oil pulling

Oil pulling : an incredible therapy for your health

I’ve tried numerous therapies and alternative procedures over the years. Oil pulling is one of the best therapies I’ve tested, with incredible effects on health and wellbeing. I could even say I’ve developed a light addiction for this procedure.

What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling or „oil chewing” is an ancient Ayurvedic technique mentioned for the first time in Charaka Samhita, an Ayurvedic medicine text, believed to be written over 1500 years ago.

This therapy is used as a natural remedy for teeth health, strengthening, whitening and thoroughly cleaning them, gum health, preventing dental infections, bad breath, oral candida and other problems related to hygiene and oral health.

The Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita mentions that this therapy is destined not only for oral problems, but other health issues too, from headaches to systemic ailments: diabetes, asthma, cancer and others.

Valeriu Popa, the great Romanian naturopath, always recommended oil pulling in his healing protocols. With its help, we can eliminate many germs and toxins in the mouth, especially since the therapy targets the two veins under the tongue, where the most toxic blood in the organism accumulates.

Where do these toxins come from?

To start with, from our lifestyle, but also from the residues left behind by normal body activity. Especially during sleep, lots of toxins gather in the mouth. Therefore, oil pulling helps a lot with detoxifying the body and maintaining health.

Modern science research confirmed the benefits of oil pulling for oral and body health:

  • Oil pulling is as efficient as chlorhexidine (a chemical compound found in mouthwashes in stores) against halitosis (bad breath), without the negative side effects of chlorhexidine;
  • From oil pulling benefits those with gingivitis, resulting in whitened teeth and pink, healthy gums;
  • Oil pulling has antibacterial effects because of the emulsifying and saponification;

How to do an oil-pull?

In the morning, immediately after waking up, take o mouthful of oil and slowly swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes at the least. Don’t swallow even a drop of this oil, as it stores a large part of the toxins produced by the body during the night. Meanwhile you can carry out other activities (taking a shower, preparing breakfast, etc).

After 20 minutes, spit the oil and scrape the tongue with the help of a tongue scrapper, as follows: scrape/spit; scrape/spit.

I bought several copper tongue scrappers from India :curatitor limba

After we finish scrapping the tongue, we rinse the mouth with salty water and brush our teeth with natural toothpaste.

What kind of oil is used for oil pulling?

You can use sunflower oil, olive oil, coconut oil or sesame oil, as long as it is cold pressed.

I’ll tell you about coconut and sesame oil, which are traditionally used :

Coconut oil

  • has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties;
  • has significant properties to reduce the number of Streptococcus Mutans, a germ which develops especially in the mouth and thought to be responsible for tooth decay and gingival ailments;
  • contributes to teeth whitening;
  • through oil pulling the benefic compounds in coconut oil (I’ve written more about this oil here) go into the blood stream and further into the body;

Sesame oil

  • has antibacterial and antiseptic effect;
  • has antinflammatory properties;
  • just like coconut oil, sesame oil fights against Streptococcus Mutans;

It’s clear that oil pulling therapy has a powerful positive effects on oral health. It also has a benefic effect on other health conditions and the entire organism.  Ayurveda says that this therapy can contribute to healing at least 30 health issues.

We know that the body’s health depends very much on the mouth and teeth health. If your mouth has an infection, inflammation develops in the whole body. The immunity system is pushed to its limits. This leads to developing other, graver health issues.

The good news is that oil pulling is a therapy very easy to apply and integrate in day-to-day life and so it would be a shame to miss on its benefic effects. People are saying their health and wellbeing were significantly improved by this therapy. I am among them! However, as usual, the best experience is the personal experience.

I encourage you to try this therapy and share with me how you felt, by leaving a comment below.


I’m Delia, holistic nutritionist, wellness advocate, beautiful soul and cancer survivor.

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