Oil Pulling with Cold Pressed Oils-Benefits & How to do

What is Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling with Coconut & Sesame Oil

Oil Pulling is an ancient ayurvedic kriya which is used for deep cleaning your mouth for keeping it disease free. It is also a process of detoxification and helps in maintaining a good oral hygiene.
It is a natural alternative to using chemical based mouth washes which have harmful effects over the long term and may cause altered taste sensation.
According to Ayurveda, It mainly involves two kriyas Or processes :

Gandusha :This involves filling your mouth with oil and holding it for around 10 to 15 minutes.

Kavala :This process involves filling the mouth with a relatively smaller quantity of oil and swishing it for 3 to 4 minutes and then spitting it out.

When to do Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is usually done early in the morning on an empty stomach. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.

Which Oils can be used for Oil pulling

Oils that are used for oil pulling should be cold pressed oils which are pure, natural and chemical free. Avoid using refined oils which are easily available in the market.
Refined oils are stripped off it’s Micronutrients during it’s manufacturing process and are less effective if used for oil pulling. Refined oils also contain harmful chemicals which may cause harm to your mouth so ensure that you use a natural chemical free oil. 

Oil Pulling can be done using the below oils

Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil :The fatty acids in coconut oil possess antibacterial properties which are good for oral health. Coconut Oil is also antimicrobial and anti inflammatory in nature. The antiseptic properties of coconut oil makes it a even more effective.
Sesame Oil
Sesame Oil: Sesame oil possesses anti inflammatory and antifungal properties and works very effectively against bacteria. Sesame oil is believed to help fight anxiety  and boost mood. 
Sunflower Oil :Effectively works against plaque and other bacteria in the mouth.
Oil pulling can be done with any of the above three oils but according to Ayurveda Sesame Oil is recommended to reduce dryness of mouth and to reduce inflammation.

How does Oil pulling work?

The way oil pulling works is simple — when you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria get swept away and dissolve in the liquid oil. It effectively pulls out the bacteria and any toxins in the mouth.

Benefits of Oil Pulling :

Kills harmful bacteria in your mouth

Our mouth consists of good as well as bad bacteria which cause tooth decay, bleeding gums and other problems. Oil pulling helps in getting rid of these bad bacteria.

Helps reduce bad breath

Oil pulling effectively works on the bad breath causing bacteria and gives is fresh breath that lasts long.

Helps prevent cavities

Regular oil pulling kills the tooth decay causing micro organisms and prevents cavities.
Improves gum health and reduces inflammation. Healthy gums are an indication of good oral hygiene. Inflammation in the mouth may lead to bleeding gums causing bad breath. Oil pulling helps in maintaining gum health. 

Natural remedy to whiten teeth

Oil pulling helps in whitening of the teeth as it deep cleans the mouth and teeth removing all the plaque effectively.


Oil pulling helps in detoxification by destroying the harmful bacteria and preventing it from entering the stomach which may cause health complications. Thus maintains the overall well being of an individual.

4 simple steps to do oil pulling:

Step 1 :First thing in the morning before consumption of any food or water measure one tablespoon of oil, such as coconut, sesame and pour it the mouth. 
Step 2 :Swish it around in your mouth for 15–20 minutes, being careful not to swallow any. Move it around your mouth and through your teeth.
Step 3 :Towards the end you may notice the mixture in your mouth starts be coming thicker as toxins are pulled out from you body.
Step 4 :Then spit the oil into a trash can once you’re done. Avoid spitting it into the sink or toilet, as this can cause a buildup of oil, which may lead to clogging. Rinse your mouth well using water before eating or drinking anything.

How often can you do Oil Pulling?

In the beginning you can start with swishing for just 5 minutes and then increase the duration until you’re able to do it for a full 15–20 minutes. You can do oil pulling 3 to 4 times a week.
You can do it daily first thing in the morning too. The purpose of oil pulling is get rid of toxins that are soluble in oil which in turn would help in healing wide range of diseases. 

Can you eat & drink water after oil pulling?

Yes you can immediately drink water and water after  oil pulling. Just brush and rinse normally before drinking water.

Oil pulling is a natural technique to get rid of bacteria which may cause tooth decay and bad breath. If you are allergic with a particular oil then do not use that oil for oil pulling. You may try some other alternative. 


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