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!