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MUST-TRY Daily Health Regime: Coconut Oil Pulling

Known to be one of nature’s blessings because of its bountiful health benefits, the hype for Coconut Oil is here to stay.

If even after a couple of years, you’re still not convinced of the benefits of oil pulling, here are some facts that will clarify your doubts.

What is oil pulling?

Though oil pulling is not meant to completely replace your regular brushing, it has become a popular and an effective addition to most western countries’ dental regime.

Swishing oil in your mouth “pulls” and “picks up” bacteria that might not have been removed by regular brushing. As Jessica T. Emery puts it, “The longer you push and pull the oil through your mouth, the more microbes are pulled free.”

People who oil pull on the daily claimed better oral health through whiter teeth and improvement in gum and tooth sensitivity.

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How does it work? (Source:

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil into the mouth. I also pour a few drops of Brushing Blend or Essential Oil into the mix. (Just make sure any essential oil is safe to use in the mouth).
  2. Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.
  3. Spit oil into the trash can.  Especially if you have a septic system like I do… don’t spit into the sink! Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria and plaque that are now not in the mouth!
  4. Rinse well with warm water. Warm water seems to clean the mouth better (my opinion). Occasionally, I swish with salt water which seems more effective but is also more work.
  5. Brush well. I prefer to brush with Brushing Blend or homemade toothpaste to make sure any remaining bacteria is removed.

Why use Coconut Oil for oil pulling?

Despite other people’s preference on sesame and sunflower oil, it is proven that Coconut Oil is the best type of oil to use for oil pulling. As Jessica T. Emery states, “Coconut oil is preferred because 50% of the fat in coconut oil is comprised of the bacteria whooping ingredient lauric acid. Lauric acid is very well known for its antimicrobial actions; it inhibits Strep mutans that are the primary bacteria that cause tooth decay. With that in mind, it should be no surprise that recent studies have shown the benefit of coconut oil in the prevention of tooth decay.”

We might not have picked up the practice yet here in Singapore, so why not try it out and start a local oil pulling revolution?

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