Prevent Cavities, Treat Gingivitis, Get Rid Of Periodontitis, Thrush And Bad Breath With Oil Pulling

“Oil pulling” or rinsing your mouth with oil is an Indian ancient practice (thousands of years old), which has spread rapidly around the world after the 90’s. This practice has the effect of cleansing and detoxifying the gums and teeth and prevents cavities by removing harmful oral bacteria. In addition, it helps whiten the teeth enamel.

Traditionally, sesame oil was used, but today coconut oil is often recommended. To increase its strength, you can mix it with essential oils such as peppermint, cinnamon, clove, tea tree or oregano.


You can prepare at home your own mouth rinsing oil. Depending on the problems you face, you will need a tablespoon of coconut oil and a few ingredients:

For Bad Breath: 2 drops of cinnamon oil or peppermint essential oil

For Toothache: 2 drops of clove oil or 2 drops of tea tree oil (or 1 drop of each)

For Thrush: 2 drops of holy basil essential oil

For Gum Disease: 2 drops of cinnamon oil (clove and tea tree)

For Periodontitis: 2 drops of myrrh essential oil

For Cavities: 2 drops of clove oil or tea tree oil (or 1 drop of each)

For Any Mouth Infection: 2 drops of clove oil or tea tree oil (or 1 drop of each)


1. Measure 1 to 2 teaspoons of the oil and put it into your mouth. Let the oil melt in your mouth before swishing it around your mouth and teeth.

2. Continue swishing for about 20 minutes, because this is how long it takes to break down the plaque and bacteria, but not so long as to allow your body to re-absorb the toxins and bacteria. The oil will become thicker as it mixes with your saliva, and will turn a milky white before you spit it out.

3. After 20 minutes, spit the oil into a trash can. You’ll not want to use the sink, because like all oil, the spent oil could clog the drain. Try not to swallow any of the oil, it’s not good for you to consume.

4. Rinse with warm water a few times to remove any leftover oil residue from your mouth.

5. Follow up by brushing your teeth to make sure any remaining residue is removed from your teeth.

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