Let’s Talk About Oil Pulling

Oil pulling was a completely foreign concept to me up until the past couple months. Recently it’s become a popular health trend, so obviously I had to try it because I’ll do almost anything in the name of beauty.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m going on about, let me introduce you.

How to oil pull

Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. It supposedly draws out toxins from the body to provide better overall health.

Things to remember

– Do NOT swallow the coconut oil after, you’d just be putting all of those bad toxins back into your body!
– When you’re done, do not spit it in the sink because it will solidify again and block up your pipes

Although many people suggest using any type of oil, I would strongly recommend coconut oil because you’ll reap the most benefits due to its strong antibacterial properties (plus it’s the easiest to work with).


It’s benefits

– Whiter teeth
– Cavity and gingivitis prevention
– Better breath (halitosis suffers also reported greatly improved morning breath)
– Stronger teeth and gums
– Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement)
– sleep problems and sinus issues
– Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues (reports have shown improvement in acne, psoriasis and eczema) 

Kiiiind of amazing, right?

Here’s how I went

Day one, first thing in the morning I started off with 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil, and it almost made me gag. Five minutes in and it wasn’t getting easier. I had sporadic whiffs of nausea from the strange and unfamiliar texture. I was honestly questioning whether it was even worth doing, but I pushed through it (pats self on back). I tried keeping myself distracted with some work and eventually the 20 minutes passed. I brushed my teeth after and thankfully there was no trace of coconut oil left.

After a few days, it did start to get easier. I’m still not a fan of the texture at all, but I’m learning to deal with it a lot better. I’ve found the time passes quickly if I do it in the shower or with a 15 minute morning meditation.

It’s also supposed to help cure a hangover, which is what I was most excited to find out. The morning after a night of too many glasses of wine, I woke up and felt somewhat like death. As you can imagine, that day it was really hard to stomach the coconut oil. I only lasted about 15 minutes BUT I can confirm it did help alleviate a lot of the symptoms, including a nasty headache.

My thoughts:

My teeth and gums feel so much cleaner, and have definitely become whiter. Not insanely whiter, but a noticeable difference. It’s a perfect alternative to teeth whitening kits because it’s painless and actually helps with sensitive teeth. It also helped get rid of a headache and my hangover symptoms, so I’m impressed.

If you haven’t given oil pulling a go, I highly recommend it to everyone! Even if you’re able to include it into your morning routine a couple days a week, I think you’ll still reap the health benefits.

Have you ever tried oil pulling? I wanna hear your thoughts on it!

  • My mum is really into natural remedies, she really wants me to try this but I feel like the taste will make me erkk a little. I liked reading your experience though :)

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  • I'd never really looked into oil pulling but it sounds very familiar! I'm glad that it's worked for you and I'm definitely going to give it a go… Nothing like whiter teeth :P

    I hope you're having the best time in London babe!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    I'd never heard of this before! Sounds weird but if it works it works I guess!



  • I keep hearing about it but never tried it – I'm scared I'll just end up eating it haha! But whiter teeth and better gums sounds good to me

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Amy Beachill

    I only heard of oil pulling very recently, and the results sound great! Even though it sounds kind of horrible, I'm a little tempted to give it a go!

    Amy | Lilac Lemon

  • Bec

    Nice to hear your thoughts! I tried this for about 3 days in a row and I just couldn't deal with the texture. Weak stomach haha. X

  • This is high up on my list of things to try.. I will eventually.

    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

  • This is something I have always wanted to try as I have heard so many miracle stories!


  • Mia

    This sounds awesome, definitely going to try it out! :)

    Urban Obsessions // Vegan Food & Lifestyle Blog

  • ah I haven't tried it yet but now I'm excited too!


  • Thanks for the review on oil pulling. I've heard so much about it before and to be honest, am quite sceptical of it. I may try it out myself for a week to see if it really works! The only thing is, I'm not sure I could do it for a full 20 minutes, it seems like a long time!

    The Runaway Journal

  • I have never heard of oil pulling before! My mum keeps pushing me to EAT a tablespoon of coconut oil every morning for weight loss (?!) and now I'm having second thoughts – maybe it's better out than in? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • I tried oil pulling last summer and I couldn't do it for more than 3 minutes!! The texture totally threw me and I felt so nauseous, but after reading your advice, I'm tempted to give it a go again! XX


  • This is something I definitely need to try. :) Thank you for sharing. <3

  • Wow I have never heard of this before! I think I need to give this a try even though I'm worried I won't last five minutes haha~
    She Will Be

  • I think you've convinced me to try oil pulling. Nervous!


  • I have tried oil pulling, I don't really mind the texture but 20 minutes is just too long for me. It's great to read that you eventually got lovely white and clean teeth and gums! I probably should try it again :) xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

  • Oh. I definitely need to try this! 20 minutes seems like a long time… but still doable.


  • alice lester

    I actually hadn't heard of oil pulling before, but I feel that as an aspiring nutritionist I should give it a go, although 20 minutes does sound quite a long time!

    Alice | http://alicelester.blogspot.co.uk/

  • You totally convinced me. I need to try this out.

    xx -n
    Naomi in Wonderland

  • Dannielle

    I've been meaning to try this but I had no idea it was also good for hangovers. Can't think of anything worse than putting oil in my mouth after a heavy night!

  • I had no idea it was good for teeth and gums – I got the completely wrong idea from other artciles, I would absolutely try this now, very well explained!

    x Síle

  • I'd never heard of it and quite frankly I wonder where this comes from … it kind of feels like a joke to me (no offense) however you've sort of convinced me and I really want to give it a go :P Call me "paradox"

    Feathers and Brushes | Swiss | Beauty & Lifestyle

  • Hayley

    I've been doing it while I shower. I feel like the time passes faster that way, and it is easier for me to last the entire 20 minutes.

    Hayley | StyledandTaylored.com

  • Natalie Horner

    I am definitely going to give it a go!! One of the girls at work has been doing it now for a month and simply raves about it – her gums are much healthier she says.

  • Thanks for sharing this. A housemate recently told me about oil pulling and even though I’m not convinced (yet), it now is on my mind.. hmmmm. Thanks! X Sjoukje from http://www.lemontierres.com

  • Ty

    Never done it but seems worth the try!