oil pulling

Usually I like to test out the things that I write on my blog, but in this case I know that oil pulling works as I know friends who do it. I am also just starting to oil pull as of yesterday and I am very excited about it and I will keep you posted on any 'findings'. Oil Pulling is an Ayurvedic technique that works to rid your body of bacteria through the saliva in your mouth.  Oil Pulling ("OP") is reported to cure: Mouth & Gum Disease; Stiff Joints; Allergies; Asthma; High Blood Sugar; Constipation; Migraines; Bronchitis; Eczema; Heart, Kidney, Lung Diseases; Leukemia; Arthritis; Meningitis; Insomnia; Menopause (hormonal issues); Cancer; AIDS; Chronic Infections; Varicose Veins; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Polio; Cracked Heels. ... that's quite a list isn't it? You can also visit this website to find a list of even more!

I was intrigued by the healthful benefits, I have friends who spend a few weeks at an Ayurvedic spa in India and the were both told to oil pull while there, according to Ayurvedic medicine mucous is a poison that must be removed. Personally I know that this is one of my problems so I got right onto the wagon and started oil pulling yesterday! Many people who have been oil pulling say that their teeth are whiter and it helps with teeth staining (like when your teeth turn dark from red wine!), this alone is a good reason to OP.

The following are the directions that I found on the Earth Clinic website. I did find that some people brush their teeth first and some do it after... but you can try both and see what works best for you. I also found the suggestion that you should sit down with closed eyes and concentrate as you pull the oil through each of the 32 spaces in your teeth, but if that is not possible you can check emails, shower... for the 10 - 20 minutes you are oil pulling.

These are instructions from India in which only 2 types of oil can be used, organic sesame or sunflower oil. But you can go to the website and see that people are experimenting with many different oils for the anti-bacterial properties.

First thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth, eating or drinking, take 1 TBSP of either sesame or sunflower oil. Put the oil in your mouth, tilt your chin up and slowly swish, suck, chomp and pull through the teeth. Do this for at least 10 minutes. 15 - 20 minutes is better. You want the oil to become a thin, white foam when you finally spit it out. If it's still yellow, you haven't done it long enough.
You can do this 2 more times during the day if you want to detox faster. Make sure you do it on an empty stomach, however. Spit it out in the toilet when your mouth is full and rinse your mouth out well.

Follow by drinking 2 - 3 glasses of water.

DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL. It now contains parasites and bacteria!

The oil pulls all mucous, bacteria and toxins from your body through your saliva. According to Ayurvedic medicine, mucous is a poison that must be removed.

Note #1:Keeping the chin tilted up makes sure the oil gets to the back molars.

Note #2:The old school says that only sesame and sunflower oils produce favorable results. However, our readers report success using other oils too.

Note #3:If after meals, wait at least 4 hours before you Oil Pull. After drinking, wait 1 hour.

Note #4:A worsening of symptoms is an excellent indication that the disease/ailment is being cured.

Note #5:Do not stop Oil Pulling if you feel aggravated symptoms or heightened side effects after a day or two. Your body is healing.

Note #6:Will your dental fillings fall out? It's possible but highly unlikely unless there is pre-existing damage or loose fillings.

The oil will start to thin out after a few minutes because saliva is constantly being mixed in and swished about.

I even felt a sore jaw after the second day but I think that this is due to the gymnastics your mouth is going through.. I even think that this can help saggy jowls, tone your lymph system in your neck... There are so many benefits! read through the comments by people that are OP and you will find they are experiencing amazing results, one person said to rinse with warm saltwater afterwords, I think this sounds very beneficial. I think it's important to read through both of the websites I have listed to ensure you are knowledgeable about what you are about to take on, my blog here is only to introduce you to the idea, I am sure you will be fascinated when you read more!

click here to visit Earth Clinic for more information
click here to visit Oil Pulling.org for more information (including a video sample to show you how easy it is!)

Good luck and have fun oil pulling!


Mira said...


I am just wondering how this is going for you. I tried it this morning, but did not fare so well and had to spit it out after about two minutes. Any suggestions? ( I tried sunflower oil.. perhaps something more mild might do the trick?)


nonchalant mom said...

hi mira! okay I have been doing it for almost two weeks now and I think it's great! I have been using sesame oil (don't know if that's making it easier?). Like they talked about I didn't feel great after on the second day but since - wonderful! lots of energy, the flu blazed through our house and I didn't get it! during the first week I lost my appetite? but I decided maybe that's just spring? I will certainly continue, I think it's a good key to good health. My suggestion to you mira would be to keep swishing and get the hang of it. I do still swallow a drop or two but I hope I can control that better in the future...

Anonymous said...

I would love to start Oil Pulling but I have read that not to do this if you have almagam fillings. Has anyone have an suggestions.

Ashley said...

Just curious if you are still oil pulling???

nonchalant mom said...

I did it for a few weeks and then stopped... Only because I got lazy, I loved doing it and felt like my teeth felt whiter and more healthy. A cold was going around in the family and I managed to stay healthy. I should start doing it again, I loved it and I would recommend to anyone, I am just bad at sticking with these kind of things (although I still do skin brush!! - going on two years now... Another amazing thing to do for your health and wellness)

Ashley said...

Well I did it yesterday for the first time and am doing it right now! I have a tooth/gum that is irritated and bothering me. MY immense fear of the dentist has me looking for alternatives. Do you think oil pulling will help for something like this? I am the same way though--starting and stopping things out of laziness. It is hard to make time for it all--meditation, skin brushing, oil pulling, etc.

nonchalant mom said...

Yes! I think that oil pulling can help, although obviously it can be dental work that is causing the problem... If it continues to bother you after 3 days of oil pulling you may have to make the dreaded trip to the dentist!!