Oil Pulling: Unlock Natural Oral Health & Detox Benefits


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5 star (2) 

Posted by Sandy (sandhya) (Bangalore, Karnataka) on 08/17/2009

I took a couple of teaspoons of raw honey in my mouth and kept swishing it around for 20 minutes (procedure same as oil pulling), and the spat it out and rinsed my mouth. Voila! Toothache gone immediately!!

Posted by Winnie (Washington, DC) on 04/03/2008

Thank you earth clinic. we're all in this together. I spend lots of time reading about remedies and testimonies, the yes and the nays, its all good. I am pleased to read the nays that come from people who understand that even though the product didn't work for them, doens't mean the other testimonies are fake, just as we all are individuals, we get different responses. it's all good, learn from it and ask your higher power to send you what works. that's what i did; I have been trying lots of things, every time I read a testimony, I run out and buy the stuff and start using, and a week later, I decide, this thing is not working, and sometimes get angry because I have a cabinet full of ingredients I don't want to use anymore; then I started reading the testimonies from my heart, and listening to how I really feel about a product.

What happened is that ideas started coming to me, and one of them is honey, I decided to try honey on my acne face, I had half a jar of manuka honey at home so I started using it along with baking soda and lemon juice, and imediately I could see a glow. I also had pain in my gum, and have been using OP with some results, but still had soreness with brushing, then today I DECIDED TO USE THE HONEY in place of oil, put a tsp in mouth for about 5 to 10 minutes, then spit it out and brush, wow! no pain or soreness, I also had a bump on my face, i put a dab of honey and went to bed, this money bump gone. I took the honey jar and spoke into it, thanking all the bees that gave me this wonderful product, I thanked the farmers, the store keepers and last but not least this wonderful site, earthclinic. thank you for taking us back to earth, now i know everything works, at the right time with the right attitude. Love always.

Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Reno (Memphis, Tn) on 01/27/2017

Why do all that gross swishing of oil and spit for 20 minutes? Just swish a small sip of hydrogen peroxide for 2 minutes then spit it out and rinse your mouth. This is even better for oxygenation of the gums and promotes healing of minor abraisions of the mouth and will not burn your mouth. (if you have a beard don't let it get on your beard especially if it's tinted or it may turn white. If you do rinse the beard immediately).

Instructions and Theories

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Posted by Carolyne (NW Corner of the NW Corner) on 02/19/2023

I have recently learned you can use castor oil-- cold-pressed, hexane-free ORGANIC of course--!! -- and oil pull for one or two minutes with very good results! So that is what I am doing- I will give it a few months and see how it goes. I was using coconut oil or sesame oil, depending on what I had. I want to get rid of plaque and a cavity. We shall see.... I do know Castor oil is VERY healing for many things.

Instructions and Theories
Posted by David W. (Near Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) on 09/14/2021

Check out Dr. Andreas Moritz's site. He recommends only a couple of minutes of OP. Longer recontaminates your blood system as the toxins that are pulled from around the gums will be absorbed into your blood system. Repeating the OP process an additional 1-2 times for just a couple of minutes is highly beneficial in reducing bacteria concentrations in the mouth. Also, Dr. Joseph Mercola has some insight into the benefits of OP. I have backed up this protocol by having swabbed my gums and checking a live culture Electron Microscope platelet and repeating the OP an extra couple of times show a benefit. This all depends on the health condition of your teeth and gums. I suspect that after a month of OP, your gums should be healthier and one OP per day would be enough. Just before going to bed seems to work the best for me. I was amazed at how much bacteria was present in my mouth, and researching how dangerous these are and the health disorders that they cause. Keeping our mouth analytically clean is paramount in keeping our Gut healthy and reducing many health disorders.

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Pamela (Asheville) on 02/02/2020

I've read that it's better to do a sequence of 5 minute oil pulling sessions totaling 20 minutes instead of a single 20 minute session. Reason being that doing shorter “pulls” and spitting avoids the potential re-absorption of toxins one might get from the long pulling session. Makes sense to me! This might solve any gagging problems!

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Tatalmel (Tallahassee, Fl) on 11/10/2014

Can I swallow the mucus that forms in my throat as I oil pull? I have to spit out the oil several times to clear my throat as I pull for 20 minutes. This gets expensive with virgin coconut oil.

The mucus is draining from my sinuses, not part of the oil in my mouth. Is it as toxic as the oil?

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Tracy (Washington State, US) on 07/25/2014

I have had terrible problems with teeth and gums since childhood. As an adult it is too expensive to get all the repair work done. So I heard about the oil pulling and thought why not, it can only help. I have been cooking with the high quality organic coconut oil for a year now, so I have some on hand. I tried a tsp this morning because I was afraid it would make me want to gag. But I was surprised it didn't..it did the "pulling" while showering. Which was kind of like patting your head and rubbing your tummy..had to concentrate. So I will do this each morning now to see how it works. It certainly isn't going to hurt anything.

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Robin (California, US) on 06/19/2014

1. Oil pulling is best done first thing before brushing your teeth or drinking anything.

2.it is best to do it for 20 minutes.

3. Spit it out in the garbage.

4. Rinse with warm water , brush your teeth and drink water afterwards.

5. Do research on this, don't just listen to chat sites.

Replied by Jerlene
(Palm Bay Florida)

How long can you use oil pulling before you see or get result for pulmonary fibrosis?

Replied by Linda
(Eastern Shore)

You should try Jack's Tea for pulmonary fibrosis.

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Earth Clinic

These are instructions from India in which only 2 types of oil can be used. However, as you will read below in our Reader Feedback section, people are experimenting with different oils, adding anti-bacterial and anti-viral oil essences. Soon we might have a purist vs. renegade oil pulling battle!


First thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth, eating or drinking, take 1 TBSP of either sesame or sunflower oil. Put the oil in your mouth, tilt your chin up and slowly swish, suck, chomp and pull through the teeth. Do this for at least 10 minutes. 15 - 20 minutes is better. You want the oil to become a thin, white foam when you finally spit it out. If it's still yellow, you haven't done it long enough.

You can do this 2 more times during the day if you want to detox faster. Make sure you do it on an empty stomach, however. Spit it out in the toilet when your mouth is full and rinse your mouth out well.

Follow by drinking 2 - 3 glasses of water.

It now contains parasites and bacteria!



The oil pulls all mucous, bacteria and toxins from your body through your saliva. According to Ayurvedic medicine, mucous is a poison that must be removed.

Note #1:
Keeping the chin tilted up makes sure the oil gets to the back molars.

Note #2:
The old school says that only sesame and sunflower oils produce favorable results. However, our readers report success using other oils too.

Note #3:
If after meals, wait at least 4 hours before you Oil Pull. After drinking, wait 1 hour.

Note #4:
A worsening of symptoms is an excellent indication that the disease/ailment is being cured.

Note #5:
Do not stop Oil Pulling if you feel aggravated symptoms or heightened side effects after a day or two. Your body is healing.

Note #6:
Will your dental fillings fall out? It's possible but highly unlikely unless there is pre-existing damage or loose fillings.

The oil will start to thin out after a few minutes because saliva is constantly being mixed in and swished about.

Replied by Knute
(Sacramento, USA)

I was fortunate to find out about Dr Karach's oil pulling therapy over 16 years ago, and my objective was to improve my immune system, as a preventative. And it certainly has done so, for example, the number of colds has gone down a lot. Plus, my digestion has improved very much. Also, I can go on for more hours without feeling the need to eat.

I mostly use sesame oil, peanut oil, and sunflower oil: Once per day, one table spoon in the morning, before breakfast, 5-7 days a week. I have found that it's very important to rinse the oral cavity and tonge with baking soda/salt in warm water, and brush all of the same area - including the tongue, after applying just a little baking soda and salt on the toothbrush.

Basically, my opinion is that oil pulling is one of the very best ways to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities, and that includes detoxification. 15-20 minutes in the morning of oil pulling regularly, while taking a shower or shaving or ... - is one of the wisest things we could to, healthwise.

Replied by Hainer
(London, Uk)


I have been oil pulling with sesame oil and have notice great improvements in the health of my gum and the teeth becoming whiter.

The only problem I have is the side effects which includes Blocked nose which is really annoying and I have to use decongestant to clear it up and feeling lethargic and weak. Although I have been doing it for many weeks but I stopped for a while and when I started again I am getting the same symptoms.

Some times I do OP for more than 20 minutes or even 30 minutes, and I wonder could this be the reason for feeling ill.

Replied by Scearthgirl
(Summerville, Sc)

Hi, I read somewhere earlier that taking apple cider vinegar in orally could help with Sinus issues. Search on sinuses and ACV and see what you find...

Replied by Barbara
(Hydro, Ok)

It's possible you are allergic to the sesame oil. That could be causing your weakness, lethargy, etc. Might try a different oil.

Replied by Dellers
(London, Uk)

For candida just take a garlic capsule every day.

Replied by Rebel
(Somewhere, Usa)

So I just noticed when I looked at the oilpulling.org web site, They say AFTER brushing your teeth and scraping your tongue. EC instructions is before brushing. Which one is correct?

Replied by Jack
(Northport, Ny. Usa)

Thank you so much for this wonderful site. And god bless everyone for contributing from around the world. This is a great example of our potential and the oneness of our world
Peace, love, heal

Replied by Bess
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

To Jack from Northport - What a lovely and true sentiment about the oneness of our world and how we all can help one another. You have a wonderful "gratitude attitude"! Cheers, Bess.

Replied by Oscar
(Syracuse, New York)

Dear Bess, I surely do share your feelings of gratitude for this life saving and enhancing forum. Thank you EARTH CLINIC for all that you do for all of us....Oscar

Replied by Tracie
(Charleston, Sc)

I read somewhere that you should detox with ACV for a week or two before beginning. I drink tons of water each day, more like a gallon or more. I started adding ACV to my water and my queestion is, is there a limit to the amount of ACV that I can have each day and still be healthy? i'm trying to begin a habit of putting in a tablespoon per 24oz. and if it is ok for me to have that much is it ok that I am doing the oil pulling at the same time? Is there a limit to ACV while oil pulling?

Replied by Jim
(Syracuse Ind., Indiana)

is there any help for tinnitus?..... Ringing of the ears?

Replied by Faddist

My tinnitus is caused by too many heavy metals - in my case from my teeth from crowns- I am trying the pulling therapy - but so far it has not improved my tinnitus. I think it should and maybe I am not doing it for long enough.

I detox metals by juicing greens and occasional liver cleanses.

Replied by Cyd
(Phila Area, Nj)

is there a particular reason this is done in the morning? can it be done before bed?

Replied by Rosie Q
(Santa Cruz Ca)

Jim from Syracuse- I have read somewhere that taking zinc helps with tinnitus although I have not had much experience using that personally. There is a great ear drop formula you can find in health food stores- grapeseed oil with a tiny bit of tea tree oil, it helped me a lot.

Replied by Caitlin
(Austin, Tx)

To Hainer: You could be allergic to sesame seeds and hence, sesame oil. Switch to another oil like coconut and keep switching perhaps every two weeks, until you find the one that suits you.

Replied by Sharon

Thank you so much. I haven't done this in a long while but I have some symptoms that are disturbing and I believe it is good to use the aged Remedies that heal the body.


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Posted by Cherry (Fort Worth, US) on 03/18/2015


I have been oil pulling about 3 weeks. But, recently I had been itching none stop for the past 2 days. I was wondering is this part of the process because I do not want to stop oil pulling because the way my teeth now feel. Plague stopped building up on my teeth and they absolutely feel wonderful. They feel as if they have had cleaning and a polish. I hope that the itching will stop just as the sensitivity in my teeth and headaches subsided. If anybody can clear this up for me I would be grateful. I have recommended oil pulling to my family and they can see a difference in the color of my teeth.

Replied by Jamie

Did you mentioned what oil you were using and whether you have any allergy problem prior to the itching problem.


Posted by Karynda (Anthem, Arizona) on 04/11/2013

My first attempt at oil pulling did not go as well. I really had to do some research to find ways around the need to swallow during the pulling, and how to make the whole process less disgusting. I am going to attempt again this evening---

Replied by Nikkie
(Port Orange, Fl)

I found that you really have to work up to using a tablespoon, I started with a teaspoon first then quickly graduated to the larger amounts each day as I got used to it till I can now have a full tablespoon. I hope that helps!

Multiple Cures

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Posted by Tigergirl26 (New Jersey, US) on 03/11/2015

I started oil pulling 4 days ago with 100 percent virgin olive oil from Italy. I started due to a gum infection. This is a miracle cure! My gums are already feeling better and an added bonus for me is that for over 15 years I have had a little bit of fluid in both of my ears that no medicine has been able to get rid of. My sinuses are draining and one ear is almost completely clear. I feel the post nasal drip and my nose runs in the day clear and this wonderful treatment is not only helping me with my gums, but it is helping me with my sinuses. A small gap between my teeth has also tightened up. I have more energy and I feel better then I have in years. I am only doing it for 10 minutes a day and once a day. I had my husband do it today and I will wait and see his results. I won't be stopping this anytime soon.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Borovinka (Ireland) on 12/05/2014

Hey everyone. I totally enjoyed all the input about Oil Pulling over the years by you folks. Thank you so much for making me try it. It's time for me to share my experience.

I only started 3 week ago (3 times a day with coconut and sesame oil alternated) and I am in awe.

So far it's mostly about my mouth. It killed any sign of bad breath which happened during the day after eating, drinking lots of coffee or tea, or after I got up first thing in the morning, you know the feeling :) My solution used to be a chewing gum :) Now, for some magic reason my breath stays fresh.

My mouth feels so so good now I can't even describe it. I don't buy chewing gums anymore :)

My teeth are so much whiter, I can't believe it but I can see it and not only me :)

I have two very old veneers that have brightened up, I suppose they too took the toll of my bad habits over the years but the OP has freshened them up tremendously. The strange thing is that when I had my veneers put in, I first had a laser whitening of the rest of my teeth and my veneers were matched in colour afterwards. Everything was very white at the time.

Over the years, my veneers became the "whitest" ones in my mouth, talking about 10 years after the laser whitening but if I have to be honest the darkening effect happened not longer than two years within the laser whitening.

Within the 2nd week of OP my teeth matched the veneers and I was pretty happy and astonished about it. Right now after 3 weeks of OP, my veneers are the darkest just by a shade on day light, even took pictures myself to keep it as proof. If I go on with OP I may have a problem :)

I'd really love to know scientifically how does OP whiten teeth because the results are undisputable.

Additionally my gums stopped bleeding when I brush. It did take two full weeks for that to happen though and I didn't have bad looking gums to start with prior except my bottom molars. I was actually still bleeding two weeks into OP when reading comments online and still not believing them because it still wasn't working for me at that time, and that was the reason I had started OP.

But guys, be patient and try it for as long as you can endure because I am blood free right now as far as my gums go :)

I would guess it would take longer for receding or damaged gums but mine were at a point of receding. I had a few brown notches at the bottom teeth and the gums of my molars looked like an old man's belly, bottom of my teeth exposed and I could dig into them with my brush and it was painful, the gums were so low and literally hanging at the sides rather than being attached to the teeth. They've crept up now and they've attached themselves back up which is pretty amazing and I feel no pain when brushing at them at all anymore. The brown parts near the gum line have disappeared too. I can't measure it by a gum probe as I never did ask at the dentist and he never bothered saying anything but I can see my gums literally growing up so it's a proof good enough for me. The only worry I have is if I have to dig into the gums now when I brush to clean those notches because they were like a tiny cut and may hold bacteria. I am going to have to see what happens but I have no fear because it used to be worse than that :) And I'll let you know one day :)

I want to mention that the sensitivity of my teeth increased tremendously at first with OP. I was pretty much scared for a few days that the oil is doing something bad for my teeth. I could feel it like you could feel alcohol on an opened wound. It felt like an extensive dental cleaning or when you have your teeth whitened professionally. However, after two weeks this absolutely stopped all of a sudden and I felt absolutely better than I could ever remember. I have 0 sensitivity now to anything at all, so don't let similar experience scare you. It's seems like a healing process.

And on top of all that, my nose is clear of any stiffness. My nose used to start running like water after the morning OP session, I had to spit the oil out midways and get another dose. I didn't have a sinus problem, at least I didn't think so, but I had a problem with liquid from my nose going down my throat when I went to bed which caused breathing problems while I sleep. The OP, whether because of the movement of the face muscles or something else causes a drainage almost like a water flow after OP. Right now I actually breath a lot better and I hadn't realised before OP how much my nose is a part of that.

So I totally, totally recommend OP to everyone that is not a sceptic, can incorporate it into their routine and cares at least about their mouth.

I've been calling my relatives and my friends and telling them to try it, sounding like I've got an Oil Pulling disease :). They may think I am crazy but whoever tries it will be thankful in the long run for one reason or another:)

And on a side note, because I am still a sceptic about detoxifying effects, I need to mention I got quite a few headaches at the start and I am not a headache person, hence I noticed. It could have been a coincidence but I want to mention it.

Replied by Meeya
(Sunnyvale, Ca)

Fantastic! Did you start off doing the oil pulling 3 times per day, or did you gradually increase? Can you please share how long you oil pull each time? I've heard 20 minutes is needed for full effects. Thanks!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Spb (New York) on 02/09/2011

I have been pulling with extra virgin coconut oil for the past month and the results are amazing. I have better sleeping habits, suppression of appetite, weight loss, Candida is under control, PMS and hormonal balance (mood swings and pre-ovulation pain are gone! ). Whiter teeth, pink gums, increased energy, colon cleansing and you name it.

I have also been using coconut oil on my skin and as an oil treatment in my hair. My remains moist longer and my heels are softer. My hair is thicker. I highly recommend oil pulling with extra virgin coconut oil.