“As simple as it is, oil pulling has a very powerful detoxifying effect. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in our mouths. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis and heart disease. Our immune system is constantly fighting these troublemakers. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins and such, these organisms can spread throughout the body causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.”

– Bruce Fife, ND
(Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying & Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing)


Also known “Kavalagraha,” oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for anywhere from 7-20 minutes. It is said to boost detoxification, improve oral health, lower inflammation levels and more!


Whiter, brighter teeth, healthier gums, prevents bad breath, kills bacteria and yeast, increased energy, clearer mind, decreased headaches & hangovers, clearer sinuses, lessened allergies, better sleep, clearer skin, more regulated hormones, improved lymphatic system.  


  • Streptococcus Mutans is one of the main bacteria in the mouth and a key player in plaque buildup and tooth decay. In a study from 2008 including 20 boys, oil pulling (with sesame oil) caused a reduction in the number of Streptococcus Mutans in the plaque in as little as 2 weeks.
  • Another study compared oil pulling and chlorhexidine in adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis. Both oil pulling and chlorhexidine mouthwash were effective against gingivitis.
  • In a third study of 20 adolescents, oil pulling therapy significantly reduced all markers for bad breath and was just as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwash.


I do this as soon as I wake up in the morning on an empty stomach. Then, I brush my teeth directly after the oil pulling is done.

1. You can choose either sesame oil or coconut oil, however I always pull with coconut because it’s more appropriate for my dosha (pitta) and it’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. If you are vata or kapha, sesame oil is best for you.

2. Put anywhere from one teaspoon to one tablespoon in your mouth (depending on what you prefer or can handle)

3. Optional: add 2 drops of oregano essential oil for supreme microbe-fighting power.

4. Pull the oil through your teeth and swish it around, but make sure to never swallow it – you don’t want to ingest the bacteria and toxins being released from your body.

5. Set a timer for 20 minutes and when finished, spit the oil into a plastic bag or directly into the trash. This is important, because if you spit it down the drain it can solidify in the pipes.

How to deal with the taste + add extra power to your oil pulling:

When I first began oil pulling, I HATED the texture and taste of coconut oil in my mouth! It was slimy and just plain uncomfortable. It took 3 mornings until I no longer felt a gag reflex. What I found most important in being able to palate the oil is adding some sweetness and flavor.

1. Xylitol from Birch BarkTriterpenes are available from birch bark in significant amounts. Betulin (a triterpene) is derived from the outer bark, along with lupeol and allobetulin. Betulin and related compounds have been shown to have anti-viral activity against herpes simplex virus. (Carlson et al., U.S. Patent No. 5,750,578). Betulin and related compounds have also been shown to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial activity. Did you know that betulinis an ingredient in Vicks?! That’s why it works so well for everything! Since xylitiol is made from birch bark, which houses these fantastic antimicrobial triterpenes, it too is effective against bacteria, fungi and viruses within the mouth and body.

Xylitol even dissolves the biofilm in your mouth (and gut) that keeps bacterial infections protected from antimicrobial intervention. A biofilm is any group of microorganisms in which cells stick to each other on a surface. In our case, the “surface” is our mouths and intestines, and biofilm growth allows parasites, bacteria, fungi and viruses to exchange DNA in order to keep themselves from being killed! Scary, huh?

Adding 1/2 tsp powdered Birch Xylitol to your morning oil pulling routine will greatly improve the taste, texture, and germ-fighting power!

2. Essential Oils – Essential oils can also greatly improve taste and effectiveness. Peppermint is good for an energy boost both mentally and physically, good for bad breath, headaches and digestive trouble. Oregano is traditionally used to treat toothaches. It’s also good for asthma, parasites, sore throats, and viral infections. Orange is great for low mood, obesity, and purification. Grapefruit is effective for appetite suppressing, hangovers, overeating and weight loss. And finally, Rosemary can be wonderful for candida, circulation, immune system support, liver decongestant, and general aches and soreness.

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  • Olivia, would you recommend fractionated coconut oil or non?

  • Paulina says:

    Hi Olivia! I know you're super busy but I was wondering when you plan on releasing the parasite cleansing eBook? Can't wait! So ready for it. Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Can you do oil pulling if you have braces?

  • Sabrina Bejarano says:

    Hi Olivia! Reading this post, I decided to oil pull for a full week and i have to say my teeth have a cleaner feel to them. But I do have to ask do you know of any natural remedies for tooth pain? which has been excruciating. As I do not want to take any over the counter medicines since I’m not one to take any. If you could reply back that would be greatly appreciated!

  • Fre says:

    Hi Olivia. What is your usual daily dental routine? Thanks so much for this blog, it has opened my eyes!

  • Antima says:

    Can we use water instead of oil?

  • KJ says:

    Thank you. I only just heard of oil pulling a few days before I saw this blog entry. I purchased a facial cleanser that works via oil pulling. I havent received it yet. But Im goin to purchase the oregano oil and add this procedure to my repertoire. Thx for the info.

  • Brendon says:

    Currently oil pulling as I write this! Love your blog and your products! 🙂

  • Tony says:

    Going to try this out right now! I woke up a bit late but I’d consider this the morning for me! Thanks for the educational information you put out on your blog and all over social media Olivia. So inspired by your lifestyle and career path.

  • Megan says:

    So you cant oil pull if you have fillings? 🙁

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