Coconut Oil Pulling Chews

Coconut oil - oil pulling chews with essential oils

I’m a big fan of oil pulling. I’ve shared before how I originally started this age-old practice and why I eventually started using coconut oil for oil pulling instead.

Why Oil Pulling?

If you aren’t familiar with oil pulling, it is simply swishing oil (usually sesame or coconut oil) in the mouth for a period of time (5-20 minutes) and then spitting it out in the trash. It is said to help reduce plaque and coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and even said to kill the specific bacteria that causes cavities.

The idea is that the oil is able to reach and help remove harmful substances in the mouth like bacteria and plaque. Unlike alcohol-based mouthwashes and regular toothpaste, oil may be able to reach parts of the gum and between the teeth and the naturally antibacterial properties of oils like coconut may help break down bacteria.

Many people report that their teeth and gums feel much cleaner when using oil pulling regularly. Others notice that bad breath goes away. Personally, I saw a reduction in gum swelling and in plaque on my teeth and my dentist commented on how clean and plaque-free my teeth were after I added oil pulling to my oral health routine.

What Oil Pulling Won’t Do…

Some online sources claim that oil pulling can help with everything from acne to sore throat and even reduce the chance of heart disease, but I haven’t been able to find any actual evidence to back up these claims, other than the fact that good oral hygiene is important for overall health. Oil pulling probably won’t be a miracle cure for your acne or health problems, but there is a good chance it will promote healthier teeth and gums, especially if used in combination with other good oral health practices.

Coconut Oil Pulling Chews

The other day when making coconut oil chocolate in little heart molds, I realized that I could simplify the oil pulling process by making pre-made, bite-size oil pulling chews.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with adding essential oils to oil for oil pulling to improve the taste and to get the added benefits of the essential oil and I decided to pre-add the essential oils as well. My favorites so far have been essential oils that are naturally found in toothpaste, like peppermint and clove. As with any essential oil, make sure that oils used for oil pulling are safe for oral use.

The result was simple-to-use pre-mixed oil pulling chews. I keep these in the fridge so they maintain their shape and also so that they are cool when I use them since it helps with the texture at the beginning. In fact, for my kids who have trouble with the texture of coconut oil, I’ve found that keeping these in the fridge so they can “chew” them first helps a lot.

Oil Pulling Chews -Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 20-30 drops of essential oil (peppermint, cinnamon, clove, etc- check with a doc or midwife if you are pregnant, nursing, or before using on children)

Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut oil until just barely liquid.
  2. Remove from heat and add essential oils.
  3. Pour into silicon candy molds and put in the fridge or freezer to harden.
  4. When done, remove from molds and store in a jar.
  5. Use one per day as needed for oil pulling.

Other Healthy Mouth Recipes:

I’ve always been fascinated by oral health, and after I was able to use a combination of diet, supplements and oral health products to reverse a cavity, I’ve made these methods a priority for our whole family. These are some of the other recipes and methods we use:

 Ever tried oil pulling? How did it work for you?

These simple homemade coconut oil pulling chews use coconut oil and essential oils to cleanse the mouth and help remove bacteria and plaque.

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  1. Best idea ever ive been meaning to try oil pulling but it just seemed too messy. Thank you !

    • I began oil pulling this past July using coconut oil but I have used extra virgin olive oil too. I just swish it in my mouth for 20 minutes daily while I am in the shower – spit out in a Dixie cup and throw in the garbage. I had my 6 month dental cleaning and check up in October. I noticed that I did not have as much blood when I rinsed after the hygienist cleaned my teeth and she was pleased that I had less plaque build up on my teeth. So, for me, oil pulling is helping with my oral hygiene so I will continue my daily regime. And, if I can do swish the oil for 20 minutes, I believe that anyone can.

      • I read your blog and I’m all about natural alternatives but the fact that you are still bleeding (maybe less… but still bleeding) means that you have an infection in your mouth and the source of the infection is still in there. Unfortunately oil pulling does not remove old plaque. All it does it makes the surface of your teeth more slippery and makes it harder for plaque to stick to, The only remedy for the bleeding is a good deep cleaning and prevention by proper flossing daily. There is also a saliva test now that can be done to determine what kind of bacteria is hanging around your mouth and how susceptible these bacteria make you to gum disease. Some bacteria are hard to get rid of because they are hidden inside the soft tissue instead of on teeth and for these bacteria the remedy is to have a specific antibiotic that needs to be taken by the patient to target them. By the way to prevent cavities baking soda is very helpful (sprinkled on toothbrush ) raises the ph of the mouth and makes it hard for caries to even start.

        • Would adding baking soda to water used in an irrigator be effective? Thx

          • Yes it would for pH correcting but it wouldn’t help scrape plaque off of your teeth.

        • Blood in your spit when getting teeth cleaned by the dentist can sometimes just be from where they poked your gum with the dental tool. The dental hygienist can tell you whether the blood is from ‘aggressive’ cleaning by them or whether it was actually your diseased gums.

          • That!s a cop out, I’m a student and because of that the chance of me causing bleeding is probably higher than a professional, however most of my patients do not bleed when I work, and those that do, generally have some sort of gingivitis.

        • This may seem strange, but eating sauerkraut can lift plaque without the needs for digging or scraping. I have a spot behind my bottom two front teeth that accumulates plaque into a thick pad that I will occasionally take to with a scraper to remove. However, I discovered when I started making my own homemade sauerkraut that eating it did the job for me.

          • Awesome, Paul. Thanks! I wonder if all fermented foods aid in the same way. We’ve been enjoying fermented salsa at our house.

          • Awesome thank you!

          • What scraper do you use?

        • My friend told me about oil pulling with coconut oil. Ha had chronic gingivitis and had been struggling with it for years. Also his teeth were very yellow and no amount of antibiotics or whiteness would solve his problems, but now that he uses oil pulling his gums are pink instead of red, they don’t bleed when he brushed, his teeth are whiter that ever, And no more mouth pain or bad breath! If he could fix it better with oil than antibiotics after years of dental help and prescriptions, I think the oils are definitely better, (there are many antibacterial oils that can be added) And better for you than artificial and abrasive whiteners too!

        • I had a gum infection from a popcorn skin, the dentist advised to swish with hydrogen peroxide for 5 minutes daily ’til it cleared up. It took a few days then was good. Dentist also said instead of paying for tooth whiteners, swish peroxide around teeth for 5 min a couple times a week.

          Baking soda was recommended too, for changing acid balance in mouth. If mouth is too acidic, maybe from poor gut microbes or reflux, it will deteriorate the enamel on teeth and make them prone to weakness, plaque build-up and cavities.

        • You might even want to try Young Living Thieves Aromatic toothpaste. This DOES remove plaque, and with pulling. My dentist was SHOCKED at not having to clean off as much plaque from my teeth on my last visit, than she normally does. I told her it was from Oil pulling and the toothpaste! Its pricey BUT WORTH EVERY DIME!

      • Rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide will heal your mouth of the bad bacteria and no more gingivitis.

      • You really shouldn’t use olive oil, safflower oil or linseed oil to pull since studies have shown those oils did not have an antimicrobial colonization effect on enamel of teeth. Sesame or coconut is best, organic.

    • one needs to be careful putting EO’s in plastic or Silicone molds in this case. The heated coconut oil, the silicone and EO’s = not healthy. No one has ever done long term studies on heating silicone so I never buy it as a muffin tin or mold to use in the oven. But I do know that the EO’s should be mixed in only glass.

      • Very good point. I don’t see why you’d really have to melt the oil before mixing it with EO’s. I usually just mash them together in a small glass bowl. I suppose it would be just fine mash them and put them into a candy mold then into the fridge until hardened. Maybe they have glass molds as well. The shapes might work better for kids but the coolness might be something an adult would like and maybe it would make it easier to tolerate when you first start chewing it up. Thanks for the idea.

        • If you read carefully, she does say melt to “just liquid”. With coconut oil, that is less than body temp. Oil is not hot. Also, depending on the oil you use, Citrus essential oils are the only ones that are a problem with using in plastic.

          • Actually, I disagree with this as I’ve worked with essential oils for over 20 years & have had some pretty nasty surprises. I’ve seen essential oils completely deform plastic containers to the point where they look like they had been melted over heat, even when diluted with carrier oils.

            Just avoid plastic altogether when using essential oils. Glass or stainless steel only. Better yet, avoid storing even carrier oils in plastic. Plastics are porous to varying degrees & chemicals can leech out of them into your oils, completely defeating the purpose of using or making a natural product.

          • Right! I MELT my oils by putting it in a small glass mixing bowl, then place that bowl in hot water. Also, not towards you, but she didnt say HEAT THE SILICON MOLD. Just use the mold for smaller candy-sized pieces. But anyway. I enjoyed the article. My dentist wanted to do a root canal on one of my teeth. I couldn’t afford it. So I began oil pulling. And at my last appt. It looked normal so he completely forgot about it until I asked him to compare the two. ? I’m happy. #coconutrocks

          • Citric also breaks down tooth enamel- probably not ideal for pulling chews:)

          • I did use the silicone molds with cooled oils and put in fridge then in a glass jar as instructed I must say I liked this idea better than putting globs on a spoon each morning and this was my first day using it. I really enjoyed the neatness of this way of oil pulling and plan to continue in this way.

        • Would an ice cube tray suffice? I am going to try this but with the melted coconut oil and put in ice cube trays

      • 1000% agree. Silicone is the “new” plastic in my opinion. I steer clear of both! Glass or stainless steel for this family!

        • As coconut oil melts at a *very* low temperature – even at body temperature – it wouldn’t be a problem to use silicone or even plastic to mold these chews (unless adding essential oils, in which case I’d stick to the silicone). In addition, the chews aren’t being stored in the plastic or silicone trays & are only in there long enough to set, making it incredibly unlikely that anything would leech into the oil in this case, especially in the cool interior of the fridge or freezer.

          Silicones are also very different from plastics molecularly & don’t react like plastics do. Think about the simple example of putting a plastic tray in the oven vs a silicone tray. One will completely lose its form while the other will not. Both materials have very different heat tolerances, with silicone being able to withstand much higher temperatures. They’re not at all alike in this manner. I’d recommend doing some research on the origins & the differences between silicones & plastics. Both types of materials also come in different varieties, with some being more stable than others under different conditions. There’s a wealth of knowledge out there.

          • Ong! Thank you. I guess only a few of us read and understood the article. Thanks for your feedback.

          • Completely agree!!! Anyone who has researched using EOs with silicone would find that it is much different than using plastic.

        • Stainless steel has nickel in it, which is toxic, so not ideal for many things.

      • could the mold be lined with something benign to keep the EO’s from interacting with the plastic in the mold. I think even room temperature mixing would still extract the chemicals in the mold. Or what about freezing the mold first so the coldness makes the interaction less? Just thoughts to bat around.

      • Stainless steel has nickel in it, which is toxic, so not ideal for many things. Also, every essential oil I’ve ever bought has a plastic reducer on it so it drops proper, as it were. So ….

    • I gag as well.
      I find it helps to add mouthwash with the oil.
      Question is… Is this ok??
      I am only able to do approx 10 min.
      Guess I need to work on longer times now 🙂

      • I cant do the full 20 minutes myself. So I break it down to 2 (10 min each) or 3 (7min) increments and still get the 20 minutes in. Try that!!

    • I have been oil pulling for a few weeks. I can’t fit a whole tablespoon of oil in my mouth so I use less. It grosses me out. The way I avoid the full grossness is to get up before it’s time to get up in the morning. I take a spoon and just get some out of my jar, go back to bed and snooze swishing. It works for me. My teeth are getting whiter and the problem teeth I have with cavities are starting to change. It looks like they are filling in. Time will tell.

    • I don’t think this will work for me since during the summer, my jar of coconut oil I have in the bathroom just for oil pulling, melts to a liquid and stays there until the house temp goes down during cooler weather. I just use a spoon to scoop it ourt and swish during my shower. I suppose I could add EOs to my jar and mix, especially when the whole jar is already liquid. Thanks for the idea.

  2. Love this idea! I will definitely be making these. Thank you for the time you spend to give me such useful info for my family. I could spend hours here!

  3. Hi Katie,

    What are your thoughts on oil pulling while nursing? Do you think it I safe to start while nursing?

    • I’ve done it while nursing, but always check with your Dr. if you’re worried about it.

  4. I have attempted oil pulling but usually last a minute or two before the gag reflex kicks in. It’s very frustrating since I believe this practice may help my dental health. How do these chews work? Are they easier to use then liquid coconut oil?

    • The coconut oil will melt in your mouth so i bet it will still trigger your gag reflex. Just keep trying while increasing your time little by little. I couldn’t do it very long at the beginning. Good luck!

      • I started oil pulling yesterday, although I’m used to cocnut oil as have 2table spoons every day ,for few months .I have managed 3 mins. Then just feel had enough so get rid. So sure will be able to do longer as time goes on .too early for results to see yet I’m sure but will,carry on .

        • I found that the first few minutes were the hardest…try different amounts and you don’t need to be super vigorous with it. I find kinda pulling it back and forth on one side at a time helps.

        • you only need 1 tsp to a tablespoon, Heather. Two tablespoons is too much. You need to leave room for saliva and to swish 🙂

          • I think that she meant she eats the 2 tablespoons daily.

      • I had trouble with the gag reflex for awhile right towards the end of 20mins. Fixed it by resting my elbows on my knees while sitting & simply leaning forward with my mouth towards the floor.

        • Smart cookie to reposition your throat away from the back of your tongue.

    • Try putting a smaller amount in your mouth at a time. Along with with the mint or cinnamon it may help. And the longer you have it in your mouth the thinner it feels. To me bout half way through, it just feels like swishing water.

    • Try putting less oil in your mouth

    • Some coconut oils brands are easier to use. I used olive oil at first but switch to coconut because it’s supposed to be better. The first brand was aweful I had a hard time with the texture and the flavor and I just couldn’t do it. Recently I tried a different brand and the flavor and texture was MUCH better. I also think trying less at a time is helpful. Good luck 🙂

    • I’ve found that placing the solid coconut oil under my tongue and allowing it to completely melt before slowly starting the swishing made all the difference for me. I’m up to the full 20 min with no problems now.

      • I put mine in a shot glass inside another glass of super hot water to melt it. No way could I let it melt in my mouth….that would totally gag me.

      • Good idea! I gave up on this finding about swishing for 2 min felt like 2 hours. But I see I’m not the only person who felt this way. I think I can give it another go based on these suggestions. Thanks wellness mama community!

    • I have a very sensitive gag reflex as well. I can’t brush my teeth without gagging most of the time. A couple of things to try for oil pulling, first as others have mentioned try using a smaller amount and then working up to more, you will get a sense of how much to use. Next when your mouth starts to feel full and like you are going to gag spit some but not all of what’s in your mouth out so it isn’t so full and doesn’t touch the back of your throat (a key factor in the non-gagging I think). It also helps to start at 5-10 min and lengthen the time as it works for you, don’t worry about getting to 20 min, that will happen. I also find it very helpful to pull while getting ready for and showering. I think the distraction of doing other things along with the warm water is helpful but it’s also helpful not having to worry about cleaning anything if I have to spit it out or do gag. Oh and I find adding peppermint essential oil very helpful as well but that’s me another oil might work better for you if you don’t like peppermint, I have always planned to try orange and or lemon, tangerine… Hope this helps, pulling really is great in so many ways once you figure it out.

      • You don’t want to use citrus oils for oil pulling. No citrus is good against your teeth. It will eat enamel.

      • Thanks that was very helpful now I have more hope on getting this done.

    • Try using peppermint oil and a drop of clove oil and spearmint oil to help flavour the oil and add a pinch of baking soda and use the mixture as a toothpaste to brush your teeth and mouth with and swish after then spit it out follow with a floss then second brush and swish

      • Thank you. I was wondering if you could use baking soda mixed with the oils. I’m going to brush first and then try pulling. My coconut oil stays solid because I keep it in the fridge.

    • I’ve learned to lean forward. Helps with the gag reflex. And take a little less at a time.

  5. You’ve done it again! Something so simple once someone thinks about it and passes it along – what an awesome idea and here I was trying to ‘scoop’ out the perfect amount of oil every morning 😀

  6. These are a great idea. Do you keep them refridgerated?
    Now long do you oil pull everyday?
    Thanks for posting. – Rose

    • It depends on the temperature of your house. Coconut oil melts around 76 degrees. Mercola recommends oil pulling for 30 minutes a day.

      • I have heard 15-20 minutes repeatedly from many…. 30 minutes can mean you start swishing around the bad stuff as well as the oil… should only take the 20 minutes max that is most often suggested.

  7. Great tips to learn about. Happy to have found your blog.

  8. Love the convenience of this! How many pieces would you make with 1/2 cup of coconut oil? Thanks!

    • It really depends on the mold. I wouldn’t recommend an abstract mold, the sharp edges might hurt your mouth! Try something small and simple, hearts or circles.

  9. I love this idea. I have been oil pulling on and off for the last 6 months. I have seen a positive change in my teeth, whiter and less plaque. Sometimes, though, I’m too lazy in the mornings to grab a spoon, get the oil jar, try to eyeball how much I need, and then mix in an EO. I also like using peppermint, I love the fresh feeling it give my mouth. I will definitely have to try this. Maybe I will get back in the habit of oil pulling more regularly again 😉

  10. I never considered adding essential oils to my oil pulling before, but I love the idea. At first, using coconut oil was a little odd tasting, but I’ve grown to enjoy it. However, I love the idea of adding something different to the mix to keep things fresh and enjoyable! Thank for the wonderful idea!!

  11. Neat… We’ve been slacking big time with oil pulling (haven’t done it in a few months, except I tried it today because I had a day long headache I was desperate to get rid of… I think it might have actually helped too 🙂 ) …. Maybe making it easier will get us to do it again 🙂

    • How would it help with a headache? I get migraines, so I’m very curious 🙂 please and thank you.

  12. I pull using chilled coconut oil…this recipe of yours simplifies the process 🙂
    I ‘m going to try the same blend of essential oils I use in my mouthwash – 10 drops peppermint, 5 drops spearmint, 5 drops cinnamon, 5 drops clove and 5 drops lemon

    • Shelby, what else do you put in your mouthwash? Never made it before but it’s on my to do list!

      • Lindsay, per 500mls of distilled water I add 3-4tspns of bicarb, as well as the above essential oils.

        • Thanks!!

  13. Just a word of caution to people who are new to essential oils. While I think this is an EXCELLENT idea, 20-30 drops is a lot! of essential oil for a 1/2 cup and works out roughly to 1 1/2 -2 drops per 1\2 Tbsp. I’m definitely going to experiment with this one! Not so much to debunk anything (but rather to figure out if this IS a safe amount to use and obviously to be able to use it myself) because I am also do oil pulling plus I use essential oils extensively for everything from antibacterial air-spray to perfume to candles, soap…..to the 3 areas where I’ll put some in my body. That is if I feel I ate something bad. Say for instance I had drank or ate something that made me sick (eg: I was using the same pitcher to make filtered water in and one day it made me sick, despite never putting any substance besides water in there still bacteria got in and ….you get the point, I have a faucet filter now needless to say!) if you have some kind of food sickness then 1 drop of Rosemary per 2 glasses of water will cure you pretty well. That is take a glass of water and add a drop of Rosemary and mix it then put half the water in another glass then fill them both up with water (ending with roughly 24 oz of medicinal water) and sip as much as you feel you can keep down until you feel better. This works like gangbusters!!!! You’ll be VERY relieved you did it when all the sudden about 2 hrs later you feel totally normal again. This will work almost as well with peppermint, if you feel you can’t choke down Rosemary. And the third (well kinda third, you can also do orange or any citrus really) lemon which detoxifies (but you can’t go in the sun for a full 24 hrs after drinking or otherwise using lemon (or any citrus including citronella – think long and hard on this one!) EO, even if on the bottom of your foot (which is a great place to put EOs if you want them quickly absorbed), no matter where you put it it will go into your entire bloodstream – proven and the reason why EOs are so very, very effective at what they do. Because it gives you photo-sensitivity and you’ll burn in about 1/4 the amount of the time it normally takes plus your melatonin won’t be working correctly and the kind of burn you get will feel like it’s under your skin instead of on your skin – it’s quite unpleasant. I accidentally got part of my leg in the sun while I was photosensitive and fell asleep – it was purple, almost black, later and hurt soooooo bad!). My point being that EOs are nothing to take lightly at all and many people recommend not taking any at all internally unless it’s from young living or doterra which both are extremely, almost prohivitably (sp?) expensive! I like mountain rose (who I’m so upset now will no longer ship EOs, I’m assuming because some are flammable – well all are flammable but will combust I should say – as low as 110 degrees F – don’t keep them in your purse if you’re going to say the beach for instance and your purse will be sitting in the sun for hrs!! I’m trying out bulk apothecary’s oils now and I’ll let you know how they do). I’ve learned the hard way, despite having taken a class (a real class that cost money) on EO usage and being warned by an instructor not to take ANY internally, to respect EOs and research every time I’m going to use some – like some are toxic to cats and my cat likes to lick and so I have to be extremely careful what I put on me or even my fingers when I’m mixing in case he licks me. I obviously don’t agree with the instructor totally – because the class was for beginners. I think in an intermediate or even advanced class she would have gone over the cases where and when it’s aporopriate to very carefully put some in your body.

    Now I do HIGHLY recommend using EOs, don’t get me wrong but please, please be careful. Peppermint and cinnimon both are EOs that you can build a sensitivity to relatively quickly if you overuse them. And that would be a real shame because they really, really are a great thing!! One time I mixed peppermint with just a tad too little carrier oil (sweet almond is my go to) and I burned the back of my neck! (EOs don’t burn you like a flame would, they just sting like crazy, some can be used neat – undiluted, but look it up first).

    Whew! Ok very long word of caution over! Sorry for taking up so much space! But it’s super important to me that people learn to use them carefully and respectfully!

    I bought your book, one for me and one for my bf, and I love it!! So glad I did, she has an autoimmune problem that is severe and I think you’ll be helping her so much for the SECOND time after that summit you did. Like save her life kind of help! You are my current hero!! (Please don’t freak out about that)!

    With all due respect and obvious care,

    Cynthia

    • What is the difference between EO and peppermint and other flavorings? I’m wondering because it seems to me if peppermint flavoring is made from peppermint, then if the EO is also made from it, what’s the deal? Why could I not use Peppermint EO as a flavoring?

      • peppermint essential oil is pure oil extracted from the peppermint leaf by steam distillation. peppermint flavor (or peppermint extract) is really just peppermint soaked vodka. Essential oils are very strong. it is recommended to avoid ingestion essential oils because there is not enough research on how oils of that strength can affect the body. If you do intend to ingest, it is recommended that you highly dilute the oils.

        You should not use a flavoring or extract the way you would use and essential oil as the extracts/flavorings are mostly vodka….

    • There is no need to be concerned about photosensitivity when ingesting citrus essential oils. Caution should be exercised when applying citrus oils to the skin and then going outdoors.

      Young Living essential oils can be used for oil pulling and in cooking – even wintergreen. The manner in which wintergreen is distilled determines if it is safe to ingest or if it is toxic. Look at your label to be sure.

      Thank you for another awesome recipe!

      • Actually, it isn’t. I worked in an herb shoppe for quite some time and every week, without fail, someone would come in with an essential-oil related injury asking us to fix it. Once a woman had taken a capsule–a whole OO capsule–of oregano in the morning. Two hours later she stumbles in, hardly able to talk, and we stood there helplessly as she begged us to cure her. We told her that she needed to go to the hospital. This woman’s Young Living rep had told her to take this “remedy” and when she called after taking the pill, the rep told her she was ‘detoxing.’ She called us later that week, saying that they had to pump her stomach and she had burns in her stomach… Now, her rep: I had to ask, how did this woman find out about essential oils? Did she go to a school? What educational facility failed her so terribly that she sent a woman to the hospital? Oh. It was the company. Hmm.

        Here’s the thing about MLM essential oil companies: for some reason, the two major companies seem to be convinced that it’s okay to eat these vital plant oils, to put them undiluted on the skin… Every other company seems to warn–DILUTE, DO NOT EAT. But the two big MLMs have an army of highly devoted, well-meaning reps with great social skills and pitches. These reps are your friends, your neighbors, someone you trust. And they are being misinformed. The real, real reason that they say EOs are edible and can be put on the skin undiluted is money. Plain and simple. Less dilution, more oils used. If they’re eating and drinking it, it’s even better. Now, the oils are good. Very good. But they’re priced extremely highly and the bottles are tiny and in my opinion and experience, there are other, cheaper companies out there that are just as good if not better, with a wider variety and lower prices.
        Please folks, please do not eat essential oils! Don’t put them on your skin undiluted! Don’t use citrus oils in your lip balms and lotions, research! And when I say research, I mean not with the company. My favorite book on the subject is Tisserand’s Essential Oil Safety. It’s huge, I love it. There have not been long-term studies on internal or undiluted use of essential oils, much like there have not been real studies on the long-term effects of GMOs.
        The good news is that you can still get therapeutic treatment with your favorite essential oils. The same constituents are in the actual plant, and if it’s harvested and stored properly you will get milder, but similar, results. You might have to take a tea or tincture for a while (generally, we herb nerds like to say that for every year you’ve had the affliction, you can expect to herbally treat for that many months, but it fluctuates quite a bit), but you will be safe. Even a drop of essential oil in your body could be very very damaging to a person with a certain condition or sensitivity… Play it safe. Please. You’ll save money and your body will thank you….

    • This was my thought as well. Great idea, but way too many drops to be safe. I’m going to try it with just a few drops.

    • You are right to say be careful with EOs a but once you know the “rules” of using them, they can really work miracles. Personally, I would always thoroughly research any EO before using it (that bit is obvious) but if you haven’t used a certain oil in the last few months, check it all over again. It is always best to have the most up to date information on an oil in case you have forgotten anything or, just in case something has been discovered about it since you last used it. I know it’s not likely but it can happen as science is beginning to accept holistic therapies more readily now and actually study their effectiveness.
      I used to breed mice (fancy mice, not feeder mice. I appreciate that reptiles need to eat too but these were bred to be pets.) small animals like that are highly susceptible to stress and if one became hurt, the stress of a car journey to the vet would be too much for it. As a result, I had to be able to help an injured mouse with the minimum of distress to the animal. Lavender is one of the few oils I had been told could be applied undiluted but for a small animal, I felt it best to dilute it anyway (personally, I always use it slightly diluted if using it on a person as well.) My recipe is 10 drops of lavender, 2 of tea tree and 1 of rose (the best quality you can find) with 40 drops of sweet almond oil. Tea tree is strongly anti-virus/bacterial/fungal and lavender has those properties too, plus it encourages tissue regrowth. The rose oil also helps to encourage and speed the tissue repair as well as helping the tissues to knit smoothly with reduced scarring. Since mice are susceptible to tumours, it is very important to ensure the skin heals smoothly. This blend is so effective that when one of my male mice was so badly injured that the whole of his skin, and a large chunk of muscle was torn from his back by his brother, I was able to stitch the muscle back (needs an ultra fine beading needle and a strand of hair to make a dissolvable stitch, massively fiddly and with only home anaesthesia (the equivalent of a couple of swigs of alcohol, the smell of a couple of drops of a liqueur will soothe a mouse without hurting it) but you still have to be fast as anything, then get plenty of fresh air back), then I made sure the wound was completely clean with sterile water and a couple of drops of double diluted oil before I carefully pulled the skin back into place. I used butterfly stitches around the edge, then used the oil mix as I described over the entire area, on the edges of the wound and over the whole back, to encourage the wound to heal and discourage him from worrying at it. I treated the raw edge twice a day, letting the scabbing absorb the oil but not disturbing it, in just less than a week, his scabs fell off and there, underneath, was lovely soft, supple, healed skin! When I first treated him, I would have rated his chances at less than 10% but he was my beautiful boy, a bit of a favourite, and I wasn’t giving up on him that easily. The wound had healed closed beautifully within that first week but I kept up with the oil, now very gently massaging it into his whole back to try and make sure that everything inside healed as neatly. Within two weeks he was so well recovered, he flat out refused to stay in “intensive care” and tried to make a break for the ladies cage. (Females are much less bother, they all live very happily together without fighting!) Anyway, he lived to a ripe old age and that same oil healed a cut on my own arm very nicely too!
      So basically, the point of that massive ramble was that this is a good formula to use for pets, the tea tree stops them licking at it and it all combines well to heal them fast. (You can use a coconut oil base if you want it more as a cream/ointment to apply by hand rather than fiddling with liquid). Sorry it’s a bit off topic but I hope you find it useful!

      • Wow, you are such a darling. Thanks for sharing! I love rats and mice. The are precious little animals.

    • I’ve seen thieves oil used in toothpaste. Would a drop of this in the coconut oil work to use for oil pulling?

  14. I love that your emails include everything that is in your new blogposts and not just a link. That is super convenient! I love it!

  15. Genius! Thank you very much! This is so simple, especially since here in the Philippines, I don’t have to do step 1 since at our ambient temperature here, coconut oil is liquid! Can’t wait to try this, Katie. No mess and spills and with flavor too.

  16. I love this! Thanks for all the amazing posts! Just curious, what brand of essential oils do you use? I’m finding a lot of varying information on certain companies, making it difficult for me to choose! Thanks 🙂

    • I’m currently using Mountain Rose Herbs and Tropical Traditions primarily, but use other brands as well depending on the blend and scent I need…

    • After a long research, I decided to use Young Living for me and family and now I Love them!!

  17. Brilliant!!!

  18. Hi I recently came across your blogs here and have to say I have really been enjoying this! I only just started OP and even just a week later from starting, I see all the effects including the cleaner mouth and teeth. This truly is an amazing process and even those who are skeptical as i was should try it for at least a few days… Thats when i really noticed the difference in my oral health, sensitivity, and everything else. I finally have that fresh from the dentist feel on a daily basis! Ill be making these chews and your remineralizing toothpaste next!

  19. I just came across your page on Facebook and came to your website. I’m very interested in the oil pulling but I was very concerned when I read your blog which has some great information. But Wintergreen should never be taken orally. I found this on a website and have used a sensual oils on myself and my clients for several years now. Even though mirth doesn’t taste great it is good for gum health but I would never ever suggest putting Wintergreen in your mouth.

    “A Few Words of Caution: The essential oil of wintergreen is highly poisonous due to the presence of Menthyl Salicylate. It should never be ingested and should not be used in aromatherapy. External application is sufficient for making this oil work inside since it easily seeps through the skin and is absorbed by the muscles and tissues. Furthermore, if accidentally ingested, it can cause severe damage to internal organs like the liver and kidneys. One more cautionary note, excessive external application on the skin can also turn fatal because of absorption of excessive Menthyl Salicylate in the tissues and consequently in the blood stream. There have been examples of death of sportsmen who rubbed too much of a relaxing ointment on his thighs which contained Menthyl Salicylate. It should never be given to patients who are hyper-reactive to salicylates.” https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/wintergreen-essential-oil.html

    • Sorry for the typos I was talking on Siri. ????

  20. How long can I keep them in the fridge? Also, what is the pulling recommended time for a 4 year old? Thanks

    • Well, I have only been making them for a short while, but I bet they will keep in the fridge for months. Nothing there to go bad, really.

  21. I’ve been oil pulling for about a year now and have had wonderful results. Healthier teeth and gums, fresher breath, etc. I love your idea to make a batch of pre-made pieces. Super convenient! One thing I have found is that it’s important to use virgin coconut oil because its less likely to be deodorized/bleached/chemically extracted (you can find clean sources of refined coconut oil but need to do some investigating). Virgin comes from the fresh coconut, whereas refined often comes from copra, an inedible left over of the dried coconut industry.
    I would caution wintergreen e.o. for most internal applications as it has a high methyl salicylate content, safer options might include fennel, lemon and orange.
    Also, when first starting out with oil pulling, remember that it takes 21 days to create a new habit and only 3 days to break a habit, so make a plan to really commit for at least 3 weeks in order to make oil pulling one of your daily routines.
    Thanks for sharing Katie!

  22. So, do you think the essential oils improve the benefits or just make your mouth taste fresher (and the oil taste less offensive)?

    • Hey Mia- I think both! Definitely helps add some improved flavor and essential oils are really amazing medicine- highly antimicrobial and can help uplift your mood (lemon/orange).

  23. Silly question, but I am new to this OP business, but found this interesting. Do You chew the molds and then discard them in the trash once you have done the OP with them? I am learning so much from your blog and am glad that I found it.

    • Nope, you take them out of the molds ahead of time and just chew the oil.

  24. Should you brush after pulling, or pull after brushing?

      • So you chew these until they liquify then swish them around in your mouth?

  25. AWESOME! Totally going to try this recipe. One of the drawbacks of oil pulling for me is trying to get the coconut oil out of the big jar. It’s always messy and gets all over my hands. This looks like the perfect answer to my problem.

  26. I’d love to hear more on what people do with their ‘used’ oil. Just the garbage can right there? We don’t use a liner/bag in our bathroom can. I’m curious how people make it convenient to spit it out each day.

    • I spit/dispose of in the trash can that has a liner. Remember depending on the time of year, just as the oil solidifies in the jar, it can also solidify in your drain lines. 😉

    • I spit mine into the compost bucket.

  27. never ver heard of oil pulling, going to try . thank you

  28. I have been adding a little activated charcoal to the coconut oil when I do the OP. I had only done the OP twice before my dental appointment, and surprisingly, the dentist did not have to give me any pain medication before cleaning my teeth, which was the usual routine. We were both extremely shocked and excited. My question is, can I add the charcoal to this OP chew mixture before chilling as well?

  29. Do you know if oil pulling is safe if breastfeeding? Does it allow any toxins to be released into breastmilk or does it all go out of the mouth when you spit?

    • I have done it while nursing since oral health is even more important when pregnant/breastfeeding, but I’d definitely check with a doc or midwife first.

  30. I wasn’t finished when my nook decided to go to something else. I wanted ask about using sort of small ice cube trays if you don’t have any molds?

  31. This is a BRILLIANT idea! I am tired of dirtying spoons to do my daily “pull”. I’ll give this a try. Thank you!!

  32. I keep ending up on your site because your recipe’s resonate with the way I like to prepare food and homemade remedies. I just browsed your site. Wow- I can tell I’m going to be spending a lot of time here.
    When I saw this post thought awesome idea for chewing gum. Do you have any recipes for a healthy chewing gum? Thought if someone could somehow make one that actually helps oral health it would be fantastic. Thank you so much for all the work you have put in this. I’m baking banana bread using your recipe, as I write this. Was looking online for a healthy applesauce recipe and once again like your recipe the best. That’s going to be tomorrow’s project.

  33. I’ve read through all the comments, but didn’t find any that did not have a good experience with oil pulling. I did it for 4 months with coconut and sesame oil–alternating—and when I went to the dentist for my 6-month check-up, she asked me if I was doing anything different, as I had more plaque than usual. I did do the oil pulling correctly, so I knew I wasn’t doing anything wrong. Nothing else changed in my dental hygiene.
    Needless to say I was very disappointed, and I didn’t tell her I had been oil pulling. I really didn’t notice my teeth getting any whiter either. I am wondering why it did nothing but make my teeth worse?
    Needless to say, I stopped doing it.
    Any ideas on this?

      • Actually, I did start drinking protein shakes, with green concentrate, and almond milk, good quality, but I wouldn’t think that would be the cause. I rinsed well after OP, and was quite shocked when she told me that.
        Love all your posts and recipes by the way. Thanks.

    • Doreen, were you brushing after pulling?

  34. This is such a good idea! I’ve been oil pulling for about a year now and love it. It makes my mouth so fresh and clean in the morning.

  35. I was wondering, can I sprinkle some cinnamon in the coconut oil then place in the mold to use since I will be brushing my teeth afterwards?

  36. You are such a genius with this idea. Now I’m going to go ahead and give it another try! 🙂
    Thank you!!!

  37. I absolutely love your blog and your natural remedies!

  38. Wintergreen should NEVER be ingested, no matter the brand of oil, as it is toxic. I wouldn’t recommend using it in your mouth!

    Also, I love using clove in mine, it’s great for sore teeth or gums!

    • Only synthetic wintergreen oil is toxic. Use the real thing and no problems. I have used it for many years.

  39. I can no longer live without my oil pullling every morning !!! It ‘s fantastic , I do it for a month and a half, and next week I have an appointment with my dentist … see what happens (I will not say anything, and see what happens … )
    I use 1 tablespoon coconut oil and I add 2 drops of peppermint oil , very refreshing and good for killing bacteria.
    congratulations and greetings web portu !!!

  40. Essential oils will leech the chemicals out of plastics and synthetic materials. This is a real good idea, but only use glass!

  41. Can we add baking soda? I love brushing with soda paste. Wondering if the oil softens the soda enough not to scratch my enamel. Thanks for an awesome idea! This makes it easier!! Now… Any ideas for safe disposal? 🙁

  42. Can you op anytime of day or does it have to be in the morning. The article I read said to do first thing in the morning but I have such a hard time doing that.

  43. I am using sesame oil for now but am eager to try your recipe. I do 20 minutes with the sesame oil. I found that this is also a way to exercise the face muscles. I love all of your information and remedies. I am glad to find someone who thinks like I do!

  44. I don’t have any silicone molds yet could I use an ice cube tray? Also I’m dealing with tooth decay and want to use oil of oregano w/ the coconut oil can I use that with peppermint or spearmint to help the flavor? Basically can the two be used together?

  45. What about adding the HealThy Mouth Blend from Orawellness? I’ve been dropping it on our toothbrushes, but if we do the oil pulling, we would get the same benefits, correct? I jumped on their Black Friday sales and stocked up.

  46. Just made these in my silicone heart molds, and I’m so excited to use them!! 🙂

  47. I’m totally new to this, but have been reading different articles on this recently. I’m just curious…..you just eat the chews and swallow, like food? Or do you have to chew and spit out for so long?! Thanks for sharing your knowledge! 🙂

    • Just let the coconut oil melt in your mouth, then swish it around for 20 minutes. You’ll want to spit it out into a lined trash can, not in your sink. It would not be good to swallow the bacteria you got out of your mouth from oil pulling and you also want to avoid clogging your drain.

  48. Please advise your users that Wintergreen oil should never be taken orally by someone that is using blood thinners as it can cause internal bleeding. Or those that are sensitive to aspirin, or are advised to not use aspirin. Wintergreen oil used in oil pulling would allow the oil to be absorbed through the cheek lining and enter the blood stream. There are warnings about using specific essential oils for a reason. Heed the advise of the experts when using “hazardous” essential oils including Wintergreen, Cinnamon Bark, Camphor….and others along those lines. It’s IMPORTANT to research any oil thoroughly prior to use. And not using amateur weblogs as your only source of information. Seek out experts, certified aromatherapists, or the information provided by the companies that manufacture the oils before applying/ingesting essential oils. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s 100% safe.

    • Lee,

      I don’t know who your experts are,but for me I will follow the wisdom of Dr. Gary Young.
      Traditional Uses: Leaves have been chewed to increase respiratory capacity by native Americans when running long distances and performing difficult labor. Settlers in early America had their children chew the leaves for several weeks each spring to prevent tooth decay. Wintergreen was used as a substitute for black tea during the Revolutionary War.

      Doesn’t sound so toxic and dangerous to me.

  49. think I may need to get my brother to make these for me while hes home this week hehe

  50. Hi Katie!

    What a fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing! I am concerned though about the suggestion to use Wintergreen EO. Wintergreen is nearly 98% methyl salicylate, which can be toxic if ingested. There is actually no situation in which it should ever be ingested. Just wanted to make sure you were aware.

    thanks!
    Liz

  51. HOPEFULLY you can help with this question: I’ve got a mouth FULL of amalgum fillings and I’ve no funds to get them removed – though it IS a prayer and a dream to do so one day. My own personal research has had me so confused – is oil-pulling safe for those like me with a lot of dental work? Or is it too risky and should I skip oil-pulling until said dental work is repaired?

    • There is so much debate on it. I’m actually working on emailing several holistic dentists to try to get a real answer to that question.

      • Thank you… I was wondering the same thing!

      • Have you heard back from any of the holistic dentists you’ve emailed about oil pulling and amalgam fillings?

        • He said that it shouldn’t be a problem unless there is still decay under the filling, in which case the filling can be loose and come out. I’d still check with your personal dentist though…

          • So then this is NOT something I should start today? Since I have a ton of fillings in my mouth? And am soon to get a periodontal cleaning? I suspect my dentist will look at me cross-eyed if I ask her about this and tell me to just keep brushing my teeth or something.

            This fillings thing introduced a whole new element. Do this….but not if this….use wintergreen….don’t use wintergreen….

  52. Can you add peppermint oil to the coconut oil,so it taste better? Or something else to improve the taste?

    • I did. It made the coconut oil a little more palatable.

  53. I love and use essential oils but please do thorough research before using them, ESPECIALLY before taking them internally. They are very potent and long-term damage to our bodies can occur without any external warning signs.

  54. I just made these last night. This may have already been said (there were a lot of comments on this one), but I made poured of the chews too thinly and they broke when I removed them from the mold. Note-to-self: Be sure to make the chew thick enough to be sturdy when you remove it, Self.

  55. Does anyone know if raw Palm Oil can be used for oil pulling? I work as a missionary in West Africa and trying to get other kinds of “healthy” oils out here is so difficult!

  56. Hopefully I get a response…..I have tried oil pulling but can’t keep the oil in my mouth long enough almost as soon as I put it in my mouth I start gagging and have to spit it out….maybe this was with some EO’s in it I can. Will have to give this a try.

    My question is I don’t have silicone molds…would ice cube trays or cupcake tins work or will the chews end up sticking and breaking?

    Thanks for any and all help.

    • They work. I just put in the freezer until solid and then dip the bottom of whatever pan you use in hot water for a second to loosen them.

    • Another easy way to make chews would be to use a measuring spoon or small cookie scoop to place dollops onto a piece of waxed or parchment paper. Place paper into the freezer until firm enough to put into a jar. I happen to like the taste of coconut oil, so flavoring isn’t an issue for me. My teeth and gums feel amazing after oil pulling. Oh, and for disposal, maybe keep a paper cup under the sink to spit in, then into the garbage can when full.

      • Ginger – Do you keep the jar of coco oil ball in the fridge after mnaking them? Thx JD

  57. Don’t follow this recipe. Wintergreen is considered TOXIC.

  58. I’ve done the oil pulling before. I’ve even blogged about it. However, I didn’t stick to it but a couple days. This post and the comments make me want to try it again. By the way, I just used coconut oil with a tiny drop of peppermint food flavoring.

  59. does it matter what type of coconut oil…refined organic or extra virgin coconut oil?

  60. I was just at a dental health talk by a holistic dentist who was talking about the benefits of oil pulling. He STRONGLY cautioned against the use of essential oils with it, especially strong ones like Thieves and Peppermint. He said he sees great benefit in the teeth of people who oil pull, but he has seen now, several cases of great HARM caused by the oils on the teeth. They are so powerful that they can do damage to the teeth and/or gums. So, just passing on some words since I too, would have thought the oils could only help. (And who knows about what dose they were using…but it is another time to recognize the power of essential oils and respect it and use caution!).

    • Did the holistic dentist say what could be added to the oil for taste, if not using EO?
      Thanks

  61. I havent tried pulling yet, but I do make my own tooth paste with coconut oil, baking soda, and peppermint oil. It make my mouth feel great, it had whitened my teeth, and it tastes good. I will try pulling next! Thanks !

  62. After putting in a jar, is the jar then put in the freezer, the fridge or in a cabinet? If the latter, for those houses without airconditioning, it seems August could become messy.

    • Mine melts when it’s hot. No biggie.

  63. so I wonder if this would work in a regular plastic ice tray. has anyone tried it? I don’t have silicone, but I do have a regular one that is just the right size….

  64. I put the coconut oil in a tiny glass bowl and place it on the coffee pot warmer. It just takes a few minutes to melt the oil and seems to be a more pleasant way of oil pulling.

  65. Has anyone used Edens Garden or Plant Therapy essential oils in their oil pulling chews?

  66. Hi, I’ve been making the oil pulling chews for a while now and I want to try it with activated charcoal.

    Can I pre-mix the charcoal with the oil to make the chews or is it better to add in the charcoal powder only when I’m about to oil pull?

  67. Hello, I just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog. I have been oil pulling for a week, and it seems I am one of the lucky ones who could handle 20 minutes right away- no problem, though I use a little less than a full Tablespoon. The last two days, I have had a bitter taste in my mouth that I can’t get rid of, although my teeth are looking and feeling great. This morning, I noticed the sensation of thick mucous in the back of my throat. Is this a normal part of beginning this routine, or should I stop since I have ancient amalgams? The info is so contradictory, and I don’t live in an area where dentists are accepting of anything but traditional dental practices, so I don’t think asking my dentist will get me anywhere! Has anyone else had this issue? Sorry if this has been addressed already, I don’t have time to read the many comments, but I’m concerned! Thanks to anyone with advicem

    • i have a friend that oil pills and she’s wears it helps keep her sinuses more clear. Have your sinuses been sort of full lately? Could the extra mucus be from that?

    • I’m wondering many of the same things for the same reasons – only before I start. I can’t find an answer here to your questions . Did you learn anything new?

  68. This is similar to what I do. I melt coconut oil, and add cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint, clove, and tea tree. I don’t make chews- I just have it in a little jar, and scoop it out with a spoon, then let it melt in my mouth. I use a little on my toothbrush for brushing, and gum massage. Then I use the same spoon to scrape my tongue.

  69. I love oil pulling but wanted convenience so I add a little olive oil to the blend (just enough to keep it from getting too hard) and put it in a squeezable, flip-top travel bottle and just squirt it directly into my mouth, If it does harden I just run under hot water and/or remove the cap to squeeze, start my 20 minute timer and when done I spit into kitchen trash since I’ve already started breakfast and am in the kitchen anyway. That’s it! Then I brush. Couldn’t get much more convenient! I make it fresh every week or two.
    I have adopted most all the lifestyle changes Katie recommends and have been so happy with them! So, even at age 57 it’s never too late to make healthy changes!

    • Love this idea!

  70. Could I use spearmint EO? I like peppermimt but prefer the taste of spearmint a little more.

  71. I love the idea of making them chewable. I have been wondering about adding a little xylitol to the mix, to help with cavity prevention. Any thoughts on that idea?

  72. first, I am going to say, I am not a doctor or dentist, I am just going to tell you what happened, do with it what you will. I have been oil pulling 1 tbsp. of organic coconut oil(got it from the store) for about a year now and my mouth feels pretty good:)
    My 8 year old daughter got an absess about a month ago, big yucky one next to a crown. Big enough to scare me… I had never thought of asking my kids to oil pull but I did not know what else I could do, it was Saturday morning and the dentists office was closed. I broke down and had her swish around a tbsp. of coconut oil twice on Saturday and twice Sunday. Took her to the dentist Monday afternoon and no absess was found. Our whole family does it now:) it will be neat to try it with the essential oils though:)

  73. The health food store here sells coconut oil already premixed with EO I find this much easier than having to mix in your own, it made the experience a lot easier too. I recommend if you are just starting out to try and find some like this…

  74. Hi, I’m wondering how one knows which brand of EO to use. Are ones labeled ‘medical’grade’ okay, or do they actually have to be labeled ‘food-grade’?

    Also, I really hate the taste of coconut. I do have a coconut oil that is neutral (‘Omega Nutrition’s Certified Organic Coconut Oil’), and while I know that usually means it’s been processed in a way that leaches nutrients, it IS certified organic and kosher. The onsite claims are that it is ‘expeller pressed’ and that ‘the flavor is removed by distilling the oil with a vacuum process. The heat involved in this process does not create trans fatty acids, and the beneficial fatty acids are not affected.’ Would this type of coconut oil still give the proper benefits of pulling? Thanks! 🙂

  75. unrefined sesame oil is so far theeee best and most effective oil to use for this purpose. if you go on youtube look up “oil pulling heyfranhey”

  76. * one holistic dentist I went to warned against citrus oils as well due to acid. Not sure myself and though I poked around a bit way back when I don’t remember finding a definite answer on that topic.
    * another holistic dentist – the one I use regularly advised against any essential oils near teeth with composite fillings. She felt the oils could degrade the materials composites are potentially made up of.
    * a naturopathic dr I go to recommended only 2-5 mins of oil pulling due to the risk of reabsorbing toxins back into your oral tissues. I have repeatedly had itchy ratches all over my back when I oil pull and when we were discussing that is when she told me to limit the amount of time.
    * I have tried different oils over the years and have found that I get the back rashes when I use regular coconut oil and sesame oil but NOT when I used hydrolyzed coconut oil. I’m not sure how to interpret this but figured I’d share…?

  77. I’ve done oil pulling and tried to be consistent. My problem is, I’ve read where you should do it first thing (before putting anything else in your mouth or before brushing your teeth) and I simply forget and the next thing you know, I’ve had my morning coffee. Is there really anything to that, or can I do it when I think of it before brushing in the morning)? I also have not used coconut oil, but used Sunflower oil as was recommended when I first read about pulling. I find it hard to put solidified oil in my mouth to let it melt and then swish.

  78. To perhaps help to clear up the wintergreen oil controversy: chewing wintergreen leaves as was suggested is ENTIRELY different than using the essential oil of wintergreen!

    Dr Mercola states (in part): “be warned that pure wintergreen oil (which is a highly concentrate form of methyl salicylate) is highly toxic even in small amounts, so I do not recommend experimenting and making your own infusion at home. Instead, look for a product that has been diluted in other organic carrier oils. Many manufacturers use synthetics instead of natural methyl salicylate for their wintergreen oil, so make sure you choose a product made with pure, natural wintergreen oil.”

    He also cites the Native American uses as Rich above states, but again that is a whole different situation, since obviously taking the natural material from the wild and chewing it is a far cry from using the pure distilled wintergreen oil. My creds? been a home soapmaker and essential oil student and user for over 10 years and I work for a naturopath 🙂 I just don’t want to see someone hurt themselves.

  79. Sign.. When I read the title of the post, I thought, “That’s EXACTLY what I need, chewy oil pulls!” (I’m being totally serious – I can only keep the oil in my mouth for 3-4 minutes before I vomit. Something about when the oil mixes with saliva and starts getting frothy.. I just gagged thinking about it.) I was pretty disappointed when I saw the “chews” were just pre-measured doses of oil. But I think you touched on an AWESOME idea – can you see about making a recipe for the oil pulls that are kinda gummy-chewy, and keep that consistency while you’re chewing it? Or at least something that doesn’t totally liquify and turn to froth in your mouth?

    • I am with you Chris! Can gelatin be used? I would love to have a chew!

      • I made a comment below about using bees wax….

  80. Hello,
    Would adding a teensy bit of activated charcoal to the oil be a good idea? My train of thought is that it would help whitening and with pulling toxins. If it is, how much? Would I need to modify how long I’m pulling?

    • You could try it, although I never have. I would worry a bit about the mess…

  81. Just bought some extra virgin organic coconut oil and its for a painful tooth. When I opened it – it was kind of cloudy with thicker white oil in the bottom of jar. Do I stir it up and then swish or do I need to do something else with it before I use it?

    • That is the nature of coconut oil. That’s just because it was mostly in its liquid state. The white parts hadn’t quite melted yet. You can just use whatever comes out on the spoon. It’s all the same.

      • Thanks so much! It all finally hardened.

  82. I keep hardened coconut oil balls in the fridge and when I want to oil pull, I throw one in my mouth and a little bit (i use the tiny spoon that come in a stevia bottle) of the activated charcoal in my mouth separately. Then swish for approx 20 min.

  83. A lot of the comments mention the dangers of not using EOs correctly. If the EOs in this recipe are mainly for flavor, why can’t you use extracts instead? They’re safe to eat, so no problem there. Maybe this would be an alternative to EOs for beginners.

  84. What have you found to be the best coconut oil for the best price?? I realized I’ve been using low quality and when I research it’s totally overwhelming!! Thanks!!

  85. I want to use Thieves in my chews. Would I still use 20-30 drops of thieves? Thank you for your time.

  86. My husband started oil pulling nearly a year ago & it has dramatically improved his dental health. His teeth were a mess before beginning this on a daily basis. Badly stained, decaying etc. He’s got a severe phobia of dentists since the dentist is commonly used as a threat against children who are misbehaving in his country. Horrific, I know. As a result, just the mention of a dentist appointment makes him shake violently & vomit. But I was seriously worried about his longterm health & told him if he started daily oil pulling, I’d back off about the dentist.

    He’s very glad he started, as am I. Not only does the condition of his mouth look much better, his gums have stopped bleeding & his teeth have stopped hurting. It takes time to see results – months, in reality – but the coconut oil is still doing its job in the meantime. He also always rinses with aloe immediately after brushing, which has improved his oral health even more.

  87. Hello,

    Is it safe to add one drop of oregano essential oil in each mold?

  88. do you think you could add baking soda to the chews? Would it make a difference or alter the way the oil pulling works?

  89. I make my own toothpaste with equal parts baking soda and coconut oil, plus peppermint EO and some pink Himalayan salt.. Would oil pulling with that work ok, or do the other ingredients get in the way of the effectiveness?

  90. Love this idea! I just had a small jar of melted coconut oil and tea tree oil. I can’t wait to try this. Love your recipes!!!!! Thank you for sharing.

  91. Katie, I always love and appreciate your ideas! This is a great way to get my hubby and kids to oil pull!

    I do have a question for you, my husband sufferers from severe cancur sores since he was a child and often has flare ups monthly. I am thinking the oil pulling would help since it is an anti fungal but do you recommend anything else???

    **I feel like people comment on here often to just find a flaw in Katie’s work, if you don’t agree go somewhere else or at lease read her entire article. We don’t need your negative comments. Do your own research if you think it’s harmful or not good. I know how much time And effort Katie puts into her post. Go waste someone else’s time.

  92. I’m a little confused. If you are keeping the coconut chews in your mouth for 20 minutes, what about the saliva? Do you spit it out? Do you swallow it and all the bacteria? I know you spit the chew out but what about the saliva?

    • The chew will dissolve in your mouth, so you will spit out everything together.

    • Did you read the article? You do not swallow the oil. You do not spit it out in the sink. You spit it out in a lined trash can.

  93. I have recently started oil pulling on and off. Do you have an educated opinion on why I would getting some bright white spots on my two front teeth after a few days in a row of oil pulling?

  94. I’ve been reading up on oil pulling and am excited to try it! But I have a big question – if I have two filled root canals without the crowns, will oil pulling get rid of the temporary fillings? I’m so afraid to try !

  95. Katie – Can you post a link to amazon where I can get the coconut oil you’re recommending? I must have clicked on every link posted on here but I can’t seem to find the one for the coconut oil pulling I should purchase. Also which essential oil do you recommend best.. taste wise?

  96. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  97. I have tried oil pulling in the past but had to quit because I simply cannot stand the taste of coconut at all. Can I use a different oil, or is there a flavorless coconut oil I can use instead?

    • Refined coconut oil is tasteless, but doesn’t have the same properties that act against the bacteria but it will still help. Alternately, sesame oil could be used.

  98. I was thinking to add some food grade bees wax or even conglomerate from a local hive (doesn’t need to be purified wax) and that would help the chews to last longer in the mouth. You can spit the wax out after the oil has dissipated. Yea-nay?

    • I don’t know… I’ve never tried it but the wax might interfere with the normal process.

  99. Can you do oil pulling after drinking the morning lemon water and that would get the acidic leftovers out of your mouth?

  100. Just a thought….I’m on my very last days of chemo….if I start this oil pulling now, will it draw out the toxic medication that I’m taking to kill the cancer cells…should they be there? I believe that when I have finished my medication….two days time, I still will have the medication in my system for two or three more months. Maybe I should start this in three months ….to be safe. My daughters all have rather yellow teeth, we think it is the water here. VERY high in lime….so I’m very excited about this for them to get going, and the charcoal too. Thanks again Katie, so much for all this fantastic information.

  101. I’ve been mixing EOs with my coconut oil for several months. I just use peppermint and tea tree and mix it up in a little jar at room temperature.

  102. Just a word of caution, my functional Doctor did not recommend oil pulling for me as I have a silver cap on a tooth. I think oil pulling is a good thing – just make sure it’s a good thing for you.

  103. Why not add trace minerals (liquid form) to oil pulling routine instead of natural toothpaste. Besides, toothpaste gets rinsed out pretty quickly and is more of a quick clean.

    My hubby and I started oil pulling and our teeth are MORE sensitive. Mine weren’t at all before pulling. Would you know why? And did you experience this? Perhaps it gets worse before it gets better?

  104. I’m skeptical about using EO’s after reading some experiences of people who had bad reactions. Could I add pulverized mint instead of EO? Or would they get moldy, even in the fridge?

  105. Can you post what heart shaped molds you like best? I’m a Prime member, so an Amazon affiliate link would be great. Thanks!

  106. Do you know if it’s safe to substitute a peppermint essential oil for peppermint extract?

  107. Is it actually good to use anything antibacterial in the mouth? Don’t we want to keep the beneficial bacteria alive and well in mouth, throat, and eustachian tubes, so they’ll crowd out the bad bacteria and protect overall health in those areas? I even got an oral-health probiotic (containing bacteria that saliva is *supposed* to have in it) for my 3yo to chew at bedtime and saw an immediate, drastic improvement in the swamp-breath he had each morning despite brushing well at bedtime (and despite having straight, well-spaced, sparkly-healthy teeth).

  108. Such a great idea & convenient!