By dietcherry Latest Reply 2012-02-05 08:39:33 -0600
Started 2011-12-31 15:23:22 -0600

Okay I may very well be crazy, but there is really something to oil pulling!

Is it the Placebo Effect? I dont know, but I swear to you that I feel better and my health more sound since Ive been oil pulling!

If any of you have tried it, I would love to hear what you think of it!!

P.S. Oil pulling involves swishing oil (Sesame, Cod Liver, Grape Seed, etc.) in your mouth for up to 20 minutes and then spitting out; DO NOT SWALLOW!!!! Advocates claim it pulls toxins and poisons from the body into the mouth and then are expectorated. Google it if you dont believe me!!

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Young1s 2012-01-05 12:59:04 -0600 Report

I tried oil pulling this morning. It was a different experience, for sure.

From the moment it hit my tongue until about two minutes into swishing I found myself ready to spit it out. Didn't think there was any way I was going to keep this up for another 15-18 minutes. Then, remembering what Carol suggested below, I got caught up with what was being said on my profile page. I also went through and emptied my email inboxes. Before I knew it, about 15 minutes or so had passed. Well at that point all I had to do was swish for another couple of minutes and boom I was done.

I'm sure I did it correctlly because I could feel the oil sliding past and between my teeth. I also felt it start to thin out as more of my saliva mixed with the oil. Came real close to swallowing a couple of times but remembered about the toxins being pulled out. That put a stop the urge. When I spit it out, it was cloudy/white like it was supposed to be. I immediately rinse with salt water to cleanse my pallate and to get the awful taste out of my mouth. And that was that.

So…did it whiten my teeth, do I feel re-energized, do I feel different at all? No on all accounts. But hey, it was only my first day. Who knows what the answers to those questions will be later on down the line. I'm not at all disappointed with the experience and may actually try it again. It took twenty minutes out of my day, but because I was able to multi-task, didn't deter me from anything else I wanted to do.

So like I said, I may try it a few more times, just to say I gave it a fair trial. But in case I decide I don't find it beneficial in this way, does anyone have any recipe ideas for the seseme oil? :)

dietcherry 2012-01-05 20:20:01 -0600 Report

Hey Patricia! I would like to suggest that you do give a few more go's cuz I think like most things, the effects are cumulative. But bravo for being a good sport!!!

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Set apart 2012-02-04 16:58:59 -0600 Report

Okay Renee I think I've taken all your advice since I joined the community and not sure on this one, but you haven't failed me yet.. I hope this is available at walmart will try the sesame seed oil. will let you know what happens! Louise

dietcherry 2012-02-04 17:11:56 -0600 Report

ROFL Oh Lord thats alot of pressure Louise! Please dont think me a crackpot but I really get positive results from pulling :)

I will be wating on baited sesame oil—smelling breath to hear your experience!!!!

jayabee52 2012-02-04 17:01:44 -0600 Report

I found sesame oil at walmart (in the groceries section) and coconut oil there (in the pharmaceuticals) too (

Young1s 2012-01-05 21:27:35 -0600 Report

Well thank you Renee. I'm like most people, I'll try almost anything once. And, it wasn't as weird as I thought it would be. Actually, once I occupied my mind with other things, the time sort of flew by.

Dev 2012-01-02 20:44:09 -0600 Report

Ayurved, the Indian traditional medicine has some oil enemas for cleansing. Sesame oil as well as mustard oil (infused with other herbs) are also used as massage oils that are supposed to nourish as well as help release localized toxins but I haven't heard about the swishing of oil in the mouth.

Oh there is also Shirodhara - the constant dripping of oil on the forehead or head in a particular way. I know my mother-in-law used to do that for migraine headaches.

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meter readers of void 2012-01-03 15:25:58 -0600 Report

drops under tongue , other herb and mineral supplies has different oils to place on or under tongue to help release toxins from body or to detox ,cleans the body——bed bath and beyond has message oils for the body as well

Young1s 2011-12-31 17:36:25 -0600 Report

Interesting indeed. Not sure if I buy the fact that engaging in this process will cure/heal the 19-20 ailments that it says.

However, if it doesn't affect you in a negative or harmful way, then why not go for it. Even if, like you said, it's having a placebo effect. What better way to promote healing in the body than through your own mind.

But 15-20 minutes of swooshing time? Really? Don't know if I could do this for that long without being tempted to swallow. I'll let you know if I decide to give it a try though.

dietcherry 2012-01-01 21:05:23 -0600 Report

I know! The way some tout it online its come across as snake oil and I def take issue with those who claim it "cures" diabetes—as if! Thanks for being open-minded and having a look at it!

Caroltoo 2011-12-31 17:42:21 -0600 Report

Could try this while we sit at the computer typing to each other. Have to be careful not to LOL though while doing a swish. :) That could lead to a well oiled computer.

pixsidust 2011-12-31 17:21:01 -0600 Report

I can't believe my liver would suddenly go on alert to say
L@@K Out! Shes got oil swishing in her mouth again and send toxins packing through my body to my mouth in how many seconds or minutes that you swish. That one is not convincing me. PLACEBO!

Quacks put things on the internet too and have many followers. That does not make it true…just think about it realistically

dietcherry 2012-01-01 21:41:16 -0600 Report

Hey Christy! I know at first glance this goes against the common sense God gave us; trust me when I say I laughed out loud when I first read about this online!

The one thing I read time and again that it seemed to benefit everyone across the board with was whiter teeth, and who doesnt want that?! It worked for me and there are a couple of other things Ive noticed an improvement with. :)

jayabee52 2011-12-31 22:02:16 -0600 Report

Here ~ http://www.skepticforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=5098 is a whole site of skeptics talking about much the same thing as you christy.

dietcherry 2012-01-01 21:53:41 -0600 Report

James here I thought you would be one to look past your doubt and atleast try it! But if its not for you, so be it :(

jayabee52 2012-01-01 23:22:12 -0600 Report

check some responses further down. I do joke a bit about It but am definitely considering doing it.
EDIT: Looking for that reply I find it has disappeared for some reason. That was when I was joking about what type of oil to use, but there I DID indicate my willingness to try it.

I do have some EVOO in my pantry now. Or should I wait to get some sesame oil?

dietcherry 2012-01-01 23:41:30 -0600 Report

It appears that sesame seed oil is the most recommended, followed closely by sunflower seed. I think the olive oil should do fine but maybe the full benefits are only realized with sesame seed. Sorry I cant be of more help! Cant wait to get your feedback James!!!!!!!

jayabee52 2012-01-02 00:41:28 -0600 Report

since you and carol recommend it highly I think I will get some sesame oil next time I am in the grocery. (Which may be tomorrow or the next day)

EDIT: Got some sesame oil last night when I was out grocery shopping. Gonna try it when I get up this AM

jayabee52 2012-02-04 11:54:29 -0600 Report

UPDATE! I didn't do the pulling right away as my mind was occupied when I got up for a couple days.

Finally I did try it and the results were — um interesting — The clearish sesame oil seemed to be full of something else (don't know what) Was it simply tiny air bubbles trapped in the oil resulting from the swishing? I haven't let a glass of already swished oil to sit around long enough to determine if that is true or not. The sensation or taste of the oil pulling was not exactly pleasant, but it was not as bad as I had imagined either. So this will be an ongoing intermittent experement.

Unfortunately I cannot claim whiter teeth (as renee did) as my teeth are pretty well toast!

dietcherry 2012-02-04 14:35:23 -0600 Report

James are you pushing and pulling the oil through your teeth, not just swishing like mouthwash? Like Patricia says below, my oil becomes a milky white color after 20 minutes and is much more viscuous because of saliva.
Im not sure about the air bubbles; mine doesnt look like that but it may be that we are pulling differently??
I hope that the more you do it, the more you will benefit so that its not a complete wash (no pun intended)!!!

jayabee52 2012-02-04 16:47:41 -0600 Report

I did it both ways. I swished it and then pulled it through my teeth a bit.

I met a lady on plenty of fish who I am getting to know a bit better and she mentioned using coconut oil to do the pulling. I used the sesame oil. Don't know if that would make a difference.

dietcherry 2012-02-04 18:20:39 -0600 Report

I find it difficult to believe that each oil would have its own unique benefits ??
I think just in general the act of pulling is cleaning the mouth and contributing to better oral health; the mouth acting as a microcosm for better body health as a whole.

Carol if you do decide to try other oils how about reporting back any differences you find.

Caroltoo 2012-02-04 19:04:06 -0600 Report

Maybe some of the positive effect is the result of sublingual absorption of the properties of the oil. That is the most effective way of injesting some vitamins. B12 is an example of that.

Caroltoo 2012-02-04 18:26:37 -0600 Report

Doubt that I could sort it out to clearly if I were to try several and rotate them. I have olive, sesame, and coconut oil on hand. Don't recall having seen avocado oil…may have to go looking for that one. Let you know if I notice any changes.

dietcherry 2012-02-04 16:58:05 -0600 Report

Im sure the coconut oil tastes better! Although I used the word swishing in the discussion post, the idea is to push/pull it through the teeth. This will provide the most benefit :)

jayabee52 2012-02-04 17:05:56 -0600 Report

from my experience with coconut oil (used as a lighter oil in which to fry my eggs) it doesn't seem to taste like coconut much at all. I will give that a try.

My coconut oil is a solid, and I must warm it a bit for it to turn into oil.

dietcherry 2012-02-04 22:35:46 -0600 Report

James you can scoop out a spoonful of coconut oil and just melt it in your mouth and skip the step of warming it first

jayabee52 2012-02-05 00:58:14 -0600 Report

actually I did think of that after I wrote it. Right now in my apt. above the range It is ALMOST but not quite liquid.

Caroltoo 2011-12-31 23:26:23 -0600 Report

Well, sesame oil enemas are a treatment used in Italy with some success to treat intestinal growths. I found it hard to believe also until I read one of the studies. I was still shaking my head afterwards, cause it seems so bizarre, but how can you argue with success.

Actually, I tried Oil Pulling after reading this post and was amazed. For years I've had discolored teeth which I attributed to drinking coffee for 50 years and which would never come white no matter how many preparations I used on them. They are now whiter than they have been since I was 10 years old. My mouth feels much cleaner and my sinuses stopped being full and pressured right after I swished. My left eye which runs whenever I have an allergy attack like I was, has also stopped running.

Now, never one to do things half-hearted, I swished for about an hour. Three separate fresh mouthfuls of oil. The first was thick like phlegm when I spit it out. I rinsed well and started again. The second was less viscous, but still nasty! The third was much lighter. Meanwhile, I read articles about the 5,000 year history of Ayurvedic medicine and did a few other things online.

Now, did my liver pump out toxins … I have no idea! It seems more likely that it was bacteria more localized in the nose/throat/mouth, but those are the areas which contribute bunches of bacteria which cause us heart attacks and other major problems. So, if those areas are healthier, it is a good thing. Also the trigger points for the organs were stimulated by the swishing over the tongue, so that acts via the body's meridians.

Having successfully experienced acupuncture and acupressure which worked for some problems and not for others so can't be fully attributed to a placebo effect, I can see where this follows a similar process of activating the meridians that we learn about in the traditional Chinese and Indian treatments. I don't understand it, but I've seen it work effectively. I don't understand prayer either, but it works too. There is more to life, health, and faith, than can be explained by the West's empirical sciences. (Gee, I have made progress. I started college as a mathematics and physics major. It was all about science!)

dietcherry 2012-01-01 21:30:05 -0600 Report

Carol I love that you approached this receptively and that you experienced something beneficial! I too noticed whiter teeth and just a healthier mouth in general.
I think you hit the nail on the head when you say it rinses the bacteria from our mouths, where disease can and often does originate.
I feel increased energy and I think it has to do with the fact of my allergies fatiguing me and the pulling is helping to clean up my clogged sinuses. I wont lie to anyone and say that this has been a panacea for my sinusitis; Im allergic to dust mites, among other things, and they are the most difficult allergen to completely eradicate from our environments so I will have to continue to use other methods of relief.

I really appreciate you not dismissing this and actually giving it a go—that makes you a good sport in my book; I hope you will keep us posted on any cumulative effects you experience!

Caroltoo 2012-01-01 23:16:03 -0600 Report

To flesh out the allergy illustration, I had eaten a couple pastries over Christmas and that triggered my gluten allergy, which then had triggered my sinusitis and running eye. The sinuses got a little stuffy again last night though not as bad as before. The eye, which was tearing so badly it was actually dripping on the keyboard yesterday when I leaned forward, has not run since. I am amazed.

Kirla 2012-01-01 10:45:47 -0600 Report

My teeth could use some whitening what oil did you use. This post was only started a few days ago and it worked that fast. I think I’ll try it. Don’t see any harm in trying it.

Caroltoo 2012-01-01 13:10:14 -0600 Report

That was how I felt too, Kevin. As long as you don't swallow, it can't hurt you. I used organic sesame oil. I was just amazed at the difference. I did do this 3 times in an hour yesterday, never before, so it doesn't take long. I think in the future, when I settle in on the computer for a few minutes, I'll just swish at the same time.

Caroltoo 2011-12-31 15:39:28 -0600 Report

Hadn't heard of Oil Pulling, but am aware that sesame seed oil is used for internal cleansing and healing of the lower portion of the bowel and, when allowed be retained and absorbed, is also considered a very health giving/healing process for the body in general because it pulls the toxins. Your suggestion sounds easier to do; may try it.

I have read in other sources that this is recommended as an enema for healing of some digestive disorders. One of the more recent sources was on gallbladder.com for gallbladder issues.

Sesame oil is wonderful. I've used it as a facial cleanser for 30 years; also as a skin softener in my bath and as a body oil. Buy it in the grocery section of an organic grocery store for wholesomeness at a reduced cost.

dietcherry 2011-12-31 15:44:50 -0600 Report

Please google it Carol! When research first led me to some of the more far-out internet sites, I came across this and thought it too weird to even consider. However, turns out its an Ayurvedic practice and has many (Western) fans! So what the heck, I tried it and I tell you there is something to it! I use sesame oil but apparently most oils are acceptable.