Oil pulling has become one of my favorite self care rituals. It has improved my oral health and overall health in countless ways! It has also saved me lots of money in cavity fillings! For the last several years, I kept getting cavities. I was astounded because I was living a healthy lifestyle: I ate very clean, never drank soda, processed food, or candy. I brushed two times per day and flossed regularly. But still my dentist would inform me of yet another cavity. I was even prescribed prescription tooth paste at one point. It was $18 per tube and filled with chemicals and extra fluoride. I refused to use it, to my dentists dismay. I knew there had to be a better approach. I was determined to heal my oral health naturally.

I came across oil pulling one day and was intrigued. I figured I may as well give it a shot, I had nothing to lose. So I began diligently oil pulling everyday. Six months later at my next dentist appointment, my dentist was surprised to see how much my oral health had improved. For the first appointment in a few years, I didn’t have any new cavities and she told me my gum health had improved significantly! I was hooked.

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic holistic practice for improving all around health. The act of swishing pure oils such as coconut or sesame around in your mouth will pull out impurities and detox your body.


Increased energy

Removes harmful bacteria and toxins from body

Whitens teeth

Improves gum health

Prevents (possibly reverses) cavities

Reduces migraines

Helps insomnia

Clears sinuses

Improves digestion

Glowing skin

Brings clarity to the mind

Fights inflammation

Supports healthy liver and kidney function

How to Oil Pull

You should ideally oil pull in the morning. Take 1 tablespoon of oil. Use a high quality oil—I use organic, cold-pressed coconut oil. Most likely it will be solid. Just spoon it into your mouth and “chew” until it melts. Set a timer and swish for 20 minutes. I like to do a task to distract myself, because it’s honestly not the most pleasant thing. Take a shower, clean your room, check your email, etc. When you’re finished, be sure not to swallow any since it is now full of toxins. Spit it out in the trash. DO NOT spit it into the sink. It will solidify in the pipes and cause plumbing issues. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and brush and floss like usual. Admire your shiny, healthy teeth!

“I got 99 problems and 89 of them are solved with coconut oil”

You will reap the amazing benefits the more you perform oil pulling. I hope you enjoy this routine and make it a part of your self care ritual.

Be well.