Oil Pulling: Safe, Simple and Effective!

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Posted by Mictre (Sydney, Nsw, Australia) on 06/27/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]  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.

Replied by Val
Birmingham, Uk
You may be allergic to coconut oil. Try with sunflower oil.

Posted by Sherbert (Houston, Tx) on 05/16/2013

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Ana
Homestead, Fl
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.

Posted by Dani (Adelaide, Australia) on 04/03/2013

[YEA]  I have suffered with very sensitive teeth for years and avoided going to the dentist for fear of the pain that comes with a checkup and clean. That is until I started oil pulling with coconut oil. After a week of oil pulling for approx 10 mins a day 5 days a week all sensitivity was gone and I stopped using sensitive toothpaste. My teeth became whiter and most soreness went, I just had a very slight tenderness around the my bottom 4 front teeth. So I went to the dentist expecting cavities and was told that there were none and I was doing a good job cleaning my teeth despite avoiding the dentist for many years. After having a proper clean my teeth look and feel amazing. The oil pulling sorted out my sensitivity and improved my gums and oral health so that I didn't suffer pain or feel embarrassment at the dentist. I will continue to oil pull so that sensitivity doesn't return. Thanks again earth clinic

Posted by Sue M. (Worden, Il, Usa) on 12/08/2012

There was an excellent article on Dr. Mercola's website about VCO and oil pulling, so I'd thought I'd post for everyone to read:


Posted by Suzy (Eugene, Oregon) on 11/28/2012

I decided to try oil pulling as I have always had very yellow teeth. I am using coconut oil that I have warmed slightly. My experience was, as I was swishing and pulling I was salivating like crazy... The volume of the liquid increased to the point I had to spit and spit alot! Since I am obviously spitting out oil as well as saliva... Should I add more oil and start over? I managed about 10 minutes for the first time, but I am pretty sure the ratio of oil to saliva had shifted.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Suzy, it's fine. If you want to do the whole 20 minutes, just take more oil and continue. The spit helps along.
Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh/usa
You don't need a whole lot of coconut oil. I use just 1 tablespoon and never have a problem with "spillage", but I've read here on EC that some people use 1 teaspoon. Experiment with amount, and see what works best for you.

Posted by Nana (Florence, Al) on 11/04/2012

[YEA]  To all who have dental issues: four months ago I started a new morning ritual that is easy & cheap. Yesterday when I went to get a dental cleaning & check up (its been a year) the hygienist was amazed at my teeth! The first thing she said to me was, "your teeth are spotless! " Then after looking further in my mouth she said, "you don't have any plague! " While she was spraying that jet stream in my mouth that stings your gums she said, "my white latex gloves are next to your teeth & your teeth look bleach white! " Then when she was finished she said, "you didn't have one drop of blood! You have absolutely no infection or bacteria in your mouth! " She wanted to know what I'd been doing, and I said, OIL PULLING with organic coconut oil. (Also brushing with baking soda & flossing every morning). The dentist came in & looked around & said everything looks fine. My X-rays showed that the gums that had started receding the past few years seem to be covering the bottom of my teeth again in places. This was NOT a coincidence & I was extremely happy walking out of the office! Hope this helps somebody.

Replied by Mary
Toronto, Canada
Hi Nana, what brand of coconut oil are you using? I start a week ago op with Virgin Coconut Oil first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach and I see no improvement, I also take 1-2 teaspoons internally daily and I think I gained weight from it. I might consider changing the brand or the oil.
Replied by Nana
Florence, Al
Hi Mary, I use Organic Coconut Oil (refined) for oil pulling and use the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (unrefined) when I take my 2 TBS daily. Good luck!
Replied by Earthy
Burbank, Ca
I've shifted between coconut oil and olive oil for oil pulling and never noticed a difference till now. I've had a problem with canker sores most of my life and recently started brushing them, after my sister told me brushing made hers go away. Brushing them turned out not to be as painful as I'd feared, and the canker sores would only last about a day after I brushed them. But as soon as the old one was gone, a new one would start.

I was oil pulling with coconut oil at that time. But I started to worry that my pulse was getting faster, something that I read on this site can be caused by coconut oil (even though I only oil pull for about 1-5 minutes, something Ted from Bangkok recommended). So I went back to olive oil. And, after a few days, I realized that I almost never have a canker sore, and if I do, I can barely feel it. So, for now, I'm voting for olive oil over coconut oil.

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
However, the traditional and classical oil for oil pulling is sesame oil. Ayurveda states that other oils do not have the best effect. Om
Replied by Anne
Hello Nana,

Do you still oil pull and can you use regular toothpaste afterwards instead of baking soda, cause I have some sensitive teeth.

Posted by Vero (El Paso, Tx, Usa) on 08/22/2012

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I started OP just a few days ago to better my oral hygiene and also for help with my allergies. I'm starting with coconut oil because I am currently breastfeeding and wanted to start slowly with something mild then work up to the sesame/sunflower oil. What I've noticed these past few days is my teeth are whiter and my sinuses are draining but also I notice I'm experiencing panic attacks and feel a bit light headed at times. I'll continue to OP because I read a worsening of symptoms is a sign of being cured but are these symptoms "normal" or should I switch oils? Also I do feel completely drained and can't afford to with a toddler. Can I expect these symptoms to go away and if so, how soon? Thanks in advance.

Replied by Hope
Sacramento, Ca
I also experienced great teeth whitening with coconut oil, but it raised my blood pressure rather severely.

A year later I had forgotten about that and decided to oil pull with it again, as I was going to my dentist in a few weeks for a teeth cleaning and wanted to impress him with my whiter teeth.

Unfortunately, (or fortunately), the office was now taking blood pressure readings before doing the work and my BP was Extremely high and they would not clean my teeth as a result. I remembered about the VCO and have not used it from that day on.

I also do not go to the dentist anymore, as oil pulling with sesame oil, flossing, and using baking soda, keeps my teeth in very good health :-)

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Vero, it seems that sesame oil is milder for OP than coconut oil. Switch and experiment. Right now you cannot afford the "detox" stuff.

Posted by Nordlanding1 (Uniontown, Alabama) on 08/12/2012

[YEA]  I've been oil pulling with organic extra virgin coconut oil for about 2 months now. I literally ran from the dentist over a year ago when my hygienist cleaned my teeth and told me that I have gingivitis, bleeding gums and what not. When I brush my teeth, my gums would bleed. Almost immediately I started oil pulling, I noticed that my teeth felt tighter. When I brush, it doesn't bleed anymore so I scheduled me a dentist appointment. The same hygienist from a year ago asked where I had been and she remembered that my teeth were jacked up so to speak. So she asked have I been flossing everyday. Of course not was my response so to make a long story shorter, when she finished with my cleaning she was flabbergasted at how well my teeth are now compared to last year. I had a second cleaning a week later. She said, "Mr. Nord, your teeth are great, you've been doing something". that's when I told her about oil pulling.

Replied by Lwcath
Pawleys Island, Sc, Usa
[YEA]   I am also having great results with oil pulling with coconut oil for the last 3 weeks. I have also been doing a daily rinse with hydrogen peroxide. My lower cuspid teeth had horrible tartar that covered the bottom of the teeth. My gums were discolored and receding. Receding badly on the bottom. I never felt they were really clean after the most intense brushing. And I have intermittent issues of gum and tooth pain. My mouth felt better overall after just the 1st pull. 3 weeks later- Now, my upper gums have no signs of receding. My gums are pink and healthy looking. I had 2 troublesome, persistent swollen salivary glands on the floor of my mouth that are now non-existent. All tartar and plaque is gone, with the exeption of one tiny spot on one of the cuspids, and it is diminishing by the day. I told my friend who is a dental hygienist about it. She didn't believe me. So I drove over to her house, and she was amazed. Epecially in the great condition of my gums. My teeth feel so strong! I am a smoker, and my teeth are so much whiter. And when I rub my tongue over them it feels as if I have just left the dentist. Also, when I wake up, no bad breath! I was really scared I was going to ultimately lose some teeth, but now those fears are vanquished. Also, my skin is no longer dry, and my dry hair looks oily if I don't wash it every day. I also have noticed that I no longer have to use eyedrops and chapstick all day. My skin is just so nourished. I also think I am not grinding my teeth at night anymore. Thank you Earth Clinic!!!!! I have to be careful who I tell this story to because I sound like a wing nut. I would never believe it if I hadn't experienced it!

Posted by Melissa (Maine) on 07/24/2012

[YEA]  I just started this about one week ago, and have been doing it two or three times a day. The first three or four days I was exhausted in the afternoon and had to lay down and rest. I also got two big pimples on my face. Then I started taking a couple tbsp internally each day. Three days ago I started to put it on my upper arms that have really bad psoriasis.

Results so far:

-No bleeding at all when brushing teeth, even though I had to use a stiff toothbrush because I lost mine. This alone is amazing.

-the psoriasis on my arms is still red and obvious, but it is no longer flaking, etc. too early to tell if coconut oil will be a true solution, but it's encouraging and I could probably put some dermablend on and wear short sleeves in public (for the first time in years)!

-lastly, I have had a bump under my arm that was about lentil size several months ago, and it got to be about the size of a small gumball. I have no idea what it is. It is now still bigger than a lentil but smaller than it was. Hopefully it will be gone by the time I have a job and insurance!

Overall, these have been amazing results. I don't know how it works and I don't care! I know it sounds unbelievable, but I wanted to share my success story. It may not work for everyone, but my short term results have been practically miraculous.

Replied by Constance
Baumholder, Germany
I want to hear more about the bump under your arm. I have the same and am interested if you've seen any positive results with OP. My PCP know about it and says it nothing to worry about at this time. The mams are always clear and monthly exams prove normal for years. But, I'm curious nonetheless.
Replied by Ivonne
If you like how the coconut oil works on your skin, you will love coconut milk. Coconut milk is just as moisturizing, if not more, and it wont leave you all greased up. It is fantastic. I use an organic brand that does not have BPA. Hope it helps!

Posted by Jane (Mountain View, Ca) on 05/18/2012

[YEA]  I have been Oil Pulling with organic Coconut Oil for 17 days. Unbelievable. Nose runs a bit, while one TBS of slighted heated Coconut Oil with 3 drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia (optional) is swished around very consciously in my mouth for 20 minutes. Immediatley when oil is in mouth I have phlegm from throat slightly surfacing. Nose running. No problem. Results after 17 days: Gums and Teeth feel great, much whiter teeth, plaque has disappeared, infection is gone in one tooth, can now chew on side of mouth where new bridge was put in 3 months ago. Almost in one week I could start chewing. Soreness and sensitivity was entirely gone. Two of my teeth that dentist said to remove because of infection I am not going to remove. I wish that the oil pulling would grow bone. Anyone know about this? I have periodonal condition. My plaque has all disappeared. I spit out and rinse with [an oil] solution and gargle. I will write back when I see my hygienist July 5, 2012. Thank you all. Jane

Replied by Jowhitney
Portland, Or
On growing bone: see recommended diet by westonaprice.org. The dentist and researcher Weston A. Price watched post-depression malnourished kids grow secondary dentin in their cavity-ridden teeth. Many of us are much less-nourished than we think. Valuable foods like raw milk (see realmilk.com for info and local listings), homemade mineral-rich bone stock and dietary sources of all-important vitamins A & D have disappeared! You CAN re-grow bone. It's a matter of nutrition.

Posted by Sweetpea (Brewer, Me, Usa) on 04/25/2012

Hi. I just found this site last night, and first heard of oil pulling yesterday morning at the dentist's office. A patient in the room next to me said she works in a chiropractic office, and one of the clients told her about it. She's been doing it since February and her teeth are whiter.

Personally, I've been eating/drinking young, green Thai coconuts now for a couple months... About one a day, and also drink Zico, especially when the Thai coconuts aren't available in my area. It gives me a good afternoon "pep" and I experience a general well-being feeling afterward. Also, I've been using organic, virgin coconut oil in my cooking so I've been reading the benefits of coconuts for awhile now so surprised I hadn't heard of pulling before this.

Anyway, this morning, I tried it. I'm fortunate I found this site last night because there is a Ted on here who said to brush your teeth first, oil pull for only 5 minutes, and then brush again after. I felt better about 5 minutes than 20 since I know I'm toxic and I had a Nissen Fundoplication surgery (they wrap the top part of your stomach around your esophagus) and a side effect of that is I can't throw up... So I dry heave until I go to the hospital where they starve me for 6 days and stick horrible medications that throw me off through an IV... So I don't want to do that. It would take me away from trying this.

So far so good. I've had a tiny amount of mucus, most likely would be a lot more if I had done 20 minutes, but I do have a warm feeling in my sinuses and respiratory tract. Not a bad feeling, just a feeling that something is happening. I have nausea meds I can take if I start to feel nauseous... for me it really will have to go the other direction...

Thank you for this site. It's addicting, and I look forward to reading more posts of others experiences, etc.

Posted by Mg (New York, Ny) on 04/16/2012

Hi there, I have started oil pulling with coconut oil and I feel it makes a big difference for me with my teeth and with my sleep. I fall asleep much more easily and wake up feeling much more rested. My main question is this: Am I absorbing any of the medium-chain fats from the coconut oil while using it for pulling? When I'm done, the oil is much more watery. Does that mean the oil is moving through the membranes in my mouth... And being absorbed? I ask because I want my dad (who has Parkinson's) to start getting the medium-chain fats from coconut oil daily. I wonder how much, if any, of its benefits he can get just from oil pulling.

So - is it possible to absorb the medium-chain fats during the oil-pulling process? And how much of the fats from about a tablespoon or two in the mouth? All of them? Thank you.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx
I drink a TBSP of coconut oil in my hot tea a few times a week. It takes me 15-20 minutes to finish the cup. This always coats my mouth, teeth, throat and lips with coconut oil each time. Is this having the same effect as OP? or do I need to do it with cold CO and spit it out? I want to try OP with either this or olive oil, especially if it helps facial skin puffiness! Anyone had these benefits?

Posted by Earlygirl (Sacramento, California) on 03/15/2012

[YEA]  I started oil pulling with coconut oil about three weeks ago based on comments posted here on Earth Clinic. I had just had my semi-annual teeth cleaning at the dentist's office and the hygienist was really cranky with me because she was finding 4s. I must say that since I started oil pulling, (once a day in the morning on weekdays, weekends off) my gums are a much lighter pink color and they seem to be growing back. And when I floss, there is no blood. I am thrilled and looking forward to going back for my next cleaning and seeing the hygienist's reaction.

Posted by Lasvegasprwoman (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 12/14/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I started pulling 10 days ago with coconut oil and for the last 7 days have had bad cold like symptoms of sore throat and lot of blowing my nose. I've read this happens often after op, but was wondering for how long? I blow my nose all day and spit up stuff and most of the time it's yellow. Sometimes it never ends. Also feel fatigued and my contact lenses bother me in my eyes. Should I continue?

Replied by Cococutie
Cincinnati, Ohio
I know you made this post back in December, but I wanted to post for anyone else who may be going through something similar.

Yes, definately continue on. This is a means of detoxing. Your body is clearning out the toxins built up in your body. Please do not make the mistake of taking cold medicine or anything like that to "relieve" your symptoms as that is just making the process counter-effective.

Replied by Cb
San Francisco, Ca, Usa
[YEA]   Hi, I put it into a plastic squeeze bottle and leave on top of stove just near the pilot light and it melts in about 2 minutes. Also you can leave a glass jar on top of stove too and keep the whole thing melted for use. After reading some of the replies and recently reading Edgar Cayce, I just began using castor oil (glad I used VCO for the last several months first to get used to using any oil at all and knowing how nice it actually feels) and am looking forward to positive results regarding gingivitis and my arthritis. Will give update when I see something.
Replied by Holdemexpert
Irvine, Ca, Usa
[YEA]   I am crossing posting this with Oil Pulling since I did a combination therapy and either or both may have done the trick. I had a medium size abcess right at the junction of the gum and my cheek, above a tooth where a very large filling came out, and the tooth cracked in half.

It wasnt too painful, and not too much swelling on my cheek, but bad enough to make that side of my smile lower.. Almost a bells palsey look. I knew if it got worse Id be in deep trouble and a lot of pain. I started with Oil Pulling using EV Coconut oil, 20 minutes first thing in the morning and 20 minutes last thing at night. It seemed to arrest any growth in the infection, but didnt reduce it noticeably after 3 days. It did make the rest of my mouth feel great, and seems to be whitening my teeth a bit. I had no stomach issues, and I like the taste of coconut.

Since I was anxious to get the swelling down before leaving on a business trip, I tried the garlic method on the 3rd night. One large clove, cut in half, and lightly smashed to release the oils. I just tucked the first half clove in the corner of the gum and cheek. Some burning and tears for the first couple of minutes but not bad (I am a garlic lover to begin with). After 10 minutes I switched to the other half clove. I didnt chew or "gargle" with what was in my mouth, although I didnt spit out much either.

The next morning I thought there might be some minor reduction, but I wasnt sure. By that night it was definitely about half the original size, and this morning (a day and half after the treatment) its totally gone. The gum is almost totally healed, maybe a little bit tender.

I am going to continue with the Oil Pulling, Id like to see if it cleans up the tarter and improves my gums before I go to a dentist so he doesnt prepare a more extensive treatment plan than necessary.

Thanks to all contributors in both threads!

Posted by Erika (Novato, Ca/usa) on 12/05/2011

Just found your site a couple nights ago and have been on it for hours each day since. Thank you for providing this great resource!

I tried OP this morning while in the shower. I started with 1tsp of Coconut Oil as I thought 1 Tbsp. Would definitely make me gag. It was a solid and I knew it would take some time to melt, but within a second or two I was gagging and involuntarily spit it out in the sink. I didn't want to throw up so I waited a few minutes until I had myself under control and tried 1/4 tsp. It took all the self control I could muster to not vomit, but after 30 seconds it was melted and I started to swish. It was much easier once it was melted and just felt like I had saliva in my mouth. After 20 mins though, I had so much in my mouth, I wonder how I'm ever going to keep more than 1/2 tsp in my mouth (I plan on trying to work my way up).

What would be a good way to melt the oil first as I think that was what was causing me to gag. Any other suggestions on dealing with volume?

Replied by Cf
Delaware, Us
To melt my oil, I fill a coffee cup about a third of the way with hot/boiling water, then place a small juice glass containing my solid oil in the cup of water. As long as the water is above 76 degrees, the oil will melt. Don't use the microwave. To deal with volume, you can spit out a little at a time when too much saliva builds up, but don't spit it in the sink. Use the waste basket, or a small paper dixie cup. Congrats on trying this process. I have been op-ing for 14 months now, and have seen quite a range of benefits from doing it.
Replied by Cat
Tauranga, New Zealand
I use coconut oil for pulling each morning and have about a tablespoon full at a time and find that by the end, there isn't so much saliva that I feel like I have to empty some out but I'm wondering if you are producing that much from the fact that your body is/was in need of a good clean out and it's releasing so many toxins... ? I would in that case, work my way up as you suggested to finally reach 1 tbspn. GOOD quality coconut oil should be quite beautiful and velvety, have a subtle taste and I would imagine, be much more pleasant that any other oil. Stick with it, you'll be so pleased with the results.
Replied by Lexnatural
Boise , Idaho
I tried a plain spoon full and my mouth was too full in abouth 12 minutes so now I use a teaspoon till it is too watery and spit it and get some more and continue that way I use abouth the recomended amount and time last night was my first time and the resul, no morning breath. Will continue happily.
Replied by Kathy
the USA
Why not use the microwave? I started OP and put it in a juice glass for about 20-30 seconds... Just enough to get it room temp. Our house is cold. What does the MW do to it?
Replied by Sbenton
San Antonio, Tx
Once you start swishishing it around the temperature in your mouth turns it into a liquid. Does heating it or microwaving do any damage or boost the benefits?
Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
Microwaves reduce the anti cancer effect of broccoli by 98% so I wouldn't use the thing. It changes the vitamin content of food to practically nothing.
Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
If I want to melt my coconut oil, I put my jar of it on the metal part of the stove, and let the residual heat from the oven underneath melt it. You could also put your jar on a windowsill in direct sunlight or in a bowl of hot water. Right now, it is warming up inside and outside, and my coconut oil is more of a "slushy" consisency rather than a solid block because the temperature is rising. It will turn liquid at 75 degrees F (about 24 C). At any rate, it melts in your mouth after a few seconds, not to worry.
Replied by Kathy
the USA
WOW, where is the information about microwave reducing the anti cancer effects? I thought microwaving in clear glass with a lid contained the nutrients needed... I gave my steamer insert for a stove-top pan away.
Replied by Naomi
Marietta, Ga
There are so, so many reports on the dangers of eating food cooked in a microwave. Losing the nutritional value is just part of it. It changes food on a molecular level to where the body may not even recognize it as "food"...

Here are a two great links: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_6463.cfm

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx (scroll down about 1/3 of the way to get to the section on how "microwaves zap the nutrients right out of food")

Tidbit: 90% of food in restaurants is prepared in a microwave (I've worked in food service for 15 years)... so they are virtually nutrition-less wastelands.

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