Natural Beauty Routine: Oil Pulling

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed oil pulling trending within health and wellness publications. Since I’m all about investigating healthy practices that promote a clean lifestyle, I jumped at the chance to try this ancient practice. In this video, I discuss what oil pulling is and the presumed benefits of adding it to my natural beauty routine.

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Natural Beauty Routine: Oil Pulling Quick Notes

Oil pulling is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic practice that involves swooshing oil in your mouth. Its antimicrobial properties are thought to promote mouth hygiene, as well as fight off bacteria, viruses and yeasts. While it’s been around for more than 3,000 years, there’s little medical research supporting this practice. Though some doctors and natural practitioners believe it’s a clean way to boost oral health with little harm.*

My Experience

I started out taking baby steps, using 1/2 tbsp. of coconut oil to swoosh in my mouth for only a few minutes. It took a few days to get used to the chunky oil settling between my teeth. Though, after 30 seconds, it liquified making it easier to swoosh. Once used to the oil pulling technique, it became super easy to add to my morning beauty regimen. Since I’m swooshing for 15-20 minutes, I now wake up and shower first, or do something that doesn’t entail talking for a few minutes. I then brush my teeth afterward and my mouth feels as clean as a fresh dentist polish. I’ve noticed my teeth look a little whiter, too.

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*Though most publications I read didn’t show any harmful side effects, I suggest talking to your medical or natural practitioner before starting any new wellness practice.


  1. Looks relatively easy. I will try it.
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    • Caryn Sullivan

      Let me know what you think. I’m off to the dentist in a few weeks and I’m curious to see if he notices a difference.

  2. I tried it once….it was hard. Maybe I need to work my way up!
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    • Caryn Sullivan

      Definitely. I started with five minutes using 1/2 tbsp, then gradually added more time and oil. Good luck. Try it again!!!

  3. Suzanne R (SuzySweeps)

    I started using Coconut Oil in cooking and on a lot of products, I use it instead of butter. I’ve noticed a big difference in how I feel. I got sick for a short time this past winter, but for the first time in years, it only lasted about a week and not a month – nor did it turn to Pneumonia (like it usually does). So, I think the world of Coconut Oil. I am excited to learn more and do more with it! Thanks for a great blog post! :0)

    • First and foremost, I’m sooooo excited that you feel better and that you have been sick less. I’ve done so much reading about how food really does help our immunity. I can feel it, too. I use coconut oil a ton topically as a moisturizer, hair product and for oil pulling. I use it a little when cooking but my husband actually doesn’t like coconut so I use mostly extra virgin olive oil. Thanks for stopping by.

      • Suzanne R (SuzySweeps)

        Thanks, Caryn! I agree that Coconut Oil is amazing and I look forward to hear more about how it’s helped you topically.

        Take care :-)

  4. I actually did oil pulling for months but quit because I started feeling really sick afterwards. I’m not sure why BUT my teeth were SO much whiter and they feel impossibly clean. I actually started doing it and had to quit 2 or 3 times for the feeling terrible afterwards reason. It’s the weirdest thing but I’m assuming it’s probably because I’m chronically ill.

    • I’m so sorry that you didn’t feel well afterwards. I’ve heard that sometimes when people are sick with multiple symptoms they feel worse before better. But honestly, I’m not medically credentialed to say whether that is the case. Do you see a naturopath? I see my medical doctors, but also meet with a naturopath once a month for a check up and acupuncture. When I was going through radiation I went weekly, though. Hope you are doing well.

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