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How to do “Oil Pulling”


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Description: A Practical Guide to Oil Pulling for Oral Health, by Karen Robinson DynNC, includes a wealth of information about many related methods for natural care of teeth and gums, detoxification, etc. Oil pulling has risen from an obscure, ancient Ayurvedic technique to a powerful and effective modern method for restoring and maintaining oral health. It’s inexpensive and easy, using simple items that are available everywhere. 27 pages.

I just want to thank you for such a great little booklet on Oil Pulling. It’s just the perfect size for those who are not readers or into the Holistic reading (like my hubby). It was very well written and organized. It is fantastic starting point for those who are uninitiated. For those who have been introduced to Oil Pulling, it is a great reference guide and answers the many questions (and more) that arise from this venture…Great Work, Really Appreciated and Thank You.
-Elizabeth from Montreal


Here are some simple instructions to get you started. The ebook above contains more detailed information and answers to a multitude of questions about OP.


  • Unrefined, cold-pressed sesame or sunflower oil (sunflower has less taste, but some people like the taste of sesame), or virgin coconut oil
  • Unscented pure vegetable oil soap (without added glycerin). There are a few options:
  1. A pure vegetable oil bar soap. You can use any you like, but it can be difficult to find pure soaps without toxic ingredients. Diane from Peace Soap makes wonderful homemade soaps for all purposes, but her spearmint-citrus flavor in particular is made with food grade essential oil and is perfect for brushing teeth with.
  2. Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap (peppermint is good), although that tends to drip off the toothbrush. More options are described in the book.
  • Recommended but optional: Unrefined salt like Real Salt, Celtic Salt or Himalayan Crystal salt

First thing in the morning on an empty stomach is best to do OP, but if another time works better for you, that’s fine.  Take about 1 tablespoon of oil in the mouth, and swish it through the teeth gently, not vigorously, in a comfortable way, for 10-15 minutes. Don’t simply swish side to side, but back and forth in the way you might do with mouthwash.

If you have the urge to swallow, exhale slowly (through the nose!) and continue breathing slowly until the urge passes. If you really need to swallow, go ahead and swallow just from the back of the throat, keeping the oil in the front of your mouth.

If it becomes too unpleasant, spit out and try again another day. It can be a bit unpleasant at first when you’re not used to it, but soon won’t be bothersome at all, just like brushing your teeth.

When the oil has become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out, it will become somewhat whitish and a thinner, milky consistency, depending on the type of oil used.  Each time you oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point, so 15 minutes is a general rule of thumb, but you can experiment with this.

Spit the oil out, then rinse the mouth with warm salt water. Salt water rinsing isn’t absolutely necessary, but is very helpful.

Then brush teeth very thoroughly with soap. If using bar soap, swipe the brush across the bar and then rinse the bar to keep it clean. Brushing with soap doesn’t taste bad at all - toothpaste foams up in the mouth even more than a little soap does, so we’re really used to the foaming feeling. (Do NOT use toothpaste!)

If you want a stronger flavor for brushing, you can add a drop of food grade essential oils to the brush, such as “Tooth and Gum Elixir” from Uncle Harry’s.

You can do the oil pulling every morning if you like. Because it can be detoxifying, you might want to take a break sometimes. There’s no rule about frequency - judge according to your body’s own signals.

I highly recommend that people who want to maximize their health-promoting regimen and minimize the adverse effects, receive individualized guidance. The one-size-fits-all world of natural health marketing promotes a lot of confusion, which I can help sort out. See my nutrition and natural health counseling website at
Dynamic Regimen and Nutrition Counseling

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