Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Instructions and Theories
- Sandy's Oil Pulling Compilation
- Avocado Oil
- Black Cumin Seed Oil
- Blend of Oils
- Canola Oil
- Castor Oil
- Cedar Nut Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
- Dental Health
- Dental Issues
- Flaxseed Oil
- General Feedback
- Grape Seed Oil
- Hemp Oil
- Multiple Oils Tried
- Neem and Sesame Oils
- Oil Pulling and Medication
- Oil Pulling and Mercury Fillings
- Oil Pulling And Sublingual Medications
- Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
- Oil Pulling Side Effects
- Oil Pulling Tips
- Olive Oil
- Oregano Oil
- Peanut Oil
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Ted's Feedback
- Vitamin E Added
- Walnut Oil
Oil Pulling ("OP") is reported to cure: Mouth &, Gum Disease, Stiff Joints, Allergies, Asthma, High Blood Sugar, Constipation, Migraines, Bronchitis, Eczema, Heart, Kidney, Lung Diseases, Leukemia, Arthritis, Meningitis, Insomnia, Menopause (hormonal issues), Cancer, AIDS, Chronic Infections, Varicose Veins, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Polio, and Cracked Heels. And that's just to start!
IMPORTANT! Please make sure you tell us what type of oil you are using when you send feedback!
Detox The Body!
Oil Pulling is an ancient practice out of the Ayurvedic medicine tradition. It is a cleansing technique that consists simply in swishing oil in your mouth for a few minutes each day. This easy habit can kickstart your weight loss, whiten teeth, and improve your overall dental health including an ability to fight gum disease. Remarkably, it seems also to have a potential for detoxifying the body - removing heavy metals and other pollutants while strengthening the immune system for better overall health.
Here are a few paragraphs from Bharat Savur's article on www.thehindubusinessline.com/life/2003/02/10/stories/2003021000160400.htm">The Hindu Business Online
..."When Dr Karsch examined the gargled milk-white oil under a microscope with 600 magnification, he saw live organisms swimming in it. It's poisonous, so never swallow it, he warns. These poisons are bacteria-embryos, which, if not eliminated, cause diseases. Apparently, Dr Karsach cured his own chronic blood disease and 15-year-old arthritis.
The first sign of improvement is in the teeth-they become firm and white, he says. Other healing indications: fresh, relaxed feeling on waking up, disappearing dark pouches below the eyes, anew appetite and energy, better memory and deep sleep..."
|General Feedback||123 YEAS|
|Sesame Oil||75 YEAS|
|Coconut Oil||45 YEAS|
|Multiple Oils Tried||42 YEAS|
|Sunflower Oil||42 YEAS|
|Olive Oil||41 YEAS|
|Safflower Oil||7 YEAS|
Instructions and Theories
01/29/2013: Tori from Monroe, NJ: "After the process do you brush and floss as usual or do you brush and floss before OP Also do you still use mouthwash?"
[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.
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)
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."
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!
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.
Keeping the chin tilted up makes sure the oil gets to the back molars.
The old school says that only sesame and sunflower oils produce favorable results. However, our readers report success using other oils too.
If after meals, wait at least 4 hours before you Oil Pull. After drinking, wait 1 hour.
A worsening of symptoms is an excellent indication that the disease/ailment is being cured.
Do not stop Oil Pulling if you feel aggravated symptoms or heightened side effects after a day or two. Your body is healing.
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)
[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?"
Sandy's Oil Pulling Compilation
06/12/2009: Sandy from Bangalore, India: "Dear Earthclinic,
Based on all feedback received for oil pulling so far (as seen on your oil pulling pages), I have created the following list of cures by oil-pulling using various oils:
1. Sesame Oil:
Cleared vaginal infections, got rid of tooth/gum/mouth/bad-breath problems, tightened loose teeth, heart felt better, depression replaced by happy thoughts, better vision (eg. Colors become vivid), no underarm odor, reduces cravings and helps de-addiction, alertness increased, pimples decreased, cured Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD, TMJ or TMD), moisturized skin, healed dry/cracked heels, hair grew back on bald spot on head, sinuses cleared, did not catch colds/flu, brought color to cheeks/complexion looks healthier, cured the keratosis pilaris on upper arms, more energetic, didn't get allergies, looked 10 years younger, open pores on face closed, wrinkles disappeared, swollen glands under neck became normal for HIV+ person, anaemia cured within 1 month, lipase enzyme levels brought back to normal within 1 month, bloating/edema gone, decreased fibromyalgia pain, got deep sleep/ insomnia cured, dark circle around eyes decreased, cured hangover after alcohol consumption, digestion improved, back pain decreased, neck pain decreased, joint pain decreased, hives cured in 2 weeks, periods was not painful, no cramping during periods, experienced colon cleansing, eczema disappeared, skin glowed, stopped a headache, faded age spots, healed canker sores, subsided PMS, eliminated asthama, lost weight, cured diarrhea.
2. Sunflower oil
Got rid of tooth/gum/mouth/bad-breath problems, teeth whiter and sensitive condition corrected, sinus cleared, cured toothache, blood cholesterol profile got balanced when oil-pulled first thing in the morning, postmenopausal hot flushes decreased, wake up refreshed, hair grew thicker, think clearly, swollen lymph nodes reduced, energy increased (many people said), reduced dependence on caffeine-oil pulling gave a huge energy rush-oil pulling twice a day eliminated 2 cups of coffee from that day, blood circulation improved, cold hands and feet became warmer, cravings decreased, skin looks great, eliminates dry eyes, clears out sugar from body faster, pulmonary fibrosis cured, cancer cured, stopped vaginal discharge, clearer breathing, better sleep, lungs not congested anymore, coughing eliminated, herpes simplex virus eliminated from body, cold sores and canker sores healed, cleared allergies, hangover (due to alcohol) eliminated, lost weight especially around lower abdomen, lost 4 pounds in 20 days by oil pulling twice a day, gave sound sleep, body aches and strains gone, fatigue gone, irregular periods became regular, ear itch gone, clearer eyes and clearer vision, indigestion problems and gases eliminated, cracked heels healed, dark circle under eyes eliminated.
3. Olive Oil
Better mouth health, jaw pain gone, sinus cleared, finger nails grew fast and had white tips, hair grew fast and is thick, better energy, better mental clarity, mood elevation (many people said this), cracked heels got healed, softer hair, softer skin, no wheezing or coughing, eyes stopped feeling itchy or dry, beard got thicker and softer, de-addicted from tobacco, alcohol, caffeine (many people talked of de-addiction), back pain reduced, cleared nasal and ear blockage, lost weight doing oil-pulling using extra virgin olive oil, pores on face became small, no undereye puffiness, better vision, lines around eyes smoothened out, brain fog cured.
4. Coconut oil
Appetite suppressed and lost weight (many people said this), relaxing, pain in nerve decreased, joint pain gone, breathing easier, snoring gone, bloating/oedema gone in just 6 days, blood pressure stabilized, got rid of tooth/gum/mouth/bad-breath problems, gap between teeth closed, sinus cleared, heightened sense of taste, cleared inner ear infection, got rid of rocking/imbalance sensation, skin glowed and moisterized, increased energy, increased mobility, agility and vigour.
5. Cod liver oil
Got rid of teeth problems, better skin
6. Avocado oil
Makes hair healthy and shiny, bags under eyes flattened, sinus cleared
7. Cedar nut oil
8. Canola oil
Better mouth health
9. Walnut oil
Got rid of gum problems
10. Castor oil
11. Black cumin seed oil
12. Safflower oil
Pulling sensation in arm gone, Got rid of tooth/gum/mouth/bad-breath problems, lost weight, energetic and active, Rheumatoid Arthritis cured, chocolate addiction gone, hair and skin looks good, scar gone, periods improved, PMS gone, voice improved, got good sleep, hair shedding decreased."
EC: Wow!! Sandy, thank you so much much much! That must have taken you ages to put together.
06/12/2009: T from TC, Michigan replies: "wow! do you know how long you did each of these until you noticed results? how long do you oil pull.....10, 20min a day? how often do you switch oils? I would love to have these results! I must try this!"
EC: Sandy's list is a compilation from hundreds of readers' posts, not her own personal feedback!
06/24/2009: Marilyn from Flanders, NJ replies: "Sandy - You are awesome, thank you so much. It's been difficult to get my friends to dedicate their time to reading all the testimonies that are so important. When I discovered this site, I did have the time, and was convinced easily by the wonderful feedback. So now, I can point out your hard work to my friends with confidence. I am so grateful! Bless you."
02/24/2010: Openlyhappy from Mcdonugh, Ga replies: "Sandy thank you so much for compiling that data. Does anyone know if i could create a concoction or oils. I liked the reported effects of seasame, sinflower, coconut and olive. Could I put a measure of each in a potion? Will they cancel each other out??? Any thoughts?"
02/25/2010: Donna from Wimauma, Florida replies: "I have been reading this site and absolutely love all the wonderful information. It's the readers who really benefit from all these great testimonials. It makes you feel less alone. I have been reading up on rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety & depression. gosh if oil pulling can take care of that, that would be wonderful. Any Rheumatoid stories?"
11/23/2010: Sorrokine from Vs, Ny, Usa replies: "This is wonderful! I just tried the sesame oil OP and I already feel my sinuses opening. I Suffer from severe mold poisoning, and have gone the route of natural herbs to treat it with success. I am also suffering from a body candida infection from mold poisoning as well. This helped the thrush portion of the sickness I couldn't quite tame. I am being cured of the mold poisoning with great herbs and supplements. Learned the hard way that Doctors can't treat me for since they'll loose their license. Thank you Earth Clinic for your amazing group of people and their knowledge. I will post when I see more results."
[YEA] 02/09/2011: Spb from New York replies: "Sandy's list is on point! I have been pulling with extra virgin coconut oil for the past month and the results are amazing. I have better sleeping habits, suppression of appetite, weight loss, Candida is under control, PMS and hormonal balance (mood swings and pre-ovulation pain are gone! ). Whiter teeth, pink gums, increased energy, colon cleansing and you name it.
I have also been using coconut oil on my skin and as an oil treatment in my hair. My remains moist longer and my heels are softer. My hair is thicker. I highly recommend oil pulling with extra virgin coconut oil."
02/09/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Interesting how many people really feel a lot better with OP, I have to say that I don't feel a difference, neither negative nor positive although I have been doing it for quite a few months. But I will keep trying as I think that the exercise, if nothing else, is quite good. And who knows, maybe good things are going on in my health which I don't notice!"
02/11/2011: Kat from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi Francisca.... Maybe nothing has changed with you because you are as healthy as one can be???!!!"
02/12/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Kat, I wish it was true but I don't think so! My skin is not bad for a 53 year old but could be better, I have some kind of allergies I can't get rid of, I think that it is Candida and I usually lack energy. But well, it is nice it works so well for other people, I don't doubt them and I will go on doing it anyway. I got so used to my ritual during the week while I read the paper online..... Great excuse too!"
02/17/2011: Ali from Swansea, Wales, Uk replies: "Hi Francisca.
Have you tried changing the kinds of oil you use. Have you made sure that the oil you are using is not too old, or rancid? Of course, like anything, it probably works better for some people than others, but is worth persevering with, as some things can take a long time to resolve."
02/17/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Ali, I have tried sesame, sunflower, olive and VCO. I don't think that they where rancid but you never know! Anyway, I am not giving up even if I don't see any benefits! My dentist said that it is a good thing and anyway it must be a good exercise for the face muscles. You know, sometimes you don't see the benefits and still they are there but maybe not in place that show!"
04/27/2011: Suki from Ubud, Bali, Indonesia replies: "What a great list - thank you! We only have coco & olive oil here, so we'll try these & let you know.."
05/04/2011: Alina from La, Ca replies: "Sorrokine from Vs, Ny, Usa mentioned herbs for mold poisoning. I wish you elaborate on that. Please if you see this post give the list and dosage of herbs. Time you take them. If anyone else has cured mold poisoning I'll be so grateful to hear stories, advice, recommendations."
07/18/2011: Victoria from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "Has anyone used almond oil?"
10/02/2011: Bill from Ithaca, Ny replies: "Alina, I have been researching and using 'MMS' for heavy metal detox and memory improvement. Also for overall health. It would be worth your time to investigate the solution on Youtube or google it. Wikipedea has a lot to read about on it's discussion page with a reponse from Jim Humble at the end. It is inexpensive, safe and effective for a multitude of conditions including mold poisoning. It doesn't interact with medications and is only rendered inactive when taken with vitamin C. It's effective against viruses, bacteria, parasites, mold, many funguses, and pathogens. Good luck!"
01/20/2012: Carebear83 from Ahwatukee, Arizona replies: "Francisca, make sure you are using unrefined oils, pulling for 20 minutes, spitting out, then rinsing out mouth really well and brushing the teeth with baking soda."
[YEA] 07/01/2012: Susan from Kansas City, Missouri replies: "I am another YEA. I discovered this wonderful site by searching "and my gums don't bleed anymore. " That led to this thread. I started oil pulling about a year ago. Usually with sunflower oil, sometimes with sesame. My enamel is definitely stronger. My teeth are more firm in their roots. My immune system is stronger. My gums usually don't bleed when I brush my teeth anymore. Certainly nowhere near as much as before. Many benefits from this amazingly simple remedy. Thanks!!!"
07/30/2012: Dana from Mesquite, Tx replies: "do you switch oils daily, weekly, monthly?"
11/06/2013: Kc from Boston replies: "Thank you for sharing this information. Oil pulling is at the top of my agenda tomorrow! I'm 45 y.o. and have always been healthy & fit. At 35, I starting reasearching health/wellnes and was fascinated by the body/mind connection. I began incorporating some of the practices into my daily life and soon felt like I was at the top of the world! Then everything changed... over the last 5 years I've experienced a drastic decline in my health. It started with digestive issues, then chronic fatique, which triggered depression. I had no energy, gained 60 lbs, started losing my hair, and developed dark bags/circles under my eyes. I went to the doctors time and time again, only to be told there was nothing wrong. The attractive, healthy, outgoing woman I once was had disappeared; I no longer recognized myself. I started looking for answers on my own, andat one point, I thought I had a parasite (I still feel that I might), then I thought I had an overgrowth of yeast/candida because I was prone to yeast infections. I tried some alternative remedies and did manage to lose 30 lbs by simple changes in diet and incorporating some light exercise. But in early spring I had a setback and ended up in the ER with severe abdominal pain; I knew it was my gallbladder, but my Dr. was not convinced, until a few weeks later, when I was rushed to the hospital and had emergency gallbladder surgery/removal. What I realized is that Dr's are only human and they don't know everything! We need to become our own advocates. I'm feeling better each day, though it is still a struggle...I find hope when I read others stories of inspiration or just sharing a simple remedy and hope is all I can ask for :-)"
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
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 :-)"
[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."
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!"
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."
[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.."