How to do oil pulling with Coconut Oil

You may have never heard of oil pulling with coconut oil but you will be glad you have heard about it now. Oil Pulling is ancient process used to clean the mouth and promote entire body well being. When done correctly oil pulling literally “pulls” the toxins out of your body.

This detox is easy and safe to use daily, which allows you to keep unwanted toxins out of your body on a regular basis. Anyone can do it and everyone can benefit from it so, give it a try, you will be glad you did.

Why Coconut oil is so Awesome

Oil Pulling can be done using just about any type of oil but coconut is by far my favorite. Why you might ask? Well, coconut oil has so many wonderful benefits that I just can’t find a reason to not use it.

Coconut oil is the king of all the oils. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. All of this makes it a powerhouse when using it improve your health in any way.

There are over 20 billion different bacteria in your mouth. Therefore using an anti-bacterial oil seems pretty logical.

For those that have tooth or gum issues the anti-inflammatory properties in coconut oil will also be a welcomed added benefit as it helps not only heal the mouth but reduces inflammation that can cause pain.

What can oil pulling do for me?

So what exactly does oil pulling do for you?

Like I said oil pulling literally pull out the toxins from your body.

It stimulated the lymphatic system which helps filter out toxins. As you swish the oil around it acts as a kind of magnet for toxins that are released through the gums into the oil.

We all know that toxins are bad and we want them out of our body. Toxins can wreak havoc on our bodies and cause all kinds of damage.

So getting out all the toxins we can will definitely increase our overall health.

Oil pulling is a safe and easy way to detox your body.

Getting to the nitty gritty

So, how do you actually do oil pulling?

Simple, you just swish oil around your mouth for 10-20 mins and then spit out the oil along with all the toxins that it has pull out of your body.

It is that simple.

You want to use one tablespoon of oil but, working up to that amount is advised. When you first start the oil will double in size as you swish and that is normal as it increases with the toxins it pulls out.

I would advise starting with 1 teaspoon and see how that works for you.

Coconut oil is special in that it is solid above 74 degrees and liquid below 74 degrees.

It doesn’t matter if you use solid or liquid oil but when starting liquid will be much easier to get used to.

If your oil is soil simply put the teaspoon full in a small cup and run hot water on the outside of the cup. It will quickly melt and you can then use the liquid oil.

Once you put the oil in your mouth, set a timer and start swishing. You are going for a slow swish not a forceful swishing.

The goal the first few times should be 10 minutes. Some people are able to go the full 10 minutes to start with but not everyone.

If you can’t go the full 10 minutes that is ok. Just go as long as you can and continue to aim for 10 minutes. You will get it.

Because the oil will be full of toxins you definitely don’t want to swallow it,  you want to spit it out.

Since, coconut oil is special and solid below 74 degree, you don’t want to spit it out in the sink as it can clog the pipes.

You can spit your oil out in the trash can or the toilet. Whichever you prefer.

After spitting it out you can continue on with your brushing routine, or even better follow up with a charcoal brush like I do. It is wonderful.

As this gets easier, increase the oil until you are using 1 tablespoon. Also increase the time to work up to 20 minutes.

Why does it take so long?

The first time I tried this it felt like an eternity to go for 10 minutes and I didn’t even make it 5.

I was staring at the timer with a mouth full of a weird oily substance, trying to not swallow or let it drip out of my mouth.

It was quite the site. I have been oil pulling daily for years now and many times I forget about the time and before i know it 30 minutes has past.

So, trust me you will get used to it but it may take some time.

The longer you keep the oil in your mouth the more you stimulate your lymphatic system and the more toxins your body will release.

So the time is important.

What can you do to help it not feel like an eternity?

Set a time and don’t just stand there staring at it for starters.

Now, I put the oil in my mouth and set the timer when I first wake up. Then, I start getting ready to take a shower.

After gathering clothes, brushing my hair and actually taking a shower my time it up. I can spit it out and brush my teeth, with charcoal of course.

If you do other things while you are swishing then the time will go by much faster.

So set the timer and do other things, you will be pleasantly surprised when the timer goes off and you are done.  

Keeping it clean


I am the kind of person that just does things daily. If I don’t do it every day, I will forget to do it all together.

So personally I do oil pulling every morning.

I have done it for so long that I don’t even think about it anymore, it is just what I do.

Recently I ran out of coconut oil. I use coconut oil of absolutely everything, and I mean everything. You can take a look at all the wonderful uses for coconut oil in my post.

I figured I could just skip a day and it would be no big deal.

Well, I was a big deal. After brushing, even with charcoal, I felt like my mouth wasn’t totally clean like something was missing.

I didn’t make it to the store that day so when I got up the next morning, you know what I did? I scraped that jar clean.

I only got out about ½ a tablespoon but that was enough for one day.

I will definitely make sure that doesn’t happen again. I just can go another day without my oil.

You don’t have to be addicted like me, but I would encourage you to start out trying it daily.

It is proven to take 21 days to create a habit. So give it a good 21 days and see how you feel about it then.

Then you can see how often works for you.

I would love to hear your stories about your first time oil pulling and beyond. Let me know what you think and how it went for you in the comments below.