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Oil Pulling – What is it?

Author: Rebecca Carden April 21, 2014

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. It involves the use of pure oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and the entire bodies lymphatic system.

As simple as it is, oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect.

Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease.

Our immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.

Some examples of possible health benefits are-

  • Migraine headache relief
  • Healing of bleeding gums, gingivitis and gum disease
  • Reduces Halitosis or bad breath and teeth sensitivity
  • Correcting hormone imbalances
  • Reducing inflammation of arthritis
  • Aids in the reduction of eczema
  • Helps support normal kidney function
  • May help reduce sinus congestion
  • Helps reduce insomnia
  • Aids in reducing pain
  • Reduces the symptoms of allergies
  • Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

Oil pulling is very simple. Basically all you do is swish vegetable oil around your mouth (we prefer coconut oil because of it’s anti bacterial properties), much like you would with a mouthwash for 15 minutes. We know it sounds like a long time but if you do it when you jump in the shower, by the time your done, it’s time to spit it out.

Oil Pulling 101


As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white. It’s super important to spit all of the oil out thoroughly otherwise toxins will be reabsorbed by the body.

Give it a crack for a week and let us know how you go! It really can have a very powerful cleansing and healing affect not only on the mouth and sinuses, but the entire body.

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