Oil Pulling

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What is Oil Pulling  (OP)?

3 Sunflowers in the SkyOil Pulling is a safe, simple, cheap and gentle ‘do it yourself home remedy’ that cures and prevents diseases and extends your healthy life.

It involves rinsing the mouth with 1 tablespoon (10ml) of oil for 15 to 20 minutes and spitting it out. You can use either sunflower oil or sesame oil, both of which are usually used for cooking and readily available in the home.

This simple therapy is completely harmless as you do not take any medicines - even the oil you use is spit out after OP. By helping the body get rid of toxins that have accumulated, Oil Pulling promotes self healing from within.

Oil Pulling has been mentioned in the ancient texts of Ayurveda. A similar process was also published at a conference of the “All Ukrainische Union, “of the oncologists (Specialists for tumor diseases) and bacteriologists,  by Dr.med. Karach. Over the years, this simple therapy helped cure diseases of thousands of people around the world.

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How to do Oil Pulling?

Oil from a bottleThe procedure for Oil Pulling is very simple and can be practiced by everybody. 

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Benefits of Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling has benifitted innumerable people across the world. It is a safe, simple, cheap and gentle ‘do it yourself home remedy’ a divine gift to suffering humanity for all diseases. You can start practice immediately, in the comfort of your home and see for yourself.

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  1. Sandy
    February 3rd, 2010 at 23:52 | #1

    I have just begun oil pulling. I am using sesame oil. Have you heard of people having a gag reflex when they first start? I have not been able to do it for the recommended time but I want to continue. Some dental problems led me to look for answers and I found several websites on the subject. I would appreciate a reply to my email. Thanks for any help.

  2. February 5th, 2010 at 14:58 | #2


    Please experiment with a different brand of oil or even a different type of oil such as sunflower oil. This might help you overcome the gag reflex.

    You have not indicated the dental problem for which you are doing oil pulling.

    Oil Pulling is known to

    1, Fix the loose teeth
    2. Remove the scales on the teeth and make them white.
    3. Remove sensitivity and pain
    4. It makes the gums healthy and removes any infection.


  3. Anrahyah
    March 9th, 2010 at 02:24 | #3

    I too have just been doing oil pulling for a week. I have developed an extremely sensitive tooth, and lost my voice. Could these be related to a healing crisis? Overall, I began to feel very good after 3-4 days. I am still at it.

  4. Pradeep
    March 11th, 2010 at 00:04 | #4

    Hi ,

    I have the following problems :

    1) I have a very bad dandruff problem. Lot of infection in my head.

    2) Also , every morning I feel stressed out ! I go to office feeling so tired I do not sleep properly !

    3) My skin is not good , it gives a very stressed out look all the time

    I have read very recently about OP. Will this therapy help me? Please suggest

  5. SallyAnn Goebel
    March 22nd, 2010 at 03:07 | #5

    Will oil pulling heal cavities and prevent the formation of cavities?

  6. rebecca
    March 22nd, 2010 at 08:17 | #6

    can olive or vegetable oil work ? whats the difference if not ? thanks

  7. Norma
    March 23rd, 2010 at 00:28 | #7

    I have read of many people (at earthclinic.com) that say oil pulling has clear their skin. Go to http://www.earthclinic.com and read lots of post of people that do oil pulling, different oils they use and what for. Hope this help! To your health!

  8. April 5th, 2010 at 21:38 | #8

    This is my first time. Doing it cause of annoying sinus infection. OH MY GIDEONS!!

    IT WORKS. I can feel it!!!! Stuffiness if alleviating..feel so much better!!! I used Olive Oil.

    I will do this OFTEN!!

  9. Raj
    April 6th, 2010 at 14:22 | #9


    Could you please let me know if oil pulling has to be done before brushing the teeth Or Do i need to brush then oil pull and then again brush.

    Pl. suggest

  10. April 9th, 2010 at 17:48 | #10

    It may not be a reaction. Get your teeth checked by a dentist – they may be damaged or worn out. Continue to do OP for your throat – it will get cleared and voice will become better. Sensitiveness of teeth normally decreases and will go in course of time with OP.

  11. April 9th, 2010 at 17:49 | #11

    This therapy will certainly help in all your three problems.
    This therapy will certainly help you.You will start feeling active immediately after you start OP. Your tired feeling will also disappear. Dandruff will take time , may be a few weeks to cure.

  12. April 9th, 2010 at 17:53 | #12

    More than brushing the teeth before OP , it is better you clean your tongue and wash your mouth before OP and then brush and clean your mouth after OP.

  13. April 9th, 2010 at 17:55 | #13

    Use sunflower oil or sesame oil if possible. You will get better much faster. Olive oil is not recommended for OP.

  14. April 9th, 2010 at 17:56 | #14

    @SallyAnn Goebel
    It will certainly prevent formation of cavities. It will heal any oral infections.

  15. April 9th, 2010 at 17:57 | #15

    Sunflower and sesame oil have worked well for OP. Other oils have not been found to be as effective.

  16. April 19th, 2010 at 12:58 | #16

    hi, i had done a root canal on both sides. so can i do op regularly or not. will it be effective. please let me know regarding this.

  17. April 26th, 2010 at 22:59 | #17

    doctor, i had an cavity and was filled until now not put any cap over it . because of this, i am suffering severe sensitivity. will it be alright by doing op on regular basis. pl. reply soon. i am expecting ur reply. thanks.

  18. April 28th, 2010 at 17:20 | #18

    I suggest you continue OP for one or two weeks.This will only help control infection if any and reducing pain.After this period you can decide to continue or not.

  19. April 28th, 2010 at 17:25 | #19

    You can continue OP regularly after root canal treatment and it will be effective.

  20. Rick
    September 11th, 2010 at 05:14 | #20

    SallyAnn Goebel :Will oil pulling heal cavities and prevent the formation of cavities?

    I have a cavity that has been forming for awhile it was turning dark in color i do not go to dentists been once to have a tooth pulled cause pain was unbearable. So anyway last week around thursday my tooth with the cavity started hurting very painful throbbing so i googled natural ways to heel tooth pain and oil pulling came up and the rest is history folks! Started pulling that sunday and by tuesday the pain was gone! The tooth was sore and tender but not throbbing pain, i kept pulling 2 times a day and wensday the soreness was gone! And it is now friday and i swear to you my tooth where it was turning dark in color is turning white again! All in less than a week! I been using cold pressed organic sesame oil from whole foods buy it for 5.99 a bottle what can you lose!

  21. wayne rivali
    December 19th, 2010 at 06:02 | #21

    How soon can I begin op after two molar extractions?

    [TK Rao]
    It will help in curing faster if you start OP immediately.

  22. Maggie
    January 13th, 2011 at 09:27 | #22

    Dr. I was recently diagnosed with burning mouth syndrome. I’m wondering if OP will help this too. Do you know much about this and are they actually any cures. He just gave me some stuff that mixed with water will make the mouth/tongue area numb. I’ve read to take Vitamin B for it. Is this true? Thanks for your help.

    [TK Rao]
    Please try doing Oil Pulling with Ghee or Honey for this problem. If it doesn’t improve within a week or two, you may stop doing OP.

    OP with oils is not advised in this case.

  23. Monica
    January 22nd, 2011 at 04:36 | #23

    I have been oil pulling for three days. I had a deep cavity filled a month ago, which caused infection, took anti-biotics which got infection out of jaw, I think. So, tooth hurt before I started op. Now, tooth does not hurt, but gum around tooth is swollen and I believe infection is making its way up the gum. Is this correct? I plan to continue oil pulling because I believe the root of my tooth is alive and I can heal this infection. I really dont want a root canal. Im scared that because the tooth was filled and then infected, I may abcess where the gum is swollen and painful.

    [TK Rao]
    Oil Pulling should reduce the infection of the gums if you continue. In case it doesn’t reduce in 2 weeks, please visit your doctor.

  24. Leann
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:22 | #24

    I’ve been doing OP for 4 months now. But what happened is that I’ve gained too much weight. I don’t know why because lots of people claimed that it helps loosing weight. Does anybody have the same problem as me? I’ve been having a very healthy diet that I’ve been doing for years. I’m a lil bit overweight so this worries me a lot

    [TK Rao]
    Oil Pulling will not increase your weight. If at all it might reduce your weight marginally in the beginning. It will certainly improve your metabolism and circulation of blood in the body. You may be unconsciously be eating more.

  25. January 31st, 2011 at 01:19 | #25

    Love this oil pulling thing. It works really well.

  26. Zuvrick
    March 2nd, 2011 at 14:21 | #26

    I’m in Indonesia, where it is easy to get lightly filtered palm oil, which is related to coconut oil. I’m going to try it, since the sesame oil is expensive here. Any recommendations?

    [TK Rao]
    You could also try doing OP using sunflower oil and compare it with the results of palm oil. I would be thankful if you could keep me updated on the result

  27. Terry
    April 12th, 2011 at 02:14 | #27

    How would organic virgin coconut oil work for Oil Pulling? I know it to be wonderful stuff for eating and cooking, and it has it’s own anti-germicidal benefits. Have you had any experience with this oil, or comments from readers?

    [TK Rao]
    Using coconut oil for doing OP as a daily habit has not been found to be good.

  28. Autumn
    April 20th, 2011 at 17:26 | #28


    I have started oil pulling, I suffer from PCOS and read on earthclinic.com that it can be reduced. I have also started apple cider vinegar to help with PCOS… but I experience high sensitivity in my teeth after drinking ACV. I don’t want to give up oil pulling or ACV…what can I do to reduce the pain… thanks in advance

    [TK Rao]
    OP normally reduces sensitivity of the teeth. ACV might be the reason for higher sensitivity of teeth.

  29. Terry Getchell
    April 20th, 2011 at 20:30 | #29

    Will the detox that you go through during oil pulling have an affect on my bio identical hormone pellet implants? They are very expensive and I’d hate to think that this would deplete the pellets sooner than they are supposed to.

    [TK Rao]
    I suggest consulting your doctor.

  30. prasad
    May 5th, 2011 at 17:51 | #30

    OP cures hypothyroidism?

    [TK Rao]
    The condition will improve and it may also get cured.

  31. relish
    May 11th, 2011 at 20:15 | #31

    Hi, I am Indian and have refined cooking sunflower seed oil in kitchen, will that do or I have to get something not refined. Mine one is transparent.

    [TK Rao]
    Refined sun flower oil is ok.

  32. steve
    June 18th, 2011 at 12:19 | #32

    I enjoy good health, however always looking for ways that will improve/maintain or benefit my life is OP something that I would do daily for the rest of my life or spasmodically.

    Thank you for such a thought provoking and interesting article.

  33. alurehourry
    June 21st, 2011 at 00:01 | #33

    Hello all! I like this forum, I found many interesting people on this forum.!!!

    Great Community, respect all!

  34. Laura
    August 19th, 2011 at 19:02 | #34

    I woke one morning about 2 years ago with a new mole (about the size of a sesame seed) on my jawline. I hadn’t noticed it before, but was hard to ignore for the extreme itching. I ran to the mirror to find an inflamed, brownish raised mole that was also flaking. My instincts told me that I was growing a skin cancer, though I did not visit a physician for diagnosis. I will also note that I had a root canal on the molar adjacent to the mole. I then remembered reading about oil pulling or oil swishing in a book. I immediately ran out for some organic sunflower oil and tried it. By the end of the day, the itching was gone. The mole was considerably smaller the next day and gone in 2 or 3 days. Amazing!

  35. rumi
    October 13th, 2011 at 23:06 | #35

    @SallyAnn Goebel

    Oil pulling is working for me very well. I been oil pulling for a year now and fell more energized and got rid of constipation.

  36. October 26th, 2011 at 16:03 | #36

    great work thank you for a good post

  37. October 28th, 2011 at 21:02 | #37

    Liked it. Useful stuff.

  38. October 30th, 2011 at 19:00 | #38

    I have been oil pulling for about a week now, using extra virgin olive oil. I started this treatment so I can get a loose tooth ready for a root canal. The result? The loose tooth is now firm in place. I have had a slight swelling around the tooth area but I know that is the detox effect happening. I will continue with this protocol daily but, using sunflower or sesame oil (olive oil tastes yeeky!). I also have a feeling of general well being…..

    I wish everyone great luck.


  39. November 11th, 2011 at 21:57 | #39

    I just started oil pulling yesterday with sunflower oil. My teeth were a bit sensitive, but they began to feel better after doing oil pulling just once. Also, it’s made my skin a bit softer. I’m glad I found out about this. It’s surprising that something this simple can do so much good.

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