Coconut Oil Pulling Chews

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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)


  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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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


226 responses to “Coconut Oil Pulling Chews”

  1. EmmaLee Avatar

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

  2. Stephanie Avatar

    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?

  3. Jackie Avatar

    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?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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.

  4. Katherine Avatar

    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?

  5. Wafi Avatar

    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 !

  6. jaime jo Avatar

    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?

  7. Lori Avatar

    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?

    1. levi Avatar

      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.

  8. Georgia Avatar

    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.

  9. Arisai Santiago Avatar
    Arisai Santiago

    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.

  10. Katie Avatar

    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?

  11. Rebecca Avatar

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

  12. Rosaria Avatar


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

  13. Sandra Avatar

    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.

  14. SANDI HARKIN Avatar

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

  15. Colleen Avatar

    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!!

  16. Desiree Avatar

    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.

  17. June Avatar

    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.

  18. cheryl Avatar

    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?

    1. Paula Avatar

      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.

  19. Katelyn Avatar

    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?

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