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Oil for Oil pulling ( Updated Regularly- Last update:Mar7,2014)

Ayurveda traditionally recommended certain oils for oilpulling, Dr.Karach recommended sunfloweroil, an alternative recommended oil is only sesame oil.

People will have somewhat different experiences with different oils. You can experiment, trying different types of oils to see which one feels best to you. You can also experiment with oil pulling for a longer or shorter duration, and doing it more or less often. The limiting factor for many people is palatability.
Sesame oil is more warming than other oils and may be more gently detoxifying than other oils that are “colder” energetically. It has a somewhat strong sesame flavor, which is a familiar food taste for most people. Sunflower oil has a milder taste if you prefer that.


Coconut oil is a familiar taste for many people. It has a cooler energy than sesame oil, so it’s good for people who tend to have a warmer constitution or condition of heat. Some people have reported that coconut oil is more strongly detoxifying, which isn’t always a good thing for some people, so it’s best to be cautious and go slowly.
As we have explained number of times before the oilpulling method and oilpulling cure is very individual. That said, the oil that is the most commonly used traditionally is sesame oil. If you’re okay with the taste, you could start there and see how it goes.

Q: Is it necessary to use cold-pressed, unrefined oil? I am seeing only refined oil in the stores Can I buy refined oil for oil pulling?
It is recommended that organic, unrefined, cold pressed oils with the life force of the core substances in that oil are intact. Use the best quality you can get —unrefined, cold-pressed, which will not contain chemical residues.
If you have access to only refined oil, start with sunflower or sesame oil, both of them shall work effectively.

Q: Which oils shall be avoided for oilpulling method?
Avoid all poor quality oils that you wouldn’t want to eat. Those include corn oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil and soy oil, and those that go rancid very quickly such as flax oil.

Q: In most stores I am only seeing expeller pressed oils, but not cold pressed. What is your recommendation?
Cold-pressed, or expeller-pressed oil is just a better quality oil that doesn’t contain chemical residues, and is better nutritionally. Refined oils are high heated which damages the quality to some degree, but still they will work fine for the purposes of oilpulling.
The expulsion process used for expeller pressed oils does generate a certain amount of heat, depending on the type of seed or nut and how much pressure it takes to get the oil out of it. But this is very low compared to the high heat method used for refined oils. Look for a brand of oil with unrefined, organic sunflower oil or sesame oil.


Q: For oilpulling is grape seed oil suitable ?
oilpulling method is a natural remedy process where you are expected to use the oils which are close to the nature and could easily produce manually with a mortar and pestle. oils like grape seed oil, we use an industrial process and there will be residues of solvents. If you could find an organic, cold pressed grape seed oil, that would be a better choice. we are not sure if it’s possible to completely cold press grape seed, as there’s less oil in grape seeds than in many other seeds, and it’s harder to extract it. And it would probably be more expensive than the other recommended oils. Polyunsaturated fats are generally not as good as monounsaturated or saturated, but grape seed oil has other benefits and can be used in small amounts.

Q:can we use toasted oils for oilpulling?
Try to avoid toasted oils, as the high heat damages them.

Q: Can we add oil of oregano or other essential oils to the oil used in oilpulling?
Pl. don't add any oil to the the oil you have selected for oilpulling. For ex: if you choose sunflower oil, just use that oil. It is our modern day life style that we want to add flavor to every thing in life. Unfortunately, by doing so often times we are messing with the natural qualities.