Detox with Oil Pulling

Detox with Oil Pulling

Dear Friends,

Oil Pulling eliminates bacteria.
Oil Pulling draws out bacteria.

Today I’m going to tell you about a detox method I use called oil pulling. The mouth is a major area of bacterial build-up. Oil pulling is a very easy detoxifying practice that I started a few months ago. Basically, you swish about a tablespoon of either organic coconut oil around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes before breakfast and before you go to bed. Then I spit it out into the garbage. I want to make sure I don’t clog up the sink! Coconut oil turns solid if the temperature is below 76F degrees. Then I rinse my mouth with water and brush my teeth with watered down baking soda. Sometimes I only do it once a day, but it’s best to do it 2 – 3 times a day for optimal results, especially when there is a specific health condition you’re trying to improve. I always do it more often if I feel like I might be coming down with a cold or have a runny nose or sinus issues.

The oil draws microbial impurities out of your mouth. It helps keep plaque off of teeth. It makes gums healthier. Cleaning the mouth this way helps get rid of a major portion of the bacteria in your body. There are reports of oil pulling helping to improve a myriad of conditions. According to Integrative Nutrition, oil pulling aids in:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Seasonal allergies relief
  • Headache relief
  • Reducing chest congestion
  • Detoxifying the body of harmful metals
  • Certain skin conditions like eczema
  • Supports healthy kidney function
  • May relieve ulcers and diseases of the stomach

Numerous testimonials I’ve read report that oil pulling helps improve:

  • sinus congestion
  • sensitive teeth
  • bleeding gums
  • asthma
  • allergies
  • chronic fatigue
  • diabetes
  • migraine headaches
  • PMS
  • chronic skin problems
  • arthritis

According to Naturopathic Physician Dr. Bruce Fife, who wrote, Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying & Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing,

“The oil acts like a cleanser. When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris…”

“…oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.”

I’ve read that people use all kinds of vegetable oils for oil pulling. I’m sure they all have some benefit. I prefer to use organic unrefined coconut oil because it is antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. I’m sure other oils are beneficial as well, but after a lot of research, I feel that this oil is superior. If I want to make it a little stronger, I add a few drops of organic clove bud essential oil. Clove oil is also antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. Clove oil has a minty flavor and helps my canker sores heal faster as well. Clove oil is well known for helping heal infections in the mouth and teeth. Adding a few drops of Oregano essential oil to your oil pulling adds an anti-parasitic property to your mix. Then you truly have all your bases covered!

Another advantage to oil pulling I’ve noticed is that it helps my teeth feel better after I’ve had something sour/acidic to eat. Whenever I eat oranges, kiwis, sour apples or pineapples my teeth become very sensitive. It used to take anywhere from a few hours to a few days before I could chew hard foods again without any pain. Oil pulling after eating something sour makes the sensitivity go away almost immediately! My personal protocol after eating something especially acidic is to rinse my mouth out with baking soda and water to help restore alkalinity and then rinse my mouth out with organic coconut oil for a few minutes. This insures that my teeth are back in a happy healthy alkaline environment and practically eliminates any sensitivity.

Be sure to read the article below if you want more information about oil pulling. My impression is that it’s easy and it helps with almost everything! So why not do it?! Please post your comments and questions below. I would also like to hear about your experiences with oil pulling.

Thank you for reading,!

May you be surrounded in Light and Love,


Further Reading:

Oil Pulling for a Brighter Smile and Better Health

by Bruce Fife

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“That sounds ridiculous,” exclaimed Rick in disbelief. “It will never work. How could it? It doesn’t make any sense.” Rick suffered from chronic sinusitis. At night when lying down, his nose would stop up, making it difficult for him to breathe and to sleep. The congestion also caused him to experience frequent headaches.

The therapy I was telling him about was oil pulling. Although oil pulling has its origins in Ayurvedic medicine, which dates back thousands of years, this modern version is relatively new, at least in the United States… (click below for whole article)

Frequently Asked Questions and testimonials on oil pulling from Earthclinic