Oil Pulling: Safe, Simple and Effective!

Last Modified on Apr 22, 2014

Oil pulling is a traditional Ayurvedic remedy that helps cleanse the body by detoxifying and cleaning teeth and gums. This is a wonderful, all-around home treatment for oral health.  Oil pulling will also make your teeth whiter while it removes harmful bacteria and reduces inflammation. What's not to like?

Oil pulling has been used in India and Asia for 3,000 years, where it is used to treat about 30 or more systemic diseases. This natural remedy was only introduced to the West about 20 years ago.  It is safe, easy, and inexpensive.  

What is Oil Pulling?

There are at least 3,000 years of testimonials as to the effectiveness of this traditional Ayurvedic medical treatment -- and it's safe, easy and effective!

  1. First thing in the morning, before brushing teeth or eating, swish one teaspoon to one tablespoon of natural, food-quality oil (sesame, coconut, olive, sunflower or safflower) in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. You must do it this long for it to work.
  2. Do not gargle in your throat.
  3. The oil will be milky and foamy when ‘done’.
  4. Spit out, do not swallow the oil with all the 'bad stuff'.  If you have a septic system, spit oil into trash can instead of sink (in order to avoid potential plumbing problems.)  
  5. Rinse mouth thoroughly with warm water.
  6. Brush teeth.
  7. Your mouth feels clean and fresh.

How Does Oil Pulling Work?

The theory behind this home treatment is that as the oil swishes around teeth and gums it ‘pulls’ bacteria and other debris into the oil, detoxifying the mouth. Our mouths are laboratories breeding billions of nasty critters: viruses, bacteria (Streptococcus), parasites and fungi (Candida) and all of their toxic waste products.  All of the above contribute to gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other oral problems. This toxicity is also held to be at least partially responsible for many other diseases, including heart disease, arthritis, eczema and chronic infections. Some oils seem to help with weight loss.

Getting rid of these unwanted troublemakers in our mouths is one less problem for our immune systems to have to deal with. If this alternative remedy did nothing other than aid our immune systems (it does a lot more!), it would be worth doing for that alone.

The oils used for Oil Pulling vary widely. However, the most popular oil is sesame oil, followed by coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil and safflower oil. On the Table of Contents on this page, take a look at Sandy’s Oil Pulling Compilation. She listed the benefits reported for many different oils. Some people use the same oil all of the time, others switch oils periodically.

Scientific studies have generally focused on how effective oil pulling is when compared to various mouthwashes or other oral health drugs and products and outcomes varied.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

There are many benefits to this ancient alternative treatment. It is used extensively to treat gum and mouth problems as well as many other diseases. Users also report having whiter teeth and clearer skin.

Gum and Mouth Diseases

Oil pulling has been used extensively for centuries as a natural cure for gum and mouth problems such as gingivitis, cavities, inflammation and bleeding gums. It also helps prevent bad breath.

Looking and Feeling Better

Many regular oil pullers report that their mouth feels clean and fresh and their teeth are whiter. This is a much better home treatment to whiten teeth than commercial tooth whitening preparations which contain very strong chemicals and are fairly expensive. Users also report having clearer, healthier skin after using this natural treatment as well as feeling mentally invigorated. Many people have said that oil pulling helped to curb their appetites and helped them to lose weight.

In addition to Oral Health, Traditional Medicine Reports that Oil Pulling will help with these Ailments.

It’s a long list. For a very long time, this alternative cure has been used to assist the immune system and to prevent or cure, among other problems, heart disease, arthritis, eczema, chronic infections, headaches, insomnia, kidney function, bronchitis and is even reported to help with hangovers. Mouth health reflects the health of the entire body, making oil pulling a common sense home remedy.

Oil pulling is an ancient natural medical treatment for many ailments. It also has cosmetic benefits, including whiter teeth and clearer skin and in addition It aids the immune system. This home remedy is safe, easy to do and effective.

HV Amith, Anil V Ankola, L Nagesh. Effect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and GingivitisJournal of Oral Health & Community Dentistry: 2007 ;1(1):Pages 12-18

TD Anand, C Pothiraj, RM Gopinath, et al. Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria (PDF)African Journal of Microbiology Research, Vol 2:3 pp 63-66, MAR 2008. (PDF Link)

S Asokan, J Rathan, MS Muthu, PV Rathna, P Emmadi, Raghuraman, Chamundeswari.Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry. 26(1):12-7, 2008 Mar

S Thaweboon, J Nakaparksin, B Thaweboon. Effect of Oil-Pulling on Oral Microorganisms in Biofilm Models. Asia Journal of Public Health: 2011 May-Aug. (PDF)

Continue reading below for hundreds of interesting testimonials from Earth Clinic readers dating back to 2006!

Related Pages:
Best Oil for Oil Pulling
Sandy's Oil Pulling Compilation

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Instructions and Theories

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
67%
BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (1)
33%

[YEA]  03/28/2008: Molly from San Francisco, CA USA: "I've OPed for about three years now. And I've followed endless discussions about what it does and does not do. I now have a theory.

I don't think that OP "pulls" anything out of the system. What it does seem to do is infuse your body with EFA's sublingually (under your tongue) which enters the bloodstream bypassing gastric juices. I found a patent that uses oil as a transporter of medication for a sublingual medication. From what I read, Oleic Acid is commonly used for this transport.

It makes sense why some people have skin conditions clear up with OP. They are being dose with good oil.

Secondly, there is now do doubt that the health of your mouth is directly linked to your organ health. A well known biologist, a friend of my Dad, said he thinks that the bacteria in the mouth, the really bad stuff that forms plague, is very attracted to the acids in the oil. So it melts this bad stuff and then you spit it out. That's why your teeth get much cleaner than by conventional means, like alcohol based rinses.

And so, when you melt this bad stuff, you simply spit it out..buh bye.

Now, I think this is the major link to why people experience healing while OP. As your mouth is populating with all this nasty bacteria (or worse, infections), you are swallowing the stuff. That bacteria is attacking you internally. That is why some people have had heart attacks after a dental procedure, like a root canal, that infuses their body with nasty stuff. Yes, it can attack the heart and other vital organs.

OP simply removes it so that it cannot go anywhere else. Dr. Karach talked about curing a long time blood disease. Perhaps his dental health was very bad.

Add a drop of Oil of Oregano to your oil pulling for about a week every 3 or so months, and you have a powerful anti-bacterial agent to kill all this stuff. Oregano Oil is natures anti-biotic, so it should not be abused, and used just like you would a pharmaceutical anti-biotic.

All these theories I have come from a long time listening and discussing this modality.

OP is very gentle. It's just food for goodness sake! And I believe that it should be a common morning occurrence, just like brushing your teeth.

I've actually used it to get rid of sinus infections and lung infections. It has cut down on the time I am sick, but darn if I've hardly gotten sick since I've started OP. Also, my long time seasonal allergies are gone. If I do have any lung complaints, I OP back to back until I don't cough anything up anymore.

I have used (always unrefined and organic) Sesame, Sunflower, Walnut, Macadamia, coconut, Udo's Oil, Total EFA Oil....amongst others. My personal all time favorite is Sesame, hand's down. I have noticed that if you change your oil about ever two months, it's like a renewed therapy. Don't know why, perhaps your body is getting used to that particular EFA formula. But I have noticed that when I change, my teeth get whiter even more.

Thought I'd weigh in since I haven't been here for awhile. Actually, it was myself and Ms Kitty from Oregon that turned Earth clinic onto this some years back. I'm so pleased to see that this is still being discovered and that people are having such good results.

OP is a no-brainer. It's not dangerous, it can't pull stuff out of your body, like medication, it's simply swishing some "food" around your mouth. But what it does do is invaluable.

Keep Swishing!!"

Replies
01/21/2009: Edna from Solomon, Kansas, USA replies: "I wanted to add a note concerning the addition of a drop or two of Oil of Oregano during the OP. You'll want to make sure that you get ORGANIC oil, and not only that, but make sure it is labeled as "Oil of WILD OREGANO! What sells under the label "Oil of Oregano" or "Oregano Oil" is really Marjoram, and does NOT possess the wonderful, natural, anti-biotic properties of Oil of Wild Oregano. Don't let 'em fool ya!

It is oil from a specific wild plant (not the same plant known in Spain as "oregano" and used in cooking) that grows on the hillsides of the Mediterranean region which is the real deal. It is the most powerful anti-biotic agent in nature.

I wouldn't have known the difference if someone hadn't once told me, so I wanted to pay it forward. Thank you for the opportunity.

Loving this site! :0)

Be blessed!!"

11/01/2012: Mikeggg from Albany, Ny replies: "I think you're right on in your assessment of what is going on when doing OP.

I would add that the emulsifying effect of the oil being broken down into tinier globules is probably also trapping any loosened material (food particles, bacteria, sugars, dead cells, etc... ) so it is removing a lot of the non-mucous membrane matter from your mouth. This also includes good bacteria, but by lowering the overall population of all types of bacteria, I think it levels the playing field allowing the good bacteria a chance to take hold to maintain the necessary balance for a healthy environment.

I also think that the body may be much more specific in which EFAs it absorbs there so it could pull just the ones it needs instead of everything that passes through the digestive track. These EFAs are also pure and not first acted upon by stomach acids or other digestive processes."

01/15/2014: Liz Turner from Devon, Uk replies: "Have started using coconut oil but not sure how you can fit a whole tablespoon in your mouth, even a full teaspoon feels a lot of oil! Are you sure its not meant to be a teaspoon?!"
01/15/2014: Prioris from Fl replies: "Adjust the amount of oil lower until it isn't too much for you. Take what you can handle. One size doesn't fit all."
03/20/2014: Jean from Milwaukee, Wi replies: "When people refer to coconut oil, I don't know if they mean the solid, white oil but that sounds yucky. I imagine it causing a gag reflex. Medium Chain Triglycerides oil (MCT) is the lighter, liquid version of coconut oil and would be easier to get whole tablespoon in your mouth. It's more expensive though but good to have on hand for diet. I just thought, you could warm up to liquefy the solid before taking and that may be what everyone does! Oh well, I prefer the lighter taste of MCT or sunflower oil and use less than a Tbs so that I can keep in my mouth for the entire 20 min."


08/11/2006: Laura from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia: "I wanted to comment that the usage of the word "gargle" on your Oil Pulling page is a tad alarming given the warning NOT to gargle in the throat near the end of the instructions. It seems Dr. Karasch used it as well. I have never heard or used the word "gargle" unless it meant using the throat, so it is a tad misleading for the unsuspecting or the casual reader. Perhaps the alert could be placed at the beginning of the article to clarify the usage of the word and for safety's sake. Thank you for your time."


"These are instructions from India in which only 2 types of oil can be used. However, as you will read below in our Reader Feedback section, people are experimenting with different oils, adding anti-bacterial and anti-viral oil essences. Soon we might have a purist vs. renegade oil pulling battle!

INSTRUCTIONS:

First thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth, eating or drinking, take 1 TBSP of either sesame or sunflower oil. Put the oil in your mouth, tilt your chin up and slowly swish, suck, chomp and pull through the teeth. Do this for at least 10 minutes. 15 - 20 minutes is better. You want the oil to become a thin, white foam when you finally spit it out. If it's still yellow, you haven't done it long enough.

You can do this 2 more times during the day if you want to detox faster. Make sure you do it on an empty stomach, however. Spit it out in the toilet when your mouth is full and rinse your mouth out well.

Follow by drinking 2 - 3 glasses of water.

DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL.
It now contains parasites and bacteria!

DO NOT GARGLE IN THE THROAT -- THE OIL IS MEANT TO BE SWISHED IN THE MOUTH ONLY.

DO IT SLOWLY.

HOW IT WORKS:
The oil pulls all mucous, bacteria and toxins from your body through your saliva. According to Ayurvedic medicine, mucous is a poison that must be removed.

Note #1:
Keeping the chin tilted up makes sure the oil gets to the back molars.

Note #2:
The old school says that only sesame and sunflower oils produce favorable results. However, our readers report success using other oils too.

Note #3:
If after meals, wait at least 4 hours before you Oil Pull. After drinking, wait 1 hour.

Note #4:
A worsening of symptoms is an excellent indication that the disease/ailment is being cured.

Note #5:
Do not stop Oil Pulling if you feel aggravated symptoms or heightened side effects after a day or two. Your body is healing.

Note #6:
Will your dental fillings fall out? It's possible but highly unlikely unless there is pre-existing damage or loose fillings.

The oil will start to thin out after a few minutes because saliva is constantly being mixed in and swished about.

Excellent Oil Pulling Links for More Information:
(updated March 2, 2009)

http://www.oilpulling.org
http://www.oilpulling.org/opuniversalremedy.pdf
http://www.oilpulling.org/PULLING OIL_karacharticle.pdf "

Replies
[YEA]  08/29/2008: Knute from Sacramento, USA replies: "I was fortunate to find out about Dr Karach's oil pulling therapy over 16 years ago, and my objective was to improve my immune system, as a preventative. And it certainly has done so, for example, the number of colds has gone down a lot. Plus, my digestion has improved very much. Also, I can go on for more hours without feeling the need to eat.

I mostly use sesame oil, peanut oil, and sunflower oil: Once per day, one table spoon in the morning, before breakfast, 5-7 days a week. I have found that it's very important to rinse the oral cavity and tonge with baking soda/salt in warm water, and brush all of the same area - including the tongue, after applying just a little baking soda and salt on the toothbrush.

Basically, my opinion is that oil pulling is one of the very best ways to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities, and that includes detoxification. 15-20 minutes in the morning of oil pulling regularly, while taking a shower or shaving or ... - is one of the wisest things we could to, healthwise."

02/09/2009: M from St Louis, MO replies: "EC, Could you include with the basic instructions on oil pulling Ted's suggestion to detox for two weeks before beginning the oil pulling process? I think he recommended using 1 tablespoon ACV with 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, stir well, add 1/2 to 1 cup of water and drink one or two times a day for two weeks; OR, take 2 tablespoons of lemon juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken two times a day. The alkalization tends to remove toxins if done for at least two weeks. Then on the second or third week they can start oil pulling. This regimen is supposed to greatly reduce the Herksheimer effect of getting worse before you get better. It seems like many people are just starting out with the oil pulling first and wanting to quit because they didn't prepare properly and are suffering from the Herksheimer effect."


11/23/2010: Hansika from Jakarta, West Jawa replies: "Just tried Oil Pulling with sunflower oil... Wondering how people can do it for 20 mins? I had to spit it out after 7 mins as could not hold it any longer. The saliva mixed with the oil made it very liquid and a lot for me to hold in my mouth whils swishing it around, also my mouth muscles were kind of tired. When I spat it out, it was white but very runny. Would I be able to do it longer with practice?"


11/24/2010: Hansika from Jakarta, Indonesia replies: "Hi, I could do it for 10 mins. Today. Had to spit it out or it would have gone down my throat. What I spat was white and foamy but still very runny. Am I doing it correct?"


11/26/2010: Linda from San Antonio, Texas replies: "I have been oil pulling for about 8 months, mostly with sunflower oil. Usually when I spit it out after 20 minutes, the oil is yellowish white and creamy in appearance. For the last couple of days, it has been yellow and I noticed a metallic taste in my mouth while doing the op. Last night, my throat started burning after about 8 minutes and I had to stop. I have been taking colloidal silver in a different concentration for about a week, could this be causing the change in the oil's appearance and taste? Or is it a symptom of detoxing from something? Has anyone heard of these results while oil pulling? Thanks for your answers and God Bless this site! I have used many wonderful remedies from Earth Clinic."


12/07/2010: Catherine from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Hi, like Hansika I had a very rough start to oil pulling. Started with 1 Tbsp sesame oil but couldn't hold it beyond 30 seconds before gagging reflex. I persevered each day for a week but never got beyond 2 minutes plus what I spat out looked like virulent yellow paint! That was some months ago. I have always detested the smell and texture of fats and oils although I can take cod liver oil without too much trouble, recently I have discovered that EVCO is quite palatable (it is always a hard consistency in this climate so can be chewed)

After reading some feedback about starting small and being occupied while swishing Ihave given it another go, this time with EVCO. Day 1- 1 tsp for 5 mins: Day 2- 2tsp for 10 mins: Today is day 3 and have been swishing for 20 mins while cruising EC and writing this.... So if you have trouble with OP start small and find an oil you can tolerate. Love EC"


12/13/2010: Tanya from Hailey, Id, Usa replies: "Since 2006, I started getting serious pains in my left jaw, teeth and tongue. 4 doctors looked at me and couldn't find anything wrong. I thought it was TNA (trigeminal neuralgia) but the pains would not be quite as nasty as described for those victims. Middle of November, I started a craving a fresh doughnut not thinking very highly of myself through depression and constant pain. I also had a lump in my tongue that I'd had before in other spots, so I could tell that I was so stressed that I was straining my tongue very hard during sleep. I don't have a grinding issue, nor TMJ. Each day was worse and worse until I was exhausted and piling into the tub every night with a fever, taking at least 4 ibuprofen a day and going to bed early. Then it hit me on 11.30.10 that I was basically poisoning myself with all the sugar, dough and yeast I had worked so hard to eliminate. I immediately cut it out and looked up EC to see what to do about my sore tongue. Someone mentioned oil pulling in that thread so I was intrigued, then impressed, and finally convinced after what I was reading.

Called my husband and told him to get me a fresh bottle of sesame oil, caught the bus and came home. I couldn't wait until morning to try the oil. It so happened as well, that a cold sore came out on my upper right lip and I was in even MORE pain on the entire right side of my head, neck and back.. I was miserable. Since 12.1.10, I have been using just under a full tablespoon of the sesame oil every morning, making it to 15 minutes but wishing I had more time to do it longer. I sometimes want to do it right before dinner, too. It freshens my mouth and I feel I taste foods better. I follow by a bit of baking soda on my brush and using warm water, brush my teeth normally but without toothpaste. I will use the toothpaste at night just.. Because, I guess.. I like the taste of the sesame and the sensation I get after I spit it out is that I've just eaten a really oily peanut butter cookie - it tastes great to me! Here are my observations and benefits so far:

1 - I have not had to blow my nose for the past 11 days though I've had fevers, pain and what others would think is the flu, but I knew was only stress from my pains. This is huge for me. I would always have to clear my sinuses in the shower upon rising. No more.. And I don't have to do it throughout the day!! I walk to the bus, walk through town and walk to catch the bus every day so I'm pretty active and fit, but I usually have to fight some kind of nasaly thing in the winter -> not at the present time, however, and I am thrilled! .. Amazed, really.

2 - My pains in my left jaw, teeth and tongue stopped and have not been affecting me at all since 12. 1. 10. I am floored at this. It is highly interesting to me that my 'spongy, ' 'bad' teeth are now tighter and feeling like they like being in me for the first time in my life! I have fillings in nearly every tooth and have to do what I can to preserve them because I have those boney growths from my lower jaw into my mouth that prevent me from just getting dentures... Which I don't want, either. I usually had to have 2 glasses of Cabernet every night to get rid of the pain so I could sleep - or a couple ibuprofen. No more.. At present. My teeth feel fresh and tight, happy and content, no throbbing or stabbing pains alerting me to "DO SOMETHING! DO SOMETHING NOW!! ".

3 - My breath is not so bad now.. I also don't 'crave' the floury, doughy things that I was, nor does sugar appeal to me as much. I even like cold oatmeal without sugar on it, now... This is weird.

4 - I love red wine but hate the stains on my teeth. For some strange reason, the past week or more, I've noticed that I can drink the wine and my teeth don't have a dark red cast to them. They're staying whiter while I have the wine! I don't know why that is, but I guess it has been helping my enamel? I get a tiny bit of red in between my teeth but nothing at all of the dark, scary colors they were before I started pulling. I will keep writing to speak of more benefits as I go on with this. It's winter here and my office staff is prone to sickness a LOT and I choose to not catch those things so I want to see how this helps me. I am so grateful for finding this information that I tell a lot of people and post it to my Facebook to get them to try it."


02/09/2011: Spb from New York replies: "I have been oil pulling with extra virgin coconut oil for a month now. I suffer from Candida and the "die off" was pretty bad at first. I was tired and sleepy and the headaches were pretty unbearable. As a result I slowed down the process and only pulled oil once a day as opposed to twice a day. I also swallowed a teaspoon of coconut oil three times a day. Both the oil pulling and ingesting the coconut oil has worked wonders for me. So much so, that I actually stopped the process for a few days.

Once I stopped OP I noticed that my cravings for sugar returned, my symptoms of Candida returned, and the weight that I had initially lost started to come back. Basically, all of the benefits of coconut oil that I was experiencing (appetite control, weight loss, hormonal balance increased energy, better sleeping habits and yeast control) were all disappearing within a few days of stopping the process. Today, I started the process again and I'm feeling so much better. My sinuses are draining I am experiencing some mild "die off". Now, that I worked with oil pulling and noticed the difference of working without it, I will keep oil pulling as part of my daily routine.

I also plan to fast for 30 days of Lent on coconut oil. hopefully I won't experience any adverse effects of doing so."


02/11/2011: Hello from Seattle, Usa replies: "Are you taking any other remedies for Candida? I think I have it too, so I'm trying to determine what the best method is."


02/14/2011: B from D, Tx replies: "Try taking acidophilus."


03/13/2011: Sara from London, Uk replies: "I tried OP first time yesterday for a tooth abscess. I did it first thing in the morning with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, I had a dull head ache which I took it to be due to lack of sleep. Later on in the afternoon I tried OP again with Sunflower oil, but this time I felt really sick. I was dizzy and had a slight headache, my heart was racing for a little while, my spleen hurt and so did my lower back. Later in the evening I had a sore throat and earache. I woke up fine this morning, however I am afraid to do it again. I think perhaps I should've done it just once... Any suggestions on how to avoid feeling so bad afterwards? And is it always going to be like this? Thanks..."


04/15/2011: Madhavan from Bangalore, Karnataka/india replies: "Dear freinds, I think oil pulling does miracle if you all keep doing regularly, I am doing since last 6 months, I am really amazed how my tonsillitis has reduced to normal, my snoring has come down by 95%, my gastric problem has reduced by 90%, I am more energitic, and having good sleep, please do not stop keep doing it will surely help each and everyone, well I am using SUNFLOWER REFINED OIL."

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  12/09/2011: Hainer from London, Uk replies: "I have been oil pulling with sesame oil and have notice great improvements in the health of my gum and the teeth becoming whiter.

The only problem I have is the side effects which includes Blocked nose which is really annoying and I have to use decongestant to clear it up and feeling lethargic and weak. Although I have been doing it for many weeks but I stopped for a while and when I started again I am getting the same symptoms.

Some times I do OP for more than 20 minutes or even 30 minutes, and I wonder could this be the reason for feeling ill."

12/11/2011: Scearthgirl from Summerville, Sc replies: "Hi, I read somewhere earlier that taking apple cider vinegar in orally could help with Sinus issues. Search on sinuses and ACV and see what you find..."
04/18/2012: Barbara from Hydro, Ok replies: "It's possible you are allergic to the sesame oil. That could be causing your weakness, lethargy, etc. Might try a different oil."
04/19/2012: Dellers from London, Uk replies: "For candida just take a garlic capsule every day."
05/29/2012: Rebel from Somewhere, Usa replies: "So I just noticed when I looked at the oilpulling.org web site, They say AFTER brushing your teeth and scraping your tongue. EC instructions is before brushing. Which one is correct?"
06/12/2012: Jack from Northport, Ny. Usa replies: "Thank you so much for this wonderful site. And god bless everyone for contributing from around the world. This is a great example of our potential and the oneness of our world
Peace, love, heal"
06/13/2012: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "To Jack from Northport - What a lovely and true sentiment about the oneness of our world and how we all can help one another. You have a wonderful "gratitude attitude"! Cheers, Bess."
06/13/2012: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Dear Bess, I surely do share your feelings of gratitude for this life saving and enhancing forum. Thank you EARTH CLINIC for all that you do for all of us....Oscar"
08/07/2012: Tracie from Charleston, Sc replies: "I read somewhere that you should detox with ACV for a week or two before beginning. I drink tons of water each day, more like a gallon or more. I started adding ACV to my water and my queestion is, is there a limit to the amount of ACV that I can have each day and still be healthy? i'm trying to begin a habit of putting in a tablespoon per 24oz. and if it is ok for me to have that much is it ok that I am doing the oil pulling at the same time? Is there a limit to ACV while oil pulling?"
08/20/2012: Jim from Syracuse Ind., Indiana replies: "is there any help for tinnitus?..... Ringing of the ears?"
09/03/2012: Faddist from Gibraltar replies: "My tinnitus is caused by too many heavy metals - in my case from my teeth from crowns- I am trying the pulling therapy - but so far it has not improved my tinnitus. I think it should and maybe I am not doing it for long enough.

I detox metals by juicing greens and occasional liver cleanses."

10/17/2012: Cyd from Phila Area, Nj replies: "is there a particular reason this is done in the morning? can it be done before bed?"
12/30/2013: Rosie Q from Santa Cruz Ca replies: "Jim from Syracuse- I have read somewhere that taking zinc helps with tinnitus although I have not had much experience using that personally. There is a great ear drop formula you can find in health food stores- grapeseed oil with a tiny bit of tea tree oil, it helped me a lot."


Avocado Oil

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

01/31/2011: Casey from Morehead, Ky: "Had horrible sinus infection. Read your page and tried oil pulling. All I had was avacado oil at the time. Swished for only 12 minutes, but within another 12 minutes my terrible headache was gone and about 90% of the sinus infection was also gone. An amazing cure! Thanks!"

Replies
10/09/2011: Sindee from Carlsbad, Ca replies: "Please explain what oil pulling means or the procedure. Thank you."


[YEA]  05/17/2009: Elliotsmum from London, United Kingdom: "I have just started oil pulling in a bid to help my gum disease. I tried olive oil 1T for the first time as that was all I had. I went out and bought some avacado oil with lemon as I thought that would taste a little better. It does.

I am currently using 1/2 a TBSP as I find it hard to keep in a whole TBSP due to loads of saliva.

I will update regarding my gum disease when I have visited the Periodontist in July.

I have however noticed the following: the bags under my eyes have flattened down considerably and strangely enough my sinus's cleared so well - I was not even aware how congested I was until they cleared. Will keep you updated."


Black Cumin Seed Oil

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

05/25/2013: Barbara from Nashville, Tn: "I was wondering if black seed oil would be desirable for oil pulling?"


[YEA]  05/20/2009: Tanya from Pittsburgh, PA: "It's been 3 weeks since I had 5 implants with bone grafts installed and I am healing fast. It looks as though I will be able to get my crowns 2 months sooner. After the implant surgery I waited 2 days and then I started my oil pull with 1 tablespoon of black seed cold-pressed oil (black cumin seed oil) for 20 minutes each morning. I could feel mucus coming down the back of my throat and would have to spit. I've used other oils, sesame seed, olive, and safflower oils and I like the black cumin seed the best."

Replies
01/14/2010: Skye from Melbourne, Australia replies: "i am have implant surgery in a month for 3 teeth and was wondering if you did it with your partial plate in or out. i havnt had the meeting yet to go through how it all works so it might sound like a stupid question but figured it was worth asking :)"


Blend of Oils

03/29/2013: Murray from Melbourne, Australia: "Research indicates that Sesame and Sunflower oils are the best two for OP. I also read that Sesame Sesame seed oil is absorbed quickly and penetrates through the tissues to the very marrow of the bone. It is said to enter into the blood stream through the capillaries and circulates. The liver does not sweep sesame seed oil molecules from the blood, accepting those molecules as friendly. As I am wanting healing for a chronic form of leukemia this circulation to the bone marrow is potentially beneficial. The challenge is this: When I OP with Sunflower oil for 20 minutes it turns white but not when I OP with Sesame oil. I therefore tried a 50/50 blend of Sunflower/Sesame oils for 20 minutes and it DID turn white. My question: Is there benefits from blending the two oils? Will I get the benefits to my bone marrow from the Sesame oil if it is blended with Sunflower oil? Are there dangers in blending these two particular oils or things I should be aware of? Thanks in advance :-)"


Canola Oil

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
33%
NAY (1)
33%
WARNING! (1)
33%

[WARNING!]  05/03/2009: Alice from Stonewall, MS: "Canola Oil Should not be used for Oil Pulling. Canola Oil is not a natural oil. It is a genetically modified version of Rape Seed Oil. I would not recommend using it for oil pulling or cooking. Research shows it has a tendency to leave scaring on your heart after continued use.

Also, do not use peanut oil. I was told when I first started pulling not to use it because of the mold it develops after it is picked."

Replies
07/09/2010: Christinej from Surprise, Arizona, Usa replies: "Canola oil should not be used for oil pulling. I agree with this comment 100%. I have researched Canola oil and it is bad stuff."
01/31/2011: Chris from Paris, On replies: "UUUH... Rape seed oil and canola oil are the same thing... They just changed the name to please the masses... Rape seed oil sounds wrong apparently... PS, almost everything you eat, drink, and see is genetically modified... Even yourselves... Sleep tight"
04/19/2011: Amy from Mentor, Oh, Usa replies: "True, Canola is "Canadian Rapeseed" abbreviated. Also sadly true that much of what we have easy access to is genetically modified, but by doing research, knowing our grower/rancher, we really can avoid most of it. That's how I do sleep tight."
[NAY]  04/30/2012: Kittycat from Livermore, Ca replies: "I would not suggest using canola oil for op or anything period! I was getting constant headaches and congestion and awakening sick and sore and finally pin pointed it to ingesting canola oil, (not OP). In fact, OP with sesame oil was the only thing that would help with the headache. If your feeling icky and dont know why, try eliminating canola oil. This is not easy as they put it in near everything, including so called health food. But once I stopped ingesting it I felt sooo much better. Its one nasty oil, not meant for man nor beast!"
01/27/2013: Al from Alvena, Sk., Canada replies: "Canola is a modified version of rape. I don't know if it was done by cross breeding or by GMO but it was done to reduce the acidity of the oil as the acidic rapeseed oil was considered to be unhealthy. I use grape seed oil for all my cooking as it has zero cholesterol. I am 54 and have "the blood pressure of a healthy 150 pound 18 year old" at 330 lbs.. Has anyone used grape seed oil for oil pulling?"
08/18/2013: Actua from Nowhere, Al replies: "Canola is genetically modiied in the same way your prized begonias would be. It was created using traditional crossbreeding techniques and is no more superscience than bananas are-by the way, look up the Gros Michel die off an then the current crisis with the Calabash.

Canola was bred to remove the toxins that at the time would be deadly. As it now stands, the presence of those chemicals is laughable. Canola oil is both cheap and healthy when compared to most other oils and can be considered the poor mans extra virgin olive oil. Get your facts straight."

08/19/2013: Douglas from Md replies: "No canola oil is not at all healthy. It is one of the main causes of diabetes. When using canola oil it takes 6 months to undo the damage from 1 serving of this nasty oil. It places an artificial fat wall around your cells walls that disrupt the electrical balance of your cells. This fat wall then does not allow glucose to properly penetrate. This knocks your pancreatic cells out of whack which produce Insulin and causes blood sugar imbalance. You can fix this in about 6 months if you cut out all canola oil as well as all margirin and vegetable oil. Buy a bottle of cold pressed Flaxseed oil and a bag of ground flaxseed. The ground flaxseed has to be used as soon as its introduced to the air because it goes rancid very quick. The flaxseed oil must have the top secured at all times and kept away from heat and light. Mix 1 table spoon with 2 tablespoons of 4% milkfat cottage cheese. Or you can double the amount depending on how hungry you are. Mix very well. Take this mixture and add in 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Mix well and you can optionaly add cinnamon for blood sugar balancing(it mimmicks insulin) and apricott or organic fruit of your choice. Eat this 3 times per day. This diet is known as the budwig diet and it reverses diabetes as well as cancer. Avoid taking vitamin C when using this diet at least 3 hours before or after eating. The flaxseed oil mixes with the fat of the cottage cheese in a way that makes it become water soluble. The oil then can bypass the liver and directly bring oxygenation to your cells and organs through your blood stream. Your diabetes will be reversed within 6 months or less if you eliminate all bad fats especialy canola, margerin, and vegetable oils. Also if you can get organic cottage cheese that is the prefered type to use. God bless and good luck to everyone. Sending light and love out to all that read this!!!!!!!!!!"
08/19/2013: Larry from Fairfax, Va replies: "Reply to Douglas, MD: I found your comments very valuable, especially re:diabetes. To overcome the ill effects of using canola oil, you recomended following the Budwig Protocol. You mention mixing flaxseed oil with 4% min., milk fat content cottage cheese; but my researching of the Budwig Protocol shows that lower milkfat content cottage cheese is optimum (eg, 2% fat content cottage cheese or Quark). The lower fat content cheeses allow the flaxseed oil to become more water-soluble, enabling it to more easily enter the body cells."
08/21/2013: Douglas from Md replies: "No canola oil is not at all healthy. It is one of the main causes of diabetes. When using canola oil it takes 6 months to undo the damage from 1 serving of this nasty oil. It places an artificial fat wall around your cells walls that disrupt the electrical balance of your cells. This fat wall then does not allow glucose to properly penetrate. This knocks your pancreatic cells out of whack which produce Insulin and causes blood sugar imbalance. You can fix this in about 6 months if you cut out all canola oil as well as all margirin and vegetable oil. Buy a bottle of cold pressed Flaxseed oil and a bag of ground flaxseed. The ground flaxseed has to be used as soon as its introduced to the air because it goes rancid very quick. The flaxseed oil must have the top secured at all times and kept away from heat and light. Mix 1 table spoon with 2 tablespoons of 4% milkfat cottage cheese. Or you can double the amount depending on how hungry you are. Mix very well. Take this mixture and add in 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Mix well and you can optionaly add cinnamon for blood sugar balancing(it mimmicks insulin) and apricott or organic fruit of your choice. Eat this 3 times per day. This diet is known as the budwig diet and it reverses diabetes as well as cancer. Avoid taking vitamin C when using this diet at least 3 hours before or after eating. The flaxseed oil mixes with the fat of the cottage cheese in a way that makes it become water soluble. The oil then can bypass the liver and directly bring oxygenation to your cells and organs through your blood stream. Your diabetes will be reversed within 6 months or less if you eliminate all bad fats especialy canola, margerin, and vegetable oils. Also if you can get organic cottage cheese that is the prefered type to use. God bless and good luck to everyone. Sending light and love out to all that read this!!!!"
10/22/2013: Hotlava from Seattle replies: "Canola Oil should be strictly avoided- its ALL genetically modified, meaning genes from differing species are artificially added to the plant genetic reproduction... nothing to do with traditional agricultural genetic breeding (ex, begonias or apples)! The name itself is short for Canada Oil, and it is a modern agricultural product, not a centuries-old traditional food that has withstood the test of time in human nutrition.

Transgenic modifications were created for the sole purpose of a few corporations owning patent rights to our food supply, no matter how much they declare they are "feeding the world" and helping our meet out outrageous population needs. It's all political and economic rhetoric to increase their profit margins and corporate survival. Very little unbiased research has been PUBLISHED, meaning most scientific research on the topic is contaminated with economic agendas.

Human's have farmed for how long without the help of Monsanto/ DuPont? And now those companies own the game!

Google "Institute for Responsible Technology" to get a list of documentaries that will change your life regarding the topic (plus a host of powerpoint slides showing GMO food health implication in animal studies). Mercola.com is another good resource. Educate yourself about the health impacts of GM foods and agriculture, and don't buy into big agribusiness' political campaigns!

The best step forward is to have manditory labeling of GMO's on our food labels, so we can have personal soverignty (right to choose), and we can pay attention to what we are REALLY eating.

If avoiding GM foods improves a person's health, then so be it! If not, then we can research with a new hypothesis! This is the scientific method, currently being denied to the American Public due to corporate manipulation.

Any time I am force-fed information that is convenient to corporations or corporately-owned governments (*cough*), I ask myself "who is profiting off this information?"

Blessings to the Earth Clinic community... people's power is in learning and educating themselves!"

10/23/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Go to Just Label It http://justlabelit.org and help fight this injustice."


[YEA]  07/20/2007: Kelly from Charlotte, North Carolina: "I have been doing oil pulling now for about a week but not consistently. My mouth had a sore in the roof of it and my gums were very sensitive and started bleeding. They bled a little more once i started OP but now it's completely gone and not much bleeding. My husband recently started it a few days ago. We have been using canola oil but i will get the sesame or sunflower oil because it seems to have a better result based on the testimonials i read. I look forward to hearing about more natural remedies. Let's put these pharmacuetical companies to shame and do it the natural way, the way it was intended. I do have a question...Do you have to drink water after OP? Please advise. KRM"

Replies
01/26/2012: Jaime from Airdrie, Alberta replies: "I would be extremely hesitant to use any oil that wasn't organic and unrefined. Canola oil specifically undergoes about 147 steps in its processing including being treated with hexane gas, then burnt to remove the majority of hexane, and finally bleached. Yummy!"


Castor Oil

Approval Ratings
YEA (3)
100%

04/06/2013: Gg from Lalaland, Ca: "Castor Oil? Seriously? I have been a castor oil user for years, but only externally. The castor bean is poisonous, I used to use castor bean plants around my garden to repel gophers and moles until they were the accidental cause of death of a neighbors puppy... After reading this I decided to check my bottle in the cabinet and it clearly says on it for external use only... I'm not sure, but it is in the nightshade family isnt it?"

Replies
[YEA]  10/10/2013: Darlener from Charleston, Wv replies: "Castor oil is safe if it is hexane free. Castor Oil used to be given to children on a daily basis for constipation and overall general health. I use Palma Christi - Hexane Free and I used it for oil pulling and watched the color come back into my face as I looked in the mirror. Within moments."
03/05/2014: Leah from Ohio replies: "100% cold-pressed Castor Oil is actually used internally as a stimulant laxative (can be purchased at drugstores). So it can be used internally. Also, with the oil pulling method, you are not supposed to swallow the oil, since it is extracting toxins. It must be spit out."


[YEA]  07/30/2011: African Bride from Z-bar, Tanzania: "After reading about oil pulling on this site, I decided to give it a try to see if it would stop the recurring boils I was having. The only cold-pressed oil I could find was castor oil, so that's what I've been using for two weeks. I am happy to report no more boils! I hope it stays that way! I know everyone says to use turmeric for boils, but I've tried it, and it didn't get rid of them. My four year old son also has recurring boils- he's had them ever since he was 1- I wonder if I can teach him how to OP.

The other marvelous result I just realized a couple days ago. I have no more body odour! This is amazing, b/c I had it bad. Tried everything to keep it under control- strong deoderants, natural ones, ACV, vodka, baking soda, essential oils... If this good result keeps up, I will OP the rest of my life!!

My teeth have felt very clean, but I can't say they've gotten any whiter. My teeth are have always been yellow, although I don't drink tea, coffee, wine or anything. I will try to find some sesame oil, maybe that will make a difference.

Amazing remedy, to be sure."

Replies
10/07/2011: Roz from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia replies: "http://www.earthbabyyogamama.com/fluoride.html

Happy about your OP experience, the above link is for a recipe for naturally made toothpaste that I have used now for 4 months with amazing results. Peace."


[YEA]  10/31/2009: Cajun62234 from Opelousas, Louisiana: "As a proven believer in Castor Oil, the other morning I awoke with a very sore gum in the vicinity of my right canine tooth. A look in the mirror indicated it was blood red, very tender, but no blood excreted when massaging. I generally 'oil' with Sesame Oil, but thought 'Why not try CO?'... Two 20 minute sessions [about 3-4 hours inbetween] and a session at bed time. I excreted all of the 'oiling', but let the CO coating remain in my mouth over night...the next morning it was 95% better; a repeat of the previous day's treatment produced a 100% recovery by the following evening...no redness, no tenderness and a normal, healthy gum.."


03/18/2009: Susan from Oshkosh, WI: "Hello everyone! I have become addicted to the site like everybody else. I have a question about oil pulling. I made it through five pages and did not see anything about food grade Castor Oil. I kept thinking about the Cayce remedies and his great results for many ailments using Castor Oil. Has anyone tried it? Does anyone know of a reason it should not be used for oil pulling? My intuition keeps telling me to try it, and I believe that we are often led to the right thing for ourselves. To everyone who is working on healing themselves, don't give up! If one thing does not work for you try again and again. In the trying you reinforce the "health"vibration around you. You are not alone in your seking and all of us who read your posts are pulling[no pun intended] for you and with you!"

Replies
03/18/2009: Dianna from Austin, TX replies: "it seems like i read somewhere about someone using castor oil for oil pulling. i don't think it would hurt you. if it did anything 'bad' i think it might just make you have to have a bowel movement. i might try it myself in the morning. usually i use VCO. if you try it please post your results."
03/19/2009: Sueli from Boston, MA replies: "Hello and thank you to all who contribute to this wonderful resource! I have a question regarding blood type and type of oil used. I read somewhere that there is a way to find depending on one's blood type a particular oil may work best for his/her condition (I don't know if this is only true for oil pulling, or if it holds true for ingesting the oil also). Does anyone know about this? Thanks in advance."
03/19/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Susan, Most castor oil I have seen comes in 2, 4 or 6 ounce bottles which are clearly labeled for oral ingestion, so why would you need one that states food grade when it is clearly labeled to be taken orally for a laxative effect. I agree with the one who stated that the only adverse effect you would likely have with OP with castor oil would be a laxative effect and since you would be expectorating the castor oil it wouldn't be passing through the intestines whereby it causes the laxative action, therefore there should be no laxative effect as long as you don't swallow it.

For me the worst side effect would be smelling and tasting the castor oil because I despise both the smell and taste, even the ones sold as tasteless & odorless. I had too much of the castor oil forced down in childhood, because this was my parents answer to whatever ailed us. Must have been beneficial because most of my siblings are still alive and I am #8 of 10 children and the youngest who is 6 years my junior is now 70 years old. So if you can tolerate the smell & taste, just be sure to spit the used oil out and be sure to let us know what your opinion of it is. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us."
04/12/2009: Vince from Enid, Oklahoma replies: "I have tried caster oil while oil pulling. It makes me very sleepy. After I pull."
03/11/2012: Nightfire The Mad Alchemist from Danville, Illinois, United States replies: "Hi pibbles I use VCO in the mornings for OPing and in the evening before bed I use Castor Oil and like Vince it makes me sleepy.... other benefits I noticed is that it usually helps my teeth if they have been aching and it's so darn thick that when I'm finished my jaw is usually to tired to 'grind' in my sleep which I have had a problem with on and off at nights, that leaves my jaw sore, and with a bad headache but with CO haha, no more."
01/27/2013: Al from Alvena, Sk., Canada replies: "The only thing I have seen regarding blood type and things that are good and bad depending on it are a series of books by Peter J. D'Adamo, the first of which is titled Eat Right For Your Type. The diet information is invaluable to me. Perhaps the oils that are good for your diet/blood type are the same as for oil pulling."


Cedar Nut Oil

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  01/15/2009: Louise from Windsor, Ontario, Canada: "hello, i staretd oil pulling 3 days ago,all i can say is WOW, my teeth are whiter already and the black streaks on them disipated, by the way i still drink coffe,presently i use Siberian cedar nut oil (cold pressed)and only use a sip of it for pulling and 1Tsp, internally for tonifyng the organs. amazing !!!"

Replies
08/01/2010: Karla from Windsor Ontario, Ontario replies: "Hello,

I also live in Windsor. Can you tell me where to buy cedar nut oil?

Thanks,
Karla"
03/01/2011: Juan from Windsor, On replies: "Hello! I live in windsor too, I am very interested in a natural healthy lifestyle, but I dont know where to get oils and herbs, do you know a herbal store? any help would be much appreciated."
03/24/2013: Sevgilim1321 from Scarborough, Ontario Canada replies: "Here in Toronto there is a new store called Healthy Planet; they sell a great variety of natural and organic products, their prices are quite reasonably and I saw products that I have heard in my life!!!

You may want to give them a call: http://www.healthyplanetcanada.com"






 



 

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