Monday, April 7, 2014

Oil Pulling

Pinterest has a ton of pins on how to live life with less chemicals and replace them with natural remedies. One of these remedies is oil pulling. Oil pulling is the act of swishing coconut or sesame oil in your mouth for oral health.

Oil pullers have reported:
  • Whiter teeth 
  • Strengthening of teeth and gums 
  • Cavity prevention 
  • Gingivitis prevention 
  • Bad breath prevention  

I oil pulled for the first time last night and it wasn't as easy as I thought. I used two teaspoons of Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. 

The smell reminded me of my college days drinking Malibu Coconut Rum. Classy. I soon got over the smell but the texture was far worse. This brand of coconut oil is especially thick. I did not like that. However, after a few swishes the oil thinned out and was much more pleasant.

Most articles recommend swishing for 10-15 minutes. At first I thought that was impossible but watching Modern Family while pulling helped pass the time. Love that show!  

I read people have given up brushing completely and only oil pull. I don't think I will ever get to that point. Especially, since I wanted to brush the all of the oil off my teeth after pulling. I could see a mixture of brushing and oil pulling in my future if I can get over my texture issues.

I love the minty taste of toothpaste so I am going to also try adding a drop of peppermint oil to the coconut.

Ill keep you posted with my results.

In the meantime, read about oil pulling here:
Food Matters

Wellness Mama

Keep pinning,


  1. I have read about it too, but haven't had theguts to try it. Good Luck!

    1. Thanks Patti! It took awhile for me to get the guts to try it. Check back for an update!

  2. Ok it official, coconut oil is the miracle oil. I already use it everyday as eye make-up remover and body lotion, but I've never heard of swishing to with it. I dunno if I'm brave enough to try this though. It's one thing to put it on your body, its quite another to put it in your mouth. Does the texture feel weird?

    ♥ Gita @

    1. I will have to try it as lotion and eye make up remover. How do you apply it and wipe it off? For oil pulling the texture is weird at first but thins out as you swish. Im starting to get more and more used to it as time goes on.