TV Tuesday # 6: Oil Pulling – The Secret To Getting Rid of Bad Breath Naturally

Oil Pulling. Yup. First time I read it I was thinking the same thing. What the heck is oil pulling? That sounds like something you might do to a car or a way of cleaning out rusty pipes.

But no, this is actually something you can do with your mouth. It’s an old Ayurvedic remedy and proclaims a long list of remedies. The obvious is that it would heal the mouth, but it claims to heal all kinds of conditions including digestion issues.

Originally discovered by Dr. F. Karach, M.D. who had a blood disease, he then coined the term after healing himself. I was introduced to this healing treatment by Jill from Real Food Forager. She is always a wealth of information on interesting topics such as these. I don’t want to repeat everything she has said so well already, so you can read her article here.

If you want to geek out more on the topic, this is a good place to start. has some interesting info too and a free ebook. What’s interesting is some of its claims to fame. According to, it heals “head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. It heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. Chronic sleeplessness is cured.”

The reasons I have for using oil pulling are a little bit different.

Can you believe that you can get rid of bad breath and morning breath (aka “zacklies”) just by swishing a little organic coconut oil? Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments. I love using Nutiva Coconut Oil and Maison Orphee, but you can use any coconut oil you like. 


I’m sharing this with Real Food 101, Mangia Monday’s, My Meatless Mondays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, A Little Birdie Told Me, Fat Tuesday, This Chick Cooks, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, The Tasty Alternative, What’s Cookin’ Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Food Flicks, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.

27 Responses to TV Tuesday # 6: Oil Pulling – The Secret To Getting Rid of Bad Breath Naturally

  1. Koko April 24, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Great video, France! I have tried oil pulling before, a long time ago though, I can’t even remember what I was trying to heal…..but I can’t wait to try it again with coconut oil. You’re right…. I think it will taste better than sesame!!

    • beyondthepeel April 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      I should have mentioned that in my research that no other oils other than sesame and sunflower oil don’t work as well. I’m not trying to heal anything and just really love the clean feeling it gives me.

  2. Koko April 24, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Great video, France! I have tried oil pulling before, a long time ago though, I can’t even remember what I was trying to heal…..but I can’t wait to try it again with coconut oil. You’re right…. I think it will taste better than sesame!!

  3. Jill@RealFoodForager April 24, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    HI France,
    Thanks for mentioning my oil pulling article! I have started to practice this and I find my teeth are whiter already!

    • beyondthepeel April 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

      Its incredible Jill. I noticed my teeth were whiter in 5 days!! Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I’m just loving it!!

  4. Joanne April 24, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Wow very cool! I’ll have to look into this!

  5. kiwinzer April 24, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Many thanks for showing us you doing the oil “Pulling” . Have been saying to my self for some time I have to get into this , and it is way cheaper that the dentist or the doctor, just the kick start I need

    • beyondthepeel April 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

      I can’t wait to hear some feedback on it. Please come back and let us know about your experience.

  6. The Café Sucré Farine April 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    You are hilarious France (are you so… proud of me!)! At the same time this is quite fascinating and will definitely check out your links – thanks for a great laugh and this intriguing technique! You’re the best!

    • beyondthepeel April 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

      Hi Chris. Your husband will thank you for it :) :)

  7. Barbara April 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Sounds very interesting, Thanks for showing us how to do “oil pulling” We are going to try this.

  8. Anna April 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    I have been doing oil pulling for about a month now, and the results are amazing!! Let me say, though, that it is downright hard to actually PULL the oil for 20 mins (not just swish it), and I had to concentrate on doing it, lol! At first, my mouth got tired, too. BUT, it gets easier, and it is worth it. I try to do it first thing in the morning, while a shower, and before I drink my green juice. For me, it helps to spit out the coconut oil and reload about every 8 – 10 minutes — make sure you spit out the oil in a trash can, though, not down the drain, as all that oil will eventually result in a big old clog. :) 

    • kiwinzer April 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

      Thanks for pointing out about not letting it go down the drain, I was planing to do it in the shower as well as i am in there for about 20 minutes as well

  9. Katie April 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    How interesting! You’re too funny :) Thanks for the video.

  10. inspirededibles April 25, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    You guys are HI.larious!  LOVED this video! Although my breath is impeccable at all times (haha!) I must give this a try… who’s your bedroom video man/woman or did you manage to pull that one off yourselves? 😉

    • Joshua Sprague April 25, 2012 at 3:44 am #

      Glad you enjoyed it Kelly! We managed to pull the bedroom video off ourselves fortunately 😛

  11. Amber H May 1, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    I love your videos France!!  You’re so awesome.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us last week on AFW!  Be sure to check back this week for reader favorites and hostess picks.  Be Well,–Amber 

  12. Amber H May 2, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    Hi There France,

    I featured your awesome video and information this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays.  Your recipe and other highlights can be seen here:

    Please join us again this week for more allergy-free fun and inspiration.

    Be Well,

  13. kiwinzer May 6, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    Have been pulling now for 9 days  and by stating at 5mins at a time I have made it to 20mins , now to start feeling some goodness out of it , I love the coconut oil and would love to just eat it

  14. Mindy May 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    I keep reading about oil pulling and thinking I should give it a try.  Your video was great inspiration!  I was also glad to hear that you’re working up to the 20 minutes because that just sounds like so very long.  Maybe I’ll give it a try really soon…

  15. Henry Johnson February 15, 2016 at 11:29 am #

    Hi this is pretty interesting, but where can I get the oil pulling ? I’ve no idea where to get it, thanks.

    • France Morissette February 20, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

      You can buy coconut oil at health food stores and groceries stores. Oil pulling is demonstrated in the video. It is the process of pulling the oil through the space in between your teeth to remove toxins and bacteria.

  16. Henry Johnson February 15, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    Should I swallow the oil pulling ?

    • France Morissette February 20, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

      No. The oil has all the toxins you just removed. Spit it out and brush your teeth if you like.


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