Oil Pulling: Unlock Natural Oral Health & Detox Benefits

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Posted by Mick (Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, Usa) on 07/21/2010

I ran across this website by accident and since I've had oral thrush/candidiasis problems (my own diagnosis not the medical profession since they have run tests A-Z several times and claim I don't have this)for many years resulting in extreme tiredness, bad gas, diahrea, bad taste in mouth when awakening, white junk on my tongue made much worse when consuming foods with sugar, I thought I'd try the oil pulling. Started two days ago with olive oil 3X a day then switched to sesame oil. Almost immediately I started having itchy rashes all over my body with both oils. I am continuing the OP but notice the itching gets alot worse during the procedure and within an hour or so after. Has anyone else experienced this? I'm almost ready to give up.

Replied by Linda Marie

This is your “ healing crises “ that is happening! It is the body literally dumping all the toxins which have collected for years. Ride it out …& and much better health will be your reward!

i taught health & wellness for years 🙏🏼

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Posted by Jw (Wilmington, Delaware) on 07/02/2010

Find info interesting. I want to try oil pulling. I have been having problems with my teeth. I just had a wisdom tooth extracted. How soon can I start the oil pulling? Thank You.

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Posted by Khan G (Eagan, Mn) on 06/30/2010

Hi, I am just wondering that how long should someone wait after oil pulling to have a breakfast, lunch, or dinner ? Should it be 30 mins or more ? I would really appreciate any response to this question. Have a good health.

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Posted by Aqua (Chennai, India) on 06/20/2010


I have been getting a lot of eruptions on my face as well as on my body for many years. I want some one to help me out by giving more knowledge on oil pulling for skin/ harmonal imbalances. Pls some one let me know will oil pulling help me cure my skin eruptions and harmonal imbalances?

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Posted by Gayla1957 (Coolidge, Az) on 05/27/2010

I ran across this site by accident a couple of days ago, found it exciting, ordered organic sesame oil and organic sunflower oil. OP'd yesterday morning using ...extra organic grapeseed oil, for 20 minutes. It went well but I did swallow (not oil, I kept the oil in the front of my mouth). Tomorrow morning plan to use organic camelina oil, will have proper oils in a few days.

My girlfriend's granddaughter practices Chinese medicine. I sent her this website and asked her opinion, here it is verbatim:

"Interesting link. I'd have to disagree with the phrase that "According to Ayurveda, mucous is a poison." That is not what Ayurveda teaches. Saliva is very important in Ayurveda and is actually a healing aspect of the body. Saliva decreases Agni or toxins and increases the digestive and assimilation processes. In excess, saliva can be seen as an imbalance--and easily remedied. Sesame oil is good to use at night (swishing it in the mouth) to prevent teeth grinding. Sesame oil is used for a number of things in ayurveda. This type of mouth rinsing can also be done with Tea Tree oil diluted.

I'd also have to disagree with the Note #4 that things will get worse before getting better. Those that study Ayurveda or any other form of herbal medicine know that this effect does not and should not happen if you are using what is right for your body. It is sort of like the "No pain, no gain" myth. But hey, if it works for you and you feel better doing it. then that is all that should matter."

I'm still going to do OP, because it sounds compelling. I know our mouths are filled with disgusting germs because a human bite will almost not heal, it is so terrible. Perhaps it is these disgusting germs, whatever they are, that the OP'ing deals with.

Replied by Lee
(New York, NY)

Hi Gayla, Good luck with oil pulling. I never had a negative reaction to it. I use a variety of organic, cold pressed oils and it has become a peaceful part of my early morning ritual. Be relaxed about it and you will get to actually enjoy it! Lee

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

Before I started to use braces in my teeth I always felt pressure in my down teeth. With the braces it disappeared but after removing them the pressure came back again and I was quite disapointed. Funny enough, after starting oil pulling it disappeared completely. Talking to my orthodontist the other day he told me that he thought that it was not so much the oil but the exercise I do by oil pulling for 20 minutes every day. Maybe he is right but another good thing about oil pulling, the fact that you exercise your face and your muscles. Maybe it also helps to keep a person young as the facial muscles are exercised every day. I don't see any changes yet but it might just keep my face firmer (I am 52).

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Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 04/16/2010

Oil pulling dental problems

Well, I am trying to solve this problem. I had a talk with someone who knows a lot about these things and he told me that when there are problems with a filling it is because the tooth already had problems because oil pulling as such shouldn't cause any problems in teeth that have been properly treated. So, this morning I called my dentist and I am going there next week. In the meanwhile he told me to go on oil pulling (my tooth has now been fixed for the second time). I will do it with sunflower oil for the time being because I want to read a book on oil pulling with coconut oil (after reading here about so many side effects I am afraid to try without proper guidance). I will keep you updated. I know one thing, it would be rather odd for fillings to start falling just because of a bit of oil.... and I have no problems whatsoever with my old ones, only this one which is 18 months old. My husband who has very old ones had no problems either but he only did oil pulling for a few days.

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Posted by Holly V (Greenville, Sc) on 04/05/2010

Question: Can you mix oils to pull and/or should you alternate, and how often?

I am using Teds recommended detox before oil pulling (ACV & baking soda). I was wondering: Can you mix oils that you plan to try? If not, should you give one oil a specific duration time before changing oils? I am thinking of beginning with either Sunflower or EVOO, and after reading some of the benefits of say...Sesame or Coconut, I may like to try many oils? Is there a proper way or time frame to do this?

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Posted by Brit24 (Okc, Ok, United States) on 03/31/2010

Does anyone know the effects of OP on a smoker? Will it possibly reverse damage done if I combine quitting smoking and OP?? Would the detox be worse if I chose to do it that way? And what type of oil would be best for something like that? Coconut Oil sounds rather rough at the beginning, but I am going to introduce Apple Cider Vinegar into my diet 2 weeks beforehand, so as to lessen the detoxing effects on my body. Also, if it helps to know, I'm anemic. I'm ready to take care of myself the right way and this site has been so HELPFUL! Thanks in advance.

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Posted by Newtoallthis (La, Ca) on 03/28/2010

I'm afraid to try oil pulling because several people have reported negative results in the presence of amalgam fillings and crowns. Is there a way to do it safely, for instance, using a particular oil? I saw that Ted has recommended doing it for 1-5 minutes rather than 20. Would that make it safer in this case?

Would swishing with water for 20 minutes have any effect?

Replied by Lee
(New York, New York)

I've been oil pulling for nearly a year and have used most of the oils. I am very relaxed about it so do not time it exactly - but it's usually about 15 minutes. I have had no problems with my fillings or crowns. My hygienist commented that my gums look healthier than ever. Best of luck - Lee

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi newtoallthis,

I just wanted to say that I oil-pulled for several months and found it relaxing and effective. I have many fillings in my mouth and a gold cap at the very back molar on top, all from my childhood which was a long time ago now ;) I also have one from only about 2 years ago on the very back lower molar that cracked apart. That one is porcelain. It did not have any negative effect on any of them. Hope this helps. Lisa

Replied by Newtoallthis
(La, Ca)

Thanks, Lee and Lisa. What oil do you use?

Lisa, did you stop for a particular reason? Do you notice any difference in your health since you stopped?

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi newtoallthis,

Yes I have since stopped after doing it for several months. That was in Oct '09. It was effective I have to say and I believe in OP but when I discovered the mini beet protocol here on EC, I decided to really go for it after reading the claims of what that could do for you. That led me to juicing and raw food and boy oh boy! Was that ever life-changing. It was everything MBP claimed and then some! Quite honestly, I think almost everything I read here on EC could be addressed with juicing and adding in lots of raw veggies- at least, 70% in addition to what you eat. That would lead you to realizing how much can be changed through this process and lead you away from the typical Standard American Diet (SAD). Once that happens you easily embrace these change because you see such amazing changes take place.

I can't say I see any changes since stopping the OP but I went on to even more amazing protocols that have only improved my health.

To you, on a quest for health, Lisa

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Posted by Jen (New York City, Ny) on 03/27/2010


I have been oil pulling for about three weeks now, 1 tablespoon daily, alternating between expeller pressed organic sesame oil and coconut oil. I have had some significant improvements (dark circles under eyes fading, gums stopped bleeding), but am greatly dismayed by the fact that my skin (especially my face and hands) have become wildly oily.

I had normal skin before starting, and now I cannot go more than half an hour after cleansing without oil sliding down my face. I wear makeup to work and it becomes blotchy after a few minutes. Halfway through the day the hair around my face has been saturated with oil (my scalp itself doesn't seem particularly oily - yet). I have to constantly wipe my hands as it is coming out from my fingertips. I also notice that my feet seem to be coated in oil, creating a film on my skin and causing foot odor that has ruined a pair of shoes.

I understand that the oil getting into the skin should be beneficial, but is there anything I can do to prevent this horrible side effect? I cannot go out socially after work, or unless I have recently showered because I am so greasy from this. I am worried the excess oil is going to cause acne/blackheads.

I've tried taking a few days off and that seems to help a little, but the second I go back to it the oil fountain kicks up again. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Replied by Gus
(Missoula, Montana)

I would not pull with coconut oil.....the other one should not be a problem.

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Posted by Mama (London, Ontario) on 03/11/2010

Hello oil pullers! Does anyone know why we need an empty tummy for pulling? I have terrible dark circles under my eyes and people are always asking me if I feel okay - because I look so sick. They really bother me, and I'm sure the lack of sleep I suffer from isn't helping. I would like to do it 3 times a day but have trouble finding my tummy empty that often. There's usually some sort of something in there (raw honey, molasses, or green drinks of some sort, not necessarily food per say but something.

Any tips are welcome,


Replied by Shirley

Hi, I OP on an empty stomach / I used to have black patch under my eyes. They are gone.

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Posted by Bellaw (Basking Ridge, Nj, Usa) on 02/28/2010

I have been OP for awhile now and I feel great. I was talking to a friend about it. He mentioned that it might not be a good idea to OP if you have mercury fillings in your mouth. Can the Metal get in your body if you OP? I had these 2 fillings since a little girl. I am 42 and I was thinking about taking them out, but not sure. Can you help?

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Posted by Cheryl (Yakima, Wa Usa) on 02/22/2010

I tried oil pulling for the first time with two teaspoons of olive oil and lasted only 4 to 5 minutes before the thought of swishing oil and spit around in my mouth made me gag and puke. I there anything that can be done about this?

Replied by Lee
(New York, New York)

I usually add another oil to the olive oil (clove, peppermint, just a couple of drops). Also, I much prefer the taste of coconut oil.

Replied by Diane
(Rochester, Mn, Usa)

Hi Cheryl, I use coconut oil. It has a much lighter consistency and flavor. Not nearly as objectionable!

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Posted by Tahiti (Monroeville, Pa, United States Of America) on 02/15/2010

Has anyone ever tried oil-pulling all day? Can it be harmful for you? I would like to try it to see what happens, but don't want to put myself in any danger. Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks!

Replied by Summerhaunt
(Licking, Mo, United States)

To Tahiti: Once I did it all day while doing a 6 hour car drive. I kept a BIG cup with a lid next to me for spitting into. I had no problems at all oil pulling that long. I have also done several back to back, with no problems. I know of several people who also have done 5 or 6 back to back who reported a feeling of euphoria after perhaps the third or fourth. I have never gotten the euphoria, but it has helped clear brain fog, pain, keratosis pilaris, softened skin, and given energy boosts.

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Posted by Kwinans (Tulsa, Oklahoma, Usa) on 01/31/2010

Do you do this rinsing procedure before or after the OP? Sounds good, I just don't know when to do it :)