Oil Pulling: Unlock Natural Oral Health & Detox Benefits

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Posted by Brooke (Hammond, La, Usa) on 12/21/2011

Hi, I have been oil pulling with Sunflower oil for 6 days. I haven't seen any of the benefits yet, in fact I feel worse at the moment. I hope this will get better.

The question I have is what if a person wears dentures, will oil pulling help them? My mother has copd, congestive heart failure, back problems, high blood pressure and many more illnesses, but she wears dentures and I was wondering if oil pulling would benefit her.

Also, I take astaxanthin, krill oil and vitamin D3, is it okay to take this with oil pulling?

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Posted by Jane (Tenneesee, Usa) on 12/19/2011

I started doing this as per instructions found on this website. Upon doing further research, I found a different way. This site says to do the oil pulling after brushing teeth. The other site says to do it before brushing. So which way is the correct way? Does it matter?

I will say, among the many ailments I have, one is insomnia. I slept like a baby the first nite I started. Haven't noticed improvements of any other ailment as of yet.

Replied by Courtney
(Granite Bay, Ca)

To Jane from Tennessee - What oil are you pulling with? I suffer from insomnia as well, and am hoping that if I use the same oil as you do, I might benefit similarly.

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Posted by Nana (Rowlett, Texas, United States) on 11/27/2011

For the oil pulling what kind of sunflower oil, sesame oil do you use? Are you talking about just buying the oil that is 100% in the cooking aisle and /or some type of oil at health food store concentrated?

Replied by Stella
(Havelock, Ontario, Canada)
5 posts

The best type of Oil for Oil Pulling is Coconut Oil.

Bonnie in Canada

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Posted by Irene (Nyc, Ny) on 11/25/2011

I have a permanent mouth retainer in the back of my top front teeth (going across 6 front teeth in total) going on 15 years now. I've been reading here on the forums that some people had their fillings come out with this treatment, is there a possibility it could loosen my retainer? It's wired and dental glued so I want to make sure before continuing treatment. This is my second day on this OP using refined organic sunflower oil.

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Posted by Irene (Nyc, Ny) on 11/25/2011

I am using this treatment so it can clear up some dryness and tightness I'm experiencing on the inside of my mouth. It feels tight on the inside center of cheeks and where the inside corners of the mouth meet. I was using a new toothpaste last month and I think I was allergic to an ingredient so I stopped using it.

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Posted by Me (Central Nj, Nj) on 11/12/2011

I have been oil pulling since July 2011. I started because I have Lyme disease (diagnosed 4/2010) and am desperate to feel well again. I am currently on 2 different antibiotics and have tried various natural alternatives.

Although it has not helped with Lyme it has made a difference with 2 things. My lips had dark spots that are almost gone. I had them for about 10 years and doctors said they were just discoloration from sun exposure. The second thing is I have hemorrhoids that would bleed for about 2 weeks straight every month. This has happened only once, when I stopped oil pulling for about 2 weeks. I started again the bleeding stopped in about 2 days and has not happened again. Hopefully it will start to help in other areas also. I use cold pressed sesame oil.

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Posted by Veronica (Tyler, Texas, United States) on 11/12/2011

Has anyone tried oil pulling with organic red palm oil? I've been researching this oil and apparently its one of the healthiest oils to cook with and richest in tocotrienols which is the vitamin E thats is good for the heart not to mention strong anti-oxident, works much better and faster than tocopherol form of E. 1T. Daily supplies your daily requirement of vitamin E in its full spectrum, and A. Also contains many other carotenes, zinc co. Q10 and an array of other nutrients that work in a synergistic way, and gets easily used by the body. Great for skin health and hair. I personally can testify to that, but was wondering what it would do if you oil pull with it. I am new to this idea so I was wondering if anyone had used it this way.

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Posted by Patricia (Carmel, Ca) on 10/31/2011

I have been reading about OP, and wonder if it works to eliminate toxins in system from past chemotherapy & radiation treatments?

Replied by Jay
(Toronto, Ont, Canada)

To Patricia from Carmel, Ca. Oil Pulling detoxifies by absorbing bacteria and other organisms from the mouth only. This can help the immune system by taking on this workload and freeing the immune system to concentrate on other issues.

The 2 natural products that have been proven to remove toxins in your system from past chemotherapy & radiation treatments are chlorella and cilantro.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

Patricia you would be better off taking iodine (lugols) to detoxify from the chemo.

Also the chemotherapy will according to this article kill off the good bacteria in the gut causing candida to overgrow as a result. The iodine will kill off the candida. I recommend you read the article.


Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

Don't forget an Australian study that claimed fish oil capsules, virtually eliminated the side effects of chemo, regarding hair loss etc.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

You will also need to repopulate the gut with good bacteria (probiotics, fermented foods). I wonder if the fish oil helped with chemo because of the iodine content in it?

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Posted by Dave (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 10/18/2011

I've been Oil Pulling off and on for about 4 years now. I always use organic sunflower oil. From reading all the posts here and my own experiences, clearly OP affects everyone differently.
To be honest, nowadays the only time I 'swish' is about 2 -3 weeks before a dentist appointment. For me, it definitely whitens my teeth and seems to tighten my gums slightly, but not much else. I have consistently observed that (for me) after about 3 days I actually start to sleep worse, unsettled and broken.

I am about 5 days into my vigorous routine as I write and last night had a quite a terrifying experience. Not sure if it was from OP or that it was just a coincidence, but while sleeping, I threw up, awoke and could not breathe, inhaled and all I got was stomach acid. Horrible. About 12 hours later, I can still taste it when I breathe. (Sorry to creep you out). Again, it could have been something I ate, but nothing like that has ever happened to me before. Bedtime is approaching.... but as of now, I do plan to continue with the OP.

Thanks for reading and best of luck to you all.

Replied by Bo
(Kern County, Ca)

To Dave from Toronto, Ontario, Canada...

That sounds like GERD. My S/O and a former mother-in-law use to have the exact same thing happen to them.

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Posted by Alethea (Singapore) on 10/18/2011


Hello, I've practised oil pulling with sunflower oil for about 2 weeks now, & I particularly loved the results on the 3rd day of the pulling: under eye puffiness/ dark circles almost gone, felt energetic for the whole day, no foggy mind... But I can't seem to feel the same effects now... Any reason why? Thanks EC!

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Posted by Jen (Canterbury, Uk) on 10/12/2011

Hi, I came across this thread recently and have been trying oil pulling with Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a few weeks. My teeth have definately felt cleaner but I was hoping that they would have gone whiter but no change yet and no other noticeable positive (or negative changes). I am wondering if I should try sesame or sunflower oil next.

Replied by Gail
(Defuniak Springs, Florida)

Try organic unrefined coconut oil.

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Posted by Looky1 (Vancouver, B.c) on 10/11/2011


I have been oil pulling since Mar of this year. I do this every day before I eat breakfast for 15 min. Lately my energy level has dropped off. I did not do this today, give myself a break. Any reason for this?

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Posted by Hasan Ali (Hyderabad, Andhara Pradesh, India) on 10/05/2011

1. Whether oil pulling can be done throughout the life? Please let me know limitations if any.

2. For better results what is the right time of oil-pulling?

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Posted by Curious (Thank You For Your Help!, Very Grateful!) on 09/25/2011

Does oil pulling remove toxic metals and other toxic substances from the body much like oil in the car helps keep your engine clean and running smoothly?

Replied by Kount
(Sd, California)

According to Ted, his heavy metals tester showed that it does.

Replied by Lynne
(Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina,)

I have had problems with heavy metals for years-arsenic, mercury-right now I am dealing with chromium and cobalt. Any ideas on how to get these out of me?

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi Lynne, There are a couple of things you can do. Sodium thiosulfate will take care of removing these. Also, if you can take a far infrared sauna. I go to a place here in town that has far infrared saunas and take one at least once a week to detox. Chlorella will also help. If you do a search for sodium thiosulfate here on earth clinic, you'll learn all about it. I use it about once a month now. In the beginning, I did it everyday. Hope this helps, Lisa

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Posted by Convinced (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada) on 09/21/2011

I have been OPing for almost two weeks and am just amazed. I guess for me it was worth it just to finally, finally have a lymph node that is normal, not swollen or infected. It went down in a matter of three days. My teeth are whiter, my skin is smooth, I am feeling calm and relaxed and sleeping better. The first couple of days, yes, I had bad headaches and some fatigue but you soldier on, it's only temporary. The benefits are worth it in the end!!

Replied by Hef
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

I have started oil pulling along with Black Strap Molasses for the last two days to address my consistent fatigue (day and night )issues. I was trying to get 8 hours of sleep every day along with exercising in the evening I was feeling better but couldn't get rid of morning lethargy and the tiredness during the day. I read about BSM and O.P here and started doing it. Today is my second day.

Surprisingly enough, I am waking up up quite alert in the morning, without the urge to keep lying on the bed and snoozing. I really woke and wanted to get out of the bed..... otherwise I would feel lethargic even after 8-9 hours of sleep and flee like going to bed again.

Last two day were really different I must day. I'll continue doing both for next few weeks and post my update here.

It just feels amazing to be alert .... During the day!

Replied by Sharon
(Loveland, Ohio (oh))

I too have suffered from sleep deprivation. I have tried to get off caffeine and though I have achieved that, I don't drink past 7 at night and still get up every two hours to use bathroom. I heard that could be borderline diabetic. I have been oil pulling for two years. But does oil pulling with black molasses help. I am dying for a good nights sleep. This has been going on for 40 years. Thank you. Sharon...mysharona1107(at)gmail.com.