Weird Trends - WTF is Oil Pulling?

March 31, 2014

oil pulling, coconut oil
When I first heard of "oil pulling," a beauty ritual that apparently all the celebs are into these days, I instantly thought it was some weird hair or skin treatment. I imagined it would be expensive, painful, and essentially pointless, but all of those initial thoughts proved to be wrong.

Not only does it have nothing to do with hair, it was way easier than I realized.

So, what IS Oil Pulling?!

Oil pulling is actually a dental ritual, which involves swishing an amount of coconut, olive, or other vegetable oil around your mouth and between your teeth like a form of natural mouthwash. It's said to naturally remove bacteria and food particles, and gently reduce stains and inflammation.

The idea of taking a big swig of olive oil is pretty off putting, especially when you're supposed to keep it swishing around for 20 minutes daily, but once you get used to it, it's not that bad.

I tried coconut oil to start with, which may not be your best bet if you're not used to the consistency. Coconut oil starts as a solid, and soon melts when it hits anything over 70 degrees. It took a while to get used to, but soon it was just as if I was swishing water around in my mouth. Eating a big spoonful of solidified oil sounds pretty gross, and it took some getting used to, but I can imagine this process could be beneficial in the long run.

Apparently many celebrities like Gwenyth Paltrow swear by it, and hey, if it keeps her pearly whites looking good, why not give it a go?!

Was it weird? Definitely.
Would I do it again? Maybe.
Did it change my life? No way.
Would you try oil pulling?


  1. I can't imagine swilling even the nicest drink for 20 minutes, I can imagine getting a serious case of jaw ache! Haha. Would love an update on this at a later date to see if it works for you!
    Spider Leg Lashes xo

  2. Uhhh I think I'll pass hahaha I put coconut oil in my hair and I can't imagine it being in my mouth!

  3. I've been hearing about this lately, but honestly don't think I could do it for 20 minutes! Ick!

    xo Brianna | Glazed Over


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