My First Oil Pulling Experience

oil pulling

So today I jumped on the bandwagon and tried oil pulling. I actually purchased the coconut oil a week ago but it’s taken me that long to actually try it out for the first time {#newmomproblems} I think I was a little apprehensive to try it out because I didn’t want to put the oil in my mouth and have Brooks start screaming – I wasn’t sure how long I would last with it or if the oil would make me gag, but I read the best time to do it was in the morning and today I saw my opportunity & took it!

I have to say, it wasn’t bad at all.

I only lasted about 10 minutes because Brooks woke up & needed to be held – I didn’t want to be rocking him and accidentally swallow it, so I spit it out {into a bag – don’t put it down the sink, it could clog your pipes!}

I used coconut oil and it smelled like the beach, but you can also use olive oil or sesame oils too! To make the experience slightly more pleasant this morning, I took out 1 teaspoon and put it into a bowl with another bowl full of hot water underneath it to melt the oil a bit, then put it back into a spoon to take. It made everything much easier, I think!

I’m not sure what to believe about all the crazy benefits that oil pulling is said to provide for one’s mouth and overall health, but I wanted to try it out for myself and see. I’m going to try to oil pull {at least} once a day for the next month and see what sort of results I get – I’m most excited about the potential for whiter teeth & clearer sinuses!


What are YOUR thoughts on the Oil Pulling Craze?


Here are a few of my favorite images about Oil Pulling How-To & Benefits:



oil pulling with coconut oil










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  • Reply Olivia March 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve been doing it off and on for like two weeks now…it’s hard to find time, especially in the morning! So, I don’t do it right away…oops. I don’t see any differences at all yet…I sort of like it…can’t decide!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In March 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I want to try this, but I’m SO weird with textures and I’m pretty sure I’m going to hate it like a lot.

  • Reply jen March 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I’ve read a lot of people do it while taking there shower, which most people take a 10-15 min shower so you only have a few more mins to go once you get out. I tried it once last week and I liked how my teeth felt after, I also use coconut oil on my skin and hair. I swim 3 days a week and it really helps with the dryness its also great for babies skin!

  • Reply Patty O March 26, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Yay – glad you tried it – I want to as well! I think Coconut Oil is the way to go!

  • Reply Shannon March 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I’ve been trying to figure out if this is all that it’s cracked up to be! Let me know if you see any differences? This article is making me lean towards not trying it…

    • Reply Leslie March 31, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Shannon – The only thing I’m noticing so far is slightly whiter teeth…interesting article though, thanks for sharing!
      I’m still going to keep doing it to see if there are any other long term differences. The whiter teeth alone makes me happy! 🙂

  • Reply Gia Aguilar January 15, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    I have been doing it almost daily for the past five years for 15 to 20 minutes each morning. The health benefits are immeasurable and very real. My teeth are whiter than they have ever been despite the fact that I drink coffee and tea. My gums are healthier and stronger than before. I am 61 and my skin is clear and I never have any breakouts. People often tell me that I look younger than I am which I attribute not only to my skincare but to the oil pulling and to using coconut oil on my face and neck at bedtime. With regard to my immune system, I have not been sick in the past five years.

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