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DIY Oil-Pulling Chews: A Simple Recipe for Oral Health


Oil pulling is an ancient practice involving swishing oil around your mouth to remove toxins and improve oral health. This technique is typically done using coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. Swishing the oil around your mouth for 15-20 minutes is believed to help remove harmful bacteria, reduce plaque buildup, and freshen your breath. While more research is needed to understand the benefits of oil pulling entirely, many people find it refreshing to their oral hygiene routine.

These oil-pulling chews offer a convenient and delicious way to include oil-pulling in your daily routine, promoting healthier gums and fresher breath.

Oil pulling is akin to using mouthwash, where oil is swished in the mouth. This traditional Indian remedy, practiced for centuries, is known for reducing harmful mouth bacteria.

While oil pulling can be done with various oils, extra-virgin coconut oil is often preferred for its taste and antimicrobial properties. It can help decrease harmful bacteria like S. mutans in the mouth and reduce gum inflammation (gingivitis).

Here's how to practice oil pulling:

  • Place about one tablespoon (15 mL) of oil in your mouth.

  • Swish the oil around for 15-20 minutes.

  • Spit out the oil and then brush your teeth.

  • Dispose of the used oil in the trash to prevent pipe clogging over time.

When oil pulling, avoid excessive force. If it causes discomfort in your facial muscles, reduce the amount of oil and swishing intensity. Some find it beneficial to oil pull on an empty stomach before brushing their teeth or incorporate it into their morning routine while showering.  

If you're ready to start your oil-pulling adventure, here's a homemade chew recipe you can try.



Add essential oils that you find appropriate. Consult a doctor if pregnant, nursing, or using children.


  1. Heat the coconut oil until almost liquid.

  2. Mix in essential oils off the heat.

  3. Pour into silicone molds and refrigerate or freeze to solidify.

  4. Remove chews from molds once set and store them in a jar.

  5. Use once daily as needed for oil pulling.

Have you ever experimented with oil pulling? If so, how did it work out for you? Comment below to let us know.

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Great idea! With the chews are you spitting out liquid. Or ingesting?

May 02
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Spitting it out. Never swallow.

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