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 even throat. I know it sounds very odd but it is an ancient remedy that has stood the test of time.
I recently noticed I had some tenderness in my gums so I decided to pull out this ancient remedy and add it to my daily health regime!
Check out some of the benefits people have reported…
• Strengthens the teeth, gums, and jaw
• Whitens teeth
• Prevents bad breath
• Prevents dryness of the mouth, lips, and throat
• Prevents mouth diseases like cavities and gingivitis
• Treat soreness of the jaw and help with TMJ
• Potential holistic remedy for bleeding gums
Oil pulling benefits extend way beyond oral health. These benefits are different for each person and all have yet to be proven scientifically. Many holistic practitioners believe that oil pulling helps remove harmful bacteria therefore, providing a place and a way for healthy microflora to flourish.
Here are some examples of other possible benefits:
• Correcting and balancing hormone imbalances
• Aids in reducing pain
• Migraine headache relief
• Helps reduce insomnia
• Reducing inflammation of arthritis
• Reduces the symptoms of allergies
• Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms
• Helps support normal kidney function
• Aids in the reduction of eczema
• Some people report improved vision
• Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption
• May help with gastro-enteritis
• May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
• May help reduce sinus congestion
How to Oil-Pull!
Follow these Easy Steps:
Pick your oil. I use coconut oil as do most people. The anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties of organic extra-virgin coconut oil make it the perfect choice for oil pulling. It also has a milder taste. However many think cold pressed organic sesame oil is the best for this practice. Olive and Sunflower oils can also be used, each having their own benefit.
Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil in your mouth. If it’s cold, allow the oil to melt. This is where the “super charge” come in. I decided to add some doterra essential oils to my oil. This gives the added benefits of their anti-everything nature to the remedy!
Swish the oil around in your mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through your teeth for 15 to 20 minutes. This may seem like a long time so do it while you are busy cleaning, reading, watching TV, basically anything that will take your mind off it so you aren’t staring at the clock. Of course you know your phone will ring just as soon as your mouth is full of oil!!! LOL!
Spit out the oil. NEVER SWALLOW. It is now loaded with bacteria and toxins. Always spit into the garbage, not the sink. Coconut oil will harden so it is NOT good for your drain pipes or sceptic system.
Rinse your mouth out with water, and then brush your teeth. I dip my toothbrush into hydrogen peroxide and brush and then finish by brushing them with doterra’s OnGuard toothpaste.
Oil Pulling with doTERRA
I use doTERRA Essential oils when I do my oil pulling. I added Melaleuca and OnGuard to my 1-2 tablespoons of oil. I found this to be time consuming to get the oils out and add them so I decided to find a way to save some time. I came across an idea from the blog Camp Wander.
Here is what you’ll need:
1 cup softened coconut oil
16 drops Melaleuca
16 drops OnGuard
½ pint Glass Jar
Whisk softened coconut oil and essential oils together until well blended and smooth. Add to a 1/2 pint mason jar or container of your choice preferably glass as essential oils can leach petrochemicals from plastic. That it is it! Now you have a 2 weeks supply and you just have to scoop some out whenever you do your Oil Pulling.
I choose to use Melaleuca because it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-septic, expectorant, an immune stimulant and a decongestant. And I also use OnGuard because it has strong anti-viral properties and helps with general immune system support.
Other Essential Oils to Use and Their Benefits:
• Oregano: Flu, cold, virus, sore throat, swollen glands, cold sores, herpes, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antibiotic, and anti-viral.
• Clove: Mouth and gum, analgesic, anti-biotic, and antiseptic.
• Frankincense: Analgesic, cold and flu, mouth surgery, mouth trauma, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory.
• Geranium: mouth and gum health , throat, laryngitis, analgesic, and antiseptic.
• Grapefruit: Cleansing, detoxifying, anti-septic, and antibacterial.
• Lemon: Cleansing, detoxifying, cold, sore throat, and anti-septic.
• Lemongrass: Herpes, and halitosis.
• Myrrh: Mouth, teeth and gums, cold and flu, tonsillitis, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic.
Well, there you have it, Oil Pulling – Super Charged!!!. Like I said, I personally have been doing it daily and I love the results. My gums are no longer sore and tender and I swear my teeth are whiter!
So if you are curious please give it a try. If you are still skeptical then here are some resources you can read to help you decide if Oil Pulling is for you. You can always Google ‘oil pulling’ and see what others have to say too. Then come by here or on my facebook page and let me know how it’s working for you!
References and Books:
Oil Pulling Therapy
Dr. Bruce Fife
The Coconut Oil Miracle
Dr. Bruce Fife,
Dr. Jon J. Kabara
Asokan, J Rathan, MS Muthu, PV Rathna, P Emmadi, Raghuraman, Chamundeswari.Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry. 26(1):12-7, 2008 Mar
TD Anand, C Pothiraj, RM Gopinath, et al. Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria (PDF). African Journal of Microbiology Research, Vol 2:3 pp 63-66, MAR 2008. (PDF Link)
HV Amith, Anil V Ankola, L Nagesh. Effect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and Gingivitis. Journal of Oral Health & Community Dentistry: 2007 ;1(1):Pages 12-18
S Thaweboon, J Nakaparksin, B Thaweboon Effect of Oil-Pulling on Oral Microorganisms in Biofilm Models. Asia Journal of Public Health: 2011 May-Aug. (PDF)