Oil Pulling: Safe, Simple and Effective!

Last Modified on Jul 16, 2014


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Coconut Oil

Approval Ratings
YEA (49)
59%
NAY (1)
1%
BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (10)
12%
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (3)
4%
WARNINGS! (2)
2%
SIDE EFFECTS (18)
22%

[SIDE EFFECTS]  07/16/2014: Joojoo from Tampa, Fl: "I have used coconut oil for oil pulling the last 2 days. Part of my gum is inflamed today, like red, puffy, and it feels kind of raw when I touch them with my tongue. I looked everywhere on the internet, and haven't seen anyone with the same experience. Is this normal? Are there ways to heal the gum or should I just keep pulling? I do have lots of fillings and 2 root canals. Thank you!"

[YEA]  04/21/2014: Julie from Clarksburg, Md: "I have been oil pulling for approximately one month and my teeth feel wonderful and the cleanest they ever felt. My skin is so clear and my brown spots on my hand and arm are fading. I no longer get headaches. My nasal passages are always clean - no allergy headaches this spring! The arthritis in my knees are so much better. I am also sleeping better. I will continue to do this. Its the best thing ever!!!!!! LOVE IT!"

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  03/11/2014: Layla14 from San Jose, Ca: "I am 28 yrs. old, female at around 148 lbs., 5'5". I am pretty healthy overall, with minor skin concerns. I made a choice to start trying different types of Ayurvedic therapy and to start using more organic body products without all the chemical/parabens. I firmly believe that I can be healthier (along with a clean diet & exercise of course) without relying on medicine/chemical crap, so that is the reason why I have taken it upon myself to do research on Ayurveda & holistic health :)

Currently suffer from certain things: occasional dandruff, some scalp psoriasis, oily skin, keratosis pilaris (upper arm), fatigue, unhealthy weight (in my opinion, I want to be at 130 lbs.), occasional mood and mild depression. Also my knee joints will start hurting if I put too much stress on them (i.e running more than 5 miles). I also feel that I drink too much alcohol/usually social binge drinking weekends and sometimes weekdays. I know, it's bad!

I started oil pulling 3 days ago with coconut oil for 10 mins. first thing in the morning. The side effects of detoxing did not start until this morning (third day), I woke up feeling hot (flu-like symptoms), groggy, and just moody. Throughout the day I have been feeling somewhat nauseated as well. I've noticed that after my first OP, I've had really deep sleep accompanied with vivid dreams!

Positives haven't been significant, since it's still too early to tell...but just like with other people... I have seen that my skin looks somewhat smoother, teeth are whiter, my vision seems a lot clearer too (colors are more vibrant), good quality sleep, and I have also been leaning on to craving healthier foods. My cravings for salt & sugar seem to be decreasing as well.

I am going to continue with OP and I'll check back in within a few weeks! Hopefully will see more benefits :)"

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03/24/2014: Carol from Braintree, Ma replies: "The oil I bought was in a jar and is solid, will that work as well?"
03/25/2014: Liz from Boston, Massachusetts replies: "It's supposed to be solid, so the answer to your question is yes. It will liquefy once it is in your 98.6 degree mouth. :) The entire jar will become liquid when the weather is warmer."

03/08/2014: Jdwarner from Des Moines, Iowa: "Hi, I did my research on this oil pulling and decided to start doing this myself. I am on day one. I chose organic coconut oil. I decided first thing in the morning and in the shower was the best time for me to do this. I have a few questions. I find it hard number one to do it the entire 20 min as most say, is it still effective if I do it less amount of time? And second, I know I swallowed a very small amount because I found it difficult not to with all the swishing and and saliva that was worked up. Is this bad?"

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03/09/2014: Pc from Uk replies: "Do not swallow any! 10 minutes is better than none. Try building up to 20 minutes. It takes time."
04/24/2014: Andrea C from Wales replies: "Do it for a few minutes, like as long as you can tolerate and work your way up. Love Andrea C xxxx"

[YEA]  12/10/2013: Lydia from Dallas,texas: "Hi All. I started oil pulling 2 weeks ago, with coconut oil. when I began the end result when I spit out was very foamy and white. NOw when I spit out , it's not foamy or white, it's just like spitting out oil and saliva... Is this goood or bad? or normal? My teeth still feel very clean afterwards, and I've had the best poops EVER, since I started oil pulling. Anyway just wondering about why there is no more white foamy stuff. thanks."

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12/11/2013: Terri from Los Angeles replies: "Lynn...The guy at Trader Joes just told me about Oil Pulling and everything he said is exactly what happened to you. I think it is great. I am going to get some coconut oil and start right away. He has been doing it for 3 yrs & said he has never felt better. Keep it up."
02/24/2014: Starrynight3 from Denver, Colorado replies: "I am now oil pulling with coconut oil for the first time as I type this. I have quite a few upper crowns (about 6) Does it effect crowns? I notice it says it makes teeth whiter, probably natural teeth right? Should I brush first or just after? Is Tom's toothpaste ok?"

12/01/2013: Tony from Singapore: "I have been doing oil pulling for some weeks with coconut oil. recently when I spat out the oil, some spilled on toilet seat and after some time, I notced some ants on the seat. any explanation ? thank you. regards"

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01/02/2014: Doshee from San Francisco, Ca replies: "Don't spit coconut oil down your toilet or sink drains. They WILL clog up!"
[YEA]  01/17/2014: Ana from Homestead, Fl replies: "I started oil pulling with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil last month and although I have yet to see improvements, I remain hopeful. I started oil pulling after reading about the health benefits of doing so, and hoping to help my teeth and strengthen my gums since they bleed a bit when I floss sometimes.

I also take 1 teaspoon of fish oil, sometimes flaxseed oil and pulverized egg shells in a glass of V8.

DO NOT spit out the coconut oil in the sink, IT WILL CLOG YOUR DRAIN!! Spit it out in a plastic bag and toss it after, then rinse your mouth with warm water, then swish a mix of baking soda and a bit of hydrogen peroxide for just a minute, spit it out, then brush your teeth as usual. Remember to "clean" your toothbrush after brushing your teeth, with some hydrogen peroxide to get rid of any bacteria.

Love this website!"

[YEA]  11/30/2013: Jenny from Brisbane, Australia: "Hi everyone, have been meaning to try oil pulling and finally started today. I have periodontal disease and broke a tooth recently about which I am terrified of going to the dentist - profit driven like medical - so I decided to try some self help. I am using coconut oil which I already use for cooking, face moisturiser etc. and I found it easy to do but accidentally spat it out in the shower about 10 minutes in. Even with this short time, I have noticed a difference in my mouth! Teeth feel cleaner, smoother, and my mouth is fresher. I heard its also good for chronic sinusitis which I have so we will see.

After doing the oil pulling, I brushed my teeth with borax and baking soda, and then rinsed with sea salt in water.

I plan to do it each day and get up to the required 20 minutes. What do I have to lose - this is a natural product.

Will post again in a couple of weeks to report on results.

Jenny"

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  10/26/2013: Malismjau from United Kingdom: "Hello! I'm 24 years old female. I started coconut oil pulling about 4 days ago. At the beginning only 10 min in the morning whilst taking shower and didn't notice any particular changes. Last two days I have been doing it 20 min in the morning before breakfast and 20 min before bedtime. I had root canal done on two of my molar teeth 4 years ago. To start with I had infections and I couldn't get rid of them but than it just stopped and I was getting jaw pains every now and than.... yesterday my gums swell around the two teeth, my jaw pains are constant, I had sore throat. This morning I woke up with less swelling. Still feeling horrible. Also noticed that I stink of sweat and it was so intense I had to run to shower straight away. I feel so unwell. I smoke about 6 cigarettes a day. Today I could barely handle one. Feel like I have no carvings at all. Smoke makes me cringe. I am convinced that all toxins and bacteria is leaving my body and I feel very unwell. But happy at the same time and wont stop. I cannot believe I haven't fond this cure before."

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01/08/2014: Earthy from Burbank, Ca replies: "Malismjau, did you start to feel better after using the coconut oil for a while? Do you still use it? Have you stopped smoking completely? Please let us know how you're doing."

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  09/20/2013: Caitlin from Austin, Tx: "Oil Pulling REALLY does cleanse as well as make your teeth whiter and improve your oral health. When I started with coconut oil, it did a number on my eczema skin, making it worse. So... I stopped! But going back to it after a couple of weeks also brought another kind of detox I did not go through the first time - i.e., headaches, backaches, blurry vision, but, better skin. Now, the heavy detox symptoms (3 days) are wearing down; skin is definitely looking better, and more importantly, if I oil pull for 15 minutes before bed, I sleep like a baby. Finally deep-sleeping through the night! Getting enough sleep by oil pulling has really improved my mood, my foggy brain, and my dark, under-eye circles -- they have all but disappeared. So, a big YES that oil pulling works where nothing else natural that I tried, did."

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12/30/2013: Rosie Q. from Santa Cruz Ca replies: "Hi everyone, I am new to this site and unsure of how to begin a new thread. Anyways, I am wondering for anyone's experience with oil pulling if they have mercury fillings. I started a few days ago and am not sure if it's too dangerous, basically swishing the oil around could bring mercury out of the fillings and into my mouth. so I am not sure if I am experiencing candida die off or something worse! I am going to keep it up, it's mainly an increase in mucus and acne which are both signs of candida die off. Any feedback is appreciated! Oh am also wondering if anyone has ever gotten their fillings removed- any and all information on that would be wonderful. Thanks so much!"
12/30/2013: Mike 62 from Denver, Colorado replies: "Rosie: I am going to send you to 4 websites. 3 of these contain complete and technical explanations from phds in cellular biology and 1 has hundreds of videos where ordinary people who have recovered very rapidly from everything under the sun give testimonials and recipes. We are a world wide organization with meetups in all large cities. We are the 80/10/10ers. Dr. Doug Graham candida at natural news, raw food health the candida cleanse, Andrew Kim blogs, why cells go bad, insulin revisited, carbon dioxide, and raw food videos."

[YEA]  09/12/2013: Billie from Washington State, Usa: "I started oil pulling with coconut oil about three weeks ago. I have a stubborn fibroid, and after being on six month herbal regiment to shrink it, while it helped, I just didn't want to take all those herbs anymore. It did help reduce my period from heavy and seven days to about five days, and lessened the flow -- sorry if that's TMI :)

Anyway, I researched oil pulling and what caught my attention was that a person who had a problem with shifting teeth, once they started oil pulling, their teeth stopped shifting. Mine have been shifting since I got my braces off 8 years ago. I have to wear my retainer at night. So I started oil pulling and I have not had to wear my retainer since; my teeth have stayed straight and are whitening beautifully.

Even better though, my most recent period only lasted three days, and it was extremely light. I don't have any joint pain, I feel refreshed. I am hoping that it helped shrink my fibroid a bit more, as I am combining this with Chaste berry and serrapeptase, as well as drinking ACV water.

I feel better than I did when I was in my 20s. I love oil pulling; it's easy, I do it in the shower, and after I spit out the oil I gargle with salt water to loosen the little bit of oil from my mouth and then brush. If you haven't started oil pulling and are still trying to decide, give it a try for about a week, especially if you are suffering from arthritis. A week won't hurt you, and sparing fiftheen minutes before breakfast to do this -- you won't regret it."

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09/13/2013: Elsa Easterly from Elsewhere replies: "Billie,

Great to hear of your success! I am interested in what you were taking for menstrual issues. Could you please be specific about the amounts of chasteberry (and any other herbs), serrapeptase, and ACV that you used? Thank you very much. Elsa"

09/16/2013: Billie from Washington State, Usa replies: "Elsa, I take two capsules of serrapeptase a day, as well as one capsule of blackstrap molasses for iron and two capsules of chasteberry. I only drink ACV and water throughout the day. I avoid soy, and I also try to avoid dairy unless it is organic. My periods have been consistent and now because of the oil pulling, light. I am very happy with the results."

[YEA]  08/13/2013: Cadillacmatt from Los Angeles, Ca: "I came across oil pulling while looking for a holistic approach to oral care. I had a filling break from my tooth and I didn't want for it to rot out like ive seen in other people's. So I tried it, at the time I only had evoo, and although the results are awesome, the after taste made me gag. I did the evoo for two weeks, the difference was noticeable, whiter teeth, just an overall clean ( fresh from the dentist type of clean). Then I bought some coconut oil. Way better tasting, same results!! I'm glad I found this technique and recommend it highly!!!"

[YEA]  08/07/2013: Adnama from Urbana, Il: "I first heard of oil pulling about a year ago when I was trying to find remedies for dark circles. I gave it a shot for about a month, ran out of coconut oil, and didn't pick it back up until about 3 weeks ago. Since then I've been doing it twice a day for 20 minutes, with maybe one or two days I just didn't have the time for it. I started it up again because of a mouth sore caused by a decaying tooth. Oil pulling + peroxide + gargling with salt water made the pain go away within the night.

I am 21 years old, 5' 3", and 203 pounds according to my scale today. Since oil pulling, my keratosis pilaris has cleared up considerably. I still have a few bumps but my skin all over has a nice glow and I no longer have the red bumps that gave my skin the 'chicken skin' look. But I did recently have a visit to the beach, and I've always known that salt water + sun calms down my keratosis pilaris too. When I first started oil pulling I had the same effects but it took longer, but with the combined 'treatments' my skin is very smooth.

I've always had a glow to my face since I use the Oil Cleansing Method, but the added effect of Oil Pulling certainly helps too. My stretchmarks have faded, but I've been using organic unrefined virgin coconut oil (used for pulling as well, I got a pound of it off Amazon for fourty bucks, it's lasted me over six months and I still have 1/4 of it left) everytime I get out of the shower for over a year. I'm not sure if it has helped my dark circles. They're hereditary and have always been dark, like I got punched in both my eyes. I suppose I have been using less concealer lately...

My teeth are cleaner, whiter, and stronger. I have a tooth that is beyond being fixed, but I don't have the money to get it extracted. Oil pulling definitely keeps the pain away and helps keep food particles out. My tongue is always pink, my breath never smells bad. But I also use baking soda and peroxide to brush my teeth and tongue. I have a slightly crooked jaw caused by me chewing mostly on my left side do to my decaying tooth on the right side. It doesn't hurt anymore and I'm pretty sure my jaw line has gotten more defined. My left side is also the side that has fillings and the pulling doesn't effect them at all.

I have more energy. I'm really not a morning person but with a new job I started I have to get up around 6:30 am. Without oil pulling I don't think I'd be able to drag myself out of bed.

And since oil pulling, I haven't wanted to smoke marijuana. I actually stopped completely a week and a half ago. I'm not sure if it's because I'm oil pulling or because I stopped smoking weed or both, but I eat less and people have told me my over all appearance looks tighter like I've been working out. I have been walking a lot more, that's for sure. Probably because my energy is up. Yay!

Also, my dreams are a lot more vivid and I can remember them when I wake up. Also might be a side effect of not smoking anymore, but I have oil pulled longer than I haven't been smoking and know for a fact that my dreams started when I began oil pulling. I've probably had more energy because I have been getting a deeper sleep, and I only need 8 hours as opposed to the 10 hours I've been used to!

All in all, I've had a positive outcome to oil pulling and I don't plan to stop. Even if it's just a placebo effect, I definitely feel better and healthier. :)"

[SIDE EFFECTS]  07/20/2013: Baaarb from Sumter, Sc: "My daughter and I started oil pulling about a week and a half ago. I have various health issues. Interstitial cystitis (aka painful bladder), heart disease, high BP and high cholesterol, allergies and arthritis, migraines. We use coconut oil to pull and I was hoping to feel better... Instead I have been really sick with the worst migraine ever and we both have this itchy rash. My daughter said she is stopping the oil pulling and I am wondering if I should do the same? My sinus did seem better, but now I have even more medicine to take (benedryl) because of the itching. Can you tell me what to do?"

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07/23/2013: Tracy from San Augustine, Texas replies: "With as many health problems as you seem to have, you need to be careful about how to correct them. A therapy such as oil-pulling may be too much for you to start off with, causing multiple reactions in your body that your system just cannot handle at one time. I would suggest you segregate your health problems & try some therapies that are specific to each health problem, for now. For instance, for bladder problems, try remedies such as parsley(tincture, extract, herb), cranberry, cornsilk tea & nettles. For high blood pressure, take aged garlic extract or garlic capsules to regulate, beet extract to lower bp, arginine & niacin, etc. For cholesterol, take flax seed (& oil caps), lecithin capsules, fenugreek extract, a weeklong juice diet, etc. For allergies, try Quercetin, local honey & bee pollen, alfalfa tablets, etc. For arthritis, try eating cherries, no white sugar or flour products, cat's claw herb, topical DMSO, etc. Migraines are often one of the ways your body is telling you that it needs cleansing, but they can also be caused by cleansing too fast. As you correct each of your health problems, you may have reactions to the cleansings or healings in the form of migraines, skin rashes, intestinal problems, etc. Two things that can help remove toxins from the body are Chorella & EDTA. Chlorella is a green algae. Spirulina is another algae that is similar to Chlorella. EDTA is much stronger & requires some studying to use properly for detoxifying the body. So, don't rush into anything. EDTA will also help with heart disease."
[YEA]  01/12/2014: Diverguy1979 from Lebanon, Indiana replies: "I'm 34 y/o male and have been using this site for seven years, it is truly my go to for all my ailments. I feel what you may be experiencing is a sick like condition from the oil pushing out toxins. I read about this affect on the hydrogen peroxide treatment page. I urge you to read up on this and then decided for yourself to push through or discontinue. I wish you luck in your research!"

[SIDE EFFECTS]  06/27/2013: Mictre from Sydney, Nsw, Australia: "Two weeeks ago I commenced using coconut oil for 'oil pulling' and I'm just wondering if the bodily symptoms experienced since are related. After the first two days I contracted gastro-enteritis for a week (so did my 7yr old daugter who is not 'oil pulling'), so I'm thinking that was just bad luck.

On recovery I noticed a sore gland on left side of throat, so I reccommenced Oil Pulling.

Next day I woke with a dull bruised feeling on my left side above the hip and below the bottom rib. As the day wore on it got worse (never sharp). Sore gland still aching. Had two panadol mid afternoon and late that night couldnt sleep or lay on my side because of the discomfort. Wondered about likely hernia. So I got up in the middle of the night and opened up 'Earthclinic' for some self diagnosis. The pain in my side seemed to be in the Gallbladder/ kidney vicinity so after taking 2 more panadol I blended up some apples and mixed a glass with 2 tblspoons of ACV..... Slept very well and woke without pain. Have had same tonic once more today as well as baking soda H20 drinks (2).

Tonight gland still sore and dull side discomfort still present.

What do you think?

Will get GP to check me out tomorrow. Plan to keep going with alkalizing.

P.S 44 yrold overweight cofee/chocolate/cheese/toast/meat eating male."

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06/27/2013: Val from Birmingham, Uk replies: "You may be allergic to coconut oil. Try with sunflower oil."

[YEA]  05/16/2013: Sherbert from Houston, Tx: "I started pulling with olive oil on May 5th and didn't like a rancid background taste so I bought coconut oil and like it much better. I have to briefly warm it up to melt it and swoosh about 1 Tbls during my shower in the morning. I have already noticed a few changes in just this short period of time. Will get back with more details soon!"

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01/17/2014: Ana from Homestead, Fl replies: "To Sherbert from Houston, Tx: There is no need to melt the coconut oil before oil pulling, the coconut oil will naturally melt in your mouth as you oil pull."


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