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Oil Pulling: Safe, Simple and Effective!

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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?

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
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.
Replied 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.
Replied by Cameron
Brisbane, Qld, Australia
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.
Replied 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!

Replied by Robertapate
Port Orchard Washington
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 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!

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
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:

Posted by Erin (Chino Hills, California) on 12/05/2012

I love my gums and my teeth and am very proud of them... But for some reason all of a sudden my gums felt like they were receding and because of my smoking habit seemed to be losing their brightness. So I started to look into natural cures instead of going to the dentist; I never could stand the dentist... I felt that whenever he would stick his pick in my teeth and then yank on each of them, then trying to create a deeper crevice in it, I knew there was something not right about this being the only method of keeping our teeth healthy.

Anyhoo, so I started to oil pull sporatically when I had the chance. I work night shift every night so my sleeping habits are all backwards, not to mention eat candy to keep me awake in the night.

I bought safflower oil from the grocery store, and the first effect I noticed, or more like my friends noticed, was how great my skin looked within 1 DAY! I have had horrible acne for about 6 years due to starting meth as a teen but even after I stopped using for some time my face felt horrible. Next effect was actually scary until I realized what it was due to. I started to sleep non-stop. I felt like I should go to the doctor or something or I had hypersomnia. Then I read a couple messages on a few boards and saw that oil-pulling can cause the body to detox/make you sleepy. PHEW... So I'm guessing my body really needed it.

THIS IS THE SCARY PART! So as I was swishing the oil one night, I actually fell asleep with the oil in my mouth! Next thing I know I felt myself swallow and realized suddenly that I had swallowed all of the toxins back down again! I don't even know how long I left the oil just sitting in my mouth for. I quickly tried to spit it out and rinsed with water.

Since that one incident, my gums have receded so dramatically I almost burst into tears every time I see them bleed. I can't even smile anymore and I'm so self conscious and uncomfortable around everyone. Can someone help me please? I don't know if that was the reason for this and if there is a way I can strengthen and remineralise???

Replied by Dar
Fort Myers, Florida

Just wanted to let you know that I have been in the Dental Professional for 27 years now. Your thoughts on Dentists poking your teeth to create larger crevices is misconcieved. The explorer (pick in layman's terms) is used to detect decay. If the explorer sticks into the enamel of the tooth, that indicates that the tooth is forming a cavity. Your gums recede due to hard agressive brushing habits. Smoking also causes gum disease, which also cauees your gums to recede. The old fashioned term is pyorreah, today it is referred to as Periodontal disease. A non-smoking person can also get it by not brushing, flossing regularly.

Don't throw your Dentist under the bus, believe me I have been an assistant for many years and have worked for many Dentists during my career. I have only seen a few who were questionable. Most Dentists are hard working, caring professionals.

You should go back and have X rays and an exam, for your health's sake. It's difficult to get the public to understand that good health starts in the oral cavity. It is a fact that Periodontal Disease contributes to heart disease. Think about it, you have bleeding gums filled with bacteria and that blood gets pumped straight back through your heart.

Good luck! :)

Replied by Cat
Austin, Tx
My goodness, don't cry -- this is a wonderful opportunity to see what in the world is going on with your body!

First: What the dental assistant said -- go see a dentist; rule out something serious.

Second: Switch your oil to organic coconut oil -- give it a chance to fight your bacteria and infection.

Third: whatever you do or if you are doing it again, STOP eating candy and all sugars including drinks, soda, grains, drugs -- lots more water please!

Fourth: Eat well! Up your raw salads and add raw garlic to them.

Fifth: do your research on MSM & Vit-C; they will further eliminate those toxins you have put in your body.

Sixth: You're alive, so don't give up! Keep researching, the answer will find you! Got Faith in you & Love for you! CAT

Posted by Oilpuller (Toronto, On,canada) on 12/03/2012

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have done oil pulling in the past, but never was a regular oil puller... I have been in good health, with no major complaints and had excellent immune system.

Since beginning of this year... Life has kind of been on roller coaster ride, fractured bone, death of family member, a miscarriage... Kind of have taken over my health and to add to that, something I kept ignoring until last week, white discharge from gums from couple of places... I was hoping it will go away on own.. but it persisted.

After visit to dentist... He said, most likely one of the lower front tooth will have to come out and I did not like hearing that, Came home and started oil pulling with coconut oil with few drops of oil of oregano... Feel my gums are bit better but the infection is still there, going to dentist tomorrow for cleaning (after 3 long years) and hope he will see some improvement.. plan to pull after the cleaning.

The biggest concern now is... I woke up today and felt like I was hit by a bus... Extreme fatigue.. Forced myself to work... Not able to concentrate... Want to sleep. With a toddler at home, hard to get any rest until its time to hit the bed... I had flu last week... And the cough and cold are still there. Should I switch the oils or continue and hope things will improve...

I want to know if someone had similar symptoms which subsided and got benefits...

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
Oilpuller: I Oil Pull for whole body detox, which requires some additional cleaning as a result. I use otc mouthwash before and Hydrogen Peroxide after O. P. Also I experience symptoms of Esophagitis that causes extreme fatigue; treatment for this is burst Vit-A or Vit-E softgel in mouth and slowly swallow fallowed by Zinc Lozenge.

It appears you need any level of detox, but to stay specific, I personally do a Baking Soda/Sea Salt buffer, wait 15 min. take one grm Vit-C, Oil Pull, H2O2 wash, take 2 grm MSM.

Posted by Effleurage1 (Aurora, Co, Arapahoe) on 11/17/2012

[YEA]  Hi! LOVE this site! Just wanted to share that I have been oil pulling, sunflower oil, for a week now to help with my dental pain and it has REALY helped me. Im so greatfull! Thanks again for this great site - Aurora Co

Posted by Lorrie (Sebastopol, California, Usa) on 11/03/2012

I was doing oil pulling for a couple of years. Then I became homeless. I now have a home again, but I've forgotten how to do oil pulling. Is there somewhere on this site that has some simple directions? I do remember that one person recommended a flush of the mouth with baking soda in water after oil pulling. Where can I find this reference?


Posted by Nk (Tournon, France) on 11/02/2012

Hi there, does anyone know if you can do oil pulling with a temporary crown? My dentist said it shouldn't be a problem because it's not alcohol based, but she doesn't know anything about oil pulling. What are you experiences? I don't want to stop because I've had great results with op, but I don't want my crown to fall off either.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Nk, if it's temporary, you can wait untill a permanent one is put on. No harm done and you won't undo the good of oil pulling till now.

Posted by T (Oshawa, Ontario Canada) on 10/23/2012

[YEA]  Love this website. Very grateful for all the drug-free tips.

I've tried oil pulling for the last 3 months and I have only seen benefits. I have noticed my energy has soared and my breath is better, teeth are whiter and no more bleeding gums. I don't feel the need to smoke as much nowadays. Suppressed appetite, and I'm able sleep better and much deeper. I will now and forever keep oil pulling.

Posted by Summer (Hong Kong) on 10/19/2012

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello all, I have been oil pulling for a week, once in every morning with EVOO first then switched to cold pressed sesame oil. My skin glows after my first trial, however I'm unable to sleep since day one of oil pulling, thoughts keep flashing through while lying on bed, even if I finally fell asleep, I'll have dreams non-stop.

While using EVOO, I can still feel quite calm and happier mood during the day even I have trouble sleeping. But after switching to sesame oil, I started to feel anxious during daytime.

Is it a sign of detoxification? or the oil I've used does not suit me? Shall I switch of cold-pressed Sunflower oil for a mild detoxification?

Many thanks. Summer

Posted by Smile (Phoenix, Az) on 10/19/2012

Hi, I was wondering which type of oil would be best for the purpose of remineralizing teeth. I've read that several people have had success stories, and even cured cavities, but I can not seem to find exactly which type of oil works best for this purpose. Also, how long before you had noticed results? How many times a day did you pull? Thank you!

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Smile, I know you were asking about oil pulling to re-mineralize teeth but I thought you might like this audio interview with Nadine Artemis who is working to educate people on re-mineralizing teeth through natural means. I had posted it awhile back and others enjoyed it. I always learn a lot from her and thought what she has to say may be of interest to you.

Best to you, Lisa

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa

Posted by Emily (Arcadia, California) on 10/19/2012

Hi my name is emily. I read about oil pulling on a korean website. It said that the people who have amalgam can't do oil pulling for more than 5 minutes because it is very toxic. One time ive tried it for 5 minutes and it was still thick and not thin as it was supposed to be. id like to know if it is true that I can't do it for more than 5 minutes.

Posted by Mike (Logan, Al) on 10/04/2012

[YEA]  I read for several hours about OP and then drove 20 minutes to town to fetch "OILS"... I have a sinus infection and was very uncomfortable and needed some relief. Sunflower oil for 20 minutes and my nose opened up and the sinus pressure is gone. I intend to continue with OP to see if the claims of better stomach health are true. It was not easy at first... There is a gag reflex, and I must admit that my mouth feels really fresh and clean. The baking soda brushing felt great also... Drink plenty of water and I am sure your experience will be just as good. I am amazed!

Posted by Victoria (San Diego, Ca) on 09/12/2012

Hello. I started oil pulling one week ago, mainly due to a massive toothache I had. I've had work done in the area, but with no insurance, a trip to the dentist was definitely not happening. So I looked for everything. I'm happy to say that I no longer have the sharp pain in that side of the mouth. But the area, my jaw, and my mouth in general still feels sore, almost like when I got my wisdom teeth pulled. I've also been experiencing general fatigue and body aches that I assumed were just detox symptoms. But aren't they supposed to last just for a few days? I feel like I've been sick for a week.

Another curious thing is anytime my head is upside down (I practice yoga), I feel pressure at the top of my nose and smell a strong scent that reminds me of tooth decay. I know this is disgusting, but it seriously reminds me of when I got my last root canal... The smell when the endodontist was removing the decay. What can be causing this? I do, unfortunately, have a mouth full of amalgam fillings. I've read about the concerns about pulling with these, but I've also read the arguments. Like wouldn't you want to draw out the mercury if you're able to spit it out? And if your fillings do fall out, oil pulled the decay from under it, and it's time to get them refilled anyhow. I don't know how true any of this is. I've read everything online, but there definitely isn't much on the topic. I pull for 20 minutes in the morning every day and some days in the afternoon a second time. I started with coconut oil since that's what we had but have bought sesame oil to use instead now. Should I continue pulling? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!

Replied by Sophie
Dayton, Ohio, Usa
Victoria, I hate to say this, but I seriously think you have an infection in your jaw! This is NOT a typical detox reaction!! It is the infection causing the soreness in your jaw. If you have pressure in your head, especially when upside-down, it is likely the infection has spread into your sinuses, and that is also causing the decaying smell. Infections smell gross, they have a rotten smell! Do not mess around, you need to get an antibiotic treatment. Infections, especially in your head, can go terribly wrong very fast. Please go see a doctor or dentist right away. Antibiotics are very cheap now! Usually they are only $4. If you have a very kind doctor or dentist they may be able to call in the prescription without an office visit, if you explain your situation. Most doctors/dentist also will discount their price if you ask and do not have insurance. Don't cause yourself more harm by waiting. Infections in your head or bone are very serious.
Replied by Kay
In The Valley, Ca
I have to agree with Sophie, it sounds like an infection. Until you can get to a dentist, I would use some fresh garlic. If you slice it and apply it to the area that is painful, it should help. I leave it between my cheek and gum, with the cut side facing the gum, overnight while I sleep. It's works miracles. Read up on it on EC, many people have had much success. I wish you luck.

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