Oil Pulling: Safe, Simple and Effective!

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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
03/04/2012
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
07/24/2012
[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
09/25/2012
[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
12/06/2011
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
12/11/2011
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
01/07/2013
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
03/19/2013
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
03/20/2013
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
03/20/2013
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
03/21/2013
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
03/21/2013
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
06/27/2013
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.

Posted by Ellen (Norwich, Ct) on 06/16/2011

[YEA]  I have had an excessive salt taste constantly in my mouth for the past 2 years. Checked with my Family Physician, Endocrinoligist, and Dentist. None of which could give me a reason or solution to the salt taste. I have been OP with Coconut Oil for about 3 weeks and about a week after OP I realized the salt taste was gone. I have also noticed dark circles and puffiness under my eyes have diminished. I also see an improvement in the color of my teeth and gums. I will definitely continue with the OP and perhaps try another oil as well.

Posted by Kate (Orange , Nsw, Australia) on 05/05/2011

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I got an email from a wise old lady who I respect suggesting I may be able to help my sinusitus with oil pulling with coconut oil. Having suffered from this for about 6 years (started when I moved into a mouldy house.. But this may just have been a trigger or coincidence) I was pretty desperate. My instincts told me this could be the one so I hooned down to the health food shop and bought some coconut oil (it wasn't the brand my wise friend had recommended but it was all they had.

I took it straight away (about 5pm) .. Immediately I experienced mucous cascading into my mouth and a few minutes later I vomited. I perserved with more oil and did the 20 minutes feeling very very nauseous. That night I spent a very very disturbed night of mucous action (eek gross.. ended up blowing my nose into an old sarong and spitting into a bucket all night). after 3 more treatments I had the most amazing clearing of my sinuses in my forehead. 3 days later I was full of severe joint aches and blocked ears to the extent that I took to my bed thinking I had malaria (which I had had 3 months prior to this).

I then had blocked ears (like I was losing altitude in a plane) for the next 3 weeks but lessening mucous action.

Now a month later.. Better than ever before.. not cured but I think I will be as I continue.

Other good side effects seem to be increased energy levels. Downside was when I ran out of this brand of oil and tried some others while travelling and they were gross (tasted rancid). Hasn't as yet made my teeth whiter but I do live in hope.

Another huge plus was finding this site when researching oil pulling. WOW.. You guys rock! Thanks!

Replied by Bill
Ithaca, Ny
10/02/2011
Kate, Glad you are as impressed with EC as I am. It really is awsome. I'm writing to let you know that malaria can lie dormant in the liver and reoccur needing medication. Wikipedia malaria and then investigate 'MMS'. It's the only perminent solution to malaria on the planet. There's no way for the parasite to develope resistance to 'MMS'. Google Jim Humble and Good luck!
Replied by Hannah
New York, Ny
09/18/2012
My dentist said an infection is being caused by bone loss around an implant. I've had so many surgeries and implants already. When it started I didn't remember about oil pulling but today I did. Meanwhile, I've had to go on antiobiotics again. I put about three drops of Neem oil in coconut oil. Gratefully, I have no adverse reaction to the oil in my mouth. I'd be grateful for any comments about periodontal disease - if you have this and/or implants, how often do you do it? Thanks!
Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
09/18/2012
Hi Hannah, Recently there has been a lot here on EC regarding this issue and some holistic thoughts on periodontal care. Here is a link to the info I put up here a couple months ago:

http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/gum_disease.html#HEALTHY

Also, Blake from Greenfield, Wisconsin just put up a post earlier and it's here on the Latest Post page. Scroll down to find it because his post is very informative and the audio is awesome. I listened to it and it is well worth listening to. I'm sure you will learn a lot on our living teeth and how to restore their health.

Hope this info helps! Lisa

Posted by Marissa (Atlanta, Ga) on 03/27/2011

[YEA]  low energy: I've been oil pulling with extra virgin Coconut Oil for about 4 days now. I am sleeping through the night, I have an easier time getting out of bed in the morning. My skin is glowing so much and the little fine lines are disappearing. I still have dark circles under my eyes though. Also, I am having more bowel movements.

Posted by Rob (Dayton, Ohio) on 03/08/2011

My massage therapist recently recommended OP using coconut oil to clear up terrible and chronic post nasal drip. Any advice as to quantity, frequency, before meals/after meals, possible side-effects, etc, would be appreciated.

Replied by Jz
Buena Park, Ca
04/19/2011
I use unrefined extra virgin coconut oil (CO) 1 teaspoon melted. If CO is solid put in microwave for 10 seconds. more if needed. It only takes a few seconds to melt it. Put solid CO in pyrex shot glass.
Replied by Nybe
La, Usa
05/09/2011
advice: do not microwave ANYTHING you put into your body.
Replied by Katherine
Les Laurentides, Quebec
05/23/2011
[WARNING!]   Absolutely agreed on do not put anything into your body that is microwaved. Also, it would be really unnecessary to microwave the coconut oil. It melts at 70F / 21C, so it basically melts the second you put it into your mouth.
Replied by Cooldoey
Montreal, Quebec (canada)
07/11/2011
you do not need to melt it - it will melt the moment it hits your mouth
Replied by Maryjo122
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
09/06/2012
I have a powerpack type of thing that is the power source to my laptop, my bedroom flatscreen tv has same thing.. I put my virgin coconut oil on that and it melts within 5 minutes. I keep my coconut oil in a small glass bowl and refill it as necessary.. Therefore ensuring no rancid oil. I make sure to wash the bowl between filings also. I am just now starting to use Oil pulling, see if it helps w/ my various ailments? here's to hoping......
Replied by Deborah
Macclesfield, Cheshire
04/17/2013
Don't heat anything that you put in body on a power source (laptop battery etc) they emit radiation...

Posted by Abby (Chicago, Il) on 02/24/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have oil pulled about 2 years ago with sesame oil, after a few days to a week of it I started getting diareah. I kept oil pulling every morning for 20 min. Then rinsed my mouth. Following all the directions. I realized that it must have been doing it's job and detoxing my body. I experienced terrible headaches as well. Unfortunately I had to stop due to a very important weekend, that I didn't want to be sick for. So I didn't get to see the other side of the detox.

I recently started oil pulling again with Coconut oil. I did it for about 2 and half weeks. I only stopped because I ran out. I love it as a lotion! Although with oil pulling every morning for about 20 minutes, after 2 weeks I didn't notice anything. No changes. I have heard that Coconut oil is good for candida. I know I probably have bad candida because I am always craving sugar, and need to change my diet. But it seemed to make me hungrier and crave more sweets. I am also a vegetarian and haven't touched meat in 4 years, and I craved and couldn't stop myself from tasting a few bites of chicken and beef! Should I start again? Or is there a way to tell what oil might be the best for me?

Replied by Justafriend
Miami, Fl
02/25/2011
I was a vegan for a good while, until I did more research. Red meats are actually good for you, especially the organic red meats and the animals are taken care of and allowed to roam freely. The health benefits from eating meat along with low carb vegatables is great. I still love my vegatables but I also like healthy meats just the same. And trust me when I saw this you will fuction better if you taken everything that is of a organic nature of course their are a few exceptions on certain plants and other things that I stay away from such as soy, corn, wheat, yeast and milk.
Replied by Joe
Detrot, Michigan, Usa
02/25/2011
I made the switch from Sesame & Olive to Virgin CC oil; what a difference. For me, EVCO was much stronger detox than the others; so much I had to quit after about 8 days to recoop. It sounds to me like you are experiencing a "healing crisis". Your body retains things from the past; as you detox you peal away the layers last in first out, thus you experience symptoms of a point in time much longer ago; interesting that you crave meat...
Replied by Jaki
Fremantle, Western Australia
12/01/2012
If you are vegetarian, chances are you eat a fair amount of dairy - better to eat a small amount of fish, veges, nuts and whole grains - organic, fermented tofu and tempeh are vastly different from "soy products" too. Meat, especially chicken, and dairy creates high inflammation in the body.

Posted by Suthernbellatl (Atlanta, Ga) on 01/23/2011

[YEA]  I have just began OP and have read some of the side effects many are having, many very unfortunate. But what I have noticed within myself that after starting slow, once a day on an empty stomach, my saliva flow is very active and I keep a cup around for about an extra hour, because the way I see it, your body has not completely ended the pulling process just because you spit out the oil. So to keep from poisoning myself, I keep a cup around and didnt incur any side effects whatsoever.

Replied by Mst
Dubai, Uae
07/18/2012
I have been doing oil pulling for more than two months now. First I have used extra virgin olive oil, then sesame seed oil and now organic coconut oil. Olive oil is fine, sesame is bitter, but coconut feels just right, mellow and easy to swish. But I haven't felt any improvement to my health yet (lower abdominal pain, knee pain and general fatigue). Should I first use ACV for a while? Is it ok to do both, oil pulling and then drink water with ACV?
Replied by Crissy
Longview, Washington
01/09/2013
Such a good question, did you find an answer? I want to try op but am reluctant, as I hate being sick and am afraid of dramatic side effects. I have menieres disease and do not want to wake that beast for ANY reason.

Posted by Robanatta (London, Ontario) on 12/16/2010

I was experiencing mild conjunctavitis in my left eye -not red but burning, itching, and mucous discharging. After my first OP with the coconut oil it was almost completely gone! I also felt lighter and had more energy, as well as my sinuses felt clearer. I hadn't noticed that my sinuses were congested, but they're just... Clearer?! ?

Then I did a OP with safflower oil several hours later. I'm finding that my throat is releasing toxins now. I'm starting to hack-up crap from my lungs -I'm an ex-smoker for 5 months now- and they feel like they are REALLY starting to clean out. I do have a mild head-ache, and a mild soar throat (only on the right side (weird! )), but I still feel healthy... I'm going to use the extra virgin coconut oil in the morning -I like the natural anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties of the oil as well as the MC-triglicerides- for a power cleanse in the morning. And then, I'll use the safflower oil with oregano for the other two treatments in before lunch and dinner. I might even try hemp oil before going to bed, as I've read that it makes one sleepy after using it. (I don't have trouble sleeping as it is, but any extra help might be good). GLTA... I'm glad to have heard about OP and this web-site...

Replied by Njs
Ontario, Canada
05/04/2012
Can pregnant women do oil pulling? Will it affect the baby? I am 32 weeks along and suffering constipation, bad breath and other things from pregnancy. Natalie
Replied by English Rose
Cornwall, England
05/26/2012
I did coconut oil OP when pregnant/nursing with no issues.. Only benefits!

Posted by Cassie (Boston, Ma) on 10/20/2010

[YEA]  I tried this for 3 weeks before I had to go to the dentist on a lark because I hadn't been flossing and I was dreading the blood, pain, and lectures I'm used to at the dentist. I oil swish coconut oil while I'm showering every morning for about 10-15 minutes. Just got back from the dentist yesterday--she said, "Wow. You have really been trying hard! " She said there was virtually no plaque. Plus, when she flossed for me and cleaned and scraped what little plaque there was there was no pain and no bleeding! I'm never stopping! First pleasant trip to the dentist ever.

Posted by Iris (Los Angeles, Ca, U.s.) on 08/20/2010

[YEA]  I have been using coconut for oil pullin for 2 days. Today is 8/20/2010.

I was looking for a way to avoid root canals. I had pain in my teeth on both sides of my mouth and just did not want any more root canals. I read in a book written by a dentist that root canals allow bacteria to set up as soon as 24 hours after they are done. And that the bacteria can spread to other parts of your body and cause pain and disease that the medical doctor won't make the connection that the problem is stemming from a root canal whether it was done years ago or just recently. I am happy I found this site. My goodness how can swossing oil around your mouth have such power and allow you to reap such benefits? Here are some of mine:

The first night I found out about oil pulling I just used a cotton swab to massage my gums and teeth with olive oil. The next morning my gums were so sore. I wonder if the oil stirred up the bacteria in my gums. I started oil pulling that morning with coconut oil as I read it killed bacteria. Over a period of some time, my teeth had become yellow, I do not know why as they used to be white, white, white. I oil pulled for 20 minutes. Immediatly I saw that my teeth lightened up tremendously. I was elated. I had used tooth bleach but the procedure would have to be repeated). Mucous began to released as I was doing the oil pulling and continued afterward for probably over an hour (I didn't time it). My teeth are so smooth now (and whiter), only after 2 days of this. When I drink water now, I feel so hydrated and the water taste good just hitting my mouth. This is something I had never even thought of. I didn't know what I was missing until now. The pain in my teeth has lessened. I can still feel a little bit. But it is leaving.

I had pain, first in my right hip, then got tremendous pain in my left hip. Now both areas are almost pain free. Also, I had pain in my neck and shoulders, it is gone. I am feeling twinges of pain I believe in my lung area. I used to wake up practically craving junk food and would have to force myself to eat the healthy organic foods that I always buy. The cravings seem to be gone for the time being. Now I feel stable and want the healthy organic vegetables with no problem. I woke up this morning with a lot of energy and couldn't wait to get out for my morning job. I had gotten to the place where I felt exercise was something I "had to do". Now I am back to the pleasure of taking care of my body. And not only that, my joy of doing things and new ideas are returning. The feeling I have now is: What can I do today. I love this. The relief of these symptoms tells me that bacteria can cast a dreary veil over your life. I am thankful for the founders of this site. Oh, one other thing. My doctor said, I have high sugar but not high enough to be on medication. Sugar is an environment where bacteria can flourish. I believe the cocunut oil pulling has killed a lot of bacteria in internal environment.

Replied by Reefkeeper
As, Ore, usa
03/21/2012
I am not sure what this is about there seems to be no empirical proof of this, so like the nurse that I am, I saved the rements, took it to my favorite lab tech, they checked it and found a few normal oral flora and epithelas, so what are these toxins other than in people's mind. Mine and a few friends did not even have electrolyte changes???
Replied by Jan
Harper Woods, Mi
03/28/2012
Your reply is a bit confusing, maybe explain what your lab results were.

I too have tried oil pulling in the past, I used Sunflower oil since it had a very mild flavor and it seemed less strong in taste then the sesame seed oil did. I didn't stay with it long enough to experience results. But after reading through many of these posts I have decided to give it another try. I chose to use Coconut oil this time, since the taste is milder. I'm on day 2 now, and will commit to doing it twice a day for 20 minutes. I have gum issues with my teeth and have a continous bad taste in my mouth, so I'm hoping the oil pulling will resolve this.

Replied by 2bconscious
West Des Moines, Iowa
03/31/2012
[YEA]   I have been using Coconut oil to Oil Pull every morning now for 6 days. The first day I had pain in my left shoulder, arm and upper back. The pain and concern caused me to go to the Urgent Care Center. The doctor diagnosis was inflammation, prescribed pain pills. I never took the pills. The next morning the pain was gone! I noticed my gums are getting pinker in places where they were dark in color. I also notice my energy level is higher!! I did also start walking on the treadmill every morning for 30 min. 1 1/2, 5 days ago!! I also use Coconut oil for my toothpaste and deodorant!! I love it!! Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil is a winner!!

Posted by Ibiza (New York, Ny) on 07/20/2010

[WARNING!]  I've been oil pulling for almost two weeks now. I use 1 Tbls. Of Virgin unrefined VCO. I do it first thing in the morning after I clean my teeth but before any food. I read about it here and also read several people's testimonies about cleansing crises. I didn't think I would have one because, prior to oil pulling, I had been on a simple cleansing diet for two months, composed only of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans, teas and water. However, I have started a crisis. Let me say that, after about 5 days of doing it, I started to have slight pain while urinating. It felt like the beginning of a bladder infection. It cleared up in about 3 days without doing anything special. Afterward, I also noticed that my urine felt "heavy, " and maybe slightly darker. Mind you, I was drinking a lot of water. I just felt like toxins were being eliminated. Yesterday, during yoga class, I noticed that my perspiration tasted different. It actually burned my tongue a little and I had to wipe my mouth! I also attribute this to toxins being eliminated. I take a lot of yoga classes and sweat sometimes gets in my mouth. It's normally slightly salty and not gross at all. But the biggest thing that happened is that my heat sensitivity issue shot through the roof. I had several sweating spells when I just could not stop sweating almost all over my body. It felt like a seizure almost. (I've never had a seizure but I imagine you feel very much out of control). I was working in a tight space and it was awful! I'm lucky to have found a great natural deodorant that worked fantastically but it was still a nightmare. Before I realized that it was a healing crisis, I was so depressed, thinking that I was going backwards. I have been dealing with hormone disruption for over two years due to exposure to toxins that stopped my period, caused hot flashes, which turned into heat sensitivity. Now that I know what the crisis is, and that my body is really cleansing a lot, I feel much better about it. Still, I am going to have to slow the cleansing down. I just can't have sweating episodes. I'm going to not do the OP two days a week when I have to go into work. I also just started alkalizing my water with drops. I imagine that my system is very acidic from the toxins. Becoming more alkaline must help. I am also going to switch to sesame oil, the traditional oil used for OP. I did a lot of reading and I think it's the one I need, even though I like the VCO.

I also started taking a tsp of VCO in the evening. I read that it is really good for high cholesterol and thyroid issues. My theory is that my immune system has been compromised by allergens, both natural and artificial. As a result, my liver is working too hard and my endocrine system has been challenged. I know that my hormones are completely crazy. My inner barometer is broken. I feel like my heat sensitivity is due to that and is also a response to allergens which are not being dealt with efficiently because my liver is overworked. I know that thyroid and cholesterol issues run on both sides of my family. This bad smelling and toxic sweat, I believe, is really a secretion brought about by high cholesterol. Lipids are being excreted through my skin and they contain toxins that are being carried out of the body. The sesame oil will help internally and also externally as a nightly massage. I am going to try scrubbing my skin periodically with baking soda because it actually itches a little (I guess from the toxins) even though I use a peppermint castile soap. The liver produces cholesterol when it can't get it from dietary sources. I'm not sure but maybe VCO and sesame oil ease the production of these lipids by the liver. Eventually, I will also take a tsp of sesame oil daily too. I will report back about the progress!

Replied by Ck
Houston, Tx
09/12/2011
So what has happened with your OP? Have you seen a reduction in thyroid/hot flash issues? I suffer with these too and would love to hear your feedback...
Replied by Lainey
New Paris, Ohio
09/25/2011
Hi, I've been using Evening Primerose Oil to prevent hot flashes!!! It does the job almost immediately! If by the second night you haven't found complete relief, up the dosage! You might try muscle testing to set the dosage... I've been using this for YEARS! Give a holler at me if you have any other questions regarding this.... Blessings!!! Laineyisat[at]gmail[dot]com
Replied by Julie5510
Baltimore, Maryland
10/14/2011
I've never heard of using oil pulling for hot flashes, but if it's like 'killing two birds with one stone' then it's with trying. I have done OP in the past but never with coconut oil. But I'll start tomorrow morning... I wanted to suggest what I use for hot flashes, 1 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp. Honey, 1/2 cup. Hot water. I drink it every evening and my hot flashes have disappeared.
Replied by Mrc
Louisville, Kentucky, Usa
02/28/2012
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]   My holistic practitioner suggested I learn about and do some oil pulling to help with my fibromyalgia pain. I read everything I could find and figured what the heck - how could it hurt? I began 9 days ago. The first morning seemed odd simply having the stuff in my mouth for so long. It definitely got foamy and white. (The coconut oil simply melts in your mouth in a matter of moments). I op for 15 minutes each morning, for 5 days in a row. My hair got so soft it felt like silk. My skin was also incredibly soft and beginning to glow. My teeth were whiter, my mouth felt clean and silky.

Then the 6th morning I spit out a couple of metal fillings from my teeth along with the foamy white stuff. I was so surprized! I have stopped oil pulling until I get to the dentist and get my teeth fixed. And my aches and pains do feel better. Although after I stopped I woke up two days later with a very painful sore throat and stuffy head. But it only lasted a day. On to the dentist and I will give this more thought as to if I will proceed.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
02/29/2012
Mrc, my personal experience w/ O. P. (Canola Oil) was positive as whole body functions go, but after about 1 mo my teeth were showing signs of hurried decay and my breath (after pulling) got bad. Fortunately I didn't loose any fillings as was your case. So now I swish Colloidal Silver once daily or before pull, and always rinse mouth w/ commercial otc mouthwash fallowing pull. If the body is toxic w/ pathogens one gets the foamy oil condition. As an adjunct, I would recommend some herbal antibiotics like Neem, Olive Leaf, Grapefruit seed, Pau De' Arco. Immune boosters like Echinacea, Cordyceps, Reishi, Maitake. Shark Liver Oil, Bee Propolis, Raw Thymus Glandular are good immune boosters. I like to use any combination of these prior to pulling so as to absorb the die-off toxins from the pathogens.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Replied by Meg
Jacksonville, Oregon
05/04/2012
I probably would only stick with coconut oil for pulling (read Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife). CO has so many heal properties! I would continue to use it especially if a filling came out - prevent any bacteria from getting to that area before the dentist can. I do not recommend any over the counter mouth wish -- just "google" each ingredient and you'll understand why NOT to use it....

Posted by Swanny (Swansea, West Glamorgan, United Kingdom) on 05/08/2010

[YEA]  Oil pulling with virgin coconut oil cured my ganglion cyst - I was oil pulling to help my receding gumline...the ganglion cyst (which I have had for many years and was very unsightly) was a complete and unexpected bonus.

Replied by Karla
Windsor, Ontario
08/01/2010
How long did it take to heal your receeding gum line by using Coconut Oil pulling?
Replied by Gingermegs
Sydney, Nsw, Australia
04/30/2011
I have a ganglion cyst on knuckle, but haven't been OP long enough to see any improvement. But I have been OP with VCO a few times and it never goes thin. Today I was sitting over the computer for longer than 30 minutes and the VCO did go thin for the first time. I also have Sjogrens, so have less saliva and may have less enzymes in it.

Is it important for the oil to turn thin and watery to be of use?

Thanks, D

Replied by Sara
Newport Beach, Ca
01/24/2012
[YEA]   I'm SHOCKED at my results from oil pulling using coconut oil. I have veneers, 5 on top they were VERY expensive purchased at a time when I had much more money than I do now, they were in dire need of replacing due top unsightly grey decay at the top. I started oil pulling about 3 months ago the GREY discoloration that was decay is GONE, my veneers & all my teeth look brand new. I thought I may be imagining it but went to the dentist today & he said my veneers don't need replacing anymore. He said I had very clean teeth & no plaque.

I have however NOT noticed the oil pulling fixing my psoriasis or my acne, but oh well it fixed my plaque, teeth issues & saved me over $10,000. :) I also don't notice any increase in energy. However it also COMPLETLY FIXED any and all sinus/allergies issues I had.

Posted by Swanny (Swansea, West Glamorgan, United Kingdom) on 05/08/2010

[YEA]  I started Oil pulling with coconut oil about three weeks ago, mainly for receding gums. I haven't actually noticed any improvement yet there, although my teeth are now really white and my gums do look nice and pink, but the main thing I wanted to say was that my unsightly ganglion cyst (with which I have suffered for many,many years) has vanished. Previously I had been bashing it with a bible to get rid (I've also tried red clay mud and huge quantities of ACV with tumeric that made me quite ill).I have been putting cocnut oil in my daily porridge instead of butter (only about 1 tsp per day), and it's obviously done the business.

Well pleased.

Posted by Chattvol (Cos, Colorado) on 04/27/2010

I've been Oil pulling for about 5 weeks with coconut oil. I use about 2 teaspoons in the morning and let it melt in my mouth. I've worked my way up to 17 minutes in the mouth. The most immediate change is I no longer suffer from almost daily sinus headaches. My teeth feel cleaner but unsure if they are actually whiter. My skin feels not as dry. Just the change in my sinuses is enough for me to continue. Do you guys change your oil every few months and do you oil pull more than 1x per day? Thanks


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