My Oil Pulling Experience

Saturday, 27 June 2015
**This post was written over a number of weeks during the lead up to my Prom to fully capture the whole of my oil pulling journey**
Oil Pulling Review
Oil pulling; I can hear you sighing already, not another post please! If you aren't familiar with oil pulling basically put it is the new 'in thing'; a way to brush your teeth and detox your mouth using coconut oil - hence the name oil pulling. I have to say before I get into the post: I am in no way an oil pulling specialist nor a health care professional who knows a lot about the subject, therefore my findings are from my own research and testing. 


My teeth are not particularly nice in my opinion, by nice I mean white. I am a Diet Coke addict and drink waaaay too much causing my teeth to stain a horrible yellowy colour, gorgeous I know. I have prom coming up on June 19th and with all the photos I'm desperately trying to whiten my teeth. Traditional whitening toothpastes have never seemed to have much of an effect and whitening strips scare me, so I turned to oil pulling.


My step mum came home from a yoga and all things natural type workshop with a goody bag which contained a pot of Sister & Co. Coconut Oil. She kindly let me use it for my first oil pulling encounter. The suggested method for oil pulling is as follows:

  1. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth
  2. Swoosh around for 20 minutes
  3. Spit out into a bin or bag
  4. Rinse out your mouth
  5. (Optional) Brush your teeth as normal

Personally a tablespoon is loads more than I can put in my mouth, I use half a teaspoon to a whole teaspoon depending on how brave I'm feeling that day. At room temperature coconut oil is a solid  and after popping the oil in your mouth it takes a couple of minutes to melt and become a liquid, (before it does melt I must admit the feeling in my mouth almost makes me gag, I'm really not selling this to you am I...) Anyway the swooshing around for 20 minutes is probably going to be the longest 20 minutes of your life so I suggest occupying yourself: check your emails, browse through twitter, have a shower, go on YouTube, play the piano, anything that will occupy you. Once your 20 minutes is up (or any amount of time depending how long you can hold the oil in your mouth,) I'd set a timer so you're not holding it for any longer then necessary, spit it into the bin. Not the sink as it might solidify and block the drains apparently, I cannot confirm nor deny this though most people indicate that it will. I like to drink a glass of water to rinse out my mouth and also to rehydrate myself as my mouth has been producing saliva for the last 20 minutes which I selfishly spat out, eww I know!


Aside from the grossness off the process of oil pulling it seems to have some very likeable health claims. (Not all of which are proven and not all are believable.)

  • Whitens teeth
  • Detoxes the body
  • Reduces headaches
  • Clears the skin 
  • Better oral hygiene
  • Aids hangover recovery 
  • Less jaw pain
(I won't be able to confirm or deny the hangover recovery benefit as I am 15 and dislike the taste of alcohol, everyone says this will change.)


In all honesty I despise the taste and texture of coconut so why I'm trying this may be a mystery to you, however, after a few minutes the taste and texture subsides, it isn't pleasant but it is bearable, and if it has results a little unpleasant taste is well worth it. If you can't bear the taste, other oils can be used, sesame being one of them.


I'm warning you now, the photos belows are gross, my teeth before, during and after the oil pulling, but it is the best way to show results accurately, so do forgive me! If you're not interested in the photos of my teeth I suggest you scroll past quickly and get to the diary part of my post.

Oil Pulling Results
As you can see my teeth did indeed get slightly whiter along the way. There wasn't much change after 7 days but by 14 they were visibly whiter. Until putting the photos together I did not realise how much whiter they were as my eyes couldn't pickup that much of a difference.

Day 1 - I tried half a teaspoon this evening and I thought I was going to be sick. It was the most horrible experience. Luckily once it melted it became bearable though I ended up with about a quarter of a teaspoon because I had to spit some out. I had a shower whilst oil pulling which took up 10 minutes of the time, I spent the next 10 on YouTube to help the time pass. My jaw did start to ache at around the 15 minute mark so I stopped swooshing quite so vigorously.

Change Noticed? None.


Day 2 - I managed a whole half a teaspoon - go me! This time it was as soon as I got up. Again it wasn't pleasant, I tried to make it melt as quickly as possible, which I managed by chewing it almost. Today I used my 20 minutes to tidy a new blogging zone. The time did pass quicker and it became easier to swoosh. My mouth felt very clean once finished, though I definitely needed a large glass of water after; I was so thirsty.

Change Noticed? Very clean feeling teeth.

Day 3 - Half a teaspoon for ten minutes today, yeah not very impressive. I didn't have much time because I forgot to oil pull whilst in the shower. Oops... 

Change Noticed? None. (Probably due to the 10 minutes.)

Day 4 - Today I went down the route of microwaving beforehand. Because I microwaved I managed a whole teaspoon, yes you read right; a whole teaspoon! Microwaving the oil made the whole experience so much easier, no gagging required. The 20 minutes flew by, I can thank The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for that. 

Change Noticed? Clean feeling again. Potentially slightly whiter. 

Day 5 - I microwaved again and the time flew, probably because I was in the middle of an ever so fun biology past paper. But my jaw didn't hurt and my teeth again felt really clean!

Change Noticed? Clean feeling again.

Day 6 - Microwaving is the way forward, today I managed almost a tablespoon. I had a shower whilst pulling. A tablespoon started off okay but by 10 minutes my mouth was nearly overflowing, but I persevered. By 15 minutes I had to spit half of it out. I managed the whole 20 still, it is definitely becoming easier to do.

Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 7 - Another 20 minutes in the bag, showering definitely helps pass the time, also watching My Week With Marilyn, (FYI amazing film,) made time fly.

Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 8 - Microwaved again, a whole teaspoon. Watching FIFAWWC Germany v Ivory Coast game, where Germany won 10-0, was definitely taking my mind off the swooshing. So the 20 minutes felt almost non existent.
Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 9 - Another 20 minute swooshing in the shower. It does get easier.

Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 10 - I'm still going, oil pulling does seem to be making my mouth feel nicer, cleaner. Microwaving is the only way I can stand large amounts but that seems to fine to me.

Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 11 - Only 10 minutes today, bad Beth, but in my defence I was revising till really late and then only had a short ish shower before I went to sleep.

Change Noticed? None noticed.

Day 12 - Back to 20 minutes again today. My jaw has definitely got used to the swooshing, the taste has become more bearable, though I am still not a fan of coconut.

Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 13 - This is the only time so far that I didn't oil pull so far. I was back really late and had to go straight to bed. Oops.


Change Noticed? None noticed.

Day 14 - I managed to do a little over 20 minutes today thanks to my deep cleansing hair mask. So now both my hair and my mouth feel exceptionally clean!


Change Noticed? Clean feeling.


After this I started getting sloppy, basically put I didn't have time to oil pull I was busy. This summed up my experience to be perfectly honest. Does it work? Yes it slightly whitens teeth and makes my teeth feel clean. But do I have time to oil pull and do I remember to oil pull? No I'm busy, I have other things to remember, and cleaning your teeth takes a fraction of the time, maybe without the whitening results, but I can live with that. Maybe I'll give it another go soon, or maybe I'll move on to the next craze. we'll just have to wait and see.


So here are my oil pulling findings, I hope this helps if you are thinking of starting. If you already oil pull, how do you find it? Do you have enough time? Or is it just a novelty?

29 comments:

  1. I loved reading this! It's the most in depth oil pulling post I've seen so far :). I'm currently starting to get into the habit of oil pulling, incorporating it into my night time routine. I agree that sometimes you just don't have time for it or forget!
    Tasmin grandiose days

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    1. Thank you, I did a lot of research before writing, I read so many posts about it so I could get enough detail into my post. I'm so glad you like it!

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  2. I only knew about it when my dentist suggested it to me for gum swelling. I have been horrified of it since then. This was very informative.

    -Wildfire Charm

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    1. Thanks I'm glad you found it useful!xx

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  3. Wow these are really good results, and I love how much detail you put into this! I love using coconut oil for my hair but I never thought of using it to whiten my teeth.
    Dalal xx monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

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    1. I hadn't thought about using it for either until I kept seeing it pop up in magazines. xx

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  4. I've been really curious about this as I've seen it everywhere! Surprised it actually works though, but does sound gross. Seems good for a quick-ish fix for a holiday or something if you have the time to do beforehand! xx

    www.throughneweyesx.com

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    1. Definitely not a long term fix in my eyes, but quick fix I think so! xx

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  5. ooh this doesn't sound very pleasant, and so much work for less results than teeth whitening strips - props to you for sticking it out for so long! this was very informative x
    natasha // eyebrows, inc.

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    1. It may not work as quickly as teeth whitening strips however, it does not leave your teeth as sensitive as whitening strips can. So although this is time consuming and may take longer to produce visible results I would definitely choose oil pulling to whiten my teeth in the future. Though, if you were looking for instant results you would most likely choose the strips xx

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  6. Such a great post! It's amazing to see the difference it makes for such a low cost method of whitening!
    Catherine xx | Brighton Girl

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    1. The difference genuinely surprised me, it wasn't till I put the collage of photos together that I could see the difference properly!xx

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  7. I want to give this ago although microwaving definitely seems the way forward! Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  8. That was so interesting to read, I didn't know that was one of the many benefits of Coconut Oil.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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  9. Coconut oil has a number of uses. One being to moisturise your scalp and hair.

    I may try this. It does seem like a long winded process - but worth it I am sure.

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  10. I have actually recently tried this also and really noticed a difference after few weeks. Of course that it's nothing dramatic but my teeth felt really cleans can slightly whiter also :)

    Feel free to check out my blog also! X

    Claudia | www.maximalista.co.uk

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  11. Hi, if anyone is worried about the taste. Get organic cold-press coconut oil. Its more expensive(6.99) but tastes just like coconut. You can find in Aldi or Home Bargains. Great post btw, very informative.

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    1. I might try that because I really don't like coconut xx

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  12. Thank you for the post this is the first time i have heard of this...I may try myself :)

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  13. I have never heard of this! I totally have to try it. Coconut oil does wonders for my hair, so I can only hope it works the same for my teeth. XOXO

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  14. I use sesame oil instead, because I can't stand the coconut taste. Also, the solid form of the coconut one was plainly disgusting the first few seconds.

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  15. I did try it back when it was all the rage. I did it mostly for the detox reasons, but didn't always have time for it. I think I should give it another try but on a weekly basis.
    xo Adri
    www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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    1. I might go back to it in the Summer if I have enough time xx

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  16. I attempted oil pulling but I hated the feeling of the oil in my mouth! Well done for going for 14 days x

    allegrasarah.blogspot.com

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