Healthy Habits: Let’s Talk About Oil Pulling (2)

What the heck is oil pulling?

This is a common question that I hear from my clients when we talk about Self Care.  I am a big advocate for self care and creating healthy habits.  Two of my morning routines include Oil Pulling and Tongue Cleaning.  We will talk about tongue cleaning very soon!

I know, I know… It sounds CRAZY!  I thought so too when I first heard about it.  But then I found out about the BENEFITS!!!!


how does swishing oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes sound?

What if I told you it might clear up your skin, whiten and strengthen your teeth, promote oral hygiene, improve headaches and possibly aid hangovers?  In addition, oil pulling helps to add to the detoxification and cleaning process within your body.  Do I have your attention now?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that has resurfaced in the modern health scape.   During the pulling process, the antibacterial properties of the oil pull out fungus and bacteria, alleviate congestion, reduce inflammation and event help with decreasing allergies.  In addition, oil pulling helps to combat bad breath, gingivitis, cavities, sensitive teeth and has been said to kill step throat bacteria.

It may sound like a serious process, but it’s actually very simple.  Not only is it simple, but it’s also inexpensive because you’re not using a large amount of oil.  If you feel a little intimidated, start with a small amount and work your way up.  It will eventually become as routine as brushing your teeth.  Think of it as a natural mouth wash with SO many more benefits.  Oil pulling can be done anytime during the day, but I prefer it first thing in the morning before I eat or drink anything.  Just to give you an idea of how easy it can be, let me break it down into some simple and easy steps.


1.  Measure out 1 to 2 teaspoons and put it in your mouth.

Even though sesame and sunflower oil can be used, I prefer coconut oil.  Make sure you choose a high quality, organic brand.   You can find them in the grocery store or in large quantities at places like Costco.  The oil will most likely start off as a solid (unless it’s warm in your kitchen) and turn to a thin clear consistency.

2.  swish and pull the oil around your mouth.  make sure you cover all areas and pull it through your teeth.

I swish the oil around in my mouth for 20 minutes (preferred), but you can start with 5 minutes and work your way up.  You may wonder when you will have 20 minutes to do this self care routine.  I oil pull while I am in the shower, unloading the dishwasher, making breakfast or checking emails.  The twenty minutes flies by pretty quickly.  Be careful not to swallow any of the oil because it contains bacteria and toxins.

3.  Once finished, spit the oil out into the trashcan.

Don’t spit the oil down your sink, shower or anywhere that can clog your pipes.

4.  Rinse your mouth out

Once you’ve gotten rid of the oil, rinse your mouth out with salt water or water mixed with apple cider vinegar.  Again, do not swallow this liquid because you may still have toxins in your mouth.

5.  Brush your teeth

The final step is brushing your teeth, which will kill any final remnants.

Lastly, smile in the mirror and tell yourself it’s going to be a spectacular day!!!

make your self care a huge priority every day.  when you love yourself, you can show up to the world in a big way!  

Do you think you will try oil pulling?  do you have any “crazy” rituals that add to your self care?  i welcome you to share them below in the comments section.