Oil pulling doesn't have to be messy any more! With these DIY oil pulling tablets, oil pulling has never been easier to do each morning. Learn how to make them here!

DIY Oil Pulling Tablets

Although I began my #LifeFromScratch two and a half years ago, there are many aspects of the crunchy life that I haven’t picked up. Sure, I don’t wash my hair or shower anymore, but there are many recommended practices for a a healthy and toxic-free life that I just haven’t gotten around to. Dry brushing, oil pulling, blackout curtains, and daily walks are the ones that keep nagging me.

Well, last week we bought blackout curtains, I’m making an effort to get some daily movement in, and I have now been oil pulling for over a month. Progress.

Have you heard of oil pulling?

I first learned about it years ago from 20 Something Allergies. I immediately knew this was something that would be good for me to do, and I attempted to get started a few times but it was awkward and messy. I would eventually give up before I could form the habit.

Then in December 2014, I saw this awesome post by Wellness Mama. A week later I was visiting with a friend and she started telling me about that same post. Next thing I knew, it was New Year’s Eve and I was making 2 months’ worth of little oil pulling tablets in that friend’s kitchen!

So what is oil pulling, and why have I been so keen to do it?

Oil pulling involves putting oil in your mouth first thing in the morning, swishing it around for up to 20 minutes, and then spitting it out. This swishing motion helps loosen plaque and clean between your teeth better than a toothbrush or floss ever could. It is even believed to be detoxifying.

Since I began oil pulling at the beginning of January, I have noticed a huge improvement in the health of my mouth. I have not had a single canker sore, my teeth feel smooth and clean, and I haven’t noticed any really bad breath (and I’ve been eating a lot of garlic lately!). When I went to the dentist at the end of January, they raved about how nice my teeth were (which made me feel pretty special).

All in all it greatly increases your oral health, which in turn increases the health of your whole body. You know how the dentist is always telling you that gum disease is related to heart disease? Oil pulling is an easy way to help promote oral health.

So how to do you it?

Typically, you would oil pull by putting a tablespoon of oil in your mouth. Deliberately swish it around your mouth and pull it through your teeth for up to 20 minutes. If you are just getting started, you may find that you want to start with a smaller amount of oil and a shorter amount of time. Until I got used to the texture of chewing coconut oil to soften it, a large amount made me gag. When you have finished, spit the oil out into the garbage (The oil is full of plaque, bacteria, and toxins now – you don’t want to swallow it!) and brush your teeth ideally with a natural toothpaste like this one).

As far as which oil you should use, it is up to you. I personally prefer coconut oil due to its anti-microbial properties — plus it tastes good. I also like to add essential oils to my oil pulling. Just a small amount: a drop or less per day. You may want to just use peppermint for that minty fresh feeling, or you can choose essential oils that are specifically recommended for oral health, like clove essential oil. This is what I use for oil pulling.

DIY oil pulling tablets: the easy way to oil pull

While oil pulling used to be messy and difficult for me, it is no more! With these oil pulling tablets, it is incredibly easy to oil pull every morning. I simply wake up, drink a glass of water, and pop a half of one in my mouth (I have a small mouth – you may find a full tablet is ideal for you). I chew the solid oil a bit and before long it is fully liquid and easy to swish around my mouth. I do this while checking my email, making breakfast, etc.

Easy, and it takes no extra time out of my morning!

DIY Oil Pulling Tablets
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a sauce pan over medium to low heat.
  2. Place the candy mold on a cookie sheet. Don't forget this step or moving the molds to the refrigerator will be really hard!
  3. Pour coconut oil into candy molds. Depending on the size you want, you may want to fill them all the way or only half way.
  4. If using, add one drop of essential oil to each well of coconut oil.
  5. Cool in the fridge. Remove from mold and store in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Comments 27

  1. Great post!! I have tried oil pulling and love the benefits, but like you said it’s messy and I don’t have much time in the morning. This is brilliant, will definitely try this!

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  2. I have been oil pulling for almost a year and love the results. I believe you are supposed to put the oil in before drinking or rinsing your mouth.

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      That is not something I have come across. In fact, this post suggests that you do drink water before oil pulling: http://www.mamanatural.com/how-to-do-oil-pulling/ I have seen some people mention doing it before eating or drinking, but I do not think this necessarily applies to drinking a glass of water. I think what is most important is finding what works for you – I wouldn’t be able to sustain 20 minutes of oil pulling without some water first.

    2. You actually are supposed to drink a full glass of water prior to pulling. It gets the saliva production going in your mouth and helps with hydration since you are dehydrated in the morning after sleeping all night with nothing to eat or drink. This is only supposed to be a glass of water though-no coffee, tea, juices or soda!

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  4. This is a great idea!! I oil pull for 20 minutes each day and have for several years. This would make it even simpler! I add a bit of activated charcoal powder for added effectiveness…which would work well for these.

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  5. I’ve tried to do oil pulling before, and while it is messy that wasn’t the reason why I haven’t tried it again. I had tried it with coconut oil and the taste of it made me want to throw up. I don’t think it was just from putting too much before I had become use to it, I also think it is because I can’t seem to handle the taste of coconut itself. Is there another oil that you would recommend for the tablets that will set up the same way?

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      I’m not sure…Coconut oil is ideal because it does harden so well in the refrigerator. I can’t promise another oil would be solid enough. You could try olive oil, but I have never tried to make molds with anything other than coconut oil.

      1. Extra virgin olive oil does solidify in the fridge. I tried oil pulling once with coconut oil and really did not like the feeling. I think I will try it again, but with olive oil. Maybe the flavor will help with the texture issue.

    2. I am right there with you, Kathlene. Anything with a strong coconut flavor (even Pina Colatas) make me gag – it’s like eating suntan lotion. So glad I’m not alone. I had read somewhere that Sesame Oil was the original oil used for pulling. I may try that instead.

  6. I love oil pulling and I have also read that you should not drink anything before hand and I haven’t. I love the idea of putting charcoal and/or essential oil into a mold. Thank you for the tip.

  7. I’ve been oil pulling for about a month and I love it. My teeth do seem whiter and brighter and if it is, indeed, detoxifying, well all the better! I always do it first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) before the rest of the family is awake. Not being able to speak for 20 minutes is hard with my children and husband about. 🙂

  8. Awesomeness! I can’t thank you enough! I can’t stand swishing coconut oil in my mouth, though I use it daily in coffee, on toast, for cooking and homemade products. Now I can get the much needed benefits of oil pulling without the yuck factor. You rock!

  9. In answer to the question about other oils to use, in the traditional ayurvedic practice of oil pulling, sesame oil is used.

    Also, about drinking or eating before oil pulling, from the information I’ve come across the intention with oil pulling is to ‘clean’ out your mouth of everything that accumulates overnight while you sleep, so you do not end up ingesting it. So I think drinking drinking water beforehand would be counterintuitive.

  10. nice idea *except* the essential oils should only go into glass or stainless, not plastic or silicone for safety reasons. I can’t seem to find stainless candy molds. Do you have a source?

  11. Usually coconut oil will be hardened at room temperature, after melting it do I need to refrigerate it? Will it “go bad”?

    1. The refrigeration is to help them keep their shape so they remain premeasured. My house gets hot enough in summer that my jar of oil is mostly melted at room temp so I keep my oil pulling shapes in a glass jar in the fridge.

  12. brilliant. I can pull on my way driving to work. I usually eat breakfast once I get there, so my 30 minute commute can be spent usefully!!!! Thanks

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