Oil Pulling: Safe, Simple and Effective!

Last Modified on Oct 13, 2014

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Posted by Yuko (Northern California) on 09/10/2014

[NAY]  I've been oil pulling for over 7 months, every day, with no obvious benefits... I'm planning to keep doing it because I may have built up a lot of toxins in my body having many teeth root canal-ed. I have several sensitive teeth, and I have not noticed any differences either.

I started to drink Sole (Rock salt water). I'm wondering which is more effective - Oil pull first thing the morning and then Sole water, or the other way around.

Oil pulling is to draw toxins out, but Sole is much more than that. If you know which I should start first in the morning, please let me know. Also I would like to know how long I should wait to eat breakfast after drinking Sole.

Thanks, Yuko

Posted by Bee
New York, US
81 Posts
Hi Yuko... oil pulling
I have been oil pulling for almost a month now and have seen a significant difference in my teeth and gums... I can actually see the plague that came off of my teeth..My gums look better and I do believe toxins are coming out of my body as some days I have flu like symptoms and a rash... I love it because yes again I can see the plague off of my teeth.....and they are whiter..

I am using organic safflower oil

Posted by Liz From Atlanta, Usa (Atlanta, Georgia, Usa) on 05/10/2014

I have a question about oil pulling. The benefits sound great and I really want to do this, but I can only hold a teaspoon of oil in my mouth for 1-2 minutes and then I start gagging and retching. I'm so glad I followed the advice to do this on an empty stomach! For the first week I used olive oil because that is what I had in the house, but then I bought some organic unrefined sesame oil and still I gag and retch. I've now tried 12 times and can't get beyond 2 minutes. I busy myself with with getting ready for the day to take my mind off the swishing, but that has not helped. So my question is, how can I overcome gagging and retching? Please advise.

Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Liz, don't try too hard: 1. Two minutes is also useful! 2. You can also do it with plain ol' water!

Posted by Lorna (Canada) on 02/28/2014

Hi...I just started oil pulling. I'm 55 y.o. I am using grapeseed oil. Where would I purchase sesame oil or black cumin seed oil? I found the grapeseed oil fairly thick. Is this normal? Does the sesame oil you cook with differ from the sesame oil that you pull with. Appreciate your feedback...Tyvm

Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Lorna, from what I have read, plain ol' cooking sesame oil is fine for pulling.
Posted by Man
Sojouring America
22 Posts
[YEA]   I was looking around at Mercola's house this morning and happened upon an article concering pathogens in the mouth that can cause problems else where in the body and thought this might be of interest to the "Oil Pulling" crowd. And Mercola mentions some information on this also. Here is the link: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/05/oral-pathogens.aspx

Posted by Jonathan (Germany) on 01/24/2014

Hi There, I have 1 question, what type of oil do I have to use ? any cooking oil or there is special oil made for oil pulling purpose. Thank you & Regards, Jonathan.

Posted by Om
Hope Bc Canada
Hi Jonathan, according to Ayurveda where O.P. originated, RAW SESAME oil is used for best results. Good luck, Om
Posted by Laura
Do search engine on eskimos and their white/cavity free teeth. Their diet consists of seal oil which they put on foods and whale meat/innards. The whale & seal oil is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin d, vitamin a. I would look for the oil that is highest with these 3 for oil pulling-cod liver oil? The whale meat is probably chewed for a long time, and releases oil in the mouth, much like the oil pulling style, but more macular. When you look up the history of oil pulling it gives credit to india and asia going back 3000 years. It says nothing about any credit going to eskimos who go back at least 6000 years!!

Posted by Kimberly (Charlotte, North Carolina) on 12/21/2013

Happy Holidays! I just discovered this site and just tried OP for the 1st time this morning with olive oil. Have had serious headaches.... migraines.... chronic sinus infections..... Aches and pains FOR YEARS. After drinking lots of water after OP'ing. Can I drink my apple cider vinager?

Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Kimberly, oil pulling never interfered with any other remedies for me.
Posted by Cj
New Zealand
Yes of course you should drink ACV - after you've OP'd of course. That will only help your cause immensely. Stick with the OPing as well, even if you find you're getting more headaches etc, that's the toxins leaving your body. But try other oils such as coconut, or walnut (they say that's the best one). I guess that all depends on your taste buds. Do the OPing twice a day at first, then go down to just the mornings.
Posted by Om
Hope Bc Canada
Cj from New Zealand: oil pulling is an age old Ayurvedic method to remove toxins from the body. Even though almost everybody on EC uses other oils, the right oil is plain sesame oil. If research is done, it is stated that other oils are not as effective. Om
Posted by Man
Sojouring America
Thank you for statement. Would you kindly grace the rest of us with your sources and information proving your allegation? I would certainly like to see the research . It would save me from my own experimentations with DMSO. If there is already conclusive evidence that this process works and that plain sesame oil is the best then, please stop withholding from the rest of us your sources so that your peers here can review them. Thank you.

Posted by Hema (India) on 10/15/2013

[YEA]  Since a week I have been trying this and I experienced these things. oil pulling reduces leg cramps, cracked heels and also gives great energy.

Posted by Cecilia (Scranton, Pennsylvania, Usa) on 06/16/2013

Hey guys!!! I just discoved this site a few days ago and wow!!! This is amazing-- all these super easy amazing cures I never knew about! Anyway, I'm just wondering, if I start oil pulling, should I not brush my teeth with regular tooth paste after? Would it be better if I used something like baking soda, or should I just rinse my mouth out after? Thanks!!!

Posted by Annie

Your teeth have been cleaned by OP so not nessessary to brush to be clean but it will get the oil and yuck out of your mouth. Stay away from flouride toothpaste, bad news, get a natural one without it or just use soda and water. I just use water and my brush after I pull.

Posted by Clio51 (Manchester, Uk) on 05/21/2013

Hi, Do you have to do the oil pulling at a certain time of day or can I do it anytime as I'm not very good in the mornings. Does it have to be organic?

Posted by Om
Hope, B.c., Canada
43 Posts
To Clio51 from Manchester. According to Ayurvedic books, oil pulling should be done in the early morning before drink or food with sesame oil. In twenty minutes the oil should look white when expelled. Then rinse mouth several times. The action is on all energy points on the tongue , that is why oil pulling benefits all body organs.

I have done it now for almost a year and loose teeth are firm again. Otherwise my teeth have whitened over time. Other benefits may be there as I have no other issues. Keep it up. Om

Posted by Alan
Homestead, Florida
2 Posts
I believe that the positive, measurable results of oil pulling are due to the the physics of CAVITATION. The implosion of bubbles in liquid is a well studied phenomenon outside of the human mouth... It's considerable power will degrade a ships propeller in short order... In an ultrasonic parts cleaner it will strip tarnish from silver and filth from your jewelry. The variations in oil viscosity (sunflower vs. Olive etc.) WILL produce different cleaning or stimulative effect. Water will work as well but takes much more time as it's viscosity results in lower cavitational power. Very little mysticism here but a lot of misinformation.

Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 04/21/2013

Why is it emphasized to OP on an empty stomach? I had done it awhile after I ate and didn't seem to have any problem. Could I be causing harm without being aware of it?

Posted by Polly
London , England
That is a very good question because when I was pulling on an empty stomach I was waking with a thirst (I am 62 and I follow a very healthy lifestyle) So I started drinking filtered water and camomile tea (which I have overnight by my bed) THEN oil pulling and its still very effective!
Posted by Kathy
the USA
333 Posts
Hi Polly, I should have "replied" to those who posted the emphasis but did not... I sometimes awaken with extreme hunger. At two in the morning I am so hungry I don't feel like OP for twenty minutes before I eat! If you have such a thirst, your acceptable table salt may be the problem. The flowing/anti-caking agent contributes to more ailments than is recognized and could be in other spices. I use a sea salt that is labeled "real" because it does not contain those agents. I thought I might be eaten up with parasites or have a tapeworm but I eat garlic and use ACV that I had read are remedies to those problems. I'm sixty-five and try to keep my weight at a hundred.

Posted by Guest (Bangalore, India) on 02/27/2013

Is it okay if I include Coconut Oil in the morning & Sunflower oil in the evening in my daily oil pulling regimen?

Posted by Lk (Toronto, Ontario ) on 01/09/2013

I am interested in starting oil pulling but I take hyperthyroid medication daily. Is it possible to do this without affecting my medication? Thanks

Posted by Farra (Duncan, Oklahoma, Usa) on 12/27/2012

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I tried OP for the first time yesterday with pure virgin olive oil. Healthy with no known disease just wanted to try it. I was only able to do it for 5 mins. My partner said my breath was terrible the rest of the day, into the night. She even claims that when we woke up the whole room smelled a little "rotten". This morning I did more research and tried again, 20 mins. I rinsed with salt water after and brushed (I did neither the day before). I read through so many post and seems no one experienced bad breath AFTER, is this strange? I could only think it must be doing something if a tiny bit of olive oil is making that big of difference. Any thoughts or suggestions, should I discontinue use?

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1294 Posts
I too get bad breath from O.P. It must represent the condition of some type infection or toxin in the body. I use mouthwash before and after O.P. , and also take 1 grm Vit-C before and 3 grms MSM after O.P. I also swish H2O2 occasionally to reduce the yellowing of the teeth.
Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Farra, there are 2 things you can do: 1. continue just as till now and within a week, it should clear us IF the oil is "doing something". 2. Switch to a different oil and see if you get other results.
Posted by Cameron
Brisbane, Qld, Australia
35 Posts
Do not brush your teeth after Oil Pulling!!!!!! If you just use the Oil and then rinse your mouth after you will not have bad breath, if you really need to brush do so before Oil Pulling. Try using Sesame as it is the most highly recommended and best tasting(to me) my breath is great the following morning after OP the night before and no plaque or yuck taste first thing.
Posted by Swishie
Green Fort Greene, Neverland, Second Star
20 minutes may be too long as well. You're creating an emulsification that draws out then traps the bacteria in your mouth & encouraging saponification. You want the oil pulled to be white and frothy when you spit. If it falls and goes clear you're basically swishing toxic stuff all over your teeth. I do 15 minutes.

& Always brush beforehand! The sesame oil has been proven to retard plaque for up to 12 hours.

Posted by Jane (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) on 12/23/2012

[YEA]  Been OP [oil pulling] since mid-November about twice a day with VCO. My first day, noticed a lot of mucus on my tongue after the second pull. I brushed my teeth & tongue after and rinsed with water as well. Most days I just have to blow my nose after & maybe spit mucus once or twice. A couple days back, I felt a scratchy feeling near the back of my mouth towards the throat when I was done. I took out a flashlight & saw a small round bump. Then I noticed what looked like mucus coming out of the throat area around the tonsils, coming through the flesh. Then, the next half hour I started coughing & spitting up phlegm continuously. Then it stopped, the bump & mucus was gone, and I had the best night's sleep I've had in awhile. The changes I've noticed so far include clear skin, I just don't seem to get acne now & I've had bouts of acne for over 25 years. My hair doesn't seem to split as bad as it used to. My teeth are whiter, tartar that has built up on the inside front of two of my lower teeth seems to be reducing, my gums are a lighter pink. I started breaking out in hives a few months back. I would feel like my heart was racing even though my pulse was normal or even slightly low. I would feel a burning inside that sometimes made me physically ill to my stomach. It looked like someone was drawing the world map on my back & legs from the hives. Numerous sleepless nights as a result. It took me awhile to figure out that the triggers were all grains & sulfites. I have had a couple of accidental exposures since the oil pulling & the hives symptoms are significantly reduced. In fact, there was only a slight feeling of racing and a couple small areas of hives. I have also noticed the fibrocystic lumps in my breasts seem to be shrinking and this has been the most pain free period in the last couple weeks than I've had for more than a year (although I should add that for the last few months I have also gone off all caffeine & no bra). Finally, there is no arthritis in my hands so far this year. By this time, last year, my hands were always either stiff or sore. Oil pulling is quite literally changing my life. I have always tried to live healthy, my weight is reasonable, in fact I've only had two periods of time my entire life where I was overweight. Once from childbirth and once from an injury that limited my movement for six months. However, despite all the healthy eating & use of natural medicine, nothing has created as noticeable a difference as oil pulling has. I want to thank you; because it was while I was trying to search for remedies for hives that I came across oil pulling on this site. Thank you!

Posted by Robertapate
Port Orchard Washington
2 Posts
You may want to look into taking Iodine . I take Iodoral. It immediately took care of ALL breast tenderness, soreness, fibers, cysts, everything. It was so bad before that I could hardly stand under the shower. Amazing product and another sad "Natural" healer that has gone from our diets. Check it out. Dr. Abrahams http://www.westonaprice.org/metabolic-disorders/the-great-iodine-debate Hope this enlightens you on breast tenderness and health. =)

Posted by Maria (Pixley, California United States) on 12/19/2012

I am just curious if oil pulling can be done with Corn / vegetable oil this is the only oil we have at home and I would really like to try it!

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1294 Posts
Maria: I use the standard (proly gmo) veg oil (usually corn or soy) for pulling for whole body detox. I also don't use 1 spoon, I get a mouth full for about 15 min. What's left I spit in empty plastic peanut bottle and the contents is usually bad smelly and always cloudy. If you are pulling for oral health I can't testify for this remedy. If you're body isn't in need of detox (young & healthy) the Coconut Oil will proly be your best choice. Anyway, give us some input of your condition and results from O.P. ing.

Posted by Angelclare (Valencia, California, Usa) on 12/07/2012

I can NOT find the section that describes exactly HOW to do oil pulling!! Can anyone direct me? Thank you.

EC: Here's the link: http://earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html#INSTRUCTIONS

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