The Best Oil to Use for Oil Pulling

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

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I first learned about oil pulling two decades ago while studying Ayurvedic cooking.  Oil pulling, or oil gargling, is an ancient detoxification therapy mentioned in Ayurvedic texts and is recommended as an easy, daily practice to rapidly improve oral health and over time, help resolve many chronic diseases.

The modern resurgence of oil pulling therapy commenced in 1992 and was initiated by Dr. F. Karach, MD, who used it with great success in his medical practice. Dr. Karach claimed that oil pulling would resolve a variety of illnesses including hormonal problems, cardiovascular disease, and digestive ailments.

Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Coconut Cures and Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing, suggests that oil pulling therapy can effectively be used to clear and heal sinus problems as one of the first detox symptoms that is experienced is an increased flow/clearing of mucous from the throat and sinuses. Mucous drainage is one of the body’s best methods of removing toxins.

How Does Oil Pulling Work?

The practice of oil pulling is extremely simple.

One tablespoon of raw, cold pressed oil is swished in the mouth for 15-20 minutes.  The swishing process involves gently pushing and pulling the oil around and through the teeth.

Oil pulling should be performed one to three times a day on an empty stomach.  The best time for oil pulling is upon arising in the morning before breakfast or drinking anything, but anytime of day before eating will do.

Dr. Fife advises the following while oil pulling:

While you are pulling, mucous may build in the back of your throat. You may even have to expel the oil and clear the mucous from your throat before reaching a full 20 minutes. That’s okay, take another spoonful of oil and continue until you’ve pulled for a total of 15-20 minutes.

After swishing with the oil for the allotted amount of time, the oil is completely spit out and the teeth, gums, tongue and palate gently cleansed by rinsing the mouth with salt water and brushing as usual.

It is important to note that the oil used for oil pulling must never be swallowed as it is loaded with toxins and bacteria and possibly even pus and mucous if an infection is present.

Which Oil is Best to Use for Oil Pulling?

A variety of oils are recommended for oil pulling. Traditionally, sesame oil, coconut oil or butter oil (ghee) are used. Modern day practice of this ancient therapy includes sunflower or olive oil as alternatives as well.   

While any of these oils are likely effective, is any one choice better than the others?

According to research performed by Irish scientists from the Athlone Institute of Technology who tested the effects of coconut oil, vegetable oil and olive oil on dental health, the answer is yes.

Of the three types of oil tested, only coconut oil was shown to prevent Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium that is a common inhabitant of the mouth and a major cause of tooth decay, from binding to and damaging tooth enamel.

This finding lends serious credence to the anecdotal claims of some people who report that oil pulling works best with coconut oil.

Lead researcher Dr. Damien Brady stated that coconut oil could prove to be an attractive alternative to chemicals in maintaining oral health.  He noted that not only does coconut oil work at relatively low concentrations, but with the worrisome problem of increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important to consider coconut oil a potentially novel new way to control microbial infections.

Dr. Fife also recommends making medicated coconut oil in his book, Oil Pulling Therapy to enhance the effects and healing properties of oil pulling.

Refined vs Unrefined Coconut Oil  

Virgin coconut oil is the best choice for oil pulling therapy as it is truly “raw” – unheated, unrefined and may contain micronutrients and co-factors not present in expeller pressed coconut oils which are heated as part of the refining process.

Remember too, that coconut oil solidifies at 76 F/24 C, so if your virgin coconut oil is solid in the pantry, you may need to gently liquify it in a pan of warm water before commencing your oil pulling routine for the day unless you are comfortable to let it melt in your mouth before you start swishing.

Is Oil Pulling Right for You?

Oil pulling is probably the cheapest and easiest detoxification regimen you could ever try.  It simply involves swishing your mouth with oil one to three times a day on an empty stomach and then spitting it out.

No dieting, fasting, herbs or pills are required to get started. No matter what your age or level of health, oil pulling is harmless and nearly anyone can do it.

Sometimes powerful answers come in a brown paper bag. Give oil pulling with virgin coconut oil a try!

Sarah The Healthy Home Economist

Sources and More Information

Natural Toothpaste for Healing Cavities

Tooth brushing, oil pulling and tissue regeneration: A review of holistic approaches to oral health

Oil Pulling for a Brighter Smile and Better Health

Coconut Oil Stops Strep from Damaging Tooth Enamel

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Comments (239)

  1. I have naturally yellow teeth just like my dentist told me. If I do this OP, will my teeth whiten? And how many days should we do this for a week?

  2. Sesame oil is actually the original and still the best for oil pulling. Coconut oil is probably second but sesame oil is the most effective. Notice they weren’t compared in the test mentioned here. Look it up!

  3. Your comment is very helpful. I also got great results with OP and would recommend it to anybody.
    My teeth are wither and gums healthier. But a couple of days ago I got cancer sores which might be due to stress levels increased or as a detox reaction since I did OP for even over 30 min at a time!
    I found some answers on google where people say to persist with OP during cancer sores, which I will try.
    They are awfully painful and I hope OP together with salty water rinses will get me through it soon.

  4. Jenna Wilson via Facebook September 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    It made my teeth very white and deepened the wrinkles around my mouth from swishing, other than that I didn’t notice much.

  5. Kathy Stout via Facebook September 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I had bought coconut oil intending to try it, but hadn’t yet. Then I got a toothache that lasted for a week and a half and was getting worse. I was really trying to avoid oil pulling or going to the dentist. The first day I tried it the pain went away. I’ve done it every second to third day and the pain hasn’t returned and eating cold foods that were triggering pain before the big toothache has also disappeared. I did it for the full 20 minutes. It wasn’t easy; I ironed during that time (something I hate to do). Not sure what to think other than it has worked for me.

    • I’ve had the same results, so have several in my family! Sometimes it takes a couple days to work. I like to do it in the shower. With little ones, that’s my main child-free vacation time. :)

  6. Pamela Fife via Facebook September 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I have done this on more than one occasion. If I feel my gums are “sore” I will do this and the next day they are perfect again..I know there is something to it

  7. Carol Kulwicki via Facebook September 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I’ve been doing it since February. Started with a mouthful of amalgam fillings, 12 total. Had 4 wisdom teeth removed a few months ago that were filled with amalgam and had two others done … now 6 more to go!!! The dentist and hygienist both said my gums looked very tight and healthy.

  8. i’ve found that oil pulling while earthing seems to enhance the effects.

    i sit outside while oil pulling, bare feet in direct contact with the earth. leaves me feeling great for hours.

  9. woodburning teacher August 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Is implants safe? Can you get blood infections from Dental Implants? Can you get Dementia or Alzheimer from Dental Implants? Peter Falk had a series of dental operations and then developed Alzheimer’s. I do not know what kind of dental surgery that he had that he developed Alzheimer’s. Can you have a stroke from having surgical implants? I have a lot of problems with my teeth because of the pain medication I have been taking. I developed Severe Fibromyalgia and tried so many different types of medications. I was laid up on the crouch for seven years so when I was finally placed on Fentanyl patches and lollipops for break through pain and it helped that I had a life again, I was thrilled. I did not think about the sugar in the lollipops. That sugar destroyed all most all of my teeth. I have had crowns and many root canals and now the root canals are going bad and I am having to have some of my teeth pulled. One of my front teeth went bad so I am getting ready to have an implant done. I did not want false teeth if possible. I was holding onto my root canal teeth because I felt like they were still my teeth. A friend of my who had all of her teeth pulled now has dementia. She does not wear her false teeth because they hurt her. Her daughter has started her on Coconut Oil. Please reply

    • Please please please those ppl who have love ones with dementia Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s ….. Eventually little by little get all amalgam taken out safely iaomt website then detox the heavy metal out of the body/ system via IV chelation / safe method slowly for life .please !!!!

  10. I have not been able to verify if it is wise to oil pull while pregnant/nursing, or if you have a dental implant (titanium) with a crown (nickel). Anyone have any real information on this?

  11. Tara Taylor via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    The TMJ symptoms that I experience every morning ( clicking and jaw pain) has completely subsided.

  12. KaCee K L Kemper via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Teeth are cleaner, some dark spots are starting to lighten up, my breathe isn’t horrible! :)

  13. J'daire Wilcott Davis via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 10:56 am

    My son and I have been doing this and our teeth feel cleaner, whiter and his acne has cleared up quite a bit! He is hoping to improve a receding gum to prevent surgery..

  14. Tanita Gumney via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Twenty minutes made my gums really sore and I had to quit after day 2. Took about a week for gums to return to normal. I occasionally do it now – for 5 minutes max. I have noticed whiter teeth and cavities don’t bother me. I also have a little phlegm. I love coconut oil.

  15. As a swimming instructor who puts in over 20 hours a week in a pool environment, I’ve struggled with sinus problems the last 5 years. I began oil pulling about 6 months ago to see if it would help. Yes, it has! The first thing I do in the morning is pop 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth and then for the next 20 plus minutes I swish as I go about my morning routine, It took me a few weeks to not feel repulsed by the coconut oil melting in my mouth, but I’m over that now My sinus are clear, very little mucus in my throat anymore, I hardly blow my nose anymore. Now my husband is pulling oil!

  16. Rachel Worthington via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Can anyone tell me why it’s done first thing in the morning? I like to do it after breakfast… does that mean I’m eating bad bacteria from the night before with my food? :/

    • i also have the same question.
      why does it have to be empty stomach? originally, i thought it would be better right before you sleep? before your regular dental hygiene routine?

      also re. mercury filling, would it help detox?


  17. Maria Magdalena Florentina Nedelcu via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Try even calcium bentonite clay, it re-mineralizes the teeth. Whitens them. Pulls out toxins. Etc.

  18. Rachel Worthington via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I’ve done oil-pulling 20 min every morning for a few months now, and recently noticed something: my molars used to have little black streaks in them, in the natural crooks and crannies. Not cavities, and the dentist never cared, but just there. I figured they were some kind of permanent stain. Well the other day I was inspecting my teeth, and they’re gone! All white, all the way around: I didn’t even think that was normal or possible!

  19. Brooke Oliver via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Commenting here so that your posts will show up in my newsfeed more often… like they used to before fb made changes!

  20. Patricia Pruitt Korducavich via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Not oil pulling yet. Working up to it, but brushing with a mixture of baking soda and coconut oil. My teeth have never felt cleaner or been whiter.

  21. Belle Peppa via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 8:40 am

    My teeth definetly feel cleaner; the first time i used it my bruised gums (from eating toast) were better by the end of the day; I haven’t been to the dentist for my 4 mo check up yet (we have been working on my gum disease for some time and i recently had bone surgery done); therefore, i can’t wait for my next visit! I haven’t brought up any mucous after oil pulling though. Is that significant?

  22. Lynda Riley via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Whiter teeth and yes it is hard at first to do 20min but I do it when I wake up and am getting ready for work…makes the time go by quickly

  23. Michele Story via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I didn’t do the oil challenge, but my teeth and gums started looking and feeling much better when I hgave up fluoride toothpaste.

  24. Nancy Gardner via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Have been doing it for a month or so, have way less plaque on my teeth. They are less yellow and my gums are now pink. I swish at night before bed.

  25. I’ve tried oil pulling a few times but never really stuck with it! However, yesterday at my sister’s she was telling me she’s getting expensive dental work done for periodontal disease, and it made me recommit to oil pulling! I’ve never had trouble with my teeth (no cavities, ever), but my gums are another matter. So I’m back into it! I used coconut oil the last few times I did it, but the first time I tried it I used sesame oil. At the moment I don’t think I have any sesame so I’ll stick to coconut, but I’ll probably change to sesame when I can pick up some more.

  26. Michelle Melpignano via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 2:34 am

    When you start it just before getting in the shower 20 minutes goes by pretty fast.

  27. Christina Byard via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 12:40 am

    My holistic dentist believes that the true “active ingredient” to oil pulling is our own saliva. Nature gave us our own cleansing system. Swishing anything in our mouths for 20 minutes activates our salivary glands. By the end of 20 minutes, you will be swishing mainly saliva, which is designed by nature to be a powerful mouth cleanser. It is not the oil but the saliva! Her take makes a lot of sense to me.

  28. Elizabeth Beedle via Facebook May 5, 2014 at 12:21 am

    This is completely fine for pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is as safe as eating, brushing your teeth and useing mouth wash.

  29. It always help me whenever I have toothache, ulcers or headache.. My teeth is definitely whiter, plague gone and even bad breath…. But is quite a challenge to swish it for 20 mins… Highly recommend everyone to start on it…

  30. Stephanie Montante Felix via Facebook May 4, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I’d also like input for this process while pregnant or breast feeding, please!

  31. Tara Crabtree via Facebook May 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I didn’t know you had a challenge going, but I did oil pulling pretty consistently for a month or so recently and I noticed a significant decrease in the frequency and severity of my sinus headaches and I had improved oral health.

  32. Serena Storer-Todd via Facebook May 4, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I started doing it for a bone infection in my jaw. Swelling went down by next day, pain gone after day two, smell and horrible taste (gross I know) by the end of week one. Three weeks in I had a dental cleaning and the hygienist said she’d never seen teeth so clean – there was nothing for her to scrape. On a side note…I have TMJ that is now nothing but a tiny click every once in a while. I used to have to hold my jaw in place if I needed to open my mouth wide or it would move over and lock. I can know open as far as I can and only experience a tiny click and no sliding.

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  34. Amy Davidson Heaton via Facebook April 10, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I did oil pulling faithfully for 3 months. I finally had to quit because my teeth turned so so sensitive. Water and food hurt them terribly. As soon as I stopped, the pain and sensitivity stopped. I find that really strange.

  35. Emily Duncan via Facebook April 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Here’s an interesting follow up, Rebecca. Remember when you told me your friend reported having whiter teeth?

  36. Kayla Svedin via Facebook April 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Also, I despise the taste of coconut, so that wouldn’t be an oil I’d choose. The few times I have tried pulling I have used organic avocado oil. As far as I’ve seen, it falls the right category of what kind of oils to use (cold pressed, organic, etc), but there isn’t much to going about it specifically in oil pulling articles. Is it just because it’s rarer/newer the general market?

  37. Donna Cgu via Facebook April 9, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Venus-Ronald Baguinon Janine C. Almonte Lilia Tinoso Julieta Delin Vivian Ada Katrina Zaverl Nina Rose Cruz Zaverl Tabitha Cruz Linda C. Sanchez Let yr friends try fan. :)

  38. Donna Cgu via Facebook April 9, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Venus-Ronald Baguinon Janine C. Almonte Lilia Tinoso Julieta Delin Vivian Ada Katrina Zaverl Nina Rose Cruz Zaverl Tabitha Cruz Linda C. Sanchez Let yr friends try fan. :)

  39. Jillian Nuth via Facebook April 9, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I gently melt the coconut oil first, the consistency is less revolting that way :-) I noticed less sensitivity which is awesome :-)

  40. Greg Ventura via Facebook April 9, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Glad to hear people who’ve tried it are happy with their results…

    An interesting idea…are there studies from more than the doctor that began this treatment that back up the claim? (More than anecdotal or “ancient texts”…)
    Also there seems to be a concern with the effects on fillings, again, peer reviewed studies?

  41. Catherine Wrisley via Facebook April 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    If you use coconut oil lots of times it isn’t liquid….do you use it when it’s like butter? Or do you gently melt it?

  42. Darryl Sinclair via Facebook April 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I make my own toothpaste and brush for about 10 minutes with a soft brush. The ingredients are: In a small bowl mix 2 tbls Raw Organic Cold pressed Coconut Oil, 2 Tbls Baking Soda, 1/4 Tspn Ground Cinnamon, 20 drops Teatree Oil, 5 drops Nascent Iodine and Peppermint Oil Extract to flavour. It’s amazing :-) Your Dental Hygenist will hate you… lol

  43. Janel Berchielli via Facebook April 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Any tips for someone who has a high gag reflux 1st thing in the morning? I’ve tried this before but on an empty tummy I just can’t handle it.

  44. Carolin Amiel via Facebook April 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    hi i have practiced this form time to time and i have noticed my teeth getting a bit whiter!

  45. I started this at the beginning of the year and my gums don’t bleed at all anymore. My teeth don’t seem sensitive at all now to cold. I used to have so many issues and they are gone now. I highly recommend this.

  46. Kim Stewart Sotir via Facebook April 8, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    30 minutes pulling, or 5 minutes flossing and brushing with an electric brush. I’ll stick with the floss.

  47. Kayla Svedin via Facebook April 8, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I just can’t get over the fact that I have a Tablespoon of OIL in my MOUTH….. I have such a delicate, hair-trigger gag reflex. :(

  48. Oil pulling is a good aid, but do yourself a long term health favor and check out the root cause of the secondary infections that are improved by oil pulling, but ultimately caused by primary dental infections. Fully and academically explained in Radical Medicine by Dr. Louisa Williams.

  49. I think sesame oil is best. I love coconut oil for all kinds of things, but my friend who’s a registered dental hygienist turned holistic nutrition counselor recommends sesame and says she personally noticed a positive difference over coconut. If we claim to be about doing things the traditional way, sesame is the way to go. Coconut was not traditionally used, though I’m sure it’s better than nothing. The study from Huff post mentioned above supports this.

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    • @John

      Go to and type in “oil pulling study”

      Here’s one: Asokan S, Emmadi P, Chamundeswari R. Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: A randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Indian J Dent Res. 2009;20:47–51. [PubMed]

      The oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis.

      • Oil pulling studies were all done in India and were very poor quality. Oil pulling has also been linked to lipoid pneumonia. This is pure quackery and I cannot believe what people will try. Eat well, brush and floss your teeth and get fluoride treatments. You people have way too much time on your hands if you’re doing this for twenty minutes (or more) a day.

        • Really, Jen…fluoride? Not in our house. In fact, while I don’t have scientific studies to back it up, only my own experiences…my teeth are worse when I use a fluoridated toothpaste. I had been on non-fluoride toothpaste for over 2 years and my sensitivities were gone as well has having the best check-ups ever. We switched back to crest or colgate and the last year my teeth have ached more, my checkup were definitely not as good. I’m going back to ordering the other stuff.

          • A fluoride treatment is something you get at the dentists office. If you are so anti- fluoride then you might want to consider removing water from your diet.

          • Fluoride??? Agree with you Heather.. I’m not wasting my time explaining why it’s now known fluoride is NOT good… I also don’t understand why ppl have to be so mean sometimes… This is supposed to be a friendly comment or opinion.. Not accusations… If you don’t agree fine.. But don’t call it snake oil or bunk.. Just don’t DO it! Don’t we have enough bashing out there already?? Just my opinion 😉

        • Jen. It seems like you’re the one that needs to learn and read more.

          It’s been proven that fluoride is toxic and has been associated with disease, has no benefit, and doesn’t make your teeth stronger. It’s been discontinued in many places in Europe.

          Now go do your own research (or do whatever you like, I don’t care) because you’re the type of person that won’t believe it unless you find out for yourself.

  53. I have mercury fillings, many unfortunately but I still oil pull. I love the way my mouth feels afterwards, so fresh and clean. I have been oil pulling for about two years now. Each time I go to the dentist since I have been oil pulling he hasn’t had to clean my teeth thru tartar build up its amazing! I haven’t had any problems with my fillings and my teeth actually look whiter.

  54. I’ve been pulling with coconut oil for about a month and love it — my teeth are whiter and less sensitive.

    One question after reading this article: is the mucous drainage instantaneous or does it increase as we continue to pull? I’ve had a wet cough for the last couple of weeks, but didn’t think it was correlated with the oil pulling.

  55. Couple clarifications lest anyone think I’m saying oil pulling is a miracle.

    I have no interest in whether you do it or not. During the time period that I have been puling, I floss after every meal and take a K2 supplement. I only dry brush a couple times a week.

  56. I tried to add the link to the article but my comment got rejected. The title of the article is “Oil Pulling Might Be The Next Big Thing — Or Not” and it’s on the Huffington Post website.

    In my experience, oil pulling works. You’ll never see a dentist or anyone associated with ADA to admit it. Too many financial interests. You control your health. Try it. Many people are put off by the time commitment. But it’s easy to incorporate into your morning routine. Take a tablespoon of oil, then shower, etc. Goes by fast.

    • Please don’t suggest the HuffPo as an actual, legitimate source of anything…sigh. Too many agendas with them. I realize everyone has an agenda, but she’s got the money to back it all up.

      My husband can’t stand to use coconut oil so he uses sesame oil…I use coconut or sunflower as I can’t stand the taste of sesame.

      But I’ve been happy with the results and my teeth do feel cleaner. Twice a day.

      As for the time issue….if you shower first thing, do it then. Get dried off and dressed, make up your bed. If you are a coffee or tea drinker, get that started, THEN spit. It’s amazing what you can do in that 20 min. For evening? I read in bed while I do it. 😀

      • Susan –

        Yikes – I thought this was a friendly community. I was not suggesting that HuffPo is authoritative. In fact, I conditioned my comment by stating “[t]his is by no means conclusive but wanted to point it out.” Did you read the article? And my experiences with oil pulling? The article states that oil pulling reduced harmful mouth bacteria. It seems like my experiences and yours all agree. Not sure why you’d jump on slamming something that supports your assertion. Bad day?

  57. Love the site. First time commenter.

    I’ve been pulling with sesame oil for about 9 months (20 minutes first thing in the morning). I use unrefined expeller pressed sesame oil. My dentist was shocked when he examined me about 2 months ago. I had ZERO plaque and ZERO inflammation. He was said even the best patients have at least a little inflammation and always some plaque in the tough areas. It works for me. I use sesame oil because it has been used for thousands of years and I will use it until good evidence comes out showing that coconut oil is better.

    Here is a recent article from the Huffington Post mentioning an experiment that sesame oil decreased the bad bugs five fold whereas coconut oil only reduced them two fold. This is by no means conclusive but wanted to point it out.

    Thanks for the great site.

    • My local health store only had Edens Unrefined, traditionally pressed sesame oil :/ I got it… It’s organic as well. Do you think it will work? expeller pressed versus traditionally .. Wonder what the difference is?! hope it’s ok.. Was expensive.. But I don’t want to waste time if it won’t work because it’s traditionally pressed?

  58. whats the reason for oil pulling on an empty stomach? its not like you swallow the oil. what has a full stomach have to do with a mouth full of oil? thx!

  59. Laura Hish via Facebook March 16, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Christine- check out her site, do some research on her. I’m telling you I consider her legit, it’s up to you to do your research to determine if she is or isn’t.

  60. Christine M Little via Facebook March 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Laura Hish just what exactly makes her “legit”. I need more proof than some article thrown on the Internet. I’m not a skeptic, I just need proof that junk thrown on the Internet is true…it’s called being wise and not being gullible. What studies have been done on this, where is all that information?
    And seriously?!?!? 15-20mins 3x’s a day???? Who the heck has time to do that to proof if this is true or not??? :/

  61. Nancy Dennert via Facebook March 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    ^^in addition to 2 weeks not being long enough, Dr. Fife states in his book that oil pulling is a tool that is useful for removing harmful bacteria from the mouth. That is its purpose. If you have an active infection in the mouth, it can pull out the offending bacteria, giving the body the chance to heal itself. It is the body that brings about the cure, not the oil pulling. If the body doesn’t heal, it is not because oil pulling did not work, it is because the body was unable to do the healing….you can’t expect a cure overnight. Dr. Fife has guidelines for eating and a host of other recommendations to aid healing. I just finished reading his book, Oil Pulling Therapy. I was so convinced by his evidence that I will do this everyday for the rest of my life. If you are serious about healing your body buy the book, it will answer all your questions. Oh and if you have amalgam fillings he addresses that in the book. If the filling comes out its a good thing because if it was that loose there are also bacteria under the filing further decaying your tooth. Get those fillings removed by a dentist trained to do that, they’re toxic in your body. Everyone needs to read this book. Oil pulling has been oversimplified as it is simple to do but the consequences of not understanding why you’re doing it and then giving it up could leave you with cronic illness or early death.

  62. Sahari McCormick via Facebook March 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    6 months ago my gums were a mess, and I just had a perfect check up! This worked! Can’t wait to see if it affects my spring allergies too!

  63. Amina Sadr via Facebook March 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    The best oil for AYURVEDIC therapy is the one used in AYURVEDA – PERIOD. Sesame or sunflower. It is an utter irony that west has “admitted” the power of an ancient terapy and STILL had to modify it.

  64. I had no idea I was doing this. Just added this regimen a month ago. Wanted to get rid of mucous that accumulated in my chest while I slept. My lungs are badly scared. Was rinsing my mouth and teeth with salt and Oreganol oil and clumps of thick viscous mucous would accumulate at the back of my throat and the roof of my mouth. I had to use a tooth brush to scrape it out. Instinctively, I knew to throw the brush away. I couldn’t Blv how much better my breathing got. I haven’t had to use my nebulizer regularly since trying this. I will definitely try the coconut oil and add a little Oreganol to see the results. Thanks

    BTW: I do my Nettie pot an hour afterwards. This deals with the sinus issues I have with pollen, dust and mild spores. I suffer from Aspergilloma.

  65. I found out that Neem Oil works really good for oil pulling and has many other uses. What I do is that I mix 2tsp of Coconut Oil and 1tsp of Neem Oil to which I then add few drops of 3 different essential oils Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud and Oregano. I also add 50mg of Coq10 per Tsp of Coconut/Neem oil.

    At times I vary the essential oils using Peppermint, Lavender and others and also do the mixture without the Coq10, without the Neem and so on, just to have different variations, nutrients and health benefits mixed with my oil pulling.

    So far it works wonder and my relatives loves it as well.

      • I do it at least once per day but normally 3 times daily.
        My aim is 30 minutes oil pulling but aim to do it for at least 20 minutes, anything after that is just extra time.

        Sinus, a minor infection, very high sensitivity to heat and cold liquids, pain when flossing and sometimes bleeding (in the past.)

        – Great improvement on the sensitivity.
        – Amazing improvement on the pain when flossing.
        – 100% recovery from the bleeding.
        – Progress with the infection but still not out. I do have to mention that sometimes I drink and even smoke and that is one reason (in my opinion) why the infection hasn’t gone away.

        So here is my regimen simplified.

        1 – 3x Oil pulling daily for at least 20 minutes
        2 – Virgin Coconut Oil, Neem Oil, Coq10 and Essential Oils.

        I also have a tone scraper.
        I drink water first thing in the morning at room temperature.
        I floss at night and brush my teeth twice a day.
        Every time after eating anything, I make sure to remove any left over by washing or even slight brushing.
        From time to time, I do baking soda toothpaste, mouthwash with H202 (Hydrogen Peroxide), a cool mix of baking soda and apple cider vinegar and then spit it out.
        Last but not least, add clove, cinnamon or oregano oil to floss. This can literally burn your lips but done once a week it really helps.

        I do all this because I had endless problems with my teeth and going to the dentist wasn’t an option. I had to be there. Now I enjoy not going and my mouth health is getting better by the day.

        Hope that helps

  66. Wade Dina Staebell via Facebook March 16, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Can you pull while pregnant or nursing? I have read conflicting things. Anyone have experience? Thanks!

  67. Sarah Magnolia via Facebook March 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I know raw, unrefined coconut oil is the best, but coconut flavor makes me gag. I buy the refined because there is no flavor. Would there be any benefit to oil pulling with the flavorless variety? Because it would be that or nothing here.

  68. Karlana Johnson Pedersen via Facebook March 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I oil pulled for two weeks with unrefined, organic, pure coconut oil with no results. I have sinus allergies, no help with that either. My kid got sick with the flu, and gave it to me and oil pulling didn’t help with any symptoms. I think it’s a placebo reaction in people. Where is the data and independent studies from someone other than Dr. Fife?? None. Even the internet backs up their data to Dr. Fife. It’s not proven to work independently because it doesn’t. Sorry.

    • Many times when you start to detox, you get sick because the body is actively trying to process out viruses and bacteria. Two weeks is not long enough to know if oil pulling works for you. As stated above, “Oil pulling, or oil gargling, is an ancient detoxification therapy mentioned in Ayurvedic texts”: there is your data.

    • Science studies have been done on it and verify everything you read in the post.

      Yeah, I wouldn’t use oil pulling when you’re sick and don’t use it regularly. Trying to detox when you’re already sick is not a great idea.

    • Billa Ramakrishna May 22, 2014 at 11:05 am

      first thing, you do know the properties of oil. Then know the method of oil pulling. That is swishing the oil in the mouth backwards, forwards and sideways, slowly without any vigorous force, for 15 to 20 minutes after which the oil being mixed with saliva become watery and milky white in colour which you should not swallow and spit in toilet and clean the toilet with some toilet cleaner. After spitting the oil, clean your mouth with salt water swishing the water 3 to 4 times and then brush your teeth. Do this daily without gaps. After oil pulling, drink 3 to 4 glasses of water. Wait for 1 hour after drinking water. then start to eat or drink what you do. This is not placebo effect really. To find results, do it at least for 3 or 4 months daily. You will definitely see the result.

  69. Danette Rieckhoff via Facebook March 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve had no filling issues after oil pulling for 8 months. Teeth are brighter and gums feel and look healthier than ever.

  70. You wrote this paragraph:

    “Virgin coconut oil is the best choice for oil pulling therapy as it is truly “raw” – unheated, unrefined and may contain micronutrients and co-factors not present in expeller pressed coconut oils which are heated as part of the refining process”

    This is insinuating that expeller pressed coconut oils are not unrefined, or they cannot be unrefined. Spectrum brand of expeller pressed coconut oil is unrefined. What do you think of that? I live in Panama and you would think we would have tons of coconut here… but the only brands in the store are Spectrum (unrefined expeller pressed) and in a totally over the wall high end organic store I can find the Nutiva brand for about $30 for a jar smaller than a quart!

    Also, I read that in ayurvedic medicine you need to use sesame oil, not coconut oil, for oil pulling?

    I use coconut oil for oil pulling. I doubt it really detoxes me (I use essential oils in it) but it sure does clean my mouth.

    Here in Panama coconut oil is a liquid because the temperature here is so high. If I want it a solid I have to keep it in the fridge. The liquid oil is so much easy to oil pull with.

    • I use tropical traditions. its expeller pressed as I can not afford their gold standard yet. and i know people who eat my baked goods who ask if i put coconut in it. they don’t know I use that oil yet because of dairy issues either. so it does taste coconut.

      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 17, 2014 at 8:42 am

        I used Tropical Traditions expeller pressed for about 10 years and it never tasted coconut. I recently switched to Wilderness Family Naturals as it seems higher quality to me.

    • It really depends if your fillings are still leaching. If they are several decades old then more likely it won’t be a problem but just to be safe I would still skip it until after you give birth.

      I would recommend in the meantime using a 3% solution of Hydrogen Peroxide as a mouth wash and also doing gargles with Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar. This will keep the bacterias at bay while you take care of your child in your belly.

      • Old mercury amalgam fillings still leach continuously after 50 or more years. Please see my comment above, near the top. Safe amalgam removal is advisable in general along with detox protocols that help this process, but not just prior to becoming pregnant or while pregnant or nursing.

        • So, I do have to have them removed before I pull? I’ve been pulling with them in. I really want to take them out but not financially possible for me at this time. As Danette mentioned above, if they fall out, I’m worried they will tell me that I need a root canal. Now I’m not sure if I should stop oil pulling or not. Any suggestions?

      • It is important to use a 3:1 water/peroxide ratio when swishing regularly with hydrogen peroxide. Swishing with undiluted peroxide everyday can damage your enamel. Straight 3% peroxide is great to use for a couple of days if you want to whiten your teeth though!

  71. Rachel Krown via Facebook March 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I fairly recently started oil pulling and I LOOOOVE it! I always you organic, unrefined coconut oil. :)

  72. I suggest that after you swish coconut oil that you spit it into a napkin/tissue and place it in the trash rather than spitting it down the drain since coconut oil solidifies under 76 degrees and can clog pipes.

  73. Interesting. Will have to try this.

    By the way, Sarah, your kitchen counters and appliances always sparkle so. Have you ever done a video, or would you do one, on how you do your cleaning without chemicals? I try to use things like white vinegar but I never seem to get that really clean looking shine.

  74. I read somewhere that you should not do oil pulling if you have metal fillings…is this true? I read that it pulls the toxins from the fillings and can spread them in your body, or something like that. I’ve avoided oil pulling because of that.

    • Leo Cashman from DAMS, Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions, said that he agrees: Do not do oil pulling until all amalgams have been safely removed using the special amalgam removal protocol, performed by a biological/holistic dentist. There have been some bad reactions to oil pulling reported to him by people with mercury amalgam fillings. When oil pulling is done while amalgams are still in the teeth, the oil will likely pick up a large amount of mercury from the amalgam surfaces and it is not desirable to have that mercury swirling around in the mouth during the ten minutes or so while the oil pulling is occurring. He believes that that is why some have reported adverse effects to him. Feel free to contact him for further information: Leo Cashman, DAMS, 651-644-4572,

    • I started oil pulling and had metal fillings, which fell out within a few months. What someone shared, and it made complete sense, is that the fillings will not fall out if there is not bacteria under the filling. As for the mercury moving through your body, there is a lot of info which states it is happening with them in your system. It may be worth trying the oil pulling. If the filling falls out, you are less likely to have the issues that you may have with someone drilling to get them out. Good luck!

    • you don’t swollo when pulling. I read that you should do if you have filling to get the junk out before it goes down in you.

    • Opinions will always vary on any detox while nursing. I am comfortable with mild and gentle options and have done oil pulling with great results and my babies are all very healthy. I do drink more water and take some kind of green supplement like alfalfa or chlorella. I recommend oil pulling to everyone. You will sleep deeper also.

      • Thank you for your reply, I was going to ask the same thing! I was OP when I first had my little girl, but stopped due to the fear of the toxins slipping into my milk. But a few other nursing moms I know are doing it & so I think I will start back up again! :)

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