Benefits of Oil Pulling

September 20, 2019

Benefits of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is the new approach to overall health and well being, though the practice is actually very old and has been around for centuries in many Eastern countries. If you haven’t already heard of oil pulling, then it is time you educate yourself. It is as simple as taking a tablespoon of oil (sesame, coconut or olive oils work best) and swishing it around in your mouth. Although this may not seem like much, this simple therapy actually has tons of health benefits—which is the topic of this brief article.

Oil Pulling Benefits

There are numerous benefits to pulling oil. These include:

Oil Pulling for Better Oral Health and Dental Hygiene

Proponents of oil pulling believe that the therapy can actually reverse dental caries or cavities. (Please note that there is no scientific evidence to support this as fact and the American Dental Association or ADA does not recommend this practice as an alternative to brushing and flossing every day.) However, there is certainly no harm if you pull oil and most people who religiously do so, once a day for 20 minutes, report better oral health, reduced plaque and tartar, a whiter and brighter smile and fresher breath. Here is the complete oil pulling benefits list as far as oral health is concerned:

  • Improved gum health; reduced bleeding gums
  • Whiter teeth
  • Fresher breath; beneficial for halitosis sufferers
  • Prevents cavities and gives you stronger teeth
  • Reduces plaque and tartar deposits
  • Aids in preventing gingivitis
  • Helps TMJ sufferers by stopping jaw pain.
  • Reduces dental sensitivity

Oil Pulling for Complete Detoxification

Improved oral health isn’t the only benefit of oil pulling. The centuries old practice actually removes toxins from the saliva and detoxifies the entire body. It is best to pull oil first thing in the morning to see these benefits. Before you eat or drink anything, pull sesame or coconut oil for at least 10-15 minutes. Spit the oil out (do not swallow, as it contains all the toxic elements that harm your body), and with regularity, you will see improved skin health, better digestion, reduced chronic pain and enhanced energy levels.

Oil Pulling for Weight Loss

According to Sonja Larsen, author of Oil Pulling Cleansing Therapy, pulling oil could even result in weight loss. She believes that the benefits of the therapy reach the lungs, kidneys, liver and colon and aid in the removal of mucous and toxins. The result: your organs work better and these organs of detoxification remove all of the piled up food waste. This is when desired weight loss occurs. However, one needs to be diligent in pulling oil daily for at least 21 days to see these results.

Oil Pulling Benefits Your Hair

Sonja Larsen believes that oil pulling can give you great hair. She once went without pulling oil for several days and observed that her hair lost its shine and became frizzy. That is why she recommends oil pulling as a daily or nightly ritual, particularly for those who suffer from hair and skin issues. You can also try olive oil pulling. Both coconut and olive oils are wonderful for hair and skin and the effects of pulling them will certainly bring positive results to hair and skin health. As the body eliminates its accumulated toxic waste, your hair and skin get the nourishment they desire. Also, your hormones get balanced which helps you eliminate issues like acne, hair loss, thinning of hair, etc.

Now we shall cover some commonly asked questions regarding oil pulling.

FAQs About Oil Pulling

How and Why Does Oil Pulling Work?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual of cleansing. When you swish oil in your mouth for at least 10-15 minutes daily, it pulls out toxins from your mouth. The oil also gets absorbed by your tongue and tissues in your cheeks, gums and underneath your tongue. This process heals inflamed and infected regions of your mouth. The healing oils also saturate tissues closest to the mouth such as those in the throat and chest. Moreover, the oils get pulled down to important organs of the body. When done regularly, oil pulling anoints the entire body resulting in  the following benefits:

  • Weight loss
  • Prevention of Candida and fungal infections
  • Reduced acne breakouts
  • Healthier skin
  • Whiter, brighter teeth
  • Prevention of bleeding gums, periodontal disease, etc.

Can Oil Pulling Be Done at Night?

Yes, oil pulling may be done at night after dinner or just before bedtime. The results are as powerful as day time oil pulling. In fact; it helps that the oil forms a thin layer on the teeth and oral tissues protecting them from bacterial action.

Are There Any Dangers or Side Effects of Coconut Oil Pulling?

This is a completely safe practice. It has even been recommended by Ayurveda, the ancient medical science from India, dating back thousands of years. Coconut oil is very safe for pulling; more and more western physicians are recommending coconut oil to their patients. Organic coconut oil is safe for cooking, baking and sautéing. You can also use other oils like sesame or olive oil for the practice. Having said so,  it is important to brush and floss as usual. If you decide to pull oil at night, you may want to brush first and then pull oil afterwards. In the morning, you can pull oil first, have your breakfast and then brush and floss before leaving for work. Flossing enhances oil pulling because the oil can seep into the gaps between the teeth and reduce the occurrence of dental caries.

Can I Do Turmeric Oil Pulling?

Britt Brandon, author of Turmeric for Health recommends adding turmeric powder to coconut oil or sesame oil to further enhance the benefits of oil pulling. Turmeric is anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-microbial. Simply add a pinch of turmeric powder to a tablespoon of oil and swish around your mouth for 15-20 minutes. The result:

  • Turmeric provides antibacterial and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals
  • It stimulates circulation.
  • Turmeric oil pulling can improve calcification of dental enamel and safeguard enamel strength.
  • It whitens teeth by eliminating stains and provides prolonged stain protection.


If you have been suffering from poor health, chronic fatigue, dental issues, brittle and dry hair, acne and/or other lifestyle diseases then maybe it is time you give oil pulling a try. This is an inexpensive therapy that can be very beneficial, provided you do it diligently every day for at least 21 days. Good luck!




3 Oil Pulling:  Cleansing Therapy to Reverse Gum Disease & Heal the Body by Sonja Y. Larsen

4 Turmeric for Health:  100 Amazing & Unexpected Uses for Turmeric

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