Oil Pulling: Safe, Simple and Effective!

Last Modified on Nov 20, 2014

Grape Seed Oil   2  0   

Posted by TimeSpirit (Jersey City, NJ) on 07/21/2009

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. :)

Posted by Le Bon Vivant (Johannesburg, South Africa) on 05/25/2009

[YEA]  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.

Health Benefits of Oil Pulling   1  0   

Posted by Sam (Uk) on 04/15/2014

[YEA]  I wanted to write in with my own personal experience of oil pulling used in combination with my home made toothpaste which I have been doing for about 12 months now. I found the basis of my toothpaste here on earthclinic and from other research I did on the internet.

I can personally attest to the benefits of oil pulling. Definitely whiter teeth, at least two shades whiter and the oil removed the majority of stains within the first two months of use from a past history of having smoked for many years. No tartar ever since I started. The other thing it definitely does is remove particles of food which become lodged at the back of the mouth and tongue which can be missed when brushing the teeth and tongue .. oil pulling can also dislodge tonsil stones which you never knew you had. All these things can be missed and contribute to bad breath. Other things to note, while oil pulling, it will bring up phlegm which can also contribute to bad breath.

If oil pulling is done regularly and consistently with diligence .. properly .. swishing around the mouth for at least 15 - 20 minutes every night before bed you never wake up with bad breath in the morning. Gums are definitely healthier and pinker and has relieved mild tooth pain every single time.

My oil pulling regime has been done while I shower in an evening before bed and every morning when I wake up. Alongside oil pulling I have been using my homemade toothpaste. Sometimes I take my home made toothpaste and add it to my swishing mixture in my mouth which further adds to my oral hygiene routine. I am sure there are other things which have improved or that I have benefited from since I have been oil pulling which I have forgotten to add, for now this is my year long experience.

Note .. tongue brushing must be included in oral hygiene routines for good oral and dental health.

Thank you also earthclinic for having such a wonderfully diverse and informative site which helped me immensely in my journey towards better health.

Hemp Oil   0  0   

Posted by Desiggn12 (Raleigh, NC) on 07/13/2013

Is it okay to use raw organic hemp oil for oil pulling?

Posted by Penawan (London, UK) on 03/20/2009


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!

Posted by Casey
Chicago, Il
Posted by Jones
Miami, Florida
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.

Honey   2  0   

Posted by Sandy (sandhya) (Bangalore, Karnataka) on 08/17/2009

[YEA]  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!!

Posted by Winnie (Washington, DC) on 04/03/2008

[YEA]  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.

Instructions and Theories   1  0   

Posted by Tatalmel (Tallahassee, Fl) on 11/10/2014

Can I swallow the mucus that forms in my throat as I oil pull? I have to spit out the oil several times to clear my throat as I pull for 20 minutes. This gets expensive with virgin coconut oil.

The mucus is draining from my sinuses, not part of the oil in my mouth. Is it as toxic as the oil?

Posted by Tracy (Washington State, US) on 07/25/2014

I have had terrible problems with teeth and gums since childhood. As an adult it is too expensive to get all the repair work done. So I heard about the oil pulling and thought why not, it can only help. I have been cooking with the high quality organic coconut oil for a year now, so I have some on hand. I tried a tsp this morning because I was afraid it would make me want to gag. But I was surprised it didn't..it did the "pulling" while showering. Which was kind of like patting your head and rubbing your tummy..had to concentrate. So I will do this each morning now to see how it works. It certainly isn't going to hurt anything.

Posted by Robin (California, US) on 06/19/2014

1. Oil pulling is best done first thing before brushing your teeth or drinking anything.

2.it is best to do it for 20 minutes.

3. Spit it out in the garbage.

4. Rinse with warm water , brush your teeth and drink water afterwards.

5. Do research on this, don't just listen to chat sites.

Method   0  0   

Posted by Karynda (Anthem, Arizona) on 04/11/2013

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---

Posted by Nikkie
Port Orange, Fl
I found that you really have to work up to using a tablespoon, I started with a teaspoon first then quickly graduated to the larger amounts each day as I got used to it till I can now have a full tablespoon. I hope that helps!

Multiple Oils Tried   42  2   

Posted by Yve (Taunton, Ma) on 01/30/2014

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I've been oil pulling over a year. Using varies organic extra virgin oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, evoo, 20 minutes in the morning everyday. The result is great! No more bad breath, aches and pains. sleep better (used to be a light sleeper). No more cracked heels. Overall health improvement except my hair. I have very fine, thin hair and short, and used to be able to shampoo when needed, about twice a week. But after two months of oil pulling, I noticed my hair gets stringing and oily next day after wash, it wasn't dirty, smelly or itchy. it looks awful. my scalp is normal. I've tried all the remedies online recommended. that includes baking soda, acv, and dish detergent, nothing works. it only makes the scalp and hair dry because of the stuffs I used. I use rinse just to help smooth the hair for easy combing, not on the scalp. Does this happen to anyone? Any suggestion?

Posted by Jannis (Greece) on 07/31/2013

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello everybody at earth clinic. I find your site very helpful and I am addicted to it every day for hours. Before 2 months I had a terible pain in my wisdom tooth, I started immediately oil pulling (after reading about it in this site) and within hours my pain went away. From that day I am oil pulling everyday many times a day, with different high quality oils. My gums are not swollen anymore and I felt better. I am a heavy smoker, and my teeth feel cleaner and whiter now. But my teeth have now many brown stains, (is it beacause they are whiter now?). Some teeth got a bit black like they are rotten, and my breath smell like rot). The last 3 days I feel very under the weather, depression like symptoms (i suffered from depression few years ago). I keep oil pulling in hope that everything is gonna get better. Are these symptoms a side effect of oil pulling? Or is it healing process? Please any similar conditions happened in anybody else? Thank you, I need your guidance.

Posted by Jannis
3 Posts
@Timh from Ky, Usa

Thank you so much for your answer, I was so worried in the thought of quitting oil pulling, as I think it has an overall positive effect on me. I will follow immediately your advice. I have oregano and clove oil available. Shall I add 2-3 drops in the coconut/sesame/olive oil I use for oil pulling everytime? How often shall I use it, and how often should I use hydrogen peroxide as mouth wash? I take good care of my mouth but nothing seems to work (even my gum recession seems worse). I have no pain. Shall I wait for better results soon? or go to the dentist as soon as possible.

Thank you again. Wishing you all the best

Posted by Timh
Ky, Usa
1048 Posts
@Jannis: Same thing happened to me. Oil Pulling is an effective detox method as well as oral hygiene BUT if one has some type chronic infection or perhaps parasitic infestation, the oil reservoir in the mouth draws those poisons and over-saturates until the mouth and teeth become filthy. In this case, one must always use an antiseptic mouth rinse (natural or synthetic) before and after the oil pull. Hydrogen Peroxide will be one of the mandatory cleaners on your list.

Now, lets back up and treat that chronic infection w/ some natural antibiotic herbs like Garlic, Oregano, Grapefruitseed, Olive Leaf, Pau de Arco, Cats Claw, Oregon Grape Root.

If you get no lasting results from the above list of herbs do a parasite cleanse with Black Walnut Hulls, Clove, and Wormwood.

If you get no lasting results from above, a Colon Cleanse would be advised.

Posted by Jannis
3 Posts
@Timh, I have both remedies in hand, so I am gonna use them as soon as possible.

I cant help thanking you again, for giving me a prospective continuing oil pulling treatment. I was really stuck what I shall do next.

Of course I will inform you about the progress in my teeth/gum situation. I owe that to you and to everyone in earthclinic community. I wish I will have good news to share. My best regards.

Posted by Timh
Ky, Usa
1048 Posts
@Jannis: As for adding herbals to the oil pull, I personally began adding Grapefruitseed Liquid Concentrate to my oil for pulling with very good results. After about 15 or 20 pulls the infection in the gums seems mostly gone so I am now cutting way back on the Grapefruitseed. Same with Hydrogen Peroxide; after about 10 swishes with 3% H2O2 (one a day) the need drops to maybe once per weak.

As for infections, the most likely culprit is Candida or Fungal so there is lots of info on treating that here on E.C., but hopefully the herbs I suggested will work fine for you. Extracts will be best.

Your gratitude is most appreciated and do keep us updated as to your progress.

Posted by Jannis
3 Posts
Hello, to everybody. As I mentioned, I've been oil pulling with different oil (coconut, olive, sesame) for nearly three months now, and I really love it. The problem is that I noticed heavy gum recession and dark stains in my teeth (between teeth and the inside sides on my front teeth)

The dark stains must have come from nicotine and nothing seems to remove them.

I am also drinking AVC, 2 tbsp twice daily also for 3 months

I tried what @timh suggested swishing with peroxide and grapefruit seed extract for 2 weeks but it has not worked satisfactory. (My teeth seem a little whiter but the stains are still there and gum recession is worsening). Thank you very much @Timh for your interest I hope you have another method for me to try :).

Now I am gonna quit Acv, to see if that had something to do with my problems. I am gonna keep oil pulling and gonna keep swishing with peroxide. I don't wanna go to the dentist, I will keep trying solve the problem with home remedies.

Sorry for the long post. Wishing you all the best. Any ideas would be appreciated for fighting the stains and recession

Posted by Mama To Many
Tennessee, USA
585 Posts
Dear Jannis, I am not sure about the stains... But I have something that I am trying for receding gums that seems to be working. I have one tooth from which the gum has been receding for a decade or two. I started using a homemade tooth powder for brushing twice a day. (I don't use toothpaste, just the powder.) My receding gum is looking less receded. I am hopeful that it will be fully healed over time.

Here is my recipe:

1 part myrrh gum powder
1 part black walnut powder
1/2 part cayenne pepper
1/2 part goldenseal root powder

I mix it up and put my damp toothbrush in it and brush. It doesn't taste good and feels very spicy the first few times. But now it feels refreshing to me and my mouth feels very clean. Black walnut is very good for the enamel of your teeth. The cayenne brings the blood for healing (Don't floss right after brushing or you will bleed!) The goldenseal helps with infection. Myrrh is antiseptic. You could do just mix equal parts of cayenne and goldenseal root or even just brush with cayenne. Lalitha Thomas, in her book, Ten Essential Herbs recommends that last two things for receding gums and has found them to be effective.

I have read the brushing with activated charcoal powder is good for whitening teeth. You could add one part of that to the mix. I have done that in the past, but it really makes a mess of the sink, even worse than the above recipe. Let us know what helps you!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Timh
Ky, Usa
1048 Posts
You must first remedy the problem of toxicity in the body and the first place to begin is the colon. Do a colon cleanse and you must improve; here's a link: http://earthclinic.com/cures/colon-cleansing.html.

If you were or are a smoker, you will also need to cleanse the lungs. The single most effective way to accomplish this is nebulizing hydrogen peroxide. The H2O2 oxidizes that black tar on contact.

I had one front tooth to become noticiably stained and the general 3% H2O2 swishing didn't clear so I began applying 35% H2O2 w/ a cotton swab. It's time consuming but 5 or 10 min a day for a week cleared my stain quite effectively.

Hope this helps.

Posted by Blistered (Chicago, Il) on 02/27/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]  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!!

Posted by Cat
Austin, Tx
42 Posts
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.

Posted by Lee (Lake Wylie, Sc, Usa) on 01/04/2012

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!

Posted by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
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!

~Carly :-)

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Usa
1048 Posts
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.

Posted by Marc
Higgins Lake, Mi
.... 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.
Posted by Jen
Bozeman, Mt, Us
67 Posts
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.
Posted by Ladyliza
Granada Hills, Ca, Usa
27 Posts
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.

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