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Safflower Oil   7  0   

Posted by Eileen10121 (Roseburg, Oregon, Usa) on 01/07/2011

I saw someone else ask this but I could not find the answer. How is safflower oil for OP? I use it topically for other things. Thank you, Eileen10121

Posted by Lana (Clinton Township, Michigan, Usa) on 01/25/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Safflower Oil Pulling

For the past five days I have been swishing my mouth with 1 tablespoon of safflower oil, once a day, about 10 to 15 minutes, before going to bed. I believe this has started a detox for me as I am experiencing mild skin breakouts, lethargy, and mild depression. A naturopathic doctor once told me that detox is emotional as well as physical, and that people going thru detox may experience a bit of melancholy along with some physical symptoms before they feel better. My gums feel less sensitive now. I plan to switch to a different oil after this detox. I believe in oil pulling, and I plan to start with a different oil after this initial detox phase passes. Thank you!

Posted by Dawn (Auburn Hills, Michigan) on 06/21/2009

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I started oil pulling with Safflower oil last week. I started Safflower oil because that's what I had in the house. I use about a tablespoon in the morning first thing and swish for 20 minutes while I check email & clean up. Then I spit, brush with baking soda (I just dip my brush in, wet it and brush) and swish with equal parts peroxide and water, as usual.

I was already doing quite well quitting smoking but OP seems to have reduced my cravings and the orneriness attached to them. Further, I have found that I have fewer cravings for sweets and fatty food. McDs french fries and fish sandwich has been my guilty secret for a long time but I have passed up many opportunities for them in the past week. I have also been struggling to stop taking "seconds" for years. I haven't had that problem all week. Finally, I started my menses this morning and was surprised by it. I had not a single one of the usual symptoms associated with it.

On the negative side, while my teeth feel nice and clean in the morning, they seem to feel kind of gummy later in the day, which only leads me to brush extra, so no big deal unless I'm out with no access to a toothbrush, so I'm planning to start bringing apples with me. However, I also seem to be developing weird sores on my tongue. They are kind of like lumps under the skin that are tender and painful to the touch. I can't see anything when I look at it, but I can feel them. This concerns me a bit.

Replied by Pam
Durango, Colorado
Lumps, not visible, on tongue. I have one, too, and was so happy to read the article before this re' meridians tied to areas in the tongue. Now I assume it was only a cleansing thing because it's gone.

Posted by Carol (Cocoa, FL) on 08/02/2008

[YEA]  First, I would like to thank the originator for this web-site. I have been oil pulling for about two months and I have an enormous burst of energy after oil pulling. Previously to oil pulling I was having a problem with my left arm. I had gone to the doctor to have it checked, I had a stress test, blood work etc, results were normal. (it felt like I had some type of pulling in my arm). I have not had any problems with it since oil pulling. My teeth are very white. I am also doing Weight Watchers along with my daily pulling I am losing weight when I started WW I was 247lbs, I am now at 237lbs I don't know yet if I can contribute this to oil pulling yet. I only use 1 tsp of safflower oil and swish for 15-20 every morning. Truly thankful for the energy it gives me. It makes me more active.(which was needed). Thank you. Carol

Posted by Trina (Saint Helens, Oregon, USA) on 04/14/2008

[YEA]  Oil Pulling cured my Rheumatoid Arthritis in a matter of 3 days. Been using Safflower Oil. It helped so much. I sleep like a baby and pain free!! No more limping, dropping cups, hurting to drive, bend - I can open lids - pain free!! I had Rheumatoid Arthritis for over a year. I dont have joint stiffness anymore - but i can feel the joint damage (tightness when moving) In truth i am affraid to stop oil pulling - i dont want it to come back - because i have not stopped my health keeps improving i had gum disease (Periodontitis ), 8 year Chocoholic addiction,Dry Skin and Hair, A Sinus infection and Suffering with RA -gone! My skin is soft as a baby's head to toe- A huge scar i got from last winter i branded my self by backing into a propane heater - it looks like a cat scrach. Anyways its been a month and my health keeps improving. I OP for 2 to 3 times a day. Oh yah my mens. has improved too. Rarely irritable, minor back pain, no chocolate cravings, lil bit of a sweet tooth, lil to no cramps- such a big improvement - THANKU Earth Clinic!!!!!!!!

Posted by Catherine (Orlando, FL) on 02/18/2008

[YEA]  I used about 2 teaspoons of safflower oil and pulled for 20 minutes. My teeth are whiter. Two brown spots are almost gone. My gums are more irritated, which I see as a positive thing because they're healing. My head!! It started hurting so much about an hour after I finished. I had to take something and go to sleep. It still throbs a little and it has been 15 hours since I pulled. How long does that last? After a week? two weeks? I don't know if I can stand it. I am mainly trying this for my gums/teeth and also for arthritis and TMJ. Any feedback on arthritis and TMJ would be nice. The headache isn't worth it though if I have to endure it for very long. Thanks for the feed back.

Replied by Francine
Houston, Tx
Anytime I've done oil pulling and later feel achey, tired or headache, I knew that was a healing crisis or a detox time when lots of junk is pulled out from your organs and tissue. Drink A LOT of water and help keep your kidneys flushed and you'll recover soon. Weekends are a good time to hit it hard. Try it 2 or 3 times a day... Always 2 hours after a meal or first thing in morning. Take advantage of weekend timing and sleep a lot and DRINK WATER.

Cheers, Francine

Posted by Mira (Venice, CA) on 01/28/2008

[YEA]  ... Then I found your site on Oil Pulling I had never heard of it before and I mistakingly thought it I read safflower oil in stead of sunflower oil. I got the courage up to try it and could do no more than a couple of minutes. Now I doubt if I will ever go to the Doctor ever again! After one try with the Safflower oil my VOICE was better than when i was kid! As if the oil had lubricated all that was rough and scratchy! I am so amazed at the oil pulling, I wonder why no one ever talks about it publicaly as the best thing ever for well being, as one of your writers on this site put it "The virus was made in nature can be healed by nature too!" I am a true Believer and will do these remedy's for life.I could go on and on about the benefits of these homade remedy's that REALLY WORK!

EC: Read the rest of Mira's email on the ACV Multiple Cures page.

Posted by Winnie (Washington, DC) on 01/08/2008

[YEA]  I stumbled on your site when searching for side effects for coconut oil. I took coconut oil for about 4 weeks and gained about 10 pounds, I was really hoping for the reverse; anyway I found your site and a lot of good information. I started oil pulling the very day I read about it, I have tried with extra virg. olive oil, sunflower, I didn't notice any real change after just one try. then I tried Safflower oil, did it in the morning just after brushing, then I felt sleepy, I decided to lay down on the couch, and slept for 3 hours; I didn't make a connection then until this morning I tried safflower oil again, same reaction. I slept so soundly, good thing I had the day off today. I'll try it again tonite, looking forward to a great night's sleep. I took 1TBSP for 20 mins. So if someone out there has problem sleeping, this might work for you. TED, whoever you are, I wish you radiant health and prosperity. Your kindness and generousity is written all over your words. Thank you. Winnie

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Posted by Edith (Columbia, Maryland) on 01/03/2015

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  Has anybody tried oil pulling for hormonal issues? I've been dealing with hormonal problems and gigantic uterine fibroids for years. I have too much estrogen or too little progesteron. Probably candida problem as well. I've been oil pulling for two month. I missed a day or two here and there, but not much. Started with extra virgin/virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, then extra virgin olive oil, now coconut oil again. It definitely helps with my hormonal issues, and my fibroids, which is why I don't want to stop, but ever since I've started oil pulling, I've been having some serious flu-like symptoms. On and off, mostly on. Mainly sinus problems (that seem to be candida related) and bad fatigue. I'm pretty sure this is healing crisis, but how much longer is this supposed to last? It just would be easier not to give up knowing how much longer to hold on.

Replied by Timh
Edith: It is obvious you need to do some additional detox remedies and cleanses. For starters ---ACV, Iodine, Turpentine, Borax, and herbs like Garlic and Oregano.
Replied by Edith
Thank you for your advice! I did one thorough colon-liver cleanse 2 months before starting oil pulling. I'm aware how amazing cleanses are, unfortunately I find them very time and money consuming. I'm already using apple cider vinegar and all kinds of herbs that are good for the sinuses and are antifungal. I'm also using colloidal silver nose spray and xylitol-grapefruit seed extract-saline nose spray to treat my sinus infection. Taking cayenne pepper capsules helps with the fatigue. I've just checked out turpentine and borax, never knew they were so beneficial. I knew about iodine, I just somehow never got to try it. I will give these a try, thank you for the tip!

Sunflower Oil   42  1   

Posted by Easy E (Rex, Ga) on 06/03/2013

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been doing O.P. every morning for about 5 weeks. The first thing I noticed was my nails began to look healthy. Then my teeth brightened. Just recently though, I experienced something that concerned me. My stool was extremely black. Has anyone experienced this? I am using Sunflower oil.

Replied by Annie Jo
Anniesville, Am.
Could possibly be you are cleansing your system and that yuck has been in your gut for a while. Just thinking...

Posted by Terry (Columbia, Missouri) on 05/18/2013

I haven't started oil pulling... Yet. I would like to know if I can use sunflower oil used for cooking or does the oil need to be specially processed?

Replied by T. Holiness
Fall River, Massachusetts
To Terry from Columbia: I'm actually at the moment! :D

It is always good to use Organic! BUT, if you don't have the budget ALL NATURAL SHOULD be used. You dont want regular GMO oil. Also, you want it UNREFINED. Unrefined means it has not been PROCESSED, which means none of the good stuff was taken out and no bad stuff was put in. Always get Organic, or All Natural, UNREFINED oil.

AND YES, im using Sunflower oil. Other oils work too but I didnt fancy the coconut oil too much. Hope things work out!

- Tommy, Fall River, Ma

Posted by Steve (Philippines, Cdo ) on 11/18/2011

[YEA]  Really works for me. I have been suffering migraines, headache, arthritis for the past 3 years. Last two weeks ago I tried Oil Pulling as soon as I read it from the web. I bought a refined Sunflower Oil, take a tablespoon and swish for 15 to 20 minutes. I usually do it after I wake up in the morning then the second one before I go to bed (which is 3 to 4 hours after dinner). First day effect on me: I got a very great taste bud. Second Effect: I got my arthritis on the second day but I believe it was the symptoms of the healing process, so I just get on with Pulling. Third effect (after 4 days): arthritis is gone and I noticed an improvement on my teeth (whitened) although I smoke. I also noticed that I haven't been very tired at all after a day's work. Now I feel that it's time to say goodbye to my Arthritis (I hope) cause I don't have it anymore when I usually have it 3 times a week before OP. If these healing pushes through, then Oil Pulling is really a hidden miracle. I still continue Oil Pulling 2 times a day....

God Bless...

Replied by Susan
Lichfield, Staffordshire, Uk
Replied by Heather
Hi, I'm glad this has worked for you. I wish I understood why- can any one explain? Is it just the type of oil you are using? It is brilliant that you have noticed a change so quickly. I have been wearing 2 copper bangles for the last couple of months and haven't honestly noticed a change to my grey but I do get marks where the bracelets touch my skin- I will carry on till December to give it a better chance before I try op.
Replied by Susan
Lichfield, Staffordshire, Uk
Hi Heather, From what I understand on the oilpulling site, the oil pulling pulls out toxins from the blood stream via the saliva that is created while oil pulling. The body is then free to heal itself as it is programmed to do.

Even if your copper bracelets start working, if I were you I would still start oil pulling as it has many benefits apart from reversing graying hair, for instance my teeth are no longer stained by red wine drinking and are whiter than I ever remember them. Also for years I have had a very sensitive tooth where the enamel had worn away between the tooth and the gum. The tooth doesn't bother me anymore and either the enamel has grown back or the come has grown over the gap. Either way I am very happy after only 6 weeks of oil pulling.

Good luck with whatever remedy you choose. I will update as I continue pulling if there is anything to report.

I'm wondering why Oil Pulling isn't listed as a remedy on the "Hair, graying" page.

Posted by Martika (Cumberland, Ri) on 11/15/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I started the oil pulling with sunflower oil for my pulmonary fibrosis, however I would like to know if it is normal to get canker sores and a sore throat on the third day of doing this. When I finish I do rinse with salt water and baking soda can someone please reply to me about this?

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Usa
Martika, my O. P. Experience was kinda similar except it took about one month for infection in my entire head region to occur, and I began experiencing esophagitus. The effects of O.P. were so positive that I knew I had to meet the challenging bad side effects. I think the problem is essentially an abundance of infection in the body, as-for-me, this could be fungal, bacterial, viral.

I began taking 1 gm vit-C before and after the pull, and mouth rinse w/ colloidal silver fallowing pull, and this is currently working for me (I am actually pulling as I write this). I pull only once daily and sometimes a back-to-back pull. I also started fortifying the Canola oil with cod liver oil and vit-E.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Replied by Patricia
Hanover, Ontario Canada
Hey there. I just read Martika's post re side effects of oil pulling and it concerned me. I also was wanting to try oil pulling for the first time but am hesitant now as I am extremely prone to canker sores (bad ones) and would not want to open that door as they are under control right now. Is it part of the healing crisis that occurs as you detox? If so and it is short lived that is ok. It is confusing to me as I thought the oil pulling supported oral health. Any info welcome.
Replied by Ray
Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Hello all,

I have been oil pulling now for 6 weeks or so. At first the benefits were clear to see such as feeling lighter, skin felt better and teeth felt and look so nice and clean s after expelling tons of mucous and now it seems that I'm either having the a strong healing crisis or changing oil might be the cause. Pains in the lower back, headaches, red eyes, joints ache, pains in the liver side of the abdomen and even the bones ache. Could it be the years of toxins finally coming out? It sounds like a huge toxic release taking place, I hope? Anyway care to share their experiences and see if as Dr Karcher says the really bad stuff to heal from might take anything up to a year? Btw I changed from cold pressed organic sesame to CPO sunflower.

Replied by P
Middle Of, Fl
Try it with coconut oil, it has ANTI- fungal / oxidant /biotic properties and I read that's what TED recommends because it helps fight the bacteria. Maybe makes a difference for you, good luck!

Posted by Bella (Uk) on 09/14/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been oil pulling for about two or three weeks with sunflower oil and my mouth has got really, really dry, my cheeks sticking to my teeth even after closing my mouth for just a couple of minutes. I am not dehydrated, I have been constantly sipping water and have 2 litres a day but my mouth is so dry. I have heard some suffer this side-effect with sunflower oil but can't find an explanation why. Anyone know? I am now using olive oil and feel much better.

Replied by Becky
Laporte, Tx
I have been using organic sunflower oil for about three months now, and have not had the dry mouth issue at all. I have not had as many good effects as others seem to have with other oils, so I may be changing to a different oil. My teeth do feel cleaner and it has helped my bleeding gums some. I was hoping for more good effects, but I miss it if I don't do it, so will continue. I was going to use sesame oil but the store was out when I went to buy the oil.

Posted by Kaz (Gosford Nsw, Australia) on 07/16/2011

[YEA]  I have been oil pulling for 2 years, on and off. Recently I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2. I started oil pulling earnestly again every morning before eating or drinking. It is week 4 and I've missed one day only. In that short amount of time I have lost 6 kilos (approx 14lbs) although I have cut out all white foods, flour, cakes, bread (replaced with Rye bread). I had a ganglion cyst on my wrist that has been there for over two years and was the size of a large marble and I noticed yesterday that it has gone! I had a large haemorrhoid that was very itchy after using the bathroom and it too has gone. A weepy fluid filled lump on the side of my breast has also disappeared. My bowel movements are soft and easy to pass. My breath is fresh all day long and my teeth are white and as I have two lower implants, they have adhered back to the gum line and feel as strong as the day they were implanted, some 16 years ago. I sleep better, my husband says I hardly snore and overall, I feel really energetic and less tired. I'm due to have another blood test soon and I'll keep you updated if it has had any effect on my diabetes. I use sunflower oil as I find it the best and cheapest. Just your regular supermarket variety will do. Once you see the benefits of oil pulling, you will never look back.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
It sounds great, Kaz and I am very happy for you, unfortunately, although I have been doing OP for many months now quite regularly, I don't really see any benefit. I have tried several oils...... Not better and not worse!

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