Oil pulling is an ancient detoxification therapy mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts and is recommended as an easy, daily practice. Over time, “oil gargling” can improve oral health and help resolve many chronic conditions such as periodontal (gum) disease and cavities. It can also be helpful for acute illness. Oil pulling therapy has been touted as a strep throat remedy or to help resolve persistent sore throat issues.
The practice of oil pulling is extremely simple! One tablespoon of raw, cold pressed oil is swished in the mouth for 15-20 minutes. The swishing process involves gently pushing and pulling the oil around and through the teeth. Oil pulling should be performed one to three times a day on an empty stomach. The best time for oil pulling is upon arising in the morning before breakfast or drinking anything, but anytime of day before eating will do.