• Home
  • |
  • Blog
  • |
  • The Oil Pulling Method: Is It Just Another Fad?

February 15, 2017

The Oil Pulling Method: Is It Just Another Fad?

If you follow current health trends, you have likely heard of the oil pulling method. Perhaps you have even tried it for yourself! Although it has recently become a popular trend, the oil pulling method is actually a tried and true ancient oral health therapy. The method originated in India approximately 3,000 years ago. Keep in mind that this article is not meant to diagnose or to treat any health problems. For serious cases of any ailment, seek the advice of your medical physician or health care provider.

People who are conscious about health issues and health products use the oil pulling method to maintain good oral hygiene. In fact, most people who use this natural health alternative began to do so primarily for its oral benefits; furthermore, they continued the method for the additional health benefits that they began to notice. Once you become aware of the healing properties of the oil pulling method, you will want to try it also! Read on for more information about oil pulling and about why it is more than just a fad!

coconut oil

Six Ps of Oil Pulling

1. Purpose of Oil Pulling

The purpose of oil pulling, which is also known as Kavala Graha or Gandusha, is to naturally fight gingivitis, tooth decay, and other oral health maladies by removing dangerous toxins and bacteria from the body. It has even been proven to cure ailments such as asthma, diabetes, and migraines. Although the primary purpose of oil pulling is to improve oral health, it is not meant to replace daily brushing and flossing. Also, it is important that you maintain regular visits with your dental hygienist even after you begin to use the oil pulling method.

2. Process of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an easy first step to begin an all-natural oral health journey, and it is an excellent addition to a current all-natural oral health regimen! Simply swish one tablespoon of oil in your mouth for up to twenty minutes and spit it into a trash can. If you spit into a drain, the oil can solidify and clog your drain, so resist the urge to do so! DO NOT swallow the oil once you have swished it in your mouth. It contains bacteria and toxins that you want to eliminate from your body! Brush and floss after you oil pull.

3. Perfect Oils for Oil Pulling

Almost any oil will work for this method; however, the most commonly used oils include coconut, sesame, sunflower, and olive oils. Sesame, sunflower, and olive oils do have many beneficial and nutritional qualities, but coconut oil seems to be the best option due to its high lauric acid content. The lauric acid contains antibacterial and antiviral properties, which prevent the growth of microorganisms that can cause gum disease. Many people also choose to add a bit of vitamin E oil to their primary oil because its antioxidant properties have been shown to help rejuvenate gum tissue.

4. Plan for Oil Pulling

Although most sources recommend that you oil pull for at least ten to fifteen minutes at a time each day, feel free to start with just five minutes. You will receive greater benefits the longer you swish the oil, but five minutes is enough to offer enough benefit and to remove some bacteria. Many people find that oil pulling while they shower is the perfect opportunity to squeeze it into their daily routine. If your jaw begins to hurt, you’re probably swishing too hard. Gently swish the oil around as you suck it through your teeth.

5.  Perks of Oil Pulling

In addition to the oral benefits that oil pulling offers, other benefits include clearer skin, whiter teeth, and higher energy levels. Some folks claim that it has helped them to have relief from chronic headaches. The reason that pulling oil seems to offer such a wide range of health benefits is that, when you draw the toxins and bacteria out of your body and remove them, you allow your body to function at its optimum on every level! Perhaps the greatest perk of oil pulling is that you can improve your overall health while you focus on just your oral health!

6. Problems with Oil Pulling

Some people experience minor problems when they begin this method. These problems usually relate to jaw fatigue as the oil volume increases. For many people, problems that occur with oil pulling can be relieved with a minor tweak to their methods. For instance, decrease the amount of time you spend swishing the oil if you experience jaw fatigue. If the amount of oil that builds in your mouth during the process bothers you, simply start with one teaspoon of oil rather than one tablespoon. Another issue many people encounter is related to time and dedication. Do what works for you!


To summarize all of this information, the oil pulling method is more than just another fad! Studies show that it is an easy and effective method for improving and maintaining quality overall health. The benefits that you can receive from using the pulling oil method definitely outweigh any supposed risks or inconveniences. Who wouldn’t want to rid himself of harmful toxins and bacteria? Have you ever tried the oil pulling method? If you haven’t, what do you have to lose? If you have, what is your favorite oil to use? Would you add anything to our list? Let us know what benefits you have noticed! Try oil pulling today, and be sure to leave us a comment about your experience!

Image from pixabay.com.

Related Posts

The Best Anti Aging Hand Cream To Invest In

The Best Anti Aging Hand Cream To Invest In

Does Verisol Reduce Wrinkles?

Does Verisol Reduce Wrinkles?

How You Can Make the Most of an Apple Cider Vinegar Bath

How You Can Make the Most of an Apple Cider Vinegar Bath

How to Make Your Own Natural Deodorant and Why You Should

How to Make Your Own Natural Deodorant and Why You Should

Dr. Joe Jacko

Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio at Grandview Primary Care. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}