How To Oil Pull
The most effective oil pulling is done by placing around a tablespoon of cold pressed organic sesame oil into the mouth and swishing the oil around the mouth for approximately 10-15 minutes and then spitting it out.
Other oils such as extra virgin cold pressed coconut, sunflower and olive oil have been used, although sesame oil is considered one of the best oils for this practice. It is recommended to alter oils every couple of days to get the full benefit.
Putting high quality organic oils into the mouth has a multi-effect outcome.
First, the oils mix with the saliva, turning it into a thin, white liquid. Lipids in the oils begin to
pull out toxins from the saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue,
the oil continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white. Once
the oil has reached this consistency, it is spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed.
What Does Oil Pulling Do?
Multiple scientific studies show the efficacy of oil pulling therapy. One study shows that oil
pulling with sesame oil can boost overall oral health. Specifically, using sesame oil as an oral
health agent helps to reduce the amount of S. mutans (germ) count in both teeth plaque and
mouth saliva. Scientists believe that the lipids in the oil both pull out bacteria, as well as stop
bacterial from sticking to the walls of the oral cavity.
Oil pulling may also increase saponification in the mouth, creating a soapy environment that
cleanses the mouth as vegetable fat is an emulsifier by nature. Most interesting is perhaps the
ability of oil to cleanse out harmful bacteria, as well as reduce fungal overgrowth. These oils
also possibly help in cellular restructuring, and are related to the proper functioning of the
lymph nodes and other internal organs.
Additional benefits of oil pulling for oral health:
Overall strengthening of the teeth and gums and jaws
Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis
Prevention for bad breath
Potential holistic remedy for bleeding gums
Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat
Possible holistic treatment for TMJ and general soreness in the jaw area
Benefits Beyond the Mouth?
Ancient Ayurvedic health practitioners believed that oil pulling could reduce more than just
diseases of the mouth and throat. Today, many holistic practitioners tout its use for a variety of
It is believed that these oils help the lymphatic system of the body as harmful bacteria are
removed and beneficial microflora are given with a healthy environment to flourish. Because of
this holistic perspective, oil pulling has been used as a preventative health measure for many
Other possible benefits of oil pulling for overall health include:
Migraine headache relief
Correcting hormone imbalances
Reducing inflammation of arthritis
May help with gastro-enteritis
Aids in the reduction of eczema
May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
Helps support normal kidney function
May help reduce sinus congestion
Some people report improved vision
Helps reduce insomnia
Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption
Aids in reducing pain
Reduces the symptoms of allergies
Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms
Scientific Studies on Sesame Oil & Oil Pulling
Sesame oil is particularly high in the antioxidantssesamol, sesamin, and sesamolin. It also holds
a high concentration of Vitamin E and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These antioxidants have been
found to stop the absorption of negative forms of cholesterol in the liver. Multiple studies have
shown the antibacterial capacities of sesame oil. These studies support the use of oil pulling in
the prevention of dental cavities and gingivitis.
A 2007 study looking into the effect of oil pulling (with sunflower oil) on plaque and gingivitis on
oral soft and hard tissues. Results found that after 45 days of oil pulling, subjects showed a
statistically significant reduction in gingivitis.
Another study, conducted in 2008 found a “remarkable reduction in the total count of bacteria” in
the mouth, and an overall marked reduction in susceptibility dental cavities. The antibacterial
activity of sesame oil was also studied and found to have an effect on the Streptococcus mutans
in the mouth.
In fact, these studies showed an overall reduction of bacteria from 10 to 33.4% in participants,
and after 40 days of oil-pulling, participants were found to show 20% in average reduction in
oral bacteria. Moreover, half of all participants in this case study showed a drastic reduction in
susceptibility to dental caries.
Easiest Way to Whiten your Teeth
Here is one more fantastic tip. Peel off to get whiter teeth with the banana peel. Minerals found
on the banana's inside show an incredible effect on teeth. The magnesium, potassium and
manganese soak up into teeth and then whiten them. This methodology is extremely simple to
be followed. Simply rub the banana's inside, gently for two minutes, around your teeth. Soon,
you will be able to find that the bananas would become yellow and your teeth white.