How To Do Oil Pulling

//How To Do Oil Pulling

How To Do Oil Pulling

First: Why to Do Oil-Pulling

When you do oil pulling it pulls all mucous, bacteria and toxins from your body through your saliva. The way Ayurvedic medicine sees mucous is that it is a poison that must be removed.
• Oil pulling is most helpful for the gums, as it stops the growth of strep bacteria says Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman.
• It whitens teeth and improves gum health and eliminates bad breath
• It clears up acne. Oil pulling has a detoxifying effect on the body thus can reduce the appearance of rashes and blemishes.

The best time to do it is ‘First thing in the morning’.

Important: This is to be done on an empty stomach and before drinking any anything and that includes water.

What you need:
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
Warm Salt Water
Your Mouth 🙂
15 – 20 Minutes


  1. Pour one tablespoon of sesame oil into your mouth. For children use less oil they have control over and make sure they do not to swallow the oil.
  2. Swish the oil around in your mouth do not swallow it.
  3. Swish it as if you were using a mouth wash, all around your mouth and through your teeth. Do not gargle though.
  4. As you do this the oil will get watery as your saliva mixes with it.
  5. Keep swishing but not so hard that your jaw muscles get. Use your tongue to move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. Stay relaxed and as you learn to do this well, you’ll feel comfortable.
  6. Be natural doing this as there is no right way to swish and pull oil. Simply be gentle, and comfortably swish for about 15 – 20 minutes.
  7. If you spit out before 15 minutes, start again. What you are looking for is for the oil to have enough time swishing in your mouth so that it becomes a whitish consistency; this show that it is full of toxins and this is what you want to happen.
  8. As you do the oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point. The time to start with is 20 minutes; you can experiment with the timing as you are in the regular habit of doing it.
  9. At the end of the oil pulling session, spit the oil out.
  10. Now, rinse the mouth with warm salt water. It is not absolutely necessary to rinse with salt water, but is proven to be effective in rinsing out any toxins which may be left out in the mouth.
  11. Clean out your sink as it is filled with bacteria.

Note: If it becomes difficult to finish and all you want to do is stop then spit it out and try again.

 When you’re not used to doing this it can be challenging. Eventually it will become as natural as brushing your teeth.

 The oil will become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out and may look whitish with a thinner consistency than the oil you began with.


By | 2017-10-29T15:40:05+00:00 May 15th, 2014|Health Tips|14 Comments

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  1. FERDINAND OKOCH-OKOCH May 19, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Since the mouth is full of about three trillion good and bad bacteria, this can be of great help in improving the health of our mouth and respiration.

  2. Randy Fritz May 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Thank your Ferdinand. That bacteria fact is totally relevant!

  3. ebere May 22, 2014 at 5:39 am

    this is a good discovering indeed from you with this all the bacteria in the mouth will die i wish to try it

  4. Ron Roberts May 27, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Great post! I’m very interested in oil pulling to improve my gum health. Now ‘clearing up acne’ makes it even better. In additional to sesame oil, what kind of oil can I also use for oil pulling?

  5. Diana Herrington June 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you Ferdinand for that snippet of information.

  6. July 10, 2014 at 3:23 am

    I’m really researching about this. I’ve decided to try to later. It’s just weird putting oil into my mouth then swishing it for 20minutes. I don’t think I’ll last for 5mins lol! Good luck to me.


  7. ebere l July 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

    i want to know if the local red oil can be use too for the oil pulling expirement

  8. Diana Herrington July 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I am sure that the red oil will work too. Let me know how it works for you.

  9. Robina July 18, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Sunflower oil is better and cheaper than sesame seed oil. I had a dental abscess and was told it would never go away, but oil pulling got rid of it without having to resort to antibiotics. I think oil pulling is wonderful!

  10. Randy Fritz July 18, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Thanks for sharing your success with oil pulling Robina. It’s great to have that inspiration.

    I understand that sunflower oil is less expensive but I am curious what you mean by ‘better’. Sesame oil’s taste is not my first choice but it has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years because of it’s very powerful antioxidant properties.

  11. KRUNGTEP July 27, 2014 at 3:15 am

    using it for a few weeks now. teeth look cleaner. had one tooth, a large incisor that was always a yellow colour could never get it to look a normal white. oil pulling definitely whitens it..great!

  12. Randy Fritz July 27, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for sharing your encouraging experience!

  13. Rochelle October 19, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Can coconut oil be used instead.?

  14. Diana Herrington October 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Yes, it works too.

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