WTF is Oil Pulling + Why I’m Hooked


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Everyone has a morning routine… mine has recently changed. Let me share::

1. First things first, I battle with my alarm (i.e. hit snooze thirty times).
2. Bitzy then wakes me up, I stumble to the kitchen to feed her and let her out.
3. We both get back into bed & snuggle for a bit.
4. I turn on morning cartoons (not kidding).
5. Head to the kitchen & put a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth.
6. Get back in bed, set a 20 minute timer, start checking emails.

So, you may be wondering about #5. Why the hell am I putting a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth & then getting back into bed with a 20 minute timer?

Two words. Oil Pulling. One word. Obsessed

Oil pulling has been around for years, which makes me upset I’ve only just found out about it via the interweb. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes to help improve your oral & overall health. The idea behind it is pretty simple- the oil is “sticky” and when you swish it around in your mouth bacteria gets stuck in the oil & dissolves.

It’s easy to do. Pick an oil, you can use ORGANIC coconut oil or any other vegetable based oil (Sesame/ Sunflower/ or Olive). I prefer coconut cause I like the taste & it also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, & anti-inflammatory properties. Put anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon, depending on what you can handle, in your mouth & swish for 20 minutes.

I know, I know you are freaking out about the 20 minute thing, but TRUST me when I say- it flies by. Something about the whole process is relaxing to me. No talking, just swishing. Pull the oil through your teeth & make sure NOT to swallow it (you don’t want to swallow the bacteria you are trying to get rid of). When your timer beeps, spit out the oil into a plastic baggy or directly into the trash. Don’t spit it down the drain cause the oil will solidify again & could mess up your pipes.

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Now for the benefits:: The below are all SUPPOSED benefits I have read that people have experience– I will share what I’ve noticed further below.

+ Whitens teeth.

+ Strengthens your gums/teeth/& jaw. It helps with sensitive teeth & even has reported to help TMJ sufferers like myself (mainly due to the jaw movement strengthening your jaw!).

+ Prevents cavities & gingivitis & benefits overall oral health.

+ Helps ease the symptoms of acne/ eczema/ psoriasis/ & other skin care issues.

+ Helps the ease the symptoms of a hangover (hallelujah!!!) & migraines.

+ Has been said to help people who have sleep issues.

+ Clears out your sinuses.

+ If you have halitosis, oil pulling has been said to be a big savior for many sufferers. People reported that their morning breath improved greatly.

+ Helps with general oral pain issues.

+ Could assist in hormonal imbalances.

+ I will openly acknowledge that the items listed above are things people over the years have noticed through experience, but there is very little scientific testing done on the process. That said, there are a few studies that have been done on Oil Pulling which you can find here.

All I know is that after doing it myself & seeing improvement in my oral & overall health… I don’t see the harm in continuing.

Plus, my teeth really are so much whiter, I don’t care what anyone says.

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I have now gotten my best friend, my mom, my dad, & my Dad’s best friend hooked on oil pulling. They’ve all been doing it for a week, so I called them this morning & asked them if they’ve noticed any changes… here is what they said.

+ My Dad says his teeth are much much whiter & it helps clear is stuffed up sinuses in the AM.

+ My Dad’s bestie said she has had terrible plaque psoriasis on her scalp (nothing has ever worked for her to clear it up), after 2 days of oil pulling it’s nearly gone! She literally called me ecstatic/almost in tears after two days of OP-ing.

+ My Mom has pretty healthy teeth, but she does say that she notices that they are whiter.

+ Katie, my best friend, says she noticed her teeth have gotten whiter she find the process relaxing so it doesn’t bother her to do it.

+ As for me, let’s see– my teeth are seriously much whiter (which is great cause I can’t do any sort of white strips- my teeth are too sensitive), I have had an easier time falling asleep (which is typically very hard for me), my teeth have been less sensitive to hot & cold (mostly cold), & the best result of all- my jaw has stopped bugging me as much! I have major jaw issues & awful TMJ. Last week it started to get bad (the lock jaw/shooting pains). I decided to oil pull cause I read it helped & literally after I was all done my jaw was feeling a lot better. I was pretty pleased.

If you do decide to try it, I am dying to know how it works for you/ what changes you notice/ if you like it/ if you can handle the 20 minute swish/ & whatever else you want to share.

xx, E

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P.P.S I am by no means saying this is an end-all-be-all cure to any illness nor claiming that I am a medical professional. I am just a girl who researched something she found interesting/ found out it worked for her/ & shared it on her blog!!

// UPDATE // 

Sooo… this post has gotten quite a bit of attention, so much so my site actually crashed for a good deal of time ( #stressmeout ).

I am so happy to see this information has proved helpful to so many people. I have been getting a lot of questions though… so I decided I’d add in a little FAQ to help clear things up!! Please read the below carefully as I am doing my best to answer every question but it is getting a little difficult :) THANKS!!

P.S. Went to my dentist this week & it was the best appointment I’ve had in a while– yahoo! I am totally attributing it to OP.

Q1: I hate the taste of anything coconut/ I am allergic to coconut. Anything else I can use??::  Absolutely! You can use other vegetable based oils such as cold pressed organic sesame oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil.

Q2: I see that you have pictured refined coconut oil,  but lots of people are saying you should ONLY use unrefined coconut oil??:: Here’s the deal with this one… unrefined coconut oil is better, but all I had on hand at the time was refined. The main thing that helps with the oil pulling is the Lauric Acid in the coconut oil- the refining process could remove some Lauric Acid & add in chemicals/solvents. Yet, by the time the process is complete, there will still be around 50% Lauric Acid and little to none chemicals or solvents left over- so you will still get the benefits. People will have varying opinions on this, but that’s what I’ve found out about using refined coconut oil.

Q3: 20 minutes?! There’s no way I can put oil in my mouth for a full twenty minutes!!:: My first bit of advice– try it! I was a little frightened by the number at first too, but once you get going the time flies. I personally find the process to be relaxing. If at any time your mouth is too full of oil, spit out a little & keep on truckin’.

Q4: Do I NEED to buy organic coconut oil?:: Yes yes yes!! The benefits will be greater with organic oils.

Q5: I gag over weird textures- can I melt it first before I swish?:: Certainly! Many people say no no no to nuking in the microwave cause of radiation, yet if it’s just 10 seconds (which is all you really need) I wouldn’t freak out about it. That said, the better option would be to run the jar under hot water & then pour the liquid into a bowl for swishing.

Q6: Can I OP while pregnant?:: I have read that if you are out of the first trimester you are good to go. Yet, if I were you, I would read some forums (a Google search provides a ton of mommy forums discussing this) so that you can make a decision you are 100% confident with OR discuss with your doctor!!! I am not a medical professional, so I don’t feel comfortable on saying YES or NO to this.

Q6: Can I OP while breastfeeding:: I have never had a baby so I have never breastfed but from my research I have read that this mild detox wouldn’t effect your blood stream (which is would would alter your milk). Again, I would do your own research to make a decision that you are comfortable with or contact your doctor.

Q7: Oil Pulling with braces/ crowns/ fillings/ dentures. Is it okay?:: The word on these few things vary as well, so again, I don’t want to give too much advice on these issues as I don’t want to be liable for any issues that could arise. From my understanding though, with dentures you should remove them before OP-ing & with fillings it should be okay (haven’t had any negative effects with mine). As for braces & crowns– braces they say it’s fine to Oil Pull, but could whiten around the braces so when you get them off it looks weird. For crowns, there are some reports the act has loosened the crowns or even caused them to fall off. If it were me, I’d avoid it.

Any more questions? LMK in the comments section below & I will answer at the best of my ability.

& lastly, there have been quite a few “internet-bullies” giving me a hard time for sharing this post, even referring to me as “idiotic” (so rude!). So please, let me re-iterate for the 10th time, I am not a medical professional. I am simply sharing an experience that worked for me. If you have any PRE-EXISTING conditions that you are worried may be effected by Oil Pulling, please please please contact your GP. I have heard that there CAN be adverse effects with Oil Pulling, so if anyway you are wary I suggest researching further, discussing it with your doctor, or finding an alternative way to help you with the issues you are facing. 

  • Flor Rodriguez says:

    I had never heard of this. I am very intrigued though. I wish I could whiten my teeth with strips but my teeth are also super sensitive. I get shooting pains in my gums. I am going to buy some coconut oil tonight and try it in the morning. Does it give you an after taste?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Hey Flor! I seriously can not do those white strips- they kill my teeth & I can’t drink water for days.

      As far as after taste goes, it gives you a little taste for 5 minutes, swish with water and spit it out. The taste will be gone! It’s definitely not one that lingers.

      • Lisa Harwood says:

        Hi Erica,
        do you do it everynight or once a week?
        Thanks

        • Erica Stolman says:

          I do it every morning!

          • Emily says:

            Can you do it at night if it’s more convenient?

          • Erica Stolman says:

            You can- but I do reccomend morning time.

          • Debbie says:

            How is oil pulling done?

          • Erica Stolman says:

            Read the post for all the information :)

          • Laela Adair says:

            do you bri=ush your teeth before or after you do it

          • Erica Stolman says:

            I do OP-ing instead of brushing in the AM & then at night I brush with a non-fluoride natural toothpaste.

          • Cici Hardy says:

            Do you do this before or after brushing your teeth?

          • Erica Stolman says:

            Before, then rinse with water & then drink a big glass of water. Then you can brush if you’d like with a non-fluoride natural toothpaste, but this can also replace brushing & then you just brush at night!

          • Ruth says:

            Don’t forget to FLOSS :)

          • Ryan says:

            Hey thanks a lot for posting this. I just got some Organic coconut oil today and did it for the first time. But I was curious. Do you do it in the morning for any particular reason or is that just your routine. Just wondering if its better to do it right when you get up or if it doesn’t really matter when you do it through out the day. Thanks again. -Ryan

          • Erica Stolman says:

            It is better to do it then morning with a clean palate.

          • imelda says:

            Erica, do you use one teaspoon or one tablespoon?

          • Erica Stolman says:

            It can range depending on what you can handle. I use about 2-3 teaspoons.

          • Susan says:

            I’m just curious, everything i’ve read says do it in the morning. I don’t really have much time in the morning. Are there any drawbacks for doing this before bed?

          • Chad says:

            How do you swish it? Is it supposed to be liquid? Because the organic coconut “oil” at my store is far from a liquid..

          • Erica Stolman says:

            It turns into a liquid once you start swishing!

          • Barb says:

            Hi Erica
            I started doing oil pulling March 7th.I am seeing results with whiter teeth & less heartburn / acid reflux issues. I am swishing 2 times per day 10 min each. I’m hoping it will help my TMJ & tri geminal neuralgia problem too,but don’t see improvements there yet.

          • Louise Collier says:

            Do you store your coconut oil in the fridge once it’s openend?

          • Erica Stolman says:

            I keep it on the counter :)

      • elindera says:

        can you go into detail about the actual technique?

        • Erica Stolman says:

          The post has all of the details- check it out :). It’s quite simple. Swish, 20 minutes, spit, rinse thoroughly, drink a large glass of water & your done!

          • Rachel says:

            Is there a reason you recommend doing it in the AM vs. PM?

          • Erica Stolman says:

            Yes, the morning time you have a fresh palate so the process is uninterrupted by any food/beverage. Plus there have also been reports that Oil Pulling with food in your tummy has cause nausea.

          • Lori says:

            I am on day 4 and have not noticed any differences yet. You’re right – after the 1st few days the 20 minute thing is no big deal – but was wondering how long before I start to notice some results??? I am hoping to relieve itchy scalp/dry skin & reduce pain in joints.

          • Erica Stolman says:

            I am sure it depends for each person– for me I saw results quickly, but maybe it will take a bit more time for you.

          • Brianne says:

            Why the large glass of water afterwards? Just curious. :)

          • Erica Stolman says:

            They reccomend you drinking water to help re-hydrate you.

          • Tiana says:

            Morning is best because bacteria is at it’s highest after you’ve slept. So OP and get it out your mouth before you swallow it with your breakfast.

      • Albert says:

        Just got done; Only last 17 minutes… You didn’t address volume and the fact your mouth does NOT stop producing saliva. I went with probably 1/2 tablespoon, but quickly ran out of room in my mouth and had to expel some. 17 minutes in, I had spit 3 times and was “over it”. I’ll try again, but going the teaspoon route next time.

      • Lamar says:

        Can you use olive oil to do this?

        • Erica Stolman says:

          Yes you can- do some research though onto what kind! I use coconut oil, so I am not quite sure.

      • grant spottedbull says:

        Well I’m presently OPing and the initial gag reflex settled as the oil melted in my mouth……I only read about it because a friend posted it on FB……sometimes I feel that there are good things that arise from simplicity……so on that note I will let you know what effects occur within the next few weeks….thanks

      • Sheri says:

        I have been OP for about 3 months now. I woke up one morning with a dark spot on my front tooth which turned out to be a cavity. Now after 3 months, you can barely see it. As far as taste, I can not taste it at all. I still rinse with water when I am done so I can get rid of all the toxins the oil has pulled out.

        • Melinda says:

          Sorry Sheri, I am a dental assistant and am going to disagree with you. One does not just wake up one morning with a noticeably dark cavity on their front tooth. Stain perhaps, but cavities do not grow that quickly overnight!

        • Pat says:

          You woke up with the cavity and started OP or while you’ve been OP you got the cavity?

      • anthony says:

        Hey, i tried this, onmy 2nd week, however i find by the 10 min marker, My mouth is filled to the limit with the oil and saliva, it doubles every 3-4 mins. I dont know how you dont metion this or am I the only one that procudes excess saliva ?

        • Erica Stolman says:

          I don’t have that issue, but if you do- you can spit some out as you go.

        • Renee says:

          Anthony, I tried it for the first time today and the volume of liquid doubled in size in my mouth by 10 min so I had to spit it all out. Apparently I put too much oil in or I produce a lot of saliva too. I guess I’ll try spitting some out halfway through and keep going. I actually love the mild coconut flavor from the oil! Thanks for posting your story, Erica! I’m definitely going to keep trying it.

        • Deidre says:

          That happens to me as well, Anthony. I have to let it go after 10 min., then I do again for another 10 min.

      • babs says:

        you could always brush your teeth after it the after taste is a problem

      • Rachel says:

        Why should you use non floride toothpaste?

        • Teresa says:

          Rachel, go to you tube and research fluoride in water. There’s a ton of stuff about fluoride being bad for you.

          • Becky Ovalle says:

            Too much Fluoride is bad for you, just as too much water is bad for you-you can die from drinking too much water at once. The fluoride concentration in fluoride and fluoridated drinking water is optimal (1 ppm) for health/dental health and very safe.

      • lisa says:

        what if u have some veneers on the uppers

        • Erica Stolman says:

          It shouldn’t be an issue, but I would definitely look into it further as I don’t have veneers so I can’t give you the best answer- I just personally don’t see how it would effect veneers!

      • SD11111 says:

        Hi Erica, this sounded so great that I finally decided to try it myself! I was just wondering though, is it necessary to do absolutely every single day? I usually skip out on the weekends. What are the effects of doing it 5 days a week in comparison to every single day? Please let me know. All in all, thought this was a great post that convinced me to see what all this hype was. E! news even talked about how all the celebrities have been doing it as well.

        • Erica Stolman says:

          That’s nuts about E! It’s getting big. 7 days is great, but 5 days is also perfectly fine :)!!

    • Debbiew says:

      Do you heat it and melt it first?

      • Erica Stolman says:

        I don’t, but if you are weird with texture you definitely can!!

      • cheryl zimmer says:

        I heat mine on the stove. I just put it in a small glass container and put it in hot water. I can’t do it in a solid. That makes me gag. I mean, I can, but it don’t like to. I love the benefits. I started for my teeth but it turned out it helps my knees, back, neck and I also find it relaxing. I don’t know that my teeth are any whiter but it has also almost taken away a dark spot on my neck. I still have one on my face, but I am hoping to see that one go away as well.

        • Adelle says:

          Call me blonde but I was just curious.. you say it’s been helping your knees, back, etc. Is that from just swishing it in your mouth? Or are you applying the oil to certain parts of your body under the same concept?

          • Erica Stolman says:

            I am not sure I said it is helping with my knees & back- but I have read in various places that Oil Pulling has helped some people with pain issues- as for me, it has helped me whiten my teeth & helped my jaw pain & sinuses.

      • Mickey says:

        There is no need to melt it if you are using Coconut Oil. Coconut oil starts to melt at 76 degrees and since the average oral temp is 98 the Coconut oil will melt immediately all on its own.

        • Fyn says:

          Yes, but some of us don’t like to put a big gob of cold solid in our mouth. My gag reflex instantly kicked in, even though it melted quick, it wasn’t immediately….in fact I threw up a little…so there’s that too :P

          • Sandra says:

            I also couldn’t do this without heating it~ I didn’t throw up but almost!! I spit it out , got another teaspoon and heated that one & was able to finish with the OP. I still have to adjust my mouth because it remembers the first time an I still sometimes have to be careful~ I gag easily.

      • don’t heat. heating oil poisonous. used an unrefined cold pressed organic oil.

    • @leezadonatella. Very Interesting. This is something I will definitely try and share with my Blog readers as well to get the word out. Thanks Erica for bringing this to our attention.
      Wishing you blessings and a day filled with love,
      LeeZa Donatella
      Spiritual Spew

    • Ryan Mayer says:

      Hey, so I just wanted to tell you that there are many sources out there that discuss oil pulling. It’s an old eastern way of doing medicine, i.e. it’s been practiced for quite some time now. I highly recommend doing this. I can attest to the 20 minute thing not being a big deal at all. The idea is to do it slow, stay relaxed, find something to do, and the 20 minutes will FLY BY.

      • DeeDee says:

        I find my mouth fills up with syliva, and gets really full!! i guess that is ok, lol !!! right?

      • dawn fillinger says:

        1. can kids do this, i have a special needs kid is a sensory thing hates brushing it hurts, and you seem to know a bit, so what about bridges? mine is already loose and im in pain i was wondering if this would help w/the pain since i cant go to a dentist no dental insurance…

        • Erica Stolman says:

          Kids can do it if you can make sure that they do not swallow the liquid. As for bridges- I would do some of your own research in some OP forums so you can come to a decision you’re more comfortable with!

        • Lisa Davis says:

          Ummmmm, how rude you are! Of course dentists take cash, checks and cards. I am sure what the OP meant is that she cannot afford to go to a dentist. The OP is looking for something to do to help until she can afford it. You are a toad.

        • Patricia says:

          David,
          Dental care can be very expensive. Maybe she can’t afford it. You must be perfect to come at someone like that. Oh wait, clearly not if you are negative and brash enough for that reply.

        • Bertie says:

          I found this all very interesting until I got to David’s reply. Why do trolls have to ruin a blog about something interesting and helpful. I hope the OP (Original Poster) will remove his comment.

          • Erica Stolman says:

            It’s been removed- sorry! He’s not very nice is he :)

          • Renee says:

            Do you have to use non-fluoride toothpaste?

          • Erica Stolman says:

            I do suggest it as it is more inline with the natural idea of oil pulling & has less chemicals!

        • Pat says:

          @David ~ I don’t mean to be rude ~ unfortunately though a lot of us cannot afford to go to the dentist. Trust me, if I could I would. I am in a situation that I have NEVER been in before and do not have dental coverage. First time in my 50+ years, and I did finally break down after about 2 years of not going because I had an abscess, and they found over $3000.00 worth of issues that really should be dealt with, but living on an extremely tight budget {disabled widow} just doesn’t allow it. Things happen in life sometimes that we just can’t prevent. And yes, I am in pain too and it would be nice if people didn’t just ASSUME that we ALL have the same ability to do things that others take for granted. Just something to think about.

        • Carol says:

          The lady at my health food store, when I told her that I hoped oil pulling would help my bleeding gums, (it has) told me she uses it for sores caused by her dentures all the time. I think it would help you a lot! Good luck.

    • Andrea H says:

      It is recommended to rinse your mouth out after OP to clease all the oil (which has all the toxins in it) so I tend to OP first thing out of bed (and the 20th snooze alarm!) and then brush my mouth and then teeth afterward and before brushing before bed. Also, I sometimes mix coconut with sunflower oil, as I read sunflowewr and seasame oils are the best for OP, but also like the many benefits of coconut oil, for many things I make and use! I tried to get my mom (who has lupus) to try it, and brought her oil and everything, but she wouldn’t even try it! Her loss…though she is finally on a healthier diet I recommneded about 15 years ago….so maybe she’ll try it in another few years or decade! :)
      The hardest part is NOT being able to talk with my daughter for 15-20 mins in the morning as we are getting ready, but I COULD wake up 20 mins earlier…and keep telling myself that each morning, too! :) Haha! Good luck everyone!

      • Dojon says:

        Try do it while taking a shower, this works for me; and when I am done so is my OP. now I am able to talk to the family

      • Brittany L says:

        Andrea H. I have Lupus too and have been curious as to if this would help at all. I’m really considering trying it just to see if it would or not. Does anyone else with Lupus do OPing??

      • Dawn Baggett says:

        Been meaning to try this, so I did it today (actually used a mixture of olive/coconut oil, as I am almost out of the coconut. The little boys wondered what was up and it gave me time to practice my sign language with them :)

    • Rebecca says:

      Oil pulling CAN cause tooth sensitivity, at least at first (first couple weeks). It did for me pretty badly, but after about 10 days it stopped and I am fine. However, I do recommend looking into activated charcoal for whitening teeth. SEriously it is AWESOME. I oil pull but I also use activated charcoal occasionally, and I make my own toothpaste from bentonite clay. Good luck.

    • Jennifer Posey says:

      You can use turmeric (the spice) to whiten teeth naturally! I pull as well but if you want an extra whitening boost mix organic turmeric with enough water so it is a paste consistency and put it on an old toothbrush (it will stain the brush) and brush for 3-4 minutes. The results are amazing!

      • Lara says:

        I totally agree on the organic turmeric. I was considering combining the oil and turmeric together.

    • TERESA HALL says:

      very interested to try the oil pulling to whiten teeth, but I do have a couple crowns. Should I worry about these?

      • Erica Stolman says:

        I have read lots of articles where people say it’s fine to do with crowns, & other articles where people reported it made them fall out so I am not going to reccomend either way as I don’t want to be responsible :) If you do some research you can most likely come to a conclusion you are comfortable with!

        • Judi says:

          I have dental implants, 2 of which are infected. I also have crowns. I would love to know where to go to get more information as I have an appt soon with a periodontist to cut the gum and drain the infection. If OP’ing would work for me, I would be SO happy.

          • Erica Stolman says:

            Sounds quite painful :( There is a website called curezone.com that has a bunch of forums regarding Oil Pulling so you may find some help there, or you could try to talk to your dentist about it. The only thing is, dentists & doctors don’t normally know about anything other than western medicine practices so they are usually not of much help. The only concern I would have is if it loosened the crowns, but there is a lot of talk about that on curezone.com so I’d check it out! Hope you find some relief

      • Cory says:

        OP cleans out bacteria and infections. If you could see all the decay and toxic stuff under those crowns, you would see why they might fall off.

    • kathy marciniak says:

      Can u brush your teeth afterword as you would normally do??…Thanks

      • Erica Stolman says:

        You can if you use a non-fluoride natural toothpaste :)

        • Scott says:

          What is the importance of using non-fluoride natural toothpaste after pulling?

          • Erica Stolman says:

            Fluoride, when consumed in large amounts, can be toxic. So, they say that brushing with a fluoride toothpaste often defeats the purpose of Oil Pulling.

          • Kimber says:

            Fluoride is only toxic if it is INGESTED in large amounts. Using a fluoride toothpaste is completely harmless.

        • Tara says:

          You said to brush teeth after OP with fluoride free organic toothpaste, Is it harmful if I use regular toothpaste with fluoride?

          • Erica Stolman says:

            Not harmful, but not as beneficial as fluoride has toxins in it & the point of Oil Pulling is to get rid of toxins & bacteria.

        • Kathy says:

          Why non-floride natural toothpaste and not the easy to grab Crest or Colgate?

          • Cooper says:

            Most toothpaste have toxins in them, including Crest, Colgate and others that are for sensitivity. They are marked with color coded stripes of Blue, Red and Black to show degree of toxins. Read what is in your products,,, Shampoo, Conditioners, Soaps etc. Natural is the best way to go.

          • Erica Stolman says:

            Thanks!

        • Erica says:

          I noticed you keep saying with a non-flouride toothpaste. What is the downside to a flouride toothpaste? I use Arm & Hammer whitening toothpaste and I think it has flouride in it. I know it definitely has baking soda and peroxide. I’m always looking for new ways to keep my teeth white and OP sounds like something I could handle.

    • Lori Pittman says:

      So…all these health benefits are from holding a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes? Wow…does it taste good?

    • Adriana says:

      Can you also do it in the evening?

    • winnie says:

      how does this help migraines

    • Carly House says:

      Hey have you tried Pronamel toothpaste or a toothpaste made specifically for sensitive teeth?? Mine have been extra sensitive since I started whitening my teeth and the toothpaste helps INCREDIBLY well with my issues…..

    • Nicole says:

      I just did it, and I don’t think I can hack this. haha. I feel a little sick to my stomach now, the smell and taste is still fresh after I’ve brushed and flossed. Maybe ill save this oil for my hair and try olive oil next.

    • May f says:

      Do you brush your teeth after?

    • John says:

      Why not instead of spending 20 mins pulling oil, spend 4 mins. per day brushing your teeth..

      • Erica Stolman says:

        To each their own of course!! Oil pulling has way more benefits than just cleaning teeth :).

      • Dawn says:

        I haven’t tried OP yet, but will do a little more research and probably give it a go. I’m thinking I may try a couple various oils to find the one/s I would like best and perhaps mix a couple. As to the comment on why not spend the extra time brushing. Brushing wears down the enamel on your teeth and doesn’t get in between like swishing can, so I can see how OP could be more beneficial over extra brushing time.

    • Libby says:

      Can you use organic wild fractionated coconut oil for OP? Thanks!

      Libby

      • Erica Stolman says:

        I am not quite sure, never heard of fractionated oil! I suggest doing some research about that before trying it!

  • This literally sounds so weird. So naturally, I am going to try it.

  • Brittany says:

    Should you brush your teeth immediately after?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You certainly can!! Some people give up brushing all together, which I believe is fine cause it cleans your teeth very well… but I haven’t given up brushing!

  • I’ve heard of this oil pulling method, but haven’t been able to put myself to try it. Ah! Your detailed benefits outlined certainly is convincing me to try it out. Oh yes, I’ve seen recommendations to use coconut oil to cleanse face once a week too, it helps to clear out blemishes and blackhead, and overall beneficial for good complexion.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Coconut oil is basically the.best.stuff.ever!!! You have got to atleast give the oil pulling a try :) I love it!!

      • Linda says:

        I have never used my coconut oil for OP but will start in the morning…however, I use coconut oil and sugar as a body scrub, coconut oil as a moisturizer, coconut milk and castile soap as a shampoo, coconut oil in my smoothies, and coconut oil, cocoa and honey to make delicious chocolate bars…look up the benefits of coconut oil online…amazing stuff! It’s wonderful on my skin, hair and internally for all sorts of ailments!

      • Jeri says:

        Erica,
        I want to start OP. I went to the health store and bought Nature’s Way liquid premium coconut oil. Will this work? It says it great for cooking. Not sure if it’s the right coconut oil to be using?

        • Erica Stolman says:

          I am not sure either- if it is unrefined/ organic/ cold or expeller pressed I would say yes, but I think liquid oils are usually refined? I would look into it more.

    • Laurie says:

      For a face cleaner, I mix coconut oil with my used, dried coffee grounds and it makes the BEST face cleaner EVER! Has the scrubby and softness all in one. As a morning face scrub, it smell delicious too!!

      • theresa says:

        Now that i have to try for a facial scrub. My sons have bad acne and will recommend them to try this too. I always have coffee grounds lol. thank you for sharing this info.

      • Jennie says:

        DO you have sensitive skin? I do and break out very easily. I would love to try this but wonder if this would help or make it worse?

    • Holly says:

      Hi. I think this sounds amazing and I am totally going to try it. I also wanted to make a comment about putting it on your face. I’ve heard over and over that people do this and it makes the skin soft. Just be careful if you have acne. Oil in general is occlusive meaning the skin cannot get oxygen, and it might also trap pollutants in your pores if you just cleansed. I am a licensed esthetician, so I can’t help put put my two cents in about that part. lol.

      • Cait says:

        Try Josie Maran oil cleanser and you will think entirely different – I threw my old fash wash out the window.

      • Denise says:

        I use a coconut oil & olive oil mix with washcloth and very hot, steamy water for a face wash at night. I had acne. The oils cleanse and soften better than any store bought cleanser I’ve ever tried. When I get lazy and don’t use this at night, my face breaks out! This OP sounds great, going to try!

      • Samaritz says:

        I had terrible acne, and tried the oil cleansing method and it is now very mild and infrequent. The oil helps clean out pores and made my skin quite soft.

      • Carla says:

        Holly, I have issues with adult acne, mostly the hormonal zones and I have been using coconut oil to take off my make up at night as well as moisturize at night and in the morning after a very light cleanse and I am finding I have fewer breakouts and the ones that I do have, heal faster. This is only my personal experience. I can’t speak for anyone else. The rest of my face care regime is using philosophy cleanser with a clarisonic 1x/day and the other time I just use cetaphil cleanser. I follow both with coconut oil for moisturizing. I do have to use a warm wet wash cloth to remove a little if I don’t have time to let it soak in long before applying makeup.

      • MV says:

        After my sis-in-law gave me homemade lotion for Christmas, and told me how she’d been using just straight coconut oil for face/body lotion, I Googled to find out about coconut oil on face… they’re recommending it for acne treatment because of its natural antibiotic/antibacterial properties and, I think (?) because it is very similar to our naturally-produced oils..? I’ve been using it nightly on face and LOVE it… and my friend who’s esthetician told me to continue with it for nighttime (obviously a bit too oily for daytime use) but I’ve received several comments on how good/clear/smooth my skin looks recently… I’m sticking with it for now and will definitely be trying the pulling :-D

        • Denise says:

          MV, Does it seem to refine the fine lines also in the face as you use the coconut oil as a face moisturizer?

      • Dawn says:

        I have always had a problem with acne and dry skin, I use coconut oil for my nightly moisturizer and it helps prevent acne. My teenage daughter uses it to clear her acne when she has a break out.

      • Kyla says:

        I actually have been using Coconut Oil in the shower for my acne, and it actually gets soaked up by the skin as long as you’re not just pouring it on like you will never have anymore. I have had plenty of problems with other oils, but coconut oil has antibacterial properties and it also can moisturize your face. It also has lauric acid and capric acid, it contains high levels of Vitamin K and E which are powerful antioxidants to help prevent skin damage. These can prevent the scarring that can occur in severe cases of acne. However, not everyone can use oils on their face, because everyone reacts differently :)

      • Lilo says:

        I know several people including my Daughter with Acne and using a Baking Soda Scrub and Coconut Oil as a night moisturizerm has removed Acne completely.
        My Daughter Skin never looked as good as it does now . Clear of acne

    • Kaitlin says:

      my hairdresser also told me about putting it in my hair once a week at first and then every two weeks after, apparently coconut oil is one of the few oils that the body can absorb 100% of, so my oily hair will be helped and not made worse…I love the results…definitely going to try it as a face/body wash and oil pulling!

    • Patty Sticka says:

      It is very beneficial. I use organic oil. You don’t need very much. Also, it helps diminish fine lines. Be careful around the eyes. Too much can cause cloudy vision.

  • Kyrrha says:

    Totally want to try this!

  • Amanda says:

    This is the second blog post I’ve read about oil pulling in the past couple weeks and I’m officially interested in doing this? I don’t have 20 minutes in the AM to spare with my current schedule. Do you think this would be just as affective if done at night?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I think that it would still work! Sometimes if I forget in the morning I do it at night <3

    • Kitrina C says:

      I’m gonna go try this now! Be back in 20 mins!

      Also, for guy with no time, just try it on your way to work. Bring a paper cup to spit it in if you have a long drive

      • Erica Stolman says:

        Great idea!!! Lemme know how it works for you ;). xo

      • LeAnn says:

        Did it work as well to do it in the middle of the day or at night? Just curious!

        • Erica Stolman says:

          You can do it then- but I do reccomend morning time.

          • Michelle Dronet says:

            I have been oil pulling at night for the last 5 days. I don’t have much time in the morning to be able to get this done. I’m loving it so far, but I think I’m going to try to work it into my morning routine because I have noticed that I have not been able to fall asleep as easily at night and I think the oil pulling is the culprit. I’m wide awake when clearly I should be sleeping. I believe the coconut oil pulling is giving me a boost of energy that would be much more useful during the day as opposed to at night. Hope this helps someone that is considering doing it at night.

    • Becky says:

      Amanda, you can combine it with your shower, either at night or in the morning, then you’re not sitting around for an extra 20 minutes :)

    • k says:

      it is best to do in the morning because your body naturally cleanses overnight so a lot of toxins wind up on your tongue in the morning. This is also the best time to do your tongue scraping but this sounds like a good swap to get those nasty toxins out!!

    • Laura says:

      I often try to do the oil pulling while I’m doing something else/other things if I’m pressed for time. Like if I have to shave my legs, or while I’m doing hair/make-up. You could also do it while cooking breakfast or whatever. It can be a bit tricky, though. I’ve found myself realizing I get caught up in the other activity and forget to swish. So now I sort of use it as an awareness experiment too! Good luck.

    • Ruth says:

      Maybe just do this while showering? Multitasking

      • Erica Stolman says:

        Definitely!

      • Kelly says:

        It should be noted that it was mentioned that the oil should not be spat out because it can mess with pipes. I also thought about doing it in the shower, but I don’t want to ruin my pipes by an accidental “outage”… Ideas?

        • Erica Stolman says:

          Keep a trashcan outside the shower!

        • Not the greenest solution but I keep a supply of dixie cups to spit into. You could keep one in the shower in case you can’t make it to a trashcan in time.

          • BRENDA L says:

            I have a feeling that if you spit in the shower or while gettting out of the tub, that the hot water will keep the oil liquid enuf to flush it to the septic tank. And remember, it is just a teaspoon at a time….Coconut oil takes hours to turns solid after it has melted. For proof, just melt some coconut oil in the microwave and then let it set on the counter and stir it every once in a while to see how liquid/solid it it. I use a recipe to make coconut oil chocolates and it requires me to melt it and then let it sit til it cools to an opaque liquid form so other ingredients won’t settle to the bottom. When opaque, it is just beginning to turn solid and this took 2-3 hours to occur. If you live in the country, you have your own septic tank and you have a good idea of how far the drain water travel to the septic tank…it would just take a minute. Spitting into the sink is another story becuase we don’t always run alot of water down with it and the first water to come out is usually cold so the oil is more likely to coat the pipes and solidify later. Spit in the shower if you OP in the shower. I would spit into the litte garbage next to the shower but I am afraid I will miss the target. I like the little paper dixie cup idea…you could carry this with you wherever and use it, then dispose of it. Great option if you don’t OP in the shower/tub.

  • Dominique Fox says:

    E! I’m so excited to try this! I’m on board with the damn TMJ! Just went on a mission to find it here at home in Zurich, Switzerland… And I found it at an organic food store! Can’t wait to check back in, in a week to see everyone’s progress and report mine! d xx

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Yay! Can’t wait to hear how it works for you & it’s so cool I have a reader all the way in Switzerland <3. Thanks babe!!!

    • Maria says:

      @Dominique Fox: I am in Switzerland too (rural area around Basel) and found this blog post through Facebook. What brands/products are you using? Did you find anything organic?

      Nice Blog you got Erica, I will definitely explore more of your posts! Cheers!

      • Erica Stolman says:

        Thank you! I use a bunch of different brands of coconut oil (but I do like Dr.Bronner’s), I am not quite sure what they have in Switzerland, but if you have a health food store I am sure you will be able to find an organic coconut oil.

        • marianne says:

          gonna try this, pretty excited we do have a organic store and look for it, me n my son will try this out:)thanks:) will let u know the outcome

      • Dominique Fox says:

        Hi Maria!

        I will check which brand I have at home.. But I got it at Egli Bio.. they have stores everywhere.. But now that I checked there are not many around Basel… Either way.. I will write back on this post tonight or in the Morning with the Brand. I did read that Migros carries it but it is bleached and processed. So if you have a Bio laden somewhere around you.. that would be your best bet.. Cant imagine that you couldnt find it somewhere in Basel… especially at a Bio laden around the train station! Hugs from ZH to BS
        Dominique xx

  • dani says:

    Im going to try this tonight!
    I use coconut oil for everything else!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Rosalina says:

    After reading this post, I am definitely going to try this! From what you described, it can only help :)
    Love your blog!

    xx, http://www.sisterholics.com

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You need to try it! It’s seriously the best thing to happen to me in a while :) Thanks for the kind words doll <3

  • Jaide says:

    Is there a specific brand you use? If so, where do you get it?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You can really use any brand just as long as it’s organic/expeller or cold pressed!! You can find it at your local health food store. xo

      • Pat S... says:

        Tropical Traditions is a great place to get virgin coconut oil. Lots of times they run specials and also have free shipping from time to time. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest substances you can use inside and outside your body. Coconut oil is also good for diabetics. Cinnamon is something that helps to regulate blood sugar, too. Even if you don’t order from Tropical Traditions, go to their website and read their info on coconut oil.

        • Diana says:

          I have bought from Tropical Traditions for years. Love their products.

        • Darlene says:

          I buy tropical traditions products also and always buy when they have their free shipping specials. I also think there products are great!

        • Judy says:

          I use Tropical Traditions as well and love that they have buy one get one free at different times and free shipping coupons. You have to get on their list and you will receive notices for these *specials*!!

        • Mary says:

          I use Tropical Traditions too. It’s great! I use it as a facial moisturizer after showering and every morning. They have great sales and sell by the gallons if you use it for everything. I tried OP but not enough to post results but I think I’ll start doing that.

  • confused liz says:

    But…. doesn’t it taste gross while it’s just sitting in your mouth? Taste is my most sensitive of my senses and I get grossed out super easily by weird textures and tastes. What does this taste like while its in your mouth and am I gonna puke? Haha

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Soo… I personally don’t think it tastes gross & you should be swishing it the whole time so it’s never really sitting stagnant. Ya know? I think the part that would be roughest for you would be when you first put the coconut oil in your mouth and it’s still solid. You have to swish a bit to get it liquid, yet you could always heat it up a little first and then do it!

    • Leslie G. says:

      I tried it this morning, and the texture was definitely making me gag until I swished it down to a liquid. I’m also very sensitive to textures, so tomorrow I’m going to try melting it first. The taste isn’t an issue but you might try a half tablespoon at first and work your way up, because it was hard to go the full 20 minutes with that much in my mouth. Good luck!

      • Erica Stolman says:

        Try melting it a bit first, that should help :)

        • Erica Stolman says:

          Side note:: Instead of microwaving it- run the jar under hot water and pour out the liquid so you can avoid nuking it!

          • Carol L says:

            The best way to melt the oil is heat a bowl for about 20 sec in microwave,take the bowl out put the oil in warm bowl,it will melt down in about a minute,I do this to melt for a massage.

      • Runa says:

        I agree with everything you just said. I read this post and immediately tried it (right now), and the second I put the spoon into my mouth, I regretted it :p I also had a hard time gagging because of the texture, but as soon as the oil melted and became body temperature, it was fine. Then the hard part was to not swallow, and I admit that I had some reflex-swallowing some times, but I don’t think any of the “solution” went down, so that’s good. Anyways, it was gross but my teeth feel squeaky clean (and I don’t know if I’m imagining it, but they seem whiter already!) :p totally gonna try this again, just with less (melted) oil ;) thanks for the post, E :)

        • Erica Stolman says:

          Hahah well I am glad it all worked out in the end :). My dad had some of the same issues so I told him to A.) Run the jar under water and put the liquid into a little bowl, than in his mouth. B.) If it got to be too much, just spit a little out (in the trashcan).

          & as for the whiteness- you are totally not imagining it! I have heard that from everyone and experienced myself- the increase in whiteness was amazingggg.

        • Sarah says:

          Yeah I feel the same way- Literally trying this whole thing right now. I can’t help but swallow. But I don’t think I’m swallowing the oil…. hopefully not at least. Yeah the flavor/texture was pretty nasty at first, getting better now but still a little gross. We’ll see how this goes!

    • SueD says:

      I have an overactive gag reflex too, so the first couple of times I tried OP I was gagging even before I put it into my mouth (just the thought of it made me gag!). I find that if you deep breathe (through your nose, of course) while swishing the solid oil down to a liquid you can overcome the gag reflex. I have learned to deep breathe through whole procedures while things like dental instruments are in my mouth – this prevents the reflex gagging. Mind over matter !!

      • Vikie Johannesson says:

        I try to do that at the dentist but it does not work for me. I am going to try this, but I think in teaspon form and it may take me twic a day instead of once a day. I am hoping it will not hurt my crowns and that it will help the problmes with my teeth right now.

    • Jan says:

      I have a problem with textures too. The first time I used the solid I immediately spit it out. Then I got the liquid and it was much easier. It had a slight taste in the first few seconds, but that went away quickly. I only used 1/2 a teaspoon the first time, so it wouldn’t overwhelm me. The 20 minutes weren’t as bad as I thought. Just have something ready to spit it out in before you get started.

    • Questions says:

      What about the organic coconut oil pills? Are they as effective as the oil is? Same benefits to your mouth health and teeth whitening? Just wondering! Thanks Erica!!! :)

  • Cheryl says:

    Going to try this starting tomorrow..thank you for sharing.

  • Jacqueline says:

    Where can I get this coconut oil?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You should be able to find it at your local health food grocery store, probably even your regular grocery!

      • Linda C says:

        Costco sells it now for a really good price. I use the Costco oil for cooking and Tropical Traditions for ingesting. I am going to have to try this too.
        Tropical Traditions book about the benefits of coconut oil is amazing.

    • Carol says:

      I get mine from an all natural online supplier because I prefer organic. I’ll just find the link…http://www.mypure.co.uk/pure-coconut-oil and I’m going to try sesame oil too,

    • beth says:

      I got mine from meijer (grocery store) i’ve seen it at jewel and of course trader joes and whole foods

    • Kari says:

      In Canada, Pure Organic Coconut Oil can be found at the Bulk Barn.

  • jessiebouche says:

    I use coconut oil for literally everything. Lotion, eye makeup remover, over night hair treatment, razor burn, cooking, butter substitute, in smoothies, in everything! I mean this is my elixer.. But never for this! I must try! Also I noticed you have refined coconut oil. I’ve done some research and found that unrefined is much more pure and has much much more of the wonderful goodies coconut oil has to offer. Check it out! And thank you for sharing!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Thanks Jessie! I too use coconut oil for EVERYTHING. Next time I am at the store I will be buying unrefined :) xo

    • Marie says:

      So how do you keep the oil from getting contaminated or spoiling? Do you have separate containers for different uses? Mine is solid so I am worried that if I remove a little with my fingers there will be bacteria introduced in the container.

  • Stormi says:

    I use coconut oil for everything.! But I have never heard of this.. I’m excited to try it.. also I’m not sure if there is a Sam’s Club around where you live, but that’s where I buy mine from, It’s a large jar and it cost less than $10. Thanks for sharing this :-)

    • Erica Stolman says:

      That’s a great deal! I will be looking for a Sam’s Club :) thanks for reading & let me know how it works out for you!!

    • Danielle says:

      I bought mine from “Costco” for less than $10. if any of you have them around you.

    • SEAN AUTIN says:

      I am exploring the all-around benefits of coconut oil. I did the oil pull this morning and am excited to see the benefits shine through! Thanks for spreading the good word on the benefits of coconut oil pulling!! I purchased a huge container of coconut oil @ Sam’s club. It is ORGANIC, UNREFINED, COLD PRESSED AND EXTRA VIRGIN. IT IS ALSO GUARANTEED ORGANIC BY THE USDA SEAL. THE BRAND NAME IS: HAIN. I am glad a friend posted about oil pulling on FB.

    • Joy says:

      I got mine at walmart,i think I paid 6.00 for it

  • Cassie says:

    Does it taste terrible or is the texture bad?? It seems interesting! Kind of wanting to try!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Honestly- the taste doesn’t bother me. When you first put the spoonful in your mouth the texture is a little weird when solid, but after a few swishes it’s a liquid. Let me know how it goes for you!! xo

  • My aunt posted this on her Facebook wall and I tried it earlier today. I use coconut oil as butter substitutes and sometimes cooking oil rather then olive or walnut so figured it’s truthful what you’re doing. I actually burned the top gums around my teeth from garlic herb potatoes last week and the pain is unbearable at some points. I wished the coconut oil for 20 minutes and it def. helped the pain go away at least temporarily and then tonight I noticed a bit of a shine on my teeth then before so I will start trying this everyday for a week and see what happens.

    Thanks for the post!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I think you will be quite pleased with the results! Keep me posted on how it goes for you :)

  • SKWF says:

    I tried this morning. And I literally couldn’t handle it. I think next time I’ll start with a smaller spoonful. And yes, I’ll try again…just not today.

    My lips are super soft though!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Oh man! I am sure it’s not for everyone but I think a smaller spoonful in smaller intervals of time could help you work up to the full 20 minutes. Good luck :) xo

  • renben84@yahoo.com says:

    Are you melting the coconut oil first or just putting it in your mouth straight from the jar?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I go straight from the jar- but you can certainly heat it up a little first if you’d prefer that. Some people are weird with textures, so if that’s you- melting it will help!

  • Carolyn says:

    I would like to suggest that if you do brush your teeth afterward, use only water and baking soda or a totally organic toothpaste. Otherwise, you will simply be adding toxins right back into your mouth. Never use anything with fluoride or a host of other toxic chemicals.

  • Regina Joyner says:

    How does it taste? I have a very bad way of needing to vomit if something taste bad.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Haha- that makes two of us! Honestly, I don’t mind the taste, but I think it’s up to each person. Good luck :) xo

  • Michelle says:

    I so want to try this! Is there any reason it wouldn’t be safe during pregnancy? I know you don’t “technically” ingest it, but I thought I’d ask. :) Thanks!!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Ya know- that’s a good question. I did a quick google search & majority of articles said it’s totally fine to do while pregnant. I would do a little more research if I were you– but honestly, I think it’d be totally fine!!

    • RS says:

      Coconut oil is GREAT to ingest while pregnant–just not after swishing it. High Omega-3’s. You need those fats!

  • Mandy says:

    Why do you stress “organic” coconut oil?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Well first of all, I stress organic everything!!! Yet in this case it has been reported that organic oils will provide better results in the case of getting your mouth super clean & toxin/bacteria free.

    • Val says:

      Any produce that is not organic is laden with either pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals. Organic on the other hand is not treated with chemicals. So if you’re trying to remove toxins from the mouth one shouldn’t use a chemical laden oil to begin with.

  • Mary says:

    How important is the 20 minutes time frame? I have a strong gag reflex, having trouble leaving it in that long.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      If you are having a hard time, I would say do it 10 minutes two times a day & if you can’t do that- a little time is better than no time at all. Do what you can :) xo

  • Lindsay Cross says:

    Do you have to do it in the moring or can you do it at night like before you go to bed?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      The morning is definitely better since your working with a “fresh palette” not having eaten in about 7-8 hours… yet if you can’t do it in the AM, nighttime will be fine.

      • nicol says:

        Would you use this everyday just like brushing your teeth?. Iam going to try this.. sounds interesting.. iam really strict on dental hygiene and nothing beats white teeth.. thank you for sharing

  • Kim says:

    This might sound silly but how much does coconut oil taste like coconut? I REALLY do not like coconut!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Not silly at all! Personally, I don’t think it tastes like coconut oil all that much– maybe a teeny tiny bit, but it doesn’t have a strong coconutty taste to it.

    • Christina says:

      The more pure, unrefined, and cold-pressed coconut oil has a bit of a coconut-y taste (but it’s not overbearing). The refined stuff does not.

      • Katy says:

        If you like coconut taste (and personally I LOVE it), try Carrington Farms organic cold-pressed. I bought a 1.5 L jug at Costco for about $10.

        • Annette says:

          I am trying this now!!! Already use as make up remover and moisturizer! Costco has a 54 fl Oz Jar of Carrington Farms Pure, unrefined, cold pressed 100% organic extra virgin for 15.00 (I saw 10.00 above, but have not seen that price here!!) Can’t wait to see results! I DETEST morning breath!!! Thanks!!

    • Shirley says:

      I find that it has a mildly sweet taste and not too much like coconut. It was my first time trying it tonight and it worked great for me. 20 minutes did seem long at first but I sat down and read, then it flew by. Like many of you I use coconut oil for lots of other things. <3 it

    • Tanya says:

      If you don’t to get the cheaper option at Costco then you can try purchasing Omega Nutrition http://www.omeganutrition.com/ProductDetails.aspx?item_no=COCCB016&CatId=
      They have naturally neutralized the coconut taste for those who don’t like the taste or don’t want the coconut flavour in what they are making with it.

    • beckie says:

      Different brands of oil have very different levels of coconut taste (and smell)! Try different ones until you find one you like.

  • Kelly says:

    Your blog says a tablespoon but the pic looks like a teaspoon amount. How much should I use? Is more better or is less just as effective?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You know, this kind of depends. Sometimes I gravitate towards a tablespoon, while other times I go for a teaspoon. The thing is you don’t want too much in your mouth as it could gravitate towards the back of your throat. I think it’s up to you to find the “sweet spot” of how much is enough. I think too little coconut oil will be less effective, but too much could lead to you swallowing some (which you don’t want!!). It all depends on the size of your mouth I suppose ;). Hope that helps! xo

      • carolyn french says:

        Would oil pulling help to get rid of a metallic taste in the right side of my mouth? I have dealing with a strong metallic taste only on the right side of my mouth since August 2013. So far it has stumped 6 MD’s, 2 ENT’s, a periodontist, and 2 Dentists. I think it has something to do with my teeth. I appreciate your advice. Thank you

        • Erica Stolman says:

          It could- I have never heard of that, but it won’t hurt to try!

        • laurie says:

          have you ever had pinenuts? i heard when bad they cause a metallic taste in your mouth…not sure how long it lasts though. may want to look into it.

        • Lisa De says:

          Carolyn,

          You may want to get your thyroid checked for that metallic taste. I had a similar issue, and that was the cause.

        • RaeAnn Herrick says:

          Do you have metal resorations in your mouth? I cant imagine otherwise why you would have that taste in your mouth…good luck trying this :)

        • Missy says:

          Hi Carolyn,

          I’m sorry to hear of your troubles. I can only imagine how frustrated you must feel.

          Without knowing the extent of any of the examinations/tests you’ve had completed already, a couple other causes of dysgeusia that may not have *necessarily* been considered by the professionals you’ve seen are bladder obstruction and peripheral nerve damage. The former I include because it (bowel obstruction) can develop gradually and present no pain initially – so may not be something thought to be included test-wise outside of being a renal-specialist or of someone of the like-mind of one perhaps. I include the latter because some nerve damage may seem small and therefore not significant enough to cause the dysgeusia, or to seem significant; or may be large and the correlation between the two issues overlooked (or maybe unknown – though I rather doubt) or disregarded for some reason – but maybe shouldn’t be?

          Of course, I would never claim to be more knowledgeable than a medical practitioner who has much practice, time, and study in to hone their craft. Rather, I am simply throwing ideas out there in the crazy, off-chance that something might just help for whatever reason. Maybe one of the ideas resonates with you, or sparks an idea with another reader. My sincere hopes for you are some much needed answers and peace of mind.

          All the best to you in finding both!

        • Debbie Nahom says:

          Carolyn, My stepfather went through this for a very long time… over a year. I don’t think they ever found out what caused it but it did finally go away for him. I know it was really frustrating, though. Maybe the OP will help, but I will see if I can find out any other methods that might have worked for him.

        • penny says:

          Hi- I think the pill can cause a metallic taste – just like pregnancy. I got it when I first went on the mini-pill.

        • Cindy says:

          Carolyn, I watched a show quite a few years back about a women who had a metallic taste in her mouth and they could not figure out what it was. It was a medical mystery show and I am sorry I can not remember the name. Anyway it ended up being a tiny leak of brain/spinal fluid. She had surgery and it was fixed I only mention it because you have seen so many medical professionals. Who knows? I hope you have better luck figuring out what it is.

  • Kat says:

    I’m concerned that in 20 minutes I would build up a lot of saliva that I couldn’t swallow and my mouth would be REALLY full! Don’t you salivate a lot during that time?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I really don’t salivate at all- but if your mouth does fill up too much- you can always spit a little out :)

  • Vicky McDowell says:

    Do you know if it is safe to do oil pulling with having old fillings in your mouth?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Yes it is safe! Actually, a lot of people recommend it as it strengthens the teeth :)

    • Kathleen says:

      I have several large old fillings still and was wondering the same thing Vicky…this is very interesting though….

      • Erica Stolman says:

        I would consult your dentist about old fillings– but from what I hear it should be okay!

  • karen says:

    I don’t have any coconut oil but I have a TON of coconut butter. Can I use that??? It’s also solid at room temperature, but liquifies as it warms up. (FYI, great on oatmeal and in sweet potatoes, as well as for frying eggs!)

  • Karima says:

    I actually have jars full of coconut oil all around my house! I usually just eat a spoonful a day, heard it burns fat, don’t know if thats true though but I pretty much use it for everything else. I will have to try this oil pulling, sounds very beneficial especially the part about teeth and gum health care, have had trouble with sensitive teeth for years, this post is brilliant, I’m glad I came across it!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Yes- I hear it burns fat as well :) I like to throw a spoonful into my smoothies for the same reason!!! It will definitely help with your sensitive teeth as it did for mine!! Thanks for the kind words. xo

  • Carrie says:

    Hhmm. I’ve been reading more and more about all the benefits of coconut oil, and have started using it on my dry, winter hands. I’m going to try this too.

  • Patty says:

    Allergic to coconut any other oils work well or just coconut?

  • nic says:

    I’ve heard sunflower seed,or sesame oil
    work really well. You can tell it works bbecause the oils go in yellow and after swishing for 10-15 minutes, spit and the oil is dark and frothy from the toxins you’ve pulled from the salivating glands. I actually like coconut oil on everything and am swishing now, I’m curious to see if it works as well and changes colors due to the toxins as well. cThanks for the info!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Thanks for reading- let me know how it works for you!! xo

    • Ang says:

      I am trying this for the first time with 1/2 tsp. I’m curious to know if it will change colors… ick! Hahaha

      • Erica Stolman says:

        It shouldn’t change colors drastically but instead be a white frothy liquid.

  • Michelle says:

    My coconut oil is a solid. Will liquifying in microwave change the benefiting properties in it?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Yes- coconut oil is solid. I put it in my mouth as a solid & swish it around till it is liquid, but heating it up a bit should be fine. Just don’t heat it too long!

      • Erica Stolman says:

        Side note:: Instead of microwaving it- run the jar under hot water and pour out the liquid so you can avoid nuking it!

  • Heidi Harding says:

    I want to try, but am allergic to coconut oil, is there another oil that you would recommend!

  • Savvy says:

    Ok this is going to sound like a really weird and probably a kinda stupid question but what does the coconut oil taste like? Does it taste like coconut? Does it have a taste? This sounds really interesting and I wanna try it but I’m not a huge fan of coconut any alternatives other than sesame?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Not stupid at all- to me it doesn’t taste much like coconut but you can also use sesame or sunflower oil.

  • Abbi says:

    The picture above shows the Refined jar of Spectrum Organic. Which I went and bought. but now looking at other postings… people say you shouldn’t get refined?? Is this true? Should I go buy unrefined now?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Okay so here is the deal, and I will be adding this shortly to the post– unrefined coconut oil is better, but all I had was refined. The main thing that helps with the oil pulling is the lauric acid in the coconut oil- the refining process could remove some lauric acid & add in chemicals/solvents. Yet by the time the process is complete, there will still be around 50% Lauric Acid and little to none chemicals or solvents left over.

      So basically, unrefined is better, but refined will still do the job!!

  • shelley says:

    Does it have to be organic?

  • Kelley says:

    Do you need to refrigerate the coconut oil?

  • Stacey says:

    I have organic coconut oil I use for making bath salts. Several months ago I was introduced to the benefits of emu oil (working wonders on my son’s eczema!) Wonder if emu oil would work well with oil pulling because of it’s medicinal benefits? It’s safe to consume…so? Any thoughts?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I think I would stick to coconut oil- I haven’t heard of anyone using emu oil for anything other than topical treatments.

    • Char Girardi says:

      Emu oil is not safe for consumption. External only. I use it also.
      As for the coconut oil, I have been using this stuff for the last year and love it! It is good for so many different ailments! I was diagnosed with lymphoma and began using it shortly after. Not sure if it’s making a difference yet but I haven’t had any new lumps! I had heard it was a great detox and the lymp system is basically a filter system, so I use it to “clean the filters” so to speak. Can’t wait to try the pulling! Thank you for this tip.

  • LeeAnn says:

    I don’t like coconut, is the taste of coconut strong?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It’s not terribly strong- but you can also use sesame or sunflower oil if you really can’t stand the taste!!

  • Sheryl says:

    I have never heard of this before and have only heard about Coconut oil from my massage therapist as she started using it for her clients. No scent great feel and it doesn’t dry out her hands. My husband has diabetes and with that comes teeth/gum problems. I am definitely going to try it and suggest it to my husband also. Thank you for the information.

  • angela simms says:

    I just started doing this, a friend told me about it, but I didn’t realize that it was an actual thing! My friends dentist is BLOWN away by the improvement in her teeth! I started using coconut oil after having my baby. It’s great for baby acne, cradle cap, diaper rash, it boosts milk production, and boost the calories in breast milk, and is great for sore nipples. I also use it as a conditioning mask on my hair, and as a moisturizer for my face, hands, feet and entire body! is seriously a miracle oil!!!!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It really is a miracle oil!!

      • BAYLEE says:

        What happens if you swallow it??

        • Erica Stolman says:

          You could feel sick- I would avoid swallowing at all costs, but it isn’t life threatening!

          • 3LittleBirds says:

            Maybe I misunderstood- you said here that swallowing it could make you sick, but above you said that you put a spoonful in your smoothies every day. Or do you mean just not swallow it while you’re pulling because of the toxins? Thank you- I’ve done this twice now and I haven’t quite gotten up to 20 minutes, but I’ve made it about 17 minutes both times. I’m excited for the whiter teeth and have LOVED how soft my lips feel afterwards!

          • Erica Stolman says:

            Great to hear!! Yes- I mean you can’t swallow when pulling. You can consume coconut oil though.

  • Cheryl says:

    Is it a tablespoon or a teaspoon? The picture has a tsp but the instructions have tablespoon…

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Sorry about the confusion- it’s really as much as you can handle. It suggest a tablespoon but I can only handle a teaspoon and a little more :)

  • LL says:

    Hi Erica! I oil pulled this morning for the first time. I am excited and appreciate you sharing! One question- the pictures have tsp measures buy you wrote 1 tbsp. Which is correct? I am hoping the tsp b/c it was just right. At first it was tough, for the first 30 sec. but after that it wasn’t hard at all.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Sorry about the confusion- it’s really as much as you can handle. It suggests a tablespoon but I can only handle about a teaspoon!

  • Kim says:

    Tried it this morning! Question…how much did you use? The photo shows 1 teaspoon, but it says 1 Tablespoon in the article. I did the TBSP and it was too much. 20 minutes felt like forever, but I’m sure I’d get used to it. Also felt like I needed to brush my teeth right after and then the first thing I drank tasted weird.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Sorry about the confusion- it does suggest a tablespoon but I could only handle about a teaspoon of it :). After your done, don’t brush with toothpaste– just dry if you need to, then drink a full glass of water.

  • Tom says:

    Have you ever used liquid coconut oil or only the solid?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I’ve only used the solid… not sure about the liquid as I’ve actually never even seen liquid coconut oil.

      • Shannon Fehse says:

        Coconut oil has a high melting point, and therefore is solid at temperatures below 76 degrees F (24˚C). “Liquid” coconut oil is the exact same oil at a higher temperature. In the tropics, where coconut oil is commonly used for cooking, it is generally liquid in the jar due to the ambient temperature. If that temperature drops, the oil solidifies.

        • Erica Stolman says:

          Thanks for the info!!

          • Susie Deckard says:

            Can you brush your teeth with regular toothpaste,and floss,before doing the oil pulling? Also,I have read a lot of the comments,and people are saying that they “use it for everything”. What other things can be done with this coconut oil???Thanks,Susie

  • Kodee says:

    My son does sports and gets acne really bad. How do you use this coconut oil for acne? Daily scrub? As a mask? Have you seen any results for it?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I haven’t really used coconut oil for acne yet, but I am sure it would help due to it’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Definitely something worth looking in to!

    • KN says:

      I started washing my face with oil last year and I have been really happy with the results. I mix EVOO, almond oil, and vitamin E oil, rub it into my face for a minute and then wipe off gently with a hot washcloth. I don’t see why you couldn’t add coconut oil into the mix – it all depends on your skin and preference. I’m sure it’d work great! I first read about the oil cleansing method here: http://theartofsimple.net/oil-cleansing-method/

      One of the biggest reasons for acne is when people wash TOO much and strip away all of the good oils from their skin. Same with hair. Then your body goes into overdrive production to replenish the oil and that’s not good, either. I used to get horrible acne all over my back and shoulders, but this winter I cut showering down to the bare minimum because my skin just gets too dry and I have had hardly any breakouts at all! I know it sounds totally counter-intuitive – put more oil on your face to get rid of oil? But I really, really think it works.

  • VICKI says:

    I have just discovered essentail oils and have some fractionated coconut oil. Will this work as well?

  • heather says:

    Interesting. I’m giving this a try (started this morning). T

    Another benefit of this is probably stimulating salivation and saliva distribution completely – saliva will kill off a lot of the anaerobic bacteria between your teeth and at your gumline just on swishing with *nothing* but your own saliva (no water) for 10-20 minutes. But I can’t get enough saliva (dry mouth) to do so. But with the oil, NO problem getting enough saliva going. At all. The oils add their own benefit, but I bet the full value comes from the combination of the oil and all the positive functions of saliva.

    I’ll be interested to see if the ‘push’ on saliva production gets my salivary glands more functional, too. Like strength training for salivation. :) I would love to have less trouble with dry mouth.

  • Liza says:

    You mentioned doing this a week straight. Do you recommend doing this indefinitely or is there are only a certain amount of time one should do this? Thanks!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It should definitely become a habit– not just a temporary thing. Right now I am Oil Pulling about 5 days out of the week :).

  • Jackie Orullian says:

    This sounds like something I NEED to do but where do I buy organic coconut oil from?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You can find it at your local health food grocery store :)

    • Jennifer says:

      I started this today. Got the coconut oil from Sam’s $15.00 (condiment section) It is not refined! Large container, 54oz.. should last forever. Looks gross but after swishing about 10 seconds it’s liquified. 20 minutes is a long time, I kept having to spit a little out. No residue after finished. LOL Looks pretty nasty after all is said and done… Will see how it goes

  • Jody L. Hann says:

    What about the good bacteria? Does this affect that as well?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Great question! Oil Pulling works so great because by reducing the total bacteria in your mouth, it actually gives your body (& mouth) a better opportunity to grow all that good bacteria it needs!

  • Karin Berdal says:

    Sorry if this had been asked – but it’s it any different/better/worse to do it at night before bed?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It is recommended to do it in the morning when you have a clean palette for optimal benefits, yet if you can’t- a later time is okay.

  • linda says:

    I have been doing this for about a year now and it’s super easy. Just put some in your mouth(put it under your tongue to melt) as soon as you get up, and swish while you shower and dress. It just becomes a habit.

  • Patti Greenberg says:

    Could almond oil be used?
    Also to aid health problems that are not tooth, gum or mouth related, like skin, hair, nails, or internal things, do you need to skip swishing & simply swallow a spoonful?
    Thank you!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Almond oil should be fine as well- typically it’s more expensive which is why I prefer coconut oil. You can certainly swallow it instead but just don’t swish first!!! Lots of people say eating a spoonful of coconut oil a day has helped their health/hair/skin/nails/etc greatly!

  • Olivia Arnold says:

    Ok, I don’t know how I’m going to handle this but I bought some oil and I’m going to try it. I’m rounding 30 and have more acne now that I ever have so I am darn near willing to try anything!

  • Karen says:

    I haven’t read all of the comments, but about heating your oil, if you happen to store it in a cabinet near your stove it will stay melted. It is also a wonderful skin moisturizer and hair conditioner!!! I have never heard of oil pulling before but will be giving it a try! Thanks!

  • Chelsey says:

    I can’t wait to try, thanks for posting!

    -Chelsey
    -http://chelseypatti.blogspot.com

  • MISSY says:

    SILLY QUESTION…DOES IT HAVE TO BE IN THE MORNING?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It doesn’t HAVE to be in the morning, but it is definitely the preferred time as you are starting with a clean palette.

  • kim says:

    Didn’t have tme to read thru all these wonderful comments, so maybe somebody already asked this. . Just wondering if it matters if you do this
    in the morning or in the evening

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I definitely reccomend doing it in the morning when you have a clean palette!

  • Kim Ridgway says:

    So, how does it take to see results? Just started today.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Depends on the person- I started seeing results around day 2 but it totally depends!!

  • Cyndi says:

    I saw in the comments that you shouldn’t brush your teeth after you oil pull. I personally wouldn’t want to stop brushing my teeth, so should you brush before you oil pull? I’m confused on when you should.

    I also saw a tip about coconut oil helping acne, so I’m definitely going to look in to that as well!

    Thanks for the new discovery! :)

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Some people completely give up brushing there teeth when they start oil pulling, but like you- I didn’t feel comfortable w/ that. That said, after oil pulling I also feel guilty about brushing & thinking about the chemicals that could be in the toothpaste. So at the end of the day, I switched to a more natural toothpaste by Toms. So far, so good :)! Hope that helps.

    • Tera says:

      I have been oil pulling for a few years now. It is important to rinse your mouth out afterwards so you get rid of any residual oil or toxins left in your mouth. I do this by lightly brushing my teeth with a bit of baking soda and water and then rinsing again with water.

  • Denise Hill says:

    Erica, I just wanted to say thank you for being so patient in answering all these questions. 90% of them are asked over and over again, yet you kindly keep answering them each time, and with enthusiasm! That’s how I know how much you believe in this. #readthecomments,people

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Denise- thank you so much for thanking me. Truly, the highlight of my day!!! I am doing the best I can to reply to everyone so thanks for noticing :) xoxoxo

      • Tori says:

        Oh my god – you have the patience of a saint. I can’t believe how many times people keep asking the SAME questions over and over.

      • Sallie O says:

        Erica,

        I agree with Jennifer that you so enthusiastically answer EACH question, over and over again! I have been OP-ing all week and also methodically reading through all these comments each night. I keep seeing my little right side bar indicator slowly getting towards the MIDDLE – not even the bottom!

        I’ve noticed my teeth looking whiter already and in passing this week – have found two other people OP-ing or knowing someone who does. WILD how that happens!

        I used to sell a French Skincare line in department stores (Clarins) and know first hand how giving your oily skin an oil every night tricks it into NOT producing more. I have a friend with two daughters both with bad acne AND sensitive skin – can’t wait to get them talked into cleansing with Coconut oil – they are both pretty girls and NEED clear skin! (Don’t we all??)

        As far as spitting it into a baggie vs. the drain – hmmm. I get it that it SHOULD solidify and possibly clog your drains – however – the baggie I used for a few nights – it’s never solidified with all my saliva in it – so I am brazenly just spitting it down the drain and running hot water. Call me crzay???

        First – before reading this blog – I started using it for my Welsh Corgi about two months ago. They are great dogs with only one negative: perpetual shedders – alllll year long. I’ve noticed a BIG difference in less shedding so Rosie gets it twice a day instead of just her morning meal.

        Was buying Trader Joe’s but just got turned onto the jumbo size at Sam’s Club and now use the TJ’s jar to fill up so I don’t have the jug on the counter. LOVE it! Need to remember to rinse my mouth out after the swishing is done too – to get those pesky toxins OUT!

        Must find another smaller container for my bathroom — I’m using it on my skin too – and reading the book I also picked up at Sam’s Club – 5th Edition of the Coconut Oil Miracle (Bruce Fife). Just turned 54 and wish I’d started this years ago – better late than never!

        Thanks for this great post and all the comments – wonder how much longer it’s going to take me to read through them – some are insightful. Happy Swishing ~ from Ohio, The Heart of It All! :)

    • Ellen says:

      I agree with Denise! You’re so polite and patient when answering questions, even when they’re asked like three times in a row. People could really learn from your kindness. This oil pulling sounds fantastic, almost too good to be true! Have you found any negative aspects at all? Pretty sure I need to try this! Thanks so much for all of the information!

    • Jess says:

      I was thinking the same thing!

  • Julie says:

    Does this need to be done every day?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I would recommend doing it everyday, but if that’s too much 5x a week would be ideal!!

  • Matty B says:

    This is also quite new to me. I occasionally do a Hydrogen Peroxide swish before brushing and it certainly has noticeable effects but an oil from a fruit sounds more enticing. Also i’d like to express, the fact that you, Erica respond to every query gets me more excited to try this tomorrow morn. It shows your passion and belief! Thanks

  • Patricia says:

    Hey! I tried this last week and loved it, it was so good. I read it on another blog but wasn’t as in depth as yours, thanks for all your information and the follow up update. Now this is something I’m doing daily and I’m up to doing 20 minutes consistently. Much appreciated Erica :)

  • tim j pappas says:

    Hi i suffer from coldsores, do you think the lauric acid in the Coconut oil would kill the virus in my mouth?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I am not so sure about oil pulling for cold sores, but I have heard that Oregano oil helps heal cold sores. Maybe if you put a drop or two of Oregano oil in with the coconut oil? I would definitely look into it more, but I think it’d definitely help!

    • Karoline says:

      Try using a lysine lip balm as a better preventive and stay away from sugar. There is no Arginine in coconut oil. So no worries.

  • Stephanie says:

    I would like to try this SO badly! It sounds wonderful! But… I’m pregnant. Safe? Unsafe? Thoughts? Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      From what I’ve read and researched, Oil Pulling while pregnant should be just fine. I do see that some people say to not do it in the first trimester, but 2nd & 3rd is great for your teeth as being pregnant often comes along with more sensitive teeth & gums.

      Hope that helps :) xo

    • RS says:

      I am in my first trimester and OP is just fine. If you have a very sensitive stomach or are struggling with nausea, it may be worth waiting until that symptom has passed before you begin OPing. For one thing–the nausea is worst on an empty stomach–OPing pushes back food at least twenty minutes in the morning. But, as with anything in pregnancy, do your own research and make the choice that is right for you and yours. Happy growing!

  • Deborah says:

    My jar reads extra virgin coconut oil. It is unrefined. Will this be ok to use

    • Erica Stolman says:

      That will work just fine :)!

      • Peggy says:

        If you do this everyday, could too much be bad for you? You know once these things come out then it always happens that too much can be bad for you in some way.

        • Erica Stolman says:

          Oil Pulling has been around for years and years so I don’t see it coming out that it could be bad for you- I do 1x a day 7 days a week & I have only seen great results!

      • Kathy says:

        Is this something only people with teeth are going to benefit from? I am interested in all the other benefits except the teeth whitening since I have no teeth, lol. Maybe for people without teeth they just need to consume the oil? Im just not sure if it would be a waste of my time. Thanks for listening to my somewhat silly question.

  • Lauren says:

    I’m just going to say upfront that I’m skeptical that this will do anything more than mouthwash (and I struggle enough with that routine) and therefore will not be trying it… but you were unsure about the healing cavity thing, and I was actually talking to my dentist about that earlier today, so I thought I’d pass on what I heard from him.

    Basically, adult teeth aren’t going to grow back or fill in holes made in them, any damage that’s done is done. But you might be able to stop cavities from getting worse by brushing, flossing and using mouth wash. He recommended brushing three times a day, flossing once (or twice if you have time) and getting mouthwash that says it works for 24 hours and prevents cavities, but from what I’m reading (I googled a bit before writing this) coconut oil might work the same as mouth wash.

    Given time, teeth might also regrow the protective layer that stops them from going “ow”, so as long as the cavity isn’t too severe it might not actually need to be filled. But if it’s deep enough, not getting a filling could cause other complications.

    So I’d suggest talking to a dentist or two before deciding to only use coconut oil to treat cavities, at least to get some opinions.

  • christy says:

    You mention NOT to swallow it, i’m assuming this is after the 20 mins and all the toxins are in it. Just wondering if you ever do incorporate coconut oil into your diet? I know some people who get up and just eat a spoonful of coconut oil straight. Just curious.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Yes- but during the whole process it is important not to swallow any. I do incorporate coconut oil into my diet as well! I put it in my green smoothies :)

  • Emiliie says:

    At first I was worried I was going to swallow it- so I just took a smaller portion- and at first I was like- there is no way I can do this! Until it melted and now it’s not bad at all! I have read about this for a good while now and your blog convinced me to give it a try. My question is- I keep the same amount of oil in or can I spit it out half way through and start with new oil?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I think it’d be fine to start with new oil, but definitely not necessary. If it makes you more comfortable, go for it!!

  • virginia says:

    what if u have caps on your teeth.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read that it will work with caps, but I would speak to your dentist about that!

  • Kacy J says:

    Unfortunately I have a fake tooth in the front if my mouth do you think that if I do oil pulling it will whiten along with the rest of my teeth? Otherwise I would be excited try this!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I am pretty sure that fake teeth don’t whiten with the natural teeth- unfortunately :(

  • Rachel Redmond says:

    I love this post! I am an Ayurvedic practitioner and recommend oil pulling to many of my clients. In answer to the question that so many people have been asking about whether to do it at night or in the morning, like you’ve been saying, the morning is ideal! This is because while sleeping the body digests and metabolizes all that was eaten that day, and when that is complete works on repairing the tissues as well as digesting deeper bodily toxins. These toxins accumulate in the mouth and are ripe for removal in the morning. Oil pulling is a great way to remove these toxins. There are many more simple, yet profound, morning activities that one can do in order to promote health and deal with pesky problems. It’s great that you are helping to put this valuable information out there! You’ve obviously inspired many people toward taking an active role in their own well-being. Woo hoo!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    • Tiffany T. says:

      What do you recommend for the extra saliva that builds up… I tried oil pulling this morning and found that too much saliva builds up with the oil… Should I use MORE oil? Thanks! :D

  • Lindsay Smith says:

    I just went out and bought some Coconut Oil (BTW, Kroger’s Naturally Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut oil was just 8.99), and some pure peppermint oil to flavor it like a swish. I am not a huge fan of sweet things and wanted to “spice” up the coconut oil a bit. I’m excited to try this!

  • Katie Faivre says:

    You mentioned that this could help with headaches and hangovers – do you know if you don’t get them as a result of daily oil pulling, or would you do a special oil pulling session if you had a headache or hangover? It’s embarrassing, but the older I get, the more sensitive I am to getting hangovers – like from just two beers with dinner. And I’ve always had sinus issues, so I’m more curious about how oil pulling works from those angles.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I too share the same issue, as I have gotten older hangovers are the death of me!!! Yes, you would do a special OP-ing session when you have a headache. It helps to clear out the booze toxins from your syster. As far as sinuses & headaches go, OP-ing removes toxins in your mouth, gums, & lymphatic swishing. The act of swishing/swirling/moving around your jaw you are helping circulate your lymphatic system which will help to drain your sinuses!

    • Connie says:

      I decided to try it and bought organic, unrefined store brand from City Market (Kroger, King Soopers, etc) for 8.99. The first day I could only do 10 minutes but am now used to the 20 minutes and do it while feeding dogs and brewing coffee (which used to be the first thing I put in my mouth in the morning).
      So, first day I had a headache (this is quite typical for me – sinus issues, etc. but this particular morning was aided by the wine the night before) … I was still out of it when I started but about 3 minutes into it I was like “WHAT?” … my headache was significantly better! I am much more aware of how I’m feeling when I start just so I have a basis for comparison AND I’m very intrigued by other possible benefits. I have jaw problems and other “age” related issues. I have noticed that it seems to increase my congestion and phlegm but once I spit it out and am able to further clear out my sinus’ and throat… the rest of the day is much better (wondering if a nightly routine could help with that as well but will wait to try that). Now, one thing I want to mention for me is I’ve noticed what I hope is a benefit and will continue to improve …. the dark circles under my eyes seems to be MUCH better … not gone, but better! It’s only 4 days so I’ll keep you posted,

  • Ann says:

    I have never heard of this before, besides other benefits of coconut oil.
    Question: does it matter if morning or evening?

  • Brenda Moody says:

    Okay, since, from what I’ve read in all of the comments, there are no silly questions here, I would like to know if it leaves your tongue/inside of your mouth feeling “oily”? Also, I have partial dentures and would not have them in place as I did this, but will it hurt or affect dentures in any way? And, finally, I’d like to know…how in the world do you keep from swallowing when you have it in your mouth for 20 minutes? :-)

    • Erica Stolman says:

      No silly comments!! Many people, myself included, say that it leaves the mouth feeling cleaner than ever- no oily residue at all! I would reccomend taking your dentures out as I am not quite sure how it would affect them. Twenty minutes sounds terribly long, I know- but it’s surprisingly easy & once you do it you will see how easy it is not to swallow. If you start to feel like you’re going to swallow some- you need to spit a little out (in the trashcan!!).

  • Kari Pinion says:

    I read this article today at work. One of my friends posted it. I had the 100% organic coconut oil, cold-pressed and refined at home (I bought at Sam’s Club for less than $10.00) for a large jar. My boyfriend is trying this right now and I am trying it first thing in the morning. I have sinus issues and I am hoping this works better than being on antibiotics twice per month!!

  • Annette says:

    I would love to try this! I have heard of “Virgin Coconut Oil”, so can you tell me the difference between them all. I have one here made by Luana it is a solid. Is that what you swish, a solid oil? I have never used anything like this so I am really a beginner, please be patient LOL. I did hear that the Virgin was good for weight loss.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Coconut oils are typically solid until you heat them, or in this case swish them. I prefer extra-virgin/ cold or expeller pressed/ unrefined coconut oil!

  • Is it safe to do this while pregnant?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      From what I have researched- it is safe to do past the 1st trimester, but I advise you to do your own research & come to a conclusion you are comfortable with!

  • nini says:

    Doing this right now, 13 minutes to go my jaw is already sore haha

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You may be swishing a bit too vigorously as it should not cause you any discomfort!

  • Lois says:

    It says to put the coconut oil in your mouth and swish for 20 minutes but do not swallow, what do you do, spit a little out every time you need to swallow

  • I’ve been using coconut oil for a long time. It’s good for you, no matter how you use it. Never heard of oil pulling before.

    I started by putting in my hot food because it lowers bad cholesterol and raises the good. Helps prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s. Melt it (starts to liquefy at 72 degrees) shave your legs with it, Very good for skin. Lots of websites to research this one. It’s great.

  • I have been oil pulling off and on for many years.Just make sure you dont swallow any.There are other oils you can use as long as they are organic ses oil is one alternativeFirst thing in the morning on a empty stomach.It mainly detoxes your body and everyones journey will be personal for results

  • becky riemersma says:

    My sister sent me this post and I’m swishing as I type, could you pass on some other Coconut oil tricks for me?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I will be doing a great coconut oil hair mask next week so stay tuned!!

      • Cynthia says:

        This is a little off-topic, but how do you use coconut oil on hair or as a face wash without getting it in your pipes when you rinse? I’ve been ready to make the jump to start using coconut oil, but didn’t want to buy a huge jar unless I could find lots of ways to use it, including OP. Thanks!

  • reilly says:

    Would it be okay to brush teeth at night with regular toothpaste and then just with baking soda and coconut oil in the morning since you are pulling toxins in the morning anyways? I’m trying to stretch the amount of oil I have for as long as I can.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I would brush with a natural toothpaste, such as one by Toms of Maine at night & Oil Pull in the AM!

  • Lisal says:

    I have bee using organic coconut oil for about a year now. I have replaced it as my face/body moisturizer, I cook with it (it makes the best popcorn). I have used it as a hair conditioner. I am definitely going to try this, too. It is really great for just about everything. I bought my last couple of jars from nutiva.com they have lots of good organic stuff. I ran across your blog from someone’s post on Facebook. Great info! :)

  • Jessica says:

    I saw this shared on Facebook yesterday, and I bought some coconut oil while I was out today. Here I sit, swishing this oil in my mouth. It’s not nearly as gross as I thought it would be. I’m excited about this!

    Thank you! :)

  • Dawn says:

    I’ve heard about this before and have tried it a couple of times. My mouth definitely feels better after I’ve done this for sure. Do you do this once or twice a day? Do you still brush with toothpaste, or does this eliminate the need to brush with traditional toothpaste.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I do it once a day in the morning & I still brush yet I try to avoid traditional toothpaste & use Toms of Maine organic toothpaste!

  • amanda jones says:

    Hi Erica~

    I tried to read through all the comments but I didn’t see how often do you recommend doing it? I did it for fist time tonight…towards the end of the 20 minutes the constancy got thicker?> Normal ?

    Thank you so much for your helpful info

    • Erica Stolman says:

      20 minutes a day in the morning is ideal, towards the end of the 20 minutes it is normal to get a bit thicker. Hope that helps.

  • Tara says:

    Your Dad’s bestie………did it clear up her psoriasis ??????

  • Daphne says:

    I’m looking online to find out where I can buy this (I live in Ontario, does anyone know? I live in a small town so we don’t really have anything though :(..)

    Anyway, I keep seeing “Organic, extra-virgin olive oil”…is that the stuff? Is the extra virgin part good?

    Thanks!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I am not sure where in Ontario you’d find it but try to find one that is expeller or cold pressed, organic, & unrefined!!

    • Libby says:

      Daphne, I found my coconut oil on amazon.com—they have quite a wide variety of brands and price points. I bought Nature’s Way brand, 16 oz. for $8.99. I haven’t tried oil pulling yet but after seeing the link to Erica’s blog on Facebook, I’m definitely going to try it. Thanks for sharing this, Erica!

    • Robin says:

      I got mine at No Frills. Brand is Grace, virgin coconut oil, cold pressed all natural.

  • Christine says:

    What if while swishing you actually forgot and swallowed? Is it harmful?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It is harmful as the liquid is filled with toxins from your body! It needs to be avoided at all costs.

      • SHARON says:

        WHAR HAPPENS IF YOU SHOULD SWALLOW SOME? I HAVE TROUBLE HOLDING SALIVA FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. ALSO I HAVE A RASH UNDER MY CHIN AND IT IS FROM MEDICATIONS I HAVE TAKEN DO YOU THINK IT WOULD HELP THIS? THANK YOU

        • Erica Stolman says:

          If you swallow a little it should be fine, you could get a little nauseous or sick- but nothing too serious. I would try to avoid it at all costs though as it is “toxic”, if your mouth feels too full- spit some out. It could help with your rash, you should try!

  • Lisalr says:

    One more thing…I had been brushing with a mixture of baking soda and coconut oil. I thought it would leave a greasy feel on my teeth but it made my teeth and whole mouth feel great! I think I will start that again now.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      That’s a great toothpaste alternative! Thanks for sharing. I will be trying it as well.

  • catherine says:

    is this something you do on a daily basis or once a week or how often?

  • Teresa Snyder says:

    Denise Hill – I too read all of the comments and questions and observed the questions being asked over and over and Erica being so polite and cordial in acknowledging each of them! What a great lady she is. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information for all of us to use. I can’t wait to try this. My daughter has asked me repeatedly lately to buy some Coconut Oil and I haven’t done it. This post was the turning point! Thanks and I can’t wait to share our results!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Thank you so much for saying that- I really appreciate it.

      • linda says:

        hi I can wait to try this.how long do you have to wait to eat or drink, I love my coffee all so I have allergy and high blood pressure. will it work for me

        • Erica Stolman says:

          You should Oil Pull, then rinse thoroughly, then drink a big glass of water & go about your day :)

  • Suzanne Marie says:

    I have never done oil pulling but I do make my own toothpaste containing organic unrefined coconut oil, peppermint oil and baking soda. I use it daily like any other toothpaste. Started doing this because commercially available tooth paste made my teeth sensitive and gave me mouth sores ( I am allergic to a LOT of things) Love it and do not think I would ever go back to store bought again! I will try the oil pulling just to see how well it works, too! Also, I make my own deodorant. I use the unrefined organic coconut oil,cornstarch, baking soda, oregano oil orange oil, all organic and food grade. Best deodorant I have EVER used!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Thank you so much sharing- I will be trying both of those!!

    • Jennifer Wolf says:

      How do you make your toothpaste? Please share – I’m very interested ~ Thanks!

      • Erica Stolman says:

        I don’t make my toothpaste but I use a natural brand of toothpaste my Toms of Maine or Jason Naturals.

  • Christine says:

    Hey…I ran across this on Facebook and am intrigued by it. I may have to get some to try it. I have psoriasis on my elbows and have cream to put on it but usually forget to even do it once forget twice a day lol. And maybe it will help with some of the Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. :) Question….if they are monitored do you think it would be ok for a 5 year old to do it? I want his teeth to strong…he’s had one cavity and I want to keep it at that. And he gets an odd rash on his elbows for a couple weeks when the weather changes…either from cold to hot or hot to cold and I’m thinking this may help that. Thank you for sharing this!! :)

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read that if kids are monitored & you can guarantee that they won’t swallow it then it should be okay!! I would ask his pediatric dentist to get a second opinion.

    • ijil RHG says:

      Christine: for my elbows I have been applying Calendula Salve (to my entire arms and hands actually). My rough elbows are now soft, and my wrinkly hands are now smooth, and the little cuts I get while gardening are healed. Another option to try.

  • Jaci Masters says:

    Ok weird but willing to try it, what the hell right? Also my hairdresser just told me how coconut oil was really great for you hair so i’m going to ask her if she’s heard of this and if not i’m going to tell her to try it as well so thank you very much and i’ll let you know how it goes.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You’re welcome! I also use coconut oil on my hair as a weekly hair mask which I will be posting about next week so stay tuned!

  • Kelsey says:

    my aunt posted this on facebook and i’m so glad i took the time to read about it! i have pretty bad morning breath, and im getting married and was looking for a way to whiten my teeth without harsh chemicals, or ultraviolet lights and this is PERFECT!!! cant wait to try it thank you so much!

  • Jess says:

    I am going to try this, this weekend! I actually use coconut oil as my makeup remover and it also acts as a moisturizer. It is seriously the best and removing all of my makeup. I had trouble removing my mascara (I don’t use waterproof) and this removes every bit. I also do a hot oil treatment of coconut oil and olive oil and my hair is happy with me again.

  • Rachel says:

    I’m pregnant. Is this safe for me?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read that after the 1st trimester Oil Pulling is fine, but if I were you I would do some of your own research to come to a conclusion you are comfortable with.

  • Sara says:

    Is it necessary to do it first thing in the morning? Or will it be just as effective as a night-time routing?

  • I am trying this as we speak! I am not an organic fan at all (side note) but I happened to have coconut oil in my cabinet from another weird “coconut oil is super great for your hair phase” and so I am excited to try this out! Thanks for the information. I have terrible TMJ as well as terrible headaches. Of course they are likely related. This is a strange thing to do but a lot of times those are the ones that work! Will check back in in a few days. Thanks again!

  • Jeanne says:

    Is it safe to use with a partial plate or should you take the partial plate out first?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I am not quite sure what that is? Sorry!

    • Eliza says:

      Jeanne, according to the comments above, you should remove your dentures before you swish.

    • Bonnie Singh says:

      It might be better if you remove the plate… am presuming you are referring to a denture plate… unless it is permanently fixed. The oil won’t harm it in any way.

  • Cheralee says:

    Thank you so much for all of the information and for taking the time to reply to everyone. I had heard about this and had actually just recently started OP-ing. Thanks to you I now have a time length to shoot for.
    I had noticed that my adult acne has cleared up already for the little I was doing, I can’t wait to see other changes.

  • Cristi Murphy says:

    This sounds Awesome! I have sinus issues and will definitely be trying this. Thank You. :)

  • Josie says:

    After reading all these questions good and bad I am very excited to give this a try.Thanks fr the info and time you have spent on oil pulling.I heard about it before but it was only with sesame oil and that doesn’t appeal to me at all but coconut oil with all its healing powers does I will be picking some up tomorrow THANKS!

  • Yaz says:

    I’m wondering if you clean your mouth afterwards? Can you brush your teeth RIGHT AFTER you spit it out or rinse your mouth with mouthwash or water?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I rinse with water first & then brush my teeth with a natural toothpaste (I.E. Toms of Maine)

  • Lauren says:

    May be a silly question- but do you swallow at all during the 20mins? I know not the oil/toxins, but I feel like I’d have the urge to swallow…hah

    • Erica Stolman says:

      If you feel the urge to swallow, you probably have too much oil in your mouths o spit a little out in the trashcan!

  • Robin Roberts says:

    Erica – I understand coconut oil is high in cholesterol and therefore wouldn’t be good to eat – is that correct?
    Do you know how the coconut oil swishing cures the TMJ ? thanks!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      First of all- for TMJ Oil Pulling can help in two ways (although it will not “cure” it). From my research I have learned the act will strengthen the jaw muscles & it will also help decrease the inflammation in the area through detox!

      As for consuming coconut oil- it actually is said to help cholesterol levels. It could raise your cholesterol, but the good (HDL) cholesterol, so in the end it is said to be beneficial.

  • Elsa says:

    This is very intriguing. I currently have braces on my teeth and find that even with the Waterpik and Sonicare, I don’t feel like my teeth get REALLY clean so I’d be interested in this. Do you know if the oil has any effect on the rubber bands used to hold the wires in?

    I liked the idea someone posted about swishing while you’re in the shower. BRILLIANT!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read that you can do it with braces, but I would give your dentist a call and ask them what they think. I don’t see how it could be bad for your braces though.

  • Nad says:

    I have extra sensitive teeth, that are yellowing and am also prone to cavities, so I need all the help I can get :(
    However, I am breastfeeding a little baby (6 months old). Since this is essentially a detox method do you think it would be better to wait until I am no longer breastfeeding (or at least until the baby’s much older)? Thanks!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      From my research I have read that it should not be an issue since it is a mild detox and the bacteria toxins wouldn’t enter the blood stream from oil pulling, which would be what effects your milk production. That said, I would do some of your own research to find out what you’re comfortable with.

  • Syleste says:

    I read where someone asked about it being pregnant friendly and you said it was. Because it is natural it should be okay to do while breastfeeding as well…right?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      From my research I have read that it should not be an issue since it is a mild detox and the bacteria toxins wouldn’t enter the blood stream from oil pulling, which would be what effects your milk production. That said, I would do some of your own research to find out what you’re comfortable with.

  • Cassandra says:

    I just stumbled across your blog and the oil pulling sounds interesting. I just have 1 question, if you can seek the info as I could not find it: I have 2 full crowns on my front teeth, can I even consider trying the oil pulling (not sure I could anyways due to gag reflexes) but do it safely with the crowns on my teeth and not harm or ruin them?
    Thanks for posting such a wonderful Blog! :)

    • Erica Stolman says:

      The reviews are mixed on oil pulling with crowns, I would consult your dentist & also do some of your own research so that you can make a decision you are comfortable with.

  • Beth says:

    I have heard that oil pulling should not be used if you have metal fillings. Any thoughts?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      The reviews on this are mixed- some people say it’s A OK, while others say it’s a NO-GO. Since I don’t have any fillings, I do suggest doing some of your own research or consulting your dentist as I don’t want to be held responsible for any loose fillings! I am sure you understand :)

  • Uxmeyer says:

    Just wondering if you could just use the oil to brush your teeth after oil pulling. Except…not spitting down the drain! Also, what about dentures? Leave in or remove for oil pulling? Thanks for all your attention to remarks and questions. Good Job! Can’t wait to try this.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I would remove the dentures while Oil Pulling & I have heard brushing with a combination of coconut oil and baking soda works wonders- I haven’t tried to, but I plan to!

  • I was told that after doing this that I should rinse really well to make sure all of it is out of my mouth and then brush my teeth. Do you do this? What do you suggest?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I rinse well after & then brush my teeth with a natural toothpaste by Toms of Maine.

  • martha clark says:

    sniff…sniff..read ALL the comments…I’m in tears…can you pleeez fwd this to my email address…I need this bad and want to fwd to my family and friends…will be going out to get some this weekend…I am a holistic/natural/herbs person for just about everything….
    pleez and thanks much !!!!!

  • Kyaundra Quinn says:

    When is the best time to do this? Morning or night? I was thinking night time but not sure.

  • Mariah says:

    The only coconut oil I could find in my house is expired.. by a couple years. Will that effect the results of oil pulling?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I would go buy a fresh bottle- definitely. I have a fear of all things expired :)

  • Patricia Dusil says:

    I’ve been working hard to do this. I have trouble with my gag reflex but I’m hoping it also helps with candida so I keep trying every day.

  • Charity Tanner says:

    I have braces but am very interested in doing this!! What are your suggestions for someone with braces? Can I still do it?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read through my research that it is okay to do with braces, but I also reccomend doing your own research and/or consulting your orthodontist first!

  • Emily Breyer says:

    This sounds really interesting! I’ve been looking for an oral detox. method for a long time (didn’t have much luck w/ the onions on the foot thing). Can you provide any information/links to the science backing this up? Thanks!

  • Rhoudynn says:

    do the brands matter??

    • Erica Stolman says:

      not particularly, as long as it is cold or expeller pressed/ organic/ & unrefined you are good to go!!

  • I just tired this for the first time and I cannot believe how much cleaner, fresher and whiter my teeth are!
    I was so excited to the point where I woke my husband up to show him my teeth and he noticed that they were noticeably whiter and asked me how I did it.
    It also made my lips very soft and silky
    I cannot wait to see further results!!

    I definitely found the texture of the oil in my mouth to be fowl but by my results this is definitely worth keeping up and making it into a daily habit!!

  • Andrew says:

    Nice article, but you cant just use ANY oil. Coconut, sweet almond, etc is great. My friend makes all natural cosmetic products, and certain oils like castor oil would kill you if you were swishing it in your mouth. Nice to see someone posting about natural remedies though! :)

  • Jim says:

    I just tried this for the first time. Only lasted 10 mins, then went for another 10 mins with a fresh scoop. I can’t see myself doing this in the morning, so I hope the results are similar if one pulls in the evening instead. Thanks for all the info.

  • Laurel says:

    Wow, I’m excited to try this in the morning! Thanks for the intriguing post! For those concerned about using chemical-filled toothpaste after Oil Pulling, I would recommend using essential oil blends in lieu of any toothpaste. I’ve been using a drop each of these natural products from Living Libations: Yogi Tooth Serum (organic neem, cinnamon, clove, mastic, cayenne and cardamom), Neem Enamelizer (neem, cinnamon, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba, soapwort and spring water) and a pinch of TruthTooth Powder Polish (Miracle Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Bicarbonate, Arrowroot and MSM). I am very happy with the results so far, and can’t wait to add Oil Pulling to the routine! PS I’m not a Living Libations rep or anything, just a fan! :)

  • Dale says:

    What would happen if I were to accidentally swallow the oil? Should I head for the emergency hospital?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You don’t need to go to the emergency room, but if you do accidentally catch yourself swallowing it is time to spit a little out. You probably have too much oil in your mouth.

  • Bayleene says:

    I was thinking of adding some peppermint oil to this for a fresher minty breath after wards

  • Julia says:

    I am excited to try this!

    As an individual with moderate to severe seborrheic eczema and psoriasis, I would also like to point out that coconut oil offers a lot of relief from burning/itching/tenderness when applied directly to problem areas.

  • Deandra says:

    I love love love coconut oil (only ever use organic oils these days anyways), I put it on my split ends once a week and rub it on my uber dry skin and of course I cook with it. Oil pulling is always something i was a bit skeptical about, I brush with a natural neem based toothpaste, but I thinks I shall give it a go this week :D

  • Bee Llifnats says:

    I have had friends recommend using 1 drop of food grade safe peppermint essential oils along with the organic coconut oil. I haven’t gotten around to it, because i keep forgetting to buy coconut oil, but I cannot wait to try it!

  • I love the idea of the oil pulling. I have been using Coconut Oil for the past 2 yrs as my husband has Alzheimer’s and in researching it I found that if you use the coconut oil in place of butter it works wonderfully. I use about 1 tsp of it in his oatmeal every morning and it has keep the Alzheimer’s to the beginning of the first stage. I have also used the coconut oil for moisture in my skin and as a lip balm works great. Thanks for giving me another way to use my coconut oil. For some one who asked if you taste the coconut the answer is not really. I have give pies and desserts I have made using coconut oil instead of oil or butter and no one ever knew it.

  • Christina says:

    This sounds amazing!!! I’ll be trying it as soon as possible!! Thanks so much for all the info. I’ve never heard of a natural detox like this but it sounds like a freaking miracle substance. Who cares what it tastes like! If it provides even half the benefits/ relief mentioned it will be SO worth it. Thank you Erica!! -Christina S. Frostburg, MD :)

  • Rachel says:

    I’m so glad I came across your blog. I’m a hug coconut oil nut but never heard of this. I’m doing it right now! Was a little concerned about doing it for 20 minutes straight but I’m 8 minutes in and so far so good! I see it as more of a nighttime routine for me so I hope that it’s just as beneficial before bed. Just curious (and you may have said it but I missed it) how many days did you do this before you noticed results? Thanks for posting! :)

  • Cherie says:

    Does it have to be done in the morning or can I get the same benefit doing it at night?

  • Janalynn says:

    Is oil pulling safe if I’m breastfeeding?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read that it is safe since it is a mild detox & toxins do not get into your blood stream at all (which is what would affect your milk), but I would suggest doing some of your own research so that you are 100% comfortable with it!

  • Kim says:

    Does it leave any kind of oily film in your mouth at all? And – to your knowledge – has anyone done any testing on what’s removed – IE toxins etc? Just be interesting to kinda see how much of this and how much of that was removed…
    And since I brush normally morning and night – would this be something to do 2x a day?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      People have been saying (myself included) it leaves your mouth feeling cleaner than ever- no oily film or residue at all!! Here is a great article that you may find helpful: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3131773/

      I do it 1x a day in the morning instead of brushing (rinsing afterwards) & at night I brush with a natural toothpaste by Toms of Maine

  • Emily says:

    What if I added a drop of essential oils to the mixture? Would that affect it negatively? I figure some of the benefits of the oil could be absorbed into my bloodstream through my mouth and might make the taste more pleasant? I haven’t tried it with or without but wondered if this would cause any problems, in your opinion.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      No it wouldn’t, I soon plan to add in some peppermint essential oil!!

      • Amy says:

        I’ll bet if you added clove oil, that would be great, too! Clove has been used for centuries for oral pain. Thanks for this informative post.

  • Nikkie says:

    HI, I have a hard whitening because my one front tooth is fake due to an accident when I was younger so I wont whiten. All the others will except that one. Will this work on the fake tooth or not because of the material not being natural??? I also have TMJ very badly. I am on relaxers and pain killers when it flares up so I am going to try it just for that effect alone….. :)

    • Erica Stolman says:

      TMJ is the worst!!! Unfortunately fake teeth don’t whiten the same as real teeth, so it would probably pose the same issue :(

  • alkithilien says:

    so it doesn’t matter if it’s done in the morning or in the evening? I have very little time in the morning (also doing 20 min meditation already).

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Morning meditation- wow! I wish I could do that. Morning is best as you are working with a clean palate. Maybe you can do it while you meditate? Not sure if that is good, but it is quite relaxing to me.

  • Carol Johnson says:

    I bought Trader Joe’s organic virgin coconut oil today. The jar does NOT mention the word REFINED or EXPELLER PRESSED. Will this be OK to use? Will it work?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I would look for one that is expeller or cold pressed + unrefined preferably. Maybe google search that coconut oil & see if there is any more information? Good luck!

      • Libby says:

        I have been doing this for a few weeks now, with Jojoba oil…someone just commented on how white my teeth looked! My mouth does feel fresher. You can get pure jojoba oil at Trader Joe’s, and I keep it in the shower, so it’s more convenient!

      • Pam says:

        Trader Joe’s coconut oil is organic, virgin, and unrefined. Just looked it up on the internet : )

  • Daniela says:

    Thanks for the information Erica! I tried it today but could only handle it for 10 minutes. Will try again tomorrow.
    My question is how often do you have to do it? Every day?

  • Joni says:

    The picture says keep it organic. It needs to read KEEP IT ORGANIC VIRGIN and NOT refined!! the refining process not only strips it of nutrients; it can turn it an unhealthy transfat!!

  • Ernie says:

    Wow..its pretty impressive you respond to EVERY person on here.here. Im going probably try it. cheers

  • Jennifer says:

    Hey, if you have braces, will this still work?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read and researched that it should not negatively affect your braces but I would also do some of your own research and/or consult your orthodontist to make sure!

      • Well, since I had coconut oil (refined, expeller pressed, organic) here, I had to try it! I couldn’t wait for tomorrow morning. I did brush my teeth before, since I had just eaten lunch. I am halfway there. It’s not “oily” like I thought it would be. I can’t wait to see if my teeth are whiter in a week! Thanks Erica!

  • Debbie says:

    I have two crowns. So you are recommending I not OP right? Is there an alternative since I don’t want to miss out?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read lots of articles where people say it’s fine to do with crowns, & other articles where people reported it made them fall out so I am not going to reccomend either way as I don’t want to be responsible :) If you do some research you can most likely come to a conclusion you are comfortable with!

  • This is insane! :) I literally tried oil-pulling for the first time this morning…and I had to blow my nose afterwards. I’ve never EVER done that before. So cool! After reading your post and the results you can experience I was like, “Hey, that’s why I had to blow my nose!” The oil pulling really does clear your sinuses.

    Now, I didn’t start with 20 minutes. I think that may be off putting to some. I started with like 4-5 minutes. But I will definitely work my way up!

    I’m a new reader. Thank you for providing a lifelong health tip with so many potential benefits. :)

  • George says:

    Do you brush your teeth afterwards? Do you ever brush your teeth?

  • Mike says:

    Hi all, anyone with crowns try this and have anything to report?
    Thanks,

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read lots of articles where people say it’s fine to do with crowns, & other articles where people reported it made them fall out so I am not going to reccomend either way as I don’t want to be responsible :) If you do some research you can most likely come to a conclusion you are comfortable with!

  • Cindy Torrey says:

    Isn’t there a TON of saliva by 20 minutes?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Not for me- but some people say so. If there is and it’s bugging you- spit little out during the process!

  • Paula says:

    What do I do about the “swallow reflex”? I don’t think I can fight the urge to swallow for 20 minutes, I don’t think.

  • amy says:

    can you give me the specific type and brand of coconut oil and where to get it

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You can find it as Costco, a local health food store, Homegoods or Marshall’s (sometimes), as well as drug stores sometimes. Here is a great one that I like.

  • John says:

    Where do you buy the oil

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You can find it as Costco, a local health food store, Homegoods or Marshall’s (sometimes), as well as drug stores sometimes. Here is a great one that I like.

  • Brenda says:

    I’m guessing for those of you who cannot do the whitestrips due to sensitivity that you should give them another try after oil pulling. Your sensitivity is caused by bacteria, and once you get rid of it through oil pulling you may not have the issues with whitestrips.

    Best wishes! And thank you for sharing!!

  • Dalia says:

    Just curious what time frame should you do this for? Meaning, every day for the rest of your life, or for one week and then take a break and then start again??

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I am hoping this becomes a lifetime ritual for me as I have seen a great difference in my dental health, and whiteness!!

  • Kevin says:

    Hi Erica,
    first of all thank you so much for taking all this time to answer the questions. I personally never heard of oil pulling before (I’m from Germany…doesn’t seem to be a ‘thing’ over here), but after reading up on it, I just ordered a jar on amazon and am certainly gonna try it :)

    I have one question though:
    After I’m done with my twenty minutes, how do I go about breakfast? Before pulling? Or after? Is there a certain amount of time I should wait after I’m done, before eating or drinking?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      After you’re done, rinse with warm water very well, drink a big glass of water, & then wait about 5-10 minutes and eat!

  • Beth says:

    is it safe for nursing moms?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read that it is okay- but I reccomend doing your own research so you can be 100% comfortable with your decision!

  • Erin says:

    I love coconut oil, but have never done oil pulling. As I was skimming through your article, I noticed that you say it cures migraines. I have been using coconut oil for a few months now for other things and continue to have migraines. Have had them for over 30 years. Please make a note that it may cure SOME migraines depending on the triggers or causes of the migraine. Thanks :)

  • Abel Cardoza says:

    I just learned of this today just by opening my fb page, a classmate had it on her page. I can honestly believe what this is saying, why you might ask? well the way I see it prior to chemical meds their has always been plants herbs, oils and to much to name. chemical man made meds are the one that harm us the most. example go to the doctor he will prescribe a med that you need for a certain discomfort or symptom and if that med the doc gave you makes your body have a side effect he will prescribe a anti side effect to curb what you are feeling. long story short yes I am convinced that natural remedies are a lot better then chemical meds yes natural remedies will naturally take longer to cure symptoms versus prescribes meds. Our bodies are made up of six elements oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus so if you go to mix either one of those elements with chemicals it will have a reaction.

  • Karen Grandell says:

    Does it have to be in the morning?

  • lomas says:

    what about if you have a bridge?

  • Charlene says:

    Okay, so I am going to try this tomorrow, after I have bought the oil…. question: do I brush my teeth after I OP? I am kind of OCD for teeth brushing and HAVE to…

    • Erica Stolman says:

      If you need to brush your teeth after, brush them with a natural non-fluoride toothpaste!

  • LZ says:

    Coconut oil or sesame oil will not “mess up your pipes” in your home any more than it can mess up the “pipes” of your body. Feel free to spit in the sink. It’s water soluble. And isn’t there some other name we can call it, other than “oil pulling?”

  • LizzY says:

    How often do you OP? Are you doing this every day as part of your daily routine now?

    No for a silly question…my dentist says I have ACTIVE saliva glands…if my mouth floods with saliva sooner then 20 minutes, do you think less time will still result the same benefits.

    I’m hoping this will be my greatest weapon against migraines.
    And I curious to see the whitening on my stained teeth, which was a result of tetricycline when I still had my baby teeth.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Oil Pulling is definitely a part of my daily routine & I do it 7 days a week most weeks :). If you are oil pulling and feel too much saliva, you can spit out some oil & keep going.

  • Breanna says:

    This is crazy! One question: you saw swish the oil in your mouth. I have a jar of coconut oil and it’s like paste/chunky. Do I need to heat it up first to make it more liquid or am I taking “Swish” too literal? haha

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Once you start swishing it will become liquid, but you can heat it up first if you’re more comfortable with that!

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m doing my first “Pull” right now & I’ll admit it was a little weird at first but strangely relaxing! I found myself having to spit out a little bit several times because it really did increase my saliva output. So I’ve heard that coconut oil is good topically for acne, but you mentioned it as well: does the pulling really help with that?

  • Nate says:

    Can’t wait to try this, thanks! What about brushing your teeth? Before or after?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I oil Pull in the morning, rinse with warm water, then brush my teeth with a fluoride free natural toothpaste at night!

  • Sally says:

    I have been OP for about 5 years. I have severe periodontal disease and over the years tons of surgeries and dental procedures. My Ayurvedic Dr. started OP with sunflower oil and my dentist like coconut. I do which ever one floats my boat that day. The recession in my gums has improved and my pocket sizes are smaller! My sensitivity is lessened and my teeth look pretty good. I drink gallons of tea, some coffee and red wine. So stains used to be a big problem.
    Two notes…..it was recommended that after spitting out the now toxic-laden oil, that I swish and gargle with warm water with salt and of course spit that out. Also, I don’t like putting a clump of solid coconut oil in my mouth. I melt some in a heavy duty glass that has sat in a bath of hot water. I wait (super important) until the glass and the oil have cooled so that I don’t burn myself, before i swish. Bottom line, what a lovely, loving thing to do for oneself!

  • judy says:

    this has been around for years.. with olive oil and so you are aware if you swallow any of it during those 20 minutes it will make you very sick due to the bacteria

  • Alisha Rau says:

    So do let it sit on your tongue ? kind of smash it so it’s all over?

  • Sally says:

    Any ideas for little ones. My grand daughter is a very small 3 year old, and has skin troubles (psoriasis or the other one) and I heard coconut oil is good for that, but would like to know how to get her (and my daughter in law) to use it. Would the pressing work for her or as a lotion on the sore areas (poor little thing). Anyone?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      she may be a little young for OP-ing as she could swallow it, but I would look into using coconut oil topically as I hear that works for some people! Poor baby!!

      • ijil RHG says:

        Sally:
        Children are amazing and some are quite mature.
        I would explain things like this to my toddlers and they got it.
        But then I did always talk to them as people, not kiddies…
        What a great habit to start so young.

  • Kristen says:

    Just tried it for the first time this morning – can’t wait to see results! I also noticed how you respond to everyone – very cool! keep up the great blogging!

  • Brian says:

    Any thoughts on OPing and its effect periodontal disease? It seems it would help.

  • west harris says:

    I have coconut oil in my cupboard always, and it never ceases to amaze me how much you can do with it, and how great it is for you. I haven’t heard of this one before but my allergies living here in Louisville are awful, def going to give this a try. Ill let you know in a few weeks how it turned out!

  • Dianne says:

    I have crowns but I am going to try it anyway. I will have my dentist check them out at my next visit. He can always put them back on!

  • gymmom says:

    So how do you not swallow for 20 minutes?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You just have to keep it away from the back of your throat, if you feel like you need to swallow, spit some out!

  • Audrey says:

    Good morning!! I am very intrigued by this blog…always searching for little remedies! Quick question…I know coconut oil has about 120 calories/TBSP. I read we are not supposed to swallow or ingest it, just spit it out. Are any of the calories absorbed during this process? 20 minutes is obviously a kind of long time to be swishing something around in your mouth with anything being digested; I was curious before I tried…Definitely don’t want to add an extra 120 calories to my daily caloric intake! Thanks so much…awesome blog :)

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I don’t think it should be an issue, if any calories get absorbed it would be a minuscule amount! Thanks!

  • Rachel GoLoudly says:

    Woohoo! Anything that gets me using more coconut oil is fantastic in my book! Can’t get enough of it :) Going to start trying this right now.

  • Elizabeth Beshear says:

    do you have to only OP during the morning when you first wake up before you brush teeth or can you do it anytime of day?

  • Karla says:

    Hey, I love your post and I love coconut oil! I recently discovered all the benefits of it as well, but never heard of this technique..so thank you! I just wanted to share some research I have found and I don’t want to freak you out, but I noticed in the picture that you shared of your coconut oil that it says “refined”. I had the exact same stuff and was using it for everything..even eating it because it is soooo good for. However I found out if it has been refined, it is NOT organic(even though it says it is). I realize you will not be eating it, but still thought it would be good to know since it will be in your body temporarily. Refined means it has been bleached, deodorized and heated at extremely high temperatures..and a bunch of other steps that ruin the oil. The stuff I think would be best is “pure” organic coconut oil. If you research “refined” vs. “pure “coconut oil it will tell you more. The refined stuff is alright if you plan on frying anything with it because it can be heated without going rancid. But to put it in your mouth every morning I would suggest the pure, organic stuff :) I thought I would share because a lot of people are going to be buying it now(which is fantastic!) but should know the difference. I don’t think pure coconut oil is any harder to find..I know they have big containers of it at Cosco, and I have seen it in smaller bulk stores(ei. Bulk Barn). I hope sharing this information was ok :) Take care!

  • Christy says:

    I think after reading a lot of these comments I’m convinced. My teeth are incredibly sensitive and I can’t do the white strips either…always hits a nerve and I have to rip them off! UGH. What area of Target is the oil in? Groceries? Going to try it tonight!

    I’m sure you’ve answered this already, but do you do it once a day for 20 min? I hit snooze way too much to get up and do this for 20 min in the morning but could do it at night for sure.

    Thx!!

  • andrea says:

    Love that this is catching on. I have had great results with it and I can attest to it filling in the ridges and smoothing out the surface of my teeth, which was actually weird to notice one day, I couldn’t stop running my tongue over the front of my teeth and thinking weeeeird… but it works… so I think it must work for cavities although I’m sure it takes a LONG time. I actually read a lot of studies on tooth regeneration and there is more that I am doing so I can’t say that it is the fault of JUST the oil pulling… googling tooth re-mineralization will give you lots of “to dos” but overall I can report amazing results. I had a bad first pregnancy and was sick for five months and the acid content in my mouth caused sort of black… stains or degeneration or something to form around the base of all my back teeth. After a few months of OP they are almost not noticeable. I’ve also noticed WAY fewer headaches, MUCH healthier gums (which I have a problem with) and definitely an effect on jaw pain.

    The thing I don’t see in most OP articles is the mention of fluoride which is in most toothpastes and mouthwashes (and water etc) and actually works against the oil pulling. Also most healthy store toothpastes contain glycerine which coats the teeth and keeps the oil from working its magic, so IF you brush, be sure to oil pull FIRST and then brush. I’m looking for a good paste that doesn’t have glycerin in it but so far no luck. I might have to make my own, which is a bit of a pain but worth it probably. Also, if you are wanting to look into regeneration, apparently the best thing you can do is add a vitamin D supplement AND to avoid foods with phylates (?) like porridge and oats.

    All in all kind of awesome that this is catching on. Thought I would give you my report after about six months of OP personally.

  • Meeka says:

    I totally want to try this, but only if you can still brush your teeth afterwords with normal toothpaste!?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I brush my teeth now with a non-fluoride natural toothpaste!

      • Laura Gibson says:

        I also would like to know if anyone uses normal toothpaste after… i use crest pro health or whatever brand we have in stock, i’m sure it has fluoride and it’s definetly not natural/organic kind.

  • kat says:

    You are very dedicated! Brava!!! Im wondering how in the heck can this whiten teeth!!! My mind can’t bend around this idea!!! Just a modern day skeptic of old, long used practices I guess!!! hahah…But the science behind it is what intrigues me I suppose… :)

  • Stephanie says:

    This is very interesting to me, but I literally have no time in the morning. And by that, I mean I sleep until the last possible minute, rush to get ready in 10 minutes and I’m out the door. Either way, I would still like to try and try this!

    Sorry if this has been answered already but there’s a lot of comments here and I didn’t have time to read them all! On average, how much does the coconut/sesame oil cost?

    Thank you!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It ranges anywhere from $8-$15 & up typically! I think Costco has it for cheap & I’ve also seen it at Homegoods!

      • Stephanie says:

        Hi Erika,

        Thank you so much for your reply! I just tried this, and my mouth filled up so quickly!! I had to spit twice during the twenty minutes, im scared that after that second, maybe even first spit im just swishing around my own saliva (gross I know..)

  • Diane says:

    TMJ — see a chiropractor. I mentioned my tmj in passing to my chiropractor years ago, and he said sometimes these are called by injuries to the jaw or head. I had knocked a couple of teeth out when I was 5 playing ghost. He adjusted my jaw the one time and I haven’t had any problems since.

  • Shelley says:

    I have recently begun ingesting coconut oil, as I read Dr David Perlmutters theory on how to protect your brain from inflammation. However, began using coconut oil as a lubricant ) ladies, you know what I mean) upon the recommendation Of either Dr Laura Berman, or Dr Lauren Striecher (can’t recall which). Since perimenopause and menopause began, dryness became a real issue… coconut oil to the rescue! Seems you can use it ALL over the house!
    I read every single post, and there were so many!, but none mentioned this, so I thought I would share….

    • Debbie says:

      I originally bought coconut oil for my dog, to help her itching & skin problems. It works great, when I remember to put it in her food! Now I use it for my cuticles, and I def want to give this a go!

  • anne says:

    I have a question…so do you not brush your teeth at all in the morning?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I don’t brush after I pull, but I brush at night with a fluoride-free natural toothpaste!

  • Annie says:

    Unfortunately, I cannot OP. I have a many caps and a false tooth because of what I am reading on many sites that they fall out. I feel awful that I cannot partake in such a great process. Here’s a question: Can coconut oil (or sesame oil) be used on your body to have the same affect?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It unfortunately won’t have the same effect, but it could definitely help! I would five it a try.

  • Thank you for sharing this. Back home in India we used to use coconut oil for our hair, but this is the first time I am reading about it being used as a cleansing agent.

  • Jeanna Spears says:

    Do you brush your teeth before or after (or at all) with oil pulling?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I do it instead of brushing in the AM & at night I brush with a natural, non-fluoride toothpaste!

  • Paul says:

    I am intrigued by your results and I have questions. Where did you find out about this? Are there any medical studies to back this up? The reason I ask is I’m wondering where the 20 minutes came from as the ideal time, why not 13 or 17 or 22 minutes? It seems that when someone first uses it there would be more toxins to remove and should maybe do it longer but could go for a shorter amount of time with daily use as there are less toxins in the system. I thought the Ayurvedic were from India and used the sesame seed oil, when did it switch to coconut oil? What toxins am I removing? Why is it such a big deal that I don’t swallow anything at all? Aren’t we swallowing the bacteria all day long anyway? I’ve heard that many organic fields are next to non-organic fields and often end up getting nearly as much pesticides/herbicides as non-organic products, how do I know the coconut oil I’m getting doesn’t have those things in them? Thanks for your time and I look forward to all your answers.

  • Liz says:

    I am VERY interested in this and am so glad I came across your blog. I want to do it right now!! The only Coconut oil I have on hand is liquid, premium coconut oil. Pure Expeller Pressed oil. Can I use it in this liquid form?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      If it is organic/ expeller or cold pressed/ & unrefined you should be good to go!

  • Melanie says:

    Okay…this sounds interesting and I *May* try it….but my questions are::
    *How do you *swish* it if it’s in a solid state?
    And,
    *how do you *pull/suck* it through your teeth?
    I can see doing it through the front ones but the rest, I’m not sure how that works O.o
    And,
    Do you still floss?
    This whole blog has me curious but interested but gag-gy thinking of the solid swishing…I dunno, I just….dunno.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It starts as a solid, but after a few seconds it melts to a liquid & you swish like you would mouthwash but less vigorously.

  • Stacey says:

    So what kind of weird hormonal issues were you having that it helped? I have to be on the pill, even though I can’t get pregnant, because I had major mood swings and crazy periods.

  • Krisi says:

    I am looking forward to trying this, thanks! I buy organic coconut oil from Trader Joe’s…it’s about $6 a jar. I use it for many things…..however, the most recent was for my daughter, who had a cold sore pop up on her lip. I made her a small container of coconut oil to take with her to school. She applied it a few times that day and it disappeared!

  • Brendan Boyce says:

    This sounds awesome…I am sorry if this has been asked before but when you are Pulling, what happens to the saliva that builds up…do you just keep in in your mouth the whole 20 mins or periodically spit it out?

  • Anna says:

    IMPORTANT TO MENTION: OP should be done, if possible, ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. that’s why morning is a great time to do it. It also has an invigorating effect, so doing it before bed is not the best idea. One of the first times I ever OPed was right before bed — I couldn’t sleep for the next 8 hours!! Wide awake and invigorated from all the energy that was moved by oil pulling. I was stunned. And messed up the next day from no sleep.

    Oil pulling speeds up things in your body, while the digestion process slows things down. Energetically, they work against each other. So try to do it in the morning, before eating. Of course, if you can’t do that, it’s still better to do it with a full stomach than to not do it at all.

    OP rocks!!

  • boonlue sueyklang says:

    can you brush your teeth first then do this? i would only be able to do this on my way to work in the morning..

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I do it instead of brushing, so I Oil Pull, rinse, & then drink a big glass of water. At nighttime I brush with a non-fluoride natural toothpaste.

  • Katie says:

    Where could I find this stuff in like Walmart or something?

  • Ellen says:

    Can you explain how it helps with eczema and acne?

    I have pretty bad acne on my face and eczema on my hands.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It can help with acne & eczema because the pulling of the oil get all the toxins & bacteria form your mouth out before it has time to make it to your body- so as a result of the pulling, you may see an appearance in your skins health.

    • Lady Lotus says:

      Also, in traditional medical systems such as Ayurveda and chinese medicine, the meridians for the large and small intestines as well as the stomach, run through the jaw, gums and mouth. And the lymph system is also stimulated through oil pulling [oils both carry nutrients to the body and help remove waste from it. Good oils are essential for good health]. Lymph system health is integral to skin health. If the lymph system [the major system to eliminate waste and toxins from the body] is backed up, the body will attempt to eliminate through the skin instead. [the skin itself is a major organ] Clearing excess heat, damp and phlegm helps to clear up acne and eczema, psoriasis, etc.

  • Valerie says:

    I’ve never heard of this, but am intrigued. White strips use hydrogen peroxide and are this has been associated with cancer of the esophagus and mouth. Peroxide has it place, but maybe not in our mouths on any sort of regular basis.

  • Anthony says:

    I am assuming this isn’t a replacement to regular brushing, but an addition, correct? And if so, which do you do first?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I do this instead of brushing when I wake up, & at night I brush with an all natural/ non-fluoride toothpaste!

  • Gloria Hansen says:

    I have three or four crowns in my mouth. So I shouldn’t do this??? I was so excited to try it, as I have eczema/dry skin/allergy issues.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read lots of articles where people say it’s fine to do with crowns, & other articles where people reported it made them fall out so I am not going to reccomend either way as I don’t want to be responsible :) If you do some research you can most likely come to a conclusion you are comfortable with!

  • Jack says:

    You should have the toxin-laden oil sent to a lab to analyze the results, so that we know what toxins are being removed from our bodies. That way, we can help identify what, in our environment, is poisoning us. Could be our food, could be our water, could be the drilling company a mile away. PLEASE, post the results so we can all benefit!

    • Patty Sticka says:

      I find it interesting that you want someone else to obtain lab analyzed results. If you are that cconcerned, why not submit this yourself? Just curious :)

  • Tammy Marshall says:

    Do you know if it helps with peridontal disease? Thank you.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It has been said to help- I would look into it more as well if that is something you are suffering from.

  • TC says:

    So, I am in the 99% on the charts of TMJ,,,,meaning its bad. My jaw and teeth are completely unalligned. I wear two different splints, and the small “C” part to help your jaw open and close smoothly is gone….GONE. How will this oil help to make my teeth and jaw alligned?

  • shaunda lynch says:

    I tried this and on day 3 started to have SEVERE dizziness – continued for another 2 days and had to stop – looked it up on line and there are numerous reports of this occurring. Once I stopped, the dizziness went away in 2 days.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      There are some reports of people feeling ill, & it is what they refer to as a “healing crisis”. Look into that & you may get some good answers! Thanks & sorry you didn’t feel well!

  • Andy Miller says:

    I’m definitely going to try this. It sounds legit. Ps you are absolutely Gorgeous

  • Gwen Gill says:

    Hi Sweetie and thanks for the wealth of info! = ) I see you mentioned gingivitis prevention… any news regarding reversal? Or at least slowing the rate of advance? (Gingivitis brought on mostly through Rx medication.)

    God bless you and I wish you a future of happiness and love!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words- It has been said it will help reverse gingivitis, I would do some of your own research as well to find out more information on OP-ing & gingivitis!

  • Debbie Weir says:

    So excited to try this, until I got to the information about crowns. I have a couple and I’m mindful of your caution about crowns. Total bummer.

  • Kimberly O. says:

    So a couple of us been chatting on FB about this and all of us wonder if its a big NO NO to have your coffee first…

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It would be much better to have your coffee after you OP-ed/ rinsed/ & drank a big glass of water.

  • Sara P says:

    I tried oil pulling a few times. I didn’t find it unpleasant but I didn’t stick with it long enough to see anything change. That said, I’m willing to try again.

    A couple thoughts/ideas:

    1) I use coconut oil on my skin…and used it on my breast during radiation treatment for cancer. My oncologist was amazed at how my skin looked after treatment. No burns of any kind and not even much redness.

    2) If you want to keep your coconut oil in a liquid state, try using a candle warmer. If you’re keeping it in the bathroom, you can just put the lid on loosely and keep it warm. Or put a timer on the candle warmer to come on about an hour before you get up and to shut off about an hour afterward.

    3) There’s nothing radioactive in a microwave. “Nuking” is a misnomer and microwaving your oil for a few seconds to liquify it will cause you no harm.

  • Sarrah says:

    I just had a temporary root canal filling fall out and was wondering if this would be good for me. I cannot afford to get it fixed. Getting it fixed would involve another root canal and getting it capped. If this would not do anything bad to my current situation I think it might be a good idea and would be willing to try. What are your thoughts on this?

  • sissy rivas says:

    Does the liquid coconut oil work as well?

  • Jolene says:

    Do I have to lie down? Can I just swish in mouth while getting ready?
    Thanks

  • Beth says:

    Does it matter if the oil is unrefined or refined?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      unrefined is preferred, but refined will also work as the lauric acid will still be over 50% (which is what is needed for OP-ing) after the refining process.

  • Dave says:

    THE MICROWAVE COMMENT… yes do not use the microwave… however just a note… it’s not radiation…” it’s microwaves”, i’m not a fan of them and use them less than 2x per month ….

    gonna get back on the oil pulling as well… didn’t stay notice anything on the first try .. but thats not to say it wasn’t doing anything…!!

  • Debbie Huber says:

    I tried this for the first time this morning but the minute I put the coconut oil in (which didn’t taste too bad!) I started salivating and within minutes it had all dissolved. I don’t know what to do!

  • Denise says:

    I am SO intrigued by this!!! AND want to do it…But I am wondering…Could I do this in the EVENINGS as opposed to mornings? AND…can I brush my teeth afterwards?
    Thanks,
    Denise

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Mornings are much better & more effective for this. You can brush your teeth after if you use a natural & fluoride-free toothpaste!

  • Elle says:

    Oh no! I’m so sad. I was all gung ho to go try it right away …but I read the last question and….crud! I have a crown. So sad… I suffer from many of the ailments you shared and was stoked to find something to help alleviate them – ESPECIALLY TMJ.

    Ugh. This is the only time in my life I’ll curse the crown ;)

    Good luck, y’all.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      There are plenty of people who say that they do it with crowns, I just don’t feel comfortable giving that advice! Do some of your own research & come to a decision you are comfortable with :)

  • kelly carlson says:

    You said you aim for 5 days a week, but is this something you can do forever…Or should you take a break from it at some point? Thanks

    • Erica Stolman says:

      For me I plan to do this as a part of my daily routine as the results have been so fabulous!

  • Johnny Rodriguez says:

    Awesome read. Im actually just now starting to learn about all the wonderful things Coconut Oil does. Very excited to try the oil pulling. My questions, how long after should one wait before brushing their teeth and eating breakfast?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You can rinse after you OP, then drink a big glass of water, & if you feel you need to- brush with a non-fluoride toothpaste. You should then be good to go & eat!

  • Brenda Mercer says:

    could this be done at night before bed instead of in the morning??

  • Richard says:

    You said that this would maybe loosen crowns and possibly pulled them off. In that case would it be advisable to avoid using it if I have implants?

  • Lena McCullough says:

    I have porcelain veneers on my top front teeth. Will this cause them to fall off? Is it safe for veneers?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I would do some of your own research to come up with a decision you are 100% comfortable with, but from what I have read it should be safe- although they won’t whiten with the rest of your teeth.

  • Whitney says:

    I just tried this for the first time, and my teeth already appear whiter after just one use. I will definitely be doing this daily!

  • Cheryl says:

    I wonder if you could add a drop of essential oil to the coconut oil to make it more palatable…

  • Emily Vinson says:

    Disheartened to hear that it may negatively affect those with crowns, as I was really looking forward to trying this today. Where are these forums you speak of where I can get some more information please?

  • Emily says:

    I am having trouble keeping it in my mouth without swallowing for 20 mins :-(

  • Pepper says:

    Found this on a friends Facebook page and will give this a try and so what happens…But the only thing I think is a bit misleading is it states it cures psoriasis…..There is no cure for this…I have psoriasis/ psoriasis arthritis and keep up on a daily bases…But I still want to give this a try and hey if it helps or relieves me of any such thing to do with my psoriasis ill update ya…:)

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Sorry if that was misleading- but it did make my dad’s best friends plaque psoriasis disappear completely!

  • Katrina says:

    I am just wondering why you don’t put it on your nightstand? Then you wouldn’t have to get up out of bed to get it.

  • Cynthia says:

    I am intrigued by this process. One thing I would say though is please don’t spit this into a baggie just to throw in the trash… too much waste. Decomposing in the landfill is nearly impossible.

  • gkitty says:

    Do you do this before or after brushing your teeth?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I do it in the morning in lieu of brushing then at night I brush with a non-fluoride natural toothpaste!

  • LAV says:

    is fractionated coconut oil the same thing as organic coconut oil? i’m into essential oils and so i already have some FCO!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Unfortunately from my research it doesn’t work like full fat, unrefined, expeller or cold pressed organic coconut oil.

  • Jennifer says:

    Interesting concept with ancient roots, but I’m wondering where the 20 minute time-frame originated. I found an article in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine from 2011 that states, “A comfortable amount of fluid is retained with the mouth closed for
    about 3 minutes and then gargled. It is a simple rejuvenating treatment, which, when done routinely, enhances the senses, maintains clarity, brings about a feeling of freshness, and invigorates the mind … can also benefit bad breath, dry face, dull senses, exhaustion, anorexia, loss of taste, impaired vision, sore throat, and all kapha related imbalances.” Three minutes is more appealing than 20 and might be “swallowed” more easily by more people. I’m game!

  • ROBIN ALLEN says:

    I only have LouAnn Pure Coconut Oil on hand, not organic. Can I use this until I find organic? I already did this AM for 20 mins. :) Sounds so awesome!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I haven’t heard of it, but I strongly reccomend organic/ cold or expeller pressed/ & unrefined!

  • Sarah says:

    My bf just started this with sesame oil about a week ago and he says his mouth is feeling great! I was pretty unsure but now after reading this article I am heading out to get some coconut oil!

    • Laura says:

      Hi Sarah! Did your boyfriend particularly like the sesame oil taste? I bought/tried the coconut oil today while hoping the coconut taste wouldn’t be too strong (not a fan of coconut unfortunately). I couldn’t handle it without starting to feel nauseous, so I’m thinking of mixing a little coconut oil with sesame oil (or sunflower) so I can still hopefully get a little bit of the coconut benefits.

  • Pat Drouillard says:

    It say’s helps with sleep issues ,if you take it everyday why are you so tired in the morning. Just wandering . 1. First things first, I battle with my alarm (i.e. hit snooze thirty times).

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I am tired in the morning because I have always been a tired person, every since I was a kid. The oil pulling has helped in the sense that I am getting to bed earlier as usually I can’t sleep till 2am. I am also waking up earlier & hitting the snooze a lot less (used to be like you, thirty times+).

  • Sergio says:

    Will you marry me?

  • Jackie says:

    Does it help with hair growth or damaged hair? I’m gonna definitely try the teeth whitening and also for the face. ..

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It certainly can when you use it directly on your hair. I will be doing a Coconut Oil hair mask next week so stay tuned!

  • Nellie says:

    I have acid reflux disease and certain foods that have acid in it makes me have a reaction to it…like making my tongue and mouth burn. I was wondering if I could still use coconut oil or something else without too much acid in it. Thanks!

  • Amber says:

    Hi there. Just wondering if this is safe to do for someone who has veneers. Thanks!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I would do some of your own research on this to be 100% comfortable with it, but from my understanding it should be fine. The only issue would be it wouldn’t actually whiten the veneers.

  • shonna says:

    So I have a couple of questions – do you still brush your teeth?
    Do you do this at night too, or just the once in the morning?

    I’ve been doing it in the morning and then rinsing with warm water. Then I’ll use just a wet toothbrush with no paste to clean the teeth, tongue and roof of my mouth. I”m LOVING everything about it. I can definitely see whitening and my mouth just feels better. I notice at about the 15 minute mark the back of my tongue almost feels fuzzy…does that happen to you?

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I do brush my teeth at night with a non- fluoride natural toothpaste.

      I think your way of doing it is great!!! I never get that fuzzy feeling… but I am sure it’s fine!!

  • meshawn says:

    Saw your info on oil drawing posted on Facebook this morning and was very interested. After reading the posts I thought “Hey if it works for sinus issues maybe this will help my stuffy nose.” It worked! Less than ten minutes in I realized it was already working! Cool! I will definitely be trying this for other things. Thank you!

  • Jennifer says:

    Can’t wait to start this tomorrow am! Do you think it will be ok if I do it after my morning coffee?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I would do it before your coffee- OP, rinse, drink a glass of water, then have your coffee!

  • Merry Haack says:

    I’m 72 and will be trying it too. Going out to So CA in several weeks and sharing it with my daughter and granddaughter too. Thanks!

  • At home, organic unrefined coconut oil is in the kitchen and bathroom. I am a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and use it on my clients. My morning routine for the 20 minutes goes by quick when doing self lymphatic drainage on neck and face followed by application of the oil as a pre-cleanser on face before getting in the shower. By the time I get out and dried off it is time to spit it out. Brush teeth with Tom’s flouride free. Light application for face and body moisturizer and on my way. Keeps you looking young and my friends tell me I don’t look my age. Loving that you are getting a big interest on this topic because the cost savings are a huge help in the home.

  • Doe says:

    I just tried this on a whim – as I had some TJs Organic Coconut Oil right there… I’ll be danged if my teeth aren’t noticeably whiter after just 17 minutes!

  • I am a huge natural geek. Anything to get the job done naturally, I’ll do it. Today was day 1 of my OP and my teeth feel amazing. If it’ll help the whitening, sweeeeet. I use activated charcoal for my whitening, but its not easy either… If you ever want help keeping alot of nasty chemicals out of your body from what you put ON your body lemme know.

  • Debbie K says:

    I’ve read your entire blog. I really appreciate all the time you spent researching this and and answering everyone’s questions. I had a huge jar of coconut oil that I purchased from Costco sitting right here. I was all set to try OP, but I have crowns and some old fillings, so I think I need to wait and research more as you suggested. BUT I do have a question: HOW do you store your oil?? My jar is SO BIG and if it is used on hair/face/food/skin etc….I don’t really want to use the same jar (bathroom/kitchen). Also, the gal posted about making her own toothpaste. How does she store it after it’s made? How long does it last? Thx.

    • Suzanne Henrichs says:

      Try putting some of the coconut oil in a small jar with a lid and you con keep it in your bathroom. I keep the large jar beside my stove cause I use it for all my cooking.

  • Rhonda says:

    For anyone in Ontario – my daughter found some liquid cold pressed expressed at a health food store in Belleville, so I’m sure it’s widely available – brand is Nature’s Way… am trying it now… 10 minutes in and my face is tired, but otherwise it’s better than expected.

  • Corinne says:

    I just bought a jar of the same you have pictured here. going to try this out even though I have a crown. I have a lot of other issues I am interested in seeing if it helps out. I have a gag reflex but gonna give it a try.

  • k says:

    Coconut oil is fantastic for so many things! I can see how this would work wonders. I think the name is what puts people off… Oil Pulling? Sounds like something you do to your car! How about a simple name that makes sense? Organic Mouth Cleanse comes to mind… It really is a very simple, common sense thing to do…

  • kelley wood says:

    Thank you for sharing the benefits of oil pulling. I don’t normally take the word of a stranger for anything and felt that a little extra research would be in order. I found this article and after reading it, thought, “What do I have to lose?”

    I think the thing in that article that caught my attention was that it may be beneficial in treating Lupus, which I have suffered from for about 30 years. What do I have to lose???

    Yes, the coconut oil does taste faintly of coconut. Nothing I couldn’t deal with. A full tablespoon was too much for me to do, so I did a smaller amount. Parked my butt in front of the computer and read while swishing. The time did fly past quickly.

    After I spit the oil into the trash, I rinsed and brushed with warm salt (pink Himalayan) water then rinsed after that with plain water. The plain water was the sweetest, most beautiful tasting substance I can ever remember tasting! I’m going to commit to trying this daily for 30 days. I’m curious about the other health benefits that can be had.

  • Joy says:

    For anyone thinking that it might taste bad or be really difficult to last 20 minutes…..me and my 10 year old son heated a little on the stove and each popped about a teaspoon in our mouths and easily swished away for 20 minutes! I thought he might have a problem with it (I wondered about myself too!), but he did great! We are hoping it helps with sinus and TMJ issues that we both have. We’ll report back our findings after a couple of weeks! Thanks for the great post Erica. I had read Bruce Fife’s book a couple years back and just never got around to trying it, you inspired me! :)

  • Vickie says:

    Could you please tell me what brand of coconut oil you use…thanks!

  • Alaska says:

    Not going to lie, I tried this today and it was awful!! I’m going to attempt to keep doing it because I’d love to get the benefits of it, but I couldn’t get past the taste. I didn’t even think I was taste sensitive, but I had a very hard time doing this. I made it to 20 minutes, but at the 10 minute mark I REALLY wanted to spit it all out. Can you add like crushed up mint leaves or something? I felt like I was swishing scentless liquid wax around in my mouth :/ It’s gonna be a tough journey!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You can try another oil such as sunflower or sesame or you can add in some peppermint essential oils to help with the taste.

  • Marissa says:

    Sooo what happens if you swallow it a bit? I feel like I’ve swallowed a little bit but not much because my mouth feels like I’m over salivating. Hopefully nothing serious comes from doing that.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You will be fine if you swallowed a bit, but if your mouth feels too full- you should spit a bit out.

    • Sarah says:

      You can totally swallow it. In fact, swallowing a tablespoon of coconut oil daily is extremely good for you. It has NUMEROUS benefits and helps boost the immune system. You can also add it to a juice drink or tea if you don’t like swallowing it by itself.

  • Daphney says:

    Can this help with acne? and does olive oil work?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It has been said to help with acne & yes Olive Oil would work- but many people say the taste isn’t pleasant which is why the opt for sesame/coconut/sunflower oil.

  • Wendy Fullarton says:

    I have done some research on the benefits of Coconut Oil, but had never heard of Oil Pulling…I have been suffering with Adult Acne for the past 8 years, since I was 40. I have tried creams, spent hundreds of dollars on skincare products, was on antibiotics for 4+ years, and am currently on my 3rd attempt with Accutane! I am so fed up with it…so, I’m going to give this a try and see if it improves. Wish me luck!

  • danny says:

    I’ve heard from several sources that this is not the best thing to do when you have fillings
    (I have a few). Allegedly it can loosen them! It also causes this horrible taste of mercury in your mouth. I’m not sure but I’m going to be careful and do more research before trying this.

  • Tony says:

    a great and informative article Erica, thank you.

    i started Oil Pulling in January this year. i was initially looking for a way to help my father who suffers from arthritis and i came across Oil Pulling. my father and my partner started Oil pulling at the same time as myself and the difference is marked. my father has now cancelled the scheduled operation on his arthritic shoulder and his overall health and vitality has increased ten fold.

    ive never felt healthier and alongside drinking only DISTILLED water for the last two years i have also never felt cleaner (inside and out!) or happier. drinking Distilled water and Oil Pulling is, as far as I’m concerned a game changer.

    I highly recommend Oil Pulling and drinking lots of Distilled Water. check out Andrew Norton Webber and Distilled Water on YouTube lots of extremely interesting interviews.

    thank you again Erica x

  • Roxanne says:

    How long can this OP be done without hurting the body in any way?
    Started this yesterday.
    Thanks

  • Natalie says:

    Hey Erica!

    If you oil pull in the morning, do you brush your teeth before or after? Does that matter?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I oil pull in the morning in lieu of brushing & brush at night with a fluoride free toothpaste!

  • alisha smeltzer says:

    does this help with high cholesterol and arthritis

  • Alice says:

    How have people fared with skin issues with this? I have very sensitive skin and deal with adult acne and it seems that any oil face products always break my skin out. Even if I take supplements such as fish oil my skin goes crazy. I know you’re not ingesting the oil while OP, but in my experience things that involve oil that claim to clear skin issues make my skin worse! I want to try OP but I’m hesitant, because once my skin starts to break out it’s a pain to get it back under control!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      If I were you I would definitely do some of your own research in regards to Oil Pulling and skin as I have read that it helps, but if you skin is extremely sensitive I wouldn’t want you to do it & get a breakout!!

  • dawn says:

    i made it 10 min… can you spit it out and replace it with fresh after 10 mi?

  • April Apel says:

    Today is my first day at trying this, I’m swishing as I’m writing this, so far no issues with a full tbsp. of the oil and it is kinda relaxing. My lips are happy with the oil, they are getting some much needed pampering as I woke up with them feeling chapped. Will let you know how it is in a weeks time of all benefits for me.

  • Gwyneth C. says:

    Thank you so much for your article!
    I am totally okay with the taste and the texture.
    Can’t wait to see how it goes after awhile!!! :D

  • dan lori says:

    ok , i understand take by mouth but not to swallow. how then does it help with headaches , pain , acne , body cleansing if your not consuming it? thanks dan

    • Erica Stolman says:

      It helps to clear the bacteria and toxins out of your body through your mouth!

  • Tammy says:

    Just ordered Organic Coconut Oil….I am going to give this a Try! It intrigued me!

  • Judi says:

    My husband has several minor health problems, but wears upper and lower dentures. Would OP’ing still be advisable as a health thing?

  • Julie Crawford says:

    How long before you start to see benefits from OP?

  • Sandy Chiusano says:

    i was wondering what is the difference between refined coconut oil and virgin coconut oil… and i tried this this morning and i did it while i was in the shower!!! killed two birds with one stone!!!

  • abby says:

    i just did this, i love coconut oil. but then i read the part about if you have crowns in your mouth. i have like 3 and i don’t want to mess that up. why would it? does it loosen the bonding material ?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Some people have reported that it loosened their crowns- but other people say it’s been fine for them so I suggest doing some of your own research in various forums to come to a decision you are comfortable with!

  • Maggi says:

    I tried oil pulling this morning thanks to this article! I used Spectrum Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil. It was a little gross, I admit – not gross tasting at all but just weird to swish thick oil. But I made it 20 minutes and my mouth felt very clean.

    Anyone looking for whiter teeth naturally should also try Weleda’s Salt Toothpaste, http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/salt-toothpaste.aspx. It is AMAZING. Whitens teeth, and leaves your mouth sparking clean. People always ask me if I bleach my teeth. I don’t have to thanks to Weleda!

  • Zane says:

    Hi Erica!
    My partner saw this post the other day and came home with a jar of coconut oil. He’s not too experienced with all natural and organic products and got this brand I’ve never seen before, the only ingredient is 100% Coconut Oil but I am unsure if it is organic or not… any thoughts on this?

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi ! I ran out today to get the organic coconut oil, and I was impressed with how shiny my filling was afterwards (hahahaha). I went for a nap afterwards and started noticing some detox effects. Now I am just wondering whether it is ok to do this oil swishing while breastfeeding???? Probably not. I assume detoxing toxins would also be excreted through breastmillk. So will have to give it a miss until baby is off the boobs I guess. But there are so many other uses for coconut oil for skin-moisturising etc, that I’m sure I can use it in other ways in the meantime. Thanks for this write-up!

  • dianna says:

    would love to try this but have a crown and a bridge and am scared to mess with it – too expensive to get something like that repaired. but dang, the skin benefits and the teeth whitening sound awesome – going to have to think of another way I could get some of those effects without oil pulling.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read that some people had no problems, while other people said it loosened their crowns. I would suggest doing more research on various forums before OP-ing so you can come to a conclusion you are comfortable with.

  • Sam Felts says:

    Just tried my first round! That was quick and easy, and I can’t wait to do it again tomorrow :)

  • Sarah says:

    I’m sold! and excited to try this. Thank you for taking the time to share all of this info! :)

  • Lori Goodwin says:

    I have several crowns but really want to try this. I haven’t googled it, but is it really damaging?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I have read that some people had no problems, while other people said it loosened their crowns. I would suggest doing more research on various forums before OP-ing so you can come to a conclusion you are comfortable with.

  • Brandi RDH says:

    I am a registered dental hygienist. After having patients ask me about this technique, I decided to do more research on it. A few scientific studies have been done on the efficacy of oil pulling. All of them stated that the results were somewhat similar to that of a commonly used prescription mouth rinse, chlorhexidine gluconate. There was also a noted decrease of aerobic bacteria – the bacteria that causes gingivitis. There was, however, no decrease in anaerobic bacteria – the bacteria most associated with gum disease. The takeaway from these studies is that oil pulling has some benefits, but should only be used as an adjuctive therapy. The mechanical action of daily brushing and flossing are still the best first defense in the removal of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Pull away!

  • Andrea-rose says:

    Wow this sounds amazing. I also found your blog through Facebook. I want to try it, but I have a few crowns. I think it’s worth the try though, just hope my stupid crowns don’t get loose. I’ll let you know how it goes. X fingers and toes…. I get my coconut oil at Costco, it is organic.

  • What does the oil look like when spit out? Any nasty stuff in it? Just curious!

  • Jennifer says:

    I just tried this for the first time this morning and after I brushed my teeth they were whiter! I can’t wait to reap the other benefits of doing this.
    I love your blog and really wish I would have found you sooner!!

    Thank you again for everything!!

  • RK says:

    What do you mean by TMJ? I have lock jaw and am totally intrigued that OP will reduce the pain and locking. Is TMJ referenced in lock jaw? Thanks so much for sharing your research.

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Yes yes- I have terrible TMJ & I have seen so far that this helps. It helps to reduce inflammation & strengthen the jaw.

  • Judy C says:

    I’m trying it now! I can’t wait to see the results in a week. Thank you for sharing!

  • Mari says:

    Can you do this at night or does it have to be the first thing you do in the morning? If either, is there a specific reason you do it in the am?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      Morning is ideal as you are working with a clean palate & can better get the bacteria out. Plus there have been reports that Oil Pulling w/ food in your tummy could make your nauseous.

  • kayla michelle porter porter says:

    Do you OP before or after brushing??

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I OP in the morning in lieu of brushing, then rinse with water, & then drink a big glass of water. At night I brush with a fluoride free toothpaste.

  • Marlene says:

    I have been doing this for a few weeks now. I have been having health issues and my doctors are thinking autoimmune. With the change in my diet along with OP I have seen vast improvements in my health. I can not have anything coconut due to allergy so I use the sesame oil. I tell everyone about this and recommend everyone to try it. Good luck to all and thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Nell says:

    Ok so let me get this right you swoosh coconut oil in your mouth for 20min and that’s it? No brushing it on your teeth or anything just swooshing on your teeth in your mouth? So then it helps with everything else just by swooshing in your mouth? I read your entire post and unless I’m blind or a big dummyhead I didn’t see many details on how to OP?!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I OP in the morning in lieu of brushing, then rinse with water, & then drink a big glass of water. At night I brush with a fluoride free toothpaste.

      You put the oil in your mouth & yes, swish around gently for 20 minutes.

  • Molly S says:

    So I use Coconut oil for many different things moisturizer face and body, scalp treatment, cooking… So after reading your article and started continuing to read down I tried a TSP (small mouth and don’t think I could do more) amount it was semi soft already and didn’t warm it up I think though i didn’t really like the texture at first it warmed up fast and got past it. I also had a little swallowing/seepage down the back of my throat but drinking the glass of water after got rid of the feeling in back of throat.
    Thank you for posting this and I will be passing on to some of my friends. I will also post back in a week or so to share any changes I have noticed.

  • Natalia says:

    Just tried this for the first time today – was recommended to do this by my mom. I was only able to last 10 minutes – so I will definitely do it the second time today. I tried spitting only some of it out, but all had come out instead, so I had to have a “Refill”. I drank water – and swirled my mouth with warm water, and cannot taste any after taste. I did read this article and try this after I had eaten my breakfast and brushed my teeth – so that might cause some changes. Will definitely try this tomorrow before brushing. Also, I had used sesame oil instead of coconut – will try with coconut to see the difference (or maybe even a combination).

  • Michelle says:

    Do yo brush your teeth before or after?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I oil pull in lieu of brushing in the am, then at night I brush with a fluoride free toothpaste!

  • Letia Fowlie says:

    I started this yesterday. Very interesting. I’m doing it now, not too bad. I just happened to have coconut oil on hand. The funny part about it is I try to do it while I’m doing something that I know takes a while, and then I finish it too quickly! haha. But, I do have sensitive teeth, so if it whitens my teeth, I’ll be super happy. I see a few comments about it getting rid of acne. Through the pulling it does? That’s amazing! Your article is very thorough!! Loved the read Erica! :)

  • judy hope says:

    just wondering about breakfast. i wake up hungry. i usually eat a bowl of cereal first thing then go brush. what do you suggest. can i eat after OP?

  • Jeannette says:

    Am I the only one going through a serious detox? I see the benefit with my teeth after 2 days, but i’m experiencing flu-like symptoms. After research I’ve found that it’s coming and detoxing is on different levels for different people. This was has me home bound with aches, pains and chills.

  • You said that if you have crowns OP can loosen them and that you wouldn’t do it. There are so many people who have crowns, that leaves a lot of us out. I would love to try it as I suffer from Oral Lichen Planus and feel it would really benefit me.

  • Mary says:

    “Many people say no no no to nuking in the microwave cause of radiation, yet if it’s just 10 seconds (which is all you really need) I wouldn’t freak out about it. ”

    The microwave DOES NOT cause the food or utensiles used in it to become radioactive. That said, it can change the molecular nature of some components. What little fat potatoes have is unsaturated – a good thing. However, when a potatoe is cooked in a microwave oven, the fat is converted to SATURATED fat – not a good thing.

  • StretchmarK says:

    I can confirm great results from oil pulling. I also recommend a tongue scraper and homemade toothpaste. Add calcium to your diet and your teeth will last a long long time. Ask any old person about their teeth and they will give you a mouthful of regret. Thanks for the nice article.

  • Shawna says:

    For those who cannot find Organic Coconut Oil you can get it from iherb.com and get $5 off w/ the coupon code RAJ601. I bought the Nutiva brand and I’m excited to try this out =) TropicalTradtions has it as well and for those in Canada it can be found on Well.ca, and iherb.com also ships to Canada…Happy oil pulling everyone =)

  • Kristina says:

    I was just talking with my boyfriend last night about this OP. He came across your blog on Facebook. We are going to try it and I will let you know the results.

  • michelle says:

    what if u do sallow some not meaning too what will it do????

  • Kasey says:

    what if you have bad gag reflexes?? like right now. i’m sick with this sinus crap and my throat has been so sore and raw and i can barely swallow anything without it hurting and because its so close to my gag reflexes its hard not to throw up when i cough. Is it okay to do when you’re sick, and what about having bad gag reflexes?

  • Morgan says:

    It also helps with preventing shingle flare-ups.

  • Allison says:

    How long after you pull can you eat? I’m thinking during the nightime shower as well, but then usually eat not long after I get out. Thanks for all the info!

  • Mrs.Clark says:

    If you already have periodontal issues will this help to cure it?

  • Jennifer says:

    Have you heard anyone say it helps with weight loss as well? I suffer with pain and am always tired. I have gained 50lbs and can’t lose it. Exercise hurts…

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I feel ya! I have heard that eating a spoonful of coconut oil a day helps with weight loss & cholesterol.

  • Alex says:

    Should you brush after you spit the oil? Thanks!

    • Erica Stolman says:

      I oil pull in lieu of brushing in the am, then at night I brush with a fluoride free toothpaste!

  • Jodi Shumaker says:

    As a dental hygienist, I can guarantee that OP will not “heal” a cavity. Only one thing will heal a full blown cavity, and that’s a dentist drilling out the decay and replacing it with a filling. As for the other stuff, it’s interesting. I might have to try it, although I don’t recommend using OP in place of brushing in the morning.

  • Laurie says:

    I think I have read every comment but I have not seen this question addressed. Are you getting any calories when you do this? I am on a strict diet and would be afraid to eat a teaspoon of oil if it affected my caloric intake.

  • Wendy says:

    Can I still brush my teeth after the initial 20 min. in the am?

    • Erica Stolman says:

      You can but it’s not necessary, if so brush with a fluoride free natural toothpaste.

  • Is the coconut oil good for wrinkles. I am beginning to see too many. I use other products.

  • I just tried this for the first time this morning, and I was amazed how much I salivated. My saliva glands went crazy! I started with just a teaspoon or so. Within a few seconds it was completely liquified, and probably about 10 minutes in my mouth was filled to maximum capacity with liquid. I had to spit a little out to keep going…twice by the time the 20 minutes was up. Like one of the previous commenters I have a chronic problem with dry mouth, so if at the least this stimulates my saliva glands it may be worth continuing. If I experience any of the other of the benefits mentioned then I’ll be happy as a clam.

  • Heidi says:

    Are there any side effects? I read something about a lady having “bathroom issues”.