A Complete Guide To: Oil Pulling

Recently I learned about the art of oil pulling through my friend who is a naturopath. I became interested in the concept of oil pulling, so I compiled a small pocket guide which you might want to take a look at first. https://nutritionbeast.com/pocket-guide-oil-pulling/ This guide takes a more comprehensive look at the art of oil pulling, and it will provide you with the knowledge you need to make oil pulling work for you.

The history behind oil pulling:

The art of oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method that is centuries old. Due to oil pulling’s amazing detoxifying and rejuvenating results, the tradition continues to hold strong today.

Is oil pulling a scam?

Consider this, it is worth a try. For approximately $15.00 you can purchase a bottle of high quality, unrefined oil and try it out for yourself. If oil pulling does not work meet your expectations; I assure you, the oil you purchase won’t go to waste. Keep the oil in your kitchen pantry for baking or cooking.

What are the benefits of oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an inexpensive way to correct some imbalances in the body. Oil pulling can detoxify, rejuvenate and is known to be used for the removal of some forms of bacteria, parasites and toxins from the lymphatic system. It can provide you with a deeper night sleep and a more rested look.

Another benefit of oil pulling is softer skin. Overtime, oil pulling can strengthen and whiten teeth. It may also kick your metabolism into high gear for weight loss and strengthen your immune system.

I have been pulling for several weeks now and over the course of that time; I have seen results. Immediately, I noticed I could breathe better and my sinuses and ears were clear. The first time I did it, my mouth was squeaky clean too.

Within several days, my face and skin had a noticeably healthier glow to them. After several weeks of consistently pulling, I have been able to reduce some of the swelling in my lymph nodes.

What are the side effects of oil pulling?

It is always best to take a cautious approach when trying a new homeopathic remedy. Please consult with your doctor before you get started.

The most commonly reported side effects from oil pulling are serious allergic reactions to the oil itself. Adverse reactions can include dizziness, itching, nausea, or vomiting.

Just remember unlike cooking, you are using a larger quantity of oil to perform the ancient art of oil pulling which could exasperate an already pre-existing allergy. It can also cause potential harm if swallowed, after all; it is bacteria that you’ve pulled.

What can oil pulling do for you?

*Oil pulling can alleviate or eliminate the following:

  • Headaches
  • Stiff joints
  • Allergies
  • High blood sugar
  • High blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Dark circles
  • Congestion and mucus in your throat and sinuses
  • Gum and mouth disease
  • Heavy metals and other toxins from the body

*Results will vary from individual to individual.

What is the best oil for pulling?

Oil pullers traditionally used virgin sesame oil. I prefer using a high-grade organic sesame oil. But you can try other high quality, unrefined oil such coconut oil or sunflower oil.

Your decision may be based on the availability or the palatability of the oil. Depending on how often you pull, one bottle should last you for two to three months.

What is the best time to do it?

The best time to do oil pulling for detoxing is in the morning on an empty stomach. But it can be done at any time of the day. If you choose to do it first thing in the morning, you may want to allow yourself a little extra time in your schedule, but it is well worth it.

If you’re just starting pulling, try it for five minutes. Once you can handle five minutes, increase to ten minutes. For best results, aim for twenty minutes.

How is it done?

Once you select the unrefined oil that you will be using, you will need one tablespoon of oil. Next, place the one tablespoon of oil in your mouth, swish, swirl and pull it between your teeth. You can pretend you are using mouthwash, but avoid gargling or swallowing it. Once you have pulled the oil becomes toxic.

Start pulling for five minutes and as tolerated increase to twenty minutes. Twenty minutes should be your ultimate goal; then you can spit it out. You will want to be sure to spit it out in the toilet or garbage can due to its toxicity.

If you spit the oil out and it is still a yellow, oily substance, you did not pull for long enough. Next time pull longer; for best results, the oil should be a milky substance.

Finally, you will want to rinse your mouth out with warm water and gently brush your teeth with tooth paste. You can use warm water with sea salt. Afterwards drink plenty of water.

Here are some tricks that I came up with that might help you too. Instead of using a tablespoon from the kitchen, I have been pouring the oil into the cap from the bottle. This makes it easier and there is nothing to clean up.

Next, I apply it to my legs and lymph nodes and hop in the shower. The steam helps the oil absorb into your skin.


You can do this at least once a day. For a more chronic condition such as inflammation, you may want to consider doing this several times a day.

Stick with it! You may feel improvements after just one session of pulling like I did, or it may take some time. Do not get discouraged and give up; give it some time to work. Consider pulling for two to three weeks.

I hope you enjoy this ancient tradition as much as I do. We’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment in the section below and share your pulling experience with us.


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