Would sesame oil pulling be suitable for me?
The quick answer is YES! You can use sesame oil (also known as sesame seed oil) for oil pulling. In fact for a large proportion of oil pullers, sesame oil pulling is the preferred choice due to the viscosity of the oil. Coconut oil is often solid at room temperature and many people don’t like having to ‘liquify’ the flakes, so they need an alternative option that can be swished straight away. HOWEVER – please read the whole post before understanding exactly which type of sesame oil to use – some aren’t recommended!
Is the technique any different to normal?
Not at all, the principal is exactly the same as any other of the recommended oils. It’s actually more convenient compared to coconut oil because you won’t have to wait until the flakes are dissolved since (as you probably know), this oil will already be in liquid form. For a detailed guide you can check out our sesame oil pulling instructions.
What does sesame oil taste like?
If it tastes remotely burnt or anything like toast, STOP!! Spit it out and don’t use it again for this purpose. Check the label and you’ll probably find you’re using ‘toasted’ sesame oil which is the wrong type. You should be using untoasted, preferably unrefined raw oil. This is due to the refining process of any toasted oil – it removes most of the health benefits and most people find it tastes foul or bitter straight out of the bottle. There have also been reports of temporary staining to the teeth due to food colouring agents used in refined (toasted) oil. Surprisingly, you will probably get a more subtle flavour of sesame seed than you’re used to – it’s nowhere near as harsh as toasted but the flavour is delicate and distinct.
So which kind of sesame oil should I use for oil pulling?
Unrefined, untoasted sesame oil is the correct choice, and you’ll usually find it’s organic.
Any extra health benefits?
That’s debatable but the main studies undertaken are actually sesame oil pulling, as this is traditionally what was used. The trials, although limited, showed that one of the main causes of tooth decay – a bacteria called Streptococcus mutans – had significantly reduced in numbers in plaque tested before and after the process. That’s not to say the other oils don’t have this excellent property, it’s just that sesame oil is the only one we can confidently say helps in this area. Gingivitis was also noted to have improved amongst the study subjects. Don’t forget, by virtue of keeping to the schedule of any oil pulling, your hygiene levels and general oral health will improve significantly.