What is oil pulling – and why should you try it?

What is oil pulling – and why should you try it?


Psst: Scroll down to the bottom for our exclusive giveaway!

If you’re not yet familiar with oil pulling, it’s time to get yourself acquainted. After all, who wouldn’t want whiter teeth, better breath, clearer skin and cleaner insides, right?

In short, oil pulling is an ancient practice originating from Indian Ayurvedic medicine and is used to detoxify the mouth and body. It was originally conducted with sesame oil, and is now commonly used with coconut oil. This ancient practice is fast gaining popularity all over the world because not only does it cleanse your mouth and increase your overall health, it also naturally whitens your teeth and gives you a killer smile.

How oil pulling works.

Oil pulling works by swishing around coconut oil in the mouth for about five to fifteen minutes and then spitting out the contents. This binds to the build up of bad bacteria present in the mouth and teeth, which is then expelled like a normal mouthwash. The swishing movement of the formula draws out toxins and bacteria from the mouth, helping to support the immune system and liver while preventing and banishing bad breath, gingivitis and cavities and naturally whitening teeth.

Oil pulling and teeth whitening.

Over time, the food and drink we consume can cause a yellow film to form over the teeth. This ‘film’ or ‘layer’ is most commonly referred to as plaque and tartar.

Comprised of millions of bacteria that live on the surface and within the pores of the teeth, this build up can be difficult to remove with brushing alone.

While conventional teeth whitening products may help to brighten up a discoloured smile, they do not address the root of the problem and possess potential health implications that far outweigh the results.

Furthermore, studies have shown that mainstream teeth whitening products may trigger an inflammatory response and mucosal trauma to the tissues in the mouth when used in high concentrations. This combined with the harmful free radicals generated in the artificial teeth whitening process has the potential to cause damage on a cellular level.

Offering a safe, gentle and effective alternative to conventional teeth whitening, regular oil pulling provides a healthy antidote to common tooth discolouration.

The power packed formula is significantly more effective than other oil pulling methods on the market thanks to its hard-working, essential oil-infused soluble nature that works to attract the bacteria that leads to tooth discolouration like a magnet, ready to be expelled after ten to fifteen minutes of use.

The results? A vibrant pearly white smile that is healthy, sustainable and 100% natural!

What is oil pulling and why should you try it

Oil pulling and detoxification.

Targeting bacteria, viruses and toxins at the gateway to the body, oil pulling acts like a cleanser, eradicating these nasties before they enter the gut – where a whopping 80% of the immune system is located.

By targeting germs at the source, the workload is taken off the liver to destroy the excess of toxicity, resulting in lower levels of stress and inflammation in the body and boosting energy levels for a greater sense of daily wellbeing.  

Similarly, certain skin conditions like acne, rosacea, dermatitis, persistent dryness and psoriasis can also be linked to the health of the gut. It is only when gut flora is in balance that skin conditions can heal efficiently. For this reason, it is important to remove the bad bacteria and toxins that lead to flare ups and poor skin. This is especially crucial in winter when skin is particularly susceptible to seasonal dryness and irritation, which is why oil pulling is a win-win for those who want clearer skin and better health, fast!

Oil pulling and Ayurveda

Drawing on over 3000 years of Ayurvedic wisdom, oil pulling is a fabulous and effortless way to reap the incredible benefits of Ayurveda in as little as 5-15 minutes per day, daily oil pulling helps to protect and support two of the bodies most important functions – the detoxification process and immune system.

According to Ayurvedic knowledge, we all possess three dosha’s or ‘energies’ – Pitta, Vata and Kapha – which govern our physiological activity. For centuries, Ayurvedic practitioners have believed that differing proportions of each dosha determines individual temperament and physical constitution. When our dosha’s are unbalanced by certain lifestyle or environmental factors, it is thought to create a disposition to particular physical and mental disorders – not what we’re after if optimum wellbeing is our goal.

Praised for thousands of years for its dosha regulating properties, coconut and sesame oil pulling is thought to be one of the most healing ingredients, and most notably assists in the regulation of Pitta imbalances including anger, inflammation, and stress – conditions that at times we could all use a little help reducing!

Utilising the antibacterial, antifungal and therapeutic properties of coconut oil as the star ingredient, Keeko have taken this age old practice to a whole new level, enriching their collection of oil pulling formulas with a power packed propriety blend of organic cold pressed essential oils. The inclusion of certified organic essential oils offer additional proven antiseptic and anti microbial properties, resulting in an efficient and effective immune boosting treatment superior to the use of coconut oil alone, and one of the fastest and most effective oil pulling products on the market.

What is oil pulling and why should you try it

How to use Keeko Oil Pulling sachets.

Squeeze the formula out of the packet into your mouth. Swish it around for ten to fifteen minutes, bin your spit and rinse your mouth out. Follow up with a quick brush with your Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush.

Enter the happy + well giveaway

Ready to try oil pulling for yourself? Happiness + Wellbeing Academy has partnered with Keeko to give away three x full-sized oil pulling packs valued at $38.95 and three x Keeko Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrushes valued at $12.95.

To enter, simply leave a comment below. And you get bonus points for sharing this giveaway on social media using the #happywellkeeko

Competition ends midnight EST 31st July 2016. The winners will be contacted within four working days. 

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Keeko is proudly Australian made and owned. All Keeko oil pulling sachets are dentist-recommended, vegan, gluten free, organic and made from the highest quality ingredients sourced within Australia.

The formulas are made with an infusion of cold pressed essential oils including lemon, chamomile, myrrh, peppermint & spearmint oil which makes this treatment faster and more effective than regular coconut oil. The tastebud-tantalising flavours include: Morning Mint (Spearmint and Peppermint), Citrus Burst (Lemon Lime & Pink Grapefruit) and Sweet Sensation (Vanilla Coco with a hint of cinnamon.

Keeko Oil Pulling sachets and its subsidiary Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush products can be purchased on and in selected stockists throughout Australia and internationally.
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  1. Annaliese Webb

    11 July

    I recently read about oil pulling in a book about gut health by Lee Holmes and was intrigued! I can’t wait to give it a go!

    • Hi Annaliese,

      Congratulations – you have won a Keeko oil pulling kit! Could you please send us an email at hello(at) to claim your prize? Please include your full name and best postal address.


  2. Julia Scott

    11 July

    Fascinating! Would love to try it 🙂

  3. Rachael

    14 July

    I love the way Keeko have created their oil pulling sachets- they look so convenient! I could imagine they would be really easy to use and help to encourage users to do oil pulling more regularly (I have tried oil pulling on several occasions but never remember to continue the practice!) xx

  4. Sharon Johnson

    15 July

    I’ve tried ash out bush. Willing to give natural products a go.

  5. Tahnee

    16 July

    I got a few samples through a goodness me box. Totally love it – my teeth are already whiter and I love the taste!

  6. Tanya

    17 July

    I love essential oils – such a great idea to use them in this way. It certainly takes oil pulling and wellness to a new level.
    I would love to add them to my morning routine.

  7. Catherine

    19 July

    While I’ve known of oil pulling for quite some time, I have never read an article that explains it’s benefits as well as this one. I have always had yellowed teeth, something I’d like to correct, but chemical whitening cocktails are just not for me. I also suffer from acne and at times psoriasis too. I would love to see what oil pulling could do for me

    • Hi Catherine,

      Congratulations – you have won a Keeko oil pulling kit! Could you please send us an email at hello(at) to claim your prize? Please include your full name and best postal address.


  8. Susan Webb

    20 July

    I’ve learnt about this recently and I’m committed to including this in my daily routine. Excited to try !

  9. Kristy Lee Coles

    21 July

    I would love to try this

  10. Nicole

    21 July

    Easy to use packets are such a good idea!

  11. Seema

    25 July

    I’ve always wanted to try this! Great article explaining the benefits and bringing it back to health. Wonder what this product is like. Would love to try!

    • Hi Seema,

      Congratulations – you have won a Keeko oil pulling kit! Could you please send us an email at hello(at) to claim your prize? Please include your full name and best postal address.


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  13. Denae Woodward

    31 July

    I got one of these satchets from a wellness expo, and loved it! It one of the best natural ways I’ve found to keep my teeth white, that doesn’t just strip them.

  14. Stephanie

    31 July

    I do this every so often but now im even more intruiged!

  15. Iris

    31 July

    I’m s big fan of oil pulling, it has helped me detoxify my body over the years and helped my teeth whiten. I think that it also works on a deeper level, because it makes my first action of the day an action of self care.

    I love that Keeko is taking this beautiful ancient Ayurvedic practice to the next level and I would absolutely love to try out their products and share then with my online audience.

    Keep up the good work and thank you for your energy, vibe and generosity! xo, Iris

  16. Tina Daniel

    31 July

    I’d love to give this a try please

  17. Mel

    31 July

    What a gorgeous giveaway. I’ve recently discovered KEEKO and wanted to try oil pulling ever since.

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