Does Oil Pulling Work?

Does oil pulling work for you? If not, don’t worry. It didn’t work for me either, at first. After trying several different oils with no success, I’ve finally cracked the code on how to get oil pulling to work.



Natural Gum Health

I was very interested in trying oil pulling because I had bleeding gums which are a symptom of gingivitis. I was disappointed when I didn’t see results and tried several different oils with the same lack of results.

Finally, I did a bit more research and added herbs to the oil. That was the magic trick. I saw my gums get healthy, and the bleeding stopped when I brushed my teeth. Would you like the recipe? I’ll give it to you and explain the purpose of the ingredients. I’ll also give you an alternative you can buy if you don’t feel like making your own.

There are a few different herbal oils that may be helpful for reducing gum inflammation and treating gingivitis. Here is a recipe for the herbal oil blend that helped me out:

Herbal Oil Pulling Rinse



  • In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil and sunflower oil over low heat.
  • Once the oils are melted, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the dried herbs. Stir to combine.
  • Allow the herb-infused oil to cool to room temperature.
  • Once the oil has cooled, add the tea tree essential oil and stir to combine.
  • Transfer the oil to a small glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  • To use the oil, take a sip and swish the oil like a mouthwash. Rinse your mouth with warm water afterward.

It’s important to note that this oil blend is intended for topical use only, and it should not be ingested. Now, to explain the benefit of the ingredients. Here are the potential benefits of each ingredient in this herbal oil blend:

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties, which may help to reduce the growth of bacteria that can cause gum inflammation and gingivitis.

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E, which may help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Calendula Flowers

Calendula has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which may help to reduce gum inflammation and prevent the growth of bacteria.

Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, which may help to reduce gum swelling and discomfort.

Comfrey Leaves

Comfrey has anti-inflammatory and tissue-healing properties, which may help to reduce gum inflammation and promote healing.

Myrrh Gum

Myrrh has antimicrobial and astringent properties, which may help to reduce gum inflammation and promote healing.

Yarrow Flowers

Yarrow has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce gum inflammation and promote healing.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce gum inflammation and prevent the growth of bacteria.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of these ingredients may vary from person to person.

Does Oil Pulling Work Better with Herbs?

Herbs make all the difference, but if you’d rather not make your own, another blend I’ve had luck with is Dale Audrey’s Ayurvedic Oil Pulling Rinse. It comes in several flavors–ginger, mint, cinnamon–but my personal fave is the bubblegum flavor.

It’s important to remember that this herbal oil blend is intended for topical use only and should not be ingested. If you are using the oil as part of a comprehensive oral hygiene routine, it’s important to continue to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to help prevent the build-up of plaque and bacteria.

The frequency with which you should use this herbal oil remedy will depend on the severity of your gum inflammation and gingivitis, as well as your individual response to the treatment. In general, you can oil pull once or twice a day as needed. If you are using the oil to treat a specific area of gum inflammation, you may need to apply it more frequently.

If you are using the oil and do not see improvement in your symptoms within a few days, or if your symptoms worsen, it’s a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional for further evaluation and treatment. They can help determine the underlying cause of your gum inflammation and recommend the most appropriate course of treatment.

Hopefully if someone asks, does oil pulling work, now you’ll be able to answer yes, it does!

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    • Rae
    • December 27, 2022

    I never thought of using oils to fight things like gingivitis. But definitely something I’m going to talk with my dentist about! Great article

    1. Reply

      Give it a try. It worked very well for me. Thanks for commenting!

    • Beth
    • December 27, 2022

    I’ve heard of oil pulling, but I didn’t realize you could add herbs to it to help with oral health. I’ll have to give this a try.

    1. Reply

      Let me know how you like it if you try it. Thanks for commenting!

  1. Reply

    Oh I would really like the mint-flavored oil pull! I’ve never tried it because I’ve heard mixed reviews as well. Good to know you can add things to it to make it work better for you.

    1. Reply

      Mint sounds like it would be refreshing. Thanks for commenting!

    • Bryan
    • December 27, 2022

    I wasn’t sure what you meant by oil “pulling” but now I see. I could benefit from this also. But where do you go to get ingredients like yarrow flowers?

    1. Reply

      Everything is linked in the ingredients list, but here you go –

    • Aurora
    • December 27, 2022

    To be honest, I don’t know what oil pulling is. I’m grateful that the recipe is here though. Maybe you can explain more? Is oil-pulling a form of remedy for gingivitis?

    1. Reply

      Hi Aurora! Oil pulling is an ayurvedic remedy where you swish oil in your mouth. It helps remove placque. Take a look at my other article about it here –

  2. Reply

    I’ve never heard of oil pulling before until now but that sounds interesting. Definitely learned a lot from this informative post.

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