Ayurvedic oil pulling (or oil swishing) is a safe, natural and gentle home
remedy that supports oral health and hygiene. This ancient therapy has been used successfully for
thousands of years as part of a healthy daily self-care routine.
Swish Oil Pulling Therapy combines organic sesame and coconut oil with organic turmeric
- to enhance the oral health benefits - and organic peppermint oil for a
fresh and pleasant taste.
Use: Once a day, swish 1
tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes on an empty stomach, pulling
the oil in and out between your teeth. Spit and rinse with water.
Bottle Contains: 8
fl oz. (approximately 1 month supply)
Ingredients: Organic Sesame Oil,
Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Turmeric, Organic Peppermint Oil.
History and Science
is clearly mentioned in the classic and most esteemed textbook of Ayurveda, the
Caraka Samhita. Caraka says this
about oil pulling:
of oil gargle provides strength in jaws and voice, development of the face,
maximum taste and relish of food. One does not suffer from dryness of throat,
lip cracking and teeth are not affected by caries rather they become firmly rooted. The teeth do not ache or become sensitive and
can chew the hardest food items (1).
randomized triple-blind study measuring the effect of oil pulling on plaque-induced
gingivitis, 20 boys were divided into two groups. One group gargled daily for
10 minutes with a traditional mouthwash (chlorhexidine, considered the most
effective anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis agent). The other group gargled daily
for 10 minutes with sesame oil. The results showed a significant reduction of
Streptoccus mutans in the plaque in saliva in both groups. The oil pulling therapy also showed a reduction in the plaque
index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic
microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis.*
study, the swishing of the oil in the mouth and pulling the oil between the
teeth were shown to have a saponification (detergent or cleansing) effect on
the oral mucosa (4).
In another study,
the external use of sesame oil in massage and the ingestion of ghee were found
to reduce lipid peroxides or free radicals in the blood (5). The researchers concluded
that the lipophilic effect of the oils helps pull free radicals and toxins out
of the blood.
study observed how heavy metals and environmental toxins were
"pulled" out of the blood during sesame oil massage and the ingestion
of ghee during an Ayurvedic detox called
panchakarma (6). Again, the lipophilic or pulling effect of the oils is believed
to be the mechanism behind this detox effect.
studies citing similar results very much support the original claims made by
Caraka Samhita more than 3000 years ago.
How Does Oil Pulling Work?
coconut oil and turmeric all have well-documented therapeutic benefits. Sesame
and coconut oils infused or herbalized with turmeric are used in Ayurveda regularly to detoxify
or "pull" toxins from the skin that they are applied to. Oils are
lipophilic, meaning they attract other oils. The fatty layers in our skin are
well-known dumping grounds for fat-soluble toxins (6). When applied to the skin, these oils attract toxic
substances in the fat molecules to the surface, cleansing them through the
body’s largest detox organ: the skin.
studies need to be done on the oil pulling technique, it is clear that the
mechanism of oil acting as a pulling agent for toxins is well documented. As a result, it is very plausible that exposing
the skin – and particularly the oral mucosa – to oils and herbs like sesame,
coconut and turmeric may have a beneficial and detoxifying pulling effect.
samhita Ch V -78 to 80.
2. Asokan S,
Emmadi P, Chamundeswari R. Indian J Dent Res. 2009; 20:47–51. [PubMed: 19336860]
3. J Indian
Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2008 Mar;26(1):12-7. PMID: 18408265
4. Indian J Dent Res. 2011 Jan-Feb;22(1):34-7. doi: 10.4103/0970-9290.79971. PMID:21525674
5. Sharma HM,
Midich SI, Sands D, Smith DE; J Res Educ Indian Med, 1993;
Fagan. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, September/October 2002