Oil Pulling


It all started during #beautychat, (By the way did you guys know I am addicted to Twitter chats?) when @BeautyHigh mentioned oil pulling. And of course I was immediately intrigued. Having had the same jar of coconut oil in my pantry for over a year, I knew I had to try it. I originally started buying coconut oil for my hair. I used at as a deep conditioning treatment, but got lazy. Though I started again, so sit tight, there will be some amazing hair masks recipes coming up to BeingZhenya.com soon!

So what is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is the latest trend to take the wellness community by storm, but it’s actually a traditional practice in Ayurveda — a holistic medical system from India that dates back 3,000 to 5,000 years. Ayurveda’s key objective: to promote good health and well-being through balancing the mind, body and spirit. According to practitioners, it’s when this balance is disturbed that sickness can occur. To maintain order, specific treatments, including oil pulling, are determined based on a person’s dosha, or mind-body type. (TheDailyBeast.com)

Where do you begin? 
All you need is some coconut oil, a spoon, and 20 minutes of your time in the morning. I have been buying my coconut oil from Marshalls/TJ Maxx, but Costco has an extremely appealing deal now for Organic Coconut oil – 2 giant tubs for $23.99. I think I could bathe in that amount of oil! I spend the 20 minutes catching up on blogs, commenting and spreading the blog love, so it’s time well spent for sure.

When I put the oil in my mouth it’s hard, and I let it melt inside, trust me it does it in about 1 minute! My first day was extremely awkward though. The oil kept squirting out of my moth (because I probably had too much in), and dripping down my chin, so I was constantly wiping it up. Now that I’ve been doing it for 2 weeks, I barely even notice.

The first time I tried it my salivary glands kind of freaked out as well, and there was too much saliva in my mouth. But since it’s good for the body and your body knows it, it’s never happened again.

After 20 minutes are up, I spit out the oil in the trash can, since I’ve heard that it’s not good for the septic system (glad I found that out early, because our house is over 50 years old), and brush and floss my teeth like I normally do. I know some people are substituting teeth brushing with oil pulling, that’s up to you.

What are the benefits? 
I can list you off what all the magazines and blogs are saying, but let’s be honest, you don’t want to hear that. These are the changes I’ve noticed:

No nasal congestion or sinus problems, even if I wake up congested, after I oil pull, it all goes away. My husband has also been battling a cold, and I haven’t gotten it, which is amazing. I do have a history of really bad sinus infections, and I am so happy this is helping. I can’t do the neti pot, but I can do oil pulling!

No more cystic acne. I had about 2-3 bad ones, which at 27 is pretty embarrassing, but they are gone! And the best thing is – no new acne, not even when I am on my period (sorry for the TMI)!

No more Chapstick! Oil pulling keeps my lips soft and moisturized throughout the day! Now if it could only do the same for my hands!

What do you think? A new crazy trend or a great way to detox your body? I created a little fact sheet for you in case you want to give it a shot!



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  1. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I’ve cooked with coconut oil and used it to condition my hair, but I’ve been hearing so much about this technique that I am very intrigued! 🙂

  2. I am not gonna lie – this is the first I’ve ever heard of oil pulling! How interesting!

    • BeingZhenya says:

      It’s amazing! I am loving it. Going to buy more coconut oil this week!

  3. Hi Zhenya, I’m so happy that you paid me a visit! Enjoyed reading your post on oil pulling. I will certainly have to give it a try. My daughter introduced it to me, and after that I would see and read about it everywhere online…(like when you get a new car you don’t see until you buy it and you see it everywhere) I’m going to have to try this, hope I can stand the texture of the oil in my mouth. Have a “Happy Day”

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Cynthia, thank you for stopping by! Definitely give it a try and let me know how it goes for you!

  4. Ooh, I’m so glad you’ve tried this and posted your results because I have heard of this and was thinking of trying it, but it just sounds kinda gross haha! But if you can do it for 20 minutes and already see some fantastic results, then I think I might just have to give it a try. I’ve also heard of using other oils, but coconut sounded the least repulsive, so I’m also glad you tried coconut oil, too! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Kristi, so glad I could help! I love oil pulling, and I hope you do too! My nasal congestion being gone is probably the number one result I am super happy for! Let me know how it goes for you!

  5. Such an informative and useful post!! Great blog you have 🙂

    Well I was wondering if we could follow each other via bloglovin, instagram, twitter, facebook and g+? Do visit my blog and let me know where you follow and I will follow back right away!! 🙂


  6. Been hearing a lot about this too and plan to try. I’ll start with 5 mins though and work my way up – see if I can stand it 😉 Really hope I can b/c of all those great benefits esp. the cystic acne ‘cuz girl I feel ya on that one. Sux big time!!

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Good luck Meg! I hope you can do it! Let me know how it goes for you!

  7. Helly Zhenya,

    You’re the second person who has recommended this. I’m definitely going to give it a try. Coconut Oil is very good for you. I’ve researched it and I’m going to start taking it daily. It’s supposed to help with mental clarity and memory. I’ve heard it even helps Alzheimer patients! 🙂 It was great chatting with you during Sits Share Fest today! 🙂

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Hi Lisa, thank you for stopping by! You know I read about it too and I hope it really helps! I want to live a long life and make sure I share my healthy habits with others!

  8. This is so interesting! Thanks for leaving the link on my blog.
    The benefits so incredible although the tactics do seem odd. i am totally going to try it and maybe even have my daughter try it, as she has nasal congestion most of the time. Do children do it for the 20minutes prescribed as well?

    • BeingZhenya says:

      I am so glad you found this helpful! I believe kids do it for 20 minutes as well! I am not sure though. How old is your daughter?

  9. I keep hearing about this and now I think I’ll have to try it! It seems like a weird concept, but from all the articles I’ve read, it has tons of great benefits. Thanks for sharing!

    • BeingZhenya says:

      It really does Justine! I am so excited you want to give it a try! Working on making a video about it now, though it will be in Russian.

  10. A friend of mine asked me about this a while ago, not for detoxing, but for teeth whitening. I had never heard of that before, and as a dentist I was intrigued, so I went on a search. I couldn’t find any scientific work that would convince me that it helps whitening the teeth, even though I did find a few blogs that swear it helps. Still not convinced. Even though it’s basically a home remedy (and a lot of home remedies are great), but since it’s an ancient one, I thought there would be some scientific research done about it. But I like how you worded your article. Very objective. I still need to be convinced that it’s the oil that absorbs the toxins out of the body, instead of the body absorbing the nutrients from the coconut oil (which are proven to be beneficial). Will be doing a bit of reading on that once I get the chance.

    • BeingZhenya says:

      There are a lot of articles on how it actually doesn’t whiten teeth. Some people do substitute teeth brushing with that, but I just can’t. I wish there was more research on it done, but I guess it’s going to be one of those things like kombucha!

  11. Katie says:

    I keep hearing about this everywhere and everyone seems to be having a really great experience with it, but I don’t know if I could do it. I’ve accidentally gotten coconut oil in my mouth after making a lip scrub and in my humble opinion I found it to taste pretty awful. Could you do it with a different type of oil?


    • BeingZhenya says:

      You sure can! I think olive, sesame and sunflower oils are the ones you can pull with! I just love coconuts so much!

  12. Wow. I have never heard to this! The list of the benefits of coconut oil just never ends! Superb! ;D

    <3 Carsla
    Founder & CEO of Connect-the-Cloths
    A stylist, foodie, & writer’s blog in development.

    • BeingZhenya says:

      So excited I was able to share something new with you! I hope you try it! And yes, isn’t coconut oil the best?

  13. about a month ago a friend told me about this.. she’s been doing it for eons and she swallows the oil its supposed to be good for your colon as well as just about every other part of you …

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Interesting, because everyone else says not to swallow it! I wonder if there is any info on that!

  14. This sounds freaky. On the other hand there is some kind of logic in there. I suppose that oil pulling is as good for manly men as it is for you attractive, sophisticated women. OK, I need some coconut oil. Thanks Zhenya.

    • BeingZhenya says:

      You should definitely try it! I’ve been hoping to convince my husband to give it a shot. He says it sounds like witch craft!

  15. I’ve been hearing about this but never really knew what it was until now! Thanks for filling me in! I don’t know that I can realistically keep my mouth shut for 20 minutes straight with a two-year-old running around, but besides that, it sounds like a great idea! (-:

    • BeingZhenya says:

      Em, glad I was able to help! Maybe during nap? Or early in the morning before he/she is awake?


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