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Updated: Jan 8, 2023

Oil pulling is no where near as gross as it sounds, it actually is a lovely little ritual that I am sure you will find so much benefit in. Again like all Ayurvedic practices, there is a lot of logic behind the action and it is simple to access and do on a day to day basis. All in all, oil pulling will add about 5 minutes to your morning routine and save you hours in dental work, chewing gum or breath mints and potentially even face wash… Let me explain.

Oil pulling or Gandusha as it is called in Ayurveda, is the process of taking a spoon of oil, placing it in the mouth, gargling and swishing for a few minutes, then spitting out and repeat. The oil literally “pulls” toxins residing in the mouth, teeth, gums and also clears excess build up in the nasal passages/respiratory system. Oil pulling helps to fight off mouth disease, cleans the teeth, freshens the breath, helps strengthen the metabolism, clears the skin, gets rid of excess mucous – the list goes on. Is it good for everyone? Absolutely. Should it be done daily? Without doubt.


  • After you’ve scraped your tongue, take about 2 tablespoons of sesame (this is a warming oil great for cooler months), coconut (this is a cooling oil great for warmer months), or prescribed medicated oil (if seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner) and warm it slightly (place the bottle in some hot water or warm it in a pan over the stove).

  • Pour oil in a glass and take a generous sip of the liquid into the mouth, swish, gargle and hold for 2 minutes. Do not swallow, spit out (not down the sink) and repeat the process until the oil is finished.

  • Rinse the mouth with some warm water after to get rid of any residue. All done!

Oil pulling can now be added to your first steps of waking mindfully and tongue scraping. Click here if you missed the first step in your Ayurvedic Morning Routine and would like to have a read.

Contact me at anytime via the comments below or email with any queries or concerns.

Happy gargling and swishing!


The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the science of Ayurveda. If you have an acute or chronic health concern, please consult your chosen trained health care professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner, contact The Sattva Centre directly -

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