What the heck is Oil Pulling? Why I love it & how to do it. - Katie Dalebout

What the heck is Oil Pulling? Why I love it & how to do it.

Recently people have been non-stop asking me questions about my teeth. Everything from ‘What toothpaste do you use?’ to ‘How often do you whiten?’ At first I didn’t think much of it – and then I realized one of my health routines (much like this one) was causing my teeth to whiten as an added bonus side-effect I wasn’t even aware of! In January, at the start of the new year, I started Oil Pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic technique used to cleanse. I heard of the amazing benefits it provided to detoxing your organs including your skin, so I thought I’d give it a go. Then I saw this video from one of my favorite YouTube subscriptions, the ladies of Health Talks.

And I learned that in addition to the antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and enzymatic properties of swishing with oil, my new routine is extremely healthy for my gums & teeth. I used to struggle with really sensitive gums, even bleeding when I’d floss, and now even my dentist says they’re some of the healthiest he’s ever seen.

So I know what you’re thinking…’I want to do this, but I have so many questions!’

Never fear, The Wellness Wonderland is here. I’m going to answer my top 3 questions on oil pulling!

Why do you oil pull?

You might as well have asked why don’t you oil pull because there are so many amazing benefits.

Benefits include:

• Relief from congestion in the sinuses and throat
• Strengthens gums
• Whitens teeth
• Clears up skin (especially acne)
• Detoxing for the immune system
• Prevents bad breath
• Increased energy
• Clearer mind
• Decreased headaches
• Clearer sinuses
• Alleviated allergies
• Better sleep
• Clearer skin
• Regulated menstrual cycles
• Improved lymphatic system
• Improved PMS symptoms
How do you oil pull?

Oil pulling is best done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

To start, scoop ½ to 1 full tablespoon of oil into the mouth; if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt. And swish it around for 20 minutes before spitting it out. Pull it between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth, but be sure not to swallow it because it will be full of the toxins in your mouth you are ‘pulling’ out.

After you’re done, spit out the oil in the toilet sink or trash and swish with salt water to get the toxins out and then brush your teeth. I have a separate toothbrush that I use just for brushing my teeth after oil pulling, and I clean it each day with 3% hydrogen peroxide.

The first few times will be really weird, but keep it up and eventually it will be your favorite part of your routine. Some people like to swish while they’re in the shower or getting ready, but I like to make a little event of it – I get up, meditate, grab my oil and then crawl back into bed and read for twenty minutes while I swish.

Why coconut oil? Do I have to use coconut oil?

No, if you don’t like coconut oil that’s okay! This is the oil I use but extra virgin sesame oil is actually the traditional oil, I just love the taste of coconut oil. Also, using coconut oil kills any unwanted bacteria that may be residing in the mouth, while leaving behind healthy probiotic strains. Win-win! As long as your oil is organic and cold-pressed you’re probably good to go, but I suggest coconut.

Did this answer all your questions on oil pulling? Do you have any more you’d like me to answer? Would a video on this be helpful? Well you’re in luck, my friend Jess & I are cooking up an oil pulling how to video that you’ll love!

Until then, give it a try and tell me what you think!

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6 thoughts on “What the heck is Oil Pulling? Why I love it & how to do it.

  1. I’m oil pulling for the first time right now! I’d call you and tell you but it’s hard to talk. Also, how cute are these Australian ladies?

    1. will you hang out with them when you’re there? ….they’re even healthier than me, so you & Katy better not replace me

  2. After seeing your Two Peas in a Pod vlog about this I have just started oil pulling! I do find it weird but my mouth definitely feels different after doing so! My gums feel clean! I just picked up some coconut oil (I had been using extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil) and I’m excited to try it in the morning!

  3. I finally gave oil pulling a try today! I must say I feel proud and truly empowered to be able to overcome the initial sensation esp. when the coconut oil is still crunchy and unmelted. I followed it with the usual morning routine, brush, mouthwash, tongue cleaning etc.

    I notice that the gums in the front of my mouth.. behind the moustache area and corners of the lips are very sensitive. They feel abraded. Is this a side-effect of oil pulling? Should I continue? try a different oil, perhaps? Any advise, help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks so much.
    Bee

    1. Hey Bee! I’m glad that’s working for you! I’m not sure about the sensitivity, honestly. I’ve actually been experiencing that too and I will let you know if I find anything out about that.

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