Oil Pulling - the real way to pull out toxins!

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Oil Pulling – the real way to pull out toxins!

9 Apr , 2016  

In ancient times when toothpaste was not discovered people used oil pulling as their major way to cleanse the mouth. In Indian Ayurveda, it is mentioned as “Kavala” or “Gund Usha”. I have seen my mother following this method whenever she has a toothache. She admits that her toothache goes away if she regularly does oil pulling. Let find out what is oil pulling and how to do it the correct way.

What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is swishing oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes to improve oral health. It is as important as brushing your teeth with brush and toothpaste. In fact, toothpaste just gives a mental satisfaction and menthol feeling. It hardly does anything for the mouth. Oil pulling pulls out toxins and food particles which might cause tooth decay.


Oil pulling procedure

Mouth full of oil


Why go for oil pulling?

  • Whiter teeth by reducing plaque
  • Cavity and gingivitis prevention
  • Better breath
  • Germ control in the mouth (including candida growth)
  • Stronger teeth and gums
  • Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement),
  • Sleep problems reduced
  • Sinus issues can be controlled
  • Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues (reports have shown improvement in acne, psoriasis, and eczema)

People say in first few days of oil pulling they suffered little headaches, nausea etc due to the withdrawal of toxic waste from the body. I did not go through any of these. The benefits I saw that my breath has improved, the tongue has cleaned, and teeth have whitened. Since it has been only one month I did not see any changes on my skin or in my sleeping habit.


Benefits of oil pulliing

Benefits of oil pulliing


How to do oil pulling?

  1. Take 1 or 2 tsp of oil – You can choose between coconut oil, sesame oil or olive oil. Coconut has many antibacterial and antifungal qualities which makes it ideal. As per our Ayurveda sesame oil is the best. I use sesame oil. You can use oil blend with two or more oils too.
  2. Swish in your mouth for 20 minutes – There is no hard and fast rule, though. It takes around 20 minutes for the plaque to break. More than 20 minutes skin starts reabsorbing the toxins. I do it for around 15 – 20 minutes. The ideal time is when you go for toilet before brushing in morning. Before taking a bath I spit it out. The trick is your oil should be double the quantity and as thin as water. It will be white when you spit it out.
  3. Make sure to spit it in the trash – Spitting oil in wash basin can clog pipes. Safe is to trash it and throw out the trash bag.
  4. Rinse and brush your teeth – Rinse with water (warm/cold) and then brush it with any toothpaste. I prefer herbal toothpaste like Dantkanti by Patanjali.


oil pulling procedure


Things to know

  • Oil pulling is safe. I had consulted a dentist to confirm. If you are pregnant or have fillings in your teeth please consult a dentist before starting this procedure
  • Children can oil pull too. If your child is big enough not to swallow the oil you can go ahead develop this habit in them. I remember when I was in 3rd or 4th grade I did oil pulling sometimes
  • It does not remineralize your teeth.  It keeps it clean but does not put back the minerals lost from drinking carbonated drinks and caffeinated beverages. It is a prevention from damage, not a reparative method
  • Never swallow it, not even by mistake. After you are done with the procedure the oil is full of toxins. Never ever swallow it!


Always throw the oil in trashAlways throw the oil in trash

Always throw the oil in trash


Have you tried oil pulling? Share your experience down below in the comment section. :)

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I am a self-practising naturotherapist with a primal diet. Primal diet has helped me maintain my weight and internal health. Herbal lifestyle has helped to rejuvenate my skin and body. Hence, combining the diet and herbal lifestyle creates harmony between my mind, body and skin.

22 Responses

  1. Rishika says:

    wow ! what a awesome idea ! awesome post ankita ! :) Again sharing it. :*

  2. Harman says:

    Oh my goodness. I had no idea something like this even existed. I am tempted to try it but I dont know if I will like the feeling of oil in my mouth for so long!

  3. I have heard about this method but always avoided. I have fillings in my teeth so this is not for me I think :( Great article Ankita , will recommend to my parents surely:)

  4. Sangeeta G says:

    This is also good for those who get mouth sores. I used to do this a lot during my school days when I had braces. The braces used to irritate the skin around it and often I had mouth sores. This along with eating a lot of spinach and gargling with salt water helped a lot.

  5. Dipti says:

    It’s weird that I never heard about this method before! Seems like a good practice for maintaining gum&teeth health. I won’t try it because I might end up swallowing the oil by mistake 😛 but I’ll recommend this to my mom because she gets teeth ache from time to time! Thank you.

  6. Perkymegs says:

    hey I never heard of this. It is quite unique. Thanks for sharing dear :)

  7. Mariyam says:

    Heard about this method! I want to try it but always had a fear it I swallow it by mistake :(

  8. Sonali says:

    Would like to try this. Thanks for the information :)

  9. shwetali says:

    i was not knowing about this. thanks for sharing ankita :) great article

  10. Ramya says:

    This term is new & very interesting. I would love to give it a try! Thanks for sharing Ankita!


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