Oil Pulling for Detoxification

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Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy mentioned in Charaka Samhita and Sushratha’s Arthashastra that has been used for many toxic conditions. It is particularly used as a powerful cleansing and healing remedy for conditions of the mouth, gums and sinuses. It is very simple to do at home and is a great way to help detoxify.

I’m always very skeptical when it comes to something that people claim can cure a lot of conditions. But then another part of me knows that there are folk therapies that really can accomplish many of the things professed.

Although the Detox Challenge is officially over, I am still experimenting with methods of detoxification other than dietary. Now that I am somewhat detoxified by following the GAPS Intro protocol for 18 days (and I feel really good) I want to continue with a different detox protocol. I had heard about oil pulling and was intrigued.

What is oil pulling?

Oil Pulling was discovered by Dr. F. Karach, M.D., who was suffering from a blood disease. He tried many different remedies, until he came upon oil pulling, a term he coined.

According to Dr. Karach, oil actually has micro-organisms that can treat most medical ailments. This includes everything from dental diseases like gingivitis to digestive diseases.

How to do oil pulling

Simply, the oil is swished around in the mouth for 20 minutes. The oil is worked in the mouth by pushing and pulling and drawing it through the teeth. It is best to do this before meals on an empty stomach. It may be done any time of the day.

The oil is discarded and the mouth rinsed with plain water or salt water. Care must be taken to never swallow the oil as it is filled with toxins.

Sunflower and sesame seed oils are traditionally used for oil pulling, but any vegetable oil will work. People have reported success with olive, coconut, almond, and other oils. If you use a mild flavored coconut oil it is very pleasant in the mouth. Some oils, such as extra virgin olive oil, are so strong flavored that many people find them difficult to use.

When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris. The oil acts like a cleanser, pulling out bacteria and other toxins. Start with a small amount like a teaspoon and work up to a tablespoon. Start with only a few minutes and work up to the full 20 minutes. Plan to do this every day for a few weeks to see if it helps you.

Swish the oil around your mouth and between your teeth for 15 – 20 minutes and discard in the trash. Rinse the mouth with water or salt water. Follow this procedure at least once a day.

That’s it. It’s a very simple technique. Our mouths are the home to billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other parasites and their toxins. These types of germs and their toxic waste products cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems, including arthritis and heart disease.

Our immune system is constantly fighting these pathogens. If our immune system becomes overloaded or burdened by excessive stress, poor diet, environmental toxins, etc., these organisms can spread throughout the body, causing secondary infections and chronic inflammation, leading to any number of health problems.

The mouth is a foci of infection

The mouth is a foci of infection through bacteria, viruses and fungi.  If there is any decay or infection in the mouth, it can transfer to the bloodstream.  Our mouths incubate billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other parasites and their toxins. Candida and streptococcus are commonly found in our mouths.

From the bloodstream these microorganisms can circulate throughout the entire body. Certain bacteria settle in different parts of the body — some colonize the heart values, some like the joints and so on.

Dr. Weston Price did hundreds of studies on root canal teeth. He found that if he pulled the root canal tooth from a person with MS or rheumatoid arthritis, and implanted it under the skin of a rabbit — the rabbit would get that very disease. Interesting, huh?

Dr. Price’s conclusion was that the root canal tooth carried the microorganism that caused the disease. So I think it is true that the mouth is a foci of infection.

Scientific studies show oil pulling to be effective

In 2007 there actually was a study published in the Journal of Oral Health and Community Dentistry.

The purpose of the study was to assess the effect of oil pulling on plaque and gingivitis and to monitor its safety on oral soft and hard tissues. Ten subjects performed oil pulling along with their other oral hygiene measures for 45 days, using refined sunflower oil. Their plaque and gingival scores were assessed periodically.

They found a statistically significant reduction in plaque and gingival scores from baseline to 45 days.  The conclusion was that oil pulling could be used for oral hygiene.

The proponents of oil pulling would agree and would add that oil pulling could have positive systemic effects on other, more serious conditions. They feel that toxins and bacteria from the body might be expelled through the tongue and trapped in the oil and removed from the body.

There are literally hundred of testimonials about this method.

Another study published in the African Journal of Microbiology research, found that there was a remarkable reduction in the total count of bacteria. The process of oil-pulling reduced the susceptibility of a host to dental caries. The in-vitro antibacterial activity of sesame oil against dental caries causing bacteria was determined.  Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus acidophilus were found to be moderately sensitive to the sesame oil.

What to expect from oil pulling

The first thing that most people notice when they start oil pulling is an improvement in their oral health. Teeth become whiter, breath becomes fresher, and the tongue and gums take on a healthy pink color.  Even problems such as bleeding gums, tooth decay, and gum disease are greatly diminished or completely healed.

Changes can happen after the very first usage. There may be an increase in the flow of mucus from your throat and sinuses. This is an indication that the body is clearing toxins.

Sometimes when you are pulling, mucus may build in the back of your throat. You may need to expel the oil before the 20 minute mark. If that happens, simply take another spoonful and continue.

There may be transient symptoms such as nausea and even vomiting. These will pass along with any other symptoms. With any detox protocol, there may be a worsening of any symptoms you have before improvement. Oil pulling should become part of your daily routine.

Note: Caution should be taken if you have any lose fillings in your mouth. You may want to address those before you attempt oil pulling.

Dr. Bruce Fife has written a book about oil pulling. While oil pulling reduces the amount of total bacteria in the mouth, it is not the complete answer. One must change the environment of the mouth in order to change the balance of good to bad bacteria and to effect a lasting change. Dr. Fife has developed oil pulling into a therapy that is designed to heal the mouth and the body by altering the oral ecology in a healthy permanent way.

What do you think about oil pulling? Are you willing to give it a try? Leave a comment and let me know!

Need more information? I got you covered!

Where to buy Oil Pulling Therapy Detoxifying and Healing the body through Oral Cleansing by Dr. Bruce Fife

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  • Pam @ Ramblings of a Happy Homemaker April 5, 2012, 7:18 am

    I’ve tried it a few times. I need to start remembering to become regular with it.

  • Eileen April 5, 2012, 7:30 am

    Is oil pulling something you would do everyday?….once a week?

  • Jill April 5, 2012, 7:44 am

    Hi Eileen,
    You are supposed to do it every day.

  • Hannah @ Gapalicious April 5, 2012, 8:28 am

    I’ve tried it several times, but have never gotten beyond 2 minutes because of my (extremely) strong gag reflex. Any ideas for helping me get past that?

    Also, how much oil are you supposed to do (maybe I was doing to much…)


    • Jill April 5, 2012, 9:16 am

      Hi Hannah,
      It is one tablespoon of oil but you could start with a much smaller amount. It is common for people to work up to longer times.

    • kelly March 11, 2014, 10:02 am

      You might like to try a Drop or two of peppermint essential oil in with your oil. It will make the experience much more enjoyable! And try pulling with coconut oil, and put it in the microwave for a few seconds to melt it before putting it in your mouth!

    • Terri March 11, 2016, 4:53 pm

      Will power…. °•○°°just do it motto

  • shar April 5, 2012, 9:35 am

    one tablespoon would gag me, I use coconut oil, use the refined if you don’t like the taste….and only a tspoon or half….don;t be afraid to spit some out if it is too much. the saliva joins it, so it multiplies in your mouth. I have heard to use it in treatments, not everyday….don’t know about this too much. The tongue part is very interesting and makes perfect sense! I have to try sucking harder on the tongue next time! Takes some practice to get the pulling to work. You know when you have it though. I liken it to sucking on the teeth, and I rotate around, sucking on both sides, ups and downs…Olive oil did gag me! I wonder how it works if someone was not doing it and used it at the first signs of a sore throat or sinus type cold? The phenomenal part is the inflammation it carries out! Since inflammation is a symptom of so much, and getting it out, evidently carries out so many nasties! Very cool!

    • Natasha O. January 22, 2014, 8:43 pm

      Hi, I actually read in a number of different discussions and articles that you should not use refined coconut oil. Most are very adamant that you should only use unrefined, unprocessed raw/virgin coconut oil.

  • The Soulicious Life April 5, 2012, 9:49 am

    I have to say, this is pretty interesting stuff and not hard to do. Thanks for sharing. I tweeted.

  • Olivia April 5, 2012, 9:56 am

    Hi, I was wondering if this is safe to do while being pregnant?

    • Jill April 5, 2012, 2:35 pm

      Hi Olivia,
      It’s usually not a good idea to do any detox while pregnant.

  • Martha April 5, 2012, 10:57 am

    I’ve done this a few times, but I haven’t gotten around to making it a habit.

  • Katherine April 5, 2012, 1:19 pm

    I’ve heard a bit about this and was curious to learn more, thanks for the article! I am curious to know if it’s alright to oil pull with amalgam fillings…I know they wouldn’t be in there ideally but I found Ramiel Nagiels’ book after I got them.

  • Kristie April 5, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Does the author of the book recommend oil pulling before or after having amalgams removed?

    • Jill April 5, 2012, 2:35 pm

      Hi Katherine and Kristie,
      I don’t see anywhere in the book about NOT pulling if you have amalgams. I have some and do it. Just be sure they are not loose.

  • colleen April 5, 2012, 3:23 pm

    I have oil pulled for a while with great results. Plaque falling off was the first thing that happened. I use coconut oil (refined) and it works great. If you have acute conditions you can pull up to three times a day I have read. You have to pull on an empty stomach for best results. After you pull, rinse out your mouth with warm water and then brush your teeth for the best results. Good Luck. I love it.

  • Solveig April 5, 2012, 4:32 pm

    Thanks for this, Jill. When my neighbor come back from India, I’ll have to ask her about this.

    I have a tooth that at times gives me pain at times. I have unrefined organic coconut oil that I cook with and have no problem having that. It’s yummy.

  • Tanya April 5, 2012, 6:18 pm

    This sounds interesting… although I’m questioning why we aren’t swallowing toxins when we eat oily food. What’s the difference between oil pulling and eating oily food? Do we theoretically swallow more toxins when we eat oily food if oil pulling really works? Also, I’m wondering why it matters if you have loose fillings? I know I have a “leaky” filling, would that also be a problem? Thanks for the post!!!

    • Jill April 5, 2012, 9:05 pm

      Hi Tanya,
      Loose fillings may get pulled out. You are not eating the oil — you are using it to pull out the toxins and then spitting it out. Eating oily foods has nothing to do with this.

      • Tanya April 5, 2012, 11:16 pm

        Jill, thanks for the response, but I think maybe I wasn’t asking clearly. I meant that how come eating oily foods doesn’t pull out toxins too, since it would be oils in your mouth. And then if it does, wouldn’t you eat toxins with your food? I’m just curious because it seems to make sense to me.

        • Bgurrl September 6, 2012, 10:43 pm

          you are not swishing that oily food in your mouth for 20 minutes

        • Mace October 16, 2013, 1:17 pm

          Actually when you eat bad oils, such as soybean / canola oil/corn they are actually rancid ! The process they are put through to be made is with such a high heat that a sludgy oil is made that smells horrible and they have to bleach it and deodorize it so that they can sell it in the stores and put it in food!!! its so gross. Its highly toxic for the body to ingest those oils and so yes when you eat those oils you will be ingesting toxins with your food. Think about how at the grocery store, the expensive oils are put in dark bottles said to keep out of the sun because the UV light harms them and the heat does as well. Olive oil is a great oil for you but should never be heated. It turns rancid easily when heated so use this in salad dressings and such because the fats in it are great for you.

          On the other hand when you eat coconut oil (unrefined and organic, Tropical Traditions has a great one), with food it can help to detox your system majorly! It helps sugars and caffeine to be released slower into your system when they are taken together and also is great for skin, hair, and your insides. Coconut oil can be taken everyday and should be! You have to work your way up to a higher dosage (up to 4 tablespoons a day taken melted) and you can also cook with it each day. Tropical traditions has a 1-step expeller pressed for cooking with no coconut flavor but still highly nutritional for things like meat marinades and things you would not want to taste coco-nutty but for cookies and cakes regular coconut oil is an amazing substitute for any bad rancid oil in the recipe. !! Also check out the book eat fat, loose fat it is freaking awesome. !

          • Wendy March 4, 2014, 10:23 pm

            Barleans Virgin Organic Coconut Oil is also very pleasant. It smells so much like fresh coconuts I could literally eat it with a spoon!

  • France @ Beyond The Peel April 6, 2012, 1:29 pm

    That’s interesting. Though I eat very well and always get great reports from my dentist when I go about how clean my teeth are…I always have this nasty white film on my tongue. I really feel like it contributes to me having that stale dirty mouth within a few hours of brushing. I’ll try this and see if it helps. The only other time I get a pink clean tongue is after long cleanses of 2 or more weeks. I’m intrigued.

    • Hélène May 5, 2012, 1:07 am

      I would try going very low carb for 2 wks and watch your tongue…I have white film on my tongue and it goes when my diet is excellent…low carb/no sweets/whole grains/fruit/starchy veggies only. It comes right back when I eat garbage or too much good carbs even.

      • hillary March 19, 2014, 2:03 pm

        That’s pretty random… Mine just goes away once I brush my tongue.

  • Kim April 6, 2012, 4:57 pm

    I am absolutely going to try this!

  • Beth April 8, 2012, 8:17 am

    Years ago when I first tried this I was in constant fibro-type pain (deep burning and aches all over 24/7 from Lyme and Lyme treatment). The only relief I ever got was a few minutes after a professional lymph massage (which I was unable to continue due to the expense). The first time I tried oil pulling I did it at bedtime. The next day I was able to shop for *2 hours* with NO pain. It was unbelievable!

    Someone mentioned the gag reflex – that’s why I did it at night instead of first thing in the morning. I only took about 1/2 teaspoon and only swished, literally, about 30 seconds. I was that toxic that it changed into the milky fluid in that short amount of time. If I ever went longer then I got bad detox headaches.

    Now I can do it first thing in the morning and for about 1 minute but it sure helps. I just do it until I can feel it change. Sometimes it’s immediate and sometimes a bit longer than a minute. I set the oil and spoon out at night as part of my bedtime routine or I’ll forget when I get up.

    My preferred oils are sunflower and safflower. For some reason coconut oil was not as effective for me.

    • Jill April 8, 2012, 10:08 am

      Hi Beth,
      Thanks for sharing that. I’m so glad it is helpful for you.

  • Susan April 8, 2012, 3:59 pm

    I just tried this with a teaspoon of sunflower oil for 3 minutes. Shortly after I rinsed and then brushed my teeth, I started drooling. That has since stopped, but now I feel like I’m salivating (just not to the point of dripping out of my mouth!). Is that supposed to happen?

    Also wondered if it is possible to do this twice a day for 10 minutes each time (or even 3-4 times a day for 5-7 minutes each time) and have the same results as 20 minutes once a day. I want to try this with my 7 year old daughter who has juvenile arthritis, ulcerative colitis, uveitis, asthma, and food allergies. She’s been following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for two years and has had enough success to get off some medications, but she is not near where I want her to be yet. We took her to a naturopath a few months ago who put her on some supplements to correct glutathione levels and methylation, but in the process, her uveitis returned, so I’m looking for ways to reduce inflammation without putting her back on Humira and Methotrexate. I doubt she will be able to swish oil for more than a few minutes at a time without swallowing! Or maybe a child doesn’t need to swish as long for the same effect?

    • Trena March 22, 2013, 12:08 am

      I will have to buy the sunflower oil. So far I have done it 3 times with organic unrefined coconut oil. It’s very pleasant tasting.
      I had severe allergies and acid reflux and heartburn, arthritis and diverticulosis. I started drinking Ionized alkaline water and every single disease of mine is gone. I am off every single medication . I’m a registered respiratory therapist and I am always lookin for eastern ways of healing. I am liking eastern holistic ways much more than western ways. Very, very excited about this oil pulling.
      Susan, have you heard of Ionixed water? This worked for me and many family and friends. You can go to watersimplified.com and check it out. They don’t sell anything there….it’s just information and education. There are something like 3 webinars you can watch. Very, very informative. I pray for your little girls healing.
      Even if she only pulls for 30 seconds or 1 minute, it’s a start. Health is important and I know already this is working on me too.

    • RC July 2, 2013, 10:34 am

      Have you heard of GAPS? I’ve heard that kids with conditions like yours get healing.

  • Brooke April 9, 2012, 11:33 am

    My Mom has been doing this for a couple months now and has had good results with only doing it 2 minutes first thing in the morning with about 2t. of coconut oil.

  • moira casadei April 12, 2012, 5:19 am

    Started this morning because for that past ten years my tongue has been on fire! Dentist and GI doctors have not been able to find reasoning. As mentioned, the burning got worse with the intro to detox oil pulling. PLEASE, does anyone have an idea WHY my tongue BURNS?????

    • JJones December 19, 2012, 11:19 am

      You may have geographic tongue, or fissured tongue.

      • lee June 6, 2013, 5:59 am

        Same thing happens to me if done too long. Use less oil for less minutes. Build up slowely. Stop to heal tongue for a few days if u overdue it .

    • Youlands March 7, 2014, 12:17 am


      The burning tounge happened to my mother. Turns out she had mercury poisoning from fillings. She went to a nutritionist kinesiologist for her diagnosis and treatment which included dietary changes, oil pulling and whole food supplements to detox before having her fillings removed.

  • Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network April 13, 2012, 6:39 am

    Tweeted this- fascinating and I shall give this a go, thanks for sharing this on Seasonal Celebration too! Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network x

  • Karen Olayo April 20, 2012, 4:35 pm

    What about doing this while nursing? i have heard some people say that they didn’t find any signs of detoxing at all while doing this. i did this a few years ago for a few weeks but didn’t really see any results. I have suffered from Psoriasis and wondered if it would work. Wondering if I didn’t do it long enough maybe. But now since I am nursing I don’t know if it is a good idea?? Thanks

    • Jill April 20, 2012, 5:36 pm

      Hi Karen,
      Usually detox protocols are not recommended while nursing.

  • Emmy November 12, 2012, 4:20 pm

    I tried oil pulling for the first time this morning. Loved how my mouth felt afterwards. A few hours later I feel like I’m having detox symptoms though (headache, body aches, tired, etc.). Could this be from the oil pulling? (Used coconut oil) It almost reminds me of the Herxheimer (spelling?) reaction I went through when I had lymes disease. Thank you for any information you can provide!

    • Jill November 12, 2012, 6:14 pm

      Hi Emmy,
      Yes, you can have a detox reaction to oil pulling. It is recommended to proceed slowly with it.

  • Holly C January 6, 2013, 6:04 pm

    I started oil pulling 3 days ago. My throat became increasingly sore and I started coughing violently the morning after the first time I swished. I am using coconut oil and am able to do the swishing for 20 minutes, but I only do it once a day. I rinsed today with warm salt water and that was helpful. Since before I had only rinsed with tap water, no brushing or anything. I am wondering, did my lack of adequate rinsing cause this cough and throat soreness? And how long will these symptoms last? (I’m assuming the headaches and achy-ness and tired feeling are from the detoxification)
    To add a couple of more points, I have suffered with severe sinusitis for years and am hoping this will help with my severe allergies and eventually rid me of the sinus infections.
    Love the website and thanks for all of the helpful links.

    • Jill January 6, 2013, 7:33 pm

      Hi Holly,
      You are probably having a detox response. Some people choose to go slowly at first to avoid or lessen that. The length of time it lasts may reflect how toxic you are. Rinsing with salt water is a good idea.

  • teri s February 23, 2013, 2:00 pm

    I have been oil pulling now for about a month! Can’t say enough good about it! Besides the wonderful effects it has had in my mouth–teeth have that “just-back-from-the-dentist” feel, my gums are brighter, healthier (says the dentist) and pain in my teeth is much lessened, I have discovered the healing modality for Eczema!!! I have been battling Eczema for years! Anything that would take it away would only work for a time. And when I stopped using whatever was working, the Eczema came back. Now, I’m using NOTHING BUT PULLING and my eczema is GONE!!!!

    And, it’s so easy to do–first thing in the morning: while making the bed or getting clothes out for the day, or setting up for breakfast prep–hey, 20 minutes is gone before you know it!

  • james coleman August 19, 2013, 11:24 pm

    i tried pulling for a week now and i’ve noticed one thing, my tongue coated with white layer, any clue? is that good or bad? i use cold pressed coconut oil, do it first thing in the morning, then eat and brush my teeth. or should i do the oil pulling brush, eat then brush again?

    many thanks.


    • Jill August 20, 2013, 10:41 am

      Hi James,
      That would probably be toxins and/or yeast/bacteria coming out. If you continue it will probably resolve itself.

    • Michael September 1, 2013, 1:30 pm

      James, don’t forget to brush your tongue as well as your teeth after oil pulling.

  • Vishwanath August 27, 2013, 3:31 pm

    My every morning regime/therapy/treatment :

    I’m following oil pulling at the start of each and every day since two years, my oral health has greatly improved, bleeding gums, sensitive tooth and mouth ulcers(which was my biggest concern) my other problems were vulnerable to dust, sneezing, throat infections and gastric problems which drastically decreased as I continued oil pulling.
    mouth ulcers are caused due to many reasons – infections, low nutrition, stress and more but oil pulling helped me avoid it, even if it appeared due to stress or nutrition problems it never stayed for long as it used to and now I’m happy to say that it has been reduced by 98% that is chances of me getting mouth ulcer is once or twice a year.

    These are just what I have experienced first hand, I have also heard that many diseases such as diabetics, heart problems and kidney problems will be cured.Great!!

    I do it every morning with a tea spoon of sunflower oil for 20 minutes and then brush my teeth. “fresh” is the feeling right after I come out of the bathroom, Immediately I drink two glasses of water (about 150ml) in empty stomach and that gives me even more relaxation effect on my body, stomach feels ready for the day, digestion improved. Furthermore, toxins gets removed through urine, body temperature becomes optimum and even mind temperament remains normal and healthy. I’m feeling this greatness since at least from one and a half years.

    I have breakfast only 40min after drinking water and the rest of the day goes normal
    I’m 25 now and started this self treatment 2 years back, Now imagine me continuing this for 25 more years to my age of 50 and the amount of diseases I will have prevented and enjoying the greatness of healthy body, I would be feeling 10 years younger when I’m 50, I know so.. and I will live for 100 years without taking any medicines or major treatments.

    Yes, I will be carrying this out till whatever ends, this treatment – Oil pulling and two glasses of water early morning has been my priceless therapy.

    No, I’m not finding it difficult to spend a mere half an hour of my day on my only asset(MY BODY) which is going to last till the very end unlike other materialistic assets.

    Now make your choice – Cost free and fun therapy that you could do every morning or you could spend thousands on health care and hospitals as you grow old which is absolutely no fun.

    • Jill August 27, 2013, 4:29 pm

      Hi Vishwanath,
      Thank you for sharing your experience. You are very wise.

  • Jacqui October 2, 2013, 4:17 pm

    What do you mean by “root canal tooth”, please? Are you referring to teeth that have had root canal treatment? (I’m interested in this issue of root canal treatments and how they affect the body.)

  • Jacqui October 4, 2013, 6:35 am

    btw, I’ve started doing oil pulling and am very impressed, thank you for giving us this info. It occurs to me that the Bible talks about pouring oil on wounds, there’s so much wisdom in there that we don’t even understand.

  • Katie January 6, 2014, 7:48 am

    I started oil pulling about 4 days ago. I have a soy allergy so I have been using coconut oil which i use regularly before this for cooking, baking and skin care. I have noticed that in the past couple weeks i have ingested something containing soy that I can not put my finger on, based on my reactions. On day 4 of my pulling I have started a pretty high reaction like I have eaten something with Soy, Is it possible that the toxins from my body could be causing that as they are being released? There is no anaphalaxis or anything dangerous like that, just really annoying and bothersome. Just wondered if you have ever heard of anyone else having a reaction like this in the beginning.

    • Jill January 6, 2014, 8:08 am

      Hi Katie,
      This could certainly be a reaction to something being pulled out by the oil. I would suggest you spit out the oil every 5 minutes and use fresh until it stops.

  • Kristina January 14, 2014, 7:57 pm

    Just started yesterday with oil pulling and canNOT get the gross phlegmy feeling out of the back of my throat. Anyone else experience this? Any suggestions?

    • Dany April 9, 2014, 1:10 pm

      Same here. I started 5 days ago, 20 minutes every morning with sesame oil. I actually enjoy it, but am getting worried about the yellow mucus coming from my throat and the feeling lasts during the day. I don’t know if it’s a good thing, think I might stop.

  • Wendy March 4, 2014, 9:42 pm

    I started oil pulling Feb 12th. OH MY GOSH! I have had teeth problems my ENTIRE life. My teeth are loose and bleed all the time. I haven’t been able to stand anything cold in 20 years. I have an extensive teeth cleaning, root scraping every 4 months. My teeth hurt. I have never had cavaties. I have however lost many teeth. I can’t even remember when I haven’t had some sort of device in my mouth, bite splints, partials, snap on smile, you name it. Always had to use THE softest toothbrush, carefully. Well. Not anymore. My teeth are tightening up. My deep pockets are disappearing. My gums stopped bleeding completely. My gums and teeth do not hurt at ALL anymore. I can brush with ice cold water and a nice stiff toothbrush. My teeth are noticably whiter!!!! My tongue and gums are pink and healthy! I’m SO happy I could cry. I wish I’d known about this YEARS ago. I started with fractionated coconut oil, with 6 drops of assorted pure essential oils, “pulled” 20 min. morning and night. I have switched to Organic Virgin Coconut oil, it smells like fresh coconuts, is snow white and wonderful! What a God send for me! A miracle and a blessing for me!

    • Jill March 11, 2014, 11:05 am

      Hi Wendy,
      Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve just been told I have a deep pocket and intend to treat it with oil pulling instead of the deep cleaning. Hope it resolves!

      • Wendy March 11, 2014, 9:37 pm

        No problem Jill! I wish you luck with your deep pocket. I have 9! I’m pretty anxious for my next dentist appt in April, I’m hoping some of them will have shrunk by then!

  • mike carney March 21, 2014, 1:13 am

    Organic coconut oil -16 months without missing , lyme and co infections , am well again , tried the AMA way , tried herbs , tried minerals and all together , I read THE STEALTH KILLER by William Nordquist , and researched how spirochetes thrive My theory is all bacrerua have many life cycles and one that is in the human mouth . OIL PULLING puts a chink in the bacteria and oil pulling eventually gives the body a toe hold and eventually your immune system wins …. Long term antibiotics don’t seem to be working The sulfer based antibiotics make the spirochetes stronger … This germ warfare was a horor made in Japan before WW2 was used by Germany and brought to the USA to Plum Island and probably spread through human contact … There are over 600 types of bacteria in the mouth . Oil Pulling could be all in your head and worthless but I think it could still be a 3000 year old cure ,with little side effects , good luck

  • Kelly April 4, 2014, 12:39 am

    I’ve been pulling for a few weeks now and love the results! I haven’t had a major issue with acne since high school and now I have breakouts on my forehead.
    Is that due to the toxins trying to be released? And if so, when should the breakout end?

    • Jill April 4, 2014, 9:46 am

      Hi Kelly,
      Many people have reported detox symptoms when starting oil pulling. How long they last is individual and difficult to say.

  • Kelly April 4, 2014, 11:33 am

    Thanks Jill!

  • Jessica May 14, 2014, 9:53 am

    I started oil pulling last night and again this morning. Wasnt an unpleasent experience. But after this morning’s oil pulling, my stomach (from my rib cage to my belly button) is cramping so badly. I am in pain! Is this from the oil pulling?

  • MaryS July 10, 2014, 11:11 am

    I was oil pulling for a long period of time and I believe it actually helped normalize my eye pressure from 32 to within the normal range. I went to 19. That was the only thing I was doing different at that time. Wondering if anyone else experienced this.

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  • Rose August 5, 2014, 4:14 pm

    I read “Stop Alzheimer’s Now! by Dr. Bruce Lee” and he mentions that if you have root canal teeth it would be better to have that tooth pulled because a lot of times it is a pocket of bacteria that can get into your blood stream if I am quoting him correctly. I really don’t want to have false teeth if possible—but I have had a lot of problems with my teeth because of the pain medication I have been in–the pain medication has destroyed a lot of my teeth. I had a root canal in one of my front teeth and it went bad and it has to be pulled. I wonder if I got a Dental Implant if that would be safe? I have a friend who had all of her teeth pulled and now she is developing dementia. Her daughter is giving her the Coconut Oil to try to stop the dementia. Please Reply.

  • Melissa September 15, 2014, 11:07 am

    I KNOW it works! When I had a bout with eczema I eliminated gluten, dairy, caffeine(coffee/chocolate) and still had blistering eczema on my face. I did oil pulling in the morning, afternoon and before bed. It went away in 2 months. I am still gluten free/coffee free and do the oil pulling twice/day. Still working and now I am the healthiest I have felt in a long time!

  • roma October 7, 2014, 5:33 pm

    I started oil pulling a week ago.and I can swish only 10 minutes.I have a severe sinus problem for a years and terrible inflammation..I don’t know how but mucous is continiuous coming back of my throat…I m feeling easy now…:-) hope its due to op..bt same time I have a burning mouth….did any one know about it

  • roma October 7, 2014, 5:58 pm

    One more thing I m suffering from horrible sinus pressure..I did everything for this but nothing worked and after op I m feeling its going….

  • MotherLodeBeth November 6, 2014, 3:19 am

    Should someone on antibiotics or other medications not do oil pulling? Have some high quality coconut oil and wanted to try it, but have some crowns and was wondering what effect that would have on the teeth they are connected to.

    • Jill November 6, 2014, 9:59 am

      Hi MotherLodeBeth,
      Crowns or other permanent dental work should not be a problem. Most people are on some medications. I don’t see how oil pulling would interfere.

  • yagoda November 22, 2014, 6:08 pm

    I started oil pulling 7 days ago, with cold pressed organic coconut oil. I’ve been doing 20min 3 times a day, in the morning, after work and before bed.
    First thing I noticed is my breath kept fresh all day. It’s not that I had problems with my breath but I drink lots of coffees and teas, addiction from when I used to smoke. The freshness in my mouth is incredible so it’s worth it just for that. Washing my teeth with toothpaste doesn’t have the same lasting effect. And I wake up in the morning with fresh breath too. Also, my teeth feel squeaky clean, literally 🙂
    Some people mentioned about their tongue being coated after pulling. Well, I brush my tongue each time I wash my teeth and have been doing so for years, so my tongue is pink and the coconut oil has not have any negative effect on it, on the contrary. For those that have white tongues, overcome your gag reflex and start brushing your tongue daily with the toothbrush whether you oil pull or not. You could have been also drinking or eating too many acidic things. I may get that for a day after a night out on beer or when I eat oranges/citrus fruit a lot but it’s fine the day after.

    I have crowns and fillings in my mouth, all white. They’ve been staying in place so far. I am not worried about that because they are subjected to all types of food and chewing in my mouth so I don’t see how swishing some sort of liquid will make them suddenly pop out unless they are loose to start with.
    Another positive thing I noticed is I sleep better. I have had insomnia since I remember myself, or rather very light sleep and wake up from the minimum of things and can’t fall asleep afterwards. I’ve been sleeping relatively well this week except for some vivid dreams a few nights but I feel way more rested than usual. I didn’t wake up 3 nights in a row which is unusual for me.

    Also, I have very sensitive skin on my face, have had minor acne on and off all my life as well. This weak my skin was totally clean. It may have been a coincidence, we’ll see…but if it keeps up like this consistently I’ll know it’s not a one off thing.

    I have been also taking pictures of my teeth to see if there’s any whitening effect. So far I am not sure. They do look whiter but it could be because I am taking the pictures when the light amount is different. I’ll keep taking pictures as it goes to at least convince myself one way or the other.

    Now to what could be negatives from oil pulling. My teeth became very sensitive, not to the point I can’t eat or drink hot and cold but if I hear a whistling sound it drives me nuts right now. I normally feel the exactly same after a dentists cleaning so for now I’ll attribute that to my teeth being stripped off the plague 🙂

    At the end of the first week(today) I also had what feels like “heavy head”, like a hangover without having been drinking. Some say it’s detox. I am not so sure about that but hopefully. It may as well been a coincidence too, only that I don’t normally get headaches at all.

    Regardless, this is not stopping me. I think I am obsessed with it right now and I love how my mouth feels. I feel good about it too for some unknown reason and makes me feel uplifted which is most definitely in my head and not because of swishing oil, but hey, whatever makes us happy 🙂

  • yagoda November 29, 2014, 2:29 pm

    Hi again, I just wanted to update on oil pulling a week after I posted the above comment as things kept improving.
    I mentioned I took pictures of my teeth before and after. After 2 weeks of oil pulling it is clearly visible on the pictures and in the mirror that my teeth are way whiter. I was afraid to believe it but OP definitely lifts stains and whitens teeth. Mine were actually stained by years of smoking a pack a day which habit I lost a couple of years ago, but had previously done for 20 years. My partner also confirms my teeth look very white now. It’s not a placebo effect so believe it when you read it and try it out for yourselves. It works that fast to see the difference.
    Also, I mentioned my teeth becoming very sensitive. Well that was a temporary effect, sensitivity is totally gone. I think at first the oil pulling irritated my teeth and especially gums when I started. Just like a dental cleaning does. It actually felt at times exactly like when putting disinfectant on a wound. It stung in some places on my back molars. At the end of week two sensitivity is totally gone and my gums are as pink as in a child’s mouth and I never felt my mouth so clean in my life or as long as I can remember. Bleeding from my gums has stopped everywhere besides around one bottom molar who had the worse looking gum to start with, slightly receded, or rather detached, not receded as I can’t see the dentin on the root yet. I am sure in time the bleeding will stop on it too. In fact it doesn’t bleed each time I brush anymore so it’s days are numbered. I am glad I am doing something about my mouth before it’s too late.
    The other great thing is that my breath stays fresh all day and I have totally lost the morning breath too 🙂 And I don’t need to chew gums during the day anymore.

    I also got a comment from my colleague that my skin has improved and looks great. She sits next to me so she sees me from a close distance all the time and has seen all the spots, dry patchy skin, etc.. that I used to have two weeks ago. I couldn’t mention about OP to her in case she thinks I am nuts but she informed me that she started putting coconut oil on her face 🙂

    So people, go for it and try OP, have patience, take pictures if necessary to see the difference. I wish I was brave enough to post my mouth/teeth pictures online but it feels too personal for me to do. However, being an honest individual, I can assure you in my case OP is working wonders for my mouth.

    I have also gone against the general rule and besides the morning pull when I do it straight out of bed before brushing and eating, the other two sessions I’ve been doing after meals, not before them as suggested. We’ll see how this works in the long run but it works wonders for my mouth in the short run.

    Good luck to you all whatever you decide to do.

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  • Kathy February 4, 2015, 11:47 am

    How would you do oil pulling if you wear dentures? My husband has upper and lower dentures, I think oil pulling would help him with his digestive issues. Does wearing dentures affect pulling?

    • Jill February 4, 2015, 8:29 pm

      Maybe take the dentures out first?

  • Laura May 2, 2015, 7:35 am

    I’m on my third day of oil pulling using a natural organic coconut paste from the health shop. Oh my god….. It was so strange when I put it in my mouth as I had to stop myself from gagging from the Lard consistency but after it heated up in my mouth I had no problems swishing for 20 mins. I had a severe headache whilst pulling and still am experiencing them on my third day and I’m having mild heartburn which I expect is down to the pulling. My mouth though feels so clean and my teeth look brighter already. I decided to do pulling for the sake of my oral health and as I hate the dentist I’m hoping it will keep cavities at bay in the long run. I will continue to oil pull as I love the idea of detoxing myself to improve my overall health.
    I loved reading up on your views of oil pulling so thanks for writing a helpful piece on the facts.

  • Pravallika Menon August 6, 2015, 4:49 am

    Hi jill,

    I found your site on “naturenatureblog” . I tried when I was at my grandmother home. After completion of this process my mouth have oily feeling. How to overcome this. Is there any easy tip?

    • Jill August 6, 2015, 9:57 am

      You need to rinse your mouth out thoroughly and/or brush your teeth. Do NOT swallow the oil as it is full o9f toxins, as stated in the post.

  • T. Olson August 26, 2015, 12:25 pm

    Thanks for the article! I tried OP on Saturday, today is Wednesday. I woke up Sunday morning with a full on sinus and respiratory infection mainly due to heavy wildfire smoke enveloping the city. I have pulled everyday since and because I am home sick, I am doing nothing much besides noticing the effects of the OP. I have been doing it first thing in the morning. I wake up congested and blowing and coughing aren’t very productive. Immediately after the pull, I cough up tons of phlegm and use my neti pot with excellent results. The effects are so immediate, I must attribute them to pulling. Also, my mouth does indeed feel and look cleaner, my teeth have already lost some of the tartar buildup, and it seems as though the oil is eliminating the need to floss(I will continue regardless). All in all, I think it’s working and I’m going to keep the experiment going.

    • T. Olson August 26, 2015, 12:29 pm

      p.s.p I used cold pressed virgin coconut oil. I would like to try the traditional sesame oil.

  • Sherry Stuurman August 31, 2015, 5:09 pm

    Since starting Oil Pulling several days ago, in the middle of the night I vomited (which I NEVER do!), and today feel some stomach upset, in the stomach arwa and beloe, in the pelvic area.

    I am recovering from a severe case of diverticulitis for which I got treatment in the ER and prescriprions taken at home. I’m on my 10th and final day.

    I’m concerned about the vomiting and nausea. Is this a result of “Oil Pulling”?

  • Coco November 17, 2015, 1:12 pm

    I’ve been doing it for over 6 months, sometimes with Hemp oil too if I even run out of coconut unexpectantly.
    I release a lot of phlegm by it, but it feels better when I do that. I was checking to see if that is useful since some articles say that phlegm is needed.. I suppose my body is regulating itself

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  • Jill June 28, 2016, 4:50 am

    Hi. I discovered OP recently by googling why my tongue wasn’t really pink. I started 2 mornings ago and 2 days on trot I’m extremely tired and this morning fell asleep in front of tv. I feel really tired and the only change I could think of was OP. Is this because my body is detoxing?