Oil Pulling: Safe, Simple and Effective!

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Sunflower Oil   42  1   

Posted by Lynette (Keller, TX) on 09/01/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I tried oil pulling and probably did it most days for one month. It definitely helped clear up an allergy that was causing excessive mucous in the back of my throat. However, I have to warn others that it did cause two of my newly placed fillings to come out and I had to have them replaced - so more novacaine and PAIN!!! I am sad that I cannot do this anymore because I felt that it would have helped me even more. But I thought it needed to be posted that losing your fillings is a real possibility. I believe that I followed directions, used sunflower oil and if anything didn't move the oil enough in my mouth (I lose concentration and just let it sit there!)

Posted by Claire (Suffolk, England) on 08/23/2007

[YEA]  I have peri oral dermatitis, Gilberts Syndrome and I.C. All three are pretty much incurable (for me anyway) and i've lived with them forever. Today was day 2 of my oil pulling and something is definately working. I'm doing it just once in the morning. Yesterday i awoke feeling okay, oil pulled with sunflower oil and the second i spat it out my head felt like it was going to explode! had the headache all day. But I noticed my bladder was no longer as uncomfortable, and my skin, I think it looks a bit better..?.. Last night i had a bit of a drinking session because it was my sisters birthday and I awoke with a cracking hangover! Feeling very ill I went downstairs and sat at the dining table with the oil and after a minute or so with the oil in my mouth, I became brighter and more...WELL feeling. I even got up and started tidying! Guys, my hangover DISAPPEARED. whats going on here? I dont understand how this is working, but I am SURE it's not in my mind, I am feeling better! I will post again after a week. Cant wait to see if anything else happens....

Posted by Tara (Princeton, USA) on 08/21/2007

[YEA]  I came across this site while looking for a natural cure for sinus troubles which have been plaguing me unusually more this season. When I first heard about oil pulling, it did sound a bit absurd but I decided to give it a go. What was I going to lose? I had organic olive oil in the house and used it. Immediately after, I felt amazingly light-hearted and joyful - this after weeks of being miserable with stiffed sinus pains. So I went out and got sunflower oil because I found the olive oil taste a bit heavy and, well, oily for me. After a month of OP these are the results: Sinus pain GONE. At first the mucus came out thickly and quickly for about five minutes after I had oil pulled. Within a week, it lessened to a maybe one or two times when I had to spit it out. I needed to have a pillow under my legs when I went to bed but two days after oil pulling, I suddenly pushed it away and don't need it any more. I have no idea why this happened and how it is related to oil pulling. But the pillow I have been using for years is now in the closet. Thirdly, I am losing weight, especially around the lower abdomen, an area that I have been trying to lose for years. My teeth look good. An ache in the upper tooth has disappeared. In short, oil pulling is great!

Posted by Ian (Sedona, Arizona) on 06/05/2007

[YEA]  I started oil pulling one week ago using cold pressed sunflower. A part of me felt a but naive to be doing it at first - but the first few seconds I used it I knew it was bonafide and working homeopathically at different levels, as I felt an immediate subtle electrical change all over my body similar to when I am in meditation and when I first tried the ionic foot bath. I really didn't expect that. That night I slept soundly and woke up tingling all over and feeling very soothed. I am combining this treatment with the ultimate cleanse herbs and good amounts of fresh fruit. I am coughing up mucus and get runny nose often when oil pulling. My skin condition has improved. Oral Hygeine is much better. The oil when you are done is clearly toxic just by smell alone-- yuk!. First thing in the morning seems to make most sense to help clear up after the body's work over the night. It is to my mind clearly helping detoxification and not just physically. All my symptoms this week have been typical of healing reactions and I have been facing some mental/emotional states and old ways of thinking fair and square. My esoteric kind of view on this is that if we can be prepared to detox internally and go thru all of the holistic processes that come up, then perhaps this can help us heal what is a very toxic environment all around us and move into a proper application of planetary ecology.

Posted by Carolyn (FWB, Florida) on 05/29/2007

[YEA]  I have just learned of this oil pulling remedy. I have done this for the first time today. I used garlic sunflower oil, and swished for 20 minutes. I could feel it loosening up my chest congestion that I have had since winter before last when I got pnuemonia. After I spit it out, I begin to gag really bad, and almost vomited. That was short lived and I actually felt better, and my sinuses seemed clearer. The chest congestion seemed to get worse hours later, so I swished again for just under 10 minutes the second time. I again gagged and almost vomited again, but noticed that this time my sinuses seemed to loosen up during swishing and when I cleared my sinuses I spit out traces of blood- twice. I have had chronic sinusitis since I was 14, (I'm 45 now, so a very long time). I'm sure it must have been the toxins being released, but I haven't found anything like that being reported in the study I did about OP. Has anyone ever experienced this before? Oh, and by the way, I read that the oil is suppose to turn white and foamy, but mine only liquified to clear, but never foamy, what does that mean? Any info is appreciated, as I am very interested in detoxing by anything that I dont have to swallow...Please HELP, I hate pills!

Posted by Lee (W. Bountiful, Utah) on 05/05/2007

[YEA]  twelve days ago i started using sunflower seed oil to find out if oil pulling might benefit my health concerns. im 65 years, 5' 10" 185 lbs. constant fatigue syndrome, muscle aches. i have stopped using junk foods and soda five years ago. still have same health problems. three days after starting oil pulling once a day, i could hardly stand up. coughed up lots of yellow mucus, also from the nose. next day felt a little better. got bad laryngitis, but no pain in throat. but kept doing oil pulling each day, two or three times twice a day. had loose bowels two or three times. on the tenth day i felt relief from body aches and strains, like i was walking around with someone else's body. this is the twelfth day, i continue to feel like a new person. i don't know what to expect next. plan to do this for the rest of my life.

Posted by Lara (Greenacres, FL) on 04/17/2007

[YEA]  I've been oil pulling since December 06. These are my results. I suffered from severe irregular periods that were very dark. I would get my period like once every two or three months. My hormones were completely off. I was out of balance. After my first month of oil pulling my periods came about 6 weeks apart. That was like unheard of for me for years. The next month my cycle came exactly 28 days after. And I have since had regular cycles for the past four months. The cycles are regular and bright, not dark or clotty anymore. I get compliments on my teeth all the time now. My hair is softer. But most importantly, I suffered from an unknown itch in my ears that would not go away. They would feel clogged like I have water trapped in them. I researched it over and over and even went to the doctor where he treated me for an ear infection. I did ear candling and it was worse. I figured I was so toxic with candida or allergic to dairy because every time I drank milk my ears would itch so compulsively. It was embarrassing and such a nuisance I could not even function some days. And everyone around me was totally annoyed that I was always itching my ears. I must say that oil pulling has completely cured my ears, my candida or whatever it was that was in my head. I noticed a difference the first week. Now, my ears never itch except if I double dose on my whey protein which I can feel it seizing up in my throat. Anyway, I will continue to use the oil as a daily routine. I used sunflower oil organic cold pressed. I am interested in trying sesame next and olive oil with perhaps a drop of peppermint or tea tree oil. I don't want to experiment too much. I know what works, but I can't see harm in trying the others. I would recommend this to everyone who has suffered from allergies, menstrual problems, skin problems, oh yes, my eyes are clearer as well and my vision is clearer. Just keep doing it...whatever it does, it works!!!

Posted by Mick (Dallas, TX) on 04/02/2007

[YEA]  After going online and seeing so many reports of benefits to the mouth and teeth, I tried it with Hain sunflower oil. I was surprised to experience a significant increase in energy that made morning coffee unnecessary, plus a slight whitening of the teeth that was evident from the first time I did it. This odd-sounding procedure WORKS!

My own routine is to brush my teeth lightly WITHOUT TOOTHPASTE upon rising, just to get rid of the mouth film that might prevent full contact with the oil. After the swishing I brush well with toothpaste and my mouth feels terrific.

I swished for 20 minutes the first time but felt increased energy much sooner, so 15 minutes will become my norm. The protocol worked so well that I tried it again before lunch, with similar results. My afternoon was as energetic as my morning... very unusual and USEFUL, to say the least.

Since this is only the first day, it will be interesting to see if the benefits accrue over time or if today's results are a first-time phenomenon. Either way, I would endorse this odd-sounding routine without hesitation to almost anybody and am looking forward to getting my dentist's reaction to it.

Oil pulling defies conventional logic, but there's no question that the body reacts to it in a dramatic way. I've e-mailed a number of friends, urging them to try it for themselves.

I'm put off by the claims of major cures, but increased energy, whiter teeth and reduced dependence on caffeine are reason enough to do it. My energy finally began to run down around 6PM, so two tablespoons of oil accomplished more than my ususal three cups of coffee... plus, my teeth and mouth look and feel healthier. More people need to know about this!

Posted by Renuka (Jordan) on 12/28/2006

[YEA]  I learnt about oil pulling when I came across your wonderful site accidently. What a lucky accident! I've been oil pulling with sunflower oil, twice a day, for about twenty days now and my gums have almost completely stopped bleeding (they had been bleeding for years) and they feel firm and healthy. My teeth are cleaner and whiter. I suffered daily from indigestion problems and gases in the past. But now the stomach rumblings have reduced significantly and I don't feel bloated after a meal. The best result of OP however, is that in just twenty days I've lost about 4 lbs. I have no appetite for junk food anymore and feel full after a moderate meal - no more second and third helpings like before. All in all, I'm very happy with the initial result and hope to make OP a twice-daily habit for life. Just one question however: Why should one OP on an empty stomach only? What if I've had a meal an hour or two before? I wish I could have an answer to this, because with my busy schedule, my meal times are not very regular.

Posted by Valerie (Germantown, MD) on 11/14/2006

[YEA]  I have an infection in my tooth that is so bad that came back in 3 days after a 10 day dose of penacillion. Peroxide stopped working after a while. sunflower oil is the only thing that keeps it under control. If I skip a few days it will come back but when I start back up it goes away but I have no bad side effects. It has only been 3 months and my teeth are very white. I am hoping that by the time I reach my 6 month mark that my heels will be better also.

Posted by Liliane (Quebec, Canada) on 09/20/2006

[YEA]  I used sunflower oil for oil pulling. Believe it or not, this morning, I did it for the first time, after having problem with bronchitis and bronchiectasies, and coughing every day plus full of yellow and green mucus. Well, since this morning, nothing, no coughing and mucus. I am ready for my 2nd oil pulling right now before supper, cross my fingers so that it cure me after 14 years of health problems and a lots of antibiotic, months and months. I will give you feedback later on, I promise. One more thing, I did throw it in the toilet, but too greasy, so I will spit it out in a plastic bag full of paper, and throw it away. When the oil is in the toilet, it can eventually block. Merci.

Posted by Joan (West Los Angeles, CA) on 08/02/2006

[YEA]  I have been pulling now for about 3 weeks. My teeth look a tiny bit whiter, but the main thing is that my sinuses seem to open up in the morning after pulling. My tongue is definitely more pink than its ever been and I don't have quite as intense dark circles under my eyes! This practice is definitely energizing and I think my metabolism is speeding up -- I have lost about 2 lbs eating the same way I always do.

I felt very fatigued the first 2 days after pulling with Sunflower Oil, but after that, haven't felt any side effects. I have terrible cracked heels, but so far haven't noticed much change. I think it would take them at least 2 months to heal. At any rate, I love this new practice and don't have any plans to stop.

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Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/30/2010

My response to an email regarding oil pulling:

Oil pulling depend on your objectives. The old oil pulling objective is to kill microorganisms. This is why they do 20 minutes using sunflower oil or sesame seed oil. As for me, oil pulling is done for 5 minutes using mostly olive oil or coconut oil with two objectives that I found resolves nearly all problems regarding the use of sesame seed oil and sunflower oil. The major problems appear that most people have heavy metal overload such as mercury. To do too long the oil pulling may cause excessive buildup of mercury and may go into your system if done for 20 minutes. Since I have a heavy metal tester I found oils uptake heavy metal very quickly in as little as 1 minute and need not do over 5 minutes limit. The second problem is virus and sore throat becomes a real problem with use of sesame or sunflower. The only oil pulling I have found without side effects come from olive oil and coconut oil. Coconut oil is antiviral and olive oil is somewhat antiviral, and both oils remove heavy metal form saliva being recirculated back to the body. The best way to remove bacteria is the use of toothpaste and simple brushing but to rid body of heavy metals oil pulling stands out. The use of coconut oil especially is antiviral and I used them against Pakinsons, Alzheimer, and ALS as I found personally are linked to virus. Alzheimer's is the HSV1 herpes simplex type 1 and ALS is linked to adenovirus while Parkinsons is linked to a flu virus, and coconut oil contains lauric which is antiviral, while olive oil is a efficient in removing heavy metal. OP in cats is difficult the easiest is to let cats consume coconut oil and salmon fish oil mixed in food or granulated lecithin also helps. Eating sulfur rich foods (garlic) and supplements helps especially taking 500 mg a day of N acetyl cysteine.


Posted by Hope
Sacramento, California
Hi Ted - Thanks for this very valuable information -You're the Best!
Posted by Suzanne
Land O Lakes , Fl
Ted-Thank you so much for your valuable information, you have helped countless of lives throughout the world! Just to clarify, are you now suggesting we OPer's should now only use either Coconut Oil or Olive Oil for 5 minutes and we will get the same benefits but with less chance of heavy metals being reintroduced into the bloodstream. If so that would be great, if I can do it in less time the better!
Posted by Fbk227
Greenlawn, Ny, Usa
Dear Ted,

Thank you for all this valuable information! I am 53 years old (young! ) and have just found this website to be invaluable. A question about OP, I just started last week with EVOO and noticed that I am breaking out all over my face, especially on my forehead. Is this a normal effect of the OP? I want to try so many things, but I think I am going to try and do only a few things at a time. I am taking an energy green powder in the morning on an empty stomach mixed with liquid vitamin d3, 2 tbs of chorophyll and a dropperful of guarnine. I don't want to overdue it. I am also taking 2tbs of organic ACV on a daily basis. My main objectives are to lose weight, get relief from RA, better eyesight, hair loss and a general feeling of lethargy. My skin is super dry and no matter how much creams or lotion I apply, it doesn't help. I tried taking coconut oil, but I couldn't stomach it. Would coconut oil tablets have the same benefits? I'm not asking for too much am I? LOL!

Posted by Ali
Swansea, Wales, Uk
Hi. The breakout is undoubtedly a detox thing - the skin is a major detoxing organ and the oil-pulling probably triggered your body into having a clear out.

I too am 53 and it has taken me all these years to finally get a handle on my health. I have tried all sorts of diets and treatments but none of them worked until I found a healing diet run by Bee Wilder. I have been on it for 10 months now and although it doesn't give overnight results, I, and a lot of other people are gradually heaing, and it is wonderful. Her advice is free and her diet is based wholly on natural foods including coconut oil and real sea salt, and a few basic over-the-counter supplements.

Things like oil-pulling and acupuncture, etc. , can be used to support the benefits of the diet.

I have had Candida for over 40 years, and it is only now that I am finally getting rid of it and seeing many things healing in my body. It's wonderful.

Posted by Aginto
Toronto, On
Fbk227 - try taking nightly soaks in a tub filled with very warm water, 1 lb of baking soda (that's usually 1 pkg), and 2 cups of Epsom salts. That should help your skin along in the detox process. Soak for at least 20 minutes, and DONT RINSE before getting out. Mooisturize your wet body with an organic oil, pat dry, and put on your jammies. You will sleep like a baby and your skin will clear up!
Posted by Vreed27
Edmonds, Wa
@ Fbk227 I have found that it is a good idea to detoxify the skin by sitting in a hot bath (as hot as you can stand for 20 minutes) so that your skin can detox by sweating. Then a quick rinse off to remove the sweat/toxins from your skin should help the skin to clear up. (This also works by sitting in a hot sauna for the required 20 minutes with a quick rinse off after the sweating occurs.
Posted by Jenjen
La, Ca
OK..... This is great!! I am giving it a shot as we speak as I am generally healthy (with the exception of fatigue.... Due to STRESS) I recently got a bug bite which turned into some sort of infection that either is still lingering or just side affects from antibiotics..... Well my TOUNGE turned brownish yellow, then white and just doesnt seem to want to completely go away!!! I believe it is due to all the antibiotics? It has been lingering for almost a MONTH now..... Anyway wanted to add an FYI and see if any of you know about this..... Blood type and remedies..... Says in a book I have that OLIVE oil is great for my blood type, but Coconut oil is something to avoid..... So maybe the results you get from OP could be related to what oil you are using..... Depending on your blood type!! Any thoughts or experience?
Posted by Ruth
Dear Ted,

You said 'virus and sore throat becomes a real problem with use of sesame/sunflower oil'. I have been using sunflower oil for 20 minutes a day for about 3 weeks and I've noticed extreme dryness in my mouth, my cheeks sticking to teeth etc. Although I'm drinking regularly and about 2 litres a day. I've never had this before and am convinced it's the sunflower oil. Why is this? Is it linked to your quote about a virus? Would you recommend I switch to using olive oil or coconut oil for 5 minutes instead, and does this give you all the benefits but none of the risks of re-absorbing metals? Many thanks!

Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
@Ruth from Uk--Yes sunflower produces these side effects (infection and sore throats). The preferred oils are coconut oil, because lauric acid is antiviral in coconut oil, which makes ideal for oil pulling because it doesn't cause this. Olive oil is the same (especially extra virgin) olive oil as it contains antiviral oleuropin. That's the weakness of sunflower oil. All oils work the same in detoxing heavy metals out, but you need coconut oil and olive oil as they have additional antibiotic qualities, that sunflower oil and sesame seed miss. And the most common complaints are about sunflower oil and sesame seed, people having dry mouth, and other problems, that olive oil and coconut oil works better.


Posted by Louise
Bayside, Ny
Oil pulling: I added one drop of tea tree oil to the sesame oil, and the white coating on my tongue was completely gone in 3 treatments.
Posted by Tiale
Pago Pago, American Samoa
I'm curious, since the oil pulls out heavy metals, does that mean that it's a bad idea to do oil pulling if you have mercury fillings? Would the oil help bring mercury out of the fillings to be more easily absorbed in the mouth?
Posted by Justme
Tulsa, Ok
I have a question.... I have 3 broken back (molars, and sections of my teeth are missing) teeth, will Oil Pulling, with any kind of oil, make my mercury fillings fall out? In a perfect world I would love to have them replaced with the new non-mercury fillings because I don't like the thought of the mercury seeping into my system. But as I cannot afford to have them replaced I need to be able to keep them until I can replace them. I am also taking St John's Wort, Vitamin C, Kelp and am currently taking an iron supplement because I was anemic, will these interfere with the OP. Plus I really need to lose weight. I also have a friend who is having a terrible time with abscesses and broken front teeth due to a recent car accident, will Oil Puling help her with the abscesses? The doctors keep giving her antibiotics, I keep telling her she is becoming immune to them.

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Posted by Ll (Odessa, Tx) on 10/12/2010

[YEA]  I have had an abcessed tooth for about two weeks now. I tried several of the cures on this site, and they all seemed to help a little. I decided finally to try the oil pulling this morning with sesame oil, after reading some of the theories here, I know they are basically sound, having studied pharmacy. I learned there that your mouth is easily one of the most bacteria-laden parts of your body. The stomach lining is porous, which is why alcohol is so quickly absorbed by the body: it simply goes straight through the stomach lining into the blood stream and throughout the body. If this is true of alcohol--which is a poison if not used in moderation--then it can easily be true of pretty much anything that goes into the stomach. And, of course, we swallow some saliva with everything we chew, so if there are bacteria hanging out in it, it could easily pass through the stomach lining and out into the blood stream, where it will swiftly be carried to the rest of the body. And--boom! --you have all the makings of a systemic infection (systemic is just pharmacy talk for anything affecting the whole body). Knowing from my studies and my own experience how great vitamin e is for so many things--you could call it a systemic vitamin, since it affects pretty much every part of the body when ingested--I thought, "What would happen if I added e oil to the sesame oil pull?"

(Honestly, you folks are all so obviously knowledgeable I was surprised to see no one had thought of it yet. This is some site, and I am impressed with a great deal of what I am reading! )

I used the one Tbls of sesame oil and added one capsule of 100 units vitamin e oil. Oh my God, that felt good on my gums! The longer I used it, the better my gums felt, until I had no pain at all by the end of the pull. I did have some pain coming back after, but I rinsed my mouth with some ACV and water (the baking soda I brushed with still had not got all the oil out of my mouth) and that cut the remaining oil and soothed my mouth enough that a little pain medication allowed me to sleep. I woke up a few hours later to find the swelling was significantly reduced. Will continue the oil pulls tomorrow--I think I will up the amount of vitamin e. I'd also be interested to know how it works for anyone else who decides to try it? Thanks guys: this site is great!

Posted by Zsaqwe
Brownsville, Texas
I just started with oil pulling. Thanks for the suggestion to add vitamin E. I am in. I will start and see what happens. Thanks

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Posted by Peggy (Ancorage, Alaska) on 09/13/2007

[YEA]  I have been doing oil pulling for about one month and using cold pressed walnut oil. I went into the dentist for my semi annual cleaning and an exam. both the hygenist and the dentist commmented on how healthy my gums have become. My dentist said "whatever your doing it is working" In the past I have had a problem with bleeding gums--that is GONE.

Posted by Laverne
Honolulu, Hi
I tried walnut oil and it was pleasant enough (I thought the oil was going to be gross). I only used 2 tsp but could feel the difference in the mouth after I finished. My mouth felt clean and fresh and I couldn't wait to do it again. And 15 minutes goes by fast when I'm on the computer doing my OP business. I like this thing.
Posted by Laverne
Honolulu, Hi
[YEA]   Just wanted to write on the progress with oil pulling. Started with walnut oil and within two days the black floaters in my eye disappeared! I had just visited my opthamologist who said it was just old age and nothing could be done about it. I can't wait to tell her about my OP experience. Skin problems also have nearly disappeared.
Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Hi, I would love to try oil pulling with walnut oil as well as I also suffer from eye floaters but I fear for one of my dental filling which doesn't seem to resist at least sunflower oil. Do you have any fillings?
Posted by Laverne
Honolulu, Hi
I had my amalgam fillings taken out 3 years ago so that has not been a worry for me.


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