Coconut Oil Pulling Chews With Tooth Whitening Turmeric

Heather Dessinger

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Coconut Oil Pulling Chews Recipe

I know, they’re the color of Cheetos and you might be wondering if I’m joking right now, but I’m totally serious. As I wrote about in this post on whitening teeth naturally, some of the most unexpected ingredients brighten up pearly whites. Activated charcoal that looks like squid ink when you brush with it? Yep. Turmeric. Absolutely.

Now, maybe it’s just me, but squeezing my personal care routine between “Hey, where are your pants?” and “Why is there an ice cube in my purse?” can be a challenge, so I simplify whenever possible. When I first learned about oil pulling I dismissed it due to the time issue, but once I realized how it may benefit the oral microbiome – AND THAT I WOULDN’T HAVE TO TALK FOR THE FIRST 20 MINUTES OF EACH DAY – well, let’s just say I found the time.

One thing I’ve loved doing recently is incorporating tooth whitening turmeric in my oil pulling chews, both for its whitening and oral health supporting properties. (source)

The chews themselves make the process much more convenient – I keep mine in the fridge and pop one or two in my mouth while I’m pulling supplements and breakfast together. Essential oils are optional, but they add a bit of flavor and studies suggest they may be helpful for encouraging a balanced microbiome as well!

Coconut Oil Pulling Chews With Teeth Whitening Turmeric - I know, they’re the color of Cheetos and you’re probably wondering if you’re being punked right now, but I’m totally serious. These coconut oil pulling chews support oral health and include turmeric, which whitens teeth naturally.

Teeth Whitening With Oil Pulling Chews


  • 1/3 cup melted virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 – 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • essential oils (see options below)

Essential Oil Options

  • Spearmint essential oil – Between 15-30 drops
  • Peppermint essential oil – Between 15-30 drops
  • Myrhh essential oil – Between 15-30 drops
  • Clove leaf essential oil – Up to 9 drops
  • Clove bud essential oil – Up to 7 drops
  • Cinnamon leaf essential oil – Up to 9 drops
  • This Healthy Mouth blend – This blend is pre-diluted so you can use it to taste.

How To Make

Melt coconut oil and stir in turmeric and essential oils, if using. Pour mixture into individual ice cube or silicone candy trays – I use this one. Each piece should be 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon in volume.

How To Use

  1. When you wake up – before drinking, eating, or brushing your teeth – place one to three chews (equalling about a tablespoon) in your mouth and swish for 5-20 minutes. Longer is typically considered better, but do what works best with your schedule.
  2. When you’re done, spit the oil into the garbage. Don’t swallow it or spit it into the sink/toilet.

Rinse with warm water, either plain or mixed with unrefined, mineral-rich sea salt. Mineral-rich saliva contributes to tooth remineralization, which is a normal biological response to ongoing demineralization from acidic foods, etc. (source 1, source 2)

Brush and floss as normal – I use this mineral-rich tooth powder recipe or homemade tooth suds. If any turmeric powder is left on your teeth or gums it will cause a slight yellow tint, but when the turmeric is fully rinsed away you should notice a brighter, whiter smile. I personally think the tooth suds are the most effective at removing the turmeric so you can observe the final results.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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45 thoughts on “Coconut Oil Pulling Chews With Tooth Whitening Turmeric”

    • I have never tried oil pulling but I’d like to start. Do you keep the chews in the fridge? Do you melt it again when you pull in the morning? How often should you do oil pulling?

  1. I tried oil pulling with virgin coconut oil but I have never liked the taste and I couldn’t handle it. Expeller pressed would still be beneficial, right? I have seen recommendations for other oils outside of coconut.

  2. Hello, I have just read Dr Blythe Ayne’s e-book on the healing properties of spices, such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and sea salt. In it she says that everyday she chews on a piece of fresh turmeric. I have just tried that myself as I always have fresh turmeric in the house for juicing. What I feared happened – it made my teeth and gums and tongue and lips all yellow, and I freaked out somewhat. I first rinsed thoroughly, then rubbed my teeth with a piece of lemon, then ate an apple and then brushed my teeth. They are better now but my tongue isn’t. First, had I known that turmeric whitens teeth I would have left it on for a couple of minutes 😉 and, second, does anyone have any tricks to quickly clean teeth and tongue after chewing on turmeric? Thank you !!

  3. Yay! love this idea. Makes additions to the oil an easy no brainer. I already oil pull, but the mixing is messy and time consuming. Never used tumeric for pulling, only charcoal.

  4. First of all, thanks for your blog and all the wonderful ideas! I have admired your work for awhile and this is my first time posting a comment. I have done oil pulling for a few years now just with organic, cold-pressed coconut oil. I have some concern about your recommendation of adding the essential oils. A few sources (including the company where I purchase my essential oils) say NOT to ingest essential oils. Is your suggestion based on the fact that the oil pulling method is spit out after, thus not posing threats to the digestive tract? Just curious.

    • Great question, Joy! Yes, because the oils are swished and then spit out it is not considered ingestion. I am glad you’re educating yourself about safe use and asking thoughtful questions! Just to put your mind at ease, it might be helpful to mention that I am currently enrolled in an aromatherapy certification program via Aromahead Institute, and for the past year and a half I’ve made sure that every essential oil recipe I’ve shared has been reviewed for accuracy and safety by a clinical aromatherapist prior to publishing.

      • Thanks for the clarification, it is a relief. And congratulations on perusing that certification – what a way to stay current and educated on best practice! I didn’t even know that program was available! Thanks again for all your hard work and great site!

    • Do you melt the organic cold pressed cocoanut oil before you do the pulling? I tried it today without melting it, but I couldn’t do it, it made me through up.

  5. Interesting idea except coconut oil is liquid at room temperature where I live. . .I guess I can keep them in the fridge!

  6. I’m very intrigued by this but don’t understand how these are “chews”. It’s melted oil and turmeric. Isn’t it just a blob of hard coconut oil once it’s cooled? How does that just not melt away in your mouth? I’d really love to see one chewed up and spit out, LOL

    • Just plain oil pulling may take care of the bad breath. I have done it for several years and my mouth feels very clean and fresh after pulling.

  7. I’m very interested to try this but I wonder if it’s safe to begin while nursing? Particularly if I wish to add peppermint EO to my oil. I’ve heard peppermint may decrease milk supply, although I realize this isn’t ingested. Thoughts?

    • Hi Kelli,

      I’ve done it with just turmeric and coconut oil as I don’t personally like oral application of EOs. It’s worked perfectly fine for me.

      I find peppermint really dents my supply personally, but some people seem fine with it.



  8. Just tried these and after only one swisher this morning my teeth look & feel shades lighter! I didn’t have a mold so I just put a thin layer in a mini muffin tin. Thanks for the idea!

  9. Loved this post and the recipe Heather! I especially love that it contains two of my favorite essential oils: myrrh and clove. Definitely going to try this. A little afraid of the yellow turmeric, but I’m trusting in your wisdom and experience. Lol. xo-Jane

  10. I have been oil pulling for quite a while and love how it has strengthened my gums and gotten rid of my sensitivity to cold. I have been adding turmeric to the oil and love how much whiter my teeth are!
    I spit the mixture into the trash can in our bathroom. If there is any kind of tissue in there, at first it is bright yellow-orange in color. But, later, it is dark red! It looks like blood! Has anyone else noticed this? It is kind of startling.

  11. I’ve just recently started oil pulling (doing it right now actually XP ) But I was wondering, how frequently should one pull? Every morning, every other day, or twice a week? I’ve done some research and have seen quite varied answers…

  12. Hey! love this idea!

    While Coconut Oil is by far the best for pulling I prefer to make everything 100% from scratch and cannot grow coconuts, I do however make sunflower oil, and can make bayberry wax… I’m thinking of adding just enough wax to bring the oil to a solid-like state, I’ve seen such things done with beeswax to be a coconut oil replacement… curious of your thoughts!!

  13. Hello, Great article! Can activated charcoal and the turmeric stain teeth that have thin enamel? I can’t seem to whiten my teeth. I have tried the coconut pulling, but that didn’t work for me. I also have two teeth that have discolored as a result of a root canal. Have you got any suggestions?

  14. I find simple and simpler to work best in everything coconut oil pulling with pure virgin oil is best
    No additional additives necessary
    Brush you teeth with whatever you like best
    Floss and above all
    AVOID SUGARS LIKE THE PLAGUE AND THE PLAQUE! Too simple?!? Go save the planet or just go for a walk!

  15. I love having recipes for things that are more healthy for our bodies. I have made my own lotions and soaps for years. I like, knowing how to make my own selves to use for skin purposes.