Does Oil Pulling Work?

(Wellness Mama) I wrote a detailed post about what oil pulling is and how it can benefit oral health and oil pulling is part of my daily oral health routine.  I’ve seen oil pulling in the news lately and as it gains popularity, I’ve gotten more and more questions about how and why to try it:

What Is Oil Pulling?

Short answer: Oil pulling is the act of swishing oil (usually Sesame, Sunflower or Coconut) in the mouth for up to 20 minutes to improve oral health.

How to do oil pulling:

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into the mouth. I prefer to use 2 teaspoons of organic coconut oil or organic sesame oil.  I also pour a few drops of Brushing Blend or Oregano Essential Oil (naturally antibacterial) into the mix.
  2. Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.
  3. Spit oil into the trash can.  Especially if you have a septic system like I do… don’t spit into the sink! Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria and plaque that are now not in the mouth!
  4. Rinse well with warm water. Warm water seems to clean the mouth better (my opinion). Occastionally, I swish with salt water which seems more effective but is also more work.
  5. Brush well. I prefer to brush with Brushing Blend or homemade toothpaste to make sure any remaining bacteria is removed.

What Does It Do?

Oil pulling has been around for centuries and is rumored to have detoxifying effects and various health benefits including increased energy, decreased allergies, alleviated headaches and more. We don’t have much modern research to back up the health claims, but there is support for the idea that oil pulling boosts oral health. (See the “sources” in this article for a list of the studies)…

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