Oil Pulling with Sesame Oil for Health

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Oil Pulling With Sesame Oil

Oil pulling is one of those natural remedies that seems too simple to actually work, but there are great numbers of people all over the world who have no doubt that oil pulling is helping them. Millions of people worldwide have made oil pulling part of their daily health regimen, as has been true for several thousand years. Sesame oil is the favorite oil for Earth Clinic readers. It's perfectly safe, so why not give it a try?

What Earth Clinic Readers Tell Us About Oil Pulling With Sesame Oil

Kay told us that oil pulling saved her thousands of dollars in dental bills - and also saved her teeth!

[YEA]I wrote to earth clinic back in October 2013 with some very bad news from my dentist. I had a severe gum disease and my dental "pockets" in my gums were pretty bad. I went to two Peridontists who wanted to charged me in the thousands of dollars for gum surgery and than said why not pull all your teeth than you won't have the issue anymore! I went to a specialist in dentures who talked me out of pulling all my teeth. Now forward to now (6/5/2014). I have been oil pulling with sesame oil since Oct. My gum pockets have decreased in size and my gums do not hurt anymore. My teeth are whiter and healthier. I have one deep pocket left which all dentists say, I should have the two teeth pulled as the gums around these teeth are decayed. I may end up doing this, but I am still counting on my oil pulling which by the way none of the dentists or specialist had heard of it! They probably had heard but that would cut into their income if they offered this suggestion to their patients. So my vote is YES for oil pulling. It has worked for me.

Kickdiver said that you have to get through a bad few days, but it's well worth it. Oil pulling with sesame oil cured her hot flashes by 90% and her teeth look great!

[YEA]Had terrible allergies, doctors were prescribing pharmaceuticals with bad side effects and had no further help, no results, was getting worse by the month, pretty much every 3 weeks or so awful allergies, they'd last 3 weeks sometimes, and I was getting my first asthma-like attacks. Totally frustrated, I remembered this site and read about OP (oil pulling) and gave it a try with Sesame Oil. After the first day the symptoms went worse, splitting headache, my eyes felt they were about to pop out of my head, not only that, my whole body felt like it was swelling up, especially my abdominal area. I almost went back to the meds but then remembered that in natural medicine one often experiences a 'healing crisis', so that's what this must have been.... After 3rd day, I am feeling substantially better. No more stuffy head, no headaches, I can breathe through my nose, throat is not hurting.. and... wow... my hot flashes, are decreased by about 90%....... THAT... my friends, makes it already worth the little effort. I look forward to this every day now, because a night without tossing and turning because of feeling hot/cold is priceless. My gums feel great, my teeth are shiny and white, my head feels clear, I also have less bloating after dinner, if I see any more health problems disappear (painful joints, food allergies, dry hair etc) I will post them on here. I feel, like I have found a wonderful (very CHEAP) and easy way to detox my body. Definitely two thumbs up!!

According to Ayurveda Texts, Oil Pulling Cures More Than 30 Systemic Diseases

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that originated and evolved in India at least 3,000 years ago. Natural health remedies become widely used because there's a need and someone finds a cure. Ancient people had dental problems just as we do; Ayurveda practitioners found treatments for many dental issues.

They treated infections, plaque and various deformities of the oral cavity. Different chewing sticks helped to prevent cavities and had medicinal properties. They learned that bilberry fruit and hawthorn berry strengthen gum tissue. Licorice root is antibacterial, helps to prevent cavities and reduced plaque.

Oil pulling was a very important Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurveda texts claimed that oil pulling cured over 30 systemic diseases.

How Does Oil Pulling Work?

The process is actually straightforward and easy to do. Some people are uncomfortable at first with the taste or texture of the oil in their mouth. Keep trying; the benefits far outweigh any negatives. Sesame oil is the all-time favorite, but if you don't like it, try another oil. Sandy, an Earth Clinic friend, put together a long compilation of various oils that can be used for oil pulling and listed the benefits of that particular oil. Take a look; you may find an oil that would be perfect to try for a problem that you are dealing with.

How to Do Oil Pulling

  1. Put a tablespoon of your favorite oil into your mouth first thing in the morning.
  2. Swish the oil in your mouth and move jaws up and down as if chewing. The idea is to keep the oil moving.
  3. Do this for 15-20 minutes. If you can't do it that long, just do what you can. It becomes easier.
  4. Do not swallow the oil; it is collecting the bacteria in your mouth.
  5. Spit out the oil, rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth.

The Advantages of Oil Pulling with Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is considered one of the most effective oil options and is capable of:

  • Eliminating bacteria;
  • Whitening the teeth;
  • Freshening breath;
  • Treating migraines;
  • Alleviating chronic pain

Continue reading below for more than 125 reviews from Earth Clinic readers who have tried oil pulling with sesame oil. Some of the feedback will astound you! Let us know what you think!

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128 User Reviews

Posted by Stellams (Kuwait) on 01/03/2018
0 out of 5 stars

I have been oil pulling for a couple of years now but not sure it has made any significance to my overall health. However, I was just about to open a new bottle of sesame oil and decided it was time to research, ie to see if it was still worth while doing it!

It was then I not only discovered I was doing the wrong process - using the oil like a mouth wash, ie rinsing and spitting out straight away - but also read that one of the side effects was stomach pains and diarrhoea, something I have been suffering intermittently from for the last two years.

I have tried to put the stomach pain and uncontrollable diarrhoea down to a particular food, to no avail. Then I read the research on oil pulling, but if I wasn't doing it properly then would I have this digestion problem?

My question is this, if I give the oil pulling a rest, of say a week or two, then try doing the proper 15/20min version, would it work, ie would I feel the real benefits of oil pulling or wouldn't it make a difference, ie would I still suffer from digestive problems?

I would appreciate any opinions on this.


Replied by Michael
New Zealand

Hello Stellams of Kuwait,

I am wondering if, after two years of oil pulling on a regular basis, you have noticed any improvement in the whiteness of your teeth OR improvement in your dental health generally? Maybe your teeth are good anyway but OP should, in theory at least, combat the bacteria involved, so you have an insurance policy for the future! Way to go!

I ask this because, after some months of oil pulling with coconut oil (CO), my daughter claims that my teeth seem to be whiter, which I found illuminating! We are not of a culture that normally comments on such observations, so I found that significant, as nothing else in my diet has changed that could be seen as being responsible I reckon! Hopefully, it is giving me some other benefits also, as I hope good things are soaked up by the tongue!? Some things are an article of faith I suppose.

Since then I have alternated with flax oil OR olive oil occasionally but mainly stick with C.O. I OP for 15 - 20 mins as a rule, spit out in the loo and clean my teeth after that.

It has become a habit and I only miss occasionally. (Miss the habit that is! ).

If your cultural, eating habits include a lot of spicy, hot chilly pepper or curried foods, that might be the precipitating factor in your stomach problems. Milk can calm the stomach. Also, drinking more water with meals, at least for a while, might be useful for you along with Apple Cider Vinegar as per the instructions on this Site. Research such herbal teas as Peppermint, Nettle and Chamomile for their nutritional effects. Chamomile is an especially good one for you I think.

Whatever you do, always follow the instructions - don't just dabble!!

Benefit from what others on this Site have learned the hard way .



Posted by Op Newbie (Delhi, India) on 10/13/2014
4 out of 5 stars

I have done OP with sesame oil 3 times now, does make me feel lighter, energetic and a deeper breath, which is quite a relief given I have chronic rhinitis. However doing it for 20 mins on my first attempt was quite taxing and I reduced it to 8-10 mins over the next two trials and every 3-4 days. I have now noticed some of my earlier symptoms of throat and sinus infections coming back, which I hope is the detox effect. Would appreciate any suggestions on the frequency I.e. should one do this daily or is ok to do after 3-4 days.

Replied by Suchitra
New York, US

Oil Pulling is best if made into an everyday morning routine just as brushing. Start it with little oil for less duration to get used to it .. then gradually increase the oil amount to a full table spoon and duration to every morning. You may even want to do more often in a day, let's say 3 X 7 minutes each if you can't do for the full 20 minutes .. as this will help your body to start working the toxins.

Posted by Emaya77 (Denver, Co) on 03/02/2014

I've been oil pulling for 2 weeks and the first few days I noticed a huge difference in my energy levels and my sinuses cleared up a lot. But ever since, I've been extremely tired and there has been no difference in the color of my teeth (they have not become whiter). I've been using organic, unrefined sesame oil, pulling for 20 minutes. Also, I swish and pull thru teeth the whole time, but when I spit, the oil is never white, it's always still a bit yellow. How long does it take to feel great and your teeth to become whiter? How long does the healing crisis last normally?

Replied by Mike62

Emaya77: What you are experiencing is very common. You are experiencing the yoyo effect and also the Albert Einstein Theory Of Relativity Effect. You are taking a folk remedy because you feel bad. Let's say you feel 50% good. Oil pulling did some detoxing so you felt better let's say 70% good. This folk remedy does not nourish, does not do everything you need, so you fell back to say 60% good. You are measuring the way you feel now with the way you felt after oil pulling and you forgot the way you used to feel. This is relative. Your goal is to function at 100% good. Going on a complete raw whole food program accomplishes this, not eating cooked conventionally grown food and then oil pulling.

Replied by Leo
Florida, US

A completely raw food diet is not good for many people. Asian countries, which have some of the best health statistics, cook their foods beyond reason (especially vegetables).

Oil pulling significantly clears up the sinuses in some people, as is my personal experience, and is not a relative feeling.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc. Canada

Leo, from Florida, US ==== I thoroughly agree. Unless lifestyle, nutrition and medicine is practiced taking the three doshas into consideration, everything is a matter of opinion. Ayurveda, while acknowledging raw meals, advises to have well cooked meals especially for the aged and the vata dosha individual. This is consideration of the chemical constitution of the individual.

Meanwhile, it is one med. for all. After all, eastern medicine has existed for far more than five thousand years and trial tests are totally out of place. It is up to the individual to do research under the present conditions. The good news is that medi-sin will undergo such a change in the very near future, where business has no place.

Till then, look out. Namaste, Om

Posted by Kickdiver (Abu Dhabi, Uae) on 02/06/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Had terrible allergies, doctors were prescribing pharmaceuticals with bad side effects and had no further help, no results, was getting worse by the month, pretty much every 3 weeks or so awful allergies, they'd last 3 weeks sometimes, and I was getting my first asthma-like attacks. Totally frustrated, I remembered this site and read about OP and gave it a try with Sesame Oil. After the first day the symptoms went worse, splitting headache, my eyes felt they were about to pop out of my head, not only that, my whole body felt like it was swelling up, especially my abdominal area. I almost went back to the meds but then remembered that in natural medicine one often experiences a 'healing crisis', so that's what this must have been.... After 3rd day, I am feeling substantially better. No more stuffy head, no headaches, I can breathe through my nose, throat is not hurting.. and... wow... my hot flashes, are decreased by about 90%....... THAT... my friends, makes it already worth the little effort. I look forward to this every day now, because a night without tossing and turning because of feeling hot/cold is priceless. My gums feel great, my teeth are shiny and white, my head feels clear, I also have less bloating after dinner, if I see any more health problems disappear (painful joints, food allergies, dry hair etc) I will post them on here. I feel, like I have found a wonderful (very CHEAP) and easy way to detox my body. Definitely two thumbs up!!

Posted by Elodie (Victoria, Australia) on 09/27/2013

I have just started oil pulling with organic, cold pressed sesame seed oil. So far so good. My gums do however look a little paler than usual. Does anyone have any feedback on cold pressed/unroasted versus roasted sesame seed oil and which might be best?

Posted by Ramakrishna (Chennai) on 09/15/2013 25 posts
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hello friends, I started OP with Sesame Oil from 01.09.2013 morning. The first day, I experienced too much activeness, clear mind. I am enjoing my bath. After three days, Good sleep. Sleeping, unknowingly falling into deep sleep. My skin is clear and fresh. Normal and more free motions but no tight motions. From, 8.09.2013, I started OP two times a day i.e before breakfast and dinner, again no tight motion. But, from 13.09.2013, I have been pulling three times a day, i.e., before breakfast, lunch and dinner. From this day onwards until typing like this at this minute, I feeling much difficult to go motion which turned tight. Before motion, I experience a light pain at my stomach and release of litttle gas inducing me to go motion. I use much force to release motion, but release nothing. But, after this type of difficult motion, I feel free of the that little inducing pain eventhough I did not go freemotion as ever before. There is no any severe stomach pain which is generally felt by some to some or more extent while they are not going free motions. After this type of tight motion and releasing of too little or drop-like amount, sensation to go motion vanishes. But, again someother time it starts. From 13.09.2013, I have been drinking 1 and 1/2 litre water immediately after OP. I give minimum gap of 3 hours gap before the lunch OP and 4 hours before the dinner OP. I don't want to take any medicine to make tight motion lose since I want this to happen naturally. I understand that this one of the side effect of OP but for good. I do not know how many more days would my problem continue. Can any one comment on this please.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Ramakrishna, sounds like way too much water! Also, how about cutting down on OP and trying once a day for a bit?

Replied by Ramakrishna
25 posts

Dear friends, I am again Ramakrishna posting my experience through ‘reply' to my post.

On 15, Sept 2013. I posted that I started my 3 times OP from 13. 09. 2013 and got tight motion and did not like to use any medicine and expressed that I did not know how many days my problem would continue. Now, I got relived of my tight motion problem on 18. 09. 2013. It is exactly 5 days I.E. from 13.09.2013 to 17.09.2013 that I faced this problem. In fact, I do not like to call it a problem, since this problem did not pose any problem or irritation for me during these 5 days, I.E. from 13.09.2013 to 17.09.2013, except that a little pain in my stomach inducing me to go motion. With confidence, I have waited for the natural results. Finally on 18.09.2013, I got free motions and I am still continuing my 3 times OP. In fact, on 17.09.2013, fearing that eating normally but not going motion, may lead to stagnation or accumulation of unreleased motion in the stomach and hence to some other problems, I bought ayurvedic tablets to make my tight motion lose. But, I did not use them at all. The next day I.E. on 18.09.2013, my problem has gone. Now I am going free motions. But, I should tell that at the last 1 day of above mentioned 5 days I.E. on 17.09.2013 after my dinner OP, I did vajrasana for 15 minutes which I think might have given a way for free motions. But, afterwards I.E. after 18.09.2013, I did not do vajrasana since the problem started declining. Now, I am very happy and relaxed with my OP being on continuous practice.

Replied by Ramakrishna
25 posts

Mmsg (from Europe): You advised to cut down my 3 times OP but did not tell exactly why? Many are doing 2 times OP and some 3 times OP. I preferred 3 times OP up to one year so as to get faster benefits. After being relieved of some problems which I will later share with you all, I will lessen as you advised. But please tell me why not 2 or 3 times OP or why should it be only 1 time OP. Does doing 3 times OP is equal to doing 1 time OP in respect of the influence and results of oil ? Please reply.

Replied by Ed2010

One time OP in the morning is enough. Doing OP removes toxins, parasites through mucus memberanes. When you remove toxins and other elements give your body 24 hours to rest and heal. And ofcourse there will be detox symptoms initially.

Good health

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Ramakrishna, any remedy that has undesireable results (as you wrote that you were having trouble with the oil pulling) should be reduced or stopped.

But I have now read that your constipation has been resolved, so you can oil pull to your heart's content now!!

Replied by Ramakrishna
Tamil Nadu
25 posts

I am again Ramakrishna. Posting my response again through my Update section.Thank you "Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe" for your advising me on 09/28/2013 to stop any remedy that has undesirable results. Really I accept. But you also expressed agreement to my practice and I can oil pull to my heart's content now. But, "Ed2010 from Canada" replied to me on 27/09/2013as "One time OP in the morning is enough. Doing OP removes toxins, parasites through mucus memberanes. When you remove toxins and other elements give your body 24 hours to rest and heal. And ofcourse there will be detox symptoms initially." This Sir/Madam did not advise me to do OP at least 2 times. I am a bit confused whether to continue 3 times OP or not. But feel that this Sir/Madam's telling right. I think we should give our body 24 hours to rest and heal.But, still I expect some more replies from some more friends like you two, as to how many times an OP should be done. Why not 2 times, obviously if not 3 times.I shall be continuing my 3 times. But I would be happy if someone who experimented OP for 3 times like me and advise me to continue 3 times OP, instead just advising me without experimenting so, of course, any kind of advise is really nice and good and I shall always be thankful for any kind of advise.I am expecting advises from friends as to, 1). 3 times OP is no harm or better than 1 time OP, 2). 2 times OP is also no harm and better than 1 and 2 times Op, 3). 1 time OP is better than 2 and 3 times OP.

I request every OP-doing friends to advise me accordingly for which I and many others like me would be thankful and be benefited

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Ramakrishna, personally I have done oil pulling more than once a day, and have done it only once a day or once in two days. No reactions. I think the real test to go by is how it makes you feel.

Replied by Ramakrishna
Tamil Nadu
25 posts

Again I am Ramakrishna: 10/03/2013: Mr./Mrs./Ms. "Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe" Thank you for responding immediately to my comments. You have responded that you had done oil pulling more than once a day, and have done it only once a day or once in two days. No reactions and added that the real test to go by is how it makes you feel. " I am happy to listen to hear this response. You have responded not just with ideas and guessings but with experience. That is good. But, I still need some more men to say so. Though I quoted by latest that I would continue my 3 times OP until 1 year, yet, before seeing your response as this I have already stopped my 3 times OP and reduced it to 2 times OP I.E. Morning OP and Night OP. I would observe the difference between 3 times OP and this 2 times OP. Then I will again reply through my update section.

I want to add that in the website of "oilpulling.com" I have read some quotings as to do more than 1 time OP. I request every oil pulling friend to kindly watch this website and get knowledge of details of OP and come to this section and respond.

Replied by Ramakrishna
Tamil Nadu
25 posts

Dear friends, I am again Ramakrishna want to share a new experience that I have been undergoing as a side effect of sesame oil pulling. Please read.

From 03.10.2013 onwards, I have been OP only for 2 times I.E. During breakfast and dinner instead of 3 times including lunch. From 07.10.2013, my lower back I.E. middle of two hips, my back at this point is aching I.E. I am getting pain while leaning down, and could not lean down completely. Such pain I used to get in the past when I dont sleep properly on the bed. Such pain will disappear the next day when I sleep properly. But, this time it is not due to my improper sleep and inadequate sleep. To confirm that this is not due to improper sleep, I slept adequately continuously for two to three days. Still the pain is not disappearing.

Moreover, the back pain that I feel as said above being sleeplessness, is also felt at my neck and other joints to a little extent. But this time, this pain is only at the point of place as I said above I.E. middle of two hips, I.E. lower part of backbone. There is at no other place I experience pain. To-day also, at the time of typing like this too I am experiencing pain at that point of place. But, I could walk and run also but cannot lean down front I. E. Front side of my face, not leaning leaning backside of my face. I can sit down but cannot lean front in sitting position. I do not know how many days this will continue.

I will again come to you with updates of my further experiences.

Replied by Ramakrishna
Tamil Nadu
25 posts

Dear friends, Again I am Ramakrishna posting my updates through the 'reply' link.

I said (on 10.10.2013) that from 7.10.20132 (when I was on my continuation of my 2 times OP which I started on 3.10.2013), I got pain at the middle of my two hips. This pain is still continuing even at this point of time. One more important information I forgotten to add on 10.10.2013 is that this pain and the point of place where this pain occurs had already occured at my 21 years of age (i.e. 23 years back) very severely and my family members used to rub at that place with 'amruthanjan' and 'zandubalm'. We all wrongly thought that this pain occurred at that time for the reason of my bed-ridden position. Yes, we were all wrong, whybecause, had this been really for my bed-ridden position, why should it come now, when I was not at all in bed-ridden position ? The same kind of pain at the same place repeated now. Why? That is, the root cause for that pain might not have completely disappeared from my body and might have again affected that point of place where I am feeling pain. But this time, only after starting my oilpulling only, this pain emerged again which I can bear somewhat. My OP is started fighting with this root-cause and may be fighting until this cause completely disappears from my body but donot know when this fighting will end for my betterment.

Friends, now from 13.10.2013, I have been doing OP (oil pulling) only for once I.e. at morning only. This 1 time OP is also giving me all the benefits I have enjoyed out of my 3 times and 2 tiimes OP. I am feeling too happy and alert and energetic out of this 1 time OP. Now, again to know clearly the difference between 2 times OP and 1 time OP, I am starting my 2 times OP again from today I.e. 21.10.2013. But, my 1 tiime OP is excellent and gives me all the benefits that I enjoyed out of my 3 and 2 times OP. But to know clearly the difference, I want to once again do my 2 time OP from to day. see you all again with my further updates with expectation of your comments and suggestions. Thank you.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Ramakrishna, I'm happy for you!

Replied by Ed2010

Hello Ramakrishna,

You must have gotten GAS SPASM. This can occur when the body trying to heal after prolonged illness, physical inacitivity. This spasm can either be cause of GAS or Clogged Energies. Once your body is starts to heal, this pain will vanish. GAS SPASM similar to Gall bladder Attack, Kidney Stone movement Pain but occurs in the muscle.

One of the folk remedy for spasm is Heat Rice Bran and tie in a thin cloth like a sack and press it on the affected area something like how you use the heat pad. Good health.

Replied by Timh
Ky, Usa
2109 posts

Ramakrishna: Thank you for posting your OP updates, and congratulations on your positive experiences.

Replied by Ramakrishna
Tamil Nadu
25 posts

Hi! I am ramakrishna, on 21.10.2013, I posted that from 7.10.2013, (when I was on my continuation of my 2 times OP which I started on 3.10.2013) I got pain at the middle of my two hips and I also added that is the problem which recurred after 23 years back. I also added on the same day I.e on 21.10.2013, that from 13.10.2013, I had been pulling only once per day which is also equally benefit compared to 2 times OP and also added that I will again continue my 2 times OP from that day I.e. 21.10.2013 to know the clear difference between 1 time and 2 times OP. As said, I started 2 times OP from 21.10.2013 and doing this 2 times OP even on this updating day I.e. 27.10.2013.

Now, on this day I.e. on 27.10.2013, I would like to add that the pain (as I added above) at the middle of my two hips is slowly decreasing but still I am experienceing pain at that place.

The second experience is an important one which I should tell. From 23.10.2013, I have been experiencing a kind of pain at the backside of my neck. On 22.10.2013 night, I remember well, I slept facing my right side for long until I wake up. I thought that this would be the reason for that pain. But such pain should have vanished and set right after my sleeping right ways the next 2 or 3 days. But, this pain is not declining despite my sleeping rightways and is in the same intense level even on this day I.e. 27.10.2013. One more thing I should connect here is that from 23.10.2013, I am oil pulling somewhat and comparatively slowly. That is raising my chin for only 1 time for every 2 seconds as against raising 3 or 4 times for each and every second. I think this should have been the proper speed how the OP should be done. within 2 to 3 days of starting OP in this speed I.e 1 pull for every 2 seconds, this pain at the back of my neck started, and astonishingly my teeth become more white. Actually as I already stated, I started OP from 01.09.2013 from which day, I have been OPing raising my chin 3 or 4 time per second, my teeth started to become whiter and better. But, after I started OPing in the ratio of 1:2, my teeth became still more white and better. Note that, I said "raising chin" for the sake of making the speed of OP clearer to you all. But apart from raising chin other ways also I used to OP so that the oil is spread and swished at every nook and corner of our mouth. I will continue this speed of OP and like the readers to comment on this. I will again come with my updates and relievings of my pains, if so, again at my next updatiing.

Replied by Ramakrishna

Hello Oilpullers, again I am ramakrishna. I wish you all a very happy new year 2014. please read the following bracketed lines which I added on my last updating I.e. on 27.10.2013 : -

(...... from 23.10.2013, I am oil pulling somewhat and comparatively slowly. That is raising my chin for only 1 time for every 2 seconds as against raising 3 or 4 times for each and every second. I think this should have been the proper speed how the OP should be done. within 2 to 3 days of starting OP in this speed I.e 1 pull for every 2 seconds, this pain at the back of my neck started, and astonishingly my teeth become more white. Actually as I already stated, I started OP from 01.09.2013 from which day, I have been OPing raising my chin 3 or 4 time per second, my teeth started to become whiter and better. But, after I started OPing in the ratio of 1:2, my teeth became still more white and better. Note that, I said "raising chin" for the sake of making the speed of OP clearer to you all. But apart from raising chin other ways also I used to OP so that the oil is spread and swished at every nook and corner of our mouth. I will continue this speed of OP and like the readers to comment on this. I will again come with my updates and relievings of my pains, if so, again at my next updatiing.")

I am really feel sorry for adding in the above as "....I am oil pulling somewhat and comparatively slowly. That is raising my chin for only 1 time for every 2 seconds as against raising 3 or 4 times for each and every second. I think this should have been the proper speed how the OP should be done......Note that, I said "raising chin" for the sake of making the speed of OP clearer to you all.".

I should not have done as above. why because the speed that I mentioned may be wrong one. That is raising the chin only 1 time for every 2 seconds instead of 3 or 4 time for every second may be wrong. In fact, moving or raising chin or mouth 3 or 4 time per second may or may not be correct. but 1 time for every 2 seconds is really wrong as it is too slow since there should be some force for the oil to pull out the toxins from inner parts of our body. It is the rule that oilpulling should not done vigorously. this means it should not be done more speedily.

Now, I don't again mislead anyone with my own varying experiences with regard to the speed of oilpulling. I leave the decision to be taken by you all on your own with your own experience. Experience will definitely tell every oilpuller to do it in right way provided they should update their knowledge by reading the experiences of various oil pullers from various countries all over the world.

Henceforth, I just add my own experience as it is. Coming to my experience as I added in the above updating and in the earlier updating that I got pain at the middle of my two hips and also at my neck. I have been continuously doing OP 2 times per day I.e. morning and night. Why I continued my 2 times OP is that the hidden problems in my body are not more adequately influenced by 1 time OP. When I started OP for 2 times, these problems are more influenced by the OP. Therefore, I continued my 2 times OP.

The pain at my hip and neck are continuing still. Now I want to ask one question all of you. Please answer.

Is it right to do OP 2 times, one immediately after another. That is after finishing OP for 20 minutes and washing our mouth, can we immediately start doing OP another time ? Can anyone answer this question correctly with their experience. ?

My own answer to my question is that since OP should be done on an empty stomach even without drinking water, we can do it successively 2 times, onetime after another time. Out of 1st time OP and washing/cleaning/brushing/rinsing our mouth, the toxins will be expelled out by the oil. After that, when again starting to do OP second time immediately, some more toxins will be pulled out by the oil, I think. It is not mentioned anywhere or by anyone that in a day, 1 time OP at morning, will pull out all the toxins/bacteria that present/accumulated before doing that OP. Still some more toxins would be there in our body on that day, I think. Therefore, when again starting to do OilPulling (OP) immediately after the 1st time, will again work out and pull out some more toxins though not all of them present at that point of time in our body.

During my last updating, I was advised by one friend that doing OP for 1 time I.e. at morning is enough instead of doing OP for 2 times I.e. both at morning and night, since our body requires some time to be healed. I agree to their advise. though I am following 2 times OP which benefits me somewhat more than 1 time OP.

Now, I ask the same friend the above question i.e. "Is it right to do OP 2 times, one immediately after another. That is after finishing OP for 20 minutes and washing our mouth, can we immediately start doing OP another time? Can anyone answer this question correctly with their experience. ?"

I am eagerly awaiting for the answer for this question from all the oilpullers. please oblige.

Replied by Timh
Ky, Usa
2109 posts

Ramakrishna: I do O.P. almost daily as the back-to-back method, that is one followed by another. This seems to be the best detox compared to pulling in morning then evening. Only problem I have encountered is esophagus irritation which can be somewhat problematic. Today I did not pull because my esophagus needed a break.

Replied by Ramakrishna
Tamil Nadu
25 posts
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Thank you Mr.Timh from Ky, Usa for responding quickly and timely. You added in your answer to my question that you followed the back-toback method and appreciated it. Very good. And you also added that you faced the problem of "esophagus". You see Mr.Timh, you just mentioned the name of the problem. But, it would be more beneficial for others if you include your facing of the problem in detail, its nature and the course etc. More over this "esophagus" is not a usual word or vocabulary that we often come across. Therefore it would be better to include our experience in detail so that others also identify their problem, if any, with this. Now, Mr. Timh, I would like to ask you that why did you stop doing back-to-back method of oilpulling for this reason of esaphagus. Why don't you think as it is one of the side effects of this back-toback OP method. It should be born in my mind that whatever the side effects that we face in the course of our Oilpulling, we should not stop doing oilpulling. we should keep on doing. Instead we can seek some medicine for the relief of such side effects, without stopping OP (oilpulling). This is my personal belief only. Not any confirmed belief. In the next inclusion, please explain in detail when did your problem start?, how it influenced you?, what are the problems and how you faced them? Which made you stop doing so?. Did you think that oilpulling should not be done at the point of our sudden facing of any side effects like that of yours.? Please respond accordingly.

One oil puller namely "Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe" advised me to do OP only for 1 time and then later agreed to my 2 times OP and asked to do OP to my hearts' content. While I thank this oil-puller, I would like to ask Mr. "Ed2010 from Canada " who also advised me that One time OP in the morning is enough. Now I am asking this canada friend also that " Is it right to do OP 2 times, one immediately after another. That is after finishing OP for 20 minutes and washing our mouth, can we immediately start doing OP another time ? Can anyone answer this question correctly with their experience. ? I think this type of back-to-back OP is also equal to do only 1 time OP (oilpulling). Whybecasue, 2 tiimes OP as objected by this fried is having a break between each time. 2 times of morning and evening OP is having the break of 10 to 15 hours between them. And, 3 tiimes OP I.e. morning, afternoon and night, is having break between each of them atleast 4 to 5 hours break or gap between them. But the back-to-back OP, I.e. doing one OP after another immediately totally 2 times, does not have gap or break between them. Break or gap here means that break of filling our stomach with some solid or liquid food. But this back-to-back OP is not having any gap I.e we are not eating or drinking anything. With the same empty stomach we are continuously doing OP for 2 or 3 times, immediately one after another, of course, after cleaning our mouth and teeth after each time of this back-to-back OP.

I believe that not only this canada friend who advised me but also other Oilpullers also would respond to my above question, but in detail. if possible after experimenting this back-to-back method.

Replied by Timh
Ky, Usa
2109 posts

Ramakrishna: Sorry but I am not able to go into the extended details you ask, but I will try to further clarify to some degree.

First, I am suffering from a chronic and severe environmental illness leaving my body very toxic at all times. O.P. has helped to a noticeable degree. I use OTC vegetable oil w/ added grapefruitseed oil concentrate to help kill the pathogens. At least once and about 2 times per month my esophagus gets irritated so I skip O.P. until it heals (which is usually a day or two). So I did not stop O.P. altogether; I pulled today back-to-back and that second pull does seem to bring about better results. I always rince my mouth w/ OTC mouthwash to kill the germs. I have also experienced some tooth darkening. For this I am getting good results w/ toothpaste w/ sodium bicarbonate plus sodium percarbonate (peroxide).

Hope this helps.

Replied by Ramakrishna
25 posts
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Thank you Mr. Timh from Ky, Usa for according a kind reply. Thank you very much. I am really dissatisfied for not getting advises from adequate number of OIlpullers as regards the back-to-back method of oilpulling. But, still been in anticipation.

Now, again I want to ask another question. That is, is it right for the High blood pressure + blood sugar oilpullers to wash their mouth with salt water. ? I firmly aver that salt water swishing for cleaning our mouth after oilpulling, on daily basis, will definitely raise their blood pressure. and may lead to some unwanted repercussions. Expecting all the oilpullers of all kinds of oil to respond accordingly.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

It probably is just a matter of trying it out and seeing how you react. Every person is different and oil pulling is not an exact science and reactions may vary. So try it and see how YOU react. That would probably bring you the most info for you.

Replied by Ramakrishna
25 posts

Hi! Hello & everybody. It is 3 months since I conversed here. I have been still continuing my 2 times OP daily. I have met in the course of my oilpulling some changes. Now I am not experiencing sudden burst of cough while doing OP. Also, now the oil becomes watery exactly between 10th and 15th minute. If I use somewhat less quantity it becomes watery within 7minutes. If I increase quantum of oil a little, it becomes watery at 10th minute or 15th minute. If I further increase oil amount it becomes watery at 15th or 20th minute. from the beginning Until the last 10 days, I was pulling oil without keeping my chin & face somewhat upside at 40 to 60 degrees. For this, I am getting the results little brighter.

As initially added by me in my earlier conversations that I faced pain at my backneck and my lower back I.E. middle of two hips. Actually, I also had a problem of swelling of lymphatic nodes mainly below my throat, armpits. I also had a problem of backneck pain. Now this backneck pain and pain at my lower back I.e. middle of two hips, is being addressed by my oilpulling and also lymphatic nodes below my throat and armpit also very much slowly decreasing and increasing. I also added that I could not sleep sideways I.e. either left or right. But astonishingly, now I could be able to sleep sideways to 50% convenience. So far, I have finished my 8 months OP and from 1st May 2014, continuing my 9th month OP. Please comment on this

Replied by Ramakrishna
Tamil Nadu, India
25 posts

Hi! Everybody! I hope you are all continuing OP. I want a clarification. I am doing OP 2 times, I.e. morning and night. I want to know whether it is beneficial to do OP 2 subsequent times in the morning and again 2 subsequent times at night? Is doing so is equal to doing OP 4 times a day? I think it is not, why? Because, these 2 subsequent times are not having any gap between them as against those who are doing OP 2 times leaving gap of 8 to 12 hours between each time and in that gap too, they eat lunch followed by some other intermittent intakes. I also want clarification as to whether 3 times OP I.e. morning OP, lunch OP and Dinner OP, having a minimum of four hours gap between them, is not as effective as 4 times OP as mentioned above, I.e. 2 continuous times in the morning and 2 continuous times in the night, which have adequate gap between them. I request all the Oilpullers first to analyse these doubts, then experiment and then reply to me kindly.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Ramakrishna, as I've written you before, oil pulling is not an exact, measurable science. Each person does it as he feels is best. Experiment to see what's best for you!

Replied by Ramakrishna
Tamil Nadu
25 posts

Hi! "Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe", I am really thankful to you for an reply. You told that OP is not exact measurable science. OP is a traditional Indian ayurvedic method which was not put to scientific tests. But, recently, now this method is being put to tests in scientific laboratories and the results are being analysed and systematized. As regards my doubt for which you just answered like this, I have experimented on 2 subsequent OPs both in the morning and evening. It somewhat seems that this subsequent type of method is somewhat better than normal 2 times OP each in the morning and night. Moreover, these subsequent 4 times OP, having 8 to 12 hours gap between each 2 subsequent OPs is not equal to normal 4 times OP I.e. morning+lunchtime+evening+night OPs having minimum 3 to 4 hours gap of eating/drinking between each of them. I think you will agree to me that 2 or 3 or 4 times OP having gaps between each of them has one type of healing mechanism with the utilization of the available gap. So, here the gap that we give between OPs does matter. The process and mechanism that is occurring in between the gap after each OP is tough to be analysed as the same varies with different persons and different oils. Whereas, the subsequent type of OP need not require any analysis, I suppose. Why becaue after finishing 1 time OP some number of toxins will be pulled out and after doing the subsequent, immediate second time OP after the first time OP either in the morning or lunch or night, will pull out some more toxins from the body immediately. The main requirement is that the stomach should be empty before doing OP. This requirement is not infringed at all in this case. And I think it is not stipulated anywhere, a process of detoxification should be time-bounded I.e. detoxification should be done at a time to an exact extent of hours/minutes/seconds. I also think that after detoxification process, either so long as 2 subsequent times of OP (both in the morning and at night) or so short as 2 times of OP (both in the morning and night), some gap/rest should be given for mechanism of healing to take effect. Therefore, the crux of matter is that length of detoxification I.e. longtime detoxification or short-time detoxification. Therefore, I conclude that subsequent type of OP is somewhat better than the normal OP. But, the same may not be for all. My be for those with serious health problems, or chronic problems, I think. This is all only my supposition please. Don't take it for granted. I request all the Oil pullers to kindly, criticize argue and analyse my supposition. If any wrong, kindly advise me. I would be thankful to you all.

Replied by Sivarama Krishna
25 posts
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hi! OP doers, wish you all & our beloved earth clinic a very happy new year. I have stopped writing on this nice site but actually did not stop my OP at all. As continuation to my last addition, I would like to tell that I dare not stop OP after having experienced benefits from my Sesame-OP. Going on doing at all times 2 times both in the morning and night.

As already missed to tell as to why I was doing OP, I have been doing it mainly for the problem of indigestion & swollen nodes of my throat. It is 1 year + 3 months since I had started doing OP in Sep' 2013 in which duration my problem is addressed by OP. The pain at my hip and neck have reduced to some more extent.

I have to add here that from 12/1/2015, I started doing OP 3 consequent and continuous times, one after another in the early morning and 1 time in the night with empty stomach. I noticed on 14/1/2015 that I lost my audible voice, as if for shouting/talking/singing too much & too long. I have to try hard to talk loud but sound is very less and not so audible. On doing 3rd consequent time of OP, a lot of mucus/phlegm is coming out on spitting with coughing. On 16/1/15 I am slowly getting back my audible voice. even at this moment of writing like this also, my voice is not completely clear and audible. Again in the night if I try to do 2 consequent times instead of 1 time, the swollen nodes are found still visibly swollen in the morning. then I stopped doing 2 times in the night and doing only 1 time along with 3 consequent times of OP in the morning.

One important and great effect that I got out of this 3 consequent times of OP in the morning is that my mind is terribly fresh and clear. remembrance power is also improved much better. digestion power also improved better.

Recently, in one site I read that many are doing urine therapy (drinking urine daily in the early morning, also massaging their body). Is it right to do Urine therapy along with OP. After reading a lot on Urine therapy, I found this one to be better than OP. But I could not and dare not stop my 1year+3months-old OP at all. Can any one comment on this and advise?

Posted by Kara (Colorado) on 08/30/2013
5 out of 5 stars

For years I've had negative dental check ups with receeding and bleeding gums. I came across this remedy desperate to try anything to help my situation. I've been using unrefined organic sesame oil for 7 months now. My teeth quickly became noticably whiter but I was still skeptical about my gums although the bleeding did subside. Last week I went to the dentist for the first time in 4 years scared to hear the news. To my complete surprise I was told my gums are perfectly fine, although somewhat receeded but not any more than average, and the tissue is very healthy. I also started to use biotene which has helped a great deal. I'm definitely a believer in oil pulling.

Replied by Ramakrishna
Tamil Nadu
25 posts
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Thank you Mr.Timh for your responding and updating.

Can any one clarify whether a High Blood Pressure (BP) persons can clean their mouth with salt water after OP or not. On doing so, will there be any chance for their BP to rise high and affect their brain nerves to blast which results in death. Also please clarify the same for persons with Blood Pressure + Blood Sugar, since my brother has both BP and Blood sugar/Urine sugar? Early Clarification is solicited.

Replied by Mike62

Ramakrishna: High blood sugar causes high blood pressure. Solids in the plasma cause hbp. Mitochondrial proteins are not revealing their insulin receptor sites because they are not unfolding. Excess fat is coating the carbs with oil. Insulin is not able to carry the carbs into the mitochondria and attach to the receptor sites. This causes sugar to accumulate in the plasma. All your dear beloved brother has to do is eat raw organic fruit and keep fat intake below 10% per calories ingested. The enzymes and nutrients from raw organic fruit unfold mitochondrial proteins. Their receptor sites are revealed. The insulin is able to attach. The sugar is burned as fuel. This increases energy. The low fat does not coat the sugar with oil. The insulin can carry the sugar into the cell. This reduces blood pressure.

Replied by Ramakrishna
Tamil Nadu
25 posts
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

It is six months since I have oil pulling with sesame oil moving my mouth in various shapes, raising my teeth up and down and allowing the oil to move all the corners of the mouth. On this, the oil becomes watery only after 20 or 25 minutes or sometimes after 30 minutes. But, from 1st February 2014 I.e. on 6th month, seeing some oil pulling video, I have been pulling the oil keeping my lips in round shape so that my teeth will leave some gap to allow the oil forwards, backwards and sideways. On doing so it is surprising to see that the oil becomes watery correctly on 15th minute. It is also surprising to see recently that the oil becomes watery completely after 10 minutes. again continuing for another 5 minutes, I spit out the oil since the oil should not be kept for more time in mouth not allowing the accumulated bacteria or viruses to re-enter into the mouth. Now, I have the doubt that whether the previous pulling is better one or not I.e. keeping our mouth in various shapes and allowing the oil to move all the corners of our mouth or that whether the later type of pulling, I.e. pulling oil keeping our lips in round shape and allowing the oil to move all the corners of the mouth or that whether such early becoming of oil to be watery is normal in course of the days irrespective of type of movement of our mouth ?. I request the readers not to think that this is a silly doubt. But I want to get clarification from the oil pullers as every simple and silly matter pertaining to oil pulling is very important for me.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Hi, it's me again on oil pulling. I didn't understand the difference of the two ways you do it, but it seems to me that the second is more vigorous. If so, that is the way I do it: vigorously swishing and chomping and moving the oil all over the place!

Replied by Monica
San Francisco

RAMAKRISHNA- u worry too much. as specified by so many already, the frequency of oil pulling differ from person to person. its not an exact science and u dont have to pay attention to every single symptom. enjoy the oil pulling, trust that it works and other symptoms u have are not necessarily caused by OP. u might want to get a check up once in a while.

Posted by Marylynn (Goldman, Oregon) on 06/12/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I began OP 7 days ago and have 200 minutes to my credit. I don't mind the experience at all. The longest period was 25 minutes! I am a big tea drinker and my dentist cannor get the inside of my front teeth white, but OP has done wonders! White is working its way down from the top of each tooth! I wonder what my dentist will say?

I use Sesame Organic Oil and am happy with my choice. I rinse well with salt water about three times and then brush my entire mouth, not just my teeth. I do all my spitting in a zip lock bag.

I have been ill for four long months from a six and a half hour gallbladder surgery. The first day that I felt like myself was the day I began to OP. I had more energy and did chores I've not been able to do at all! I was not sitting the day away and it felt so good!

I OP in the morning after waking up and then about 9:15PM if I feel like it. I'm not binging at night on the nights that I do OP. I do have a snack and seem satisfied which is more than a small wonder!

So far so good with me! My jaw dropped when I found this site about OP! If my good health continues I will be doing this forever!

Replied by Ramakrishna
25 posts
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Mr. Mike62 from Denver, I thank you for a clear-cut explanation for my question. I shall be ever grateful to you.

Replied by Ramakrishna
25 posts
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

On 09/27/2013, Ed2010 from Canada replied to me : "One time OP in the morning is enough. Doing OP removes toxins, parasites through mucus membranes. When you remove toxins and other elements give your body 24 hours to rest and heal. And of course there will be detox symptoms initially.

I should have asked this friend one doubt on that date itself but missed to do so. Now, I request this friend, when we remove toxins, shall our body becomes tired ? If so, how and why ? Shall our body doing heavy work in the process of oil pulling?

Posted by Jeffrey (Hartly, Delaware) on 06/12/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I started oil pulling several months ago, using sesame oil for 20 minutes first thing in the morning. Before I started I had severe flaking of facial skin and dandruff. Since then, the facial skin flaking and dandruff has almost disappeared. Also, before oil pulling, I used a saline solution to clear my nostrils, since oil pulling my nostrils are clear, and there is no need for the saline solution. I recommend oil pulling to everyone. Great stuff!

Posted by Tbs (London) on 03/19/2013
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hello all! I started oil pulling about 1 month ago after reading this site - thank you for such an information rich source to read about OP. On to my story with OP.

I am not one to shy away from a challenge so the 'healing crisis' haven't detered me, but I must say they have been intense!

Initially I started to work on my mouth, I have had braces and plates and noticed that my teeth were moving very quickly, I also had receeding gums which my dentist told me was from pressure of my bite. I immediately noticed an improvement in my oral health, teeth which felt loose tightened up and gums are growing back and teeth do look lighter. I don't need to wear my plate at night like I used to!

Secondly, I had cystic acne when I was younger and went onto roaccutane for it (evil medicine) which worked but I would still have the occasional breakout appear. The oil pulling went straight to this next and I found myself breaking out severely, I knew this was part of the healing crisis so continued, that cleared up.

Next I broke out in rashes which looked like ring worm or dermatitis which I have never had when younger but now came in full force. I have been persisting with it and now doubled up oil pulling to morning and night - I now do 20 minutes each time, and brush with aryuvedic toothpaste as well - which I recommend.

The latest and by far most severe is a red scalp irritation - so my skin is hyper sensitive at this time - even though I was using aryuvedic shampoo. This has all been about the past week or so.

I would love to hear from other people who have encountered this, how long your healing crisis go for, etc. I know and can FEEL that this is all healing and working its way out so I am not giving up. I can also attest for the notable difference in overall emotions and mindset, the regular removal of toxins you aren't even aware of lightens the mood ridiculously well!

Good luck.

Replied by Grannyof4
Hobbs, Nm

Hi Tbs from London! Your writing indicates that you are very cautious about what you use and what you ingest, so I'm positive you're using Organic Sesame oil. Have you tried other oils? Is it possible you're allergic to the sesame oil?

I've only just begun my OP-ing (my first 'swish' today! ) so I am by no means an expert on this topic, "I'm just it out there."

I hope you're doing better!

Replied by Mark
Newton Abbot, Devon Uk

Hi Tbs from London, This most definitely sounds like your body is processing old accumulated waste and bacteria, fungus etc., stick with it. My wife (a long term health junkie! ) recently discovered (like you are now) that she was not quite as healthy as she hoped,

She recently started on an oxygen based product (oxy -----, Raise up! , not allowed to advertise here so search), after reaching the higher dose in around 2 weeks her symptoms of detoxing really kicked in.

My wife has not been ill or had a cold /flue or anything really for well over 10 years (hence she thought she was healthy) but after 2 weeks on the oxy product she came out in a red spotty rash on her face, sore chest/ throat , runny nose, sinus pressure/ draining, headache and odd aches and pains in various joints, anyhow these are all reported detox signs so to control the situation she reduces the dose by half and in 48 hours her symptoms have all faded to a manageable level, I am trying to get her to start oil pulling soon as well as we have a unopened bottle of sesame oil to use up soon,

I was thinking if you really want to give your body all you can to heal detox and repair itself you might want to search for and look into an oxygen/mineral type of product as well, If you want to look into it search Ed Mc cabe to read up on this aspect of health, this is the same reason so many people turn to and use hydrogen peroxide (oxygen) as written about all over this site, fortunately there are now far better alternatives available and without the gacky taste!

Posted by Jeffrey (Hartly, Delaware) on 03/12/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I have been oil pulling for several weeks, sesame oil, one tablespoon, each morning for 20 minutes. Before I started my facial skin was flaking severely. Now it doesn't! No flaking, period.

Posted by Samara (Manchester, Yorkshire, England) on 02/07/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Hi all, I am new to this site but I found it a few months ago during my journey and my search to better health which I started a long time ago. I came across earthclinic when researching alternative/natural remedies that I look for when I want to improve or add to my ongoing healthy lifestyle. I am a 43 yr old female, I live a very healthy lifestyle atm tho that wasnt always the case. I am 90% raw foodist, a non smoker, no alcohol, meat or fish. I call myself a non smoker because that is what I am, even though I smoked for 22 years. It has been 7 years since I stopped and smoking and drinking.

I came across oil pulling about 10 years ago and tried it, along with making my own toothpaste, but with other healthy ways taking precedence, oil pulling and making my own toothpaste kind of fell into disuse. I stuck to flouride free toothpaste for a time.

Now I am back again to oil pulling and I was serious about implementing it. After extensive research and reading and re reading I decided to buy some of the oil that called me and set about making my own toothpaste, but this time to make it and stick to it.

I have been using pure, organic, unrefined cold pressed sesame oil to pull every single morning and every nite before I sleep. I have slightly receding gums and some slight brown stains on my teeth from smoking for 22 years. My morning and evening ritual consists of oil pulling with the sesame oil while running the shower. Then when I step into the shower, I take another swig and oil pull for the entire duration of me washing my body. After I rinse my mouth out and the toothbrush I take my homemade toothpaste and smear it onto my brush and brush my teeth with it. I then take my home made mouthwash and swill and gargle and repeat that action, then swill again and rinse with clean water.

I oil pulled for 3 weeks before I made my toothpaste. ~the only thing I can say at the moment is that my teeth were and are still definately whiter, the stains are gradually fading. Thats great in itself! My toothpaste consists of very high grade non abrasive organic baking soda, some fine sea salt, 2 drops of peppermint essential oil, all mixed in with a little sesame oil which makes it a paste type consistency which I keep in the bathroom for my oral hygiene routine. The mouthwash consists of sterilised water from the kettle, with 2 drops of peppermint essential oil and 2 drops of tea tree oil which I shake before I gargle and swill twice. To finish I wanted to say my mouth feels absolutely amazing! The recipes I took from earthclinic site and from reading ppls posts. ~Even tho its a long post, I am unsure if all of it will get posted but thank you earthclinic for this brilliant site and to all the ppl who contribute to it.

Replied by Susan
New York

Samara, please clarify: Do you put 2 drops of peppermint oil and tree tea oil each time in a glass of water for gargle?

Replied by Samara
Manchester, Yorkshire, England

To Susan from New York: I took a tall glass of water for measurement and added two drops of peppermint oil and two drops of tea tree oil. Then I poured it all into a bottle and shook it up. I store that bottle in the bathroom and each time I am showering after my oral routine.. To finish I use that mouthwash solution I made. Hope that helps. I didnt want to overdo it and put too much oil in, that solution as it is, is quite strong though not dangerous as far as I know.

Replied by Jan
Manchester, England

I am concidering oil Pulling, I have peridontal disease, and still suffer fron recuring bad breath, I floss, brush my tounge, use mouthwashes and electric toothbrushes, all to no avail. If I used the sesame oil, would it help get rid of the bad breath? I also have sinus problems, allergies, and post nasal drip, and also Asthma, would it help all of these problems? I could really use some advise please, thanks a lot

Replied by Samara
Manchester, Yorkshire, England

Recently I wrote in about my experience with oil pulling and making my own home made toothpaste. I began using organic, unrefined cold pressed sesame oil for pulling, and baking soda with a minimal amount of fine sea salt and peppermint essential oil for brushing my teeth and still am.. My progress report.

It's been two months now in total and almost a month since my original post.

Initially I experienced some bad breath where I hadnt had a problem with bad breath before .. Or halitosis being the posh term :) My bad breath has disappeared.. My teeth are noticeably less stained.. Very noticeably I have to say.. My oral health, my teeth and gums are definately healthier.. not dramatically so I have noticed but definately an improvement.

The other thing I have noticed tho is that I do not ever get any plaque on my teeth .. Never.. prior to and during my menses I get very ill and sick which brings about any number of issues.. Mouth ulcers being one of them.. Oil pulling has virtually eradicated this for me. If I get one it is gone in a few hours. Other thing I have noticed is that my energy level has increased. I generally have a greater energy level than most ppl I kno anyways, and I dont kno if it is down to the oil pulling but I certainly have MORE energy than I usually do.

Also, last week I received my bottle of organic, cold pressed unrefined sunflower oil to try too, along with a tub of organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil to alternate and see what happens. I have been swishing with all three and eating minute pieces of the coconut oil

That's my update for the moment. I will keep you posted on any other changes. Many thanks for the site EarthClinic xx

Replied by Elaine

Hi Samara, very interesting post, I will try making my own toothpaste & mouth wash.

Posted by Catinthebag (Fort Collins, Colorado, Usa) on 06/05/2012

I started oil pulling about 6 months ago due to some health issues and wanted to give it time to see how it went before I posted my results. I used Unrefined Organic Sesame Oil and oil pulled every morning for 20 minutes.

Immediately I noticed that my teeth felt 'fresh from the dentist clean', my breath also seemed fresher and my teeth were whiter. This hasn't seemed to reduce any in the past 6 months, my teeth still feel & look good, in fact I just had my 6 month check-up and my dentist said "everything looks great, keep doing what you're doing" -- mind you, last time I had 4 cavities that had to be filled! Speaking of cavities, I have a lot of fillings in my mouth and have not noticed any problems with them coming loose.

The other thing I noticed is the actual act of oil pulling makes my sinuses drain like crazy which is inconvenient since my mouth is full but I make it work.

As for noticing any reduction with the health issues that I've had, I honestly can't say that I have noticed any improvement -- or any unimprovement -- either.

I've read different theories for why oil pulling works from it 'pulling nasty bugs from your body', to 'massaging acupressure points on your tongue' to simply 'swishing out the the mouth bacteria'. Personally, I think the swishing of bacteria out of your mouth makes the most sense, why it works, I don't know, maybe having your own saliva mixed in there with the oil helps break stuff down. I did find out that if you put a small amount of oil in a bowl and whisk it, it will turn white so I don't think waiting until the oil turns white to spit it out has any credence, I think some people are probably just better swishers than others .

As for me, I will continue to oil pull because I enjoy the routine and it seems to have some benefits and no detriments thus far.

Posted by Randy San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas, Usa) on 04/29/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Having gone through some painful gum surgeries I was looking for methods of healing up my gums and restoring receding tissue. I happen across Earth Clinic and tried pulling sesame oil. It was pleasant enough and seemed to help so I did it twice a day for maybe 6 days when the headaches got too bad. Now it is my worst allergy time of year so I don't know if it was the pulling or the stuff in the air that was giving me grief. A day and a half later the headache gone I resumed pulling and noticed that my pants were loose around my waist so I stepped on the scale to discover I had dropped 8 pounds in about a week and a half. Now for the record, since my mouth was so sore I was drinking chocolate shakes for some of my meals. This is something I never do but the thought of something cold, rich and most importantly soft was too good to pass up so my caloric intake was much higher than normal. I also noticed the grey hair in my beard was turning brown again and my teeth are brighter - more prominent than before. My gums are pinker and more healthy looking and the cracks on my heals are gone. All in all I am happy with the progress I am making with sesame oil pulling.

I pull first thing in the morning and again before lunch or dinner. I have the feeling that pulling before I eat in the morning might be setting my metabolism higher then it would normally be and that is what is burning calories as well as giving me a feeling of more energy. I base this conclusion on the fact so many weight loss experts recommend you eat your biggest meal of the day when you break your fast. I follow my morning pull with a tbsp of coconut oil and eat my breakfast about two hours later. What will be interesting is if this weight loss is permanent or will my system get used to this and slow the metabolism down to plump me up again. (I am about 5 - 10 pounds over weight)

p. S. I have a mouth full of old silver filings and they are still in place.

Randy San Antonio

Replied by Priyanka
Gaithersburg, Md

I am curious to know if the oil pulling is helping with restoring your gums. I just noticed two areas in my mouth where my gums are receding. I started oil pulling this morning for the first time. Can oil pulling help with building up gumlines? I really want to avoid surgery and I don't have dental insurance. Thank you.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

I have been oilpulling for over a year. My teeth have by nature a yellow tinge but have become whiter and brighter. My gums still bleed occasionally but are much healthier and firmer. Moreover, two molars that were lose have become firm and make no more trouble. If there is infection in the roots, take colloidal silver and keep in the mouth for a while. Do this for at least three days. The infection will go. I use only sesame oil as it penetrates all the skin levels and nourishes the tissue. I am 78 years old and have all my teeth sans one that went many years ago. Oil pulling is mandatory for sinus drainage otherwise the body becomes toxic.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa

Hi Priyanka, I know oil pulling can really help the gums and teeth and even detox. I would suggest, in addition, making sure you get plenty of vitamin c. Recently, I had posted about alternative tooth/ gum mouth health. I study Nadine Artemis' work and most recently bought Ramiel Nagel's book called "Cure Tooth Decay". It is truly an amazing book with information on restoring tooth enamel, reversing cavities, restoring gum health and much more. One of the things he talks about is that many people with gum issues have a low level of scurvy. That made so much sense to me! One of the points he brought up is that scurvy is brought on by a whole, dry grain diet. So, that would be something to be aware of too. If you can get this book, it is a God send!

Dr. Hal Huggins says sea salt water rinses will kill bacteria causing the problematic gums and then rinsing with sodium ascorbate vitamin c powder which will create electrons which healthy tissue is saturated with.

Anyway, I find the whole alternative mouth health subject fascinating and have learned so much which we are never told by the mainstream dentists. People to listen to are Dr. Weston Price, Dr. Hal Huggins, Ramiel Nagel, Nadine Artemis and Dr. Victor Zeines who will teach you ways we were never taught! Actually, I will give you a link to an incredible seminar which I listened to and learned from. Interviews include all these people and more! I promise you will learn so much.


I'm not sure how long these will continue to be available to all so try to listen soon. Hope this information helps you keep those gums and teeth healthy! Lisa

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

Hi Priyanka. I began oil pulling with coconut oil this summer and everything inside my mouth improved. I aslo did it this fall when I noticed some gum recession. After about 1 week of oil pulling with organic coconut oil, there were visible improvements in my gum line. OP, especially with coconut oil, offers lots of other benefits too. Give it a try, there's nothing to lose. You can always take any leftover coconut oil and use it for your hair, skin or cooking. Start out with 1 teaspoon and work up to 1 tablespoon, for anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. It is tricky at first but becomes easier as you do it. I am sure you will be happy with what you see.

Replied by Hope
Sacramento, California

Thank you Lisa - I Loved this summit and So much valuable information was offered!

I appreciate your posting it and will listen to a few that I missed and looking forward to it!

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa

Hi Hope, I'm so happy someone listened to this valuable summit! So far, no one else has given any feedback on it. I have listened to a couple of them more than once because there's so much information. Since listening, I have incorporated quite a few protocols. I have even managed to turn one of my daughter's cavities around. It is no longer active. It is my instinct to find a way around the mainstream medical/ dental community as they tend to jump the gun and hand out antibiotics, drill and believe in invasive procedures too readily. After listening to David Wolfe choose to not listen to the dentist telling him to remove his tooth and 10 years later, not only does he still have it but it's absolutely fine, I sat quietly while the dental assistant insisted that I needed to get her small cavity filled immediately neither agreeing or disagreeing. I then went home and we went to work on de-activating it and healing it. The following day she said she couldn't feel it any more.

I am eating foods with K-2 in them, now have all of us taking fermented cod liver oil/ butter oil having learned this from Ramiel Nagel and Weston Price and have returned to making bone broths which I got away from over the summer. In two weeks time, I can feel how firm my teeth are in my gums and how firm my bite is now with absolutely no tenderness.

I am going to post an audio interview of Ramiel Nagel and also you'll see his book which I just ordered and have been reading with great interest.


One final note- did you notice that you can download all the interviews to mp3? It was just pointed out to me so I wanted to pass that on since at some point these will no longer be available for free. Anyway, so happy you listened! Best of health to you, Lisa

Replied by Hope
Sacramento, California

Thank you again Lisa!

I have been listening to the one with Dr Lina Garcia for the past hour - she is simply amazing! I will proceed to download all of the interviews as MP3s, as they are to be treasured. I have also thought it would be a very good idea to listen to several of these twice (or more), including Nigel's, as there is so much valuable information. How wonderful that we have all been given the opportunity to hear these interviews for free and to make them into MP3s for our personal use!

Much appreciation to you, Lisa, for your valuable posts on this glorious website!

Posted by Jennifer (Chicago, Il ) on 03/06/2012
5 out of 5 stars

1st my boyfriend tried OP he started almost 2 wks ago we noticed 1st the fresher breath then he noticed the dark pigmentation on his face clearing, his nails looking healthier, and his feet on the heels softer which before the callus was bad so I started on 04mar12 the immediate result that I experienced was a spurt of energy which usually in the am I am so restless and exhausted then I noticed the fresh breath and healthier looking nails only after 3 days of OP ~Wonderful~

Replied by Stacy

Hello, can someone tell me what type of sesame oil should I buy? I purchased sesame seed oil from Ralph's but I realized that I might have purchased the wrong kind. Please help.. Thank you!

Posted by Blac (Detroit, Mi Usa) on 03/01/2012

I recently had a bout of bronchitis. I noticed my tongue was coated from my detoxing. I was reading thru the oil pulling therapy comments and decided to try it with sesame oil. I forgot how well it works. My tongue is pink again. I think I'll do it on a regular basis and see what happens.

Posted by Leaann (Vincennes, In.) on 02/04/2012

I did my first oil pulling this morning. My hope is for it to help me joint pain. But I also woke up with a toothache and I am hoping this can be resolved as well. I used Sesame Oil. After finishing, I immediately am experiencing some nasal stuffiness and mild drainage. The taste wasn't bad. Once I spit it out the taste reminded me of peanut butter.

I plan to use other remedies posted here and will report back my results.

Posted by Joy (Harrisburg, Pa) on 02/03/2012

Have been OP with sesame for about a week now. It was tough at first, as I have a strong reflex to swallow. If I couldnt make it the full 15 minutes, I did it for 10 minutes twice that day spaced out. So far I have noticed good and bad properties. The good ones are that I don't seem to be getting the regular corner of the mouth cold sores I used to get on a very regular basis. I notice the stains on my teeth seem to be lessening. The bad is minor and is also attributed to being severely anemic and struggling with depression and unhealthy habits in general, however I am finding myself very tired A LOT.

Another thing to mention is that since the birth of my daughter 11 months ago I have had severe painful acne (and I have always been blessed with beautiful skin). I have started proactive recently, so it may be a combination of things (however I am more consistant with the oil pulling than I am with the proactive system), and I have noticed less large painful deep cystic type blemishes and an overall less red appearance to my face and neck.

I struggle with an addiction to cigarettes right now so I'm not sure how much the oil pulling will have a chance to work with such an addiction but I'm already noticing differences. Also reading about "health crisis" situations I don't feel really uneasy about that... I have been sick most of my life with any number of respiratory and throat issues so I rather welcome a full body purge!

I find that with OP if you just decide you are going to do it and stick with it, it gets easier. I try to distract myself with chores or email checking or read a good article about something that intrigues you... It starts to go faster than you realize!

Replied by Arla
Covelo, Ca, Usa

Sounds like there are lots of toxins in you, wanting to get out. (At least your body wants them out. ) So you are helping release them through oil pulling. Having a baby is a very cleansing even. And pimples and other outbreaks are just another way for the body to release some disgusting toxin. So keep oil pulling, juicing, fasting, and attending stop smoking classes (or use patches) and enjoy a longer, healthier life!! Good luck! Arla

Replied by Rbmj1485
Grand Blanc, Michigan, United States

Hey Joy! Just wanted to say that you could replace the Proactive System with apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil. I would suggest organic either way, and unrefined virgin coconut oil. I have had severe acne for over ten years and have been recently using these products. I have noticed a dramatic change in just the first week! First, bring 1 cup of purified water to a warm temp, but not boiling, using a small pot. ( no microwave) Then pour water into heat-safe glass cup. Add 1-2 Tbsp of ACV and then use a cotton swab to dab affected areas. Second, after ACV has dried completely, apply the coco oil to the same affected areas.

I do this process myself and cover my entire body! Its absolutely refreshing!

Posted by Karen (Broomfield, Co, Usa) on 01/25/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I found this website and read about oil pulling. It was of interest to me because the last time I went for a dental cleaning the dentist suggested gum surgery for receeding gums. For the last few months (with breaks while travelling) I have swished organic, white, unrefined sesame oil in my mouth for less than one minute each evening and then spit it out. I know everyone says 5-10 minutes but that's not realistic for me (I will just avoid it) so I decided to do it for a minute or less after I brush and floss and while I am dressing for bed. Just had another dental cleaning today. Normal gums! The dentists didn't even want to measure the gums this time! This healed my gums with minimal time, little effort and little cost. AND to boot, it's helped me tremendously with my allergies. I know the die hard people will say 1 minute it too short but all I can say is that it's worked for me, big time!

Posted by Shannon (Desoto, Tx, Usa) on 01/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I've been oil pulling for about two weeks and am really pleased with the results. I began with coconut oil but found the texture and flavor to be off-putting. Once I switched to untoasted sesame oil, I found the process completely tolerable. I OP first thing in the morning for 20 minutes and have found the following results: My joints feel better (I have chronic knee and shoulder pain from degeneration), my teeth and gums feel like I've just been to the dentist for a cleaning, my skin is less dry and my muscles hurt less after re-starting to work out.

The best result is the healing of dermatitis. I have severe dermatitis in my ears. They continually itch from the outside all the way down into my ear canal. Not only is it uncomfortable, it's embarassing because of the constant flaking. After two weeks, I have minor itching externally with no flaking and no deep itch. It's as if my ears are healing from the inside out. I'm so thankful for this site and friends with great suggestions!

Posted by Mike (Wilmette, Usa) on 01/08/2012
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I've tried oil pulling for a few months with some short breaks. I'm using cold processed sesame oil. I've noticed a lot of benefits (reduced psoriasis, more energy--great substitute for morning coffee) but one side effect. My teeth seem to get more sensitive to cold and hot. Very noticably so. Anyone else have this problem? Would switching oil types help? By the way, I switched from Whole Foods brand to Spectrum and noticed a big change in freshness and taste.

Replied by Cf
Delaware, Usa

I noticed an increase in hot/cold sensitivity when I began oil pulling, too. I use organic, extra virgin coconut oil. I'm not sure why the pulling increased the sensitivity, but after switching to a non-flouride toothpaste I longer have a problem.

Replied by Cf
Delaware, USA

Correction... after switching to a non-flouride toothpaste, I no longer have a problem.

Replied by Mark
Newton Abbot, Devon Uk

Hi Mike from Wilmette, Usa: This also happens with me. I did not have any issues with any of my teeth apart from one can be sensitive to extremely sweet foods like honey, but otherwise no problems. When I oil pull with black seed oil (BSO) my teeth often hurt like heck and are very sensitive to temperature for several days.

I only seem to get this with the BSO so now I use other oils I would suggest trying other oils until you find a suitable one for you also look into enamel issues of your teeth

I suspect the oil is merely highlighting an existing issue that is already there, In my case too much pineapple (very acidic) may have reduced my coating of enamel which then allowed the oil to highlight this problem

I am now looking into fixing my enamel properly through diet and no longer use BSO.

Posted by Rosemary (White Rock, B.c., Canada) on 12/31/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I am a 55 y.o. female, blood type B-, and have only done oil pulling with sesame oil for about 2 weeks now and I am very pleased with the results. My teeth are cleaner, my skin looks youthful and my pores are smaller in the t- zone and am no longer struggling diverticulitis. I am also sleeping somewhat better. I experienced a small rash on my tongue from days 3 to 8 but it disappearred overnight. I love the information this site provides!

Posted by Miss. Burch (Brooklyn, N.y.) on 09/24/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I did the oil pulling with the sesame seed oil because I had a white coating on my tongue for years I could not get rid of and it worked wonders! I could tell a difference the same day I begin using it. I'm now on my third day and my tongue is nearly completely pink. I Love it! After I eat something, I check my tongue to see if the white coating has return and it have not. In the mornings, when I check it, it's still pretty in pinkish color! Again, I love this home remedy! So, thanks to whomever discovered this!!!

Replied by Msjo
Des Moines, Iowa

You may have acid reflux if you have white on your tongue..

Posted by Christofer (Denver, Colorado - Usa) on 09/03/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have been doing OP with sesame for less than two weeks. Not only do I sleep better, cut down on excessive urination especially at night, weight loss, just general wonderful feelings, but my libido has returned like crazy. I am 62, but have suffered from psoriatic arthritis for years, and have lost sexual vitality for over a decade. NOW. What has happened? I am walking around with increased circulation, desire of youth and awakening with erections. I am sure now that my entire state of health has been affected by conjested toxins, but oh my God. This is wonderful! Can you give me more theory, or explanation for this wonderful change?

Posted by Om (Hope, B.c. Canada) on 07/25/2011

for oil pulling only sesame oil should be used. According to Ayurveda, this oil is able to penetrate all layers of tissue thus treating with deep reaching action.

Has anyone been able to reduce blood sugar, please respond kindly? Om

Replied by Lili
Montreal, Canada

You can try eating Chinese bitter melon for stabilization of blood sugar

Posted by Oilpuller (Gardena, Ca) on 06/25/2011

I keep reading that you must wait four hours after eating and one hour after drinking to oil pull. My mouth and teeth were improved after oil pulling for ten minutes each morning for six months with sesame oil. For instance, a tooth that had been slightly loose is now fine and my dentist complimented me on my dental hygiene. But he still found problems under the gums and I want to oil pull twice a day to see if it causes further improvement.

Waiting four hours after eating is hard for me and I can't see why two hours wouldn't be enough. What harm would there be in that? Has anyone tried it?

Replied by Gtcharlie
Los Angeles, Ca, Usa

I o/p with cold-pressed sesame seed oil every morning, then brush teeth with baking soda powder added to the low chlorine tooth paste. I then would sit down and browse the new posts on EC while eating my breakfast.

I am aware of the X hours before and after suggestion but decided not to follow based on my belief that any remedy that interferes with one's daily routine cannot be a long lasting remedy. I can see most of the benefits of o/p I gained. But I doubt anyone who separate their meals and o/p can tell you the difference in its effectiveness.

It is your choice, I think. I'd rather keep doing it everyday then skipping it for any reason.

Replied by Maria
Charlote, Nc
5 out of 5 stars

I'm 51 and my hot flashes disapeared about 2 weeks after I started doing oil pulling with unrefined organic sesame seed oil.

Posted by Traxxxi (San Jose, California, United States) on 06/09/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I recently started OPing every morning with Organic Sesame Oil and noticed immediate positive results: my skin softened and pores shrank dramatically (I actually got many compliments on my skin), my dry eye symptoms were completely gone after 15 years of suffering, my eczema started to disappear, my Chronic Fatigue lessened and I had more energy, and my chronic sinusitis started to clear up. I was truly amazed and in such relief!

After two weeks of OPing, some of my symptoms have returned and even worsened. My skin looks tired and dry again, my eyes are extremely dry, bloodshot and in pain, My fatigue is worse then ever and I have barely enough energy to get out of bed, my eczema is back, and suddenly I'm having dandruff. Luckily my sinusitis has not returned. What is happening??? I was so hopeful that I had finally found a cure for the ailments that had plagued me for so long. I have a myriad of other health issues, in addition to the aforementioned, that I was also hoping would eventually improve from OPing. I can't help but feel frustrated and heartbroken. Any insight and/or suggestions will be so much appreciated. Thank you!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

do you make sure to drink after rinsing when you finish pulling?

Replied by Jeff
Dallas, Tx

I am new to this site -- have been reading it non-stop over the last several days, so perhaps someone who is more seasoned than I will comment. But, it sounds like you have quite a few things going on there and would benefit from implementing more than just OPing. I would highly recommend switching your oil to Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for OPing, perhaps even taking a tablespoon or two a day for good measure. Also, read the section on Apple Cider Vinegar and its amazing effects. The last thing, and probably the most important, would be to take a good hard look at what kind of food you're consuming -- cut out all breads and sugars for a while. Have you done the Candida test where you spit into a glass of water and see if your spit is stringy? If it is, you need to go to the Candida section and plan your attack for defeating it. Hope this helps.


Replied by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales


Posted by Louise (Cork, Ireland) on 03/07/2011

Toasted sesame oil for oil pulling

Hi, I notice in the section on using sesame oil for oil pulling that the advice is not to use the toasted variety. Why is this? Is it harmful? Or just less effective?

Replied by Louise
Waterford, Ireland

Hi, Louise from Cork, I've been OP with toasted sesame oil...... Have you found out why you shouldn't use the toasted kind?? Its working fine for me. Maybe I'd get better results if I changed oil.

Replied by sehjal
New York, U.s.

The reason behind not using roasted sesame seed oil is that the process created some amount of trans fat.

Posted by Mare (Mechanic Lake, New Brunswick, Canada) on 03/02/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Started oil pulling Feb 7th. I found it on internet was intriqued and looked into it. I figured it wouldn't hurt me. I tried EVOO. I have a strong reflux so it took a couple of attempts. I noticed a difference with my teeth after 2 days. Stains gone and when I woke up in the am no plaque. Amazing! I kept it to myself, I had a dentist app on the 28th and wanted to know what he thought. He was quite impressed. Said he never saw my gums ever look so healthy. Hardly any plaque, no sensitivity and healthy gums. He said he would look into it and wrote this website down. I have tired coconut oil, but enjoy it better in my coffee and on my skin and hair. My question at long last, I just started sesame oil, and have noticed a smell like wood burning, frequently. Has anyone experienced any strong smells? It seems to be always there. Appreciate your feedback!

Replied by Sue
Johns Creek, Ga

Sesame seed oil has distictive smell which is wood burning smell as you described it. If you are not fond of it, you can perhaps switch to another oil. Although sesame oil is the oil to do the job. Hope it helped.

Posted by Glynell (Kilgore Texas, Usa) on 02/27/2011

I Ihave been op for about 7 days, I have definite flu like symptoms, however I have coughed up, blown more junk out my nose, and cleared more junk out my respritory system, than ever, my teeth feel very clean, the aches in my arm, and knees are gone, I am expecting my skin to respond also, my toilet habits are improving daily. I am also drinking 8 0z. water first thing in morning with 7 drops food grade 35% hydrogen peroxide. and I believe this is definitely making me feel so much better....I praise Jesus for learning about this site... "AS A MAN OR WOMAN THINKETH, SO IS HE " NELL....TEXAS

Replied by Msjosie
Des Moines, Iowa

My stomach really hurts after the fist day of using the oil pulling with sesame oil -_-

The stomach pain woke me up last night and today it is so painful, I don't want to move around or bend over. Did I do something wrong? or does that mean it's working?? :(

Replied by Caitlin
Austin, Tx

I know that I'm replying late, but your severe stomach pain was alarming to me. Did you stop OP? Was this a problem when you switched oils? Did you see a doctor? Did you pass stones? My mother-in-law has severe pains as well; she found that taking 1/2 tsp. of coconut oil stops her stomach pains which helps her sleep at night. At 77, she has diverticulosis, hiatia hernia, chrionically loose stools, cysts, collasped colon... you name it (except for cancer), she's had it within her stomach. Also, her weak stomach (and age) has made her more prone to food poisoning sypmtoms if she eats ANY foods that are even slightly off at a restaurant. Now, whenever she eats out, she takes a garlic capsule after her meal and has eliminated that problem. But, she says that coconut oil ihas brought her the most relief she's had in years.

Posted by Unclayaiken (Los Angeles, Ca) on 02/13/2011
1 out of 5 stars

Nay for sasame oil pulling.

I have eczema on my scalp and gave sesame oil pulling a shot for a whole single week. Nothing's changed on my scalp at all. No signs of any healing. No signs of anything.

I also dislike oil pulling because it's such a time waster. I have to block out 20 minutes in the morning to swish oil around. And it makes my mouth tired doing so. I don't really see any difference is in actually taking a dose of sesame oil over just swishing it around, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, for 20-minutes.

I've started Mother ACV on my scalp and am seeing results. But that's another review for another time.

Posted by Lisa (Kokomo, Indiana) on 01/15/2011

oil pulling-can you use toasted sesame oil?

Replied by Brenda
St Saviour, Jersey Channel Islands

Hi in answer to the question can you use toasted sesame seed oil for oil pulling, the answer is no. This answer and more can be found on the oil pulling section on this site. Hope this helps.

Posted by Therese (St Johnsbury, Vermont) on 12/30/2010

Hi, I have been oil pulling with sesame oil for a week and I have noticed that all my symptoms are much worse, almost exagerated to the point of not being to handle the pain! Everything I have read about oil pulling says that this probably is a "healing crisis" and I should continue with the oil pulling so that I can get better BUT I have to admit that I didn't think I would feel this bad!

I have the following symptoms: dizziness, pain in my neck, upper back and arms (which I have had some neck problems in the past), also the dark circles underneath my eyes are actually darker, I feel exhausted and my anxiety is through very high... Basically I feel and look like a mess!! I pull oil for 20 minutes every morning. Has anyone else had a healing crisis as bad as mine? I hope these symptoms will lessen soon. This site has been a HUGE inspiration for me! Thank you for all the information and personal stories! Therese

Replied by Juliet
Nashville, Tn

Hi Theresa, My understanding of a healing crisis is that it only lasts a few days (like no more than 3). If it lasts longer than that it is not a healing crisis- it means that your body isn't in need of that particular treatment at this time. I started oil pulling with coconut oil and my skin broke out and stayed broken out for a couple weeks while oil pulling and everytime I tried after that. I stopped. Got some energy healing work done and then tried again a month later and it helped. Another thing is maybe sesame oil is not the best oil for you. You might want to try a different oil.

Posted by Billy72 (Devon, Uk) on 12/22/2010

I've been oil pulling now for 4 days with sesame oil but so far have not noticed any benefits. I am pretty healthy with my diet, I don't smoke or drink but have had dermatitis for the last 3 months which is now clearing up due to my blasting it with iodine(ouch). My general health has always been very poor and I suppose my question is, how long do you have to do it before you start to notice any benefits?

Replied by Brendan
Adelaide, South Australia

Hi Billy, In my experience you might not notice any changes for a while. I started oil pulling a while ago and did it for several weeks and then gave up because I didn't notice any differences, but I resumed oil pulling recently and have been doing it for the last month or so and I have to say, I have turned from a sceptic into a believer as it has gotten rid of my sensitive teeth. I used to get tooth pain when I drank cold water or went from cold to hot too quickly but one day while rinsing my mouth after oil pulling I noticed something, when I felt the usual sensation of the pain coming I noticed as that sensation built it got to a point when I expected a pain to kick in but then it suddenly stopped and I felt the sensation subside, it was quite an odd feeling but it made me think, maybe this stuff does work. I've continued oil pulling and I am now convinced it has even further fixed the problem as I get no pain or sensitivity any more. It's crazy to think something that sounds so silly and simple at first, actually works. It has really made me think about what is possible. I think you should give it a fair go as four days is way too short to tell. I know its time consuming and a bit uncomfortable but you do get used to it and I find now I can just tune out and go about doing whatever I need to do in the morning without it bothering me. I use sesame oil and ive just started using hemp oil too, I do one of each now for 20 mins for each every morning and then rinse thoroughly and drink half a litre of water before breaky. Also I'm interested to know how iodine helped your dermatitis, could you write a bit about how you used it as I have dermatitis on my face which is a massive problem for me. Thanks mate, Brendan.

Posted by Anita (Hartford, Connecticut) on 11/13/2010

I have tried oil pulling with coconut oil with no results. Now I want to try with Sesame Oil but am having trouble finding it. Is cold pressed OK? Does it have to be refined? Where do you get the right kind?

Replied by Kallu
Omaha, Ne

Try Chinese stores for bulk seasame oil. If I don't have time for the Chinese store I just get my oils at WholeFoods. Unrefined Sesame Oil is what you need.

Posted by Amy (Roanoke, Va,usa) on 11/06/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I started oil pulling 3 days ago. Using Sesame oil. Miracle of all miracles... My tongue had a thick white coating before op, now it is healthy and red. I had pain in my left tooth that the dentist said there was nothing wrong. I had trouble chewing on my left side for 2 years. Yesterday I was able to chew and the pain was 90% gone. I wake up feeling refreshed and am sleeping well. I have had insomnia and was waking up feeling awful and tired and grumpy... So I think op does work and everyone should try it.

Posted by Izzy (St. Louis, Mo, United States) on 10/23/2010

I am eager to try OP, but I want to get some clarification, does it matter if the Sesame Oil is refined or unrefined and if so why or why not. Thank you :)

Replied by Arsieiuni
Arley, Al, United States Of America
4 out of 5 stars

I tried this yesterday morning to combat an oncoming sinus infection and it was fantastic! One tablespoon of sesame oil (it's just a brand I keep on hand for cooking, bought from the local superdepartment store but no ingredients beyond the oil listed) in my mouth and I began swishing it and pulling it through my teeth. I did this as long as I could stand (being sick a the time makes it a little unpleasant as breathing was difficult) and spit it out. It was not quite colorless as the article implied it should be but it had gone from a rich brown to a pale, pale yellow-brown. I know I probably needed to swish it longer, but I couldn't breathe (due to head congestion, unrelated to the Oil Pulling). I did feel a little better instantly. I felt better through-out the day and night. Today, I didn't do oil pulling because the congestion has gone into my throat and I knew breathing would be worse, but it is something I'll continue to do for dental health and its other benefits. I feel it did help combat the sinus infection which has gone from severe congestion to mild congestion today. I also used cayenne gargling and ACV to combat the sore throat and congestion. I LOVE EARTH CLINIC!

Replied by Suz
Santa Barbara, Ca

Cold pressed is best, order online if unable to find in stores

Posted by Tim (Portland, Oregon) on 10/16/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Sesame Oil Pulling - I have been Oil Pulling for 2 years now and I can say, amazing! Oral health vastly improved, no sinus blockage, and I can feel the toxins being "pulled" out of my system. I look forward to 15 to 30 minutes of swishing prior to breakfast.

Posted by Shanthi (Jurong, Singapore) on 09/24/2010

Dear Sir/Madam

I wish to know what brand sesame oil is safest for long term internal usage. I read that sesame oil are usually pressed out using metal drums. This causes a lot metal to be leached out and thus sesame oil could be harmful taken internally in the long run even though actually it is the best oil for health. Please advice. Thank you


Posted by Noelle (Denton, Tx, Us) on 09/15/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I found this site after researching ACV and am very glad to have found it. After reading for a few days, I decided to try OPing. All I had in the house was EVOO, so I did that for 2 days and then got some organic sesame (not sesame seed) oil. I found the sesame taste very pleasant, although I see some posters have found it too strong for their tastes. What amazed me was how clean my teeth and mouth felt after 20 minutes of the sesame oil. The yucky "dragon mouth" I was used to having upon awakening was not there, nor was the scummy residue on my teeth. I didn't even feel like I really needed to brush my teeth afterward (but did). I have very soft teeth enamel, to the point that I have left brush marks on my teeth, and I wish I'd known about OPing years ago. Can't wait to see what other benefits are revealed.

Posted by Maria De Suecia (London, United Kingdom) on 09/15/2010
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I started oil pulling 3 days ago, 3 times/day, using Cold pressed Sesame Oil. I eat well and do Bikram Yoga 4 times/week and I run a couple of times per week. I don't drink and I don't smoke. I drink plenty of water with, always with apple cider vinegar for dinner, and I take Virgin Coconut Oil for my underactive thyroid. So I am doing what I can to stay healthy. Anyway, I think I must have a huge bladder because no matter how much water I drink (quite a bit daily) I rarely have to urinate, and I NEVER have to go during night.

This is what happened the night after oil pulling day 1: I had to go and empty my bladder twice! No, I did not have more or less water/tea/juice than usual. This is unheard of in my case. The 2nd day I had to urinate frequently throughout the day and the same went for day three. So I began googling "frequent urination" and read that it is a classic detox symptom. Ha! Is what I say to all narrow minded cynical sceptics. Morover my teeth have never been so white and I feel more mental clarity, more refreshed upon waking up. I'll keep doing this to see where it will take me!

Replied by Map77
Grand Prairie, Tx
0 out of 5 stars

I appreciate you posting this, as I have been OPing for 3 days now, I have also noticed that I have had MORE frequent trips to the bathroom.

Replied by Chris
San Antonio, Texas Usa

This may be a little late to post, but I assume the detox is occuring. When your body has toxins that are ready to exit, it uses the liquids that you ingest to expel the toxins. Once the detox becomes less prevalent, you will notice the urination to go away.

Posted by Evelyn G. (San Antonio, Texas, U.s.a.) on 07/21/2010
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This is a question for Ted.

I have been Oil Pulling for two weeks and am having some problems. I have Glaucoma plus other health problems. I am 80 years old. Since OP with Sesame oil, I seem to be very sensitive to the sun's glare. Have to use sunglasses on top of my Transition glasses. To add to this problem, I have blurred vision for around an hour. Then everything goes back to normal. The pain that I had in my shoulder disappeared and I feel fine otherwise. I stopped OP for three days and the problem went away. Now I don't know what to do. Please advise me. I would like to continue with the OP but do not want to hurt my health in other ways. I also broke out with a small rash on my chest. I presume that it was the toxins going out of my body. Should I start the ACV, bicarbonate of soda and water for two weeks to detoxify my body and then start again? Thanking you in advance. Evelyn G.

Replied by Evelyn G.
San Antonio, Tx U.s.a.

I had been doing OP for two weeks. I wrote on the 21st. of this month asking about my having had problems with the sun's glare and also having blurred vision at the same time. I stopped the OP and it has gone away. I would like to start the OP again, feeling that it has helped to take away a pain from my shoulder that I had for years. Don't know if I should or shouldn't start again. I would appreciate an answer, if anyone has one. Thanks. Evelyn G.

Replied by Bb
Schaumburg, Il
0 out of 5 stars

I am having some eye issues too, sensitivity. Maybe switching oil will help?? Would love advice.

Replied by Marsha
Washington Dc, District Of Columbia, Usa

Hello - I've read that symptoms will often get worse before it gets better. Given that this isn't a pharmaceutical-strengthed remedy, perhaps this process takes longer. Just remember - OPing is doing nothing to hurt you. In fact, its aiding your immune system (among many other things). Best wishes to you and, thanks for your input on this forum.

Posted by Phaedypants (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 06/24/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I`ve been oil pulling for 4 days, in hopes to reap all the great benefits... i haven`t visited the dentist in a very very long time, and was internet researching to find a safe natural way to keep my mouth clean and healthy....

I am using 1TBS of sesame oil, and pulling for 20 minutes each morning. i have no problem with it...sometimes I lose track of time and pull for 25-30 minutes....

Maybe too soon to notice anything major, but my skin looks AMAZING! even the skin on my back, which is prone to acne, is clear and smooth....i don`t think i can remember a time in the last 15 years that i didn`t have a spot on my back. I don`t know if this is just the oil pulling, (i also tone my back with apple cider vinegar) but i`m pretty pleased!

My teeth look white, but they always are pretty white, and my gums look pink, but i think they always are too...i do notice a little less bleeding when i floss, and the general smell of flossing isn`t so unpleasant.

mostly, i cannot wait to get into some slinky summer dresses and show off my glowing skin!

p.s. for those of you with alot of ayurvedic knowledge...i`ve been told on two seperate occaisions by two people who studied ayurveda that i have a vata imbalance. (way too much air...i sense instinctively that this is true.) are there any other natural health methods that might benefit this?

Replied by Kim
Champaign, Il

To Emily from Turlock, CA: you should be using Sesame (not toasted) Oil. You will find a big difference! Good luck.

Posted by Emily (Turlock, Ca) on 06/09/2010
0 out of 5 stars

I started the oil pulling this morning and used Toasted Sesame oil. 5 minutes into the swishing I felt like I was going to throw up held on but then had to stop, is this common?

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

I have been doing OP for a few months now with all kinds of oil! Many times I gag, sometimes I don't! What I do is to get another spoonfull of oil and go on till I have done it for 20 minutes. I do rinse my mouth with water in between to get rid of toxins.

By the way, a while ago I said here that walnut oil had caused my sight to get worse.... I think that I over reacted. I had put in a new pair of contact lenses at the time and maybe they were a bit dry or something. At the same time I read here about someone who had also had adverse effect to walnut oil and I thought that my case was proven. As it is it was not! I am doing it again with no side effects just my eye floaters haven't gone away like it was the case with someone here, too bad!

Posted by Sabrina (Talking Rock, Georgia) on 05/14/2010
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I started oil pulling with sesame seed oil last week. I saw changes in my gums and whiter teeth. I also had great results with my joints. On Wednesday the 1 week anniversary, I got the worst headache of my life. I haven't oil pulled since. So only 2 days. Could it be detox?

Replied by Map77
Grand Prairie, Tx

Hi Sabrina, I also got a BAD headache.. However, I do believe that it's the body "detoxing", I have continued, and the headache went away.

Posted by Jamesdean (Location, Ky, Usa) on 05/04/2010

I recently purchased sesame oil, which is called "toasted sesame oil," now the ingredients read: toasted sesame seed oil only. Is this oil ok to use for OP, or should I try to find a non-toasted sesame seed oil?

Replied by Monique
Lincoln, Ri

You are NOT supposed to swish or pull with toasted sesame oil. The roasting of the sesames will deplete the values of the whole process.

Posted by San (Delhi, India) on 03/12/2010
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I started OPing 3 weeks back. Within 3 days of oil pulling with sesame oil I had severe reactions as in my Blood Pressure dropped considerably, had a feeling of extreme fatigue and felt some pain in my chest. I took it as healing crisis and thought of continuing with OPing but because of lowering of BP i had to stop it. Within a week i was recovered of the symptoms and felt comparatively fresh and energetic. Now, since last 5 days I have started OPing again with saseme oil I can notice whiter teeth, but now I have started gaining weight. Believe it or not in last 4 days I have gained around 2 kgs. I am sure its because of OPing as my entire lifestyle is same as before. Has anyone else experienced this side effect?

Posted by Atul (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) on 03/11/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I'd like to provide some background info first. My grandmother died at 90, all her teeth were intact and she never visited a dentist in her life. My father at 65, one tooth had to be removed otherwise no dental work. Both of them rubbed a mixture of mustard (rapeseed) oil and white rock salt on their gums. Besides this like all hygenic Indians they rinsed their mouth after every meal. This meant the the tiny bits and pieces at breakfast seldom rotted till night.
I on the other hand have had severe problems with teeth and gums. I took to the grandmas recipe, but found my gums were feeling inflammed so I stopped it.

I tried OP using sesame oil and have found that it does not irritate my gums.

Posted by Dconrad (Albuquerque, New Mexico, Us) on 03/08/2010

I just started the oil pulling on Sunday using sesame oil, I pull for 20 minutes but it is still yellow not white. What am I doing wrong?

Replied by Wafaa
Tucson, Az, United States

You should give it some time. Also I've noticed that oil pulling doesn't change the natural color of your teeth (if it's more ivory than white), it only cleans them really well and removes all the plaque so they look shiny.

Posted by Sue (Orangevale, Ca) on 03/04/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Sesame Seed Oil pulling cured my leukemia and sinus infection

Sesame Seed Oil pulling with 5 drops of Oregano oil in a tablespoon. From reading info from your web site I started Oil Pulling about two months ago. I had a severe cronic sinus infection for nine months. Leukemia set in my sinus. I had severe nose bleeds every day. I had almost immediate results from oil pulling. They first day I did not have to take the 800 mil ibpropens that I had been taking for nine months. I had 3 different nasal surgeries for the sinus infection to continue with all the nose bleeds. When I had done Oil Pulling for about 1 week the nose bleeds went away. At first I did not know if it was the prayers that was being made or the blood transfusions that I had, but when I quit the oil pulling it all came back. Now I do oil pulling for 15 minutes the first thing every morning. The sinus infection went away. My blood count is now back to normal. I think the oil pulling is a miracle. I know it is pulling something because by the end of the fifteen minutes the oil gets very bitter. Thank you for your web site and information.

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 02/14/2010 512 posts

After diving into EC again and seeing so many OPing with sesame oil and their reports of different things improved with this little old oil, I went to plant database looking for sesame. Wow, now I am going to have to get myself some of this stuff and see what it does with hypertension. It has a lot more than the chemicals I am going to mention (most of the B complex vitamins, iodine, etc) but I only wrote down the ones in larger parts per million (ppm).

I am leaving the ECers to search the chemicals to see what they can do, but at least 3 of these chemicals includes anti-alopecic (anti-baldness or anti-hair loss). Chemical parts per million

alanine 5,510 - 24,802
alpha-linolenic acid 3,760 - 3,945
alpha-tocopherol 22 - 24
arachidic acid 1,312 - 6,910
arginine 15,800 - 34,930
aspartic acid 9,890 - 23,795
beta carotene ppm not given
calcium 800 - 12,638
choline 1,320
glutamic acid 24,760 - 51,927
glycine 5,890 - l9,918
guaiacol 8,000
hexadeconoic acid 2,880
histidine 3,050 - 7,112
inositol 740
isoleucine 4,430 - 22,586
linoleic acid 123,656 - 278,784
lysine 2,890 - 8,729
magnesium 3,052 - 4,082
methionine 3,120 - 9,413
myristic acid 328 - 1,728
oleic acid 114,800 - 284,544
palmitic acid 25,584 - 54,144
phenylalanine 5,710 - 9,863
phosphorus 5,000 - 8,898
proline 8,100 - 14,277
serine 6,150 - 13,751
stearic acid 11,808 - 32,832
threonine 7,360 - 12,396
tryptophan 2,010 - 4,969
tyrosine 4,220 - 11,818
valine 5,490 - 15,527
zinc 24 - 102

Wow, wonder how the witch doctors, shamen, cooks, etc. came up with using this little seed before we had chemists to tell us what was in them????

At least now we know why the pharmaceutical companys, medical field, and other scientists went out collecting home remedies from all of the above, don't we????

Posted by Emma (Toronto, Canada) on 12/29/2009

Question: I've oil pulled twice with unrefined untoasted sesame oil. I used about half a tablespoon because it was my first attempts and also because I have a small mouth. At the end of 20 minutes, the oil was still yellowish and not like I saw it on a video. Can anyone tell me why this is so? Thanks!

Replied by Blanche
New Iberia , Louisiana

I am not the expert here but you know what I think? I think anytime you whip up oil you end up with whitish foamy color. Look at what happens when you beat oil and eggs to make mayonnaise. So I wouldn't think the color of it would matter. Please correct me if wrong.

Posted by Oregene Chew (Singapore) on 12/21/2009
0 out of 5 stars

I have been doing oil pulling for about 1 week using sesame oil, twice a day on an empty stomach.

I have been suffering from ezcema since age of 7 and I am now 17. My eczema has been under control with the help of betopic cream, I belive to be a mild form of steroids. Though I do not apply much these days after learning about its side effects. As long as I avoid allergic food, My eczema will be under control.

But after oil pulling for a week, my ezcema suddenly flared up all over again. It is intense and I reckon that is the healing effects. Though what I am wondering now is as to how long will it last. I am battling whether to use my cream though I would prefer not to use it as I want a cure and not a temporary relief. I do not wish to interfere with the effects of oil pulling. But what I really do need to know now is as to how long will these side effects last?

And what actually causes these healings symptoms. I am really curious.

Thx in advance
Merry Christmas xD

Replied by Nicole
Gatineau, Quebec

Message to Oregine Chew. Hope you are not using dark sesame oil. It could have an adverse effect. If you cannot use clear sesame oil, try something else but make sure it is a good oil, organic if possible. Good luck!

Replied by Anndee
Mumbai, India

I had eczema since 2008, and visited this site last year and tried oil pulling with coconut oil.. Like you said my eczema flared up at first... Then sometimes my fingers would go soft, but the patches would appear again.. For better cure of eczema do try chewing on wheat grass early morning empty stomach.. I found my eczema almost gone in two months time.. Oil pulling is good for mouth, teeth, gums, nose and ear related problems.. I had very sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, cavities and was suffering from dust allergies.. All of this went off with oil gargling... I first tried with coconut oil for 6 full months, now have shifted to cold pressed sesame oil.

Posted by Melissa (Valencia, Ca) on 12/10/2009

I want to try oil pulling with sesame oil. I tried once last week, however couldn't do more than 30 seconds due to overactive gag reflex. I only used a tsp. Any suggestions??

Replied by Lee
Ridgefield, Ct., USA

I used to gag on sesame oil. It was the first oil I ever used (per most suggestions.) First of all, don't stress over it. If you gag, you can always just spit it out. I found that using a better tasting oil was much easier (evco)- also, evoo plus a few drops of clove oil. Now I can use just about anything without gagging. I drink a little bit of water first and then use it as a peaceful way to start my morning. Don't give up - the results are worth it.

Posted by Simon (Guildford, Surrey, UK) on 11/27/2009
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I have been OP for 11 MONTHS now hoping for some relief from severe coeliac disease problems. I am at present crippled over with stomach pain and feeling as though I need the toilet all the time but it brings no relief. My hope is that OP will clear my system and maybe let my body start to heal itself, as I have been suffering severely with coeliac disease for years now.

I am 20 years old, and this is blighting my life and I am desperate for help.

Could this be OP? Im a bit frightened.


EC: Hi Simon, can you please tell us what type of oil you used? Thank you!

Replied by Simon
Guildford, Surrey, UK

I have been using a high quality seasame oil bought from a specialist food shop.

EC: Thanks! Moved your post from the General Feedback section to Sesame Oil section.

Replied by Mary Louise
Nevada City, California

I am using sesame oil for oil pulling and I have no side effects from it. I am also celiac. I've been on a gluten free diet for over 7 years. Is there any chance you are not sticking to your diet, even inadvertently?

Some young people like to party and many of the alcoholic drinks are not gluten free. Also - even though oats are deemed safe by many celiacs - there are some people who do react to oats.

These are just a few ideas to help you review your diet. Also try to heal your gut with real kefir.
Take care...

Posted by Harold (Gainesville, Florida) on 11/17/2009

I've been oil pulling two to three times a day for about 2 months using 1 tbsp of organic cold pressed sesame seed oil to help relieve or cure a bad case of eczema I've had most of my life, and besides softer skin around the nose and neck, and whiter eyes and increased energy after the first week or so, I haven't noticed a marked improvment to speak of. Like I said, my neck is definately softer, and it seems that if I rub or scratch it at night or during the day there isn't as much damage to it from the scratching. I basically have it all over my body most of the time, and I'm wondering if anybody else on here has had any success clearing up there eczema with oil pulling. I going to keep it up, because I still think I feel better than before I started it. Any information on clearing up this terrible disease would be appreciated.

I'll post any improvements in the coming weeks. Oh, my teeth do seem to be whiter (a little), but my eyes are not as white as when I started pulling in the beginning. I've got bad dry eyes, so I use an over the counter eye drop for that, but that will only do so much. My skin is the main concern. I'm curious to see when it start getting colder if my skin isn't as dry as it usually is because of the eczema.I post more in the coming weeks. Good luck to all.

Replied by Maudeline
Toronto, Canada

Hi Harold, Eczema is caused by something you are ingesting and your body is rejecting. I suffered from severe eczema for years....actually from birth. Today, I am totally cured. I discovered I was severely allergic to milk. As soon as I stopped drinking milk or eating anything that contains milk products, my eczema cleared up completely.

Please try it and let me know.

Replied by Shining Star
Gainesville, Fl

For Harold. Castor Oil usually will clear this up. It will stain everything it touches but you can rub it in the affected areas and sleep with it on. Just lay on an old sheet or towel. It works on people and animals.

Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
5 out of 5 stars

Emu oil smoothed onto eczema is very soothing and helpful. Also it is water soluble, easily absorbed and doesn't stain.

Replied by Vania
Clarksville, Tennessee, Usa
4 out of 5 stars

Harold, several months have passed since you posted about your experience with Oil Pulling for Eczema, so you may have discovered this remedy already. Have you tried Organic Coconut Oil?

I had a very bad case on my arms (I'd never had it there before) for several months. Several months before, I had searched the internet for home remedies for Eczema, hoping to find a treatment for my back. Coconut Oil was a recurring theme, but I really didn't expect it to help me. Finally, after my arms got really bad, in desperation I went to my local health food store to buy it. I bought it on a Monday (this was about 3 years ago), and ate a tablespoon of it that night. On Tuesday I ate three tablespoons. On Wednesday evening, it occurred to me that it might work even better if I put it on the affected areas, too. By Saturday, all of the eczema was gone. Really.

I still have eczema on my back, because I don't usually make the time to reach it well. And I'm inconsistent in my intake. I've lived with eczema nearly all my life, so I'm used to it, and my skin is scarred in several places because of it. But, whenever I get really sick of it, I know I can depend on Coconut Oil's healing powers.

Posted by Mickayla (Blue Springs, Missouri) on 10/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I pretty new to the whole oil pulling. I started about 2 weeks ago. I've seen such great feed back on sesame oil and decided to try it. and WOW im impressed. not 100% sure on what it's doing exactly inside, but the things I can see are amazing. I typically take about 1 tblsp in the morning (not consitently) but before I consume anything. so far my results have been, My Breast are fuller and perkier, better sleep, wake refresh, amazing energy, discharge decreased but not gone, so far I have lost 3 1/2 pounds, appitite totally supressed! and a major thing, my depression systoms are pretty much gone ( im Happy). My only question is, is it safe for my little brother to use it? he is 13 and he notices the change with me and is eager to try some!

Posted by Toomuchswagger (Atlanta, Ga) on 10/12/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Benefits of using Sesame Oil for Oil Pulling Therapy

I tried Sesame Oil after experiencing severe back pain from a tramatic injury to my tailbone and my coccyx bone became misaligned, which caused severe pain when I'm sitting down. I also have chronic knee pain, stomach pains, occasional headaches and an infection on the right side of my mouth. I began the oil pulling therapy on July 21, 2009 and after 3-4 weeks I saw a noticeable decrease in my back pain. I used to have difficulty being seated for periods longer than one hour and had horrible pain after riding in a car or driving for long distances. I have experienced such remarkable improvements in my results that I was able to drive from Georgia to Maryland with no pain in my back or my knee, 5 weeks after I began oil pulling therapy. I no longer have headaches or pain in my stomach. I have also noticed that the pain in my mouth is gone because the infection has obviously disappeared!! I feel absolutely wonderful that I am now pain-free and I have accomplished this without surgery or chemical drugs and medication. I am happy to say that my girlfriend and family members have now begun oil pulling therapy.

Posted by Loren (Queens, Ny) on 09/21/2009

Hi Kathy: Thanks for yr feedback on the idoral. I really do appreciate all yr help. Thanks again.

Posted by Teresa (St. Augustine, Florida Usa) on 09/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Sesame Oil Pulling Reversed My Periodontal Disease

I have always brushed my teeth regularly but I have not been so good at flossing. A year and a half ago I went to the dentist for a usual check up and cleaning. My gums had started bleeding when I was brushing my teeth so I wanted to get them checked. I was especially worried about my 2 front teeth which are implants I got after an accident years ago.

I was told I had gingivitis and pockets in my gums indicating the onset of periodontal disease. They gave me a dental rinse to use at home and had me come back in 3 months. After 3 months the bleeding gums cleared up some but not much. After that, I did not go back to the dentist for a year. Of course my teeth and gums continued to grow worse, bleeding and causing me problems.

Then about 8 months ago I was searching online about bleeding gums and discovered oil pulling. I became curious and figured it was worth a try. I bought some organic refined sesame oil. Within about 2 weeks I noticed a remarkable improvement in my oral health. My gums stopped bleeding and my front teeth quit bothering me.

I stopped oil pulling as an experiment just to make sure it was indeed the oil pulling that was causing the improvement. When I stopped for a few days my front teeth started bothering me and my gums got red and puffy, looking like they were going to bleed again. I resumed the oil pulling and noticed immediate relief and improvement.

I just went back to the dentist last week (this would be a year between visits). They took xrays and did the cleaning. They discovered that my gingivitis/periodontal disease was almost completely gone! No cavities either. The cleaning was a breeze. They were surprised. The dentist verified that my oral health has greatly improved. I am delighted!

I am convinced it is the oil pulling that improved my oral health since I did not change anything else in my lifestyle or hygiene habits. I will continue to oil pull for the rest of my life. I am using refined Sesame Oil every morning before breakfast.

Replied by Nisha
London, Uk

Hi Teresa

I've been suffering with bleeding gums for over ten years and have tried every possible mouth rinse recommended by the dentist. I brush my teeth twice a day, sometimes more and my gums still bleed.

Please let you let me know how you use the sesame oil and how much?

Many Thanks


EC: Nisha, we're guessing Teresa probably followed the instructions for oil pulling. You can find them on page 1 of the OP section: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html#INSTRUCTIONS

Posted by Lily (Pasadena, Ca) on 09/14/2009
0 out of 5 stars

oil pulling and migraine side effect

I am middle-aged woman who has been oil pulling with 1 TBSP organic sesame oil for a little more than 3 weeks - 20 minutes in the mornings only. My teeth are whitening and that's nice. But, for about the same amount of time, I've been getting severe headaches that debilitate me. If I am detoxing, that's terrific, but I can't take much more of the pain. It starts about 2 hours after I finish all my morning routines - which are not different except for the OP. Anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions? The headache seems to start at the back of my neck and then move to the left side and grow in throbbing intensity. I've tried white willow and feverfew - and a Gaia combo called Migra-Profen, and a homeopathic remedy called sinusalia and even tylenol, aspirin, and ibuprofen - (not together!). Nothing touches this headache. It goes on for hours and hours and finally wears off around 8 at night. I guess I will have to give up the OP because I have to function.

Replied by Rin
London, Uk
0 out of 5 stars

Lily, I had the very same problem with sesame oil and oil pulling. Headache at the back of the head that then moved to the bottom left of my head. I too have stopped as I couldnt function with the pain. I hope someone can help us both with an answer.

Replied by Hung
Sacramento, Ca, Us

this reply is for Lily in Pasadena and Rin from London. For severe headaches: Chinese people used to cook fish head like Salmon or Rock cod with pink color. by cooking them like you cook chiken soup, this will cure your headaches.

Replied by Dan
New York, Ny

Response to Lily and Rin: Have you tried a different type of oil such as sunflower oil? Perhaps it has something to do with the sesame. You may have to leave the seed family altogether and try a different oil.

Some others have also speculated that severe headaches after OP can be due to detoxification. Toxins may become dislodged and may cause symptoms such as yours (also including joint pain and fatigue).

Lastly, try not to clench your jaw while swishing the oil around. Relax and let your cheeks and tongue do the work. Hope this helps!

Replied by Jesse
Richmond Hill, On, Canada

Lily, it sounds that you have the same symptom of headache as I had two years ago. My life was so blighted by this problem then. And it took me almost 10 years to find out that the real culprit of my headaches was chronic sinusitis. And I believe many people who were suffering from unknown headaches are caused by the the same problem. My solution is to take probiotics. Try it and see how it goes. It is possible that oil pulling could be used as a long term therapy in treating the chronic sinusitis problem, however, there is no convincing evidence found on this site and that is what I am trying to find out.

Posted by Michael (Winter Park, Fl, USA) on 09/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have had a chronic case of breathlessness for about 2 years. I also feel like I have Chronic Fatigue, I'm always tired. I used numerous treatments including acupuncture, exercising daily, all raw food, and juice therapy. They all seemed to help, but for a limited time only and I would fall back into my tired state, gasping for air. I saw that oil pulling benefits the entire body, so I thought "Why not?". Three weeks into oil pulling, I am getting oxygen once again. The fatigue is not as debilitating as it was, and I am able to function a lot better. I am a 24 year old college student, so I need all the energy I can get. Oil pulling works, and it may be your cure. I used Sesame Oil. Taste was pleasant and had no complications. Also clogged nasal is no more.

Replied by Andrea
Parkwood, Qld

Michael, you may wish to have your thyroid checked, however I would suggest that rather than relying on the conventional methods employed by most GP's (i.e Tsh tests via blood analysis) that you follow the Broda Barnes protocol of taking your basal temperature readings first thing in the morning for 4-5 consecutive days. Should your reading be below 97.8 degrees you may be hypothyroid. This can be rectified by supplementing with natural thyroid eg.armour. Hope this gives you another option with regards to your symptoms. Regards. Andrea.

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

If a person is hypothyroid, they are probably iodine deficient and might want to try an iodine supplement. I was almost moribund with hypothroidism and tried thyroid hormone, both synthetic and natural, but it didn't help much, and the doctor had nothing else to offer. Well, after suffering for years with falling hair, overweight, constipated, rough, course skin, heavy periods, brain fog, no energy, muscle aches, laboring heart, depression, and painful, lumpy breasts, I finally found my cure...an IODINE SUPPLEMENT. Within days of starting on an iodine supplement, my muscle aches went away, the brain fog cleared, my hair stopped falling out...the whole nine yards of symptoms began to go away. It took me almost a year of taking 50mg of a certain iodine supplement per day before I could tell that I had overcome my deficiency. I credit that supplement, and thank its makers, for quite literally saving my life.

Replied by Matt
Tallahassee, Fl

Kathy, thank you very much for your posting! Out of curiosity... what specific IODINE supplement are you taking? My mom has had thyroid problems for a long time and she just got off her medications for them and is starting to notice some problems

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

Well, the problem is that EC deletes brand names from the posts, but I can tell you that it is a tablet form of Lugol's solution, and the name begins with an "I" and ends with an "L", like this: "I-----L". However...and this is very important...nobody should just go taking iodine willy-nilly. If you think that an iodine supplement would help your mother, she needs to read and research and educate herself first, especially if she has been on thyroid medication. When I started taking iodine, I had not taken thyroid medication for many years, and I read two books by David Brownstein, M.D.; one called "Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live without It; the other called "Overcoming Thyroid Disorders", and did alot of research on the internet. Please, please read those books, and do other research first, and then proceed with caution if you and she think iodine would help.

p.s. If EC deletes the names of the books, just do a search on "David Brownstein, M.D. iodine"...that ought to give it to you.

EC: Kathy means Iodoral! Fine to mention, thanks...

Replied by Andrea
Parkwood, Qld

Hi Matt, further to my original post and subsequent to Kathy's referrence to iodine, it is best to establish if you have an iodine defficiency first. You can do this by undergoing the iodine loading test as prescribed by Dr Brownstein. This is the best true test of iodine defficiency and if you are found to be defficient you can supplement with iodoral tablets . You can get information about this test by googling iodine loading test I believe the necessary testing equipment can be sent to you if you cannot find a local medico to facilitate. This really is very simple and can certainly make a big difference to you. Whatever you do, do not procced down the normal medical path and end up on synthetic thyroid hormones, they create more problems than they solve and the tests used to establish thyroid problems are flawed. Good luck.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
512 posts

For Matt from Tallahassee:

Hi Matt,

Kelp (seaweed) is a good source of iodine, but you can also paint tincture of iodine on the skin for absorption.

For those who don't know this, I just read that 1 oz bottles of SSKI & Lugol's solution can still be obtained without a prescription. I have seen it advertised on line from $9.95 to $28.00 per ounce. I believe it will be cheaper to get a prescription and find a compounding pharmacist. Two or 3 drops of either of these per day should be sufficient.

Another thing you should thing about is that your thyroid gland can't function properly without the right nutrients it needs to work with. I suggest a good stress tablet (B complex) with Vitamins C & E - bottle will say 1 tablet per day but until your mother is feeling much better, take 1 tablet at mealtimes and at bedtime.

Replied by Loren
Queens, Ny

This message is for Kathy from Dubios, Pa: You mentioned that you were hypothyroid for many years. I am curious to know if you were on thyroid meds and if so did you just stopped using them altogether and just started using the iodine alone? Please let me know. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroid and am scared and feel lost with all the negetive things I have been reading. Also, is it true that if hypothyroid is left untreated it affects the heart? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

You are correct about thyroid hormone, Andrea. When you take an exogenous hormone, like thyroid hormone (whether natural or synthetic), for example, the gland in your body that is responsible for producing the hormone...in this case the thyroid gland...actually atrophies. As another example, that is why it is dangerous for people who take prednesone to go cold turkey...their adrenal glands have atrophied from taking an exogenous adrenal hormone (prednesone), and they become prey to sudden shocks to their systems, which can kill them.

Replied by T
Maryland, Usa

Just wanted to add to the list of nutrients that Joyce recommended. Selenium is VERY important to thyroid function (and many other aspects of health), and is also important in maintaining the body's supply of the vitamins she mentioned, so be sure of adequate selenium intake. Here are a couple of links with lots of information on selenium, including dietary sources and the varying types of supplements available:



Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

Hi Loren. I was on thyroid hormone at first, but it didn't help much, and I knew that if I kept taking it, my thyroid gland would atrophy, plus I didn't much care for the idea of being held hostage to a medication and regular doctor's visits and blood tests...I loathed the idea of being turned into a patient...so I quit taking it. So I was hypothyroid for about 8 years, and then about 2 years or so ago I discovered Iodoral. What happened was that I was at the health food store and I saw a copy of Dr. Brownstein's book "Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It." That book, and taking Iodoral, changed my life. I had read other books about thyroid health before that, but they all kept talking about thyroid hormone. Not one of them mentioned iodine...beyond what iodized salt contains...which isn't enough and very un-bioavailable. I started on the Iodoral and it was like a miracle. If I were you, I'd get that book, and Dr. Brownstein's other book, "Overcoming Thyroid Disorders", and start reading. I don't blame you for being scared...I was scared, too. But you don't have to be...you CAN help yourself; you just have to have the right knowlege. Dr. Brownstein says that every cell in the body has its own need for iodine...not just the thyroid gland. He also says that the low rate of breast cancer in Japan is due to their high intake of iodine from eating seaweed, NOT because they eat soy. And yes, he also says that iodine defieciency can cause heart disease. Here are a couple of data points for you: when I was iodine deficient (hypothyroid), my heart used to labor at the least exertion, and my Great-grandmother died of Congestive Heart Failure.

p.s. There are other sources of iodine besides Iodoral, like kelp and other seaweeds, but they have to be very fresh and cannot be stored for too long, because Iodine is volitile and evaporates away, so if the seaweed is old, or stored improperly, it may have very little iodine left in it.

By the way, I am not affiliated with Dr Brownstein or Iodoral in any way. I am just a housewife from Pennsylvania who has an abiding interest in natural health.

Replied by Loren
Queens, Ny

Hi Kathy: thank you so much for your wonderful reply. I am so grateful that you took the time to send me a detailed reply. God bless you always for being so caring. Just so you know, i am on thyroid meds for two months now but prior to that before my diagonosis, i felt like i was going to die. I never felt so horrible all my life especially when my heart would start racing for no reason. The sad part was that i looked normal on the outside so no one not even my doctor seemed to care. Did you have similar symptoms when you were off your meds and if so, how did you function all those years without meds? I would like to know because i dont ever want to feel the way i felt when i was undiagnosed. Thats why i am scared to go off meds even though i hate being a patient like you said. If you can give me some helpful hints on how to wean off, and what supplements besides idoral i can use to help i would be willing to try it. As for the books, i would definitely buy them. Thank you so very much.

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

Hi, Loren. Well, I really wasn't on thyroid hormone for that long...only three or four months, maybe...and I just stopped taking them because I got so angry at the doctor for being such an uncaring jerk. I was miserable, too. My TSA was 7.5, and to the doctor, that was no big deal (although I learned later on that a TSA of 7.5 is VERY high) but by all the CLINICAL signs, I was extremely hypothyroid...the whole laundry list of signs and symptoms. So as I said, I got really p----d off at the doctor and told him to go jump in the lake. In all seriousness, I don't know how I got through all those years of hypothroidism...just endured, I guess.

As for how you should go about getting off the thyroid meds, I'm not sure what to say. The way I did it (going cold turkey) probably isn't the best way to do it, and I wonder if you could find a naturopathic physician, or even a well-educated chiropracter, to help you figure out a weaning-off schedule, because you'll want to slowly add the iodine as you slowly cut down on the meds...doing both at the same time...cutting down meds WHILE AT THE SAME TIME adding iodine. And if your doctor is as uncaring as you say, then you might want to give him the boot anyway. The doctor that I had was the same way...when thyroid hormone didn't work for me, and I was so miserable that I broke down crying in his office, he said I needed Prozac...I said something like, "I don't think so, Scooter."

As for other sources of iodine...bladderwrack, kelp, dulse, nori and all other seaweeds are high in iodine. Artichokes can be a good source because they are grown near the ocean, and sea food can be a good source, as is Celtic Sea Salt (but NOT refined sea salt...the sea salt has to be grey in color to contain iodine). Kelp capsules might help, or you can get kelp powder for about $6.00 per pound and put it in capsules yourself. And there are many kinds of iodine supplements besides Iodoral...your health-food store people ought to be able to help you find something that is both inexpensive and effective. But one thing you might also want to do is remove all the ANTI-thyroid factors from your life. Remove all soy, eat only limited amounts of unfermented cabbage-family veggies. Remove all...and I mean ALL...bromated products from your diet: no bromated flour, no chocolate, no bottled ice teas. And remove as much fluoride from your life as possible: no fluoride toothpaste, no orange juice from concentrate, etc. If your water is fluorodated, there probably isn't much you can do about it, because it is very hard to filter out...but take the fluoride in your life down to an absolute minimum.

p.s. I think just having other people to talk to about these things helps alot. Feeling like you are not alone is some of the best medicine there is, and I am grateful to Earth Clinic for providing this forum.

p.p.s. I am taking one Iodoral tablet a day these now...that is my maintainance dose.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
512 posts

For Loren from Queens:

Hello Loren,

Weaning yourself off medicines is fairly easy if they are not slow release tablets, capsules or other hard to evenly divide forms when wanting to wean oneself off, (some heart mecications taken once a day are slow release). For a medication taken once a day, if not a slow release, break tablets taken into halves and take that 1/2 dosage at scheduled times for 2-3 days, then break those l/2 tablets into halves again and take l/2 at scheduled times for 2 or 3 days(you are now down to taking l/4 of original dosage). Next you can start decreasing the number of doses every 2-3 days until you quit them completely. If this is confusing, EC can give you my e-mail address or if EC has your telephone number and it is ok with you for them to share it, I can call you.

There is a couple of things I recommend that you start before or at least at the same time you start weaning off the medicine. Your thyroid gland cannot function properly if you don't give it the nutrients it needs. So get yourself a good stress tablet and take 1 tablet at meal times and at bedtime. This is just a B complex vitamins C & E, neither of which should harm you or interfere with other medications (one patient did have to halve her thyroid replacement and another patient's bijeminy pulse converted to a perfectly normal rhythm with this regimen). Another mineral that helps regulate the heart rate (and a does a lot of other things in the body) is magnesium. For rapid replacement and results go to EC's "transdermal magnesium chloride" and start it at the same time.

If you aren't already hep on excitotoxins, research these on line, and try to eliminate all monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), the 2 major excitotoxins from your foods and drinks. When you look at all the names MSG is hidden under in the ingredients lists, you will find one or both of them in most every processed foods. Keep an eye on Washington and let your Washington legislators know that you want them to vote against Codex Alimentarius, which would let the FDA drop ingredient lists from all our foods, remove identification of GMO fruits and vegetables and make record keeping for organic farmers and small family farms as to put them out of business, among other things undesireable concerning our access to vitamins, minerals, nutritional information, supplements and herbals.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
512 posts

For those having trouble finding SSKI or Lugol's solution (liquid potassium iodide, the following information can be found on line along with dosages for infants to adults and downloaded for ready reference. Prescription is not required for potassium iodide tablets which can be bought on the net. An easy way to measure ml. is to visit local farmer's co-op to buy appropriate size syringe (animal medicine section). Medicine cup will also measure them for you.

Crush (1) 300mgm tablet of potassium to fine powder. Add 20 ml of distilled water and mix until powder is dissolved. Add an additional 20 ml. of (water, orange juice, low-fat milk, raspberry syrup or infant formula) making final concentration 16.25mgm/5 ml. Stable for 7 days under refrigeration. (Water only solution should be stable longer than that if stored in brown medicine bottle with dropper at room temperature.

Replied by Loren
Queens, Ny

Hi Kathy: thank you so much for all the wonderful advice. I am so grateful for all the caring people on this site. Who needs therapy when you have earth clinic(smile). I will make sure i follow yr advice and also i will let you know how i am doing without the meds once i start the weaning process. One last question though, how many mg of the idoral do you take? Thank you and God bless.

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

Oooops! I meant TSH, not TSA.

Replied by Loren
Queens, Ny

Dear Joyce: thank you so much for yr response. I am so amazed at all the caring people at Ec. God bless you guys always. In regards to weaning off my meds - i am currently on T3/T4 but a very small dose. However, these are in capsule form and they are slow release. I do understand the whole weaning process the way you explained it but since my case is different how do i go about doing it? Also, i am currently on vit E(800iu) b12 injections ( once weekly) vit c(2000mg) daily. Also i rarely eat anything packaged and i try to eat organic when i can afford to. The strange thing though is that even though i am on meds for my thyroid, try to eat healthy and take my supplements , i still don't have any stamina. For example i can't do even a little gardening without feeling as though i am going to pass out. I was always a high energy person so this is so frustrating and scary. Also, i have done every test possible and everything is normal. My doc did mentioned that my adrenals were stressed. Do you think this could cause all these strange symptoms? Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so very much.

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

I have been wondering about that...about your adrenals, that is...because low adrenal function and hypothyroidism often go together. I cured myself of low adrenal function by taking high doses of Vitamin C (6,000mg per day), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5) and drinking salted water. It is my belief that the salted water is what did the trick, though. Sodium is critical for adrenal health, and the "healthy" low-salt diet fad (along with stress and drinking too much water) is causing an epidemic of hypo-adrenalism, as well as...I believe...the epidemic of GERD, because without enough Chloride (from SodiumChloride...SALT) in their diet, how are people supposed to makE enough hydrochloride acid?

At any rate, when I was hypoadrenal, I couldn't drink water...drinking water made me feel like I had to vomit, and I would always pee it all out within 5 minutes or so. I began to suspect that I had low adrenal function because I would get lightheaded if I stood up suddenly, and I happened to read somewhere about drinking salted water to improve adrenal function, so I decided to give it a try. The article said to put enough salt in the water so that it tastes good...to let your taste buds be your guide...so that is what I did, and it really helped. I did that for quite a while, while taking lots of Vitamin C and Pantothenic Acid, and I have been feeling normal for a couple of years now. Long story short, I treated my hypothyroidism and hypoadrenalism at the same time and am much better for it. I think that alot of modern health advice (that low-salt diets are good for everyone, for instance) is simply wrong.

p.s. about 6 months ago I tapered off the 6,000mg/day of Vitamin C and now take 2,000mg/day, and I also no longer need to salt my water every day. I am also now on a maintainance dose of Pantothenic Acid.

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

I take one Iodoral tablet per day now.

One Iodoral tablet contains 5mg of Iodine plus 7.5mg of Iodide (as Potassium Iodide), for a total of 12.5mg Iodine/Iodide combination per tablet.

Replied by Dorothy
Oz, Ks

Kathy, thank you for your great post! I think your information will be very helpful for healing people the natural way. Would you mind posting how you healed your hypothyroidism too. Thank you! Also, what kind of vitamin C did you take? How much B-5 and could you give a hint of where you purchased your B-5 or the brand. And what type of salt did you use. Again, thank you so much for your wonderful help it is very appreciated!

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

Well, I already made several posts on how I healed myself from hypothyroidism, which you can find if you go back through the older posts in this thread. As for the amount of B-5, at first I took 500mg 3 times per day. After I got to feeling better I cut back to 500mg twice per day, and now I take 500mg once per day. As far as the kind of salt, any kind of unrefined salt will do...either Celtic Sea Salt or that pink salt from Utah (sorry, its a brand name). I also think any kind of buffered Vitamin C (Calcium Ascorbate, Sodium Ascorbate, etc) will work. But don't forget, you have to work out your own dosages, which will be according to your own situation.

p.s. One really inexpensive way to get Sodium Ascorbate is to buy Ascorbic Acid Powder and mix it with Baking Soda (NOT baking powder). Put 1/2 teaspoonful of Ascorbic Acid Powder and 1/4 teaspoonful of Baking Soda in a cup. Add water and stir until it stops foaming. The Ascorbic Acid reacts with the Baking Soda to form Sodium Ascorbate, a buffered, highly absorbable form of Vitamin C.

Replied by Matt
Tallahassee, Fl

Thank you to all for your highly informational posts! They are greatly appreciated!

Replied by Michael
Winter Park, Fl

I had posted a previous testimony about oil pulling. I had been told by a health practitioner that I probably had a low thyroid about 2 years ago. He gave me some detoxified iodine and said take it for a year until I felt better. I slowly forgot to take it and haven't for about a year and a half. I feel like I should of kept up with the iodine because over the past month I have taken seaweed every day for the iodine content. I can truly say I feel 100% better. Thank you for mentioning that low thyroid could be the cause of my problems. I'll definitely continue with the iodine.

Posted by Ranjana (Arlington, Tx Usa) on 09/02/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I tried the oil pulling for bleeding gums and a tooth that had started to feel loose. I did 10 minutes two mornings with unrefined sesame oil followed by brushing with baking soda. The results were amazing for my tooth and sums. The tooth was not loose anymore, no bleeding and I could chew on that side after many months. However, I started to feel sore with serious headaches and neck pain, and fatigue. I have chronic fatigue, and I really try to avoid doing anything that would trigger this. So, I stopped the oil pulling. Things got worse, I had to go see my doctor, he said I was badly congested and that was causing the severe headaches and neck pain. Now I am on 3 different medications with no relief. Could this be due to the oil pulling? Did it bring out all this mucus without getting rid of it?

Any comments would be appreciated. I would like to go back to the oil pulling for my teeth, but cannot risk the sinus congestion. One episode last year led to 5 months on 2 different antibiotics, and I really wish to avoid a repeat. Thanks.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca

What you're describing is an onset of intense detox. This is not unusual for many of the natural remedies here on this site hence why so many people caution to go slowly. I eat very healthily, try to stick to organic for the most part, eat close to the earth and don't use any drugs or medication. Still, upon taking apple cider vinegar last December without much thought after purchasing the one with the mother from Whole Foods, I went home after work with it and took a capful in water. That night I woke up with a raging headache, chills and fever throbbing neck pain and immediately I knew that what I was experiencing was a major detox. Basically, it is best to try to let the detox occur instead of masking it with other drugs, etc. That's why it's best to move slowly. By going back on medications you are creating more toxins in the body. Also, be aware that they are finding a lot of connection between candida and chronic fatigue. Do research and learn how to move through the symptoms (lots of water, rest, alkaline foods, etc.) The phlegm that comes out is poison trying to get out of the body and is what causes much havoc through the body. Chinese medicine has lot to say about phlegm and what it can do to the body. You really want to encourage that to come out. When I worked with H2O2, the amounts of mucus that exited my body- well, you don't even want to go there! I cannot believe how great I feel though since that detox. I have loads of energy, my skin is clear and I don't have to constantly clear my throat as I used to. Now, I'm on oil pulling and that is miraculous in and of itself. I wish you the best in your exploration and research.

Replied by Ranjana
Arlington, Tx Usa

Thanks Lisa, for your feedback. After waiting about 4 weeks, I did the oil pulling again today, same oil and 10 minutes. I see the same problems (see post from 9/2/09) coming on 12 hours later and also feel itchy. It is like an allergic reaction almost and I know I am not allergic to sesame. This is discouraging, any advice anyone. Should I switch oils? Thanks for your help.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, usa

Hi Ranjana, I'm glad to see you braved it and went back to doing the oil pulling. Again, the itchiness is another detox symptom. It is the heat and toxins trying to get out of your skin. Remember, our skin is one of the largest organs to detox from. I would also stay with the sesame oil because it is obviously doing its job. Since you are not allergic to sesame then understand that you are detoxing. You will have to move through the symptomology if you wish to truly detox. Make sure you are drinking lots of water. Perhaps try taking baking soda to alkalinize yourself as well. In Chinese medicine, red eruptions on the skin or itchy skin is too much heat built up in the body. Try some cooling herbs. Hope this helps.

Posted by Carrie (Eau Claire, Wi) on 08/14/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

HI everyone...love this site so much...I oil pulled using sesame oil...unrefined, organic using a drop of peppermint oil and a drop of tea tree as a detoxer and for gum disease...started on Sun. and continued up until Thursday...to keep in mind I have oil pulled before..but this time I experienced terrible joint and bone pain and like usual..I get very depressed ...so I decided to take an epsom salt bath which didn't help..so today,(thursday).. I thought of using a charcoal capsule to see if it would absorb anything causing this pain...and within a few hours noticed that it is not so painful....wonder what it was causing the pain...candida die off or metal poisoning being dislodged from areas that it settled in...the pain in my leg bones is what started to worry me a bit...I am sitting on the floor as I type this..and usually after sitting on the floor I can barely get up, now since I took that charcoal capsule...it is much easier to get up from the floor, a little distant pain right now will see what happens...I think I will take it easy on the oil pull...the effects were to drastic for me..with this terrible depression and arthritic pain...but it does work...when I spit out the oil after 20 minutes in the toilet...and forget to flush right away..it will turn blackish around the inside rim...like tiny specks and I'm thinking ...ick..that is what I pulled?...I am relying on it to cure my gum disease and am using the tips from Ted...with using Milk of Magnesia as a mouth wash and with supplements..will let you know in a month if it worked for me.....:)

Replied by Cat
Austin, Tx

I'm very late commenting on this but want to remind folks what past posts have warned: DON'T FLUSH YOUR OIL-PULL REFUSE DOWN TOILETS OR SINKS! IT CLOGS YOUR PIPES! Try saving plastic bags from your grocery store. You simply spit into them, tie them up and toss into the trash. You can also place a cheap box of dollar-store zip lock sandwich bags in the bathroom. I learned the hard way when my plumber showed me the white gunck of oil that had clogged my pipes!

Replied by Kathy
the USA

Thank you Cat, but what about pouring baking soda and/or vinegar with your saliva when you flush?

Posted by Tammy (Long Beach, Ca) on 08/13/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Thank God that Sesame Oil pulling helps my insomnia and headache, but after 2 months using twice daily. my BP < 100/60 and I have a serious back pain and I had to stop it. Any suggestion ? Thank you!

Posted by Chaachaa (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 08/12/2009

I am so very glad to have found this site. Thank you everyone. I started oil pulling and acv almost 1 week ago. My question is with the oil pulling. I so enjoy doing it, 1-2 times a day, mostly 1 with sesame oil. I have not noticed much of anything. NO mucus which i thought i would have noticed since I quit smoking 5 weeks ago. I have arthritis and do not want to go on medication. How long before I start to notice changes and also- what is the importance of pulling on an empty stomach. Is it okay to pull at night before going to bed if my stomach is not empty?? Thanks so much all!!

Replied by Peanut
Sebring, Fl
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I started oil pulling about a month ago. I've noticed my sinuses are a whole lot better and I sleep better at night. The changes I noticed were fever blisters on my lips and my eyes are having that crusting over thing going. Something's definitely happening.

Replied by Stephanie
Orlando, Fl

Dont worry keep oil pulling for at least 10 min every time, as with any home remedy it take a few weeks to see results. :)

Posted by Rnh (Mississauga, Ontario Canada) on 08/10/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have a very bad outer ear infection for about two years now very sore and tender. I tried OP for the first time using cold pressed Sesame oil. In about 3 pulls my ear infection cleared up the next morning AMAZING getting bumps on my arms guess it is the toxins being flushed out. thanks for a wonderful site.

Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca) on 08/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone, I have been using this site daily since November 08. I have tried so many of the remedies from this site too numerous to list and each has been effective. No negative results. I have tried all of them for at least one month if not more. I have used them on all of my kids ranging from 10- 24 and my husband as well and sent many people here to check this amazing site out. My biggest issue has been incredible hip pain. I have been a ballet dancer my entire life and 3 years ago I suddenly could hardly move my legs in my hips. When I say suddenly I mean within a weeks time- from being able to dance, take class and show steps when teaching. It has been a long journey with taking Chinese herbs (I highly recommend them especially over any medicine as they are healing rather than masking), acupuncture, chiropractics, massage, energy healings as well as remedies from here. At any rate, I avoided trying the oil pulling as it sounded to simplistic to be effective and tried many of the others. Finally, after minimal results to my hips from the many remedies (which helped other issues) I decided to go for the oil pulling after reviewing so many wonderful testimonies about it. I have used Aryuvedic therapies in the past so I figured why not and recall Deepak Chopra recommending this in Perfect Health when I read it many years ago. Well, I started doing it in the morning for 20 minutes for one week with no real results to speak of and then I decided to step it up to twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening. For me the results have been nothing less than miraculous after 3 long years of excruciating pain. At first, after two days, I was skeptical questioning if it was some fluke! But no, each day gets better and better. I have kept up this practice for almost 2 weeks now encouraged by my results. I went from not being able to stand up without incredible help from my arms or being able to get up the stairs without someone either pushing me from behind or using my arms to pull and prop myself up to being able to just stand and walk up the stairs with very little pain. I can now sit down to the floor and get back up. Many friends have asked me if I would consider hip replacements but I was determined to see if I could find a different answer believing that there are answers other than medicine, surgeries, no hope other than western medicine, etc. Well, I am ecstatic to say I have done it! Please give this a try if you have joint issues. And to everyone, I say never give up hope. Believe the answer will be given and have faith. I understand that there will be days that you will feel hopeless but don't give in to that. Blessings to all, Lisa

EC: Great feedback, thank you! Would please tell us what oil you are using?

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca

The oil I have been using for my oil pulling has been organic sesame oil. Hope that helps.

EC: Thank you, your post has been moved to the sesame oil section...

Posted by Redd78 (Plymouth,Iindiana) on 07/23/2009
0 out of 5 stars

I started oil pulling about 3 weeks ago (sesame seed oil) for a severe sinus infection that was effecting my upper teeth on the left side. The first 2 weeks I did it 3 times a day, but then I cut back to twice a day, morning and night. At first, it really seemed to help with the sinus and tooth pain, but now, not so much. I still have the sinus and tooth pain but I feel just awful, I have nausea, feel very weak and tired , a bit of anxiety,,,no appetite...today I have pains in the upper back, on both sides... is this from the oil pulling? I wanted to continue it, because it does seem to be improving the sinus, tooth pain, but I don't know if this is detox effects or something else... anyone else have these symptoms when first starting, Thanks, Redd78

Replied by redd78
Plymouth, Indiana

I wrote yesterday but I am wondering how long after stopping oil pulling will the detox symptoms go away. I have not OP'd since yesterday morning, a little over 24 hours....I did it for 3 weeks, used sesame seed oil, started at 3 times a day, then cut down to two times a day, finally only once yesterday. My detox effects are to the point that I am going to have to stop for a few days, at least... just wondering how long it will be before I can expect to see improvements in the detox symptoms... Thanks wanda

Posted by redd78 (Plymouth, Indiana) on 07/10/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I started oil pulling about a week ago.I used safflower oil the first 2 days , then switched to sesame seed oil. I have had a terrible pain in my upper left teeth for over a year. had all kinds of dental exams, x-rays, panorex x-rays and a c-scan. Nothing could be found that was causing the tooth pain.I have also have constant sinus drainage on the left side for several years. I am extremely sensitive to almost all allergy medications, anti-biotics, medications of any kind.I am also hypothyroid, and have a lot of problems regulating my thyroid dosage. I started the oil pulling in desperation to try and find some relief from the tooth and facial pain. I am using 1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil 3 times a day. Morning, at 4 p.m. and at 10 pm. I follow the oil pulling treatment with a netipot treatment using purified, boiled salt water.I have had copious sinus drainage, it is milky white , thick and foamy. No sign of infection, just the foamy white color. The pain in my face and tooth is about 80 percent improved. this is the first tme in over a year that I have not been in constant pain from the tooth. I have had some side effects, have had spells of dizziness and some nausea. my appetite is not good, and on the 4th days, I had colon cleansing.This morning I am having some dizziness and nausea. anyone else doing this that is hypothyroid and on medication? I would love to hear feedback from you . Did this interfer at all with your thyroid medication? I am hoping to get past the dizziness and nausea, hoping this is just temporary.....Wanda

Replied by Andi
St. Paul, MN

Wanda, I have been oil pulling with one TB organic sesame oil every morning for almost one month. I had a partial thyroidectomy 14 years ago. Currently, I take Armour thyroid (for hypothyroidism) every morning after oil pulling. I have had no adverse effects. I have more energy and better skin (I think that deep line between my eyes is lessening). I am still waiting to see my teeth get whiter. Overall, I am happy so far with the results.

Replied by Amy
Philadelphia, PA

I hope this remark doesn't mean that my response isn't "fit to print" but honestly, doctors and dentists are such morons! Tooth pain is often caused by sinus problems, and that foamy white color IS a sign of infection...from the color, it sounds like a yeast over-growth. If you got relief with the neti pot, keep using it on a regular, frequent basis and I bet your tooth pain will be permanently gone before too long.

Replied by R
Sarasota, FL, USA

Wanda, My husband and I have been oil pulling for several months with fantastic results i.e. improved gums, sensitivity, etc.. We use 1 TBL per day for 5 to 7 days per week. I think 3 X per day may be too much for you as the OP is detoxing and my guess is that the symptoms you are experiencing may be from the detox. I would drop down to 1 X per day to slow down the detox.

Replied by Gean
Salina, Kansas

I hope you don't mind me saying so, but if we want this to be a serious website we will refrain from name calling ("morons") when referring to the medical community. I agree that no one person, despite extensive education, has all the answers, but let's show some respect. Thank you.

Replied by Ann
Westminster, Ca

Please check on your blood pressure. The pulling might effect your BP. It makes you have dizziness if your BP too low. God bless!

Replied by Kelly
San Diego, Ca

Sometimes dentists deserve to be called worse. It is a free Country, and people can express themselves as they wish. There was no profanity, so what's the problem? Just because someone has a medical degree, doesn't mean they deserve any more respect than anyone else.

Posted by Gayle (Houston, TX) on 07/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My situation is I have multiple sclerosis and have been disabled since 1995. Have been trying to exercise for 5 years first on treadmills, eliptical, etc. to keep my muscles healthy. Developed torn ligaments on both feet which looks like a red bump on the middle of both feet which hurts alot. The podiatrist said surgery or cortisone shots. I didn't like either of those choices. At the gym a reflexologist told me about oil pulling with sesame oil, 1Tbls for 20 minutes. Then following with 32 oz. of water with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar. The red bumps are going away after just 2 weeks of op and water with acv and no pain. He said a side benefit is whiter teeth and yes that is happening too. What a wonderful, easy way to care for myself. I hope it regenerates and heals brains too.

Replied by Billy Bee
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

How has your progress been, I have a very close and dear friend with MS and your story can give inspiration. Many thanks!

Replied by Shirley
Norcross, Ga

I am seeking feedback from anyone with MS and is trying Oil Pulling. Curious to know your progress Gayle from Houston, TX. I have a family member with MS and am desperately looking for alternative options. Thanks

Posted by Jenny (Auckland, New Zealand) on 06/27/2009

I did oil pulling - and still am continuing to do it - for the past month now. At first I used el cheapo sesame oil, which was gross, and then changed to organic olive oil, which was even more unpleasant. Now i have organic sesame oil and I use 1 tablespoon every morning. I havent been sick in the past month, even in the middle of a very cold winter for New Zealand. I havent noticed any other huge differences, but I follow an organic vegan diet normally and dont think my body has many toxins to get rid of! I like to also use positive visualization of toxins and bugs entering the oil as I am pulling it, which is just a nice way to stay the day! I would definately recommend people to try this and become the evidence in its favour!

Replied by Marina
Vancouver, Canada
1 out of 5 stars

I've used a high quality organic sesame oil twice a day (15 min) and nothing. I did the oil pulling for about 3 months last year, all I got was a very bad case of acid reflux, which I never had in my entire life, it took me two months to cure it.

Posted by Chrissy (Maroochydore, Queensland Australia) on 06/10/2009

Hello: I have a question: I tried Sesame oil -1 x tbs and found that I cannot hold it for very long because my mouth gets so full - I look like a hamster and it feels like the whole stuff will spurt out at any minute. I tried again today and just used a dessertspoon but was only able to do it for 10 mins as my mouth gets too full. How can this be managed ??? I welcome any suggestions. Cheers Chrissy

Replied by Tricia
Elmont, New York

Chrissy, try using half a teaspoon of oil and pull for about 5 minutes at first. Eventually, you will get used to the oil doubling with saliva in your mouth. Try using sesame oil and coconut together. Then build up to a T. I have used olive oil but I prefer the lightness of the other two. Once you get used to it your mouth will feel like velvet. Don't forget to rinse and gargle with salt water to remove toxins still remaining in your mouth. The benefits are many.

Replied by Luis
Cali, Columbia

Dear Chrissy:

1. Lower the number of bellies.
2. Lower water drinking during the day (less saliva).

For your best days.

Posted by Kelly (Atlanta, GA) on 05/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have been oil pulling for almost a week now, twice a day with 1 tablespoon of expeller pressed organic sesame oil. So far I have experienced a pretty serious "cleanse" it seems... (Men don't read this if you are squeamish about female situations.) I had been having mild yeast infections on and off for a long time, and trying to keep things under control with yogurt and acidophilus supplements. Well I actually became interested in oil pulling for my bleeding gums and bad breath. So I was shocked after my first oil pulling when not only did I have to blow my nose for an hour, getting rid of loads of mucous that I didn't even know I had, but by the end of the day I had a very extreme yeasty vaginal discharge happening. It all came out. It took probably two days and then ever since, my vagina has felt healthier than ever and very clean, if you are a woman reading this then I'm sure you understand what I mean. SO all I can say is be prepared for a CLEANSE if you try oil pulling, and I personally am very happy to have gotten all that out of my system! Looking forward to experiencing more benefits as I continue to oil pull at least twice a day. Thanks so much for all the feedback on this website, it is so empowering to feel like my health is in my own hands.

Posted by DatGirl (NYC, NY) on 05/18/2009

I love the site and have been reading up on the OP. I went out to buy some oil today but only found some toasted sesame seed oil BUT it said that it was COLD PRESSED!!! I thought it sounded like a bit of a contradiction, but purchased it anyway and was wondering if it would be suitable for OP?

Replied by Lisa
Lilburn, GA

Absolutely try the sesame oil, cold pressed or otherwise. Then next time try to find a lighter oil and try that to see the difference. I have found that warm sesame oil is one of the best things for a toothache too. Better yet, boil sesame seeds in water until the water is reduced to half, then apply the sesame seed mixture to the toothache area and you will experience no pain for up to 6 hours