Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Instructions and Theories
- Avocado Oil
- Black Cumin Seed Oil
- Blend of Oils
- Canola Oil
- Castor Oil
- Cedar Nut Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
- Dental Health
- Dental Issues
- Flaxseed Oil
- General Feedback
- Grape Seed Oil
- Health Benefits of Oil Pulling
- Hemp Oil
- Multiple Oils Tried
- Neem and Sesame Oils
- Oil Pulling after Tooth Extraction
- Oil Pulling and Medication
- Oil Pulling and Mercury Fillings
- Oil Pulling And Sublingual Medications
- Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
- Oil Pulling During Pregnancy
- Oil Pulling Side Effects
- Oil Pulling Tips
- Olive Oil
- Oregano Oil
- Peanut Oil
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Ted's Feedback
- Vitamin E Added
- Walnut Oil
Last Modified on Apr 24, 2014<< Continued from page 33
Neem and Sesame Oils
11/04/2013: Sharon from Austin Tx: "My dr told me to do a neem based oil pull using sesame oil as a carrier. I bought some neem oil ysterday and need to know how many drops of neem oil I should use in 1 tablesppon of seseme. Or what is the ratio? Thanks, Sharon"
Oil Pulling after Tooth Extraction
01/14/2014: Rebekah from Australia Nsw: "Hi, I have been oil pulling for about 3 years now and it's wonderful I just had both bottom wisdom teeth out and can find no information about whether it is safe to oil pull after tooth extraction.... Can someone shed some light on this? Thanks"
Oil Pulling and Medication
12/18/2010: Mary from New York, Ny: "Dear Ted
Please let me know what to do. I'm supposed to take Synthroid (thyroid) first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, 30-60 minutes before food. When should I do the oil pulling? What effect does oil pulling have on medicine?
Thanks so much!"
06/30/2012: Judith from Huizen, The Netherlands replies: "Hi Mary, Your question was sent in a long time ago and saw that no one had answered. I'm afraid I don't have an answer too, but I was wondering if you know by now what to do. My husband is taking the same medicine in the morning. And we both want to try the oil pulling. But I was wondering the same thing. It's a medicine you can't be very flexible about.
Thank you for the effort. Kind regards."
09/04/2012: Nicole from Wilmington, De replies: "I take an anti depressant where the side effects from not taking are dizziness. I tried OP after I took the medication and awoke to my side effects.. that makes me believe that you should take your medications AFTER you OP."
10/15/2012: Lisa from Atlanta, Usa replies: "I currently take synthroid. I oil pull first thing in the morning and then take the synthroid. Wait thirty minutes and then eat. I feel that by ridding my body of toxins first makes the synthroid more effective."
01/09/2014: Valerie from Longview Tx replies: "I too take a thyroid medication. However, I take it in the middle of the night. I have read several articles & even watched a video that said, you get better/more results from the medication if you take it at night. I personally don't have to set an alarm for it. Not sure if my body has set one for me or what...possibly the need to urinate (you know how it is). I am curious about the "oil pulling" though. As in, what are the best oils to use?"
Oil Pulling and Mercury Fillings
01/13/2014: Anne from Richmond, Va Usa: "I am a 49 yo female. For the past year I've been steering away from processed foods, chemical additives in my products, etc. In other words, I'm eating REAL food and putting natural products on my body and in my house. It's sort of been fun but challenging to incorporate all of the changes in my life.
Now to my question. I have had about 8 metal fillings in my mouth for a very long time (some since I was a teenager). The last time I went to the dentist he had to replace one and put in something white...not silver. Anyway, I also grind my teeth pretty bad....so bad that I have a mouth guard that I sleep in. I have ground some of my teeth down pretty far. Many days I have a metally taste in my mouth --- although the dental hygienist said this could possibly be related to my perimenopause. Some days I have shooting pains or dull pains in my mouth.
I read about oil pulling and tried it several months back. I didn't notice any remarkable changes right away like some posters. I did enjoy doing it until I read that you should not OP with metal fillings in your mouth. So I quit after a few weeks. Today, however, I read that it's okay to do. With all of the conflicting information I've read I don't know if I should OP or not. Please advise."
05/18/2013: Gigi from Jackson, Mi: "Could anyone tell me if oil pulling will pull mercury out of the fillings in your teeth. I have been eating coconut oil 2 T a day to help with parkinson symtoms, and worry about metals and my health, I have 10 mercury fillings. I was considering oil pulling."Replies
05/19/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Gigi, as Ted once said: oil pulling might only pull out defectively applied tooth fillings. Otherwise you can oil pull with fillings."
Oil Pulling And Sublingual Medications
05/07/2013: Kathy from the USA: "Hi Ted: If sublingual meds are more readily absorbed how can it be, when OP, we are not absorbing more of the toxins we are swishing around in our mouth? Thanks for your help."
Oil Pulling and Tooth Pain
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/25/2013: Aq from Oakland, Ca: "Hello, I am an extremely healthy 39 year old (I'm an acupuncturist and herbalist) with terrible gum recession (but no redness, swelling, or inflammation, and perfect hygiene). I had braces as a teenager, and my recession started shortly after. A month ago, I found out I had two deep pockets (one 7mm and one 8mm) and the periodontist scheduled me for surgery on May 24th. I'm trying to close the pockets and reverse the recession in order to avoid surgery and heal my gums. So, I started oil pulling (just under one month ago). 20 minutes twice per day. I also started brushing and flossing after each meal, instead of flossing only once per day and brushing 2-3 times per day.
After week 1, I started having some tooth pain, deep in the roots. After week 2, that pain got more severe. By week 3, I started feeling very upset... That something is wrong... I should not have 24/7 tooth pain for two weeks! I had never had that kind of tooth pain before. So I stopped oil pulling and went back to flossing only once per day and brushing twice per day (I am using Ecodent natural tooth powder), thinking maybe I was over-treating.
The pain is unrelentless. Although I have not oil pulled for 3 days, my teeth still hurt (the upper and lower front teeth). They have hurt pretty much constantly for two and a half weeks. Also, it seems like my recession is worse. This has me extremely upset, and depressed for the first time in my life.
Can you help explain what is happening? It feels that oil pulling has made my condition worse and caused unrelentless pain that I never had before.
By the way, I have one amalgam filling in a molar towards the back and one non-amalgam filling in a molar on the other side (I have had two cavities in my lifetime).
Thanks in advance for your insights."Replies
04/25/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I put some baking soda and coconut on in my bite guard and stuck it on my teeth and the sensitivity called down and I notice my teeth and gums went tight on me.
It was weird - like the teeth were more crowded together and the gums were all pulled up on them. I plan to be more careful with the baking soda, I had used the coconut oil in the guard a few times before and it seemed to loosen the guard on the sides... with no soda and they seemed relaxed, not tight.
I don't oil pull but the coconut oil has been miraculous. White, clean, less sensitive."
04/25/2013: Leah from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "Dear Aq from Oakland, I'm sorry you are in so much pain. I have treated gum swelling and pain from wisdom tooth movement successfully with pure peppermint oil or pure clove oil on numerous occasions. I apply with Q-tip to all my gum lines and especially to the affected area.
However, I don't have a pocket, amalgam fillings or do regular oil pulling so I cannot speak directly to those concerns. All I know is the pure essential oil application takes away my pain within 15-20 mins. Also if you have an infection I believe both of these oils are good anti microbials. I brush with baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide and my gums seem much happier for it. I see new enamel growing since switch away from regular toothpaste.
I hope this helps and you feel well again soon!"
04/25/2013: Kajned from Takoma Park, Md replies: "I don't think new enamel grows back..... You've got what you've got."
04/25/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Could be the type of oil. If it is a liquid bottled in plastic, that could cause problems. I've only been OP for a couple weeks but am very happy with the results reducing my sensitivity. I use coconut oil. It is in plastic but it is not in liquid form so I assume there is less absorption of the toxins."
04/25/2013: Tamara from Fort Collins, Colorado, Usa replies: "Hi Aq. I'm no expert on dental care but your post comes in the middle of my own research into dental health after finding an amazing oral health care routine by Dr. Ellie Phillips. I came across her information by accident last week and have been devouring her free website posts ever since. Boy, have I learned a lot! I've also applied her mouth care system and have seen noticeable improvement in just one week. She has a lot of information to go through on her blog but she has a book as well, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, which seems to be a more concise and organized read (I have not read it yet). I highly recommend you take a look at her information. http://ultimateoralhealthguide.com/
In the meantime, I do have some thoughts about your routine that you might consider.
You said that at the same time you started oil pulling that you also started to brush your teeth and floss after every meal. This may very well be the problem. This is a common issue, especially here on EC, where most people think that brushing immediately after eating or drinking something acidic (like the popular remedy Apple Cider Vinegar) will protect their teeth from the erosion of the acid. Wrong! It's actually the opposite. Acidic foods and drinks will actually soften your enamel, so that when you brush your teeth you then brush the enamel away. Kind of the worst thing you could do if you're trying to protect your teeth!
The remedy is to make sure that you alkalize your mouth before brushing to ensure that the enamel is protected. You can do this by swishing with a solution of baking soda in water, eating or chewing a mint/gum sweetened with 100% xylitol (or dissolving the pure crystals in your mouth), eating a piece of cheese, or swishing with a commercial product like closys mouth wash. Brushing with an alkalized mouth is very different from brushing with an acidic mouth. This might also happen even if you haven't eaten recently because things like overall diet, stress, medications, toxins, candida, mouth breathing, and hormones that affect the acidity of the mouth. You can buy pH strips to test this easily.
Another issue might be how you are brushing and flossing: it could be a case of doing too much rather than too little. Most people use too hard of a toothbrush and put too much pressure on it, thinking that they have to scour their teeth to make them clean, much like cleaning a dirty, caked on dish. This actually can do lots of damage to teeth and gums. Instead, you should use a soft toothbrush and gently brush the teeth while focusing on massaging your gums to bring much needed circulation to your gums (and letting your body help you fight infection this way).
Secondly, most people have never been taught to properly floss either, so they tend to mangle and cut their gums rather than wriggle food particles out. Your dentist or dental hygienist should be able to show you how to correctly apply both these methods without damaging your soft tissues with heavy-handedness. This link will help explain more: http://www.dentist-charlotte-north-carolina-nc.com/receding-gums-gum-recession.html
My next point was a hard pill for even me to swallow. You see, I have been using baking soda and peroxide as my "toothpaste" for the past 5 years, trying to be as natural as possible and throwing out chemical, commercial toothpaste. I liked it and didn't like the alternatives. Even so-called natural toothpastes have unnecessary or unwanted ingredients (like glycerin, which prevents your teeth from remineralizing with your natural saliva). I, too, practiced good hygiene; brushing and flossing every day and eating a healthy diet, but my oral health still wasn't where I expected it to be.
When I stumbled onto Dr. Ellie's blog I was disappointed to see that she does NOT recommend baking soda because of the effect she's seen on her patients' gums. Her insights have thrown off some of my thoughts and arrogance concerning natural tooth care. In this post she addresses this issue: http://ultimateoralhealthguide.com/2009/03/20/home-made-toothpaste/ . I'll quote a few sentences that caught my eye regarding your condition-
"I have seen baking soda used without problems for a few days, but after repeated use (over months or years) the gums start to disappear. There is no pain or swelling associated with this recession just a loss of gum tissue. This problem can be very severe to the point of people loosing teeth because of this."
Sound familiar? The reason I bring this up is two-fold. First, the main ingredient of Ecodent natural tooth powder is baking soda (baking soda is also mentioned in the first article I linked as a possible cause of gum recession). Secondly, I wanted you to know that I am NOT one who would normally buy any commercial body care products, including fluoride toothpaste. Most of my friends call me a" hippy", as I use the information here on EC as my "health care provider". However, Dr. Ellie has written very compelling evidence for the reasons she has recommended the products that she does.
In the one week (! ) that I've faithfully applied her full program, I have noticed great improvements in the markers of oral health that I felt I was previously failing at. My teeth are whiter and stronger, my front bottom teeth feel "tighter" in the gums (they previously felt "loose"), and I no longer bleed while brushing or flossing. Now, I'm not saying that these things will all happen for you, as you seem to have a much more advanced case than I, but you might! She has many other testimonials similar to mine.
I'm treading lightly here, as I have been amazed at the success I've found, but am very much aware of the dissonance this might create here in EC. Her system uses a series of mouth rinses and a commercial fluoride toothpaste, as well as timely application of xylitol products. She approves of very specific products and goes into detail about why they work. Yes, you read that- fluoride However, if you really take the time to understand the information she presents (across her whole blog), you may just decide to follow her program as well. If you are at all concerned about fluoride, like I am, start with this page:
My recommendations are to look at the links I've posted, do some digging, and find out what will work for you. I know that if I was in your position that I would try to avoid surgery at if all possible (which you seem to as well). Also, I echo another poster in advocating the use of essential oils, especially clove, to deal with your mouth pain. Garlic, too, has seemed to help many others on this forum. Use the search bar above to find relevant posts. If anything, xylitol is also an excellent tool to explore using for dental health, with decades of research backing its efficacy in Europe.
I do not believe that oil pulling is what has been causing your recent discomfort, however I do not know that for sure. You might consider changing your oil to some other oil (maybe you're allergic?) as well as practicing good dietary habits. Drink an appropriate amount of water (coincidentally most people drink too much and flush their body's electrolytes away-see The Water Cure for more info), eat enough protein (since your body needs to build up your gum tissue and repair it), and be kind to yourself!
Good luck, and I hope that I've given you some useful information to help you. Give us an update if you can!"
04/27/2013: Aq from Berkeley, Ca replies: "Hi Kathy from Sadville, I would never use oil in plastic. I'm using Spectrum organic, bottled in glass.
Thanks for your response!
04/27/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi AQ, I stumbled on some information about "organic" that I was pleased to read because I just never had a good feeling about "organic" anything. I don't have your post in front of me so I cannot recall the type of oil you said you used. It seems to me that because I was not exposed to organics in my youth, my system has adapted or maybe built up an immunity so that if I were to convert to organics I would have some kind of reaction. I cannot remember exactly what the article said but I remember it said that the soil organics are grown in is not good. I'll try to locate it if you are interested. If you weren't brought up on organics maybe you're having a reaction to that oil. If not, I was taught that gum recession comes from improper brushing. I was a dental assistant part-time when in high school. I was in one of the school-to-work programs. I remember the dentist telling the children to brush their teeth the way they grew with a soft brush. Brush from the gums down on the uppers and up from the lowers, massaging the gums to keep them tight against the teeth. I wasn't taught to take care of my teeth at a young age but when I applied that brushing technique I think it helped to preserve them. You're twice that age so I don't know if it's too late but it sure wouldn't hurt to try. Just let me know if you are interested in the article about "organics" and I'll try to locate it. I forwarded it to a couple of friends so it is here somewhere."
04/27/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi again AQ, I just read your post again and I'm sorry I didn't address your pleas. Since you have so much recession, that could allow more bacteria in and since you have pain in your roots, enough bacteria could have caused you to have abscesses. I have read posts here on EC that really helped me with the pain from mine. I went to Ailments for "abscessed tooth" and read about using a garlic clove to ease the pain. It burns but it worked. There is a post there by HappyNurse66 that helped me get through my terrible pain for one tooth. Someone else posted putting a tea bag in enough water to moisten it well, covering the affected tooth/teeth and gently biting it to hold it in place for 20-30 minutes. Have you had a full-mouth series of x-rays? Alternating the garlic clove and tea bag calmed the two I had. I don't think it means I'm out of the woods yet but I'm not in pain. This happened to me last August. One x-ray confirmed the garlic did indeed reduce the size of an abscess for a tooth that had a root canal. I did take some OTC pain medication for that one. Once I learned the garlic had reduced the size of the abscess I stopped using it because I wasn't in anymore pain... BIG MISTAKE. Sleeping on that side of my face created enough heat to cause what was there to burst. Then I had pain. That's when my husband insisted I use the OTC (2AM). The next day I alternated the tea bag and garlic clove until the pain and swelling were gone. If you want to try the tea bag remedy, make sure you get a brand name."
04/28/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "AQ, I forgot to mention the oil could be rancid. On the news there was a report about our food supply being diluted with cheaper ingredients. Olive oil and tea were mentioned. I had purchased a brand named, more expensive extra virgin olive oil in an amber glass bottle because I thought it was pure and safe but it was not. I returned it to the store and did not have any trouble getting my money back. You might want to look into the oil you purchased. I have noticed such sensitivity reduction with the CO I recommend you get some and give it a try. I take a spoonful and do my swishing while I watch the news (I'd watch it 24/7 if I could), do my housework or while I am looking up something on the PC. The time goes by quickly.
Lastly, if you do not eat animal protein you are not getting what you need to replace and rebuild what is being broken down due to aging wear and tear. I'm sure you must be aware that next to water, protein is the most plentiful substance in the body. It sounds to me like you may be vegetarian and/or you take multiple supplements. All of our food has been genetically modified in one way or another and, in my opinion the binders, fillers, and /or capsules could be destroying what you feel you are helping. I have learned what foods provide the nutrients I need and try to use food as my medicine. The problem is that food is not what it used to be. Just for the record, I'm old enough to be your mother, I have amalgam fillings and crowns. The only place I have gum recession is where I did not brush properly as a youngster and I had used a hard bristled brush. I eat animal protein (that has to be weighed and limited now due to what the edible critters are being fed) and I try to keep my weight at 100lbs. It is a little more difficult because I have to limit my meat & eggs and I'm not as active as I used to be. I used to jog three miles a day and worked out at a spa several days a week."
04/28/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "I am so sorry for my piecemeal approach, just trying to help. I've had multiple head traumas. Vit A is needed for tissue repair so you need to eat fruits and vegetables that contain Vit A cooked until tender to eat with your animal protein."
04/29/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Kathy, thought I might add that eating or supplementing Liver would help restore minerals as well as Vit-A. The only other food with appreciatible amounts of (preformed) Vit-A is Eggs."
04/29/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi Timh, I used to eat three eggs a day but, to make a very long story short, I learned that chickens are being fed genetically modified grains and grasses. It makes them fatter, harder to digest and the eggs they produce are no longer nutritionally balanced. After being contacted by someone in a consumer group and watching a PBS special about our food I started looking for "free-range" dairy cows, cattle and chicken. There is no such thing because they're all being fed GMO's and, I feel, this is why there is such a weight problem. My husband and I became aware of THAT meat, milk and eggs being harder to digest. It had me in debt for awhile too. Going back to what was considered not so safe is safer after all and eating raw fruits and vegetables has become more deadly because they have been engineered to last longer... Disease or droubt resistant and very hard for us to digest. Organics are no longer safe. You just have to get used to smaller portions because you don't know to what degree the food has been tainted.
Between a rock and a hard place, you have to decide what's best for you. Cook food too long and you create more MSG which can stimulate some nerve cells to death. Don't cook it long enough and and your body has a hard time assimilating it.
This has been done in a peicemeal rush and I don't know if I've made sense."
04/29/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Timh--I should have added "eggs" when I suggested cooking veggies 'til tender to eat with animal protein. I thought that could be assumed from my remark about reducing my meat and egg consumption. I've gone from eating three extra large eggs a day to one or two medium at least once a day, sometimes twice. BTW, I noticed that the eggs in the cardboard cartons have a richer yellow/orange yolk so I only purchase those."
04/30/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Kathy: Your post was quite sufficiently organized, so you must be doing fairly well.
Not just the GMO's but growth hormones and antibiotics are used in our "factory farms". After watching Food Inc, I was disappointed that the producers & director of the movie simply took the "organic" and "humane" side of the problem, and totally neglected the real issue of feeding a booming population of (too many) people. It's obvious that our "little" planet can only sustain so many people, and the reality is now kicking in, especially in the declining health of the animal inhabitants.
Not for everybody, but an eco-friendly solution of sustainable and healthy food production is Aquaponics. Check out "Back Yard Liberty" for more information on micro-farming."
Oil Pulling During Pregnancy
02/02/2014: Alexa from New York: "Is oil pulling safe during pregnancy?"Replies
02/03/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Alexa,
My understanding has been that you should avoid doing things during pregnancy that cause detox, as toxins released could get to the baby. Unfortunately, the same recommendation holds during breastfeeding, so you end up having a long time where it is not best to do things that detox the body. Of course, in some ways the body is always detoxing...elimination channels are taking out toxins and waste regularly; the idea is just that you don't want to do extra detoxing while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Now, midwives do sometimes recommend epsom salt baths (to stop pre-term contractions) and that can be detoxing. Perhaps it is milder. Though you wouldn't want to take a super-hot bath as it can raise the temperature of the baby.
If you are looking to do general detoxing, it would be best to wait. If you have a specific issue in your mouth you are dealing with, there may be some other things that would be better to try while pregnant.
~Mama to Many~"
02/04/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Alexa: To improve the body's detoxification and ensure the health of the baby, substantially increase Calciferous vegetables in the diet (in the least); in the most take extracted supplements of DIM, I3C, Sulforaphane."
02/05/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Cruciferous vegetables ..."
Oil Pulling Side Effects
10/25/2013: Krysten from Usa: "Hi, so I would assume oil pulling would not be a good idea to do while breastfeeding in case toxins and other gunk might start leeching their way out through my breast milk?
And another question, is there any way you can overly cleanse yourself through oil pulling and rid your body of the good bacteria inside? especially when some. Of the people on the forums of oil pulling are talking about cleansing your body out with apple cider vinegar first for about 2 weeks before starting oil pulling to have a lesser chance of having a herxheimer reaction. Soo idk how and when to jump into oil pulling."Replies
10/28/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Krysten,
You asked about oil pulling and detoxing while breastfeeding. Is there something specific you wish to detox from, or just general detox? How old is your baby? With a young breastfeeding baby, I would be more cautious about detoxing. No matter what the age of your baby, you will want to take detoxing slowly and gently.
I think some gentle detoxing is okay with an older baby. Your body is detoxing in sense all the time. Your blood, kidneys, and liver are all working to keep your body clean. Drinking water is a form of detoxing and we do that daily.
I would say that no matter what you try, if you start having a strong reaction to stop or slow way down. Better yet, just take it slowly. If you start with Apple Cider Vinegar, take 1 teaspoon in 6 oz. of water for a few weeks. Gradually work up to 1 Tablespoon in 8 oz. of water each day. At some point, if you add oil pulling, try it with 1/2 Tablesppon of oil for 5 minute a day. Maybe move up to 1 T. for 10 minutes a day.
I have used Apple Cider Vinegar all through pregnancy and breastfeeding. I have done oil pulling while nursing a toddler. I have never noticed any reaction in my children. At the same time, I have never done any detoxing during pregnancy or breastfeeding that have ever caused me to have strong (herx type) symptoms.
Hope that helps!
~Mama to Many~"
03/11/2014: Rhonda from Paducah replies: "I did oil pulling for 20 minutes for my first time today. Was this too long and should I notice any side effects?"
08/31/2013: Holly V from Sc, Usa: "Hi. I want to get started with oil pulling. I remember reading here a good while back that it can make you sick, if your body is not ready for it, and that you can get it "ready" with baking soda? I'm reading around here, and can't find that general information. Thank you, oh wonderful, EC."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/06/2013: Debra from Macon, Ga: "Thank you so much, I just discovered this site and oil pulling. I have used plain EVOO not organic is this okay?I have been doing OP for 2days. Yesterday before I started to do yoga I had a coughing fit and kept coughing up phelgm and it lasted for 15min. I kept spitting out lots of phelgm. I did my yoga at about 9pm.
That has never happened before, is it from the OP and by the way I stopped smoking on Friday. I thought about the connection... I drank half a shot glass in the morning, after I read about OP. This was mid-morning and today about noon. I thought about the coughing maybe it does have to do with the smoking."
Oil Pulling Tips
12/02/2013: Shelly from Quebec Montreal: "I've been trying oil-pulling for a week now and still cannot do more than a few minutes before I start gagging and need to spit. I've read all your tips and try to implement them but it hasn't helped yet. Is there any benefit from doing 3-4 minutes?"Replies
12/02/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Yes, Shelly, even a few minutes each time (preferably twice a day) gives benefits."
12/02/2013: Jillery from North America replies: "I just started oil pulling also. The first time I tried I had to spit it out cause of the need to gag. The second time I tried it I MEASURED a Tablespoon of oil and it was indeed easier to handle. I do it about 10 to 15 min. Folks talk about how the liquid changes and it does. I see it more as my saliva 'digesting' the oil and in fact saliva does break down the oil in that manner. It was much easier since I measured the amount of oil I use. I just use motor oil (hahahaha...) no, I used olive oil because that is what I have available most of the time. ~jillery"
12/02/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Jillery,
Re oil pulling...
If I could also add to make the experience more tolerable...use a high quality coconut oil. That is, if you like coconut."
12/02/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Shelley,
Re oil pulling tolerance.
You and about everyone has to overcome the gag reflex. One has to be conditioned to tolerate. If one has the gag reflex then do NOT try to hold as long as you can. Instead, use a good tasting oil (coconut oil) and hold for only a minute. Ten minutes later, do it again...for only a minute. Then quit for a day. Next day, do it again but see if you can go two minutes but never go to the point when you are choking. Try to go a couple of times but never if you are getting nauseous from it. The point is to overcome the gag sensation is to gradually build a tolerance and you never force the issue on your reflexes."
12/02/2013: Prioris from Fl replies: "There was some study done that said in order for oil pulling to have an effect, it must be done 19 minutes. I would take an amount that doesn't make you gag. Too much in a small mouth and it will cause gagging."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/13/2013: Vee from Texas, Usa: "I am on day 2 of oil pulling with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and its doing something-just not sure what. I do have questions though. This morning right after swishing I had a bowel movement. Then a small one again when I came home for lunch. About an hour and a half later I was at work & had to rush to the bathroom where I had a loose (and somewhat explosive) bowel movement that kind of scared me-sorry for the gross details. I suffer from constipation often & don't go this often & haven't eaten anything different so I guess I can contribute this to the oil. The most noticiable difference is my energy-I have none! Today I have been deathly tired-more tired than I've been in some time. I also experienced what seem to be faster heartbeats today. Is this normal? And I'm not using organic EVOO-is this ok? I have sesame seed oil in my cupboard but it's not organic & just says pure-can I use this? And what I'm most confused about is brushing afterwards. Is using your regular toothpaste ok? Hopefully I can get some help with these questions. I'll continue to post updates on my progress. Thanks in advance for the help!"Replies
08/13/2013: Tinydancer from Ohio, Usa replies: "The same tiredness and heart racing happened to me too with the oil pulling. After a couple of days of pulling and I realized what was doing it, I stopped oil pulling completely....... Haven't done it in months. I miss it but the increased heart rate scared me. I used olive, sesame, and coconut oil. All organic and it happened with all of them. Oil pulling should not be taken lightly for some people. MHO"
08/13/2013: Steve from Las Vegas replies: "It sounds like you both are experiencing some detox symptoms. This does happen with oil-pulling sometimes. Some of the side effects can be racing heart, nausea, headache, flu-like symptoms, rash etc. Take some time off allowing your body to clear the toxins, drink lots of water and start again when you feel good. It's worth doing since you are clearing so much junk from your system."
08/14/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Val and TinyDancer: When starting oil-pulling you are using muscles that haven't been used in this way maybe ever. Altho we use our mouth muscles for eating and talking, oil-pulling is a whole new area. The tiredness and heart racing might possibly be the overuse of powerful muscles that haven't been conditioned to such movements. Jaw muscles are very powerful: witness people who can balance a heavy bench on their lower teeth!
For this reason I did not start the full 20 minutes as recommended. I barely made it to 3 minutes at first. Working up slowly, the muscles get stronger and can do more."
08/14/2013: Mr. Ree from Usa replies: "Just oil pull for 10 minutes, that's all you need."
08/18/2013: Vee from Texas replies: "I finally decided to stop after day 4. I pulled in the mornings and only did it for 10 minutes or so. The heart racing continued and got worse; I even had an episode where I felt short of breath. The fatigue also got worse-I would come home for work & sleep for hours. I started on a Monday, stopped on a Thursday, and was so tired I basically slept the weekend away. My bottom lip also cracked & bleed-I'm guessing from the oil seeping out while I swished. The symptoms remind me of when I was severly anemic a few years ago & had to have a blood transfusion. In a few weeks I'll try again-probably with a different oil and do it every other day."
09/14/2013: Dr. M from Planet Earth replies: "@ Vee and Tinydancer: You should be checked by your Doctor for the racing heart and fatigue. Could be an underlying heart condition. Do not just assume that it is from the OPing."
09/15/2013: Kt from Usa replies: "I saw news reports about cheaper oils being used to dilute OO and even EVOO. These cheaper oils go rancid and destroy vitamin K which is needed for blood to clot. I used a lot of EVOO and had become anemic due to internal hemorrhaging because I was not aware until I saw the news briefs. We are on our own to research and protect ourselves."
09/15/2013: Tinydancer from Ohio, Usa replies: "Thank you Dr. M from Planet Earth. I have a scheduled appointment with my doctor soon and I will bring it up to her. I know that I am going to get the big eye roll for trying anything alternative for my health. Nothing alternative computes with her. Namaste"
09/16/2013: Kt from Usa replies: "Tinydancer--thought I would mention when I took magnesium citrate my heart "fluttered" so bad I was referred to a specialist, had a stress test and was diagnosed with PVC (premature ventricular contractions). To make a long story short, I found out it was caused by the magnesium citrate I had replaced my magnesium with. The citrate is processed from corn and all of our corn has been genetically modified in one way or another. Since I went back on mag tabs or powder I no longer have any palpitations. Pay attention to any citrate or citric acid in any of your meds or supplements."
[YEA] 03/22/2013: Peachytechgirl from Atlanta, Ga: "I wanted to comment and say that oil pulling with organic extra virgin Olive oil has worked for me in the 2 short days that I have tried it. I am very glad I found this website.
I suffer from standard sinus problems and I've found that I flush my sinuses multiple times hourly. 2 days ago, I averaged maybe 5 sinus flushes per hour (using saline spray). Then I tried oil pulling.
Day one after starting oil pulling, I flushed my sinuses maybe once an hour. Day two, I've barely flushed at all. I can breatheeee!!! I can inhale and exhale and feel deep clean breaths in my nasal cavities.
Regarding oil pulling for teeth... I have one amalgam filling and was hesitant to begin oil pulling. After research on various websites, I found that other people reported oil pulling with fillings and didn't experience issues. The general understanding is that if you do experience issues with your fillings, there was pre-existing damage anyway. I visit the dentist regularly and I know that my fillings are entact, so I went ahead and began my routine.
I have not experienced any metallic tastes or other abnormalities. I will send an update if I do. Despite only starting this routine within the last 2 days, my teeth are shiny. I floss regularly, and I don't experience bleeding, but my gums are slightly swollen. Since I've started pulling, I've noticed that my gums don't feel swollen anymore. They feel very healthy.
Here is my routine:
I oil pull first thing in the morning with 1TBL/3tsp of evoo. (The oil that I use is standard and found in the organic section of my grocery store. ) I typically pull for 10-15 minutes. I can really feel the change of the oil in my mouth once I reach the end of the swishing period.
I spit it out, and immediately rinse with warm water. I brush my teeth with a tooth powder solution consisting of baking soda and sea salt, and then I gargle again with the remaining warm water (with some of the tooth powder mixed in). I then gargle one more time with just regular warm water to ensure I've cleaned my mouth thoroughly.
In the evenings I floss and gargle with warm water and baking soda/sea salt. In the 2 short days that I've oil pulled, I've noticed that my floss is removing more plaque than before (despite not changing eating habits), so I am definitely happy with the results thus far.
If I do experience any negative effects, I will send an update, but overall I am very happy so far with my oil pulling routine."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 03/02/2013: Yuck!! from Chicago, Il: "Have been oil pulling for four days now with extra virgin olive oil cold pressed. Today went as usual then started to get a metal taste when I drank a glass of water. I was fine after oil pulling. Later I ate two marshmallows and after that is when I got the metal taste. Have looked all over but have not read anything similar. Has anyone experienced this? How long does it last?"Replies
04/29/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: ""Y" from Chicago--please be advised that your olive oil has probably been diluted with a cheaper oil. I used to get brand named EVOO but it seemed to be going rancid in a very short period of time. My husband could not detect the odor but I could detect a very subtle one. Then I saw a report on the World News that many foods are being diluted to cut costs. Two of the products they reported on were tea and olive oil. I started using CO and am pleased with the results. I've only been doing it for a couple/few weeks. (I dunno exactly! ) I haven't read anymore replies here so I don't know if anyone else addressed your issue."
04/30/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Add 1 - 250 or 350mg BHT to a newly opened bottle of any vegetable oil to prevent rancidity."
04/30/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi Timh--I wouldn't be afraid to try the BHT but I haven't used vegetable oil for years because it is probably from corn. We were using olive oil until I coverted to the CO. We don't know where the cheaper oils to dilute the olive oil are coming from but I think it may be corn because it used to be cheaper. I had been informed that citric acid and citrate were processed from corn because it was cheaper than citrus fruit. I became aware of this when I started using magnesium citrate because it was supposed to be more readily absorbed (information from a neurosurgeon) and I started having palpitations so bad I was referred to a cardiologist. I was diagnosed with premature ventricular contractions (PVC). The person who advised me about the "citrate" was not a doctor but had been involved in having foods tested for hidden sources of MSG due to his severe sensitivity. I immediately stopped the mag citrate and went back to plain magnesium and the palpitations went away.
Because of my difficulty in processing information I am on SSD. I had been a drafting tech for fifteen years and the head trauma I had four years prior to my termination was the straw that broke the camel's back. I had multiple injuries (thrown from horses and kicked in the head twice) then thrown out of a car (coma for a month). That injury was prior to the one that prompted my termination."