The benefits of oil pulling

I love natural and affordable methods that have a positive impact on my health. Oil pulling is such a simple method that has so many great benefits, it kills bacteria and removes other harmful organisms from the mouth. Although oil pulling has only become more popular in the past years, it is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy that has been done for thousands of years. While it is not only beneficial for oral health, it can also relieve migraines, help with hormone imbalances, reduce inflammation and detoxify the body of heavy metals.

coconutoilabdeFor me personally oil pulling has helped to improve my oral health, strengthened my teeth and every time I do the oil pulling method my teeth feel incredibly clean. Oil pulling is also highly beneficial for pregnant women who are at risk for gingivitis. Doing oil pulling once a day throughout all of pregnancy can significantly decrease the risk for gum disease and cavities.

There are different oils that are suitable for oil pulling such as coconut oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, pumpkin seed oil and olive oil. I personally prefer coconut oil. For convenience reasons I make little oil bites made from two simple ingredients: coconut oil and essential oil. In winter I keep them in my bathroom and in summer in the fridge.

I get my organic coconut oil from Mawasim, which is the cheapest I have found in the U.A.E. Coconut oil is solid as long as the temperature is less than 24 degrees. Another coconut oil I like is from iHerb, For 5% off your first iHerb order use code RDD731 at checkout. To find out more about iHerb shipping savers click here.

1/2 cup coconut oil
1-3 drops of peppermint essential oil (or any other)

I place my coconut oil in a hot water bath until it it melted, I then add the peppermint oil and fill them into my silicon food tray from iHerb. After 10-20 minutes in the fridge I put them into a jar and store them in temperatures under 24 degrees. I like to use my coconut oil bites when I wake up in the morning, it’s important not to swallow the oil as it will contain all the toxins. I also do not spit the oil in the sink as it may clog the drains.

coconutoilabbdAnother oil that is easily available, affordable and very effective is sesame oil. It eliminates bacteria, whitens teeth, freshens the breath and may even help treating migraines. I take 1-2 tbsp of sesame oil and swish gently around the mouth for 10-20 minutes. I personally do not like olive oil, but there are so many oils to choose from coconut oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil and even pumpkin seed oil. Most these oils are sold at supermarkets and Mawasim has a very large selection of oils from the German brand vom Fass.


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8 thoughts on “The benefits of oil pulling

  1. This is very interesting, I tried oil pulling before, but I just couldn’t get super into it because of the taste and texture of the oil. But, I never tried it with peppermint essential oil, and I think that I should try it again. Do you find that it makes oil pulling a bit easier?


  2. I’ve heard of oil pulling and that it was good for you, but never really stopped to figure it out. When you say swish the oil (+ or – the essential oil) for 10-20 minutes, was it easy to do when you first started? Any tips for an oil pulling noob?


  3. I have been researching oil pulling for a little bit and you have just given me the push to start! I had never thought of using the silicon trays to make ‘serving sizes’, but I will definitely be trying that. Just curious, what is the benefit of the peppermint oil, or is it just for the taste?


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