used to clean and detoxify your teeth and gums while naturally making those pearly whites even whiter! But what exactly does it involve? Essentially, you swish a small amount of coconut oil (or any other vegetable-based oil) around in your mouth for 20 minutes and then spit it out and rinse well.

When you swish oil around in your mouth, plaque gets stuck to the oil and dissolves in the liquid oil. So you are removing a lot of bacteria, which is found in plague and leads to all kinds of oral health problems, every time you oil pull.

Aside from improving your gums and removing harmful bacteria, many folks claim that the benefits of oil pulling extend to improving asthma, headaches, skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, and more. If this growing trend appeals to you, then you’re in luck because we’ve put together a super easy step-by-step guide to oil pulling.

  1. Put 1 tbsp of a vegetable-based oil – coconut oil, sesame oil or olive oil is fine – in your mouth.
  2. Swish around for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Spit out the oil into the trash or toilet, NOT the sink.
  4. Rinse with…