How To Do Oil Pulling (And Why You’d Want To)

How (and why) to do oil pulling via http://MamaNatural.com

“Oil pulling is one of the most remarkable methods of detoxification and healing I have ever experienced… It helped me overcome a chronic skin problem that [I was previously] unable to cure.”

- Dr. Bruce Fife, naturopath doctor, nutritionist, and master detoxer

When I first heard that quote, I had two thoughts:

  1. What the heck is oil pulling?
  2. Whatever it is, I gotta check it out!

For those of you who are in the dark like I was, oil pulling is an ancient detoxification art that started in India as oil gargling thousands of years ago.

In 1992, Dr. F. Karach, MD introduced oil pulling in the US and used it in his medical practice with great success.

I started this practice a while ago and wow, it made a big difference. I literally no longer feel the need to brush my teeth. I know this may sound weird but that’s how well oil pulling cleans my mouth! Furthermore, my sinuses have never been clearer, my headaches have disappeared, and I feel that it is really helping my body detoxify.

I recommend it for anyone that has canker sores, teeth abscesses, sinus issues, etc. I’m still trying to convince my hubby, who is still a bit skeptical, to get onboard.

Why not try doing it for a week and see if you notice the difference?

How oil pulling works

It’s easy. Just take a tablespoon of raw vegetable oil and swish it around in your mouth for five minutes. Doing so activates enzymes that have a powerful detoxifying affect on our entire system; they literally pull toxins, bacteria, fungus, and other nasty bugs from the mouth and the entire body, helping to cleanse our blood. Since our mouths are a focal point for bacteria and microorganisms that mix with our saliva and eventually reach our bloodstream, you can see how wiping these bad guys out with oil pulling makes a profound impact on our bodies.

According to long-time devotees, oil pulling has the power to alleviate migraine headaches, asthma, diabetes, bronchitis, diseased teeth, chronic blood disorders such as leukemia, arthritis, eczema, heart and kidney disease, meningitis, hormonal disorders, etc.

Here’s a video I did a while back on oil pulling :)

How to do oil pulling

Pull toxins from your blood and freshen your breath in five easy steps.

  1. Find a high-quality vegetable oil. Most people use cold-pressed sunflower or sesame oils. I prefer using raw coconut oil since it is one of the healthiest oils in the world and helps boost the thyroid. (where to buy coconut oil)
  2. Right after you wake up, drink a glass or two of water to start your saliva flow and then take about 1 tablespoon of oil into your mouth. Swish it around for as long as you can. Start with 5 minutes and gradually increase to 15 to 20 minutes. I plop it into my mouth and swish away as I make my breakfast and pack my lunch.
  3. Do not swallow the oil – it’s loaded with toxins! (But don’t beat yourself up if you accidentally do.) It is vital to spit out this oil after 15-20 minutes of swishing. Spit it out in the trash (not the sink as it can clog pipes) because this is the safest, cleanest and best way to eliminate used oil.
  4. Be sure to wash out your mouth thoroughly to help clean out any lingering bacteria or toxins.
  5. Ta da! You’re done. Now go about your day knowing that you’ve done a great thing for your overall healing.

If you’re already healthy, a once a day oil pulling will help keep you that way. If you have more acute conditions, gradually build up to oil pulling 3 times a day before each meal.

Update – New Detox Twist to my Oil Pulling

I’ve added a new detox twist to my oil pulling practice that you may want to check out that incorporates the awesome power of essential oils.

What about you?

Have you tried oil pulling? Was it effective? Please share your experience with us!

Sources:

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article%20oil%20pulling.htm

http://www.oilpulling.com/

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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  2. Bluedrakes April 5 at 11:26 pm

    I hear of oil pulling a while ago.
    I have always spit blood when brushing my teeth.
    I tried oil pulling for about a week and I haven’t had blood when I brush since.
    I didn’t realize till reading your article today that it is also good for skin condition, or for sinus congestion and asthma and diabetes, all condition which I have at this time, so I am going to try it again, at last twice a day and see how that goes.
    You look radiant by the way :) Keep it up :) And thanks for sharing.

  3. Andrea April 5 at 8:38 am

    First try today, gagged after 6 minutes. try again tomorrow? don’t know yet.

  4. Natalie April 3 at 11:42 am

    Hi! Fabulous read!
    I am trying to figure out if you have stopped brushing your teeth altogether, and only oil pull, or if you still brush.
    I appreciate your response- I’ve been oil pulling for 3 days, and I don’t know whether or not I can ditch the toothpaste.
    Thank you so much!

    Natalie

    • Michelle April 5 at 3:24 pm

      So my message was is in response to Natalie’s comment. I am a dental hygienist and as a dental professional no matter what different products or natural remedies you use I would never recommend that a person stop brushing. If you Would like to throw out toothpaste go right ahead. If you feel oil pulling is working for you and you want to continue then do so but please don’t stop brushing.

  5. oil pulling March 24 at 2:10 am

    I have been using processed coconut oil for oil pulling for over a month. It has had absolutely no impact on me. Is it because of the oil not in raw form

    • sherry May 31 at 10:29 pm

      Yes

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  9. Stacy Lockhart March 19 at 7:36 pm

    I just tried oil pulling today for the very first time with coconut oil and just couldn’t stomach it. Do you think it’ll get easier?

    • Guat Choo March 30 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Stacy,
      Today was my 3rd day. On the first day, I threw up after 10 minutes.
      The 2nd n 3rd day were easy cos as I was doing my oil pulling, I was checking my emails n googling away to distract the thought of it.
      Happy oil pulling n hope it turns out successful for u.

    • Desiree June 14 at 5:08 pm

      Sure does. My first few times it made me gag, but now it seems really natural.

  10. Amy March 17 at 6:54 am

    Do you know of any harmful effects this could have while I am nursing my 4 month old?
    Thanks!

  11. Melanie March 13 at 11:32 pm

    For years I had a problem with my gums tearing, and huge blisters that broke quickly; extremely painful. Two dentists and a biopsy by an ENT doc found nothing. I thought it was mercury poisoning from old amalgams. It was so bad, I went to a dentist to have my teeth removed, because I couldn’t afford to have the amalgam removed and crowns. They said it wasn’t amalgam, my teeth were fine and that removing them would not solve the gum problem. They diagnosed it as “pemphigus”, an AUTOIMMUNE condition. A naturopathic doc said to do oil pulling 3 to 5 times a day for the autoimmune condition, and be sure to take my minerals (maybe for the sake of the teeth and bone structures?). I did the oil pulling with coconut oil. The symptoms of pemphigus were GONE in 3 days. Outbreaks are rare now, but when I get symptoms, I increase oil pulling and it TAKES CARE OF IT. Coconut oil is FANTASTIC stuff. The naturopathic doc said after rinsing with the oil, to rinse out your mouth with salt water, to remove and destroy any remaining toxins or bacteria.

  12. Pam March 8 at 11:13 am

    Can this be done with kids? I’m wondering if I could teach my 5 year old to do this but with a smaller amount? He has a lot of allergy/sinus difficulties and skin problems (black heads). He even gets the black heads in his ears. I already use essential oils with my boys but I’m wondering if a detox for the 5 year old might be in order and if this would be a safe way to try.

    • April April 15 at 2:57 pm

      Hi! Please don’t take this the wrong way, but what is your sons nutrition like? Processed foods could be causing these symptoms. You could also try increasing his water consumption to half of his body weight in ounces. Say he weighs 100 lbs, he should drink at least 50 oz. of water a day. You’d be surprised how the body reacts to chemicals in food, and lack of water in the body.

  13. Meg March 8 at 12:09 am

    I’ve heard of this but with coconut oil. Which oli is works better?

  14. kirstie March 7 at 3:27 pm

    Hi. I was wondering do u still brushur terth if u oil pull. And wat do u rinse ur mouth with? Just water?

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  16. Taunya March 3 at 3:44 pm

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  18. MoxieGirl February 24 at 11:08 am

    I’ve been trying this and have noticed increased sensitivity in my teeth. (Some pain, heat/cold intolerance gum receding) I’m wondering if this is just temporary or if I should stop pulling. And maybe I’m just not doing it right..I don’t know.
    Also, has anyone out there ever experienced any variety of a “healing crisis” while doing OP? That may also be why I have been experiencing random things like acne and itchy skin.. Long story short, I don’t want to give up if the long term effects are going to be beneficial. However, I’d like some feedback from other OP’ers out there to see if they’ve ever experienced any similar issues. Thanks in advance everyone!!! :)

    • Sox March 9 at 9:28 pm

      Whenever you feel you are going through a healing crisis — sometimes like mild flu-like symptoms — drink ‘plenty’ of very warm water. I do a lot of energy work and tell my clients to drink very warm water before and after I work on them to wash away the extra toxins your body is trying to flush out, and sometimes to continue this throughout the day. Try to drink 1 or 2 coffee mugs of water that is hot, but cool enough to drink straight down. This opens the organs and the meridians to allow the body to aid in the detox process. It really does make a difference.
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  20. Talia February 14 at 3:19 pm

    This sounds really interesting and I’m gonna start it soon,just wanted to ask, can I use a Vegetable Oil? Or Olive oil, if I don’t have coconut oil? Will it have the same effect?

    • Lorelei March 7 at 8:49 pm

      Talia, you can use coconut oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil or olive oil. Just make sure they are virgin and organic.

  21. Amelia February 11 at 12:26 pm

    This is a good source for people asking about crown and fillings coming loose. It states that it shouldn’t cause this and IF it does, that means something is wrong with the tooth. Whether it be that it wasn’t placed in right or that there could be decaying going on. Thought this would help answer all the repeated questions :)

    http://www.coconutresearchcenter.com/hwnl_8-1.htm

  22. Greg February 3 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Pat:
    I have just started the oil pulling recently and have not noticed an oil or greasy taste. Actually all I taste is a very clean very mild coconut flavor.
    The coconut oil seems to be a very light oil, no more noticeable than water.

    I eat coconut oil and have yet to get an oil taste from it.

    I see no reason to use with anything else.
    Best I could say is give it a try and see how it goes for you.
    If you it turns out it is not something you want to do, you can always use the oil in your cooking and baking needs.

  23. Pat February 3 at 2:48 am

    could you tell me if coc0nut oil taste greasy in your mouth. If so could I mix it a little Listerine to help kill the taste.

  24. Greg January 31 at 8:13 pm

    I thought I would share a little more about coconut oil this evening!
    (Organic Virgin Coconut Oil)
    Do not buy RBD (refined, bleached, deodorized) coconut oil. It is processed with chemicals.

    So what makes this oil so special? Well, 90 percent of coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids (or Triglyerides), which are easily digested and sent right to the liver for energy production. By traveling directly to the liver, it is not stored as fat and actually can help boost your metabolism. These triglycerides also help keep skin smooth and moisturized by trapping the escaping moisture from pores.

    Most of the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are lauric acid, which is only found in as high a concentrate in human breastmilk. This powerful acid actually helps increase immunity and fight infections, which makes it essential to our daily diets.

  25. Greg January 31 at 7:54 pm

    Hello Genevieve:
    Great post! I have not yet started oil pulling and have very recently started using Raw organic unrefined coconut oil for cooking and eating and have felt a noticeable difference in how I feel.
    Many have asked about oil pulling while breast feeding and also during pregnancy.
    Coconut oil would be the oil of choice during ether, since it is an all natural saturated fat, and the more toxins you can extract from your body the less toxins your body will deliver to your baby.
    How many women eat foods saturated with refined, processed saturated fats while nursing or pregnant and take no thought for it?
    How many women here wear underarm deodorants, makeup, or wear perfume during the days or pregnancy and nursing your child?
    Do you realize the toxins you are dumping into your body with these product? And you are troubled about the idea of pulling them out as being a concern?
    Please understand I am not belittling anyone here. I share this with you out of the same love the LORD Jesus Christ has showed me in my life.
    Turn to Christ and he will guide you in all matters of your life.
    Sincerely Greg

  26. Rosalyn January 26 at 6:14 pm

    I have been oil pulling with coconut oil for a few months after starting with the hope it would improve my health ailments. So having got cleaner, fresher teeth and gums and no more plague (no trouble with old fillings or crowns ) is a big plus! Mainly for me with suffering with long time depression, arthritis pain and IBD, I have improved immensly!
    I am on the SCD diet too, so eat a lot of coconut and oil, but oil pulling came later (after this video came up on a site i use for my diet) and it was then I saw the changes. With far less pain, I am getting up earlier (hurrying to get a mouthful of oil on waking started the ball rolling). Then suddenly one day I just started doing lots of things I have left undone for years, much to my dear husband’s joy as he has had to do it all for years. It seems to be pulling my creative juices! It has given me back a positive outlook for my future.
    I am encouraging everyone I know to do use the oil for pulling, cooking or just eating it. My mother who has early stage dementia is trying it and feeling more positive about her future also.
    Many thanks from Titirangi, New Zealand!

    • Mary H. January 29 at 9:36 pm

      Rosalyn. Sounds like I am it the boat you were in. I will try this and see if it gets me motivated. I’m tired of feeling tired.

  27. emsmythe January 25 at 8:34 pm

    Been oil pulling for a month. Teeth are much whiter, I had my teeth cleaned about 2 weeks in but they needed cleaning for a long time so it was hard to tell if the pulling had any effect other than whitening. SINCE getting my teeth cleaned however, a chronic inflamed pocket has healed up completely – even with regular cleaning, it was chronically inflamed – until I started with a clean slate of clean teeth AND daily oil pulled. I told a fried who had a lot of pain in her gums. In less than a week of OP, pain disappeared and bleeding is just about all gone. She is very encouraged!

  28. Peggy January 20 at 11:40 am

    I am interested to know what affect the OP does to crowns, amalgam fillings, and on loosening teeth. I have worked in the dental field over 30 years and don’t understand how this can loosen teeth. Also, all amalgam or silver colored fillings have mercury. Can we please have some answers on this …. Most of us of a certain age have all amalgam fillings and probably crown and bridgework! Thank you! … ❤️

    • Genevieve January 20 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Peggy,

      I do not believe it loosens teeth or dental work in any way. I have crowns and haven’t had any issues with it at all. My dentist also recommends it for everyone.

      In regards to mercury fillings, this is a bit trickier. Oil pulling *could* potentially trigger more release of mercury by-products. Again, I’m not 1005 sure on this and I actually oil pulled when I had 2 mercury fillings. (I’ve since had them removed.) Your best bet would to have your mercury fillings removed from a trained dentist and then start up on the practice of oil pulling.

  29. MoxieGirl January 18 at 11:12 pm

    Hello All! :)
    I want to try this sooooo bad but I’m kinda on the fence after reading all of the comments posted here…
    Someone mentioned that doing this would make your teeth loose??
    Also, there hasn’t been much discussion about which oils are better to use. If you have high cholesterol and a variety of chronic illnesses, as I do, I’d like to know which oil is best to use.
    And has anyone experienced a Herxheimer Reaction (toxin die-off) while doing this?

  30. Hbee January 14 at 10:09 pm

    It’s a gentle detox, I rekon the biggest importance for breastfeeding mamas, is to rinse super duper well. Make sure to spit out allll the toxins possible. I figure, these toxins are already loose and about, might as well spit them out. (Poet!)

    Anybody breastfeeding and oil pulling? If so, what have you amd your baby experienced?

  31. Alyssa January 14 at 2:54 pm

    Hi, will any coconut oil work?

  32. Laura January 9 at 12:05 pm

    I am very interested in this as I have always had teeth that were prone to cavities and breaking despite my best efforts. Is this safe to do while pregnant? And nursing?

  33. Madi January 8 at 12:20 pm

    I was wondering if any of you ladies who have had a problem with the taste have tried adding some sort of extract to it. I’m not sure if it would help and I have yet to try oil pulling but it was something I thought of. :)

  34. Maureen December 13 at 10:18 pm

    I have done it. Wondered why you said to do it in the morning. Can I do it at bedtime?

  35. Connie s December 13 at 8:33 am

    Can you do oil pulling if you have caps on your teeth.

  36. Tiffany December 12 at 4:33 pm

    Is this safe to do while pregnant or breastfeeding?

    • Hbee January 14 at 10:08 pm

      It’s a gentle detox, I rekon the biggest importance for breastfeeding mamas, is to rinse super duper well. Make sure to spit out allll the toxins possible. I figure, these toxins are already loose and about, might as well spit them out. (Poet!)

      Anybody breastfeeding and oil pulling? If so, what have you amd your baby experienced?

  37. Gail December 7 at 10:24 pm

    Did I miss the response to brushing teeth before or after oil-pulling?

    • Nadia December 8 at 1:11 am

      I’m fairly certain you brush afterwards, to make sure you’ve gotten the remaining oil and bacteria out of your mouth.

    • Mei December 30 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Nadia,

      You actually want to brush beforehand, because otherwise you don’t get as much of the benefit (it’s busy getting rid of all the plaque that you would’ve gotten rid of if you’d brushed). Also, you don’t want to rub the gunk back into your gums by brushing after, make sure you rinse your mouth out with water and then drink a glass!

  38. Nadia December 7 at 4:47 pm

    Oh man, I bought some virgin, unrefined coconut oil for oil pulling (and for my hair), and I tried it this morning. I managed a tbsp and 20 minutes, but holey moley, it didn’t taste nice after a minute or so. It tasted .. smokey, which honestly made me want to gag. I don’t know if it’s because I got a cheap one from my supermarket .. Melrose Organic, it’s called.
    What brand of coconut oil would you recommend?

  39. Joanne November 24 at 4:06 am

    Is oil pulling safe for breast feeding mamas since it’s detoxifying?

  40. Joanne November 24 at 4:06 am

    Is oil pulling safe for breast feeding mamas since its detoxifying?

  41. avis November 23 at 12:40 am

    Hi.. so in the morning do u brush anymore or u just do oil pull… rinse and that’s it? I trued brushing after OP n that was a big no no…wrecked my enamel. … guess Op softens it then brushing not a good idea. .. as I found that week my teeth seemed achy when I chomped on nuts….. after I used mag oil to Op n my enamel seem to toughen up. Anyways think I ruined my teeth with experimenting….

    so like to know so u only do just Op without brushing in morning? Thx

  42. Chrys November 12 at 11:48 pm

    For those with the abscesses, pack a couple caplets/tablets of activated charcoal around the sore tooth a few times a day until the pain is gone and/or you can make it into the dentist. Four years ago a cavity cause a tooth to crack open. At that time I had gum disease and a dentist the year before was talking about periodontal diseases. I started using charcoal and avoided the dentist after that. This summer I started oil pulling in the morning. When i saw the dentist today I received, for the first time since I was a kid, so many compliments regarding my teeth! And there was no talk about gingivitis. And my bad cavity? The doctor was in awe over how strong the tooth was considering the amount of decay. He also noticed the protection which grew around an exposed nerve. I am a FIRM believer in oil pulling after today’s visit!

    • Kelly December 3 at 11:03 am

      Thank you for sharing!! I greatly appreciate such detail and am looking forward to giving this a try :-)

  43. Kristen @ Dem Golden Apples November 12 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you for posting this. I recently heard about oil pulling and wanted to try it out. So interesting!

  44. Madhu November 5 at 3:45 pm

    I have tried this when I was back in India. I was a teenager and had lots of pimples. After doing oil pulling my pimples are all gone and my skin looked very smooth. My mouth ulcers were gone too. The only side effect is…teeth will become loose if you squish too much.

    I would say that give it a try for a week and see if it works out for you or not.

  45. Deana October 30 at 6:28 am

    I have pure coconut oil, is that the same as raw coconut oil?

  46. Karen October 27 at 9:04 pm

    I have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis… Do you know of anyone with these conditions any how it has helped the… Also can I do it more than once per day?

  47. Tine October 25 at 4:05 pm

    Have you heard if oilpulling might be of any help for asthma?

  48. Anne from Pintesting October 22 at 9:01 am

    I’ve heard of this before, and haven’t tried it yet, but am very intrigued. I’m thinking about doing a Pintest on it and have a few questions.
    1. Would this affect anyone on Weight Watchers? I know you’re not supposed to swallow, but even a teaspoon of fat counts as points.
    2. After pulling, do you still brush and floss as usual? I use a Waterpik, would any residue be harmful to swallow?
    3. Any other special tips or tricks to follow when giving this a go for the first time?
    I’ll probably do a 7 day test before posting. Let me know if this is a sufficient amount of time to see results. From your article and the comments, it sounded about right.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • MoxieGirl January 18 at 11:15 pm

      Did anyone ever get back to you regarding your questions?
      Did you ever do the 7 day trial?

  49. Barb October 21 at 10:42 am

    What happens if you use this with mercury fillings? I have a lot of mercury fillings in my molars.

  50. Brandy October 13 at 12:48 am

    I know this may sound stupid, but can, or should you not brush your teeth as you normally would after doing this?

  51. Ronee October 12 at 2:46 am

    I have a tooth that has acid erosion damage with a hole now below the gum on the bottom. I have tried for 1.5 yrs to save this tooth with clove oil, colloidal silver and natural herb rinses which have done a pretty good job considering the erosion. Out of the blue 7 days ago I had excruciating pain in the tooth or so I thought I realized later it was the gum in front of the tooth. I was in so much pain I was taking Ibuprofen 800 3 to 4 times a day for 3 days. I was terrified for my liver and couldn’t get into a dentist for 7 days. I Googled natural tooth pain relief and came across oil pulling. I tried it that evening with my pain subsiding then I tried it the next day doing it 3 times and the next taking it to twice a day. I have had no pain in 7 days and better yet no pain meds. I even

    • Jane October 14 at 9:33 pm

      I recommend you see a dentist. It sounds like your tooth is possibly abscessed. A draining abscess may not cause any pain but it doesn’t mean the infection is gone.

  52. Madi October 10 at 8:52 am

    i will try.

  53. Elizabeth Longtin October 8 at 6:07 pm

    Pps: I had the same reaction when I first found out about oil pulling. :)

  54. Elizabeth Longtin October 8 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for the reply! I dont have any mercury fillings ~ anymore. And knowing that you have success makes me very excited because Ive been wanting to try this for quite some time! Looking forward to cleaner teeth and a brighter smile. :D. Ps: very happy to have stumbled across your site! Def bookmarked!

  55. Genevieve October 7 at 12:24 am

    Hello,
    I just came across your site and I am enjoying it. I have an underactive thyroid and am curious if you know if oil pulling with coconut oil will in any way benefit that condition. Any other tips for the thyroid condition are welcome, of course, as well! Thanks!

    • Genevieve October 7 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Genevieve :)

      Perhaps… it’s worth a shot! I’ve never heard that it has per se but you never know.

      • Genevieve October 8 at 7:23 am

        p.s. nice name!

    • Lisa January 2 at 12:05 pm

      if you look up the health benefits of coconut oil you will find that it actually aids in thyroid issues… it is one of the best oils you can use.. I use it in place of butter on most things and its wonderful.

  56. Elizabeth Longtin October 5 at 7:18 am

    I really want to try this, but other articles Ive seen on this advises against if you’ve got fillings. Do you know anything about this? You make no mention of it. Thanks!

    • Genevieve October 7 at 8:34 pm

      I have fillings and I do it. I might hesitate if I had mercury fillings but even then I think the good outweighs the bad.

  57. Bodille October 4 at 12:08 pm

    Why should oil pulling be done first thing in the morning? Why not any time of the day?

    • Genevieve October 7 at 8:41 pm

      It’s best away from meals so morning is easiest. I’d wait 2-3 hours after eating.

  58. Cassie taylor October 1 at 9:36 am

    After seeing Oil pulling on Dr. Oz and reading your post I decided to try it! I have receding gums as well as gingivitis. I brush my teeth everyday but for some reason I still have it, so I am hoping this will help! The first time I was only able to do it for 5 minutes before it became so thick. What amazed me the most was that after I spit the oil out it literally looked like melted butter! ewwwww!!

    • Kayla December 12 at 6:24 pm

      Have you noticed a difference with your receding gums and gingivitis? I am just starting to do this and thought I would ask since I too have the same problems!

    • Gerard December 29 at 4:39 pm

      ItIt looked like melted butter because it became aerated from swishing

  59. SK Pillai October 1 at 1:43 am

    Sir,
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    SK Pillai

  60. Satina Ballard September 27 at 5:16 pm

    Well started the oil pulling the following day after the post. A few weeks later I really saw the results with my teeth becoming much whiter and gums much healthier. Sensitivity went away and plaque on teeth in the morning ceased. I have although since stopped only because I am not very familiar or confident with detoxing while nursing. My concerns that these excess toxins will excrete into my baby’s breast milk. I have lots of concerns but am sad to have to stop because I was feeling all of the benefits during the process. Please post any feedback on this matter I would really love some opinions or experiences with this. Thanks!

    • Genevieve September 28 at 4:31 pm

      Oil pulling is a very gentle form of detox. I would recommend talking to doctor but I did once I was past the first 3-6 months of EBF. I think it would be fine if you do once a day.

      • Satina Ballard September 28 at 5:55 pm

        Thank you, Genevieve. I will be sure to talk with a doctor about these concerns while BF. Although my conclusion will more than likely be to OP only once a day.

  61. Sasha September 27 at 1:25 pm

    How do you combat the general urge to swallow (dry swallow) while swishing? I probably swallowed 50 times while trying this.. I didn’t swallow any oil, just the action of swallowing.

    • Genevieve September 28 at 4:33 pm

      Try using a smaller amount of oil.

    • Kristy January 10 at 12:20 pm

      Paristalsis is a normal body response. In most cases we don’t notice how much we swallow. However, when we have a cold (or in your case oil pulling), we are acutely aware every time we swallow. It is a natural and unconscious action of the body. You can try to suppress it.

  62. Lilita September 16 at 8:44 pm

    I have trouble doing this without gagging… :/ But I so want to.

    • Genevieve September 17 at 2:02 pm

      Try it with organic, cold-pressed sesame oil.

      • Emily January 3 at 11:26 pm

        Hey. I was curious… Are we still able to oil pull even with braces? Because I have braces but oil pulling seems so interesting :/.. And also.. Another person said if you swish the oil too much in your mouth, it makes your teeth loose. Is this true? Thanks :)

    • Christi September 19 at 10:15 pm

      I figured it out! Put the [coconut] oil in your mouth between your cheek and your teeth. clench your teeth. As it liquidifies, you can gradually start swishing more and more around your mouth. See if that helps.

      • Belinda September 23 at 9:48 pm

        Use less oil in the first few times until you get used to it then increase gradually. Start with half a tablespoon (or less if you still gag on it), rest for a few seconds then start to slowly swish on one side of the mouth for a few seconds. Expand the area gradually until you can swish around without gagging.

    • Lilita September 24 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you all for your suggestions I will try them.

  63. Lauren September 15 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Christi: My guess is that it wouldn’t matter which oil you used. I felt the same way the first time I tried oil pulling, but it did get easier with practice. I think I lasted for a minute or two the first time, and had to work up to ten minutes. Takes some time to do, but it was worth it.

  64. Christi September 12 at 2:18 pm

    I tried this with coconut oil and it made me gag. I couldn’t last longer than 10-15 seconds. Any suggestions? what are some other oils I could try?

    • Sassy March 12 at 12:40 am

      Melt it first

  65. Satina Ballard September 6 at 10:09 pm

    I love love love the idea of this ancient practice. Glad to be apart of the revolution. I will eventually see the results as well and pass this practice on to others. I am also currently breastfeeding and hoping to get a more conscience and healthy regimen for myself and family. My husband is big on health as has started his own regimen from a site called http://www.Infowars.com. I got my coconut oil coming tomorrow from Tropical Traditions. Have fun with your journey to Great Health!

  66. Michael September 1 at 10:05 am

    I get great results from oil pulling if I pull the oil twice in a row (2 x 20 minute sessions, first thing in the morning). I always use sesame oil.

  67. kd August 20 at 5:24 pm

    I cured gingivitis with it. I talk about that at the dentist’s office every time I go to one. None of them of course have EVER heard of it and couldn’t recommend it. The way I look at it… it stops the need for root canals so of course they won’t promote it. Let me just say… it works! Your infected skin around the base of your tooth begins to heal. Eventually you stop even getting abscessed teeth. And gradually your teeth begin to solidify in your mouth again. No more losing teeth to bad gums. Just do it! You can thank me later! My version isn’t like this one really. I don’t do the pulling for as long and I don’t rinse my mouth out. I do it at night after brushing my teeth before I go to bed. And then leave the oil in my mouth cause it heals my gums overnight. I use coconut oil but sesame oil is the next best alternative. Coconut oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. So of course it heals you. But SHUSH…. don’t tell the mainstream dentists…. they won’t believe you can cure your own gum disease with something so simple and avoid costly root canals!

  68. Chrys July 16 at 10:01 am

    I have been doing this OP daily for almost 4wks. A few times I used EEVO, most of the time refined CO. I bought unrefined CO last night and used that this AM. I can feel a slight increase in the effects. I’ve noticed my teeth and gums look better, not perfect, but better. Because I am overweight, I think I should start doing this at least twice a day and see if that helps more. I do have amalgams, but I’m not sure if they’re mercury or silver. Regardless, they haven’t fallen out and I’ve had them for 20yrs. I think if you’re worried about the leeching, remember you spit the oil out and them rinse your mouth well. To put your mind at ease, pop in the charcoal tablet and using your tongue, hold it in place until it dissolves. Psst….the charcoal also helps with tooth infections and abscesses. Might have to do it up to 3x a day depending on severity of infection, but it works!

    • Lynzi Cohen March 7 at 8:30 pm

      Name word amalgam comes from mercury and silver being mixed together, therefore your fillings are both.

  69. Christina June 19 at 11:50 am

    This is all very confusing to me….i just started, im only on day 2 and ive only done it once a day in the morning. Im using coconut oil, why is that not the best, it has so many health benefits?!? Im mainly doing this for mouth and teeth health and to generally get rid of toxins in the body, help with joint pain, and feel better overall. I dont have sinus issues. I see ppl saying how they’ve noticed changes from just 1 day and the only thing i notice so far is feeling a little extra ‘drippiness’ lol. Also, do u brush ur teeth afterwards? I see ppl saying no more need to brush and i dont understand that bc my teeth do not feel clean after pulling, i can still feel the film on my inside teeth the same as when i first wake up, or how ur teeth eventually feel in between brushings. If brushing, would u go and eat first after the pulling and then brush, or vice versa, and then brush again after eating!?! And is once a day enough or i should do more? Thanks!

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  73. Kimberly Beach April 21 at 9:06 am

    I began oil pulling about a week ago. I use coconut oil and doing it first thing in the morning for 20 minutes. I have to get over the initial part of getting the coconut oil from its solid state to liquid but after that, its a cinch and my mouth feels so much better now! My gums already looks better and so do my teeth *I don’t get the film on my teeth overnight like I used to*

  74. Gary Wieczorek April 11 at 7:49 pm

    hey yea what about those fillings and OP?

  75. Debbie Juhl April 5 at 8:37 pm

    I have some amalgam fillings and one gold crown. Will OP affect them? Several people have asked about the fillings but no answer has been given.

  76. Carolyn Friesz April 2 at 11:19 am

    I was waiting to see your answer about mercury or amalgam(?) fillings . . . didn’t see an answer. I would like to try this, but don’t want my fillings falling out!

  77. Fern March 31 at 7:56 pm

    When someone has a mouth full of silver fillings can they still do oil pulling?

    • Aimee March 31 at 8:07 pm

      I’m also wondering the same thing.

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  79. Jamie March 17 at 1:43 pm

    I am wondering what is the difference between “Refined” or “Unrefined” Coconut Oil, and if it matters of oil pulling.

    • Genevieve March 18 at 8:39 pm

      I think both would work just fine. Unrefined might have an advantage as there’s more antioxidants in it.

  80. Renee March 15 at 1:21 pm

    So…. I can’t fit a table spoon of oil in my mouth, I tried and either I swallow some or I spit some out, will it still work if I take more like a heaping tea spoon instead?

    • Genevieve March 18 at 8:38 pm

      Sure! Whatever is comfortable for your mouth. My mouth is big :)

      • Sue Ledbetter March 12 at 5:29 pm

        I suggest using Hemp Oil, wonderful results, tho coconut oil is good too, Hemp Oil, IMO, has more benefits. : – )

  81. Colette February 26 at 1:20 pm

    Hi great blog well done so im trying to understand if oil pulling is safe while pregnant?

  82. Dawn Combs February 10 at 8:20 pm

    i just did this for the first time. i had never heard about this health remedy before today while perusing the internet for tooth whitening info!! I used one tablespoon of organic refined coconut oil and OP’d for 12 mins. My chronic sinisitis and congestion started to clear up within ten minutes of spitting out and rinsing. AMAZING! the mucus is going away also! holy cow! who’d of thunk it?! I plan to do this every day twice a day if necessary.

  83. Chelbie February 8 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve only been able to find expeller pressed organic sesame oil at Whole Foods. Where can I get cold pressed sesame oil? Thanks

  84. jackalyn February 6 at 10:50 pm

    I have used coconut oil for pulling and loved the benefits.one of my favorite benefits is when you workout or sweating in the sun your skin becomes very soft from the oils penetrating your skin

  85. Lenzie Marshall Jr. February 6 at 12:51 pm

    I have some real kidney problem and high blood pressure the doctor say, but I don’t feel sick or anything. Will this coconut oil take care of my problems.

    • Genevieve February 11 at 10:41 am

      It’s not a cure-all, so consult your doctor about other ways to manage your health. But oil pulling can’t hurt!

  86. Nelly February 1 at 2:28 pm

    Hi, I have been doing OP daily for last 25 days and have recently had quite bad acne, then chapped lips and now I have a nasty rash on my neck which is like eczema, none of which I normally suffer with! Should I continue with the OP?? And if so, how long can I expect to suffer these symptoms before they improve?

    • Sony March 15 at 12:46 am

      nelly, i am quite new to op as well but in my research, I found that it may be certain blood types in which certain oils may not be recommended…As this practice of OP has its origins in Ayurveda, it might be better to chose your oil based less on blood type, and more on your predominant Ayurvedic constitution:

      Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. You can take a quiz to find it out here:
      http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/constitutions/index.html

      And get some info on which oils are best for your dosha here:
      http://www.chopra.com/kapha

      You might find a better fit using this method.”

  87. lauren January 13 at 10:17 am

    hi! just starting to learn about OP and gathering information. thought you might be interested to know that coconut oil is not recommended for OP. cold-pressed sunflower or sesame oils are best. i can understand why you would use coconut, since it is so packed with nutrients, but it is still not recommended. don’t know enough, personally, to have an informed opinion, but the ‘experts’ in ayurveda practice say no to coconut and yes to sesame or sunflower.

  88. Bob Hicks January 13 at 7:49 am

    Why would you want to start by drinking water first thing in the morning before doing the oil pulling? Wouldn’t that be swallowing the toxins you have accumulated overnight that you are trying to rid yourself of.

  89. Gina January 11 at 7:14 am

    I think that will take some practice. I could only do it 2 minutes without feeling like I was going to gag.

  90. Alyse January 5 at 6:37 pm

    I’ve been doing OP on and off for 3 years. I’ve had a lot of heavy metal to detox and so at times when the oil pulls something particularly nasty out my throat has reacted. I’ve used raw and organic sesame oil and switched off at times to fractionated (liquified) coconut oil. I don’t get canker sores and the OP has also healed tooth aches along with clearing up my sinuses and whitening my teeth. ( but not as dramatically as the teeth whiteners do) one thing I’ve read is to avoid doing the OP until you have removed and replaced all the metal dental amalgam fillings. I did do this though not with any knowledge that I was supposed to do so, it was just that I learned about the OP just after when I was recovering from 3 months of the dental work process. The blogger, Mommypotomous has more info and more on this.

    • Aimee January 7 at 7:24 am

      Alyse, Can you please provide more information about the OP and Dental Amalgam fillings. THANKS! :-)

      • Jenny December 3 at 12:02 pm

        Have we gotten anymore feed back about this post concerning the metal/amalgam fillings?? I have quite a few of these and I’m wanted to know if I can still try the OP or if there is any risks. TIA :)

  91. Faith January 4 at 9:50 am

    Maybe this is a dumb question – what is meant by “raw?” I have some organic coconut oil that I plann to try, but not sure if that is the same thing you are talking about. Can you clarify the term?

    • Alyse January 5 at 6:43 pm

      Raw means the oil is cold processed or pressed and not as filtered and is usually organic. Since the oil has not been heated or treated with chemicals like the highly processed oils such as canola. So less breakdown of the integrity and quality of the oil and no bad free radicals that can damage your bodies cells. Spectrum sells an organic raw sesame oil and there are plenty of raw unrefined coconut oils but these will be solid at room temp so you would want to scoop a tablespoon full and melt in your mouth with your body temp. It will still work and ever so good for you

      • Sassy March 12 at 12:31 am

        I melt mine before I use it, If I don’t it just makes me gag

    • Genevieve January 9 at 10:44 pm

      Some coconut oil is processed at low temperatures (under 100 or so degrees) which keeps all of the naturally occurring enzymes intact. This is what’s considered “raw.”

  92. October December 8 at 1:40 pm

    Correct me if I am wrong but I feel the amount (1 tbls) isn’t a very important detail… I’m a small woman, so I just scooped out a bit (maybe half a teaspoon) of coconut oil and by 20 mins my mouth is full with saliva too and I know I wouldn’t be able to go more than a min or two if I could even fit a full tablespoon in my mouth in the first place… Maybe using less would help some that are struggling : ) Things feel great and I’m excited to notice the benefits, happy swishing ya’ll!

    • Kristina March 17 at 5:48 pm

      Yes! I do the same. About a teaspoon. I would gag if had more than that! Smaller amount since I have a smaller mouth. Still has the same benefits.

  93. Nancy Zare November 28 at 10:16 am

    How many days does it take to detoxify oneself? I’m wondering if this is supposed to become a daily habit or whether it is used periodically.

    • Jessica November 29 at 3:44 pm

      i think you are supposed to incorporate it into your daily routine. first it will detoxify your body, after consistant use, it will heal/prevent cavities, strengthen your gums, and whiten your teeth. i would do it everyday if you are going to do it at all!

  94. Marvin November 27 at 3:38 pm

    I’ve seen and tried a number of different methods of detoxing, but oil pulling is new to me. It is an entirely unique technique which seems counter-intutitive. Thanks for the demo, I will do some reading on oil pulling just to see what else I can learn about it.

  95. Amber November 8 at 11:16 am

    Would olive oil work? Id feel a lil better using this instead of vegetable oil

    • Melinda March 10 at 6:20 pm

      olive oil tends to leave a yellow residue on your teeth. coconut oil makes your teeth whiter!

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  97. Cordelia August 26 at 7:27 pm

    This is awesome! Im all about the all natural thing but didn’t know about oil pulling! I love coconut oil and juice. I use coconut oil for everything including my homemade hair conditional and it’s great! Thanks for the information. For those that are into natural products, please check my website out http://www.seacretdirect.com/coco . Thanks!

  98. Buddy Davy July 9 at 2:19 pm

    I started doing it for the first time few minutes ago.. will do it on a regular basis. thanks for sharing…

  99. Wardy June 22 at 3:56 am

    Hi, I use OP ever now and then but I’m a great advocate of coconut oil, water, and milk.
    I have a yeast rash that pops its head up ever now and then. Instead of taking tablets that state “liver damage” as a side effect I put 3 table spoons of coconut oil in my bath. This just gets everywhere! I soak in it for 30 minutes then rub the oil in. My skin is amazing all over, moisturises my hair, skin etc…
    And if you like smooth skin then give it a go.
    A few of my mates who have eczema us this and get relief from it.
    I know it’s not very bloke like to admit this but it’s great.
    And women love stroking my skin :-) now there’s a motivator for a bloke!

  100. Annie April 12 at 9:57 pm

    I’ve been oil pulling for about six weeks. One benefit from OP I’ve received are clearer sinuses. In the first couple weeks of OP I sometimes had to spit out the oil early because of phlegm that would accumulate in the back of my throat. After a couple weeks I no longer had the phlegm and consequently, I could breathe better when sleeping so snoring issues have greatly improved. My mouth is very clean feeling and teeth are whiter and gums fEel healthier. While I had no loose teeth before OP, my teeth do feel “tighter” in my gums. Secure. Lastly, since beginning OP I have not had one canker sore. I can’t remember ever going that long without getting one.

  101. Cristina @ An Organic Wife March 19 at 3:33 pm

    This is probably a dumb question, but do you still need to brush your teeth? If so, is it better to do it before or after?

    • Genevieve March 19 at 4:09 pm

      Not a dumb question at all, Cristina!

      I usually rinse my mouth quite a bit. Then I eat breakfast. Then I brush. You can brush right after but I’d be sure to rinse your mouth well and good to prevent transferring the bacteria to your toothbrush.

      • pemborsky August 20 at 4:37 am

        Another site recommends swishing with salt water, as the antimicrobial properties will help rid the mouth of any toxins left behind. I use pink himalyan salt for the purity and extra minerals. Thanks for sharing this Genevieve. Keep up the good work!

        • JC January 22 at 12:54 pm

          It is also recommended to use a mixture of baking soda and water (and, optionally, salt) to rinse your mouth after OP. It is also not recommended to brush your teeth right after, but to brush them after you have had breakfast.

          Best!

  102. Kim February 16 at 1:47 am

    Just wanted to let you know that oil swishing with coconut oil eliminated my 5 year old son’s toothaches. When we slack off, he starts having pain again!

  103. larisa cox February 1 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks! I guess I’ll have to wait.

  104. Karen Goldstein January 24 at 8:56 pm

    I am also curious. Have you heard if oil pulling is safe to do while breastfeeding?

    • Genevieve January 26 at 8:41 pm

      Hmmmm….. If it were me, I would wait until the baby is 6 months or older or when the breast milk isn’t the main source of nutrients. Then, I would just do once a day.

      • Karen Goldstein January 26 at 8:51 pm

        Gotcha! I really appreciate the reply! Thanks!

        • Rowena March 9 at 1:20 pm

          I am a lactation consultant. I can’t think of a reason it would be bad during breastfeeding because you spit out the oil. Any toxins leave your body with the oil. It’s not like pulling toxins into your blood stream which of course feeds your breasts. Rowena

  105. larisa October 25 at 1:15 pm

    hi, is it safe to do while breastfeeding?

  106. mary July 21 at 9:59 am

    I am pregnant and have severe nasal and chest congestion due to sinutitus and a cold. Is it safe to do this during preg (20 weeks). Doc says its heading to bronchitus and
    Already infected so prescribed antibiotic, amoXcillin. I really dnt want to take it but I dnt want to harm the baby by developing severe bronchitus and having to take stronger meds. Will this help if I can do it?

    • Jamie March 4 at 8:55 pm

      Since you spit out the oil, I don’t see the problem with giving it a try. It’s not like you’re drinking it. It’s just a different type of mouth wash.

  107. Abbey Byrd June 27 at 9:32 pm

    i tried this while I was had morning sickness…didn’t work out so well for me! hahaha Hopefully after baby?

  108. Mona March 11 at 5:15 am

    You look great, and have such a nice blog! I was wondering about this oil pulling..How often should we do oil pulling? I’ve read somewhere earlier that you should use 20 minutes twice a day, but I think that’s to much. I just tried it for the first time, and I couldn’t take more than ten minutes:) Maybe I can do more with more experience later. Do you know if it will loose some effect if I eat before I do it? Thanks

    • Genevieve March 11 at 10:01 am

      Hi Mona,

      Thank you!

      I would do oil pulling first thing every morning on an empty stomach. Sure, we could do it 3 times a day but I think it’s about consistency and doing it once a day is realistic. It’s more effective with no food but better doing it than not at all.

      Cheers.

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  109. Kenrda Morford December 10 at 10:35 pm

    just came upon your blog through your you tube video of your little ones birth. amazing how your birthing experience mirrored mine with my first. mine was 24 hrs, natural, midwife, tub, etc. VERY similar! my hubby and i are trying to decide if we want to have a third so i watched some videos to see if they would help me decide either yea or nay. :-) I own a natural baby stores in kansas….sounds like we would have lots in common :-). I look forward to trying the oil pulling. thanks for being a natural mama and i look forward to following your blog :)

    • Genevieve December 12 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Kendra,
      Thanks for stopping by! I’m on the fence too on how many kids I want. I always thought 3 but 1 is a handful! LOL! How was your 2nd birth? I hope a lot easier. We paid our dues! What kind of products does your natural baby store sell? Wish we had more shops like that around here. The inventory must come in handy too :)

  110. Charlotte December 1 at 5:18 pm

    I tried it with coconut oil today and I’m going to keep up with it for awhile! Thank you for the tip!

    • Genevieve December 1 at 10:15 pm

      Oh good! Let me know what you think after doing it for awhile…

  111. Erma December 1 at 9:36 am

    I’m seriously considering doing this. It’s the easiest and least crazy way to detox (that i’ve heard of) and I need my sinuses and eczema cleared up!

    • Genevieve December 1 at 10:20 pm

      I know! It’s pretty low maintenance and has been around for thousands of years. Let me know how it goes and if you notice any changes.

  112. massart December 1 at 8:32 am

    You are glowing!
    Quite an appealing way to detoxify! I did not know about it and certainly am eager to try so as of yesterday did I start.
    Thank you for sharing.
    I am swishing right now, think i took a too big spoon :)
    Hug to Griffin
    A bientot

    • Genevieve December 1 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks Edwige! Let me know how you like it :). Hugs to you and Xavier!

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