Does swishing oil around your mouth for 20 minutes every morning sound cool or
gross? What if you heard that doing so might clear up your skin, improve your oral
hygiene, and whiten your teeth in addition to a slew of other health benefits?
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that has resurfaced in the modern
health scape.
When swished around in the mouth, the antibacterial properties of oil pull out bacteria and fungus, which may help alleviate inflammation, congestion, and even allergies. I add a drop of essential oil, usually On Guard, for added benefits.

Oil pulling may help with:
• Bad breath
• Bleeding gums
• Cavities
• Gingivitis
• Plaque
• Sensitive teeth
• Moistening the mouth, lips, and throat

Oil pulling is even said to help relieve stomach issues such as:

  • Ulcers
  • Kidney function

Although it may sound a bit intimidating and complex, oil pulling is actually
one of the simplest self-care measures you can take. It can also be inexpensive,
depending on what type of oil you use.


It’s best to practice oil pulling in the morning, but you will benefit from doing it any time of day and for any amount of time. Start small and work your way up! It will quickly become as natural as brushing your teeth.

1| Measure out 1–2 teaspoons of oil and put it in your mouth. Coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil is recommended for best results. Use the highest quality oil possible.

2| Swish and pull the oil around your mouth and between your teeth. Start with five minutes and build your way up to 20 minutes or more. Be careful not to swallow the oil since it contains toxins and bacteria from your mouth.

3| When you’re ready to spit out the liquid, make sure you do so in the garbage. The contaminated oil can clog your pipes.

4| Rinse your mouth out with salt water or water mixed with a little apple cider vinegar to ensure that all the oil is out of your mouth.

5| After you’ve thoroughly rinsed your mouth, brush your teeth well to kill any bacterial remnants.

6| Smile in the mirror and thank yourself for taking time to take care of you! Self-care should be an extremely high priority for you. When you care for yourself deeply, you’re able to show up in the world in a big way.

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