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[VIDEO] How You Can Detox Yourself Every Morning with Oil Pulling!

Robyn Openshaw - Updated: February 1, 2021 - - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

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Why Everyone Should Oil Pull

Did you know that your mouth is one of the dirtiest places in your body?

Oh, you did?

Well, did you know that a simple, easy habit will make your life better and cleaner, and you'll be a better kisser to boot?

I've got a great little video to show you one of my detoxing magic tricks, a way to kill millions of bad-breath and cavity-causing bacteria, giving you fresh breath first thing in the morning!

[My 26-Day Detox is open now. Will you join me for this fully supported, guided detox journey? Learn More Here.]

In this article:

What Is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is a simple habit that comes from a centuries-old Ayurvedic tradition. This easy process kills harmful microorganisms in the mouth and teeth, alkalizes the mouth, and may even turn around oral or dental infections. Many use it to resolve headaches, as well.

Oils have an affinity for toxins, and this habit is a great purifying practice that you can do every day — and especially while doing a detox or cleanse, like my 26-Day Detox.

Many biological dentists (including mine) recommend it for remineralizing bone in the teeth.

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Oil pulling has many health benefits, like oral detoxification and even resolving headaches

[Related post: How Does Oil Pulling Work? Effective, or Bogus Fad?]

How To Oil Pull

I suggest keeping a tub of coconut oil and some wintergreen essential oil in your bathroom to make oil pulling as convenient as possible. Watch me demonstrate oil pulling in the short video above, and learn more ways you can benefit from taking a few minutes with coconut oil, while making breakfast or getting dressed in the morning, for a great new health habit!

And one more thing! Be sure you spit the oil into the garbage NOT the sink or toilet, because the oil can buildup and clog your plumbing.

Read Next: Is Fluoride Good for Your Teeth? Know the Science & the Risks

Photograph of Robyn Openshaw, founder of Green Smoothie GirlRobyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

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175 thoughts on “[VIDEO] How You Can Detox Yourself Every Morning with Oil Pulling!”

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  1. Lisa says:

    20 minutes seems like a lifetime!!!

    1. Fay Moore says:

      The first time is hardest because it is a new sensation in your mouth, especially if you are sensitive to textures like I am. Use half as much the first time if necessary, 20 minutes goes by in a flash after you get used to it. The trick is to not sit still while doing it, walk around doing your regular morning routine, I do it while doing my chiropractic morning therapy exercises.

  2. Nan says:

    Would 10 be good?

  3. kimberly thomas says:

    To save me life i would do it for 30 mins!!!

  4. Working OT this weekend to hustle up the cash for the detox class sale. I hope I make it before midnight. Oil i n my mouth now…Thank you Earth Angel 🙂

  5. Chelle says:

    What is the peppermint oil? Sweetener? Essential oil?

    1. Elaine says:

      Essential oil 🙂

      1. Chelle says:

        Thank you….are they all edible, I realize your not really eating it. Is there a certain brand name recommended?

        1. Heidi says:

          I recommend doTERRA brand, company dies extra testing with all oils so safe for internal use. you can get wholesale prices
          My website:

          1. Gigi says:

            Where do I get the oils ?? And how do you know this company carry real oils??

          2. Heather says:

            I recommend NOW FOODS ESSENTIAL OILS it is about $20 cheaper and you are still getting ORGANIC without a sales pitch and brainwashed. Just like young living as well, crazy price!! You can also by Now Foods EO in many stores and online.

          3. Deanna says:

            I would never use NOW brand essential oils internally (or externally)…I’ve had crazy reactions to their oils (even the “organic” ones). There are many good brands out there…you just need to do a little research to find the ones you trust at the best price…

        2. Deana Wood says:

          I have used Young Living Essential Oils for the past 10 years. They are awesome!

        3. Suzie says:

 is another good source. You want at least food grade organic. Some call theirs therapeutic grade. Straight essential oil will cost more by weight. Buying blends usually means a ‘carrier oil’ is used. You don’t need a carrier with oil pulling, since the oil itself is the carrier

        4. Suzie says:

          Also, cosmetic grade is inferior and not what you want to put in mouth. Too many impurities. It’s also best to not put on you skin anything you wouldn’t put in your mouth.

  6. Lisa says:

    Following the a.m. oil-pulling, do you use a mouthwash and brush your teeth or does this treatment suffice?

    1. Suzie says:

      People still brush. Though I don’t think mouthwash is necessary. You’ve already removed bacteria.

  7. azmomof5 says:

    I wonder if it would help with my son’s tonsil stones?

    1. Heather says:

      No coconut oil pulling will not, nor will it take care of gum disease or whiten your teeth. It is your saliva that remineralizes your teeth not coconut oil. What stops remineralizing from happening is the glycerin that is in mouth washes and toothpaste. Your morning bacteria is hard at work, the worst is after sugar and carbs.

      1. Suzie says:

        Never mind many hundreds of years of results that say otherwise.

  8. Paula says:

    I oil pull every morning and evening with CQ10 (gel capsule–I bite the capsule in my mouth, suck out the oil and discard the gel capsule). I add 2 drops each of clove and oregano essential oil in a TBS of coconut oil and swish for 20 minutes. I love it……This is Dr. Bruce Fife’s recipe. For a mouthwash, rinse mouth with Xylitol and water solution for one minute and spit out. Also as a mouthwash use 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide and spit out. It will foam away bacteria and cleanse mouth.

    1. Suzie says:

      Isn’t CQ10 a bit pricey to spit out? The oil after pulling is so laden with bacteria that you must not ingest it.

  9. Luz says:

    Could oil pulling be done at night, anytime during the day or does it have to be done first thing in the morning?

    1. Suzie says:

      Anytime. However, after your sleep period is when it will grab the most Bacteria.

    2. Helen Blair says:

      Luz, bacteria count is highest in the am so grabbing that coconut oil before anything else for a few minutes while readying for the day is excellent protocol!

  10. JANET says:


  11. Sabrina McGuire says:

    I have two questions:
    #1 if I sign up for the lifetime membership can I postpone my detox for a couple of months?
    #2 I have tried the oil pulling and I can’t make it more then 5 min without my mouth getting so full I need to dump the oil. Is this normal in the beginning or something strange with me? Thank you!

    1. Robyn says:

      Hi Sabrina, you have 60 days to START your detox, in our system. And of course, with Lifetime, you can do it every time we support, which we usually do 3x a year. As for oil pulling, you’re just producing a lot of saliva, apparently! Start with LESS oil perhaps, and see if you can mentally keep yourself from salivating so much….but do what you can, and 5 mins is better than none!

      1. Sabrina McGuire says:

        The 60 days is actually perfect..I’ll sign up when I’m done here. I’ll also try the oil pulling again, I must produce a LOT of saliva when I was doing it. I thought my mouth was going to explode. Maybe the oil will help also, I didn’t try that. Thanks!!!

      2. Mary Ryan says:

        I have emailed twice with a question about the detox with no reply. If you buy the manual only, what exactly is that? The protocol of what to eat for 26 days with recipes?

        1. M. says:

          I own the original manual and yes, it has the whole detox information in there to do it on your own.

          1. Loretta says:

            M. I’m thinking about purchasing only the manual, do you feel it’s complete and didn’t leave you with questions?

        2. Helen Blair says:

          Mary Ryan, the manual is a comprehensive protocol complete with instruction, teaching about the why’s of the protocol based on 25 + years of research and experience as well as menu, recipes with accompanying shopping list and pictures of our wonderful foods!

      3. Suzie says:

        The European responder said they take tsp at a time, rinse and spit a few times. I produce a lot too. I’ve just severely cut back on how much I use. But I think this might be even better.

  12. Linda vanderbogart says:

    Will oil pulling help with tonsil stones ?

  13. Patrick says:

    When you spit out the coconut oil DO NOT spit it in your sink. It will clog your pipes. It needs to go in the trash. Maybe a ziploc bag then in the trash to keep it under control. Happy pulling!!!

    1. Teresa says:

      I was going to post the same thing! I spit it in a small paper cup when I’m done.

      1. Tricia says:

        Ditto! Do not spit it down any drain (I oil pull immediately in the morning and during my shower time). I learned the hard way from my plumber!

  14. Pam says:

    Can you do oil pulling if you have mercury fillings? Wouldn’t that pull mercury out of your fillings?

    1. mixedprairie says:

      Don’t see how this would even be possible.

    2. Suzie says:

      The mercury is already seeping out. If anything oil pulling will help get rid of what’s already being released.

    3. Helen Blair says:

      Mercury filled teeth off gas with every bite, chew, grind so relieving the body of this toxic off gassing is essential! The more mercury you pull out the better; if you have your filling removed, do it with a biological dentist that has careful protocol in place for this horrible gassing effect.

  15. Pam Bauman Swanson says:

    Make sure to spit it out in the garbage as it will clog your sink.

  16. Agree. I’ve tried it. Thanks

  17. Iga says:

    Here in Europe we do it a bit differently. First of all I use small teaspoon of oil and rinnse with it for some time and then have it out after few minutes as it is full of bacterias. Then do take another small tsp of oil and do it once again. If curcumstances allow I do that after every meal.
    My dentist say that I keep him idle. I do hope it stays that way, though!

    1. Helen Blair says:

      Hi Ida – very interesting protocol that may be also quite helpful! Thank you for sharing!

  18. Anna says:

    Spit into trash, not sink. It will clog your drain. I know first hand.

  19. linda robida says:

    Be sure to discard be used coconut oil into a wastebasket or empty jar… The coconut oil can rehardened and clog pipes in your plumbing if you spit into the sink, shower, or toilet.

    Also, if you mix coconut oil with turmeric powder and peppermint or clove essential oil, you can brush with it after your oil pulling to whiten your teeth dramatically. Try it and see the dazzling results!

  20. I tried it but it makes me gag. Any suggestions?

    1. Cc says:

      Work up to it. The first day I could only stand a few minutes. After that I could go longer and now I’m up to 20 minutes. If I do it everyday I stay used to it. I don’t love it but I love the results.

      1. Suzie says:

        Same here. I also had to use sesame oil instead.

  21. Daniel Halley says:

    What other oils can be used for pulling, like Frankincense, Sweet Orange Oil etc? And what do each of these other oils help with? I only use Certified Organic Food Grade Essential Oils, of course.

    1. Helen Blair says:

      Hi Daniel, Oil or oregano is great for dealing with bacteria, but it is “hot”. Often used in natural toothpastes.

  22. Alicia says:

    Never thought to use Peppermint EO with this (and I did my OP just this morning). Thank you!

    1. Helen Blair says:

      🙂 Oregano oil is great too for bacteria control but “hot” tasting.

  23. Nancy Feliciano says:

    Does it have to be cold pressed coconut oil?

    1. Heather says:

      You could use pumpkin seed oil, EVOO, sesame seed or even MCT medium chain triglycerides aka liquid coconut oil. You do not need that big ol tablespoon amount either. A smaller amount is ok, pulling for 20 is hard for many people especially if you have gag reflex or TMJ. 5-10mins is plenty especially if you floss first, you will know if you do it often because it goes from thick to oil to milky looking liquid. I agree spit in trash or toilet, just flush while you spit.

      1. Helen Blair says:

        Heather, thank you for chiming in. Starting slow and swishing very gently is best working up to 10 minutes but if you want to go for 20, that is certainly fine. Changing your oil out midway is also a good option. Lastly, spitting in the toilet may cause buildup in the pipes even with water flush. I recommend spitting in the trash.

    2. Suzie says:

      You want your oil with the least amount of processing. Cold guarantees no heat which destroys so much of the active agents the oils. Some are called hand processed. Expeller process generates some heat and loses value. Never use chemical processed. 20 minutes is the goal. I started @roughly 3min and built up (gag reflex). It takes your blood 20min to circulate thru your whole system. This may have something to do with the time. There’s good reason it’s been done this way for many hundreds of years.

      1. Helen Blair says:

        Excellent sharing Suzie. Thank you!

  24. Jennifer says:

    Love that she uses Young Living!! If anyone wants to understand essential oils more in depth, please feel free to contact me and I will help you understand what to look for when purchasing essential oils. Remember, not all essential oils are NOT created equal! 😉

    1. Dayna says:

      HI Jennifer – ✨. Would love to learn more.. D Anderson

  25. Cheri says:

    I’ve been doing this for 3 years. It really works. I also feel my sinuses drain from it. I no longer take Claritin.

    1. Helen Blair says:

      SO wonderful Cheri!

  26. Maryann says:

    I tried doing oil pulling with coconut oil several times .. but each time my gums became really sore and ulcerated! Disappointing!

    1. Lalita says:

      Maryann. Do you use the ‘Cold Press’ Coconut Oil for ‘Oil Pulling’?. this should be ‘pure white in colour when it’s in cold temperature. When it’s in Warm weather you’ll see the oil more like water but oily & little bit thicker….I would say, you should use the correct Coconut Oil..(not the yellow colour C.Oil).

    2. Suzie says:

      It could be the specific oil you purchased. However it’s possible that you may just be very sensitive to all that swishing or the oil itself. I personally can’t use coconut oil for oil pulling. But I love using sesame seed oil. I buy a big bottle of it since the smaller ones cost too much. I refrigerate it. You may want to try a different oil. It could also be that your teeth and gums are really in bad condition and you need to be gentle with them.

    3. Helen Blair says:

      Hi Maryann – it can happen if we oil pull too hard and long; slow the swishing down to a gentle back and forth for a few minutes more each few days.

  27. Roberto says:

    Someone mentioned hydrogen peroxide dillusional (35% HyP, food grade is a must..) besides intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy which is highly effective if not the most highly effective way of oxygenating your blood and in essence your whole body. I have searched far and wide with my wife for natural and holistic ways of taking better care of our bodies without listening to in the virtual propaganda and diabolic satanic lies this government and all of its agencies in particular the FDA which could also stand for 5 days a week?? Which in turn I think they mean the minimum amount of time you should poison your body multiple times a day following their guidelines and preferred or recommended dosage usage and or ways of killing yourself faster then you like cuz it’s definitely not fast enough for them no money in cures only money and Bs treatments if you don’t know about dr. Max Gershon and the Gerson method please please do yourself and everybody you love a favor watch and download a documentary I found on YouTube called the beautiful truth which by the way has been continuously and obviously been taking down multiple times for speaking the truth about did this disgusting way this country has destroyed the very Foundation of what it means to be healthy to eat healthy to live healthy and two overall have a good life free of disease pain and a plethora of other innumerable ailments once labeled or considered incurable or barely treatable terrifying conditions diseases, both long & short. To avoid the potential misinterpretation of what I’m saying I’ll say this the government which has basically become huge corporations all want you dead or dying will happily and willingly allow you to believe all the lies all the deception all the satanic diabolic and deliberately dubious ways just figuring out how to kill you faster and make more money doing it I think they just go on the parking lot with empty capsules and just fill them up with whatever they find throw darts at an encyclopedia and come up with a name for the new wonder drug that will do everything and anything accept what it’s supposed to do thank you thank you thank you dr. Oh sorry Uncle Sam how did this happen? I’ll give you a clue it’s called complacency and comfort which is rather laziness in indignity with a Sprinkle or so full of it’s selfish narcissism and Godless self-righteousness good luck down there guys and gals… please find God and all of the wonderful beautiful just about every single possible thing we could ever need is here on this planet but no degree this is incomprehensible makes me wonder if there really are aliens or not because I can’t imagine how a human being can do some certain things too not just one or two or three or five but one or two or three or five million human beings that knowingly is destroying themselves everyone around them mother earth herself and possibly saddest of all every single generation to come please forgive us Lord for I would say we know not what we do but I think we all know that’s not true we know very well it’s not that hard two simply stop genuinely ask for forgiveness repent and love one another notice this is nothing to do with religion it’s all about energy frequency AKA vibes, and all those invisible waves of light and energy of which we are one in the same thank you Lord and God bless you all!

    1. Christopher Berens says:

      Thank You Namaste.

  28. Barb Sheehan says:

    How does this oil pulling affect crowns and bridges? I’ve read on other sites that it loosens them. Your opinion?

    1. Helen Blair says:

      Oil pulling is not going to compromise your tooth structure, real or fabricated any more than talking, biting and chewing would and a lot less since there is no hard contact to grind against the teeth.

  29. Joanna says:

    per dr. am not supposed to have coconut oil, have MDS & am O positive, will this get into the pores in my mouth

    1. Helen Blair says:

      Joanna, not quite sure why your doctor is suggesting this but you have options! Consider organic sesame oil instead?

  30. jody says:

    I heard that sesame oil is the best oil to use, above coconut oil.

    1. Helen Blair says:

      Sesame is not necessarily better but rather a viable option. Get organic if you choose sesame 🙂

  31. Garth says:

    P.S. Don’t spit it in the drain, because it will clog your plumbing. Spit it out in the trash.

    1. Helen Blair says:


    2. Elizabeth says:

      Amazing. Thanks

  32. Friederike Lehrbass says:

    I read somewhere there you shouldn’t do oil pulling if you have silverfilling( mercury) in your mouth, bec it will pull out the mercury…

    1. Helen Blair says:

      The mercury in your teeth are always off gassing anyways with every bite and chew so oil pulling is a very good thing to help bind it and help it exit your body!

  33. Lisa says:

    Yes, I agree…spit it out in the trash.otherwise, it WILL clog your pipes over time.

    1. Helen Blair says:

      Definitely. In the trash – perfect place.

  34. Priscilla says:

    Can you back this claim up with any scientific evidence?

    1. K S says:

      I have seen research reports on oregano EO and clove EO on mouth bacteria. Search Pubmed. Most EO are bacteria killers, just a matter of the range of bacteria each covers. When I have gum pain in the gum around my root canal, oil pulling with oregano solve my problem. It’s my real life experience, no bs.

    2. John Parson says:

      The claim is oil pulling works and can detox you whole body if you do it everyday. The proof is that it has been working for over 2000 years, before they had scientific BS to prove everything that works. Before the drug companies and the so called doctors came along there were natural remedies that have worked for thousands of years. This modern medicine is the alternative snake oil practice not the time tested natural way that actually cures the problem, not just cover it up until the drugs finally kill you. sorry but I have seen to many people die at the hands of poison pill pushing doctors in the last 70 years when all was needed was to get back to eating the right foods like God intended you to eat.

      1. Shirley Jones says:

        Beautifully put. Unadulterated truth

        1. Amen to that!

          At 19 yrs old stage 2 cervical, at 37 yrs PREGNANT and 2 lumps in my right breast/ no western treatment, no radiation or chemo: good thoughts, good WHOLE foods, good people and the GOOD LORD!!!

          I juice 10 to 15 lbs of veggies every 3 to 4 days for over 5 years now. I happily turned 54 yrs old this past December 🙂

          Live life and pause death until YOU are ready… Happy New Year!!!

          1. CindiL says:

            Congrats Kimberly. Your post is an inspiration. I am currently in treatment for metastatic TNBC (immunotherapy) and wonder how detox and other methods like this react w/the treatment. I have changed my diet but am hesitant to switch totally to alternative medicine as it has also metastasized to my brain. Tumors small and shrinking so immunotherapy is working but I’d like to eventually get off of it. Your story about living for so many years after diagnosis is an inspiration.

          2. Robert says:

            And that’s exactly why you are well now. Instead of letting an oncologist idiot murder you, you did the normal thing an animal would do to cure itself, go back to nature and it works when you know what your doing . I’d trust you mite than an idiot doctor who has had an hour on nutrition in school, if that. My brother in law majored in nutrition and THEN went to medical school so he’s gone to school with the fools and their fool teachers. I’m not included some chiropractors, Naturopathic ND’s, or Functional doctor MD’s.

      2. Angela says:

        Couldn’t have said it better myself!! Amen

      3. Dragica says:

        My thoughts exactly.

      4. Adrian says:

        I just learned to stop eating the unatural junk and to eat the food God intended!

    3. Chiquita Collins says:

      Science? What happened to embracing the natural?

      1. Garth says:

        Chiquita Collins, I would say there is no conflict between the science and the natural; in fact, it usually supports it. The problem is when Big Pharma or other entity, which is there for the money and power rather than our health, distorts or suppresses science in order to push their products on us or enslave us in one way or another.

    4. Robert Good says:

      There’s a wonderful book called Oil Pulling you can read and also Ramiro Bagel’s book called, cure Tooth Decay ; Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition. Also look up Weston Price. He was the person in the early 1900’s who did epidemiological and dental studies on ancient cultures. His book is huge and full of information. I’d like to bring him and Ansel Keyes back to life and let them have a debate. Weston Price was a hero as to eating and perhaps a precursor in thought as to the Oaleo and Keto diet. Ansel Keyes was the undulant fool who pulled the low fat diet out of his hat and singlehandedly perpetrated the fraud that has destroyed the lives of millions, if not billions of people worldwide, all the while knowing he was doing it. It’s so sad.

  35. Kristin Ward says:

    You can’t beat the benefits of Coconut oil. But if you have mercury/amalgam fillings and you oil pull, you will experience unpleasant tooth pain. One of the reasons I had my fillings replaced.

    1. Lily says:

      For me is help remove the toothache . I have amalgam and start to replace. I am going bio dental too. Because amalgam is mercury and toxic.

    2. Garth says:

      I suppose everyone is different; but I have the old-fashioned mercury fillings (they’ve been there, same ones, for almost 50 years), and oil pulling with coconut oil definitely does not give me any pain whatsoever. The only problem I have with it is that I hate coconut. It’s disgusting. Fortunately the taste seems to be mostly gone after a couple of minutes, and I’m able to keep the oil in my mouth for as much as 40 minutes.

      1. Garth says:

        In my post above, I did not tell why I started oil-pulling. After a health scare five years ago, I did a lot of research (don’t use Google! see my reply to Carolyn about that), improved by diet a lot, and got rid of the problem. One of the many added side benefits was that my mouth felt a lot cleaner, including when first getting up in the morning. As a result, I got sloppy about cleaning my teeth, and a few months before my 6/6/18 post above, I developed incredible pain. Close examination in the bathroom mirror revealed a huge, black hole near the very back of a molar. I was always having to carry the Ambesol, even applying it several times through the night just to be able to get through the night. I didn’t want any additional mercury in my mouth, nor a toxic root-canal job, so I started oil pulling with coconut oil, and brushing with Uncle Harry’s Natural Toothpaste, and before going to bed, putting calcium carbonate powder on the area, held in place for hours between the tooth/gum and my cheek. Now 16 months after that initial pain, the pain is gone, the black area has turned white again, and although scraping it gently with the dental probe used to be like scraping wet leather, now it’s like scraping the bathroom sink again, meaning the surface has turned hard again. Although material that was simply gone will not grow back (short of stem-cell therapy, I suppose), clearly I re-mineralized the remaining exposed dentin.

    3. Robert says:

      Also as to coconut oil, there’s now some proof that two tablespoons of MCT’s per day visa via coconut oil can reverse Alzheimer’s . I would think especially when your on Keto and refined carbs an high glycemic index and load calories are removed. Sugar is bad in any diet except a diabetic crashing into hypoglycemia.

  36. Barbara Fuller says:

    What if you have dentures

    1. Helen Blair says:

      Teeth, natural or fabricated are not an issue and removing your dentures to oil pull would be my choice – much easier to swish around and have direct contact with your gums is a plus!

      1. Barbara Fuller says:

        Thank you so much Helen

  37. Betsy Marx says:

    I’m sorry, but this sounds really disgusting–I cannot stand coconut oil!

    1. Helen Blair says:

      Betsy, while it is a new modality for most, you have options if you’re not keen on coconut oil. First, you can purchase refined coconut oil which is virtually flavor free OR use organic sesame oil to pull the toxins instead. Being open minded to try is a helpful place to begin, harnessing our fears, dislikes and naturally bent to what has always been whether it worked for us or not. I’m with you on trying something new!

    2. Dana says:

      I agree, it feels almost too strange to tolerate. I get through it simply by reminding myself why I do it- my mouth has taken a beating so I need nutrition in and unpleasantries out.

    3. Lyndi Caruso says:

      It is pretty disgusting at first, but it works! You may only be able to do a minute or 2 when starting out, I got ride of allergies doing it! Take a smaller amount and try to start with 1-5 minutes and work your way up to 20

    4. Danny says:

      MTC oil has no flavor, try it instead of coconut oil.

    5. Danny says:

      Can you use ginger eo for pull pulling, what benefits are there for this?

  38. Jenny says:

    Wintergreen is toxic and essential oils should never be at used internally.

    1. Diane says:

      I have been using peppermint essential oils since May of 2017 the kind that you can consume internally. I take 2 drops of peppermint oil under my tongue with a mouth full of water every day for heartburn… At bed time or when I get the heartburn It knocks down my heartburn in a matter of minutes. I would never use over the counter or prescription medication that causes horrible side effects to your body long term. Of course my doctor insisted that I take a script… NO need with peppermint oil. Plus, the peppermint has helped with my esophagus. EOE. I highly recommend it. Plus, peppermint oil has many other benefits… Helps with allergies too – I apply the oil with coconut oil on my neck… Works great.

    2. Dana says:

      That Is ridiculous. Why are you wasting your time here with your false fear mongering? There is no rule that essential oils are not safe internally. Everyone must learn a thing or two about EO’s before using in any way. Consider this, skin is our largest organ and anything used externally will absorb to some degree into our bloodstream. Remember that the next time you run synthetic fragrance filled body wash and lotion all over, thinking external application is safe.

      1. Robert says:

        That’s why I use ivory soap and natural shampoo and also no deodorant with aluminum.

    3. Audrienne Suzanie Jordan says:

      Depends on the brand.

    4. Jess Dominguez says:

      That is not true at all! I suggest you do some research on essential oils. True that some oils aren’t safe to ingest but a majority of them are when properly diluted and mixed with a good source of fat. Also in this case you would not be ingesting, you shouldn’t swallow the oil after pulling since is contains all the toxins you just pulled. Wintergreen is only toxic to cats, not humans. Of course quality always matters though, so stick with organic and steam distilled and you will not have any toxicity. They are used to remove toxicity.

      1. Carolyn says:

        Peppermint, if labeled safe for ingestion, is fine, but I googled wintergreen yesterday and it is apparently toxic for humans as well. You might want to look into that. I am not an authority, which is why I am googling such things.

        1. Garth says:

          Carolyn, don’t use Google for heath matters. They started implementing an algorithm a couple of years ago to censor-out search results that run contrary to the profits of the corrupt pharmaceutical industry. (They also keep track of what you’ve searched for, which is none of their business.) I’m not sure Yahoo or Bing are any better. Use instead. is supposedly good for health matters, although I have not used it much because when I was trying it for a while, they had very little in non-health things like the math and engineering things I’m interested in. It might be worth another try. In any case, avoid Google, and use

  39. Laurie says:

    Before anyone does this, go to NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG. Dr. Gregor just did a whole series on oil pulling. Hope it is helpful!!!

    1. Lily says:

      Vwhat do you mean ? It’s good or not. For me it’s good benefit doing pulling oil.

    2. Peter says:

      Oh yeah, the same Dr Greger who says that we should all be drinking organic canola oil and olive oil and then changed his mind a few years later! LOL. Yeah right.

      1. Robert says:

        You shouldn’t be drinking any oil anyway. Olive oil is okay occasionally but canola oil Aka rapeseed oil is a solvent that became a star for polyunsaturated oils , all of which can cause heart disease, cancer, auto immune disease etc. all the “seed oils” the above mentioned and soybean oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil are not good for you at all and could kill you . Look up Ivor Cummins work on this and CAC cardio scan on YouTube. It’s amazing and documented for you doubting Thomases out there. The twentieth century caused most of these problems and the industrialists who infiltrated all of the medical schools. It’s very sad.

  40. Tracey Behling says:

    After you do the oil pulling in the morning do you still brush your teeth afterwards??

  41. Carol Hadjiandreou says:

    Can you oil pull if you have root canals?

  42. Susan says:

    Is the oil pulling with coconut oil just as effective without the added peppermint oil?

  43. Laurie says:

    IMPORTANT!! Oil pulling can unbalance the oral microbiome and should be done ONLY for short periods, not ongoingly … Here are two quotes on the topic from dentist Gerry Curatola:

    "For a short period alone, oil pulling can help someone whose mouth is unhealthy, as the ‘detergent action’ of swishing olive or coconut oil between the teeth has a ‘lilophilic effect,’ stripping away unhealthy plaque (hypertrophic biofilm) from teeth. Continued use can actually result in an equally unhealthy atrophic or stripped biofilm. While a hypertrophic environment is often associated as being conducive to tooth decay and gum disease, atrophic environments often result in tooth sensitivity and sore gums. The key is BALANCE or what we call ‘microbial homeostasis.’ When in balance, the microbes in our mouths literally keep us alive."

    "If you keep doing oil pulling, you go from a hypertrophic biofilm, the thick, sticky, smelly stuff all over your teeth, to a desert. Really, you want be in the middle of the target. You don’t want scary, thick, smelly jungle. Nor do you want a desert. You want to be right in the middle, with that beautiful, robust garden."

    Dr. Curatola discusses this in a Mercola interview, here:

    1. Dan says:

      I had my teeth extracted several years ago, could I still benefit from oil pulling? Can you use other types of eo’s for pulling, and what are your suggestions? Maybe ginger eo’s?

  44. Joe Perrone says:

    This is a great detoxing procedure that can keep your mouth healthy but there is one thing that I would like to add. As a long time Health Coach, after I spit out the oil (preferably on the ground) I rinse my mouth out with a cap full of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and a cap full of purified water which I swish around my mouth for a short time (about 20 to 30 seconds). Then spit this out in the sink. This will give you a more thorough clean than just rinsing out your mouth. I still brush my teeth as well using a natural toothpaste.

  45. Marilyn says:

    I did Coconut Oil Pulling for just a few weeks back in 2014ish when it first became the new health rage.
    It started pulling the Mercury out of the imalgum in my fillings. It cost me $5,000.00 in dental work and I still have a few teeth I want to have changed out thru the Biological Dentist. The Mercury could be seen in the blood stream from the doc on his “live blood” microscope. This should be done with a warning! And I had a breast lump turn Cancerous. In 2015, hummm?

  46. Deborah Lamb says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I tried oil pulling several times and when I saw this video, it gave me the courage to try again. Now I do it while getting ready for the day and the time goes quickly. In addition, I have not had a full-blown cold since I started. Thanks for the encouragement!

  47. Wendy says:

    I’ve heard you should be sure to spit the oil in the garbage when finished as it will clog your drain if spit in the sink.
    Thanks for the free access to your extensive knowledge

  48. Diana Trout says:

    You should amend your video to also recommend spitting it out into the trash and no down any drains!! Otherwise thanks for the tip about the peppermint essential oil!!

  49. Anne says:

    I’ve been informed by a registered nutritionist that oil pulling for more rhan 2mins at a time could be dangerous. Doing it for 20mins is not recommended.

    1. GSG Support says:

      Hi Anne, unfortunately, there are many opinions out there that can be conflicting. Oil pulling is an old Ayurvedic practice and is embraced by many health experts including holistic dentist.

  50. Lilia says:

    For those that feel oil pulling is just too disgusting, start with packing the toothbrush head with coconut oil and just brushing. I started that way and am now able to do pulling. It’s an ‘acquired taste’, but totally worth it. Sometimes I have peppermint oil mixed with the coconut oil and sometimes not. But I was just stunned after I first tried it, with how clean my teeth and mouth felt – 100x cleaner than toothbrush and toothpaste.

    1. GSG Support says:

      Great idea Lilia!!

  51. niza zweig says:

    thank you. it looks great

  52. Donna Wildman says:

    I add some turmeric to my coconut oil and essential oil. I use it as a toothpaste, morning and night. Great teeth whitener along with killing the nasty germs in your mouth. 🙂

  53. anne shively says:

    I have been oil pulling since 2014 after oral surgery. My dentist is pleased with the results of my daily routine. I changed dentist about 6 months after the surgery because mine would not stop using fluoride during teeth cleaning. Anyway the new dentist said he saw no evidence of any gum disease. This is one habit, I have done every day, even while traveling. Some need to start for short time especially if you have texture injuries. I do mine for 20 minutes while reading my daily devotion.

  54. louisa says:

    A question: Is detoxing in the cold of winter wise? I have been told to wait until Spring. I am tempted to do the detox now but want to be careful with my body that needs warming foods in the winter for healthy kidney functioning.
    Your experience?

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Louisa, thank you for your question. There are benefits to detoxing anytime even if that means during the winter. However, there are perks with waiting until the weather warms up… You’ll be less cold and there’ll be more fresh, local produce available. The beauty of Robyn’s 26-Day Detox is that it can be done when it works best for you and your needs. If you’d like to get started while it’s still cold out, consider implementing many of the detoxification methods Robyn shares with her followers such as, infrared sauna use, epsom salt baths, and hot herbal teas.

  55. Michelle says:

    Food grade peppermint oil? What about flavoured organic liquid coconut oil? And sesame oil? Does one work better than the other or best in combination? Ayurvedic methods use pure natural oil, even milk and honey!

  56. Cathi says:

    A few years ago, I met a woman that had such a beautiful smile & the whitest teeth. I asked what she did to get such white teeth … and she said she used coconut oil. I’m a believer in this!

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Thanks Cathi. Oil pulling with coconut oil can whiten teeth.

  57. Danielle says:

    Oil pulling for 20 minutes? How do you keep it in for 20 minutes without swallowing it? More info please?

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Danielle, oil pulling for 20 minutes can be very difficult at first! Most folks start off slow. Keep swishing in your mouth for as long as you can, then work your way up to holding it for 15-20 minutes. Also, remember to spit the coconut oil out into a garbage can instead of down the sink to prevent any blockage in your pipes.

  58. Danielle says:

    Peppermint oil like aromatherapy kind or what kind?

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Danielle, peppermint essential oil from a reputable brand.

  59. Cindy L says:

    Does oil pulling replace brushing your teeth in the morning? Or do you follow the oil pulling with brushing the teeth?

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Cindy, oil pulling does not replace brushing your teeth. You can oil pull first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, but really, you can oil pull any time of the day. Remember to spit the oil in a Kleenex or paper towel, then throw it out in the garbage. Do not spit it into the sink as it can cause clogging of the drain.

  60. Katherine LaCoy says:

    Why is the video marked private?

  61. Stacia Dorman says:

    Can’t watch the video.

  62. Dana R Brown says:

    Seems your privacy settings are preventing us from viewing as it’s coming up as private on our end.

  63. Stefanie says:

    Very important to tell people NOT to spit it in the sink or anywhere it will get in the water pipes as they will clog. Spit it in the trash.
    I add activated charcoal and a mix of essential oils to mine, like clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon and tea tree.

  64. Sandy says:

    Will add Wintergreen to my routine thanks

  65. Hal Walter says:

    Can’t see anything.

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Hal, try restarting your computer and trying again. That may help.

  66. Daisy says:

    Thanks! Le’s see results then. I am using olive oil for now.

  67. 4waystoyummy says:

    I do this but I haven’t tried to add any essential oils to it. Do the oil increase the effectiveness or are they just for taste? You forgot to mention…Do not spit oil down the sink. LOL

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi, essential oils can provide some additional benefits, however, if you don’t have any essential oils, the coconut oil itself does the trick.

    2. Ann S says:

      She did mention not to spit in sink or toilet!

  68. Ira Betina says:

    Great video going to start doing as like all natural products. Plus detoxifies and helps mouth become alkaline. Thanks for doing this.

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      You are welcome Ira!

  69. Tammy says:

    Do you need to use the essential oil or can you use the coconut oil by itself for this?

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Tammy, you can just use the coconut oil itself.

  70. Denise says:

    Ok I just tried this for the first time! I don’t know how you put so much in your mouth…I felt like I was going to drown! LOL. I made it 11 mins. My vigorous swishing through my teeth made it spout out of my lips a couple times but I survived! It was a comical experience and my dog was watching me tilting her head back and forth. I will try again in the morning! 🙂

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Denise, congrats on making it 11 minutes! I couldn’t the first few times. You can use less amount if it makes you feel better.

    2. Ann Metcalf says:

      Spit out in the trash can. It will clogg your plumbing if you spit in sink or toilet.
      Happy blessed New Year!

  71. Blood Kimberly says:

    Why do you have to use such a huge amount for this?


    Famed biocompatible/holistic dentist Gerry Curatola warns
    (I typed out two versions of essentially the same comment on two different videos — one was episode 8 of GMOs Revealed):

    "If you keep doing oil pulling, you go from a hypertrophic biofilm, the thick, sticky, smelly stuff all over your teeth, to a desert. Really, you want be in the middle of the target. You don’t want scary, thick, smelly jungle. Nor do you want a desert. You want to be right in the middle, with that beautiful, robust garden."

    "For a short period alone, oil pulling can help someone whose mouth is unhealthy, as the “detergent action” of swishing olive or coconut oil between the teeth has a “lilophilic effect,” stripping away unhealthy plaque (hypertrophic biofilm) from teeth. Continued use can actually result in an equally unhealthy atrophic or stripped biofilm. While a hypertrophic environment is often associated as being conducive to tooth decay and gum disease, atrophic environments often result in tooth sensitivity and sore gums. The key is BALANCE or what we call “microbial homeostasis.” When in balance, the microbes in our mouths literally keep us alive."

    1. Old Deuteronomy says:

      Thank you for taking the time to post this important information

  73. Old Deuteronomy says:

    the problem I have is that I salivate profusely when pulling and have to keep spitting some out. After a while I suspect I’m pulling more saliva than oil

  74. Jeanette Boerman says:

    It’s important to spit the oil into the garbage NOT the sink or any plumbing. It can accumulate and clog plumbing.

    1. Great point, Jeanette. We’ll add this to the article. Thank you!

      — Lindsay, GreenSmoothieGirl

  75. Bonnie says:

    Excellent video. Have been oil pulling for quite a long time now and my dentist has asked what I have been doing. I have also used clove oil too but mint is my favorite. The mouth is and feels so clean.

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