But Seriously, Though: What Is Oil Pulling?

If you live in L.A., or anywhere really, you’ve likely heard of oil pulling. The same way we’ve all heard of gluten. And, like gluten, you may be wondering: What exactly is oil pulling? (In full disclosure, it took this editor a while to learn what gluten is. In case you’re wondering, gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat. Bookmark this article.)

But back to oil pulling: It’s a buzzy term, but seriously, what is it? Recall this honest firsthand account from Byrdie’s editorial director, who learned one thing: Oil pulling is not is tasty. In short, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic tradition of swishing oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for at least 20 minutes to improve oral, and in turn, overall health.

According to Meredith Baird, the owner of Nucifera Body, a plant-based skin nourishing balm, “Oil pulling is the easiest thing to add to your morning routine, and it’s a game changer.” In our book, Meredith is the queen of oil pulling, so we turned to her for a step-by-step, how-to guide on the practice. Keep reading to learn how oil pulling has improved her health and how easy it is to try at home (she even has a tip for improving the taste).