Get the DEETS on OIL Pulling. What is it? How do you do it?

  Posted by - May 8, 2014 - Wellness

WTF is Oil Pulling? <– That was my first reaction when I first heard of it.

How do I do it??? <- -That was my second reaction when I heard of the crazy sexy benefits (we’ll get to them later).

So oil pulling dates back to centuries ago that involves swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. I know, I know, it seems like forever!

The theory behind oil pulling is pretty simple. When you swish it around, the oil draws out bacteria and toxins in your mouth, helping to improve your oral health… AND it WHITENS TEETH! Cool right?

Anyways, Oil Pulling. It’s pretty easy to do.

What kind of oil? Use ORGANIC coconut oil, there’s just so many healthy benefits, plus it tastes & smells great. You can also use organic sesame oil/ sunflower oil/ olive oil. Get whatever you prefer. I bought a whole jar for like $12 bucks… already wayyy cheaper than white strips! You can get it HERE.

Instructions? Oil Pull in 3 steps. It’s really easy.


When to do it? It’s best to do it in the AM right when you wake up because that’s when your mouth has the most bacteria + morning breath. My bestie actually does it in the shower while she’s washing her hair, shaving, etc.

How to swish? OK. This should be a no brainer. Keep pulling the oil through your teeth and you’ll notice your mouth fill up with bacteria. Just keep swishing.

What to expect? You’ll notice that it’ll begin to smooth out into a liquid in a matter of seconds. You also wont be able to stop producing gross amounts of saliva- don’t freak! It’s totally normal. Keep calm and OP on.

DO NOT SWALLOW. Seriously. Don’t. You’ll just be swallowing all the toxins you worked so diligently to get rid of. If you put too much oil in your mouth & it’s too much to handle, just spit some out. But keep going for 20 minutes (if you’re gunna do it- do it right!)

Spit. Spit it out into a plastic bag, toilet, or into the trash. Just avoid the sink because the oil might solidify and mess up your drains.

sexy benefits of oil pulling

So. I’m not a firm believer in ALL of these reported benefits & there’s not much research done on OPing- except that it’s been around since like FOREVER. But I know for a fact my teeth have gotten whiter after a week, and if better oral health is all I get out of it–> then it’s already a total win! (yellow teeth & bad breath is such a major turn off)

Here are the other reported benefits:

> Whitens teeth

> Helps get rid of bad breath (esp any coffee drinkers or smokers out there)

> Has been claimed to help with sleep issues

> Prevents cavities

> Strengthens gums & teeth

> Helps with headaches/ migraines/ hangovers {–> going to try this one out one day}

> Helps clear sinuses

> Helps with skin problems like acne & eczema

> Helps increase energy

> Overall detoxification

>Helps with periodontal disease

For more info, check out this interview with a dentist who claims to see results of whiter teeth & less plaque in oil pulling patients {Yahoo News}. If you’ve OP’ed before or are trying it out for the first time, I’m dying to know if you’ve experienced any of these benefits? Love it/Like it/hate it? Tell me below!

PS: make sure you get the RIGHT kind of coconut oil. I messed up the first time and bought the wrong type (there’s so many options at the store!). This one tastes great: HERE.

And for those of you who are sesame oil lovers, make sure it’s organic, cold pressed & unrefined. My bestie uses this one: HERE.


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  • John January 5, 2016 - 5:27 am Reply

    Has anyone tried minty coco yet? looks really good and would love to know if anyone has had any experience with it?

  • Lisa June 4, 2014 - 5:49 am Reply

    Can it help loose weight!

    • CynEats June 4, 2014 - 5:52 pm Reply

      haha…I wish! ;)

  • Staci May 28, 2014 - 12:04 am Reply

    Does it have to be the organic kind?

    • CynEats May 28, 2014 - 12:52 am Reply

      Yes, you want it as pure as possible! Make sure you get one that is organic, cold pressed, and unrefined!

  • Elenna May 13, 2014 - 1:23 am Reply

    Have you ever heard of oil pulling interfering with old fillings? Specifically amalgam fillings? I’ve been oil pulling for a few weeks now and have been experiencing some of these great benefits but lately have gotten terrible headaches. Someone had mentioned something today about oil pulling can cause some sort of interaction.

    • CynEats May 14, 2014 - 12:34 am Reply

      I would consult your doctor on that one. From what I’ve found, you should oil pull first thing in the mornings because it can cause headaches if you’ve already eaten later in the day (has to do with toxins + bacteria). If your headaches are related to oil pulling, try doing it right when you wake up and see if it helps : )

  • Rebbeca May 12, 2014 - 6:02 pm Reply

    Seriously?? why haven’t I heard of this before! After I read your article, I started research of my own and people are saying they’ve all experienced some pretty cool benefits.

  • EM May 10, 2014 - 5:59 pm Reply

    Okay, everybody needs to get on this! I’ve been oil pulling everyday for 20 minutes for the past month and my teeth have gotten so much WHITER! I just saw my dentist last week and they’ve even noticed a visible difference in my teeth. I also got complimented on my oral hygiene. Keep it up!

  • Fabulous J May 10, 2014 - 2:14 am Reply

    This guy wrote and article about this and had pictures of his teeth before and now that he’s been oil pulling. Some of his cavities that he had have gone away. He does a daily regimen and he said he was very surprised and shocked that this method did more than expected

    • Maggie May 10, 2014 - 5:36 pm Reply

      I think I saw the article a while back too. It was crazy!

  • Erica May 9, 2014 - 1:35 pm Reply

    I’ve been oil pulling every day for 2 months now. I have very dry skin and acne problems, which have visibly cleared up so much than before (im totally attributing this to oil pulling).

    • CynEats May 9, 2014 - 6:21 pm Reply

      Wow! My skin also gets super dry in the winter, so that’s awesome!

  • Jess May 9, 2014 - 12:00 pm Reply

    My friend just told me about this the other day! She’s been doing it for a while and was raving about all the benefits. At first it sounded so crazy but I can’t wait to try it.

    • CynEats May 9, 2014 - 6:23 pm Reply

      I thought it sounded crazy too! Hope you like it!

  • Laurie May 9, 2014 - 2:56 am Reply

    I love the idea of spitting out toxins! I’ll have to give this a try tomorrow!

    • CynEats May 9, 2014 - 6:20 pm Reply

      Get it girl!

  • Janey May 8, 2014 - 5:51 pm Reply

    Very intriguing! Do you brush your teeth before or after you do it?

    • CynEats May 9, 2014 - 6:19 pm Reply

      Definitely after! You want to brush out all the remaining bacteria that might get stuck between your teeth : )

  • Leila K. May 8, 2014 - 4:24 pm Reply

    I also have very sensitive gums after using those white strips. I can’t even drink water for the next two days. How long did you oil pull till you saw your teeth getting whiter?

    • CynEats May 9, 2014 - 6:18 pm Reply

      Yeah I feel the same way after using those things. I started noticing a difference after 1 week of OPing.

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