Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil

Coconut and coconut oil. Photo: joannawnuk/iStockphoto

Coconut and coconut oil. Photo: joannawnuk/iStockphoto

I would not have believed it if I had not seen it with my own eyes.

After a week of oil pulling, my teeth are whiter and getting whiter still.

Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.

The reported benefits include:

• Whiter teeth • Cavity and gingivitis prevention • Better breath (halitosis suffers also reported greatly improved morning breath) • Stronger teeth and gums • Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement), sleep problems and sinus issues • Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues (reports have shown improvement in acne, psoriasis and eczema)

The procedure I followed:

First, pick an oil. Most people use coconut oil as it also has strong antibacterial properties, but you can use any other vegetable-based oil. Then, take a tablespoon of oil and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes.

(Note: Be gentle here — no need to be as aggressive as you are with mouthwash, as you will be doing it for 20 minutes and don’t want to get a stiff jaw! The oil will almost double in size as it draws in saliva as well as the toxins. Be sure not to swallow as you will be taking these toxins into your body — the complete opposite of what you are trying to do.)


Wellness Mama  Coconut Oil Pulling   

Dr Mercola

2 responses »

    • digestive system
      hey stephen,
      given that the coconut oil is pure, without contaminants ie poisons, the expelled contents are the oil + PLUS the bacteria, both beneficial and harmful from the mouth and digestive system (the oil “pulls” the bacteria etc UP from the digestive system).
      i suppose, if you usually put salad or cooking oil down the pipes, then the expellation would be fine also.
      when putting in the compost, put it in the compost which is stll warm or hot, in other words, still decomposing, then any bacteria will be gobbled up by the micro-organisms and rendered harmless (or even useful – only a guess). cheers from marion


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