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
- Oil Pulling and Medication
- Oil Pulling and Mercury Fillings
- Oil Pulling And Sublingual Medications
- Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
- Olive Oil
- Oregano Oil
- Peanut Oil
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Ted's Feedback
- Vitamin E Added
- Walnut Oil
04/11/2013: Karynda from Anthem, Arizona: "My first attempt at oil pulling did not go as well. I really had to do some research to find ways around the need to swallow during the pulling, and how to make the whole process less disgusting. I am going to attempt again this..."
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|General Feedback||122 YEAS|
|Sesame Oil||72 YEAS|
|Multiple Oils Tried||42 YEAS|
|Sunflower Oil||42 YEAS|
|Olive Oil||41 YEAS|
|Coconut Oil||40 YEAS|
|Safflower Oil||7 YEAS|
Grape Seed Oil
[SIDE EFFECTS] 05/15/2012: Singapore87 from Singapore, Singapore : "Hi, I try grape seed oil for oil pulling first day and time. (16/5/2012). I only lasted less then 5mins. I think I swish to hard till my mouth/throat is swollen.. Anyway after the first round there's this super thick white coat on my tongue. I mean I have white coated tongue like always. but it isn't that thick before I did oil pulling.
Why is this happening? I hope by tomorrow morning or afternoon when I do oil pulling again will be gone. Anyone had white coated tongue after oil pulling Is this the detox or what you called die off symptoms?
[YEA] 04/02/2010: Fiona from Pendleton, Or: "Oil Pulling Oil Type
I recommend grapeseed oil for beginners. It is thinner, very light in flavor and easier to "work" when you are first getting started. I have used sesame and olive in the past. It seems like just about everything from the olive tree is good for us, so why not? Grapeseeds have health building properties too, so it seemed a good thing to try."
07/21/2009: TimeSpirit from Jersey City, NJ: "I started oil pulling after reading all the positive comments on this site. I used olive oil for a few days. My teeth looked shiny and I felt a nice sense of well being. Then, I ran out of olive oil and picked up grape seed oil and that seems to be having a more profound effect. I've only tried it for a day so. I will come back and update after a week of steadily using it. I noticed with the grape seed oil that it has a much more pleasant taste then olive oil and I was able to swish it around for a longer time. Thanks to everyone who posts here. I have been given a lot of valuable information. :)"
[YEA] 05/25/2009: Le Bon Vivant from Johannesburg, South Africa: "Hi all, I have started oil pulling for 4 days now using cold pressed grape seed oil. I chose this oil because it's rich in antioxidants, bioflavonoids, high content of linoleic acid and vitamin E.When used on the skin Grapeseed oil makes it soft and glowing. Used for Oil pulling, it will not only clean you inside but your mouth will receive a cleaning of a life time. Try it if you love yourself and share with us your story."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 03/20/2009: Penawan from London, UK: "Hi People,
I am a natural remedy freak and am willing to try anything short of urine therapy ;)
I tried pulling with hemp oil the last two days. I had a slight pain in the left throat area, always a sign of oncoming infection, but today it has disappeared. I gargled for 3 - 5 minutes, but the hemp oil still retained its yellow colour when I spat it out, though in increased volume because of the stimulation of saliva. I don't know if I should gargle for a bit more.
I read in your report that microscopic examination of the foamy oil after gargling showed parasite eggs, etc. As the test is apprently done only on the oil by-product, I am not sure if this is scientific. Perhaps a comparison should also be done with gargled out plain water. This is not doubting the potential benefits of oil pulling, but tests must be rigorously done to be doubly sure.
Keep up the good work!"
01/25/2012: Casey from Chicago, Il replies: "WHAT WERE YOUR SIDE EFFECTS? I HAVE NOT USED HEMP OIL FOR PULLING BUT FIND IT EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE FOR MANY OTHER AILMENTS INCLUDING INSOMNIA, PAIN, AND ANXIETY."
01/26/2012: Jones from Miami, Florida replies: "Penawan.... I really hope you aren't gargling any oil you're using because I have read the instructions in the oil pulling section and they clearly say NO gargling! You should be swishing the oil and it must be done for at least 20 minutes. Gargling isn't suggested cause tilting your head back to gargle might cause some of the oil to be swallowed and you REALLY don't want to do that!!
Casey... How do you use the hemp oil for insomnia, pain and anxiety? And what else can it be used for? I haven't read much about hemp oil being used for ailments."
[YEA] 08/17/2009: Sandy (sandhya) from Bangalore, Karnataka: "I took a couple of teaspoons of raw honey in my mouth and kept swishing it around for 20 minutes (procedure same as oil pulling), and the spat it out and rinsed my mouth. Voila! Toothache gone immediately!!"
[YEA] 04/03/2008: Winnie from Washington, DC: "Thank you earth clinic. we're all in this together. I spend lots of time reading about remedies and testimonies, the yes and the nays, its all good. I am pleased to read the nays that come from people who understand that even though the product didn't work for them, doens't mean the other testimonies are fake, just as we all are individuals, we get different responses. it's all good, learn from it and ask your higher power to send you what works. that's what i did; I have been trying lots of things, every time I read a testimony, I run out and buy the stuff and start using, and a week later, I decide, this thing is not working, and sometimes get angry because I have a cabinet full of ingredients I don't want to use anymore; then I started reading the testimonies from my heart, and listening to how I really feel about a product.
What happened is that ideas started coming to me, and one of them is honey, I decided to try honey on my acne face, I had half a jar of manuka honey at home so I started using it along with baking soda and lemon juice, and imediately I could see a glow. I also had pain in my gum, and have been using OP with some results, but still had soreness with brushing, then today I DECIDED TO USE THE HONEY in place of oil, put a tsp in mouth for about 5 to 10 minutes, then spit it out and brush, wow! no pain or soreness, I also had a bump on my face, i put a dab of honey and went to bed, this money bump gone. I took the honey jar and spoke into it, thanking all the bees that gave me this wonderful product, I thanked the farmers, the store keepers and last but not least this wonderful site, earthclinic. thank you for taking us back to earth, now i know everything works, at the right time with the right attitude. Love always."
04/11/2013: Karynda from Anthem, Arizona: "My first attempt at oil pulling did not go as well. I really had to do some research to find ways around the need to swallow during the pulling, and how to make the whole process less disgusting. I am going to attempt again this evening---"
Multiple Oils Tried
[SIDE EFFECTS] 02/27/2013: Blistered from Chicago, Il: "I tried oil pulling for the first time this morning using Meditteranean blend oil, which contains soya, sunflower and extra virgin olive oil. I did this before eating and drinking anything. I swished for 20 mins. , then rinsed with warm water, brushed my teeth and drank three glasses of water. It is now evening and I now have blisters in my mouth. Never had them before. Has this happened to someone else? Am I swishing too long, using wrong oil?? What can I do to avoid getting blisters. Thank you!!"Replies
03/02/2013: Cat from Austin, Tx replies: "I had this once when I used sunflower oil and when I switched to virgin coconut oil, I have not had this problem again. I will say, when I eat sunflower seeds, I get a rash around my mouth. I think perhaps that I may be allergic to sunflower seed and oil. If I were you, once my mouth healed, I would go with testing one oil at a time until I found one that did not cause blisters. Many recommend starting with sesame."
01/04/2012: Lee from Lake Wylie, Sc, Usa: "I would like to thank Earth Clinic and Ted for such a wonderful site. Earth Clinic has changed my life literally! Thank you!
I started Oil Pulling about 5 days ago and let me tell you immediately My clogged up sinuses cleared up drastically! I have lived with stopped up sinuses and all the misery that comes with it for years! Not breathing, constantly trying to clear my throat, just awful. So when I started oil pulling, I could not believe it, I can breathe again! Everyday it has gotten better and better! I started with Coconut oil and alternate with sesame and sunflower oil. I oil pull 2 times a day sometimes 3. I do not take prescription medicine, never ever! I do not believe in the traditional methods of healing anymore. Because the side effects of the medicine are worse than the benefits. Any prescribed medicine I have ever known about is just to treat the symptoms not heal. Home remedies heal! I have not been to the doctor in years because everything I take is natural. I have completely converted over to a hollistic natural way of living.
I recently took my daughter to the emergency room because she hit her head and I was concerned. The nurse asked if she had her flu shot for the season and I said no we do not get flu shots, we choose natural methods. She looked at me like I was crazy. That is ok because we never get sick! By the way, after the doctor looked at her for 20 seconds and did not allow me to ask any questions, the emergency room bill was 1200.00! Ridiculous!
Remember the body is designed to heal itself!"Replies
01/05/2012: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Lee, the flu-shot question was quite inappropriate, but the medical industry has the clout to push their agendas on we general public; so it is not wise to be point blank on something like this. I would have said something like "Oh yes, we've been considering that but have not yet made a decision". Rick Perry down in Tx lost his Pres bid on his cervical cancer vaccine mandate for girls not of age or at risk. Obamacare insurance mandate, same thing; loss of peoples/patients choices.
The nurse was just following protocol and pushing the big profits agenda. I had an endocrinologist interrogate me of my medical history concerning several different doctors, and several yrs agone, and their treatment recommendations to the point that I shut my lips and prepared to walk out of the office. It's not about public health (choices), it is about corporate profits! Be very careful how you vote, because health care choices and freedoms are, to some degree, under attack. Join Citizensforhealth. com and singe up for the free newsletter and become active in your constitutional rights for choices."
01/05/2012: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "I could not agree more with Timh -
The flu shot question from the MD's office was out of line. It seems that last year (and this year especially) the medical community - ie big Pharma and the Government - have been SHOVING the flu shots at us like our lives DEPENDED upon receiving them.
They DO NOT.
Research the stats on if the flu shot is effective. You will pull up something like "There is a 62% chance that the flu shot in any given year will be effective".
PLEASE, Dig deeper.... read more....
Statistics being what they are, they are molded to the needs of the person or conglomerate who has a vested interest in convincing you that you need their product.
In fact, the flu shot has about a 12% chance of protecting you. You will find this to be true if you read enough about it, and how the statistics are read / formulated.
Ask yourself if the CRAP in those shots is worth the benefit they MAY provide.
I say emphatically - NO, they are NOT.
Sidebar: My neighborhood Safeway grocery store just constructed a brand new, and very LARGE enclosed room off of the pharmacy for the sole purpose of giving flu shots. We all know how valuable grocery store floor space is. I figure they plan on giving a LOT of flu shots.
This crap makes me insane. No offense to the mentally ill.... I truly do feel insane at times with what is going on in the medical field. It is SO WRONG.
Okay, off the soap box. Thank you for listening to my rant if you have read this far.
Have a wonderful and very healthy day!
01/06/2012: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "I too have been driven absolutely crazy by the efforts of the medical community and government with the flu shot. I am recieving pamphlets in the mail for goodness sakes. I am sick to death of them making people believe that if you don't get it you are inconsiderate and dumb... Grrrr. Don't believe the hype. I have gotten a total of 2 flu shots in my life and both did nothing but make me sicker. My kids have never had one and I will never get them one. Back when my two oldest were little and in daycare they did not allow children to get flu shots at all. Thank God since I probably would have been naive enough to believe the hype back then."
01/06/2012: Marc from Higgins Lake, Mi replies: ".... Another point is that a mutating virus means that if you take something for it today, it will have mutated by the next day, rendering the effect of the medicine useless...... but hey, what do we know??? Shots are big money for big pharma, playing on the heartstrings of the not-so-informed."
01/07/2012: Ladyliza from Granada Hills, Ca, Usa replies: "I have found something to replace flu shots. I haven't had so much as a sniffle since I upped my vitamin D. Flu shots are approx 50% mercury and there is aluminum in there too. Not to mention the shot only covers a couple of specific strains and often the flu that comes around is a noncovered strain. They are a waste if you ask me. I take 5000 units a day. I started with a 1000 and worked my way up. My doctor tests my levels with a blood test just to make sure I need it."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 03/07/2011: Letitia from Halifax, Nova Scotia: "Hey! I have some feedback and a question. I've been Oil pulling with EVOO and Pure Sunflower Oil for 5 days now. I know it's suppose to be Cold-pressed, I'm working on it. I read a blog entry on oil pulling, and how it helped with whitening teeth and over all oral health. I thought BINGO! My prayers have been answered. I have soft teeth, and get cavities pretty easy. I started to do my research before trying it and found this site. I am happy to say that in just 5 days of oil pulling my skin is softer, my teeth are whiter, my mouth feels clean longer, my breath smells good, and I feel more alive!
I did get some detox side effects, like headaches and nausea, but that's about it. The only other problem I'm having while oil pulling is pain in my teeth. I took this to reduce the pain not increase it. Also weird discomfort in the back of my throat. I'm wondering if anyone else experienced the same thing? does anyone know what I should do, whether I should stop the oil pulling, is it making my teeth worse? I don't know."
03/07/2011: Blanche from Iberia Parish, Louisiana replies: "Well, I don't know about why it would make your teeth hurt, but I also get an irritated feeling in my throat when the Virgin Coconut Oil touches it. Just make sure you don't get it back into your throat when you pull, and also if you eat it, eat it with food and it won't irritate your throat."
[NAY] 03/04/2011: Bluebelle from Various, EU: "Hello,
what I'd like to know is why I never get any sort of effect, bad or good, after oil pulling.
I have been doing this on and off (mostly "off" :)) for five years now. I've used mostly cold pressed sesame oil for periods of 10 days or so, and coconut oil for periods lasting a week or so.
I kept swishing it around my mouth for half an hour every day.
Now, I know that a week or 10 days is an awfully short time... But after reading many testimonies, here and elsewhere, I've noticed that people started noticing effects right away or after a few days, at the latest.
In fact, the only reason I stopped doing it was because of a total lack of effects, bad or good.
I am very attuned to my body, so I would have noticed even subtle changes.
And I always buy high quality oils (and everything else), so it couldn't have been that.
It is true that I appear to be very healthy. I haven't had a cold since 1999, haven't been to a doctor's office since the early 1980s, have no aches or pains, very good skin and hair, and apparently look more than 10 years younger than I am (I know this because I've actually overheard people talking about me ; )).
But I find it difficult to believe that there would be no toxins in me, because I've been smoking 30 cigarettes a day for years now. :)
I do not cough or anything, my skin looks fabulous, but I am sure there is something that could come out in the open, if oil pulling really works, even after only a week or 10 days?
Anyway, I am going to give it another try starting today. I'll be using unrefined coconut oil. I intend to post again in a few weeks."
03/06/2011: Gean from Salina, Ks replies: "Try oil pulling for only 10 minutes with virgin coconut oil, then spit it out, rinse your mouth well, and drink a quart of warm water. I read somewhere that if you swish for too long the toxins are reabsorbed into your system."
05/04/2013: Mary from Arizona replies: "You wrote that you "swished" the oil. Oil pulling requires that you "chew" the oil like food. Give that a try for a week and see what happens. Blessings, Mary"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 02/22/2011: Jtk from Independence, Missouri: "I have been pulling oil for about six weeks & though I'm not cured, my condition is dramatically better than on any previous day over the past 10 years.
I first heard of oil pulling in Dr Ott's column in our local newspaper, I then looked it up on the web. I bought a bottle of sesame oil at the grocery that tasted awful as it was pure but toasted. I misremembered what I'd quickly read/scanned on the web and bought a big bottle of safflower oil at a local health food store and started using it. I immediately began to see results and within a week or so my mouth was mostly healed up. The first time in over ten years without constant pain.
Enjoying such remarkable results I started reading more about oil pulling and realized that sunflower not safflower was the preferred oil. The next time I visited the health food store I picked up big bottles of sesame and sunflower and a bottle of hemp oil. I began pulling three times a day, with the very delicious hemp mid-day, in a couple of days I suddenly had day long diarrhea every 30-40 minutes followed by a half day of the same. I quit the hemp oil and my stool firmed up. I continued twice a day alternating between the sesame and sunflower, then I went to once a day first with sesame for a few days then sunflower for a few days all the while my old symptoms were resurfacing though not nearly so virulently. I then decided to revert to the safflower oil that seemed to have done so much good at first and my mouth seems better by the day; not perfect but lots better. Once a day seems sufficient though I sometimes pull at bedtime as well as morning.
My point here is that different oils definitely do different things and those things may differ with the individual. There is no question in my mind as to the power of oil pulling.
To give some idea of my condition:
I have had clinically diagnosed (biopsy) oral lichen planus which has persisted and worsened for more than 10 years. Modern medical science can only offer steroids to lessen symptoms (and the one med- pack I took didn't help at all) or oral steroid ointments, that also did no good. Alternative medicine offers three basic cures that list different countries of origin but all mail out of Pakistan, modest benefit if any. Limiting spicy and acidic foods helped slightly. Various homeopathic, vitamin, colloidal silver and nutritional protocols weren't helpful. A tea tree oil mouthwash did about as much as anything. For much of the time brushing my teeth was out of the question.
My condition has been a never ending series of almost healing for a few days followed by blisters that cover the inside of the cheeks and over the gums which burst and then peel in layers for days & weeks on end keeping the inside of my mouth raw to the point it hurt to drink water and it hurt even more when eating. As I write this I can still find sore spots in my mouth, but I have to seek them out. I am noticing other changes like smelling things I haven't smelled in years.
I am only 6 weeks into this we'll see how it is in 12. JTK"Replies
02/29/2012: Dagmar from Williamstown, Ky Usa replies: "I have had great results with oil pulling (sunflower in the morning and EVO at night). To everyone : you may need to boost your immune system withhedge apple doses (2 caps/day for 30 days - twice a year). Dagmar"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 01/30/2011: Metou from Trenton, Nj, Usa: "Hi,
I just wanted to submit some feedback: I've been doing oil pulling for 2 months. In the first few weeks, I slept much better, and had a cleared up feminine problem. This is notable. I started the first month on organic unrefined sesame oil. The next month, I went to organic extra virgin cold pressed olive oil. Just this week I started with organic refined sunflower oil.
I am coming upon the third month oil pulling, and I seem to have some sort of gland issue: I sweat profusely, especially my feet and underarms, and am having a small odour problem.
Just this week, I have had swollen lymph nodes under my arms. It is painful, and I have been trying not to wear tight clothes till it goes down. I have had this a couple years ago, but not as bad as now. I feel some sort of inflamatory pain in almost all my lymph area- neck, groin as well.
I read how for this problem, you can take 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water, with some sea salt. I did that for two days, and nothing happened. I then did just baking soda, for three more days, and still nothing. Except that my face seemed to glow after I took it.
I wanted to share these things. I love remedies for health, ayurevedic cures, and "potions". Thanks for the site, it is a gem.
04/20/2011: Richard from Chertsey, United Kingdom replies: "@Metou
Glad to see you've committed yourself to this alternative treatment however I felt it was important that I point something out to you.
Many professionals who treat with alternative remedies for example homeopathic doctors, will tell you that anyone who has been using conventional medication/treatments for a long period of time will have accumulated symptoms over symptoms. Basically creating one symptom to mask over another. This is how the pharmaceutical companies treat the ill. They don't CURE the patient, instead they remove the symptom and this usually creates new symptoms which they call side-effects. Side-effects is a clever word because in reality they are just EFFECTS, nothing more, nothing less. These EFFECTS keep the profits coming in. Anyone who has been using conventional treatments for a long period of time will have accumulated many, many, MANY symptoms which are all a follow on symptoms from an original problem they had. Even if they seem completely unrelated this is still the case.
So, as you mentioned in your post, you now have painful lymph nodes under your arms and you say you USED to have this problem before but not as bad as you do now. Well, the way I'm interpreting this is you have managed to get yourself BACK to the original problem where all your medical problems stem from. My advice would be to now visit a homeopathic doctor and explain your full situation because you will now need a homeopathic doctor to cure your Lymph nodes. Once these are cured you will have freed yourself from the pharmaceutical practices. In a sense, you should be incredibly happy that this Oil Pulling has restored your health, located and singled-out your original SOURCE problem.
Nobody but you can make the next choice but if I was you I would stay away from the pharmaceutical treatments because they will just do the same all over again. They may make your Lymph nodes disappear faster but they are NOT curing them by any stretch of the imagination... Instead they will just replace this symptom with another and keep building and building on it with more and more problems.
It all makes perfect sense when you understand. Because you never cured you Lymph nodes when you last had them, they never really went away and over time they have gotten worse. They may not of been visible to you because the pharma companies just hid them from you and gave you other symptoms to worry about instead. Its so so sad when you think about all the people who rely on them for good heath. These people will NEVER get back their peak health until they manage to reverse all the symptoms they've ever had to get back to the SOUCE problem.
People are not supposed to be sick or ill, naturally, this is supposed to be very rare but the public's heath has become a profit based business and they want people to think that being sick/ill is very common and perfectly normal. Speak to any indigenous person about this and they will paint a very VERY different truth for you. :-)
Keep up with the OIL PULLING because now your lymph nodes have returned and reared their ugly head again, this will now begin to fight them so by continuing with this and seeking advice from a homeopathic doctor, you will finally get back your well deserved good health and rid yourself of the evil big pharma's pyramid of symptoms... Actually, very quickly, that's a brilliant way of explaining what conventional medicine does! Picture a reversed pyramid with your medical problem at the bottom point, the pharmaceutical companies push their patients further and further up the pyramid making their symptoms broader and broader. Can you picture it? Its very wrong isn't it? Almost Evil really!
I hope I've helped you :-)
04/20/2011: Knute from Sacramento, Ca replies: "I could not agree more with Richard from UK about the effects of pharmaceutical treatments. (Also, it was good to find that there was much focus on the effects of the highest selling pharmaceuticals in the US in the US news today: The mainstream seems to wake up! )
And, about the lymph nodes - seeking a homeopath is a very good advice.
I would like to add that I have found two excellent things that seems to help very much regarding lymphatic drainage (in addition to many other benefits. ) The first is a good rebounder, the second is what's called a chi machine.
There are many good rebounders to choose from.
First I would educate myself by doing a google search for "rebounder benefits" or "rebounder lymphatic drainage".
You may do similar google searches for benefits of chi machine.
It's wise to have an open mind - combined with healthy a skepticism.
Anyway, having personally tried both a rebounder and a chi machine, I found that they are both very effective.
And, please continue oil pulling, my favourite for over 19 years!"
10/24/2010: Lilac7779 from Loudon, Tn, Usa: "I just recently (within last week) discovered EC and OP. I had Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and tried that. The first day I did 15 min. And when I spit, the oil was yellow. The next day I went 20 min. And oil was still yellow. In the meantime I had gone online and ordered sesame oil. It came in the mail and I tried it and after 15 min. It is white, as it should be. I read on another site where a lady said her EVOO was yellow when she spit. I don't know why that is, but apparently I'm not the only one who maybe shouldn't use EVOO for some reason. I had concerns about my amalgam fillings that I have had for almost 40 years. I was reading other's feedback and it reassured me to know that others were OPing with no problems. Thanks to everyone for all the info. Boy, do my teeth feel clean after I OP."Replies
10/25/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Olive oil is greenish so when you pull it will never turn white. At least it never has with me and if you look for information online or read a book you will find out that not all oils turn white. The important thing is that you swish it for a while. It is not even sure that you need to do it for a long time. I think that Ted even advises you to do it short. I would say... Do whatever you feel comfortable with and don't worry about the color!"
10/25/2010: Sue from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi There,
The best oil to oil pull with is coconut oil by far. Coconut oil is anti-inflamatory, antiparasitic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antivirus. It truly cleans your mouth, literally. It's the only oil I used that whitened my teeth. When I started using coconut oil, my teeth visibly turned white within a week. My gums looked healthier and plaque disappeared. If you research coconut oil you will know yourself how beautiful an oil it is. I would never used anything else for this or for cooking. It is also the best moisterizer as well. I look ten years younger since starting to use it as a moisterizer and adding it to my diet, truly. Good luck and keep oil pulling, you are doing your body a lot of good."