Impressive Health Benefits of Oil Pulling

Peanut Oil

Posted by Maria (Clarkesville, Georgia, Usa) on 02/27/2010

Hi there,

I used to use triple refined sunflower oil to oil pull with outstanding results for about 2 years. I recently moved to the US and couldn't find sunflower oil at the grocery store so I tried triple refined Peanut oil instead. I read one of the posts that said that peanut oil was dangerous since mold often grows on the peanuts that are used to make the oil. Is this true? I must say the quality of the peanut oil is really good and it has a clean, neutral taste.

Also, I quit oil pulling for about 3 months last year and all the symptoms of my ailments like stiff joints, yellow stained teets etc, returned 10 times more intense than before. So, just remember, once you start oil pulling, there is no turning back!

Kind regards,


Posted by Harjit Kaur (Malaysia) on 04/05/2014

Hi, I have been married for 9 years and been trying for a child. I have been reading a lot of article on oil pulling.

My main questions is oil pulling safe for planning a pregnancy and for someone who is pregnant. What I know is oil pulling is a detox program. I would like to try but I'm having the fear of using it. Thank you.

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Dear Harjit,

Personally, I would be comfortable oil pulling when not pregnant. You can stop if you find out that you have conceived.

~Mama to Many~

Pumpkin Seed Oil

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Posted by Stevie Lynn (Lala Land, Ca, Usa) on 04/08/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I used to work at a healthfood store, and we had many customers who purchased hemp oil for oil pulling... I am new to the practice of oil pulling and have never tried this oil myself. Has anyone out there tried it? How did it work for you?

One that I have tried that I did not see listed anywhere is pumpkin seed oil... It is one of my favorites. It tastes nicer that others and is a pleasing consistancy to start with. I do not know if it has anything special that it is good for... But it seems to have the same positive effects overall as seseme or sunflower oil. I do not like the taste of seseme or the consistancy of sunflower. If anyone else has used pumkin seed oil too and has any more info on the details of its possible benefits please let me know.

Sacha Inchi

Posted by Maxine (Guayaquil, Ecuador) on 06/20/2014

Hi all. My local supermarket, here in Ecuador, has started selling Sacha Inchi "extra virgin" olive oil. I'd never heard of it before. Has anyone any experience of the oil or the seeds? I used it for the first time yesterday to oil pull and the detoxing effect was higher than when I've pulled with sunflower oil or virgin olive oil. Headaches, flu type symptoms, etc. I will, however, continue and see what happens after I've finished the bottle. Thanks in advance.

Safflower Oil

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Posted by Michelle (Lexington Park, Md) on 08/01/2011
5 out of 5 stars


I just started oil pulling last night. I can say the my mouth has never felt cleaner. I am using Safflower oil. I haven't been able to find coconut oil yet. I am planning on trying it for a mouth to see if there is a really big difference. Then I am going to tell my daughter about it.

Safflower Oil
Posted by Hopeso (England) on 07/02/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Hi - Tried oil pulling a while ago but didn't have much wrong with me so only found the benefit of whiter teeth. A couple of years ago I went to my dentist about a bad taste in my mouth - he said he couldn't see anything wrong but gargle with mouth wash. I did try this but it didn't really work. Since then my tooth is very sensitive to cold and hot things and I have been restricted to eating on one side of mouth. Its been like this for well over a year and I have been thinking I must go to the dentist (but didn't really want to).

Anyhow bought some Safflower oil the other day and started to oil pull in the mornings. I have only done this for 3 days and I can now eat on both sides and don't have a problem with hot or cold. I normally don't believe people when they say "Oh yes it was amazing" but here I go "Yes it was amazing, and I'm telling the truth". I'm so happy I don't have to go to the dentist. I think I'm always going to oil pull now. NB A few of my friends have been put off oil pulling because of the 20 mins - but if you keep busy instead of waiting for the 20 mins to be up you find it actually flies by. Hope this helps someone. Jules

Safflower Oil
Posted by Eileen10121 (Roseburg, Oregon, Usa) on 01/07/2011

I saw someone else ask this but I could not find the answer. How is safflower oil for OP? I use it topically for other things. Thank you, Eileen10121

Safflower Oil
Posted by Lana (Clinton Township, Michigan, Usa) on 01/25/2010
0 out of 5 stars

Safflower Oil Pulling

For the past five days I have been swishing my mouth with 1 tablespoon of safflower oil, once a day, about 10 to 15 minutes, before going to bed. I believe this has started a detox for me as I am experiencing mild skin breakouts, lethargy, and mild depression. A naturopathic doctor once told me that detox is emotional as well as physical, and that people going thru detox may experience a bit of melancholy along with some physical symptoms before they feel better. My gums feel less sensitive now. I plan to switch to a different oil after this detox. I believe in oil pulling, and I plan to start with a different oil after this initial detox phase passes. Thank you!

Safflower Oil
Posted by Dawn (Auburn Hills, Michigan) on 06/21/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I started oil pulling with Safflower oil last week. I started Safflower oil because that's what I had in the house. I use about a tablespoon in the morning first thing and swish for 20 minutes while I check email & clean up. Then I spit, brush with baking soda (I just dip my brush in, wet it and brush) and swish with equal parts peroxide and water, as usual.

I was already doing quite well quitting smoking but OP seems to have reduced my cravings and the orneriness attached to them. Further, I have found that I have fewer cravings for sweets and fatty food. McDs french fries and fish sandwich has been my guilty secret for a long time but I have passed up many opportunities for them in the past week. I have also been struggling to stop taking "seconds" for years. I haven't had that problem all week. Finally, I started my menses this morning and was surprised by it. I had not a single one of the usual symptoms associated with it.

On the negative side, while my teeth feel nice and clean in the morning, they seem to feel kind of gummy later in the day, which only leads me to brush extra, so no big deal unless I'm out with no access to a toothbrush, so I'm planning to start bringing apples with me. However, I also seem to be developing weird sores on my tongue. They are kind of like lumps under the skin that are tender and painful to the touch. I can't see anything when I look at it, but I can feel them. This concerns me a bit.

Replied by Pam
(Durango, Colorado)

Lumps, not visible, on tongue. I have one, too, and was so happy to read the article before this re' meridians tied to areas in the tongue. Now I assume it was only a cleansing thing because it's gone.

Safflower Oil
Posted by Carol (Cocoa, FL) on 08/02/2008
5 out of 5 stars

First, I would like to thank the originator for this web-site. I have been oil pulling for about two months and I have an enormous burst of energy after oil pulling. Previously to oil pulling I was having a problem with my left arm. I had gone to the doctor to have it checked, I had a stress test, blood work etc, results were normal. (it felt like I had some type of pulling in my arm). I have not had any problems with it since oil pulling. My teeth are very white. I am also doing Weight Watchers along with my daily pulling I am losing weight when I started WW I was 247lbs, I am now at 237lbs I don't know yet if I can contribute this to oil pulling yet. I only use 1 tsp of safflower oil and swish for 15-20 every morning. Truly thankful for the energy it gives me. It makes me more active.(which was needed). Thank you. Carol

Safflower Oil
Posted by Trina (Saint Helens, Oregon, USA) on 04/14/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Oil Pulling cured my Rheumatoid Arthritis in a matter of 3 days. Been using Safflower Oil. It helped so much. I sleep like a baby and pain free!! No more limping, dropping cups, hurting to drive, bend - I can open lids - pain free!! I had Rheumatoid Arthritis for over a year. I dont have joint stiffness anymore - but i can feel the joint damage (tightness when moving) In truth i am affraid to stop oil pulling - i dont want it to come back - because i have not stopped my health keeps improving i had gum disease (Periodontitis ), 8 year Chocoholic addiction,Dry Skin and Hair, A Sinus infection and Suffering with RA -gone! My skin is soft as a baby's head to toe- A huge scar i got from last winter i branded my self by backing into a propane heater - it looks like a cat scrach. Anyways its been a month and my health keeps improving. I OP for 2 to 3 times a day. Oh yah my mens. has improved too. Rarely irritable, minor back pain, no chocolate cravings, lil bit of a sweet tooth, lil to no cramps- such a big improvement - THANKU Earth Clinic!!!!!!!!

Safflower Oil
Posted by Catherine (Orlando, FL) on 02/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I used about 2 teaspoons of safflower oil and pulled for 20 minutes. My teeth are whiter. Two brown spots are almost gone. My gums are more irritated, which I see as a positive thing because they're healing. My head!! It started hurting so much about an hour after I finished. I had to take something and go to sleep. It still throbs a little and it has been 15 hours since I pulled. How long does that last? After a week? two weeks? I don't know if I can stand it. I am mainly trying this for my gums/teeth and also for arthritis and TMJ. Any feedback on arthritis and TMJ would be nice. The headache isn't worth it though if I have to endure it for very long. Thanks for the feed back.

Replied by Francine
(Houston, Tx)

Anytime I've done oil pulling and later feel achey, tired or headache, I knew that was a healing crisis or a detox time when lots of junk is pulled out from your organs and tissue. Drink A LOT of water and help keep your kidneys flushed and you'll recover soon. Weekends are a good time to hit it hard. Try it 2 or 3 times a day... Always 2 hours after a meal or first thing in morning. Take advantage of weekend timing and sleep a lot and DRINK WATER.

Cheers, Francine

Safflower Oil
Posted by Mira (Venice, CA) on 01/28/2008
5 out of 5 stars

... Then I found your site on Oil Pulling I had never heard of it before and I mistakingly thought it I read safflower oil in stead of sunflower oil. I got the courage up to try it and could do no more than a couple of minutes. Now I doubt if I will ever go to the Doctor ever again! After one try with the Safflower oil my VOICE was better than when i was kid! As if the oil had lubricated all that was rough and scratchy! I am so amazed at the oil pulling, I wonder why no one ever talks about it publicaly as the best thing ever for well being, as one of your writers on this site put it "The virus was made in nature can be healed by nature too!" I am a true Believer and will do these remedy's for life.I could go on and on about the benefits of these homade remedy's that REALLY WORK!

EC: Read the rest of Mira's email on the ACV Multiple Cures page.

Safflower Oil
Posted by Winnie (Washington, DC) on 01/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I stumbled on your site when searching for side effects for coconut oil. I took coconut oil for about 4 weeks and gained about 10 pounds, I was really hoping for the reverse; anyway I found your site and a lot of good information. I started oil pulling the very day I read about it, I have tried with extra virg. olive oil, sunflower, I didn't notice any real change after just one try. then I tried Safflower oil, did it in the morning just after brushing, then I felt sleepy, I decided to lay down on the couch, and slept for 3 hours; I didn't make a connection then until this morning I tried safflower oil again, same reaction. I slept so soundly, good thing I had the day off today. I'll try it again tonite, looking forward to a great night's sleep. I took 1TBSP for 20 mins. So if someone out there has problem sleeping, this might work for you. TED, whoever you are, I wish you radiant health and prosperity. Your kindness and generousity is written all over your words. Thank you. Winnie

Replied by Chris
(Austin, TX)

No, it must be cold pressed oil. If it is not available where you are, search the internet and buy it on line.

Replied by Chris
(Austin, TX)

Unrefined oil does not mean cold pressed. The oil MUST be cold pressed in order to work. If it does not say cold pressed on the label, then it's not cold pressed. Do a search and buy it on line if you can't find it locally.

Replied by Karen
(Austin, TX)

Definitely use clove oil or mix yourself up some Thieves, recipe here:
Equal Parts Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary, Lemon.
I use a little more cinnamon as I love the taste. Oils from Young Living or Ananda Apothecary. You can get YL oils cheaper using this number 342614. Also, PainBomb on the jawbone over pain.
All the Best,

Replied by Ruth
(Sydney, Australia)

To Abby re oil swishing:

just want to make sure that you are actually spitting the oil out completely afterwards; the dirrrahea sounds like you may be ingesting some of it and the whole point is the oil collects toxins from the mouth that we can then remove quickly. I've only been doing it for about a week but the oral hygenist will be fascinated to see in 6 months time to see if it has cut down on plague buildup.

Replied by Mike
(Dublin, Ireland)

Hi Abby from Chicago, I had a similar detox-type reaction when I began to OP. I had a constant severe headache, persistent nausea and real difficulty eating. These symptoms became more severe over a period of about a week and I wondered was I doing the right thing in persisting with OP. Similar to yourself I had an upcoming family event so quit OP, and the symptoms disappeared.

However I re-started OP about a month later and have been doing it daily for the last 6 months. My teeth are whiter and feel less sensitive when chewing hard food such as muesli, and my oral health is generally better.

It is also the middle of winter here in Ireland and I have been less affected by colds than most years, with the last cold clearing up without needing a trip to the doc. My sinuses, which have given trouble over the last few winters have also not bothered me this winter. I have also had a number of people remark on my healthy looking complexion and have even asked if I have been away on vacation - strange because I'm normally milk-bottle white in winter!

One of the reasons I started OP was to see if it would cure the keratosis pilaris on my upper arms. Although I can't yet say as I am still using my last dose of prescription cream, the condition seems to have improved over the results I saw using the cream alone. The real test will be when I stop using this tube of cream!

What I would suggest is giving OP another go and see if you experience the same symptoms - all I can say is that I didn't.
Best of luck

Replied by Suzanne
(Houston, Texas / USA)

Headaches are often caused by a food allergy. You might try using Sunflower oil and see if you have better results. Good luck!

Replied by Jamie
(Chico, CA)

I find that if I Oil pull for 20 min first thing in the AM and then drink my ACV, I try to wait 4hr after eating to Oil pull again and I include all liquids that are not H2O. I follow up with ACV. I have now added two different Oils to trade off on for Pulling. I feel great and weight is still falling off.

Replied by Kiran
(Cary, NC)

Sandhya, You need Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar - I am not sure if you can find this product in India. Good Luck - Kiran

Replied by Jocelyn
(Dublin, Ireland)

This is feed back for Sandhya from India who posted in Oil pulling cures on 05/29/2008:

Sandhya if you are still searching for Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar try to contact Auroville it's outside Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu... They have numerous organic farms, health food providers and pratictioners living in the centre...I am sure that if they do not produce it themselves that they have a supplier for the vinegar. I would recommend a visit to anyone in india and in the south already, it is a wonderful place full of wonderful people doing a vast array of incredible things, from the arts through to the healing arts...divine anarchy lives!

love and light to all may we heal ourselves so we may better heal the earth.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
509 posts

You might find it interesting to go to When you find Jim Humble's site you can download the first half of his book on MMS for free. I liked the first half so much that I have already paid $9.95 to download the 2nd half of the book. I think this guy is onto something here and he claims cures for malaria, cancer, hepatitis AB & C, HIV, and a few others. I have just ordered some of this MMS to check it out myself (if it doesn't kill me then I'll definitely recommend it to family, friends, and of course Earth Clinic. This poor guy has been trying to go through proper channel to get it to the public since he was 61 years old (now 75+) and is using this method to get the knowledge to the public. If this checks out to be as good as he says and as safe, you had better believe that Big Pharm and Big AMA, Big entire Medical Field will start trying to discredit &bad mouth it because, it is going to play hell with "job security" throughout all of the above mentioned. I suspect that Jim Humble is right when he said get you some as soon as you can because he suspects it is going to become scarce as hen's teeth once their job security chain starts clanking.

Replied by Ulrike
(New York, NY)

Interesting note about the OP and anemia. Btw, did your doctors test you for preexisting blood conditions that could cause you to not absorb iron normally? E.g. certain diseases like thalassemia can cause anemia. Moreover, if the person with this disease takes iron pills, it can actually result in simultaneous organ damage *and* anemia (iron pills will not work at all in this case). So maybe you should look into whether the cause of your anemia has anything to do with iron. Best of luck!

Replied by Jake
(Chicago, IL)

I'd like to alert Maria from BC that the removal of amalgam fillings is quite hazardous. She should definitely search out and find a dentist qualified to do the work and not just an ordinary dentist. DAMS (Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome) is a not for profit organization that can send a list of dentists in your area who specialize and who you can interview before submitting yourself to the mercury removal.

Replied by Melissa
(San Diego, CA)
5 out of 5 stars

In response to Rebecca from Bronx NY: I also wondered about oil pulling. I did it for two months with no evidence of it helping with anything. I was hoping it would alleviate pain from exposed nerves due to receding gums as well as with acne and general detox. I stopped the oil pulling for a couple of months but was desperate for some sinus relief with a cold one afternoon. I pulled two afternoons in a row and had really great results. Help with sinuses, no tooth pain, and major colon cleanse! I figured out what I must have been doing wrong for two months when I saw no results. I was pulling in the mornings while getting ready for work and getting my daughter ready for school so it didn't really have my full attention. Sometimes I would be distracted and would stop swishing or swallow a little (not the actual oil, but just whatever mucus or saliva was rising up in the back of my throat). When I pulled in the afternoons, it was a time I could just focus on the pulling. I don't pull very often now since it is rare for me to have an empty stomach anytime besides morning (I'm a grazer) and I'm not willing to get up at 4:30am to have enough time to focus on pulling before I start my day. Hope this helps.

Replied by Lorie
(Henryville, IN)

Reply to Nay about Oil pulling. The instructions say to do it BEFORE you brush your teeth. Maybe that is why it isn't working for you.

Replied by FR

Hi, just wanted to share with you my cure for an infected gum -- hydrogen peroxide. Also wanted to respond to Subashini from Kuwait, because I may have an answer for her about the bad breath and oil pulling.

My story (I'll try to be brief)... got a piece of food stuck in the gum behind one of my front teeth. No matter what I did -- floss, oil pull, swish peroxide -- it didn't come out. I then went to a new dentist last week to have my teeth cleaned and the stuck particle removed. Lucky me -- the hygenist was just filling in for the day and during the teeth cleaning part, said she saw something dislodge but then "lost sight of it". Okay, fine, I thought. That night I awoke in the middle of the night with terrible bad breath. It was so bad it actually woke me up. Yes, I do have sensitive smell!! When I looked at the right front tooth the next day, I noticed that the gum was severely swollen, from the tooth to the roof of the mouth. The bad breath also persisted. I started my holistic regime of oil pulling, then later swishing with hydrogen peroxide. The oil pulling, like Subashini said, made my breath worse. YUCK! I tried swishing with sea salt. No luck. Finally I had the idea a couple of days ago to soak a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide and then hold it (tightly) to the swollen gum for 10 minutes. I also pinched another h202 soaked cotton ball to the back side of the tooth where the piece of food had initially lodged. Interestingly, it didn't hurt, but certain areas of the gum turned white. 10 minutes later the white had disappeared. Glad to say that my bad breath smell immediately disappeared and has not returned. My gum is looking a little better. A couple more days of this (soaked h202 2x a day) and I think I will be back to 100%. I highly suggest this technique if you have a tooth abcess or swollen gums from an infection. It is the best way for hydrogen to penetrate, otherwise it just turns to foam if you swish it around in your mouth.

So Subashini, I think your issue may be an infection somewhere in your gums that the oil pulling is bringing to the surface. Infection smells like dental plaque -- quite disgusting. My suggestion is to pull up your top lip (then pull down the bottom lip) in the mirror in daylight and look for redness in your gums. If you can pinpoint an area, then soak it with hydrogen peroxide cotton ball 2x a day for a day or two. I would predict that your issue of bad breath will immediately go away, even after you oil pull.

Oh, one more thing. You will need to bend over a sink whilst holding the cotton ball to your gums and let your saliva run out. You may need to do round 2 during the same session. Most importantly, you don't want to swallow anything! Rinse well afterwards. Hope this helps someone, somewhere. All My Best, FR

Side Effects

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Posted by Edith (Columbia, Maryland) on 01/03/2015
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Has anybody tried oil pulling for hormonal issues? I've been dealing with hormonal problems and gigantic uterine fibroids for years. I have too much estrogen or too little progesteron. Probably candida problem as well. I've been oil pulling for two month. I missed a day or two here and there, but not much. Started with extra virgin/virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, then extra virgin olive oil, now coconut oil again. It definitely helps with my hormonal issues, and my fibroids, which is why I don't want to stop, but ever since I've started oil pulling, I've been having some serious flu-like symptoms. On and off, mostly on. Mainly sinus problems (that seem to be candida related) and bad fatigue. I'm pretty sure this is healing crisis, but how much longer is this supposed to last? It just would be easier not to give up knowing how much longer to hold on.

Replied by Timh
2072 posts

Edith: It is obvious you need to do some additional detox remedies and cleanses. For starters ---ACV, Iodine, Turpentine, Borax, and herbs like Garlic and Oregano.

Replied by Edith

Thank you for your advice! I did one thorough colon-liver cleanse 2 months before starting oil pulling. I'm aware how amazing cleanses are, unfortunately I find them very time and money consuming. I'm already using apple cider vinegar and all kinds of herbs that are good for the sinuses and are antifungal. I'm also using colloidal silver nose spray and xylitol-grapefruit seed extract-saline nose spray to treat my sinus infection. Taking cayenne pepper capsules helps with the fatigue. I've just checked out turpentine and borax, never knew they were so beneficial. I knew about iodine, I just somehow never got to try it. I will give these a try, thank you for the tip!

Replied by Rosanne
(Victoria, BC, Canada)

Hey there Joanne! Now, I don't know your story except from what is posted, but removing your gallbladder is something worth reconsidering! I have friends and colleagues whose doctors have recommended removing their gallbladders for minor ailments - and I don't know why this is recommended! Your gallbladder stores bile for your body and is a very important component to your digestive system; we wouldn't have it if we didn't need it! Perhaps a gallstone cleanse is in order, at least as something to try before undergoing surgery. Best of luck.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn.)
509 posts

Hello Jimmy, Hope that toothpaste you're washing your mouth with doesn't contain that neurotoxin sodium fluoride!

Replied by Kristin
(Rancho Cucamonga, CA)

Oil Pulling: Response to Shirin from Singapore 2/29/08 post. Hi, Shirin, You may be having a healing episode / crisis. Ted or one of the other contributors would know better than I. My perspective as a physical therapist is that you may be working your mouth / jaw too hard while you are oil pulling.

'I recently began oil pulling, and I noticed my TMJ (jaw joint) problem flaring up at first. TMJ problems can result in all of the symptoms you described, including the neck pain. This is because the neck and face / jaw muscles are very closely related during the functions of chewing, talking, opening/closing mouth.

I realized that I was working the oil too hard and too fast in my mouth (20 minutes is a long time). When I slowed down and did smaller movements with the oil, it was better. I also had to start with a little less oil until my coordination improved to the point where I did not feel like I had to swallow.

Try the following the next time you oil pull:

1. sit with good posture in a firm chair (not hunched forward over computer, sink, or desk).
2. put a pillow on your lap to support your arms. This will allow your neck and shoulders to relax a bit.
3. Be mindful of what you are doing; are you clenching your teeth? are you pushing / thrusting your jaw forward or sideways? are you tensing your tongue a lot? are you frowning or shrugging your shoulders as you concentrate? These are all things to avoid.
4. Try to work slowly and keep your face and jaw as relaxed as possible while working the oil. Your cheeks should be doing most of the work. You could practice by moving air around in your mouth as if you were swishing oil. I have a tendency to clench my teeth, so I monitor that carefully.

I have stopped trying to "chew" the oil because I can't do it without aggravating the TMJ. I have also started taking mini-breaks of up to 5 seconds where I just let the oil rest in my mouth so my neck /jaw / face / scalp muscles can relax a bit.

Possible remedies if this is due to TMJ (jaw) irritation:
1. applications of moist heat up to 15 minutes, 3-4 times daily. It can be done as often as every hour if necessary for pain control, but no more than 15 minutes! I do not know if it is ok to do right after oil pulling from a toxin standpoint, however I usually have my patients use heat right after eating if their symptoms become aggravated. Sometimes cold compresses feel better. The idea is to get the muscles to relax and break that pain cycle. Breaking the pain cycle is important so that this does not become a long-term problem.
2. Use your fingers to do gentle massage (with or without oil. I do without because my skin is naturally oily), or, better yet, get someone to do it for you. The forehead, under the cheekbones, in front of the ears, the scalp (especially over and behind ears), and VERY VERY gently under the jawbone from the back near the ears out to under the chin. Gently pulling the ear lobes down and slightly outward is also helpful. When my TMJ is flared up, I find it easier to do the massage with one hand at a time because using 2 hands causes my neck/jaw/face muscles to tense further. I hope this helps. Kristin