Oil pulling is one of those natural remedies that seems too simple to actually work, but there are great numbers of people all over the world who have no doubt that oil pulling is helping them.
Millions of people worldwide have made oil pulling part of their daily health regimen, as has been true for several thousand years. Sesame oil is the favorite oil for Earth Clinic readers.
Health Benefits of Oil Pulling with Sesame Oil
Sesame oil is considered one of the most effective oil options and is capable of:
- Eliminating bacteria
- Whitening the teeth
- Freshening breath
- Treating migraines
- Alleviating chronic pain
What Earth Clinic Readers Tell Us About Oil Pulling With Sesame Oil
Kay told us that oil pulling saved her thousands of dollars in dental bills – and also saved her teeth!
“I wrote to earth clinic back in October 2013 with some very bad news from my dentist. I had a severe gum disease and my dental “pockets” in my gums were pretty bad. I went to two Peridontists who wanted to charged me in the thousands of dollars for gum surgery and than said why not pull all your teeth than you won’t have the issue anymore! I went to a specialist in dentures who talked me out of pulling all my teeth. Now forward to now (6/5/2014). I have been oil pulling with sesame oil since Oct. My gum pockets have decreased in size and my gums do not hurt anymore. My teeth are whiter and healthier. I have one deep pocket left which all dentists say, I should have the two teeth pulled as the gums around these teeth are decayed. I may end up doing this, but I am still counting on my oil pulling which by the way none of the dentists or specialist had heard of it! They probably had heard but that would cut into their income if they offered this suggestion to their patients. So my vote is YES for oil pulling. It has worked for me.”
Kickdiver said that you have to get through a bad few days, but it’s well worth it. Oil pulling with sesame oil cured her hot flashes by 90% and her teeth look great!
“Had terrible allergies, doctors were prescribing pharmaceuticals with bad side effects and had no further help, no results, was getting worse by the month, pretty much every 3 weeks or so awful allergies, they’d last 3 weeks sometimes, and I was getting my first asthma-like attacks. Totally frustrated, I remembered this site and read about OP (oil pulling) and gave it a try with Sesame Oil. After the first day the symptoms went worse, splitting headache, my eyes felt they were about to pop out of my head, not only that, my whole body felt like it was swelling up, especially my abdominal area. I almost went back to the meds but then remembered that in natural medicine one often experiences a ‘healing crisis’, so that’s what this must have been…. After 3rd day, I am feeling substantially better. No more stuffy head, no headaches, I can breathe through my nose, throat is not hurting.. and… wow… my hot flashes, are decreased by about 90%……. THAT… my friends, makes it already worth the little effort. I look forward to this every day now, because a night without tossing and turning because of feeling hot/cold is priceless. My gums feel great, my teeth are shiny and white, my head feels clear, I also have less bloating after dinner, if I see any more health problems disappear (painful joints, food allergies, dry hair etc) I will post them on here. I feel, like I have found a wonderful (very CHEAP) and easy way to detox my body. Definitely two thumbs up!!”
According to Ayurveda Texts, Oil Pulling Cures More Than 30 Systemic Diseases
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that originated and evolved in India at least 3,000 years ago. Natural health remedies become widely used because there’s a need and someone finds a cure. Ancient people had dental problems just as we do; Ayurveda practitioners found treatments for many dental issues.
They treated infections, plaque and various deformities of the oral cavity. Different chewing sticks helped to prevent cavities and had medicinal properties. They learned that bilberry fruit and hawthorn berry strengthen gum tissue. Licorice root is antibacterial, helps to prevent cavities and reduced plaque.
Oil pulling was a very important Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurveda texts claimed that oil pulling cured over 30 systemic diseases.
How Does Oil Pulling Work?
The process is actually straightforward and easy to do. Some people are uncomfortable at first with the taste or texture of the oil in their mouth. Keep trying; the benefits far outweigh any negatives. Sesame oil is the all-time favorite, but if you don’t like it, try another oil. Sandy, an Earth Clinic friend, put together a long compilation of various oils that can be used for oil pulling and listed the benefits of that particular oil. Take a look; you may find an oil that would be perfect to try for a problem that you are dealing with.
How to Do Oil Pulling
- Put a tablespoon of your favorite oil into your mouth first thing in the morning.
- Swish the oil in your mouth and move jaws up and down as if chewing. The idea is to keep the oil moving.
- Do this for 15-20 minutes. If you can’t do it that long, just do what you can. It becomes easier.
- Do not swallow the oil; it is collecting the bacteria in your mouth.
- Spit out the oil, rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth.
Continue reading below for more than 125 reviews from Earth Clinic readers who have tried oil pulling with sesame oil. Some of the feedback will astound you! Let us know what you think!