Wellness Challenge No. 12

June 18, 2017


at home oil pulling wellness challenge - M Loves M @marmar

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m back with a new wellness challenge. I’m sure some of you may have heard about oil pulling before. It’s an age-old remedy, but it’s gotten much more attention in recent years. While I had read some things about oil pulling, I didn’t try it because I didn’t really understand it. I did some digging though and I’m sharing why I’ll be curious to test out oil pulling, as the Wellness Challenge No. 12.

now up on M Loves M oil pulling wellness challenge so excited to try oil pulling at home - M Loves M @marmar love this coconut oil for oil pulling

First of all, the idea of “pulling” sounds weird. What is that? I’ve had blogger friends who have sworn by oil pulling, but it sounded a little strange. I finally got around to looking into it and realized that it should probably be called oil swishing. You’re basically gargling with oil in your mouth. Not so intimidating, especially when coconut oil is involved!

mixing coconut oil and peppermint essential oils trying oil pulling for the first time at home - M Loves M @marmar

Oil pulling is a practice that is supposed to “pull” toxins from your mouth and help improve oral health. It freshens breath, naturally whitens teeth, improves gums and removes harmful bacteria. All good things, right? The idea is that you have a food-grade oil in your mouth that you swish around, on an empty stomach, to help break through plaque and bacteria.

so excited to try oil pulling at home - M Loves M @marmar the perfect ingredients to start oil pulling i can't wait to continue oil pulling and see the results it has! - M Loves M @marmar

If you’re interested in oil pulling, here’s how you do it:

How to Oil Pull

Oil pull first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking anything.

Put a tablespoon of oil (I like coconut oil), in your mouth.

Swish for 10-20 minutes at a slow to moderate speed. This doesn’t have to be super aggressive swishing. Try not to swallow the oil since you’re removing the toxins from your mouth.

At the end of the 10-20 minutes, spit the oil into the trash can, not the sink/drain.

Brush and floss like normal.

Have any of you tried oil pulling before? I’d love to know what you think. I’m looking forward to trying this out this week and seeing how it goes!


Check out some of the previous wellness challenges!


photos by Julianna Marie

  • Michelle Joseph

    I have never tried this before, and honestly, I’m not too quick to try it haha. I’m very sure its benefits are worth it though. Coconut oil is good for everything.

    Mich x

  • Chloe

    I’ve never tried this before or even heard of it but now, I’m very intrigued!! I’m kind of scared about the prospect of gargling coconut oil in my mouth haha but, I can just imagine the benefits it will bring to my oral health which is something that I’m really trying to improve on!! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    Chloe @ https://girllgonerogue.blogspot.co.uk/

  • isewtoo 2

    I tried it but just couldn’t do it every day. Kinda grossed me out!

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    I’ve heard of this, but have never personally tried it! Just to confirm, 10-20 MINUTES? Not seconds? That seems so long haha!

  • rchiariello

    Those jammies look super comfortable!

  • kc

    I love the idea of wellness challenges, but have you looked at the actual research evidence about the supposed benefits of coconut oil? It is actually not recommended by the American Heart Association. Here is one discussion about the evidence:


  • kc

    It appears that my comment about this questionable practice was deleted rather than addressed. How disappointing that you’re not willing to have some dialogue about the fact that the American Heart Association doesn’t recommend the use of coconut oil. It’s irresponsible (or at best controversial) to make the claims above. Also, you might look up the scientific basis of the term “detox.” As a blogger, you might consider your responsibility to your followers as a legitimate news source. I certainly won’t be following you any more.

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