Health & Wellness

Oil Pulling 101

Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that works to remove bacteria from the mouth and promote healthy teeth and gums. It’s basically an oral detoxification procedure that’s done by swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically coconut oil) in your mouth for 10–20 minutes.

Oil pulling has been apart of my daily routine for about three years now and the results are astonishing. I’m not exaggerating when I say, I hadn’t been to the dentist in over a year and he made the comment that he couldn’t believe my teeth looked as if I had just had them cleaned yesterday. I have zero cavities, fillings or any other teethy issues. I’m telling you, this stuff works.

It works by sucking the dirt and toxins out of your mouth and creates a clean environment that allows for the proper flow of dental liquid that’s required to prevent cavities and disease.

Some of the reported results of oil pulling include:

  • Whiten teeth
  • Kill bad breath
  • Prevent cavities
  • Heal bleeding gums
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Threat tooth decay
  • Improve acne, psoriasis, & eczema
  • Less jaw pain

How It’s Done

Start by picking an oil to use. Coconut oil is most commonly used because of its strong antibacterial properties, but you can use any vegetable-based oil. Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Next, take a tablespoon of oil and swish it around your mouth for 10-20 minutes. I have a hard time swishing it around without gagging from the texture, so I will just let it sit in my mouth. I like to do this when I am doing my makeup every morning.

After 10-20 minutes of swishing, spit out the oil into a garbage can. You want to avoid putting oil in your drains as it can clog them and cause all kinds of plumbing tragedies (I know from experience). You can finish off by brushing your freshly detoxed chompers!

Repeat 3-5 times a week for best results and don’t forget to let me know how much you love it!

6 thoughts on “Oil Pulling 101

    1. It was definitely hard for me to form the habit. I started keeping the jar on my vanity so I’d remember to do it every morning!

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