Even though oil pulling sounds like a difficult thing to do, it really isn’t. Think of it like gargling Listerine in your mouth, except using your choice of oil. And instead of swishing mouthwash for a minute, you swish oil for fifteen to twenty. Sounds delicious, right? Perhaps not, but there are arguably a handful of health benefits that come out of oil pulling, including protection from gingivitis and bad breath.

If you’re brave enough to step up to the challenge, we’re here to help you out. Try these oils out when you decide to take up pulling, and it might just make your life a little easier.

1. Coconut oil

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Alright, is there anything coconut oil can’t do? This may not be the best choice if you dislike the taste of coconut, but if you don’t mind, gargle away. Some prefer to let the solid oil melt in their mouth before they pull, and others heat it up beforehand. Your choice. The good part is, your digestion will improve and your hormones will balance out.

2. Sesame oil

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Pick it up at your local Asian market, or in the international aisle at a grocery store. You can even make a dank kimchi fried rice as you swish. Sesame oil contains lots of Vitamin E and antioxidants that prevent the absorption of bad cholesterol in the liver. It’s kinda worth it, no?

3. Sunflower oil

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While sunflower oil contains omega-6 fatty acids, which are considered bad cholesterol, it’s still essential for your body. And even then, it’s not like you’re swallowing down (this time).

4. Olive oil

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Take advantage of this oil’s numerous antiviral properties and give it a go in your mouth. Think of all the healthy dietary fats that are racing through your teeth. If you get overwhelmed, you can always make these recipes instead.