Week 13: Oil Pulling For Health Benefits!

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental health technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil (most commonly used are: organic coconut oil, olive oil or sesame oil) in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes (I reached 5 to 7 minutes the first few times and worked my way up to 20 minutes. It takes getting used to, but gets much easier with practice). Oil pulling has antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can lead to various dental and health benefits:


  • Whitens teeth, strengthens gums & jaw
  • Prevents cavities & gingivitis
  • Relieves bad breath
  • Can help relieve headaches & migraines
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Improves skin conditions
  • Also believed to help with hormonal imbalances, kidney conditions, pain and more…


  1. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons in small ramekin.
  2. Place ramekin in a larger bowl of hot water to help liquify the oil.
  3. Once the oil is liquid, put in mouth and swish around and work up to 20 minutes.
  4. Spit the oil in a trash can as the oil can become solid and clog the drain.
  5. Rinse mouth with warm water ( can add a little himalayan or sea salt to help get rid of the oil residue).
  6. Brush teeth well with a natural toothpaste.

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