Oil Pulling: Unlock Natural Oral Health & Detox Benefits

Oil Pulling and Mercury Fillings
Posted by Gigi (Jackson, Mi) on 05/18/2013

Could anyone tell me if oil pulling will pull mercury out of the fillings in your teeth. I have been eating coconut oil 2 T a day to help with parkinson symtoms, and worry about metals and my health, I have 10 mercury fillings. I was considering oil pulling.

Oil Pulling And Sublingual Medications
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 05/07/2013

Hi Ted: If sublingual meds are more readily absorbed how can it be, when OP, we are not absorbing more of the toxins we are swishing around in our mouth? Thanks for your help.

Multiple Oils Tried
Posted by Mary (Arizona) on 05/04/2013

You wrote that you "swished" the oil. Oil pulling requires that you "chew" the oil like food. Give that a try for a week and see what happens. Blessings, Mary

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 04/30/2013 2063 posts

Kathy: Your post was quite sufficiently organized, so you must be doing fairly well.

Not just the GMO's but growth hormones and antibiotics are used in our "factory farms". After watching Food Inc, I was disappointed that the producers & director of the movie simply took the "organic" and "humane" side of the problem, and totally neglected the real issue of feeding a booming population of (too many) people. It's obvious that our "little" planet can only sustain so many people, and the reality is now kicking in, especially in the declining health of the animal inhabitants.

Not for everybody, but an eco-friendly solution of sustainable and healthy food production is Aquaponics. Check out "Back Yard Liberty" for more information on micro-farming.

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 04/29/2013

Timh--I should have added "eggs" when I suggested cooking veggies 'til tender to eat with animal protein. I thought that could be assumed from my remark about reducing my meat and egg consumption. I've gone from eating three extra large eggs a day to one or two medium at least once a day, sometimes twice. BTW, I noticed that the eggs in the cardboard cartons have a richer yellow/orange yolk so I only purchase those.

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 04/29/2013

Hi Timh, I used to eat three eggs a day but, to make a very long story short, I learned that chickens are being fed genetically modified grains and grasses. It makes them fatter, harder to digest and the eggs they produce are no longer nutritionally balanced. After being contacted by someone in a consumer group and watching a PBS special about our food I started looking for "free-range" dairy cows, cattle and chicken. There is no such thing because they're all being fed GMO's and, I feel, this is why there is such a weight problem. My husband and I became aware of THAT meat, milk and eggs being harder to digest. It had me in debt for awhile too. Going back to what was considered not so safe is safer after all and eating raw fruits and vegetables has become more deadly because they have been engineered to last longer... Disease or droubt resistant and very hard for us to digest. Organics are no longer safe. You just have to get used to smaller portions because you don't know to what degree the food has been tainted.

Between a rock and a hard place, you have to decide what's best for you. Cook food too long and you create more MSG which can stimulate some nerve cells to death. Don't cook it long enough and and your body has a hard time assimilating it.

This has been done in a peicemeal rush and I don't know if I've made sense.

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 04/29/2013 2063 posts

Kathy, thought I might add that eating or supplementing Liver would help restore minerals as well as Vit-A. The only other food with appreciatible amounts of (preformed) Vit-A is Eggs.

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 04/28/2013

I am so sorry for my piecemeal approach, just trying to help. I've had multiple head traumas. Vit A is needed for tissue repair so you need to eat fruits and vegetables that contain Vit A cooked until tender to eat with your animal protein.

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 04/28/2013

AQ, I forgot to mention the oil could be rancid. On the news there was a report about our food supply being diluted with cheaper ingredients. Olive oil and tea were mentioned. I had purchased a brand named, more expensive extra virgin olive oil in an amber glass bottle because I thought it was pure and safe but it was not. I returned it to the store and did not have any trouble getting my money back. You might want to look into the oil you purchased. I have noticed such sensitivity reduction with the CO I recommend you get some and give it a try. I take a spoonful and do my swishing while I watch the news (I'd watch it 24/7 if I could), do my housework or while I am looking up something on the PC. The time goes by quickly.

Lastly, if you do not eat animal protein you are not getting what you need to replace and rebuild what is being broken down due to aging wear and tear. I'm sure you must be aware that next to water, protein is the most plentiful substance in the body. It sounds to me like you may be vegetarian and/or you take multiple supplements. All of our food has been genetically modified in one way or another and, in my opinion the binders, fillers, and /or capsules could be destroying what you feel you are helping. I have learned what foods provide the nutrients I need and try to use food as my medicine. The problem is that food is not what it used to be. Just for the record, I'm old enough to be your mother, I have amalgam fillings and crowns. The only place I have gum recession is where I did not brush properly as a youngster and I had used a hard bristled brush. I eat animal protein (that has to be weighed and limited now due to what the edible critters are being fed) and I try to keep my weight at 100lbs. It is a little more difficult because I have to limit my meat & eggs and I'm not as active as I used to be. I used to jog three miles a day and worked out at a spa several days a week.

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 04/27/2013

Hi again AQ, I just read your post again and I'm sorry I didn't address your pleas. Since you have so much recession, that could allow more bacteria in and since you have pain in your roots, enough bacteria could have caused you to have abscesses. I have read posts here on EC that really helped me with the pain from mine. I went to Ailments for "abscessed tooth" and read about using a garlic clove to ease the pain. It burns but it worked. There is a post there by HappyNurse66 that helped me get through my terrible pain for one tooth. Someone else posted putting a tea bag in enough water to moisten it well, covering the affected tooth/teeth and gently biting it to hold it in place for 20-30 minutes. Have you had a full-mouth series of x-rays? Alternating the garlic clove and tea bag calmed the two I had. I don't think it means I'm out of the woods yet but I'm not in pain. This happened to me last August. One x-ray confirmed the garlic did indeed reduce the size of an abscess for a tooth that had a root canal. I did take some OTC pain medication for that one. Once I learned the garlic had reduced the size of the abscess I stopped using it because I wasn't in anymore pain... BIG MISTAKE. Sleeping on that side of my face created enough heat to cause what was there to burst. Then I had pain. That's when my husband insisted I use the OTC (2AM). The next day I alternated the tea bag and garlic clove until the pain and swelling were gone. If you want to try the tea bag remedy, make sure you get a brand name.

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 04/27/2013

Hi AQ, I stumbled on some information about "organic" that I was pleased to read because I just never had a good feeling about "organic" anything. I don't have your post in front of me so I cannot recall the type of oil you said you used. It seems to me that because I was not exposed to organics in my youth, my system has adapted or maybe built up an immunity so that if I were to convert to organics I would have some kind of reaction. I cannot remember exactly what the article said but I remember it said that the soil organics are grown in is not good. I'll try to locate it if you are interested. If you weren't brought up on organics maybe you're having a reaction to that oil. If not, I was taught that gum recession comes from improper brushing. I was a dental assistant part-time when in high school. I was in one of the school-to-work programs. I remember the dentist telling the children to brush their teeth the way they grew with a soft brush. Brush from the gums down on the uppers and up from the lowers, massaging the gums to keep them tight against the teeth. I wasn't taught to take care of my teeth at a young age but when I applied that brushing technique I think it helped to preserve them. You're twice that age so I don't know if it's too late but it sure wouldn't hurt to try. Just let me know if you are interested in the article about "organics" and I'll try to locate it. I forwarded it to a couple of friends so it is here somewhere.

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Aq (Berkeley, Ca) on 04/27/2013

Hi Kathy from Sadville, I would never use oil in plastic. I'm using Spectrum organic, bottled in glass.

Thanks for your response!


Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Tamara (Fort Collins, Colorado, Usa) on 04/25/2013

Hi Aq. I'm no expert on dental care but your post comes in the middle of my own research into dental health after finding an amazing oral health care routine by Dr. Ellie Phillips. I came across her information by accident last week and have been devouring her free website posts ever since. Boy, have I learned a lot! I've also applied her mouth care system and have seen noticeable improvement in just one week. She has a lot of information to go through on her blog but she has a book as well, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, which seems to be a more concise and organized read (I have not read it yet). I highly recommend you take a look at her information. http://ultimateoralhealthguide.com/

In the meantime, I do have some thoughts about your routine that you might consider.

You said that at the same time you started oil pulling that you also started to brush your teeth and floss after every meal. This may very well be the problem. This is a common issue, especially here on EC, where most people think that brushing immediately after eating or drinking something acidic (like the popular remedy Apple Cider Vinegar) will protect their teeth from the erosion of the acid. Wrong! It's actually the opposite. Acidic foods and drinks will actually soften your enamel, so that when you brush your teeth you then brush the enamel away. Kind of the worst thing you could do if you're trying to protect your teeth!

The remedy is to make sure that you alkalize your mouth before brushing to ensure that the enamel is protected. You can do this by swishing with a solution of baking soda in water, eating or chewing a mint/gum sweetened with 100% xylitol (or dissolving the pure crystals in your mouth), eating a piece of cheese, or swishing with a commercial product like closys mouth wash. Brushing with an alkalized mouth is very different from brushing with an acidic mouth. This might also happen even if you haven't eaten recently because things like overall diet, stress, medications, toxins, candida, mouth breathing, and hormones that affect the acidity of the mouth. You can buy pH strips to test this easily.

Another issue might be how you are brushing and flossing: it could be a case of doing too much rather than too little. Most people use too hard of a toothbrush and put too much pressure on it, thinking that they have to scour their teeth to make them clean, much like cleaning a dirty, caked on dish. This actually can do lots of damage to teeth and gums. Instead, you should use a soft toothbrush and gently brush the teeth while focusing on massaging your gums to bring much needed circulation to your gums (and letting your body help you fight infection this way).

Secondly, most people have never been taught to properly floss either, so they tend to mangle and cut their gums rather than wriggle food particles out. Your dentist or dental hygienist should be able to show you how to correctly apply both these methods without damaging your soft tissues with heavy-handedness.

My next point was a hard pill for even me to swallow. You see, I have been using baking soda and peroxide as my "toothpaste" for the past 5 years, trying to be as natural as possible and throwing out chemical, commercial toothpaste. I liked it and didn't like the alternatives. Even so-called natural toothpastes have unnecessary or unwanted ingredients (like glycerin, which prevents your teeth from remineralizing with your natural saliva). I, too, practiced good hygiene; brushing and flossing every day and eating a healthy diet, but my oral health still wasn't where I expected it to be.

When I stumbled onto Dr. Ellie's blog I was disappointed to see that she does NOT recommend baking soda because of the effect she's seen on her patients' gums. Her insights have thrown off some of my thoughts and arrogance concerning natural tooth care. In this post she addresses this issue: http://ultimateoralhealthguide.com/2009/03/20/home-made-toothpaste/ . I'll quote a few sentences that caught my eye regarding your condition-

"I have seen baking soda used without problems for a few days, but after repeated use (over months or years) the gums start to disappear. There is no pain or swelling associated with this recession just a loss of gum tissue. This problem can be very severe to the point of people loosing teeth because of this."

Sound familiar? The reason I bring this up is two-fold. First, the main ingredient of Ecodent natural tooth powder is baking soda (baking soda is also mentioned in the first article I linked as a possible cause of gum recession). Secondly, I wanted you to know that I am NOT one who would normally buy any commercial body care products, including fluoride toothpaste. Most of my friends call me a" hippy", as I use the information here on EC as my "health care provider". However, Dr. Ellie has written very compelling evidence for the reasons she has recommended the products that she does.

In the one week (! ) that I've faithfully applied her full program, I have noticed great improvements in the markers of oral health that I felt I was previously failing at. My teeth are whiter and stronger, my front bottom teeth feel "tighter" in the gums (they previously felt "loose"), and I no longer bleed while brushing or flossing. Now, I'm not saying that these things will all happen for you, as you seem to have a much more advanced case than I, but you might! She has many other testimonials similar to mine.

I'm treading lightly here, as I have been amazed at the success I've found, but am very much aware of the dissonance this might create here in EC. Her system uses a series of mouth rinses and a commercial fluoride toothpaste, as well as timely application of xylitol products. She approves of very specific products and goes into detail about why they work. Yes, you read that- fluoride However, if you really take the time to understand the information she presents (across her whole blog), you may just decide to follow her program as well. If you are at all concerned about fluoride, like I am, start with this page:


My recommendations are to look at the links I've posted, do some digging, and find out what will work for you. I know that if I was in your position that I would try to avoid surgery at if all possible (which you seem to as well). Also, I echo another poster in advocating the use of essential oils, especially clove, to deal with your mouth pain. Garlic, too, has seemed to help many others on this forum. Use the search bar above to find relevant posts. If anything, xylitol is also an excellent tool to explore using for dental health, with decades of research backing its efficacy in Europe.

I do not believe that oil pulling is what has been causing your recent discomfort, however I do not know that for sure. You might consider changing your oil to some other oil (maybe you're allergic?) as well as practicing good dietary habits. Drink an appropriate amount of water (coincidentally most people drink too much and flush their body's electrolytes away-see The Water Cure for more info), eat enough protein (since your body needs to build up your gum tissue and repair it), and be kind to yourself!

Good luck, and I hope that I've given you some useful information to help you. Give us an update if you can!

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 04/25/2013

Could be the type of oil. If it is a liquid bottled in plastic, that could cause problems. I've only been OP for a couple weeks but am very happy with the results reducing my sensitivity. I use coconut oil. It is in plastic but it is not in liquid form so I assume there is less absorption of the toxins.

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Kajned (Takoma Park, Md) on 04/25/2013

I don't think new enamel grows back..... You've got what you've got.

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Leah (Philadelphia, Pa) on 04/25/2013

Dear Aq from Oakland, I'm sorry you are in so much pain. I have treated gum swelling and pain from wisdom tooth movement successfully with pure peppermint oil or pure clove oil on numerous occasions. I apply with Q-tip to all my gum lines and especially to the affected area.

However, I don't have a pocket, amalgam fillings or do regular oil pulling so I cannot speak directly to those concerns. All I know is the pure essential oil application takes away my pain within 15-20 mins. Also if you have an infection I believe both of these oils are good anti microbials. I brush with baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide and my gums seem much happier for it. I see new enamel growing since switch away from regular toothpaste.

I hope this helps and you feel well again soon!

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 04/25/2013

I put some baking soda and coconut on in my bite guard and stuck it on my teeth and the sensitivity called down and I notice my teeth and gums went tight on me.

It was weird - like the teeth were more crowded together and the gums were all pulled up on them. I plan to be more careful with the baking soda, I had used the coconut oil in the guard a few times before and it seemed to loosen the guard on the sides... with no soda and they seemed relaxed, not tight.

I don't oil pull but the coconut oil has been miraculous. White, clean, less sensitive.

Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
Posted by Aq (Oakland, Ca) on 04/25/2013

Hello, I am an extremely healthy 39 year old (I'm an acupuncturist and herbalist) with terrible gum recession (but no redness, swelling, or inflammation, and perfect hygiene). I had braces as a teenager, and my recession started shortly after. A month ago, I found out I had two deep pockets (one 7mm and one 8mm) and the periodontist scheduled me for surgery on May 24th. I'm trying to close the pockets and reverse the recession in order to avoid surgery and heal my gums. So, I started oil pulling (just under one month ago). 20 minutes twice per day. I also started brushing and flossing after each meal, instead of flossing only once per day and brushing 2-3 times per day.

After week 1, I started having some tooth pain, deep in the roots. After week 2, that pain got more severe. By week 3, I started feeling very upset... That something is wrong... I should not have 24/7 tooth pain for two weeks! I had never had that kind of tooth pain before. So I stopped oil pulling and went back to flossing only once per day and brushing twice per day (I am using Ecodent natural tooth powder), thinking maybe I was over-treating.

The pain is unrelentless. Although I have not oil pulled for 3 days, my teeth still hurt (the upper and lower front teeth). They have hurt pretty much constantly for two and a half weeks. Also, it seems like my recession is worse. This has me extremely upset, and depressed for the first time in my life.

Can you help explain what is happening? It feels that oil pulling has made my condition worse and caused unrelentless pain that I never had before.

By the way, I have one amalgam filling in a molar towards the back and one non-amalgam filling in a molar on the other side (I have had two cavities in my lifetime).

Thanks in advance for your insights.

Dental Issues
Posted by Gunther922 (Ayer, Ma) on 04/23/2013

Regarding brushing your teeth after OP. I have read on this site that you must brush your teeth after in order to rinse out and get rid of the toxins/bacteria. Is this not true? Help I'm so confused.

General Feedback
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 04/22/2013

Hi Polly, I should have "replied" to those who posted the emphasis but did not... I sometimes awaken with extreme hunger. At two in the morning I am so hungry I don't feel like OP for twenty minutes before I eat! If you have such a thirst, your acceptable table salt may be the problem. The flowing/anti-caking agent contributes to more ailments than is recognized and could be in other spices. I use a sea salt that is labeled "real" because it does not contain those agents. I thought I might be eaten up with parasites or have a tapeworm but I eat garlic and use ACV that I had read are remedies to those problems. I'm sixty-five and try to keep my weight at a hundred.

General Feedback
Posted by Polly (London , England) on 04/22/2013

That is a very good question because when I was pulling on an empty stomach I was waking with a thirst (I am 62 and I follow a very healthy lifestyle) So I started drinking filtered water and camomile tea (which I have overnight by my bed) THEN oil pulling and its still very effective!

General Feedback
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 04/21/2013

Why is it emphasized to OP on an empty stomach? I had done it awhile after I ate and didn't seem to have any problem. Could I be causing harm without being aware of it?

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---

Pumpkin Seed Oil
Posted by Stevie Lynn (Lala Land, Ca, Usa) on 04/08/2013

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.

Posted by Sq (Dubai, UAE) on 04/06/2013

Hi, I have been using a teaspoon of clarified butter/ghee to do OP. I can only keep it in for upto 5 minutes because by then there is too much saliva and if I do it any longer I will end up swalloing it. Is my choice of fat ok?

Castor Oil
Posted by Gg (Lalaland, Ca) on 04/06/2013

Castor Oil? Seriously? I have been a castor oil user for years, but only externally. The castor bean is poisonous, I used to use castor bean plants around my garden to repel gophers and moles until they were the accidental cause of death of a neighbors puppy... After reading this I decided to check my bottle in the cabinet and it clearly says on it for external use only... I'm not sure, but it is in the nightshade family isnt it?

General Feedback
Posted by Ann (San Antonio, Texas) on 04/04/2013

Since your post from 2008, did you continue with the oil pulling and has your blood pressure changed? Having similar issues... Thank you

Blend of Oils
Posted by Murray (Melbourne, Australia) on 03/29/2013

Research indicates that Sesame and Sunflower oils are the best two for OP. I also read that Sesame Sesame seed oil is absorbed quickly and penetrates through the tissues to the very marrow of the bone. It is said to enter into the blood stream through the capillaries and circulates. The liver does not sweep sesame seed oil molecules from the blood, accepting those molecules as friendly. As I am wanting healing for a chronic form of leukemia this circulation to the bone marrow is potentially beneficial. The challenge is this: When I OP with Sunflower oil for 20 minutes it turns white but not when I OP with Sesame oil. I therefore tried a 50/50 blend of Sunflower/Sesame oils for 20 minutes and it DID turn white. My question: Is there benefits from blending the two oils? Will I get the benefits to my bone marrow from the Sesame oil if it is blended with Sunflower oil? Are there dangers in blending these two particular oils or things I should be aware of? Thanks in advance :-)

Cedar Nut Oil
Posted by Sevgilim1321 (Scarborough, Ontario Canada) on 03/24/2013

Here in Toronto there is a new store called Healthy Planet; they sell a great variety of natural and organic products, their prices are quite reasonably and I saw products that I have heard in my life!!!

You may want to give them a call: http://www.healthyplanetcanada.com

Multiple Oils Tried
Posted by Cat (Austin, Tx) on 03/02/2013

I had this once when I used sunflower oil and when I switched to virgin coconut oil, I have not had this problem again. I will say, when I eat sunflower seeds, I get a rash around my mouth. I think perhaps that I may be allergic to sunflower seed and oil. If I were you, once my mouth healed, I would go with testing one oil at a time until I found one that did not cause blisters. Many recommend starting with sesame.

Multiple Oils Tried
Posted by Blistered (Chicago, Il) on 02/27/2013

I tried oil pulling for the first time this morning using Meditteranean blend oil, which contains soya, sunflower and extra virgin olive oil. I did this before eating and drinking anything. I swished for 20 mins. , then rinsed with warm water, brushed my teeth and drank three glasses of water. It is now evening and I now have blisters in my mouth. Never had them before. Has this happened to someone else? Am I swishing too long, using wrong oil?? What can I do to avoid getting blisters. Thank you!!

General Feedback
Posted by Guest (Bangalore, India) on 02/27/2013

Is it okay if I include Coconut Oil in the morning & Sunflower oil in the evening in my daily oil pulling regimen?

General Feedback
Posted by Fina (Brookline, Ma) on 02/07/2013

@Caitlin - What type oil do you pull with - coconut? Thanks.

General Feedback
Posted by Caitlin (Austin, Tx) on 02/07/2013

Hey All! Been awhile. Here's a suggestion! As far as getting rid of the oil, make a point of keeping the plastic bags from the grocery store to spit the residue into after oil pulling. I knot the bag closed and toss into a trash container. This keeps the oil out of the pipes and the bagged oil avoids smelling up your container as it would if spat directly into it.

As far as oil-pulling goes, it is fantastic. I had stopped for a while and restarted. I must say, what a differance only 5 days has made! The grayish palor and lines on my face, forehead, and under-eyes are disappearing again. My face and body feel smoother and look less tired. Also, my bones don't crick when I roll out of bed each moring. My tongue is turning a beautiful shade of pink. Also, the oil-pulling's natural jaw exercise is refining and prominating my Indian cheekbones. The oil-pulling soothes my tummy and I'm also happier, calmer, and sleeping well after 2 months of insomnia. At the same time as oil pulling, I've up my water intake and I believe that is helping a lot, as well. As water drinking is hard for me for some reason, I went and purchased an extra large, tall beer mug from Walmt which I fill to the brim with filtered water and 1 TBLsp of ACV. I drink this 3 times a day, sipping with a straw. The jug is so large, that I barely taste the ACV. But, it is doing wonders for regulating my bowels and moistening my skin which usually stays on the dry side (DUH!).

Castor Oil
Posted by Al (Alvena, Sk., Canada) on 01/27/2013

The only thing I have seen regarding blood type and things that are good and bad depending on it are a series of books by Peter J. D'Adamo, the first of which is titled Eat Right For Your Type. The diet information is invaluable to me. Perhaps the oils that are good for your diet/blood type are the same as for oil pulling.

Canola Oil
Posted by Al (Alvena, Sk., Canada) on 01/27/2013

Canola is a modified version of rape. I don't know if it was done by cross breeding or by GMO but it was done to reduce the acidity of the oil as the acidic rapeseed oil was considered to be unhealthy. I use grape seed oil for all my cooking as it has zero cholesterol. I am 54 and have "the blood pressure of a healthy 150 pound 18 year old" at 330 lbs.. Has anyone used grape seed oil for oil pulling?

General Feedback
Posted by Lk (Toronto, Ontario ) on 01/09/2013

I am interested in starting oil pulling but I take hyperthyroid medication daily. Is it possible to do this without affecting my medication? Thanks

Safflower Oil
Posted by Francine (Houston, Tx) on 12/31/2012

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

General Feedback
Posted by Cameron (Brisbane, Qld, Australia) on 12/29/2012

Do not brush your teeth after Oil Pulling!!!!!! If you just use the Oil and then rinse your mouth after you will not have bad breath, if you really need to brush do so before Oil Pulling. Try using Sesame as it is the most highly recommended and best tasting(to me) my breath is great the following morning after OP the night before and no plaque or yuck taste first thing.

General Feedback
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 12/28/2012

Farra, there are 2 things you can do: 1. continue just as till now and within a week, it should clear us IF the oil is "doing something". 2. Switch to a different oil and see if you get other results.

General Feedback
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 12/28/2012 2063 posts

I too get bad breath from O.P. It must represent the condition of some type infection or toxin in the body. I use mouthwash before and after O.P. , and also take 1 grm Vit-C before and 3 grms MSM after O.P. I also swish H2O2 occasionally to reduce the yellowing of the teeth.

General Feedback
Posted by Farra (Duncan, Oklahoma, Usa) on 12/27/2012

I tried OP for the first time yesterday with pure virgin olive oil. Healthy with no known disease just wanted to try it. I was only able to do it for 5 mins. My partner said my breath was terrible the rest of the day, into the night. She even claims that when we woke up the whole room smelled a little "rotten". This morning I did more research and tried again, 20 mins. I rinsed with salt water after and brushed (I did neither the day before). I read through so many post and seems no one experienced bad breath AFTER, is this strange? I could only think it must be doing something if a tiny bit of olive oil is making that big of difference. Any thoughts or suggestions, should I discontinue use?

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Posted by Jane (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) on 12/23/2012

Been OP [oil pulling] since mid-November about twice a day with VCO. My first day, noticed a lot of mucus on my tongue after the second pull. I brushed my teeth & tongue after and rinsed with water as well. Most days I just have to blow my nose after & maybe spit mucus once or twice. A couple days back, I felt a scratchy feeling near the back of my mouth towards the throat when I was done. I took out a flashlight & saw a small round bump. Then I noticed what looked like mucus coming out of the throat area around the tonsils, coming through the flesh. Then, the next half hour I started coughing & spitting up phlegm continuously. Then it stopped, the bump & mucus was gone, and I had the best night's sleep I've had in awhile. The changes I've noticed so far include clear skin, I just don't seem to get acne now & I've had bouts of acne for over 25 years. My hair doesn't seem to split as bad as it used to. My teeth are whiter, tartar that has built up on the inside front of two of my lower teeth seems to be reducing, my gums are a lighter pink. I started breaking out in hives a few months back. I would feel like my heart was racing even though my pulse was normal or even slightly low. I would feel a burning inside that sometimes made me physically ill to my stomach. It looked like someone was drawing the world map on my back & legs from the hives. Numerous sleepless nights as a result. It took me awhile to figure out that the triggers were all grains & sulfites. I have had a couple of accidental exposures since the oil pulling & the hives symptoms are significantly reduced. In fact, there was only a slight feeling of racing and a couple small areas of hives. I have also noticed the fibrocystic lumps in my breasts seem to be shrinking and this has been the most pain free period in the last couple weeks than I've had for more than a year (although I should add that for the last few months I have also gone off all caffeine & no bra). Finally, there is no arthritis in my hands so far this year. By this time, last year, my hands were always either stiff or sore. Oil pulling is quite literally changing my life. I have always tried to live healthy, my weight is reasonable, in fact I've only had two periods of time my entire life where I was overweight. Once from childbirth and once from an injury that limited my movement for six months. However, despite all the healthy eating & use of natural medicine, nothing has created as noticeable a difference as oil pulling has. I want to thank you; because it was while I was trying to search for remedies for hives that I came across oil pulling on this site. Thank you!

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Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 12/20/2012 2063 posts

Maria: I use the standard (proly gmo) veg oil (usually corn or soy) for pulling for whole body detox. I also don't use 1 spoon, I get a mouth full for about 15 min. What's left I spit in empty plastic peanut bottle and the contents is usually bad smelly and always cloudy. If you are pulling for oral health I can't testify for this remedy. If you're body isn't in need of detox (young & healthy) the Coconut Oil will proly be your best choice. Anyway, give us some input of your condition and results from O.P. ing.

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