How To Oil Pull For Naturally White Teeth, Healthy Gums and Clear Skin

Oil pulling for naturally white teeth, healthy gums and clear skin

Today, we’re going to talk about oil pulling. A lot of you have been asking for a video/blogpost about it, so I’m really glad to finally share with you everything I know about it.

Oil pulling is a very important Ayurvedic practise, and I discovered it around 18 months ago. I took a little break from it for a couple of months a while ago – I guess I wanted to see if it really made a difference, and it did! I was missing it lots, so I went back to it, and I’ve been enjoying it since.

I hope you’ll give oil pulling a try. It’s a wonderfully simple thing, it will cost you almost nothing and it has a lot of health benefits.

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You can watch this in video format here (it includes my ridiculous demonstration of oil pulling):

How I discovered oil pulling

I’ve had gum recession since early teenage years. Sounds like it started a bit too early, doesn’t it? I don’t know why but it’s always been like that for me.

One day, my husband and I were talking about it, and he said, “There must be some kind of natural remedy!”. So he started researching it for me and he found about this practise called oil pulling. When he told me about it, I reluctantly started reading about it, too. At first. I thought it was really disgusting. Why would one want to put oil in their mouth for 15 minutes? There was no way I was going to do it!

But the more I read about it, the more convinced I got that that’s the way to go if I wanted to have clean and healthy mouth and teeth.

What is this strange thing called oil pulling?

Oil pulling is basically taking some kind of oil and swishing it in your mouth for around 15-20 minutes once a day every day. Some people even do it twice a day. It’s supposed to give your mouth a very deep clean and just leave it feeling really fresh and healthy.

Some people find it disgusting: you know, having oil in your mouth for so long doesn’t sound very attractive. But, honestly, it sounds much worse than it actually is. It was quite strange for the first three times. but then it became totally normal and natural. I hardly even feel the taste of the oil now. If you choose an oil with the taste that you actually like, like sesame oil or coconut oil in my case, it doesn’t taste bad at all. It’s actually quite enjoyable!

Benefits of oil pullling

Traditionally, oil pulling is used by people who have some kind of gum or tooth problems. It can help stop or even reverse gum recession, and I can say that my gums have definitely been much more pink and healthy. They’re slowly growing back, I think – I don’t want to jinx it, but I think they ARE growing back.

It’s also good for the overall health of your teeth because it helps keep them clean by removing any kind of buildup, tartar, etc.

Oil pulling also makes teeth whiter, so if you’re looking for a natural way to whiten your teeth, this is a wonderful way to do it. Once you start using it, you’ll find that your teeth feel really glassy and clean during the day. Generally, if you use a regular commercial toothpaste, once you start eating throughout the day, your teeth start feeling kind of grainy and not really smooth. As the day goes on, that feeling intensifies. But when you oil pull, your teeth stay glassy and totally clean right until the evening. I remember my husband and I were really impressed when we started it.

When you’re oil pulling and rinse your mouth afterwards, some of the oil residue still remains on your teeth and creates a protective film over them, so when you eat, all those food particles don’t get stuck to your teeth. It protects your teeth.

However, the benefits don’t stop in the mouth. There are lots of benefits for your whole body-

There are people who say that it helps acne, and I can’t say anything about it myself because I didn’t see any difference in my skin when I started using it. But a lot of people do say that it helps clear the skin or at least make it look better.

Finally, oil pulling helps cleanse and detoxify your whole body by purifying your blood. The main arteries in your body pass just underneath your mouth. So when you oil pull for 15-20 minutes, the entire blood of your entire body passes through those arteries during that time. The oil in your mouth pulls all the toxins out of your blood. This might seem like a crazy theory, and it might work, it might not work, it might be true, it might not be true. I don’t know for sure if it works, but a lot of people have had amazing results with oil pulling, especially those with chronic diseases.

I’ve definitely been enjoying oil pulling, and have seen huge improvements in my teeth: they’re much cleaner, there’s much less buildup, my gums are much healthier, and my tongue is much cleaner. too.

How to oil pull: step by step

  1. In the morning, as soon as you wake up, before you eat or drink anything, brush your teeth.
  2. Grab a tablespoon of oil. Traditionally, in Ayurveda, two oils were supposed to be used: sesame oil, which is the most traditional and the most healing one in Ayurveda, or sunflower seed oil, which I don’t have at the moment. They both must be cold-pressed and unrefined. Sesame oil must be non-toasted. A lot of people have also been using coconut oil: it also must be raw and organic. Coconut oil is very popular because of its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, even though sesame oil has anti-bacterial properties, too. I’ve personally used all three and my favourite is definitely sesame oil. Pricewise, sunflower oil is the cheapest one, sesame oil is in the middle, and coconut oil is definitely the most expensive one, at least where I live.
  3. Swish the oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. You can start from less and then build it up slowly. For example, you can start from 5 minutes, and then the next day you can start from 6, and then 7, and so on, until you build up to at least 15-20 minutes. Swish it in your mouth by kind of pulling it though your teeth, changing the sides from one side to another.You can watch the video if you want to see my ridiculous demonstration.
  4. Once the time is up, go and spit it in the toilet or in a trash can. Please don’t spit it in the sink, especially if you’re using coconut oil because it solidifies under 24 degrees Celsius. It will surely clog up your sink, and I’ve done it before, so I know how annoying it is! Even if you use a different oil, don’t spit it in the sink because it might still clog up. When you spit the oil out, you’ll see that it looks kind of white and frothy – it’s all the buildup and mucus that it’s just pulled from your mouth and throat. You’ll find a lot of disgusting things in there, and that’s totally normal. That’s why you’re not supposed to swallow it! It’s full of toxins, you want to get them out of your system, not in!
  5. Once you spit the oil out, take a half glass of warm water, add a bit of sea salt to make a salty solution. Rinse your mouth and gargle with it a few times to get rid of all the oil residue.
  6. Drink 2-3 glasses of water to hydrate. Remember you didn’t drink in the morning and went straight for the oil pulling? Your body is probably for some hydration by now. What I usually do is mix a tablespoon of honey with freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon, mix it with a pint of warm water, and drink that instead of plain water. Honey and lemon juice are wonderful for detoxifying and energizing in the morning.

How do I find time for oil pulling when I’m in such a rush in the morning?

The answer is: oil pulling doesn’t require any of your time! Just put the oil in your mouth and go take a shower, go check your email, go prepare your breakfast… It’s really up to you what you do but you don’t have to do oil pulling alone. Honestly, it doesn’t take much thinking or coordination to do it. Oil pulling becomes totally automatic after a few times.

So that’s what I do really – in the morning, I just put the oil in my mouth and I go take a shower. The 20 minutes pass really quickly.

Even if you forget to swish the oil in your mouth for a few minutes, it doesn’t matter. As long as the oil stays in your mouth, that’s exactly what your teeth and your mouth need.

What if my jaw starts hurting and I can’t last for more than 5 minutes?

Don’t worry, you’ll get there gradually. Oil pulling is a bit like going to the gym: at the beginning, your muscles are really tired and sore, but soon it doesn’t even tire you! You can start from 5 minutes and slowly work your way up. You can also start oil pulling really slowly at the beginning, and don’t be afraid of just keeping the oil in your mouth without swishing once your jaw gets tired. It’s still going to bring you lots of benefits, and you’ll see how in no time you’ll be oil pulling for hours. 🙂 Yes, sometimes I get lost in the internet world and end up oil pulling for an hour or so without even noticing it.

It’s super easy, isn’t it? It might seem really weird and disgusting if this is the first time you’re reading about oil pulling, but I promise you it’s not that bad. Once you get used to it, it becomes a huge part of the morning routine.

I forgot to oil pull for a few times, and I really felt like something was missing, my teeth didn’t feel right. I really enjoy the experience of oil pulling.

We’ve had a lot of guests here because we live in the kind of place where everyone wants to come for a beach holiday, so our house is constantly full of guests. I’d say probably at least 50% of the people who’ve been here have been converted to oil pulling, and they all do it now. Even my mum has been converted! We’ve been spreading the oil pulling revolution around the world.

I remember, when we started it a year and a half ago, oil pulling was almost unknown, nobody spoke about it. But now it’s very trendy, there are lots of blogs talking about it and everybody’s doing it now. I guess we’re kind of trend-setters in that sense… 🙂

I hope you’ll give oil pulling a try. It’s wonderful whether you’re looking for white teeth, healthy teeth and gums or just detoxification for your whole body. It really works! There are no side effects, you’re not at risk for anything, so it’s worth giving a try.

I touched on natural tooth whitening a bit today in this blogpost but I’ll definitely write a separate blogpost with a few different ways to whiten your teeth naturally.

If you give oil pulling a try or are already doing it, please let me know! I’d love to know what you think of it.

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  1. Ok so ive heard about this a few times and im intrigued :0) i just have one question, how do you not have a need to spit out your saliva, doesnt it start accumulating in your mouth if you dont swallow it?

    • Hi! Saliva doesn’t really accumulate too much in the mouth, but I do the swallowing motion without actually swallowing anything, and it feels good again. I don’t even know how to explain, but you’ll see what I mean if you try it. 🙂 It’s so worth it, trust me! xx

  2. oh and can this only be done first thing in the morning or any ol time . I have a toddler and she will have a fit if i dont talk to her lol

    • It’s best done as you wake up in the morning before you drink or eat anything. Maybe you could wake up a little earlier before she wakes up? In the worst case scenario, you can also do it before bed, even if it’s not as good as in the morning. xx

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