Oil Pulling Therapy – Hoax or Natural Remedy Worth Trying?

I recently learned about this all natural way to detox the body, clean the mouth and improve health. It’s called Oil Pulling.

When I first learned about Oil Pulling I thought it was absolutely ridiculous. I mean, how stupid are people to think swishing cold pressed oil in their mouth and through their teeth for 15-20 minutes a day will detox their body, clean their teeth and improve their health?  Come on!  I’m a total believer in natural and alternative remedies and therapies – I was raised on them – but this was really playing on people’s growing insecurities and fear of western medicine and the traditional approach to health. Or so I thought.

Here’s the idea behind oil pulling. Oil Pulling is an Ayurvedic therapy that claims pulling and swishing cold pressed unrefined oil through your teeth and around your mouth will destroy bad microflora and bad bacteria in the mouth that are the pre-curser to illness and disease. In addition, the oil stimulates the body’s own immune and detoxification systems greatly enhancing the ability to self-heal. Dr. F. Karach, M.D from  http://www.oilpulling.com claims he’s used Oil Pulling therapy to help patients with chronic blood disorders, arthritis, eczema, and various teeth and gum diseases.

I thought I’d try it. I don’t have a chronic illness, but living in Los Angeles I’m surrounded by environmental toxins and the more ways to help my body eliminate those the better. And an all natural way towards healthier teeth and gums is always a plus. (I did have some minor gum sensitivity and bleeding when I flossed).

Instead of the sunflower or sesame oil,  I use coconut oil as recommended by Dr. Bruce Fife.  The benefits of coconut oil are well known in the healing arts community – and there’s TONS of research to back up the health claims. One of the most profound benefits is the oils antimicrobial abilities.  It makes sense why Dr. Fife would recommend it for Oil Pulling.

I started this ritual of Oil Pulling every morning about a two weeks ago. I get up in the morning and pop a teaspoon of coconut oil in my mouth. I swish it around as I wake up for about 15 minutes. Sometimes I sit in a morning meditation and focus on my intension for the day, or sometimes I pass the time “pulling” as I check my email. The one thing I noticed right away was the improvement in my gum health. Within 3-4 days I had no more bleeding when I flossed. NONE. All gone. The sensitivity was completely gone as well.  About one week in I noticed my teeth looked whiter. Bonus!

Is Oil Pulling a miracle cure all?  Highly doubtful. Is it helpful? Yes. Did it improve the health of my gums, teeth and mouth naturally? YES! I’d recommend you not take my word for it though. Do your own research, try it out for yourself and see if you find any health benefits.

A quick Oil Pulling step by step:

Right when you wake up in the morning pour 1 teaspoon of coconut oil into your mouth – some recommend 1 tablespoon, but I personally don’t like that much oil in my mouth! I use Jungle Products certified organic coconut oil.

Swish the oil around in your mouth pulling it through your teeth for 15-20 minutes. DO NOT swallow  or gargle the oil.

Spit it in the toilet, then immediately brush your teeth. Easy peasy! For a detailed step by step check out oilpulling.com.

Give it a try and let know how it goes by leaving me a comment here!!

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Erin HugginsOil Pulling Therapy – Hoax or Natural Remedy Worth Trying?

Comments 9

  1. She-Fit

    WOW! I have never head about this before, but it sounds really interesting… and simple to do. I think I am going to give it a try. By the way, I really like your blog!

  2. Amy

    Is oil pulling safe if you have a metal (amalgam) filling? What about if you only have white (composite) fillings?

  3. Linda Eaves

    I love oil pulling. Thanks for the reminder about it. It really seems to work to flush out the bacteria below the gum line. I noticed a lot less bleeding too, so I am going to start again.
    I have amalgam fillings and it didn’t bother them.

  4. Elena

    The premise of oil pulling is also that if we map our tongue, which is done in Chinese medicine, we will find out that there are little areas that are connected to many internal organs, such as heart, lungs, kidneys, etc. So, when oil pulling is done on regular basis it also pulls toxins out of that part of your body, that is why the oil CANNOT be gargled or swallowed–it is quite toxic, and acidic. Since it is acidic, to alkalize our mouth after it, when brushing, make sure to add a little bit of baking soda on your brush. Baking soda is an alkalizing medium. And make sure to brush your tongue also.

  5. soozannah

    I’ve been oil pulling for about 5 days. I have a broken tooth and an infection had set in above what’s left of the tooth. The infection is gone. I’ve been following directions on earthclinic.com. What is said makes sense. Brush teeth BEFORE pulling and AFTER pulling. Makes for less of a chance of getting an over-toxic reaction like a belly ache or some other kind of reaction. Also use 1 TBS and do your best to keep in moving around in your mouth for 20 min. This is the minimum amount of time it takes for the microbes and bacteria to die. 5 min. won’t do much if you’re looking for a detox or cleansing effect. Check out EARTHCLINIC.COM. Lots of good stuff in there.

  6. Lisa

    I am experimenting with the oil pulling & hope to improve my gum health, but just wanted to say that brushing with baking soda is really bad for your teeth. It is like using really heavy grit sandpaper & will slowly thin/remove the outer protective enamel layer of your teeth. Maybe using for a week or so to whiten before a special occasion won’t hurt, but daily use for years will ultimately cause your teeth to become irreversibly yellow from the yellow dentin showing through. The baking soda tooth paste products from Arm & hammer use a specially formulated smaller gentle particle that will not cause the trauma but you will still get the alkalination effect.

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