Coconut Oil Pulling Detox.

Via Jennifer K. Jones
on Sep 15, 2011
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I have a habit of asking healthy, thriving seniors what their secret to longevity is.

I get a mixture of old wives’ tales as well as tried and true practices (drink lots of water daily, don’t drink alcohol, eat five veggies a day, don’t smoke). Occasionally I get an answer that piques my interest and leads me to do research and experimentation.

Oil Pulling was one of those interesting suggestions. I can say, after having done it for quite a while now…it really works. This is an ancient Ayurvedic practice used to detox the body with results like:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Healthy gums
  • Clear sinuses
  • Decrease in allergy symptoms, asthma & PMS symptoms
  • Increase in energy
  • Better sleep
  • Clearer skin
  • Regulated menstrual cycles

There are reports of other benefits due to the cleansing effect it has on the immune system.

The idea behind the practice is that, through the process of swishing, pulling the oil through the teeth and around the mouth, the toxins, bacteria and latent infections are pulled out and into the oil. We harbor an unbelievable amount of toxins in our mouth and because of that, our immune systems are kept quite busy in that region. When we eliminate that energy drain by oil pulling, our immune system can then focus on other things. Makes sense.

My husband and I began oil pulling using the traditional sesame oil. Heed my warning… if you use sesame oil, you probably won’t make this a regular practice. We both gagged our way through 5 minutes and decided the benefits couldn’t possibly outweigh the nastiness.

We then switched to coconut oil, and the experience is much more pleasant.

As a side note, coconut oil is just a wonderful oil to have on hand for a number of different uses: cooking, body moisturizer, hair conditioner. So, if oil pulling ends up not being your thing after investing in a tub of coconut oil, it will not go to waste. Also, coconut oil is solid at room temperature but will quickly liquify when it reaches body temperature.


How to:

Put approximately 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish around your entire mouth, pulling through your teeth and around your tongue for 15-20 minutes.  The frequency is up to you, although people report experiencing the most notable benefits when performed daily.  Some do it up to three times a day while others shoot for once a week.  Best when done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

After the pulling is complete, be sure not to swallow the oil as it is full of bacteria.  Do not spit it out in the sink, but rather into your compost or trash—otherwise you’ll clog the pipes when the oil congeals. You should spit it out into the trash, and be sure to rinse your mouth out well with water and follow with a good brush.

That’s it. It’s cheap and easy enough that it’s certainly worth a try to see if it works for you.

Wishing you peace, joy & heath.

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About Jennifer K. Jones

Jennifer K. Jones is the owner of a multi-media marketing firm, yoga instructor and practitioner, holistic health practitioner, writer and artist. She is the mother of three incredible little boys & an amazing baby girl, all of whom will hopefully grow up to live their passions with gratitude, radiate and spread pure, unconditional love to every being that they encounter, and thrive within the vast openness of their wildest dreams... and Jennifer is striving daily to lead them by example. Contact Jennifer at her website.


65 Responses to “Coconut Oil Pulling Detox.”

  1. Brad says:

    Jaqueline, And the way that it is being done has nothing to do with ayurveda… read below.

  2. Sarah says:

    the word "detox" gets thrown around a lot these days. when people make extraneous claims like that, you know what happens in the united states? the FDA steps in and tries to control us for making false claims and statements that have not been approved by the FDA. the author of this article has no grounded accreditation to make these kind of claims, nor would she be considered as a peer reviewer for a scientist doing a clinical trial on oil pulling. i just recently saw a yoga teacher's recipe for a "detox" soup. it was vegetable soup. she was hardly specific about which vegetables to use, and didn't recommend herbs that actually support detoxification. you could eat it while you're detoxing, but not use it or prescribe it as a detoxificant. if you were a nutritional counselor or a registered dietitian you would learn rather quickly that you really should be careful making claims and statements–not because you're lying–but because when people hold you liable to your claims it can cause the legal system to tighten up on our liberty to use medicinal foods and herbs.

  3. khataroo says:

    Don't spit out the coconut oil in the sink, you'll clog the pipes whrn the oil congeals. You should spit it out into a paper cup and throw it away.

  4. Karli says:

    I tried oil pulling with olive oil. The taste is rather off-putting.

  5. Kendalyn says:

    I've heard you should spit in the toilet or trash, since it will solidify again and may clog drains. 🙂

  6. eloise says:

    Cold-pressed unrefined Sesame oil is quite tasty (and recommended for this procedure). Reminds me of when I was still allowing myself to eat Halva…..yum! Oh, and I spit it into my garden.

  7. Beth says:

    Why would this be any more effective or beneficial that gargling and swishing with hydrogen peroxide?

  8. Kirsten says:

    As the oil is full of toxins, you shouldn't spit it into the sink and thus spoil the water – rather spit the used oil into a paper towel and then throw it into the garbage.

  9. jude says:

    How do you hold that in your mouth with all the saliva you produce for 15-20 minutes without swallowing some? It seems like it would be incredibly difficult not to spit or swallow some in that length of time.

  10. John Phillips says:

    That sounds like a great idea! I stop start my regiment as of today. But one thing I thought of. If coconut oil is solid at room temperature, would it not also be solid at room temperature in your plumbing? I would spit into a paper towel and throw it in the trash instead. Just a thought.

  11. Beulah says:

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate
    you penning this post and also the rest of the site is also very good.

  12. Andy says:

    After reading this… about oil pulling with coconut oil I tried it myself and was impressed by the results. The main difference that I noticed was the whiter teeth, even my friends asked me what kind of treatment was I doing 🙂

  13. Mo O says:

    Yes its true; i also read this and i have lost a crown at the back since i started oil pulling..but i read up about it and it points out that you will only lose those that are loose anyway; and if they are loose they are harbouring bacteria so better out anyway! Ive been oil pulling every day for over a year with coconut oil and hate to miss it.

  14. maryam meskienyar says:

    hi sprouts have one for 13 dollars its a huge glass body the coconut is so fresh and it tastes amazing . its also organic .

  15. Brad says:

    Oil pulling does not detoxify in the way that this article or the other state. Coconut oil can never detoxify as per Ayurveda. It is brimhana or building/anabolic.


    Kavala is of four types:
    Lubricating with oils and fats (snigda)– for Vata imbalance disorder. It is done by the use of oil processed with herbs of sweet, sour and salt tastes. Not cold and heavy coconut oil.
    Palliative (shamana) for Pitta imbalance disorder. It is done by herbs of bitter, astringent and sweet tastes.
    Cleansing / detoxing (shodana) – for Kapha imbalance disorder. It is with herbs of bitter, pungent, sour, salt tastes and possessing hot property. Not cold and heavy and sweet coconut oil.
    Healing (ropana) – It is done with herbs of astringent and bitter taste.

    Different substances are used in kavala in Ayurveda:
    Fats – oil, ghee milk,
    Honey with water
    Fermented gruel
    juice of meat / meat soup
    urine of animals such as cow urine (yep)
    dhanyamla – Sour fermented grain liquid

    For daily use, oil pulling with sesame oil or meat soup
    "Benefits of oil pulling with sesame oil, daily: Sesame oil gargling is beneficial for the strength of jaws, depth of voice, flabbiness of face, excellent gustatory sensation and good taste for food. One will never get dryness of throat, nor does his lips ever get cracked; his teeth will never develop caries and will be deep-rooted; he will not have any toothache nor will his teeth set on edge by sour intake; his teeth can chew even the hardest eatables" Reference: (Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 5…. that is the main Ayurvedic text)

    The proper use of the treatment depends upon what it is being used for (what of the above 4 is being done) and the person and their disease state.
    The person should sit in a place devoid of breeze but in mild sunlight. At the right time of day as per the dosha.
    It is never done when the sky is overcast.
    His shoulders and neck should be massaged with the proper oil and then fomented depending upon the treatment and why it is being given.
    After fomentation, the treatment of Kavala is commenced.
    Keeping the face slightly lifted up, one should hold the liquid in their mouth till the mouth gets filled with Kapha (sputum / slimy liquid / mucus) and till the nose and eyes start secreting liquid. Not 20 minutes. Each individual will be different and this is the sign that it is done completely as this is what it is being used for.
    Then the contents of the mouth are spitted out.

    After this Dhumapaan or smoking of herbs is done. Not as per Western smoking.
    Then tambula is chewed.

    This is real Ayurveda.

    The treatment will vary as per the person and what they are using it for.

    There is no pulling toxins as written above going on except when it is used as shodana treatment, which what is written in this article above is not. At best what is written above can kind of be said to be a palliative treatment. But in even that coconut oil would never be used as it is opposite qualities as per Ayurveda.

    It is used for neck, jaw, eyes, nose, throat, gum, teeth, sinus problems when used properly but can easily create the same when used improperly.

    Most importantly, it is to never be used in cases when someone has aama (if you look at your tongue and it has a white film or plague it is signs of toxicity and lack of digestion), poisoning, fainting disease, alcoholism, depletion, TB, bleeding diseases, low clotting factor, inflammation of the eyes, constipation, and depletion of waste.

    Don't believe the hype.