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
09/26/2012: Dh from Knoxville, Iowa: "After research I have concluded that brushing after op is necessary due to the fact that op is pulling toxins. Cleaning your mouth afterwards will rid your mouth of toxins just sitting on your teeth and in your mouth, while your body has recieved the..."
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|General Feedback||122 YEAS|
|Sesame Oil||72 YEAS|
|Sunflower Oil||42 YEAS|
|Multiple Oils Tried||42 YEAS|
|Olive Oil||41 YEAS|
|Coconut Oil||40 YEAS|
|Safflower Oil||7 YEAS|
[SIDE EFFECTS] 03/29/2010: Tracylove from Brooklyn, Ny, Usa: "I've been oil pulling with Coconut Oil for just over a week...and I feel HORRIBLE. My skin on my face has gotten dry (I also use it on my skin), I have black circles under my eyes, my throat is very sore and I've lost my voice. The worst is, I am constantly bloated and having awful heartburn...I am also eating like crazy, and always hungry. The heartburn only goes away after I've eaten something, which seems counterintuitive.
I am of the belief that this is detox, but not sure what exactly. I'm taking a day off from OP today, as I just don't feel good enough, and am still not feeling well. I'd like to make it through this, but not sure how long these symptoms last, or if I can take it much longer to see any benefits at all.
Any suggestions would help greatly!"
03/30/2010: T from Maryland, Usa replies: "This doesn't sound like normal detox to me. I'd stop the coconut oil immediately, wait a bit and then try a different oil, organic sesame oil perhaps. Coconut oil is not for everybody, whether oil pulling or ingesting."
04/12/2010: Jdixson from Belgrade, Mt replies: "my understanding is that coconut oil is a natural yeast killer, you may have a high candida load, and feeling herx from the oil, look up the benefits of coconut oil, it is different than the others"
04/28/2010: Chick P from Kodiak, Ak replies: "I am curious now, after reading what Alex wrote about the blood-type diet, and am wondering if those who have had side-effects from OP with coconut oil are having a reaction due to an incompatible blood type? Would anyone who has had a negative reaction mind posting if they have O-type blood? I am O and LOVE coconut oil, and use it in virtually all of my baking and have oil pulled with it a few times. It has the most pleasant taste of all of the types I have tried OP with but I don't want to use it if it would be bad for me! (Will do some research on this blood-type diet to become more informed on this subject.)
Also, maybe you are actually reacting to the type of coconut oil being used? If non-organic oil is being used, maybe the side-effects are actually a reaction to something that non-organic coconuts have been treated with which is being carried directly to your bloodstream... just a thought..."
04/29/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I am type O but I haven't oil pulled with coconut oil yet, I will try soon. Some of the problems with oil pulling here were connected to the fillings in the teeth, I had those as well but before people just give up oil pulling I would suggest that you do the same I did and buy yourself a good book on oil pulling. It is not true that there is nothing to learn about the subject. I learned a lot and the most important was that the only filling that started to come out after I started to do oil pulling was because the tooth had some problems. I hope that all is well now...."
[YEA] 05/05/2010: Amy from Sugar Grove, Va replies: "I've been taking the Virgin Coconut Oil softgels for about a month now. I am type o blood type & have had no problems at all. I also use the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as a mosturizer, my skin looks great! My cellulite is all but gone my spider veins are even disappearing! I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a mosturizer for my face though because I suffer from bad adult acne. The Olive Oil cleared up my acne , took away the begins of all wrinkles & almost all of my acne scars I've had for years are gone. I love it! I'll be 36 next month & I look 10 yrs younger! I love this site! I wash my face with baking soda & water & use Lemon Juice as an astringent."
07/27/2010: Ava from Ny replies: "Hi all, I have a question about which products/brands you used for the fantastic results! Please let me know which products worked for you as there are a lot of products out there that contain extra ingredients that causes side effects."
09/05/2010: Littlelight from Healdsburg, Ca replies: "As this practice has its origins in Ayurveda, it might be better to chose your oil based less on blood type, and more on your predominant Ayurvedic constitution:
Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. You can take a quiz to find it out here:
And get some info on which oils are best for your dosha here:
You might find a better fit using this method."
09/06/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Littlelight, I did both tests with a bit different results but I didn't manage to find the type of the oil I should use on the Chopra site? And anyway, if I am a bit of all of them should I use the oil suitable for the most strong type?"
[YEA] 11/10/2010: Sara from Rialto, California replies: "Hi everyone I am new to this site and the first thing I read about was all the benefits you get from apple cider vinegar and I tried it for heartburn that I had. For awhile I had a really bad stomachache from the heartburn so I did the Apple Cider Vinegar and it went away.
Well about a week later I came down with a really bad sore throat I had trouble swallowing I was getting paranoid cause I cant stand to be sick so I grabbed my Apple Cider Vinegar and did a mouthwash and gargle. Well lol I did it straight no water and after I spit it out I took a breath and couldnt so I held my breath with constant swalling till I could breath again. I guess maybe I should of drank something right after but I didnt. So anyways I was so relieved that my sore throat was gone. I was so happy so to get to the bottom of all this if you are op-ing and you have side effects can you use the Apple Cider Vinegar to clear some of the symptoms I want to do the op-ing but need to know if I can do other things to help with the symptoms thank you and good luck everyone."
[YEA] 03/07/2011: Ceecee from Cape Cod, Ma replies: "My 10 y/o daughter has had a sore throat (but no strep) for 2 months. After finding this site I decided to try it for both of us. After 15 min. we spit and rinsed. My daughter started coughing up nasty phlegm for about twenty minutes! Afterwards she excitedly said-Mom-I can breathe through both sides of my nose! Sunday she woke me up at 7:00 and asked if we could do the oil pulling again because "it made me feel so good yesterday" I felt good after my treatment and enjoyed two full nights of sleep, which hasn't happened in years! Will post back in 1 week to report on daughter's sore throat. Love this site-thanks so much!"
[YEA] 01/14/2012: Pat from Bay Village, Ohio, Cuyahoga replies: "I have been oil pulling off and on for about six weeks, mainly using coconut oil, yesterdat my gums and cheek swelled up like an abcess, I called my dentist and am still waiting for him to call back. I started op and think the swelling is going down already. Is this possible or am I CRAZY?"
03/07/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Just curious if your abcess swelling did indeed subside from the oil pulling. According to what I am reading, this is entirely possible."
06/02/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx replies: "This is for tracylove from Brooklyn. Try switching to organic extra virgin coconut oil (or cold pressed if you are already using EVCO). Regular coconut oil that is not Organic or EV can cause reactions. Perhaps Ted or someone like him can elaborate, but with Organic EVCO it is absent of what can cause those reactions."
09/09/2012: Veronique from New York, NY replies: "Which is the better oil to use for oil pulling. I recently started and is using grape seed oil. Will I get the same benefits? I am not seeing much about this oil."
[YEA] 03/20/2010: Sis from Camp Zama, Japan: "After being told about oil-pulling om 5 Mar, I decided to do some research on the morning of the 6th and it led me to your site. After reading the basic information on how to, I started that morning. The immediate effect for me: my teeth clean a lot better after op. I thought that it would be a lot harder with the oil in my mouth to get them clean. I have reflux and some of my tooth enamel has eroded over the years. My teeth were getting dirty a lot faster in the day and were a lot harder to get clean. Sometimes even after brushing three times, I still had spots that were not squeaky clean. Now I can run my fingers over my teeth after brushing and can actually hear the sound of my fingers slipping over my teeth after one brushing and they stay cleaner longer. That has not happened in years.
One thing I need you to clear up for me though:
On your site you say to do the op before brushing, but the site you have as a reference (oilpulling.org) says to do it after brushing. I have tried both, and once again to my surprise, it was just as effective. I thought my teeth would be oily, but that was not the case, and they stayed clean most of the day as well.
If you get some of the benefit from the added lubrication of the membranes in the mouth, would it not be contradictory to op first and then brush? I actually have also done op before and then again after brushing.
I mostly use extra virgin organic coconut oil. Have used avocado oil twice. My measurements are not all that exact. It usually is about a table spoon. Sometimes more or less. I started with about 15 minutes but have gone as long as 30 or 40 as I was doing research on my lap top. However, doing op while doing something else is not necessarily good as you may not concentrate on doing it right for effect. I usually op in the am, but have done it three times in the pm also. Usually what gets in my way of the pm session is the time I eat dinner and then would have to stay up too late to op. Since I don't have to wait to eat after op, I may chance my eating habits and make sure I have four hours after my lunch meal, then op and eat dinner after wards.
While in the US for a conference, I will bring back a gallon of sunflower and sesame oil each as it seems to have to most benefits for most of the reader on your site."
03/20/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Sis, after reading your post I went to the site you talk about and also thought about it. I think that the thing to do is to clean your teath before oil pulling for the simple reason that you remove the worst toxins and don't flush them around and around in your mouth. I will start to do it that way. Why keep the old stuff? One problem I am experiencing is a gag reflex which has been getting worse. In the beginning I could do it for maybe 15 minutes and occasionally for 20, nowadays always less than 10, no idea why but as I do it very strongly the liquid is white so maybe it works all the same. I don't notice any health improvements but sometimes things are happening even though you don't see them directly."
09/26/2012: Dh from Knoxville, Iowa replies: "After research I have concluded that brushing after op is necessary due to the fact that op is pulling toxins. Cleaning your mouth afterwards will rid your mouth of toxins just sitting on your teeth and in your mouth, while your body has recieved the benefits of the op and will still be detoxing and probably pulling into your mouth you will not be starting your day with a mouthfull of toxic oil which could have adverse affects on your oral health."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 03/11/2010: email@example.com from Los Angeles, California: "I have been oil pulling for a month. Started with sesame oil, than sunflower oil. It reduced my appetite. Yesterday I purchased Coconut oil. The results were unpleasant. I think I am allergic. My eyes puffed. My head felt dizzy. Nausea, and disorient. I used one tablespoon, with each oil. I did not experience discomfort with the other oils I used. Has anyone else felt this way with VCO?"Replies
09/24/2010: V from Portland, Oregon, Us replies: "Allergy to coconut is extremely rare; hardly any cases have ever been reported. Your reaction, esp. dizziness you mention, may have to do with the antifungal properties of the oil, with yeast and possibly toxic metals. Yeast "helps" the body by ingesting toxic metals and storing them out of sight of your body. Check out http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com for more info on yeast and mercury. I know the dizziness well - have been detoxing since April and have just learned about OP. Will try soon and start with Sesame. Hope this helps - good luck :-)"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 12/30/2009: Lindaa from Chipley, Fl: "How do you hold coconut oil in your mouth for 15 minutes?
Yesterday I lasted 2 minutes, but it really worked for plaque on my teeth and the white coating on my tongue was gone.
This morning I used the same amount (about a teaspoon) and I had the same problem as yesterday. Saliva poured into my mouth. I lasted 3 minutes. I had to stop and breath through my mouth frequently (I must be a mouth breather) I was a coughing, gagging, spitting mess, but it worked again:) My teeth looked better, my gums are getting a health pink already."
12/30/2009: Lee from New York, New York replies: "Linda from Chipley - Are you concentrating on the oil pulling too much? I melt it first (i like to add a little clove oil or peppermint oil to it) - then I leave the bathroom and make the bed, check email, etc. I actually forget that it's in my mouth. Just swish it around very gently and get busy with something else! Good luck."
01/02/2010: Linda from Chipley, Florida replies: "Lee, Thank you so much for the information. I was doing what you said in your reply. I was ready to give up. melt it first? lol, I never would have thought about that. I was watching the clock lol. So once again Thank you Lee."
02/24/2010: Mike from Virginia Beach, Va replies: "Coconut oil at room temperature is a solid. My brother swears by coconut oil for a lot of things, so he goes through it a bit. Things he's learned along the way is that virgin coconut oil is the best to use. Most that you find in grocery stores are refined, and can possibly be quite counter-productive. He also sets the jar in a bowl of hot water to melt it, which is really the only way you should melt it."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 10/15/2009: Danielle from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "Hi. I have been oil pulling for approximately three weeks with coconut oil. At first with a little more than a tablespoon, more recently I have been measuring a tablespoon exactly. I do it in the morning once I get up before brushing teeth or eating breakfast. I rinse my mouth out afterwards and spit a few times.
Although it seems to be draining my sinuses, and the health of my gums have improved (better shade of pink, no more bleeding) and the white coating on my tongue has disapeared, my tooth sensitivity has been getting worse and my teeth have been turning more yellow. I can also see a line in one tooth now that looks almost like an internal crack and it feels like the outer layer of another tooth, near the base of the gumline has been scraped off. This seems to be the opposite of what most people experience.
I know that sometimes there is a worening of symptoms for a bit, but I haven't read any accounts of this happening with teeth, usually more with rashes, sinues etc.
Has anyone else had this problem? Did it get worse or better in the long run? Did your teeth become damaged? Should I stop oil pulling or continue on? I am afraid that my teeth are deteriating in front of my eyes due to some strange reaction that a rare few may have.
Any feedback would be appreciated."
[YEA] 10/27/2009: Jen from Salt Lake City, Ut. replies: "I have been oil pulling with Coconut oil for about 6 months now and have noticed a lot of great results including increased energy and clarity of toughts. However the most significant is the improvement of my skin. I was haveing frequent adult breakouts of acne patches all the time, that I never had as a teenager, when one breakout would begin to clear another would begin. After oil pulling for about a month, my skin is clear and beautiful- no more breakouts. I also use Coconut oil as my primary moistureizer for my entire body and for cooking! I would like to say- if you begin to breakout a little more than usual in the beginning, don't stop, give it time- your skin will clear out! Good Luck and Thanks EC!"
02/02/2010: Craig from Round Lake, Il replies: "I just started (4 Days)the 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in the morning, with diabetes the first thing I notice is that my skin became smooth like I have been putting lotion on. No longer dry and scaly, I think it is the coconut oil."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 05/12/2010: Rachael from Georgetown, Ohio replies: "Danielle from Toronto, did your teeth every improve? I OP for two weeks and my teeth became so sensitive that I could not eat. I haven't OP for 2 weeks at all now, and my teeth still hurt. Never had these symptoms before OP. Just wondering if i should have stuck it out!"
05/13/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I was thinking of trying OP with coconut oil but now I am afraid. With several other kinds of oils I have had no real problems other than with my filling. Maybe I don't try coconut oil..."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 09/21/2009: Lisa from Layton, Ut, USA: "Healing Crisis with OP w/Virgin Coconut Oil My daughter and I just heard about and started oil pulling with VCO (done mornings, probably not a full tablespoon each time), while reading ______'s book and incorporating VCO into our lives. She almost immediately started coughing up (sometimes violently) all kinds of phlegm from her lungs and this has continued for about a week now (no signs of sickness such as fever, but she does have a sore throat from coughing it all up). Inbetween coughing, she does note that she seems to have more lung capacity than she's had since a bout with shingles about 6 years ago (when she was 20) that left her with a more severe asthmatic condition than she had when she was a kid.
We recognize this as a "healing crisis" and she'll continue OP. We'd just like to know if anyone else has been through this and how long to anticipate that it may last, especially since it's interfering with her whole family's sleep. She doesn't want to take cough medicine to suppress the cough because "better out than in" but wonders how long this might go. It's not constant but quite violent when it hits.
Also, she's still breastfeeding a toddler (only twice a day at this age), and wonders if there is any danger to him other than being disturbed by her coughing. Can a healing crisis like this affect breastfeeding or the breastfed child?
09/21/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca replies: "This is just a thought. I would consider using the hydrogen peroxide method to really clear up all that mucus. It is absolutely amazing! Both my husband and I did it with incredible results and had our two kids do it as well. I didn't even realize just how much phlegm could be in a body! Chinese medicine has lots to say at the havoc it can wreak. Check out the H202 section."
11/05/2009: Marah from Edmonton, Alberta replies: "Just wanted to mention apple cider vinegar to you regarding the phlegm problem. I have been slowly coming down with a cold and my chest has felt congested for a few weeks now. Last night I took 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of non pasteurized honey. I drank it slowly, taking a sip at a time since I found it to strong to drink in one go. The results were amazing! By the time I was about half way through I felt the phlegm loosen in my chest and was able to cough most of it up. I thought this might help with the violent coughing because it really seems to help loosen the phlegm up.
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 09/16/2009: Cecelia from Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.: "I was introduced to oil pulling by a friend who had tried it. I have been doing OP with CO for approximately 4 weeks now. I use 1 tbsp first thing in the mornings only for 15 mins, sometimes 30 mins and gently swish it around. When I spit it out it appears almost greeseless and like mother's milk. The first thing I noticed that I had gum bleeding which lasted for roughly one week and I always want to spit out a thick phlegm which would continue for about half an hr. On only a few occasions, I vomited phlegm after swishing a small amount mucus also drained from my nose. I can now feel air passing through my nasal passage which I cannot remember when I used to experience that and my sense of smell which was hardly functional is extremely alert. I have been diagnosed with sinusitis for some 30 years. I sleep much more easily and my energy level has also increased moderatly.
09/10/2009: Welshangel from Caernarfon, Gwynedd, UK: "I have just had my first batch of coconut oil. what is the reason that you need to OP on an empty stomach? some say 4hr after you eat and 1hr after drink. if this is so, i can only do it early morning ? as i would like to do it twice a day if i do it after eating what will happen ? as im not swallowing the oil. also it's hard oil, would i be better melting it first ?
01/29/2010: Karen from Loogootee, In replies: "I would say that the anxiety which followed your oil pulling is from your body detoxing from copper. I am getting rid of copper, and it causes anxiety as it comes out of your brain and liver, and goes into your bloodstream."
03/29/2010: Lufelo4health from Seagoville, Tx replies: "The coconut oil melts once you place it in your mouth. As you op, which is swishing the oil around in the mouth and through your teeth, the oil will become a liquid."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 09/01/2009: Julie from Leverett, Ma Usa: "I started OP about ten days ago with 1 tblsp of Safflower Oil for twenty minutes in the AM. I had no side effects except for a mild tummy ache after every pull. Within a week, I noticed that I was sleeping so much better. This is huge since I am always battling with sleep issues.
After reading testimonies from this site and talking with my friend who OP, I decided to try Coconut Oil. I did this one time, before bed, with 1 tsp. of VCO and I had a huge reaction! I woke up at 3AM with great pain in my neck, back , arms and feet, and my stomach was hurting. I also felt very anxious. It's hard to believe that I would have such a reaction, but there is no other explanation.. I have stopped OP for a few days, because I feel so terrible still. I even feel slight nerve pain around my face. It makes me think that I was triggering a heavy metal detox with the OP.
Has anyone else experienced such a strong reaction? I really want to get back to pulling with the Safflower oil, since this felt so healthful to me, but am afraid to start again with this pain in my body.
09/04/2009: Sue from Greenville, Nc replies: "I have been OP with 1 T. sesame oil and also taking coconut oil - 2 teas/ 3 x day as a supplement (not OP with coconut). The OP has been fantastic, however, ingesting the coconut oil has caused some pretty intense detox reactions. Since it has such excellent antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, I suspect your symptoms are related to the release of toxins from these organisms as they die off. I've experienced heavy metal detox symptoms with the sesame oil OP, but they've been manageable with the addition of a oral chelator or metal binder like charcoal, zeolite, etc. My brain feels much clearer, I have more energy and the mercury staining on my gums has decreased greatly. Try using a different oil, like organic unrefined sesame for a while before using coconut."
12/16/2009: Becky from Springer, Oklahoma replies: "In response to a possible heavy metal detox, which sounds very plausable, chlorella is one of the top ones for metal detox. When you start with high doses, one can actually see/feel the metals leave one's body in b.m.'s You can also have your hair tested for metal toxicity."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/24/2009: Victoria from Sacramento, CA: "I started OP with VCO for 2 weeks ago; 1 tbls, 20 mins, twice per day (first thing in the morning and before dinner). I have been keeping a log of when I OP and how I feel about the experience of this. Reading peoples comments about this OP thing has been wonderful and helpful however I have not had these "remarkable" results as many have claimed. After doing much reading about the positive healthful results from using coconut oil and palm oil, I am convinced that using these oils is better than not using them. I am obese, diabetic and will be turning 54 this November. I have not seen any changes in my blood sugar levels but I do love the way my mouth feels after OP. The small amount of gum bleeding after flossing has completely disappeared and I do believe the OP has corrected this condition. I will continue with this form of treatment and keeping my log of experiences with it and I think I will try another type of oil after about a month of doing this. Does anyone else have similar experiences such as mine and can you tell me what other results you might be having? Are there any other suggestions people have?"Replies
09/21/2009: Bevan from Dunedin, N.Z. replies: "Mate, check out this vid on you tube.. "foods that kill" -- sounds like it could be usefull for you.
**i plan to start tryin OP tomorrow... see what rice bran oil does...."
11/27/2009: Felicia from Santa Rosa, Ca replies: "As for your diabetes, please look into fenugreek and cinnamon supplements and organic apple cider vinegar. I have a close friend that I got on the regimen and he now has consistent blood sugar readings within normal ranges. He started with low and high blood sugar readings, they were all over the place. I wholeheartedly believe in apple cider vinegar for aid in many health problems."
06/25/2009: Sarah from Hackensack, New Jersey: "I started OP today after reading all these wonderful testimonials. I used ____Coconut Oil, I am not too sure what went wrong but when I finally spat, the oil looked like thick white foam instead of thin and colorless oil as described above. Any response would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!"Replies
06/25/2009: Kyra from Cortland Manor, New York replies: "You haven't done anything wrong. That is the result you want to achieve."
06/26/2009: Sarah from Hackensack, NJ replies: "Thanks Kyra:) I really appreciate your quick response."
06/26/2009: Sarah from Hackensack, NJ replies: "Today's the second day of OP, overall I feel good but I saw some red rashes on both my hands, is it normal?"
07/05/2009: Christine from Salisbury, Maryland replies: "hi sarah, when you pull with coconut oil it should turn white and thick that show's that it is working. The oil mixes with the saliva and the bacteria in your mouth and pulls it out and then after 15-20 minutes you spit it out and rinse your mouth out with water. It worked on my husband's sinusis and my blood pressure also my borderline diabetes. One Tbs. of a good organic coconut oil morning and last thing at night after cleaning your teeth is best, and don't put it down the toilet or sink because it will clog them.Hope this help's. from christine."
12/21/2009: Sarah from Hackensack, Nj replies: "Thanks a lot Christine:)"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 06/22/2009: Marie from Houston, TX: "About a year ago i started oil pulling with seseme oil but after a couple of weeks I noticed black spots had appeared in clusters on my tongue. This seemed to be the only side effect, apart from that it had the desired effect. I stopped oil pulling until a couple of weeks ago (now with coconut oil) and so far, the black spots have neither increased or reduced in appearance. Any reason why the black spots appeared and whether or not they will spread? I love the benefits of oil pulling but i am too vain to walk around with a black tongue."Replies
10/20/2012: U.n. Soldier from Vatican City, Italy replies: "Holy Cow! This oil pulling is amazing. That something so simple can have such huge benefits is just awesome. My gums have filled a sensitive hole in, in only 3 days! My teeth are white for the first time in my life! The first day I pulled with Grape Seed oil I slept like a baby the whole night through, which was just non existent for me. The other 2 days I have pulled with Extra Virgin Coconut oil. That is when the teeth whitening happened. Also pulled mucus out like a dam burst the first time. And get this, my molars which 3 days before did not all line up (they did not all touch at the same time when I clenched my teeth, or chewed)... Now they do! So tell how in the world is that possible! LOl I am in amazement, and happy, and sleeping like a baby with my new white straight teeth! Lol Give it a try, you will become a believer also:)"
[QUESTION] 06/11/2009: Darlene from Atlanta, GA: "Question for Ted - Loosened Permanent Bridge and Slow Mucus Drainage
Hi: I was so excited to learn about oil pulling from this wonderful Web site that I started three days ago using cold pressed EVCO in the morning and at night before going to bed. I followed Ted's recommendation of OP between brushing. I have 2 questions for Ted regarding pulling metals out of my body:
1. I have a permanent bridge in the front of my mouth; after OP this morning that area of my mouth was feeling sensitive. I slightly pulled at the bridge and noticed what I think was slight movement. Should I stop OP, will my bridge fall out? I am unemployed at the moment with no dental insurance and no money to pay for an expensive bridge replacement. I have read the comments on EC and although few have reported fillings falling out, I would prefer not to be one of the few who experience this negative effect from OP.
2. Also, I have had chronic sinus infections and mucus build up for the past 10-15 years and have always taken over the counter medication (like Mucinex, Nasonex) or prescription anitbiotics to clear up the infections which never really go away.
After three days, I noticed a slight loosening of the mucus immediately after OP but it seems to build up again. Unfortunately, I have not had the immediate drainage or loosening of mucus that most people report. Could this be the result of so many years of very thick mucus build up and chronic sinusitis? Is there anything I can do to flush the mucus out faster? Should I drink baking soda and sea salt before or after OP, use a peroxide solution or other natural solution to help loosen the mucus? I can feel that it is still very very thick, as it slowly drains down the back of my throat. Will the mucus loosen more each day and eventually drain completely out as I continue OP?
10/20/2009: Winki from Cordes Lakes, Az, Usa replies: "Darlene, H2O2 35% food grade is the key. I've been an asthma sufferer since 3-4 years (36 now) I'm 2 months into usage of this old time cure. I've been expelling (detox crisis) beautifully. I can feel it pulling head as well as chest. My lung capacity has increased. I'm on maintenence daily dose and my 6 years olds are on low daily doses-diluted and in combination with vit-E/acidophilus, we also take v-A. If twins get mucousy-dry-A in a Tab. sp. mixed with unconcentrated juice and a cup of "GOOD" water. No distilled or reverse osmoses, but ph 8.5 for kids to 14 and 9.5 with older.
I even do inhalation treatment, due to being severely anemic, I alternate days in using h2o2 with floradix and molasses. This has been effective I believe. I get another cbc w/diff in 3 mos. According to my bio-feed, it's going well-pregressively well.
I also suffer with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, raynaud's, arthritis, ibs, spine as 85 yr old's. So, whenever I get a healthful tip without damaging side effects, I go for it. Just USE NECESSARY CAUTION and FOLLOW RECIPES CAREFULLY.
03/03/2010: Brie0001 from Winter Park, Fl, Usa replies: ""...and a cup of "GOOD" water. No distilled or reverse osmoses, but ph 8.5 for kids to 14 and 9.5 with older. "
What is GOOD water? How do I get it? How do I determine what the pH should be?"
[YEA] 06/05/2009: Michael from Grand Bay, AL: "I recently have started oil pulling with coconut oil(6th day) listed below are my problems and the effects so far. I would like to mention that for me oil pulling is relaxing so I do it several times a day while I am going about
1.obese(400lbs) cravings for continual eating gone. Appetite suppressed, eating much lighter meals, energy levels up
2. pinched nerve in neck. pain reduced by half
3. knees pain in knees reduced while walking reduced
4. lungs (have three inorganic spots in lungs,asthma symptons)
5. breathing easier while laying down less snoring
will keep informed on progress"
06/05/2009: Michael from Grand Bay, AL replies: "I forgot to mention
5. high blood pressure down. went cold turkey 2nd day, just to see if this works, blood pressure stabilizing and strange as it may seems the oil pulling seems to have a diuretic effect. The edema has gone, in just six days(wow). cant beat this"
09/14/2009: Robin from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Hey Michael, just curious about how the coconut oil is still working for you and how much do you use on a daily basis?"
09/11/2010: Nadine from Fort Bragg, Nc replies: "Michael from Grand Bay, AL: I realize it was in June of 2009 of your post. But I am fairly new to this site and OP. I notice when reading through informative site. I have similar problems you had then. How has your blood pressure become and especially weight loss? And what oils do you now use or continue to use. Since I have these problems and more."
[QUESTION] 05/13/2009: TKim from Calgary, AB: "hello, i was wondering if brushing your teeth with coconut oil would have tbe same benefits as oil pulling. my toothpaste is evco, baking soda, stevia and mint essential oil. by the time i am finished brushing my teeth the toothpaste is reduced to a white foamy fluid.
05/15/2009: Missy from NY, NY replies: "I don't have an answer to your question, I would just like to know where you found this toothpaste. Thank you."
EC: Sounds like he made it: ECVO = extra virgin coconut oil!
06/03/2009: TKim from Calgary, AB replies: "i did an internet search on homemade toothpaste and tried it - love it."
09/17/2009: Lita from Sanford, Fl replies: "I too read about op on this site and wanted to try it. When I went to the Health store I noticed that they sell a mouthwash made out of Tea Tree Oil. I didn't buy it since I wanted to follow the instructions. Now I am on my second day of op, but only once a day. I am going to try to go for more than once a day. But I was curious if someone knows if this mouthwash would have the same effect as OP???? Thanks to EC and to everyone that contributes to this site. "
01/07/2010: Heather from New York, Ny replies: "Doubtful that a Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash will have the same effect as oil pulling. Tea Tree is a powerful antiseptic and highly astringent. Certainly the mouthwash is not "made from" Tea Tree Oil (which would cause burning and damage to your mouth) per se, but rather CONTAINS a small amount of Tea Tree Oil for its antiseptic/antimicrobial benefits. This is different than pulling with a pure oil, which actually draws and flushes bodily toxins."
09/02/2010: C Anne from Boulder, Co replies: "I have to say I've been using tea tree oil directly for it's antibacterial properties mixed in a mini-bowl with baking soda & lemon oil w/a little dab of water to make a paste. I rub this directly on my abscess & gums in question & have noticed all pain, inflammation & redness has disappeared with 1 hour after doing. I rinse 2x with warm water, then 5 minutes later hit it with a peroxide rinse. Before bed I put 1 drop of roman chamomile directly on the gum/abscess & lavendar/tea tree mix on the skin following the gumline associated. The gum is healig & the abscess is almost 100% gone. This last mix is per Valerie Worwood formulas..."