WTF is Oil Pulling + Why I’m Hooked


What is oil pulling: The Benefits, how to oil pull, and more by Erica Stolman

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... aka my new obsession.

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.

[ SIDEBAR: these pre-packed CocoPull packets are amazing & make the whole process so easy!! ]

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.

The benefits of oil pulling: teeth whitening, tooth strength, prevents cavities, & more.

the benefits of coconut oil pulling

The below are all SUPPOSED benefits I have read that people have experience– I will share what I’ve noticed at the end of this post!!

+ 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.

use organic coconut oil for oil pulling

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 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. ***

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  • Flor Rodriguez

    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

      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.

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

        • Erica Stolman

          I do it every morning!

          • Emily

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

          • Erica Stolman

            You can- but I do reccomend morning time.

          • Debbie

            How is oil pulling done?

          • Erica Stolman

            Read the post for all the information :)

          • Laela Adair

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

          • Erica Stolman

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

          • Cici Hardy

            Do you do this before or after brushing your teeth?

          • Erica Stolman

            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!

          • Don’t forget to FLOSS :)

          • Ryan

            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

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

          • Erica, do you use one teaspoon or one tablespoon?

          • Erica Stolman

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

          • 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

            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

            It turns into a liquid once you start swishing!

          • 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

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

          • Erica Stolman

            I keep it on the counter :)

      • elindera

        can you go into detail about the actual technique?

        • Erica Stolman

          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

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

          • Erica Stolman

            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

            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

            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

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

          • Erica Stolman

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

          • Tiana

            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

        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.

        • Christine

          Actually, she DID address that but you probably did not read the whole thing. Also, of COURSE your mouth is going to keep producing saliva.

        • Nate

          That’s where my mouth gave out, too! I’m on Day 2 and both days I spring a leak at 17 minutes.

        • Melena

          Even the pictures show a teaspoon being used…

      • Lamar

        Can you use olive oil to do this?

        • Erica Stolman

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

      • grant spottedbull

        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

        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

          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!

          • sunny

            but one does wake up one morning and NOTICE the cavity. i think this is the point ;)

        • Pat

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

      • anthony

        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

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

          • Kim Holcomb

            Would it be resonable to say spit out the oil then take more to finish out the 20 mins?

          • Erica Stolman

            That’s fine!

        • Renee

          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

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

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

      • Why should you use non floride toothpaste?

        • Teresa

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

          • Becky Ovalle

            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

        what if u have some veneers on the uppers

        • Erica Stolman

          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

        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

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

      • Hi there i have just launched a coconut oil pulling store i would love to get involved with your blog about it. Please can you email me if you have time. Thank you, Dan

    • Debbiew

      Do you heat it and melt it first?

      • Erica Stolman

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

      • cheryl zimmer

        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

          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

            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

        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

          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

            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.

          • You can also try sesame oil. This oil is a liquid at room temperature and is the original oil used in oil pulling.

      • 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

      • Erica Stolman

        Thanks for reading!! xo

    • 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

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

        • Erica Stolman

          It’s okay- if it get’s too full, spit some out in the trashcan!

      • dawn fillinger

        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

          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

          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.

        • 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

          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

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

          • Renee

            Do you have to use non-fluoride toothpaste?

          • Erica Stolman

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

        • Pat

          @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

          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

      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

        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

        • Donna Cappella

          What a GREAT idea!

        • dandyhobo

          This is what I do also. I keep the jar of oil in the bathroom so I don’t forget. After my shower I spit oil into trash, brushy brushy = all clean!

        • GREAT idea! I am on day 3, but was doing it at night. will start tomorrow morning :-)

        • Heather

          You shower for 20 minutes????

          • Erica Stolman

            the whole getting ready process takes me about 20 minutes.

        • Missy

          In the shower???? Probably not a good thing for someone to do who is not coordinated. Like chewing gum and walking at the same time. LOL LOL Just sayin…..

      • Brittany L

        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??

      • 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 :)

    • 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.

      • Jessie Mae

        I wonder if your teeth sensitivity comes from the combination of oil pulling and activated charcoal, as no one else has had that response, to my knowledge.

      • Kiran

        yes. i remember doing something similar to this growing up. i need to find some again. we called it monkey powder.


      • Amy

        Hi Rebecca, Can you share your toothpaste recipe? Thanks!

      • Tommy

        Activated Charcoal for teeth whitening ?? Where do you get that ? How has it worked for you ?

      • Pamela

        Activated Charcoal……? Where can you buy this, what does it cost and does it really work Rebecca? =)

    • Jennifer Posey

      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

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


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

      • Erica Stolman

        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

          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

            Sounds quite painful :( There is a website called 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 so I’d check it out! Hope you find some relief

      • Cory

        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.

        • Erica Stolman

          Solid point!

    • kathy marciniak

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

      • Erica Stolman

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

        • Scott

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

          • Erica Stolman

            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

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

        • Tara

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

          • Erica Stolman

            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

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

          • Cooper

            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


        • Erica

          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

      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

      Can you also do it in the evening?

      • Erica Stolman

        Morning is ideal!

    • how does this help migraines

    • Carly House

      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…..

    • 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

      Do you brush your teeth after?

    • John

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

      • Erica Stolman

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

      • Dawn

        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

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


      • Erica Stolman

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

    • Rachel

      I purchased the aviva pure Cocopull pulling packets and LOVE them! I use them everyday in the morning.

      • Erica Stolman

        aren’t they the best?!

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

    • Erica Stolman

      It is & you should!!! :)

  • Brittany

    Should you brush your teeth immediately after?

    • Erica Stolman

      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

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

      • Linda

        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

        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

          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.

    • 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

        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

        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?

        • Erica Stolman

          I have heard it helps but you won’t know till you try :)

    • Holly

      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

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

      • Denise

        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

        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

        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

        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

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

      • Dawn

        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

        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 :)

      • 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

      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

      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

    Totally want to try this!

    • Erica Stolman

      You’ve got to! It’s amazeeee.

      • milly


  • 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

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

    • Kitrina C

      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

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

      • LeAnn

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

        • Erica Stolman

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

          • Michelle Dronet

            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

      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

      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!!

      • Erica Stolman

        Thanks for sharing.

    • Laura

      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.

    • Maybe just do this while showering? Multitasking

      • Erica Stolman


      • Kelly

        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

          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

            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

    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

      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!!!

      • Julz

        You also have a follower in Germany.

    • Maria

      @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

        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

          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

          • Erica Stolman

            Thanks! Let me know.

      • Dominique Fox

        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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      you’re welcome! You will love it ;)

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


    • Erica Stolman

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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…

        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.

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

        • Darlene

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

        • Judy

          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

          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.

          • Erica Stolman

            I will check it out :) xo

  • confused liz

    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

      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.

      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

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

        • Erica Stolman

          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

            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

        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

          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

          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!

          • Erica Stolman

            Good luck! You may need to swish a lil’ less oil.

    • SueD

      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

        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

      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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      You’re welcome! Let me know how it works for you <3 xo

  • Jacqueline

    Where can I get this coconut oil?

    • Erica Stolman

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

      • Linda C

        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

      I get mine from an all natural online supplier because I prefer organic. I’ll just find the link… and I’m going to try sesame oil too,

    • beth

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

    • Kari

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

  • jessiebouche

    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

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

    • Marie

      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.

      • Erica Stolman

        I use a clean spoon each time!

  • Stormi

    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

      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

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


      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

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

  • Cassie

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

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

  • SKWF

    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

      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


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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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.

    • Erica Stolman

      I agree!! Thanks for letting everyone know :)

    • I use coconut oil as my toothpaste. Mixed with a lil pink salt, baking soda and maybe charcoal.

  • Regina Joyner

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

      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

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

  • Mandy

    Why do you stress “organic” coconut oil?

    • Erica Stolman

      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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

        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

        • Erica Stolman

          Yes- every morning is ideal!! Let me know how it goes for you!

  • Kim

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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.

      • c

        is it totally weird that after a while it almost started to taste like string cheese?

        • Erica Stolman

          hehe, just a little :)

    • Christina

      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

        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

          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

      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

      If you don’t to get the cheaper option at Costco then you can try purchasing Omega Nutrition
      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.

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

  • 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

      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

        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

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

        • laurie

          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


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

        • RaeAnn Herrick

          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

          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!

        • 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

          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

          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

    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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

    • Kathleen

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

      • Erica Stolman

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

  • karen

    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!)

    • Erica Stolman

      Coconut butter is great- but for this, stick to organic coconut oil!

  • Karima

    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

      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

    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.

    • Erica Stolman

      Let me know how it works for you! Coconut oil is the best!!

  • Patty

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

    • Erica Stolman

      Lots of people do it with sesame oil & say it works great.

  • nic

    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

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

    • Ang

      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

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

  • Michelle

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

        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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      Sesame oil will work as well!

  • 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

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

  • 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

      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

    Does it have to be organic?

    • Erica Stolman

      I always reccomend organic :) !!

  • Kelley

    Do you need to refrigerate the coconut oil?

    • Erica Stolman

      Nope~! I leave mine on the counter by the sink.

      • Some people keep it on top of fridge because it is warm and keeps it in a liquid form for smoothies and oil pulling. the refined has way less of a xoxonut taste than refined.

        • Erica Stolman

          That’s a good idea!! Thanks for the tip :)

  • Stacey

    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

      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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • Sheryl

    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.

    • Erica Stolman

      You’re welcome! Hope it works well for you. Thanks for reading. xo

  • angela simms

    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

      It really is a miracle oil!!

      • What happens if you swallow it??

        • Erica Stolman

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

          • 3LittleBirds

            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

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

  • Cheryl

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

      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

    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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

      • Shannon Fehse

        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

          Thanks for the info!!

          • Susie Deckard

            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

    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

      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

      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:

      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.


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

    • Erica Stolman

      Unfortunately for this you should stick to organic / unrefined coconut oil.

  • heather

    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.

    • Erica Stolman

      Let me know how it works & if it helps with your dry mouth!!

  • Liza

    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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

    • Jennifer

      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

      • You can also buy organic , virgin coconut oil from Trader Joes for only $ 6.99 a jar . It’s top quality !

  • Jody L. Hann

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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!

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

    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

      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

    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!

    • Erica Stolman

      Good luck! Let me know how it works for you :)

  • Karen

    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!

    • amanda wiggins

      I stopped using shampoo and conditioner and I use cocnut oik as a conditioner and this stuff is crazy impressive

      • Michelle

        What do you use for shampoo?

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




    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

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

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • 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

      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

      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

    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

      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

        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.

        • Erica Stolman

          Thanks :)

      • Sallie O


        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! :)

        • Erica Stolman

          So great!! So glad you enjoyed the post & thank you for all of your kind words.

    • Ellen

      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!

      • Erica Stolman

        Thank you :) I appreciate that so much!

    • Jess

      I was thinking the same thing!

  • Julie

    Does this need to be done every day?

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • 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

    • Erica Stolman

      Thank you for that! I really am passionate about it & think it works very well.

  • 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 :)

    • Erica Stolman

      Great to hear!! Keep up the good OP-ing ;)

  • tim j pappas

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

      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

    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

      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

      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!

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

    • Erica Stolman

      That will work just fine :)!

      • Peggy

        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

          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

        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.

        • Erica Stolman

          Oil Pulling can also be great for your gum health!

  • Lauren

    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.

    • Erica Stolman

      Thanks for sharing!

  • christy

    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

      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

    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

      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

    what if u have caps on your teeth.

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • Kacy J

    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

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

  • Rachel Redmond

    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

      Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    • Tiffany T.

      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

      • Erica Stolman

        less oil! If saliva is building up, go spit a little out & continue on!

  • Lindsay Smith

    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!

    • Erica Stolman

      Great idea! I too am going to start incorporating peppermint oil!

  • Katie Faivre

    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

      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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      Yes it does- morning time is ideal!!

  • Brenda Moody

    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

      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

    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

    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

      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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • 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

    • Erica Stolman

      If you need to, yes- spit out a little!

  • 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

    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

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

      • Cynthia

        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

    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

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

  • Lisal

    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 they have lots of good organic stuff. I ran across your blog from someone’s post on Facebook. Great info! :)

  • Jessica

    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! :)

    • Erica Stolman

      You’re so welcome!

  • Dawn

    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

      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!

  • 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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      It did clear up her very bad plaque psoriasis with in two days of OP-ing.

      • For psoriasis do you swish it or apply it to the skin?

        • Erica Stolman

          From what I have heard, and from my Dad’s friend, she Oil Pulled & it went away. Yet, I would guess it’s also good to apply topically.

  • Daphne

    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?


    • Erica Stolman

      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

      Daphne, I found my coconut oil on—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

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

  • Christine

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

    • Erica Stolman

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


        • Erica Stolman

          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

    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

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

  • catherine

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

    • Erica Stolman

      I aim for every day of the week, but atleast 5x a week.

  • Teresa Snyder

    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

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

      • hi I can wait to try 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

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

  • Suzanne Marie

    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

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

    • Jennifer Wolf

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

      • Erica Stolman

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

  • Christine

    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

      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.

      • Christine

        Will do before trying with him. :)

    • ijil RHG

      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

    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

      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

    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!

    • Erica Stolman

      Great! Hope it works for you.

  • Jess

    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

    I’m pregnant. Is this safe for me?

    • Erica Stolman

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      It is much more effective to do in the morning with a clean palate!

  • 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!

    • Erica Stolman

      Thank you!

  • Jeanne

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

    • Erica Stolman

      I am not quite sure what that is? Sorry!

    • Eliza

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

    • Bonnie Singh

      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

    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

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

  • 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

    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

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

  • Lauren

    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

      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

    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

      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

    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

      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

    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

      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

    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

      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

    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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

      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

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

  • martha clark

    sniff… 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 !!!!!

    • Erica Stolman

      To send to your friends simply copy the URL & paste it into a new email!!

  • Kyaundra Quinn

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

    • Erica Stolman

      Definitely morning time when you start with a fresh palate.

  • Mariah

    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

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

  • Patricia Dusil

    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.

    • Erica Stolman

      If you are gagging I would try a little less oil :).

  • Charity Tanner

    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

      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

    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

    do the brands matter??

    • Erica Stolman

      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!!

    • Erica Stolman

      glad you enjoyed it!

  • Andrew

    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

    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

    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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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.

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

    • Erica Stolman

      Me too!

      • Daiana

        Any brand? for the peppermint oil.

        • Erica Stolman

          I like NOW essential oils- but they are all great!

  • Julia

    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

    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

  • 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

    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

    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! :)

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

    • Erica Stolman

      Morning is ideal!!!

  • Janalynn

    Is oil pulling safe if I’m breastfeeding?

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

      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:

      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

    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

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

      • Amy

        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.

  • 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

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

  • 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

      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

    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

      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

        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

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

  • Daniela

    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?

    • Erica Stolman

      I aim for every day, but atleast 5x a week!

  • Joni

    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!!

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

    • Erica Stolman

      Thanks for noticing :) it’s quite a feat!

  • Jennifer

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      I brush my teeth at night with a natural fluoride-free toothpaste!

  • Mike

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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!

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • Paula

    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.

    • Erica Stolman

      If you feel the urge to swallow, go spit a little out :)

  • amy

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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.

  • Where do you buy the oil

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

    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

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

  • Kevin

    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

      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

    is it safe for nursing moms?

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • Erin

    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

    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

    Does it have to be in the morning?

    • Erica Stolman

      Morning is ideal– but nighttime is better than no time!

  • lomas

    what about if you have a bridge?

  • Charlene

    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

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

  • LZ

    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

    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

      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.

  • 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

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

  • Jennifer

    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

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • 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… 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

    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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      Once you start swishing it will turn to liquid!

  • Sally

    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

      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

        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

    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

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

  • west harris

    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

    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

    So how do you not swallow for 20 minutes?

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

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

  • Rachel GoLoudly

    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

    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?

    • Erica Stolman

      morning before you brush is the best time!

  • Karla

    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 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

    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.


    • Erica Stolman

      The morning will yield much better results!

  • andrea

    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

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

      • Laura Gibson

        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

    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

    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

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

      • Stephanie

        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..)

        • Erica Stolman

          I doubt that you are– saliva will naturally accumulate!

  • Diane

    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

    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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • Annie

    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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • Paul

    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

    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

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

  • Melanie

    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?
    *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
    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

      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

    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

    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

    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?

    • Erica Stolman

      If your mouth gets too full, you can spit some out as much as you need!!!

  • 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

    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

      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.

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

    • Erica Stolman


  • Ellen

    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

      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.

    • 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

    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

    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

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

  • Gloria Hansen

    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

      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

    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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • TC

    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

    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

      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!

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

    • Erica Stolman

      Why thank you :)

  • Gwen Gill

    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

      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

    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.

  • 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

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

  • 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

    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

    Does the liquid coconut oil work as well?

    • Erica Stolman

      If it is expeller or cold pressed, organic, & unrefined- then yes!

  • Jolene

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

    • Erica Stolman

      You can do it while getting ready :)

  • Beth

    Does it matter if the oil is unrefined or refined?

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

    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!

    • Erica Stolman

      It is supposed to dissolve from a solid to a liquid– that is how it works!

  • Denise

    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?

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • Elle

    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

      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

    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

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

  • Johnny Rodriguez

    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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      It can be if it’s a must, but morning is much better!

  • Richard

    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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

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

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  • 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?

    • Erica Stolman

      Yes of course-

      This may help you, although there are plenty of people who say the OP with their crowns & have no problem! Up to you to make a decision you are comfortable with.

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

    • Erica Stolman

      If you need to- spit a little out!

  • Pepper

    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

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

  • 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.

    • Erica Stolman

      Great idea!

  • Cynthia

    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

    Do you do this before or after brushing your teeth?

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • LAV

    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

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

  • 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!


    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

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

  • Sarah

    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

      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

    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

      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

    Will you marry me?

    • Erica Stolman

      Thanks Sergio- but I am taken :)

  • Jackie

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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.

  • 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

      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

    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!

  • 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

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

  • Merry Haack

    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

    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

    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

      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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    For anyone thinking that it might taste bad or be really difficult to last 20 minutes… 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! :)

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  • Vickie

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

    • Erica Stolman

      Right now I use Dr.Bronner’s :)

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

    • 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.

      • Erica Stolman

        Yes you can- just not after you pull as it the liquid is filled with toxins.

  • Daphney

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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!

    • Erica Stolman

      Good luck!!

  • danny

    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

    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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      I plan to make this a daily ritual in my life!

  • Natalie

    Hey Erica!

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

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • alisha smeltzer

    does this help with high cholesterol and arthritis

  • Alice

    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

      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

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

    • Erica Stolman


  • 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.

    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

    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

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

  • Tammy

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

  • Judi

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

    • Erica Stolman

      If he takes out the dentures that would be better!

  • Julie Crawford

    How long before you start to see benefits from OP?

    • Erica Stolman

      Depends- I saw benefits the 2nd time of doing it!

  • Sandy Chiusano

    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

    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

      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

    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, 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

    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?

    • Erica Stolman

      I would google the brand to see if there is any more information!

  • 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!

  • 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

      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

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

  • Sarah

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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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.

  • 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

    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!

    • Erica Stolman

      Not really- just white :)

  • Jennifer

    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

    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

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

  • Judy C

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

  • Mari

    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

      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

    Do you OP before or after brushing??

    • Erica Stolman

      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

    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

    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

      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

    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.

  • 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

    Do yo brush your teeth before or after?

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • Letia Fowlie

    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

    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?

    • Erica Stolman

      OP, rinse, drink a glass of water, then CHOW DOWN :)

  • Jeannette

    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

    “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

    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

    For those who cannot find Organic Coconut Oil you can get it from 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, and also ships to Canada…Happy oil pulling everyone =)

  • Kristina

    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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      You should be fine, but really try to avoid it !

  • Kasey

    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?

    • Erica Stolman

      Try to start with less oil!

  • It also helps with preventing shingle flare-ups.

  • Allison

    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!

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

    • Erica Stolman

      I have read in many forums that it has helped people with periodontal issues

  • Jennifer

    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

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

  • Alex

    Should you brush after you spit the oil? Thanks!

    • Erica Stolman

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

  • Jodi Shumaker

    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

    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.

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

    • Erica Stolman

      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.

    • Erica Stolman

      I have heard that it does help with wrinkles!

  • 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

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

    • Erica Stolman

      Well I haven’t experienced anything like that, but everyone is different!

  • Amanda

    Ok, I just did this. Mid-day; yes I know. After lunch. No nausea at this point in time just for the record. My teeth feel so clean! I have been having serious problems with plaque and gum pain for a few years now, so wanted to give it a try. I just went to the dentist yesterday; but seriously it feels like I just had an appointment this morning that is how clean my teeth feel. And 20 minutes wasn’t bad at all!

  • Sarah M.

    MAKE SURE TO DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST, PEOPLE! I’m not saying I know anything about the process one way or another, but it’s so easy to accept the first article you read without looking into what other people/testers/scientists/etc. have to say. Here is an article that may give you another opinion to consider on the matter:

  • Fabrice


    I just tried and the 20 minutes went by really fast (I was reading the comments here!) Question: Can I rinse with Listerine after I’m done oil pulling? And the brush my teeth? I figured Listerine would kill any toxins left in my mouth. What do you think?

    • Erica Stolman

      Listerine has chemicals in it you do not want to put back in your mouth after OP-ing. Instead rinse with water & if you want to brush, brush with a natural & fluoride free toothpaste.

  • Loribeth

    My sister-in-law has cancer. The chemo treatments have affected her mouth. It is super sensitive to hot and cold things. Do you think the conconut pulling help her? I am open to suggestions.

    • Erica Stolman

      It is definitely something that I would look into!

  • Van

    I started oil pulling two days ago after reading this article. There’s certainly a noticeable “clean” feeling once you’re done, but I’m still waiting to see the brightening effect come into play. I’m sure I just need more time. That said, the only difficulty I have found (after conquering the obvious gag factor a lot of ppl experience) is in maintaing a constant “swishing”. After the first few minutes of swishing the oil around my mouth, my jaw gets tired or starts to cramp and I need to stop or reduce the swishing for a moment or so.

    Has anyone else experienced this, or am I the only one who’s ignored jaw exercises for two decades too long? Is it alright to slow down the swishing or stop completely for a moment or so to let your jaw rest?

  • pete

    I had very sensitive teeth/gums. It got to the point where anything very cold would put me into agony. I was about to make an appointment to the dentist but I decided to try Oil Pulling first. Within a few weeks and I had not more problems and never had to go to the dentist! It’s done a few other amazing things that I don’t have the time to go into right now. Oil pulling works!

  • Karen Vote

    After reading your information I am convinced I want to try it but I have three crowns and don’t want to lose them. Any suggestions?

    • Erica Stolman

      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!

  • Just curious why do you use a non-fluoride toothpaste? I thought fluoride was so good for teeth they’ve even put it in our tap water. Also over time does the oil not break down enamel? Has any dentist weighed in on this method?

    • mitch

      fluoride causes developmental problems in children. the fact that its in our water is insane I dont know who gets to make the decision to put it in our water. If you want to ingest fluoride, do it with your own water.

  • Louise Kelly

    Hi, thanks for this article, i’m so intrigued, i suffer from TMJ, jaw pain, insomnia, and id love whiter teeth. I cant afford to buy coconut oil at the moment so i wanted to trial it, can you use olive oil? I have extra virgin/ regular, or sunflower oil. Many thanks again

    • Erica Stolman

      You can use the olive oil or sunflower oil!

  • Vinnie

    My husband is a scientist….therefore he scoffs at anything that does not have hard and fast facts backing it up. Can you cite any scientific studies (specific ones) supporting this? I’m trying it as soon as I get to the store for the oil, but I want to be able to show him this is the real thing! Thanks!

  • Dorothy Flagg

    This sounds amazing but the one question i do have that i did not see on here is,
    will this be a problem to do with braces on?

    • Erica Stolman

      Some people have reported that it is fine to do with braces, but could cause your teeth to whiten around the bracket. I suggest doing some of your own research to come to a conclusion you are comfortable with!

  • Kassidy

    do you brush your teeth before or after?

    • Erica Stolman

      After I oil pull I rinse rinse rinse & drink a big glass of water, then at night I brush with a fluoride-free toothpaste!

  • Emily

    I’m going to have to try this. I used to ingest 1 tablespoon of coconut oil while breast freeding. It was supposed to help increase production and good fats for the little one.

  • Jennifer Armstrong

    Having an autoimmune disease I have been doing Oil pulling for the last 6 months about 4 times a week in between my coffee enemas to release the toxins from my body. I love the 20 minutes in the morning when I swish. I gather my greens and check out my veggie garden while doing it. I live on land and what I thought amazing was I actually spat the oil out after the 20 minutes on a weed and it killed it after a couple of days. Do we actually realize how much toxins we have in our body. The other thing I do is use a different toothbrush than the one I use regularly and the one for OP I soak in a few drops of Tea Tree Oil and water to kill the bacteria still in the brush. Couldn’t do without my OP!!!!

  • Allie

    I actually tried this for the first time this morning and was pleasantly surprised at the results. My teeth felt like they do when when I come back from a cleaning at the dentist. I couldn’t stop running my tongue over them they felt so smooth and plaque free. I also noticed that during the first 5 minutes of swishing my nose started running which I assume was my sinus’s clearing up. I was pretty impressed

  • Jess

    Safe to do when pregnant? I know it is highly encouraged during pregnancy to keep your gums and teeth healthy so it’s obviously great for that aspect! And because it’s natural it’s probably alright?

    • Erica Stolman

      I have read that it if you are past the 1st trimester it is fine, but I suggest doing some of your own research so you can come to a decision you are 100% confident about!!

  • I started doing this for a couple of days now to whiten my teeth…I am hoping it will work. BUT I found it under “snopes” that it’s false that it doesn’t do anything it claims it does. What are you thoughts about this Erica. Thank you

    • Erica Stolman

      I think that there are always going to be skeptics about everything no matter what. I am not a medical professional nor have I ever claimed to be, BUT I have done hours upon hours of research on the topic & from what I have found the good articles & the people ranting about how much it has helped them exceeds the skeptics articles by the dozens & them some.

      Plus, I have seen it first hand working for me & for the people around me, so I am sticking to it. I do appreciate you asking my opinion as I have been getting many comments from people sending the links to the skeptics articles calling me an “idiot”.

      The snopes people are no more medical professionals than I am regarding the topic so I think I will stick to pulling cause I’ve seen it work!

  • Dr. Oz mentioned this concerning taking a tablespoon daily and how it helps to detox one’s intestinal tract….

  • how many times should you do this. Is it once a day , once a week before you will feel the difference? Thank you

    • Erica Stolman

      I do it once a day in the mornings!

  • Peter

    Does this really work? like no bull? it really sounds too good to be true, I can understand if it has some benefits to the mouth area, but detox the body too? there is a saying if you think its too good to be true, it probably is. I hope this isn’t the case and it really does work. I would really need something like this. i plan on going to trader joe’s and picking up myself 2 jars of coconut oil. I really hope it does work.

    • Erica Stolman

      So far I have seen many of the benefits & heard from friends doing it they too are getting great results, but everyone is different so I suggest trying it for yourself!

  • Cortney

    Hi Erica! Have you heard anything regarding veneers? I have a veneer on each one of my eye teeth. I really want to to start oil pulling, but am really scared about losing my veneers! I paid a lot for these puppies, but I also have a lot of issues that I think oil pulling could help. Help!

  • Lindsay

    Very intrigued to try this! I have coconut oil at home that does not say organic on the label, only says Virgin Coconut Oil. Will this work the same way?

    • Erica Stolman

      I would look for organic/ expeller or cold pressed, unrefined oil.

  • Dawn Lamb

    How many times a week should I do this?

    • Erica Stolman

      I try to do this everyday once a day, but atleast 5x a week!

  • Brenda

    I was very interested in trying this but have several crowns. Too bad there might be an issue. I’ll do some research. Thanks for sharing!

  • lexi

    this sounds really cool, i am going to try it however i am wondering wether i brush my teeth before or after the oil pulling or if i just shouldnt do it? thanks, lexi

    • Erica Stolman

      You can do it instead of brushing or you can brush after with a non-fluoride natural toothpaste!

      • Pam Williams

        I have seen in many posts your recommending a NON-fluoride toothpaste–why is this?

        • Erica Stolman

          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.

  • And to think I’ve only been using organic coconut oil for cooking and body rubs… Will have to give this a try!

  • Therse

    Hey! A Danish friend of mine (I am Swedish, living in Dubai, so you def have readers all over!) sent me a link to your post last night and it seems really interesting. I am working as a flight attendant and my life is very irregular when it comes to working hours and sleeping hours (and also the times of the day that I am sleeping). Also some countries have restrictions on what you can bring in to the country in terms of food products. Do you, or anyone else here, have some advice on this? Like on what time of the day would be best? I understand the benefits from doing after sleeping, but how many hours of sleep would you consider as sleeping? And any thoughts on how often is a minimum for it to be beneficial? Grateful to hear your thoughts on this, or advice from anyone in a similar situation.

    • Erica Stolman

      Morning is the best- even if you slept 4 hours or less. The idea is to have an empty tummy. So great to have readers all over :) thanks!

  • Faith

    a friend just told me that if you have crowns, you should not do this, because it can loosen the tooth and it would fall out. Is that true? Have tried coconut oil for 2 days, but do NOT want to lose the couple of crowns I have. Please advise. thanks.

    • Erica Stolman

      I have heard mixed reviews on Oil Pulling with crowns so I suggest you look for some forums to get more information so you can make a decision you’re comfortable with!

  • Shakira Ostheimer

    After oil pulling in the morning you are able to brush your teeth normally correct?
    Also, do you do this everyday or only for a short span and then stop?

    • Erica Stolman

      You can do it instead of brushing or you can brush after with a non-fluoride natural toothpaste. I try to do it everyday 1x a day, but atleast 5 days out of the week!

      • Liza Navarro

        Where can I find non-fluoride toothpaste? I tried oil pulling today and my mouth felt fresher than ever. I found unrefined Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil at Wal-Mart for $7.66. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

        • Erica Stolman

          Thanks & I am glad you enjoyed it! You can find fluoride free toothpaste at your local health food store or on Amazon!

  • sherri

    im diabetic….how will this affect me….i have a lot of body pain ….

  • Jeani

    I read your article and loved it. I did have coconut oil and ran hot water to melt a tablespoon and read your blog/replies for the 20 minutes. I had to do at night, but like the suggestions about when to do (shower, driving…). I have been using coconut oil but never heard of OP. While I cannot stomach taking 2 tablespoons of it, I use a little in my coffee in the morning and put it all over my feet and wear socks to bed. I also use it on my face/neck/hands/arms and let it soak in. It is a great makeup remover too. I give a teaspoon to my dogs and they love it. I had never heard of it being used as a teeth whitener and am really happy about this. How long before you start seeing results? Thank you for your article!!!

  • Suann

    As a transplant recipient (15 yrs ago) with a compromised immune system, will this be dangerous for me?? Want to try this but should I get approval from my transplant “team” first??

    • Erica Stolman

      As I am not a medical professional, I do suggest getting approval from the transplant team. Good luck.

  • Cynthia

    OUCH! I have sensitive teeth, so I decided to try this process. My teeth got much MORE sensitive after oil-pulling. From my limited experience I would not recommend oil-pulling as I almost screamed out when eating a small piece of orange and cold water. I only tried it once, but the sensitivity problem was so dramatic that I would never try it again!

    • Erica Stolman

      That’s so strange!! Thanks for letting us know though- I have noticed it helped my sensitivity but everyone is different!

    • Judy

      you have to do it more than just the one time…I too have very sensitive teeth and it did hurt the first time. You should keep trying and if after 1-2 weeks you still have sensitivity, then you can say it doesn’t work.

  • Shanon

    How about Safflower oil?

    • Erica Stolman

      Yes- you can use safflower oil!

  • Michele

    I did an OP for the first time this morning. Personally I LOVE coconut so the flavor of it in my mouth was not bothersome. I didn’t pre-melt the coconut oil and tried the under the tongue method. It took about 2 minutes to completely revert to a liquid. I did notice that after about 7 minutes my mouth was a lot more full with liquid so I did as you suggested and spit a little out. I ended up doing that twice. I didn’t make the 20 minute mark as I have a couple of holes in my teeth and after about 12 minutes the pressure of the swishing was uncomfortable. I did buy some organic toothpaste and did brush my teeth afterwards. So far so good with this. I am hopeful it will help heal my gums. Thanks for the share on the internet! Also here is a helpful article I found on this:

  • Shannon


    Is there such a thing as doing it too often??

    • Erica Stolman

      once a day should be good enough :)

  • I have five crowns… Are you saying that I should not use the coconut oil and do pulling..

    • Erica Stolman

      I have read for some people that it is fine for people with crowns, but I have also read that some people reported their crowns loosened so I suggest doing some research on forums like to come to a conclusion you are comfortable with as I am not a medical professional or dentist!

  • I borrowed an image from this post for a blog entry about oil pulling – hope you don’t mind! LOVE your graphics! Thank you for posting this!

    • Erica Stolman


  • My daughter sent me to your site and I was very intrigued. Ordered each of us a 54 oz. container and started yesterday. Also ordered us some 1 oz. condiment cups to melt it in. 10 secs. in the microwave worked perfectly and made it a very pleasurable experience. Love the taste and first time the 20 mins did drag on, but the second time wasn’t so bad. I think it will get much better and can’t wait to see what benefits we get from it.

  • Shirley

    I went to the local health food store and got a jar of unrefined cold pressed coconut oil and I plan on atarting Monday morning when I am not in a rush to go to church. I have been wanting to whiten my teeth but could not afford to have it done professionally. I like coconut the taste and smell so I am hoping for good luck. I have spent most of two days reading all of this blog. Thank you for all of the information.

  • Suzanne

    Can I do this at night? Or while showering? I never have “extra time” in the morning.

    • Erica Stolman

      I stress that morning time is ideal, but if you need to do it at night- do so on an empty stomach.

  • Janie

    Would there any extra benefit to doing it more than once a day?

    • Erica Stolman

      It definitely won’t hurt, but I am not sure of any added benefits. Totally up to you- but I feel once a day is enough.

      • Don

        Do you get annoyed answering all these questions?

        • Erica Stolman

          Haha- not annoyed, but sometimes I wish people would read the FAQ or maybe do some of their own research. :)

      • kat

        Okay; I got into the coconut oil thing a few yrs back; but just using it topically, until my dear friend got me on the swish thing, everything new happens in small steps so just do it; once a day and let it work for you….also can use in drinks, juice, cooking etc…..I only use Olive Oil; can use to bake with etc. Something is better than nothing. Done is better than perfect! health in small steps works best. Coconuts are happy food. Go for it!

  • I came across your blog on one of my friend’s facebook statuses and it got me curious. So I’ve been using organic virgin coconut oil I found at CVS for about 5 days now and have noticed a difference every single day. My teeth appear to be getting whiter, my face feels clean/healthier, and I haven’t had any problems with bad breath.

    I started doing some research on just how useful coconut oil is and how much it benefits your body, and needless to say I have it in my hair as we speak to see how well it moisturizes and conditions.

    I did have a question though, you recommend doing the oil pulling for 20 minutes in the morning or night…could you do both or is that overkill? I really like it as a pre-wash before I brush my teeth and thought it would be beneficial morning and night, but I don’t want to over do it and cause problems or hurt my teeth.

    Also I don’t find the 20 minutes to be too long or unbearable…the last 5 minutes of the 20, now that’s when it gets tough, but that’s just because the coconut oil gets a little milky tasting due to all the swishing.

    Great blog and great advice! Thanks!!

    • Erica Stolman

      It is best to do it in the morning time!

  • connie Mayville

    can i have my coffee first in the morning then swish?

    • Erica Stolman

      I would have your coffee after you swish & rinse.

  • Vicky

    Do you OP before or after you brush your teeth? Is it ok to OP right before bed and how many times do you do it in a day?

    • Erica Stolman

      I Oil Pull in the morning, rinse with water, & then drink a big glass of water. At night I brush with a fluoride free toothpaste. 1x a day is fine, and the morning is the time to do it!

  • Excellent posting Erica, thank you for this! I have to admit my favourite part is when I first put the oil in my mouth and its still a solid, I love it! I do have a question though. Why not brush your teeth first? That way your getting rid of everything gross that builds up over night. Wouldn’t the oil work better after all the plaque and gross crap is gone first? Seems like it would make more sense. Thoughts?

    • Erica Stolman

      It definitely makes sense. I feel that as long as you are using a fluoride-free natural toothpaste, you can probably brush prior!

  • Rachel

    A friend posted this on Facebook, and it intrigued me so much I had to try it. 1 tsp for 20 min for the past 4 days, but so far I’ve noticed my “morning breath” is practically gone, my teeth are less sensitive, my scalp has stopped itching, and my sinuses have improved. I’ve noticed my teeth are bit whiter, but not significantly. It’s only been a few days, so will continue to watch that.

    So far, all positive things! Will keep on swishing!

    • Erica Stolman

      Great to hear!!

  • Danielle
  • Tiffany

    So, like, how does this work for the skin and hair if you’re swishing it in your mouth? Can you use it like a soap for your face and like a shampoo for your hair?

  • Steve

    the oil melts quickly in my mouth and is difficult not to swallow as it turns into fluid. do I just create to much fluid or is there another way around this problem?

    • Erica Stolman

      It is supposed to turn into a liquid- if there is too much in your mouth, youc ans pit some out.

  • a

    May I add that If someone wants cheap high quality oils or whatever, go to
    THanks for the post, I just purchased 2 cans of coconutoil to Norway. Cant wait to see if it can help me with my throat congestion, in addition to the other hopeful benefits.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Have a great day!
    Love from norway

  • Gail

    I tried searching for oil pulling on Google because I wanted to see more info about it, and I found something on snopes that said the claims for oil pulling were false. That there was no significant proof that it actually works. So who do I believe?

    • Erica Stolman

      Stay tuned for my post next week, you may find it interesting. In the mean time I would suggest trying it as I think you will see the results are positive. It is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that has proved helpful to people for thousands of years.

  • I tryed it the min i put it in my mouth it turned to liquid is it supost to do that

    • Erica Stolman


  • Maria

    OK, I tried this today for the first time.
    The taste wasn’t as bad as I thought, it was tolerable. I hate coconut.
    The swishing also wasn’t as bad as what I thought it would be. I tried for 10 minutes then later I did for 10 more minutes. It helped the second time when I had stuff to do to keep me busy, starting supper and emptying the dishwasher.
    I did not notice any difference being the first time. I will continue to see if I notice any changes. I basically wanted to do this for sensitivity and cleaning the bacteria out of my mouth. As far as brushing my teeth, right now, I still will brush especially after meals.
    But will still continue. :)

  • Michael Majerek

    Where do most people spit it out at, I would think it would clog the drain?

    • Erica Stolman

      Yes- spit it out in the trashcan!

  • Jill

    I told my sis last week about how much I was loving coconut oil, she sent me this link tonight. Her and I both tried it, and we made a pact to keep going.

    All the comments are related to people like me that are doing it, but for everyone that has tried it, what are your results?

    DAY 1- After 20 minutes:

    1. teeth look whiter (placebo?)
    2. Mouth is tingling
    3. Damaged front tooth (was banged when I was a kid) is tingling like crazy, really hope it helps with the mild darkness (tooth is NOT dead, dentist confirmed, is dying but is solid and whitening usually helps match is back to my other teeth when done as needed).
    4. I had not brushed my teeth today, so I felt like i was swishing rancid bacteria (TMI sorry) and probably my imagination!

    Please share your experiences!!

  • Sandy

    Hi, Been thoroughly enjoying reading this blog and all of the comments! Thanks! My question is why is it not good to use fluoride toothpaste after OP ing?

    • Erica Stolman

      fluoride is not good for you, and if consumed in large amounts– even toxic. So, putting that back in your mouth after oil pulling is defeating the purpose a bit :) hope that helps.

  • Started it 2 days ago , and noticed my sinus was cleared up :)

  • Tiffany

    So, how does this help the skin and hair if you’re swishing it in your mouth? Like, can it be used as a soap for your face and body and as shampoo/conditioner for your hair?

  • Wendy Dexter

    I pulled twice and two days later notice my jaw problem diminished. I also had a pain in my neck, now nearly gone. I had organic coconut oil on hand and just took a teaspoon of the solid in my mouth and YES the 20 minutes do fly by.

    • Erica Stolman

      So glad it helped you :) !!

  • There is a lot of saturated fats in coconut oil which I’m using. Does any oil get into your system from OP?

    • Erica Stolman

      It shouldn’t be an issue.

  • Hi Leeza – I was so excited to discover your website. As a Health & Wellness Practitioner I highly recommend Oil Pulling. I have practiced it now for some months and am able to monitor my progress by using the NES Body Scan. The main issues I have had to address are a Root Canal, Thyroid problem, injury to my Vagus Nerve and neck/shoulder pain management.The NES Infoceuticals help to balance the body and any distortions in the Body’s energetic field. My progress is awesome thanks to the OP as well. It’s great to share and help other people with their journey into wellness. Love and Blessings to you and those sharing your beutiful website. Jan Marie x

  • K

    I am so disappointed. After reading your post “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.” …. I guess i better not try since my mouth is full of crowns! But I do have TMJ horribily. It hurts to talk, eat, walk, sleep … everything! It might be worth a shot losing crowns. Not sure yet.

    • Erica Stolman

      I would definitely do some research in the forums on so you can come to a decision you are comfortable with.

  • Leslie

    I didn’t read all the posts – to many. However, does your information tell you how this works on arthritis, psoriasis, etc? I can understand that related to the mouth, but the other parts of the body do leave me questioning. Thanks.

    • Erica Stolman

      Oil Pulling has been said to help the healing processes in the body from what I have read as well as inflammation- which is the reasoning behind it helping with arthritis & psoriasis. I would suggest looking into some forums on to hear the success stories.

  • brittney lynn

    Hey I want to try this, but my teeth are very sensitive, would this hurt my teeth? (:

    • Erica Stolman

      It has actually made my teeth less sensitive.

  • Can you do it at night or during the day or just in the morning?

    • Erica Stolman

      Morning is ideal!

  • Do you have to do it in the morning? Can it be a nightly ritual? I’m always in such a rush in the morning, have 2 kids and they won’t let me not answer them for 20 min…

    • Erica Stolman

      Morning is ideal, yet if you have to do it at night make sure you do it on an empty stomach.

  • Lynn

    I asked the hygienist at my dentist’s office [she uses naturopathic treatments as well as traditional] recently about OP. I have had very expensive treatments for gum disease…hours long and painful. I’m still dealing with treatments. She said she has patients who do this on their own and have had amazing results. I have several crowns and she did not mention anything about them…now I’m concerned about starting this. Has anyone had any problems with their crowns while doing oil pulling?

  • Bammer

    Hey Erica….I have been reading a lot since I saw your article and there have been a few mentions of Sunflower or sesame oil instead of Coconut oil…have you read any of this? Also I tried it this morning with the coconut oil and I only made it about 10 minutes…I will try again tomorrow

    • Erica Stolman

      It pretty much personal preference :)

  • Hi Erica..great article…I was wondering what the difference is between using coconut oil vs. Sunflower or sesame oil…thanks

    • Erica Stolman

      Personal preference :)

  • Hi Erica, I’m pretty stoked about your post, dying to try OP, I’ve been a HUGE fan of Coconut Oil for months now, I use it as a facial moisturizer before bed, as a Hair mask overnight, to cook and even to clean my makeup brushes, the benefits of coconut oil are endless and I’m so glad to find yet another one! Thank you so much for sharing this incredible process, also I’m hooked on your blog! Yay :D

    • Erica Stolman


  • Olivia

    Is it ok if your mouth gets very saliva-y during the swishing? I mean, it’s probably difficult for that not to happen, right? I started this routine for the first time this morning, but there was a lot of saliva in my mouth and I’m not sure if that counteracts the oil.

    Thank you!

    • Erica Stolman

      That’s fine- if it feels like there is too much in your mouth you can spit some out.

  • Kayla

    Is there a reason why you don’t brush your teeth first? To me it seems like getting rid of all the gross plaque and stuff that develops over night would be easier for the oil to do its pulling.

    • Erica Stolman

      If you try it, Oil Pulling leaves your teeth feeling pretty clean- but if you are using a fluoride free & natural toothpaste I don’t see an issue with brushing first if that is what you’re more comfortable with.

  • Shaina

    do you use this as opposed to brushing your teeth, or do you still brush regular after doing this in the morning?

    • Erica Stolman

      I do this instead of brushing in the AM & then at night I brush with a fluoride free natural toothpaste.

  • Hi, I was wondering about teeth that have been stained. My husband had measles and his teeth turned gray. Do you think this would turn his teeth whiter? Thanks, Martha

    • Erica Stolman

      I am not sure about stains, but I would definitely give it a try!

  • Kylah

    I’m doing this right now! My friend posted on Facebook and I thought, what the heck! I read the comments while doing, which I highly suggest, as you have answered the same questions at least 100 times! Thanks for your time and the information!

  • Sharon Heady

    Is this the steps u need to take for migraines or do u have to do something different?

    • Erica Stolman

      Same steps :)

  • Carolyn

    Does anyone have experience with any help relieving arthritis pain and swelling?

  • Sue

    I start oil pulling today—but I have a question. Am I suppose to do every day forever? Or do I do everyday for a week and then less per week after that?

    • Erica Stolman

      I plan to make it an ongoing ritual as it works for me, I would suggest seeing how it works for you & then decide :)

  • Ok I tried it twice so far, both times I used about 1/2 a table spoon of Coconut oil for 15 minutes (too hard to do the 20), the first time I noticed my teeth a bit whiter, the next day (after going out the night before) I felt instant relief from my hangover! It sounds weird but it almost got rid of the entire hangover

    • Erica Stolman

      That’s great!!

  • knom knom knom

    Is brushing your teeth now archaic, or what

    • Erica Stolman

      No- I still brush, but I use a fluoride free toothpaste!

  • RE TMJ – I have that – 4 things that make a difference, less stress. Not drinking alcohol within 2- 3 hours of bedtime, and limiting amount. Alcohol affects teeth clenching which increases TMJ pain. Braces! – yes realigning my teeth made big dif. And lastly taking 2 magnesium pills before bedtime to relax, and not clench teeth.

  • Tricia

    So, I just tried OP for the first time today. For the people worried about the coconut taste, I for one love coconut and did not think the taste was overwhelming at all. It is a very light hint of coconut if that. And I was wondering about the spitting thing, I had to spit a few times due to my mouth filling up but was worried I was spitting out the oil, should I be concerned as to how often I spit? I made it the full 20 minutes but, like I said I had to spit about every 5 min. Also what is the importance of doing it on an empty stomach?

    • Erica Stolman

      It’s fine to spit if needed- no worries. People have reported nausea when pulling with food in their tummy.

  • Alex

    Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to trying this tomorrow. I’m a single 25 year old living on his own and I don’t have any measurement teaspoons or tablespoons (don’t judge). Is this something I can just wing or do I need to measure to ensure accuracy?

    • Erica Stolman

      A spoonful should be fine!

  • JB

    Hi Erica,
    I went out to buy coconut oil and found some premium liquid cooking coconut oil. The brand is Nature’s Way and say Natural Energy.93%MCT’s. Non GMO. Can this be used for OP? Says it’s pure expeller pressed oil, no solvents used.

    • Erica Stolman

      I am not sure about liquid coconut oil as I have never seen it before.

  • I’ve been reading about this for a little while now, after stumbling upon your thoughts… I’m totally going to give it a try. I have Trader Joe’s organic virgin coconut oil, is that okay? And do I have to do it in the am, or would any time of day be fine? Thanks and I’ll be fore to update you as to how it goes!

    • Erica Stolman

      AM is ideal– is your coconut oil unrefined, if so. Yup!!! Hope it goes well for you.

  • Wendy

    Hi Erica, I recently started using Coconut Oil as a moisturizer and was loving the results of that so decided to give this a try. I haven’t noticed whiter teeth yet (3 days) and hard to measure TMJ pain yet, HOWEVER… I have had a horrible cough that has kept me up almost every night for 2 months, I tried antibiotics but nothing helped and I won’t take cough suppressants. After the first day of pulling I slept through the entire night, not one cough all night, third day not one coughing session at all, there is a small tickle once in a while but nothing compared to how it was before. I know you don’t mention this benefit in your blog but I am convinced this has helped me. I’m thinking it tackles the worst issues first, I can wait for whiter teeth!! thanks for the suggestion, will fill you in later on the crowns lol

  • Vicki

    Ummm last time I checked dental visits are EXPENSIVE for those that don’t have insurance. Smart aleck.

  • Bertha

    How does this assist with Acne?

  • Yvonne Oliver

    Good morning Erica! I too have severe TMJ with lots of headaches and jaw pain. My brace is now not helping and my teeth are brown in color because of medicine I was given as a baby. I have had sinus issues all my life. Arthritis pain, graves disease and issues with nails and very dry hair. I just was told about the Oil Pulling last night from a friend. So looking forward to going tonight to get this and check out the results. I have to say looking forward to seeing/feeling the results. How long have you done this and when did you start feeling the effects? Will keep you posted. Thank you and God bless!

  • Janine

    Why the 20 minutes?? Seems like 10 min would be enough? Also, I’m sure this varies from person to person, but how long did it take before you noticed your teeth getting whiter? Thanks!

    • Erica Stolman

      20 minutes is what I have read & researched is the ideal time to pull the bacteria. I noticed whiter teeth after the first pull!

  • I am literally oil pulling right now because of you! It sounded great. The taste isn’t bad, but it does get a little warm and icky halfway through. This sounds silly- but do you vigorously swish the whole time? I get tired of that quickly and start doing weird lazy swishes. But then I get the sensation that I need to swallow and I’m paranoid that if I swallow I will get sick from the bacteria? I need swishing tips!

    • Erica Stolman

      It shouldn’t exhaust you so lazy swishes are okay, but if you feel the need to swallow you should spit a little out.

      • thank you! it has gotten easier to avoid the swallowing sensation after a few days :) wonderful blog you have here, cheers!

  • This is awesome! I have tried it a few times before, but didn’t realize the benefits of daily use. I use doTERRA pure essential oils to flavor the coconut oil. They are intended for internal use. Thanks so much for all the great replies!♡♡♡

  • Teresa Dunning

    Why 20 minutes, no more or less? Do you know why it wouldn’t work after just 10 min? Also, you suggested OP in the a.m when you have a clean palate… could you brush your teeth at night, floss then OP and brush again afterward, or do you still suggest first thing in the morning?

    • Erica Stolman

      20 minutes is what I have read & researched is the ideal time to pull the bacteria, & any longer the bacteria could be re-absorbed. I mean clean palate as in empty stomach- it’s better to do it on an empty stomach.

  • Ema

    I have been doing this for just short of a week now, I do it while I walk the dogs in the morning and for the last couple days I’ve thrown up about half way through. Is this a possible side effect (no, I am not pregnant)? Are there other side effects?

    • Erica Stolman

      I am sorry to hear that- I really haven’t heard anything like that but I suggest doing some research on a forum such as curezone- may give you some answers!

  • Brooke

    Can you OP before you go to bed, rather than first thing in the morning?

    • Erica Stolman

      Morning is ideal.

  • Concerned

    My concern is that you advise people with medical conditions only to google or do research of their own. THE FIRST AND FOREMOST THING YOU SHOULD TELL THEM IS TO TALK TO THEIR OWN DOCTOR FIRST AND FOREMOST. Never under any circumstances introduce new things like this. As a person who has to take medications and such, I tried Oil Pulling without consulting my doctor. The effects of the O.P. were actually taking my medication from my system and causing me great issues. My doctor then reprimanded me for doing this before consulting him. He would have advised me to change my medication routine slowly before introducing this to my routine to ensure I did not remove the things needed to survive from my system. Diabetics should be aware that this can add sugars to their system through the mucus membrane in the mouth and to compensate for the additional sugar in their diet. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR FIRST, DO NOT just go and start this. It is great though I will admit, but talk to your doctor before you do this to ensure you don’t cause more issues than benefits.

    • Erica Stolman

      I do suggest, depending on what they are asking me about, to speak to their doctor. The problem is though- many doctors don’t take anything other than western medicine practices all too seriously.

  • What about using Almond Oil? I did not see it mentioned as one of the options. Can you give me your thoughts on using it for the oil pulling? thanks

    • Erica Stolman

      I haven’t heard of anyone using almond oil so I would probably stick to a vegetable oil such as sesame/coconut/or sunflower!

  • Fay

    My health coach said that this is too often. 1-2 minutes , 1-2 times a week. It can cause detox too quickly and can also pull nutrients out of the body. Calcium and/or magnesium perhaps?

  • mike M

    yesterday after reading this I also was reading either reading here or elsewhere of adding a couple other oils in small amounts to even increase its effectiveness. ONe was limonene oil, said to add 1/4ts to 8OZ of oil. the other oil was 1tsp to 80oz, but I mistakeningly didn’t right down the name of the second oil, do you know what it would be???
    Thank you!

    • Erica Stolman

      I don’t, sorry! I will be doing a follow post this week regarding essential oils & OP-ing! Stay tuned.

  • Jenn

    Do you do this everyday? Can it be done every couple days?

    • Erica Stolman

      Yes it can, I aim for everyday but every couple of days is great!~

  • Dallas

    I had a root canal done on one of my front teeth a few years ago. Would oil pulling have any negative effects on this tooth? I would like to try this but I’m afraid that the tooth would be whitened differently than my other teeth.

    • Erica Stolman

      If the tooth is fake or dead, it won’t whiten with your teeth unfortunately. :(

  • Vocabulary Police

    “I am totally contributing it to OP.” I think you mean, “I am totally attributing it to OP.”

    • Erica Stolman

      Thanks :) !!!

  • Elysia

    This is awesome! Ive been so sick for the last week, really out of it and had a terrible cold. I did this once and i honestly started to feel better! I’m so excited to see what happens over the next week. Im a super organic person, all about health and nutrition and its awesome seeing a healthy all natural remedy being posted and shared! Thank you!

    • Erica Stolman

      Thanks :)

  • Briana

    So, just by swishing this in your mouth for 20 minutes, it can help with the sleep problems, hormonal problems and ect?

    • Erica Stolman

      Many people have experienced help with those issues, & as far as sleep goes- I can say first hand it has helped me. You won’t know till you try though :)

  • Jamie

    I am trying this for the first time right now. I am actually swishing right now! But I wanted to know how it made you feel after the process should I feel better? I have terrible jaw issues as well so I am trying this out of desperation! Let me know!

    • Erica Stolman

      It definitely helped my jaw issues big time– I felt a lot less pain/stiffness in the general area & almost immediately noticed my sinuses cleared up.

  • Carly House

    I just tried this for the first time and the 20 minutes did go by fast but as for the texture, I did feel like gaging a few times but I’m sure I will get use

  • Carly House

    Just tried this and can’t wait to see what the outcome is! !!!!

  • marie (@a_m_rs)

    This sounds so cool. I’m saving this blog to read more into it to try.. Never even heard of it.

  • Larisa

    Hello, I’m wondering if you still brush your teeth? Before or after? Is there a benefit to doing it in the morning as opposed to before bed?

    looking forward to testing it. Thank you for the article!

    • Erica Stolman

      I brush my teeth at night with a fluoride free natural toothpaste, & you should Oil Pull in the morning as that yields the best results.

  • Marie

    For those who don’t like the taste of coconut, use Refined coconut oil. There is no coconut taste. The unrefined will have the taste of coconut.


    Hi Erica!

    I have porcelain veneers on most of my teeth and was wondering if you heard it’s completely safe to OP with them?

    • Erica Stolman

      I have read mixed reviews so I would ask your dentist what they think or look into some of the forums on!

  • caly

    how often is this done? daily? once a week? every other day? THANKS!!!!

    • Erica Stolman

      I Oil Pull every morning!

  • Tim

    I’ve been doing it for a couple years now, would not be without it. Fixes joint discomfort and a host of other ailments. Has an 89% success rate according to a doctor who wrote a book about it for almost every ailment there is. It’s amazing, will always be a part of my daily routine.

  • Jane Liggett

    Do you do this instead of brushing your teeth?? I kind of like brushing my teeth and the fresh minty breath after, will it ruin the process if I do both?

    • Erica Stolman

      If you want to brush your teeth, I would just be sure to use a fluoride free toothpaste so that you avoid putting toxins back in your mouth (fluoride has toxins!!).

  • Susan

    I have an idea for those who are rushing around in the morning and are new to this process. Use an ice cube tray and pour melted coconut oil into the cube tray and let harden (pre measure the amount with water ahead of time so you know how much to fill). Pop out into a clean container and store in the refrigerator for quick, measured portions.

  • Em

    I can’t believe the common sense people DON’T use when posting these questions to you! I just tried this for the first time while reading the posts. I only lasted about 16 minutes (I think I “thought” too much about it and started to choke/gag so I quickly spit it out before it could make a mess). FYI for people who have a Trader Joe’s grocery store here in the United States, they sell Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and I think it’s either $5 or $6 for a pretty good sized jar – 16 ounces (one pound). I love the stuff and it doesn’t make me gag at all. I will definitely keep trying this. Thanks :)

  • Kathy

    Bought my Coconut Oil yesterday at Trader Joes and tried it when I got home yesterday afternoon. It wasn’t easy at first and didn’t know how I would survive the 20 minutes, but I did. Got out of bed this morning at 7:40, put a spoonfull in my mouth, turned on the tv, swished, showered, then spit it out 8:00. I will just say day two was easier than the first day. Have told so many people about it already. Looking forward to seeing the benefits.

  • Pandster

    No, going doesn’t cost, but at $500 for simply pulling a tooth, and very few dentists opting to offer lower-cost options, it isn’t an option especially when today’s rate of pay is taken into effect. Having a child with special needs certainly will take its financial toll too. Bridges at their lowest/simplest range from $250-500. TO put it plainly, not everyone can afford that these days.

  • Jean

    David,the person who does not have dental insurance probably meant they could not afford to pay a dentist and do not have insurance to cover it. Common sense here would tell you that. Everyone knows the dentist take cash, cards or checks.

  • Ariel

    Can you do it multiple times a day, or just for 20 minutes a day?

    • Erica Stolman

      Once a day for 20 minutes should be sufficient!

  • bobbie

    i used the oil on and in every thing i have lost 50 pounds with it my skin was so DRY not now it iss the VERY BEST coconut oil

  • hmichaelh

    I like the question about using it while pregnant. It seems to me if you practice this procedure at the appropriate time it will actually keep you from getting pregnant!!!!! Think about it.

  • Teresa

    I am very glad I stumbled upon your blog. About a year and a half ago I fell and tore a ligament in my wrist and until my hard headed self went to a Dr to find out what was going on I was taking 800 mg of ibuprofen every 4 hours for the swelling and pain. Well I guess I have developed an allergy to over the counter pain meds now because when I take any of them my face breaks out, it starts out looking like a pimple and takes months to go away. I read this blog and decided why not? So I started the oil pulling on Monday, one day did not make it the whole 20 min and one day had to skip it all together and I have also been applying the coconut oil directly to the breakouts on my face and in just 3 days can tell a dramatic difference. I wish I had taken before pics to show you. I think the sore looking places should be gone in a few days at this rate, Praise Sweet Baby Jesus! Thank you for sharing this with me!!!

  • D Marin

    Why do you state non-fluoride toothpaste? I checked mine and it has fluoride, I was curious. Thanks

    • Erica Stolman

      Fluoride, when consumed in large amounts can be toxic, and so Oil Pulling experts strongly caution against using fluoride toothpaste as it defeats the purpose.

  • Shamika Merritt

    I see that on the picture and in the description you are using a sort of paste type of oil. Will it not work if I just go to a grocery store and pick up some Olive Oil or EVOO used for cooking that’s a liquid??

    • Erica Stolman

      Olive oil will work, but they say that the taste isn’t very enjoyable!

  • Kathy

    I am 56 (ow, that hurts to see it in print!) and started using coconut oil on my skin a couple of months ago, because my regular moisturizer had started to cause inflamed red patches on my eyelids and I couldn’t find anything else that was working. Although the jar I bought is refined (I’m headed to the organic grocery now)it is really doing a great job on my skin. No more itchy flakey spots, lines seem to be reduced somewhat, and my skin is super soft. I’m going to start OP tomorrow and see if it helps with the jaw issues and joint pains I’ve been having. Will let you know. Thanks for this post.

  • Lucy

    I have only just heard about this, I have terrible bruxism which gives me a constant jaw ache and have almost forgotten how my jaw should sit naturally. I am skidaddling straight to the supermarket in the morning for the oil.

  • Lisa

    This is the brand of coconut oil I get and they even list health benefits on their site. The only I wouldn’t mix it with water and drink it………gross. The next link is from a post 3/12/14 with input from a Dentist & Dr.

  • Cathy Gergen

    I have heard about OP and was getting ready to try it, until I saw your comment about it loosening crowns (because I have several). Do you think that is that a common occurance when OP? Or more of a disclaimer?

    • Erica Stolman

      It’s more of a disclaimer as I don’t want to be held liable for anything, I have read in some forums that crowns loosened, but others said they had crowns and pulled for years & never had one loosen!

  • Steph

    Yikes, it seems pretty clear that the commenter can’t afford it. Of course it’s important but if you don’t have the money, what can you do? No need to be so harsh…

  • Cheryl

    If one doesn’t have insurance and one doesn’t have the money either, then it is very difficult to go to a dentist. I haven’t found a single one that will do it for free.

  • Christie

    I have been oil pulling for a few months. I find that it helps keep my teeth white and keeps the bacteria down. My teeth feel really clean and I checked with my dentist and he thought it was great. This works for me. I use coconut oil.

  • oh I love these things. Have to try it immediately!

  • Jacob

    I just started this. How long does it take to start noticing results? Also, is it ok that so much saliva forms in my mouth while I’m doing it?

    • Erica Stolman

      It depends on the person, but I saw results after the 2nd day. Saliva is fine as well.

  • sarah

    I’ve heard that its best to Oil Pull first thing in the morning because of the toxic digestive enzymes that can accumulate on the tongue overnight. That’s why folks in the Ayurvedic community (who’ve been doing OP for thousands of years) recommend Oil pulling first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything.

  • So I did oil pulling on twice in a five day period looking to see if I would notice anything amazing like the articles I had read stated it was. Well on the day after the first oil pulling session I had noticed an drastic improvement in the eczema* on my hands and today (day five) it looks as though it is 98% healed! *My eczema would sometimes flare up so bad that it would wake me up at night because it was hurting/itching so bad and nothing helped, so this is truly amazing!

    • Erica Stolman

      That’s amazing!!

  • Reem

    Might be a weird or obvious question, but I have permanent metal retainers at the back of my teeth (top and bottom) will this cause damage to them or teeth or gums?

    • Erica Stolman

      It shouldn’t cause damage to the teeth or gums– & I don’t imagine it would effect the retainer, but since I don’t have those I am not 100% sure.

  • Petrice Edwards

    I just finished my 5th day of oil pulling with coconut oil every morning. Just wondering how long it takes to see any results? So far, I have not seen any. No whiter teeth. No improvement in my
    sinuses or cough. I will continue to try it daily but how long before I know if it will work for me?

    • Erica Stolman

      I am sure it differs for each person, I personally saw results after the 2nd time.

  • lily

    For those with gag reflex issues, it might help to lean forward a bit to keep the liquid away from the back of the throat. I will try this tomorrow morning but i will definitely not do it while getting dressed since there’s prob a chance of leaking oily saliva on my clothes!

    It is worth repeating, do NOT spit coconut oil down any drain as it will solidify and cause clogs. This is different from washing dishes with coconut oils because the dish soap emulsifies the oils and allow it to be rinsed away as a liquid.

  • For some reason my iPad was super slow to scroll to the bottom of this post so I saw a lot of comments. You are sweet to respond to the same questions over and over. And over. :)

    I discovered oil pulling last year and have only been doing it sporadically. BUT I challenged myself to do it consistently for 30 days and am on day 3. That’s incredible but your dad’s friend was able to reduce her psoriasis! My face totally cleared up from oil cleansing so I am excited to see the results from oil pulling.

  • Michelle de Silva

    Do you have to drink a full glass of water after? and does it have to be non flouride toothpaste?

    • Erica Stolman

      I suggest rinsing then drinking a full glass of water– as for the toothpaste, I do highly reccomend fluoride.

  • Princess Layah

    Ive tried OP before with Coconut oil and I can agree that it is very relaxing. The 20 minutes never really bothered me, nor the taste. My problem was consistency, I could never commit to doing it every day. I am so happy that I came across this blog because I have been having really bad (random) tooth pains on the right side of my mouth and when I get them, the pains are a 10! I’ve been trying to find natural ways to get rid of the pain, (orajel wears off too quickly), and I hate dentists so I’m definitely getting back on this regimen this morning! So glad I found this, thanks!

  • christine

    I tried this and could only swish for 2 minutes lol But I will buid up to 20… My concern is how long do I need to wait until I can eat breakfast?

    • Erica Stolman

      After you’re done, rinse with warm water & then you are good to eat!

  • drea

    After lots of reading about this, I finally decided to try it! I went in with high hopes, but unfortunately, my cheekies got tired and I was freaking out, thinking that I accidentally swallowed some, so I only lasted maybe 7-8 minutes. :( Oh well, I will try again tomorrow! Wish me luck.

  • Tiffany

    I gave this a try because I have been searching for a way to relieve my sinus pain/pressure. I am on day 3 and and my tongue, lips, and mouth are so raw and swollen that I can barely speak without it hurting. My mouth also has felt extremely dry all day since doing it. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Erica Stolman

      I am so sorry to hear you are in discomfort- I have never heard of that, but I did a quick search & found some responses on this forum that you may find helpful::

  • This is ridiculous. WTF?? 3 days and my teeth are already whiter and I’m sleeping better. Thanks for posting Erica!

    • Erica Stolman

      Great to hear!!

  • Pierre H

    I have been doing oil pulling for years, using Sesame oil, which is more potent, more disinfectant, than coconut oil. After five years of not visiting a dental hygienist, I decided to go for a check up. The hygienist couldn’t believe it. At 50 years of age, teeth tend to show some flaws, but there was none. She was done looking at my teeth within five minutes, trying hard to find something but couldn’t. The teeth and the gum were in perfect condition. I told her about my oil pullings. She laughed because she understood right away the condition of my mouth. She herself oil pulls with coconut oil. She said she knows very few patients who oil pull. So yes, oil pulling is one of the big secrets to keep your health to a maximum. Thanks Erica for informing the mass.

  • Sarah

    Hey you mention that its best to use non-fluoride toothpaste but ive been told by my dentist that i need to use toothpaste with 3x the fluoride than normal toothpaste ( i drink tank water which has no fluoride and has damaged my teeth) will this prevent OP from working or just decrease its effectiveness?

    • Erica Stolman

      Basically fluoride is said to be toxic when consumed in high amounts so for that reason people say that brushing with fluoride toothpaste after oil pulling can be a bit of a back track. Yet I would say stick with what your dentist recommends.

  • lisa

    I was reading your oil pulling i have a question can you use veggie oil and are you allowed to brush after wards

    • Erica Stolman

      I don’t think that pure vegetable oil is the best option- sesame, sunflower, or coconut oil are the best. You can brush afterwards yet I strongly reccomend a fluoride-free toothpaste.

  • Can you explain the physiology behind how this works for other parts of your body? As a nurse this seems a little too good to be true. Thanks!

  • Lindsey

    Umm…last time I checked, when people mention no dental insurance as their reason for not being able to see the dentist, it usually means that they are financially unable to do so at the moment. That’s pretty much common sense, although it seems that you were just TRYING to be condescending. Apparently, you’ve never known financial struggle or been without insurance. She also mentioned having a special needs child, which, if you think about it, is probably quite costly. As a parent, your children come before anything. Even dentist visits. You may want try not to be so rude, it’s quite unbecoming. She was simply asking if Erica had any advice or knowledge. Obviously, a dentists advice is preferable, but, as she stated, it is not currently an option. Why do you care what she asks? Is it affecting you? What do you get out of putting someone down? You’ll be happier. I know, I shouldn’t even bother relying.

  • Julie Knisley

    How does this relieve a hangover if it is not digested?

  • Lyn

    Do you think there would be any issue with dental implants?

    • Erica Stolman

      I can’t give any personal opinion on this as I don’t have dental implants & have heard mixed opinions on this. I would consult with your dentist or one of the forums on

  • I’ve been doing this for 3 days now. I find a whole teaspoon is too much, because it immediately mixes with saliva and makes more. I also have to spit in a cup a couple times before the 20 minutes is up. I use it in the morning while getting ready for work. Love the flavor! Question – how long does it take to notice whiter teeth?

    • Erica Stolman

      I saw improvement in whiteness after the first session, but I am sure everyone is different!

  • Beth

    I was very intrigued after reading this post last week. Many must have read it on FB because there was no Coconut Oil to be found. They restocked and I was in. I have done this for 5 days. I use a good heaping spoonful and swish while I am in the shower in the morning. I try to average 20 min. I took a picture of my teeth to compare while I try the process. I have seen no changes as of yet. Other than “seeing” a change in my teeth color, will I be able to “tell” any other benefits or are they therapeutic but not visible?

    • Erica Stolman

      I am sure it depends on the person as I noticed my teeth to me dramatically whiter after the first pull. Other benefits that I noticed right off the bat was my sinuses literally draining & clearing as I was pulling.

  • I am on day 4 and my teeth are noticeably whiter and I have to be sleeping better because I am up and out of bed around 6:30 BEFORE my alarm. And I am NOT at all a morning person. I struggle getting out of bed at even 8am.

    • Erica Stolman

      So great to hear!!

  • Diane

    Thank you very much for your review of O.P. and I have shared this information with my hubby and beloved daughter – my son will be next! Immediately I noticed that I could actually feel the individual teeth inside my bottom row where the plaque and tartar buildup cause me big problems; the only other times I could ever feel them was right after cleaning followed by professional chastisement for not brushing sufficiently. Hubby lasted only 5 minutes, but the difference in his breath was profound – his halitosis was GONE and his breath smelled somewhat sweet – wow! Now, if my daughter will just try this as she suffers with gingivitis and shudders at the thought of seeing a dentist, even if I pay. I am VERY grateful for this information Erica! Thank you SO much!

    • Erica Stolman

      That’s amazing!!!

  • Diane

    Thank you so much for publishing this information on O.P. which I have never heard of.

    I began this last Friday for the first time, and actually lasted the 20 minutes recommended. I noticed I could actually feel the individual teeth inside of my bottom row of teeth which is extremely unusual as I can only feel these immediately after seeing a dental hygienist for cleaning, followed by chastisement for the buildup of tartar and plaque. I coerced my husband into trying this last night and he lasted only 5 minutes, BUT, his breath smelled almost sweet when we retired for the evening and this was delightful! My daughter suffers from gingivitis and loathes the idea of seeing a dentist, even if I pay. I hope and pray this helps her.

    Thank you again for this information Erica! Diane

    • Erica Stolman

      So great to hear :)

  • Caitlyn

    Am I still ok to use mouthwash when I brush at night? Or would you not recommend this?

    • Erica Stolman

      Mouthwash typically has fluoride, so since I am anti-fluoride, I’d say skip the mouthwash!

  • melissa

    Oil pulling is awesome, My brothers now ex girlfriend started trying it because she refused to go to the dentist for a toothache. toothache turned into abcess, she did oil pulling and i within days it was gone and no more pain, she still does it and i think even my brother does it it when he gets sick. coconut oil is just amazing in and of itself, it’s for me a total cure all. coconut oil i swear is like the fountain of youth. super good for you too, goes great on toast with cinnamon/sugar

    • Erica Stolman

      that’s so amazing!!!

  • Sarah

    I’m from Belgium and I was looking about a cool DIY to do and I found and fell in flove with your blog.
    I tasted the Oil Pulling, I won’t hide it, I don’t like the texture in my mouth at the beginning but I want to tank you for your post, I Love OP and I only have been doing it for 4 or 5 days.
    I took pictures –> My teeth ARE whiter, Morning breath has desapered. I quit smoking 6 weeks ago and never have I experience such low level of carving cigartte since I started OP.
    We don’t have small amount of coconut oil, I had to buy an all bucket so I ‘m also cooking with it and it is great to feel much less “bad” oil in my food.

    Few questions thought :
    – you talk about people don’t liking the taste of coconut but my oil doens’t taste anything close to coconut. It’s more “tasteless”. Is that normal ? or did I buy the wrong one ?
    – Can I do it at night ? any comment on the best time of the day for OP in your researchs ? I have simply more time before bed.

    Thanks ;)

    • Erica Stolman

      Glad you are enjoying it! I think that it is tasteless as well, but everyone’s taste buds are different, also doing it in the morning is said to be most effective!

  • Sara

    Tried it for the first time this morning and made it about 12 minutes. It got very watery and I lost track of what as I was doing, morning chores, etc… and some slipped down my throat! YEEEKKK. I went to spit the rest out in the trash. I am still a bit traumatized that I swallowed some!!!!!!!

    • Erica Stolman

      You will be fine- in the future, just use less oil!

  • Renee

    Do you have to use non-fluoride toothpaste?

  • Renee

    I have a question about the toothpaste, I see you recommend non-fluoride, is there any particular reason or do you just prefer non-fluoride?

    Also, I tried it for the first time today, I made it about 10 min and couldn’t hold it anymore so I spit it out. But then I took another tsp and finished the other 10 min. Is that ok?

  • Pam G

    Didn’t think I could do it – gag reflex, etc. – but, bought some coconut oil at Walgreens – pure, unrefined, extra virgin. Coconut flavor is very light, it changes from paste to liquid in a matter of seconds. My first day (St Patty’s Day), I was only able to do 8 minutes. Today I made it 13 minutes. Tomorrow I’ll get to 20! I didn’t notice excessive saliva. I do think my teeth are already whiter and I have some white bumps on the side of my nose, and they are going away. Thanks for posting – I tried to read everyone’s comments, but there are far too many now. I’m anxious to observe other benefits.

  • Hey Erica! I’ve been trying oil pulling for three days (two days in a row and then another day) and I have got a lot of compliments about my teeth! I have noticed that they are starting to get a little whiter, so I have faith! I was told to be the guinea pig, and I am definitely going to suggest this to everyone! Thanks again!

  • Beth

    I am on day four of oil pulling and like it so far. My only problem is that I cannot NOT swallow. While I try to push the oil solution to the front of my mouth and not swallow any of the liquid, I still MUST swallow at least 4 or 5 times during the 20 minutes. Any suggestions on how to control this natural reflex? I don’t want to swallow the toxins that have been pulled. Thanks, Erica!

    • Erica Stolman

      If you are having a hard time swallowing- spit a little out. That would my best suggestion!

    • marie

      i had the same problem with swallowing while swishing. When i looked it up i found this article:

      i know this is what causes ME to swallow (i have really really bad allergies and problems with my sinuses)…. (if you don’t want to read the article, here is what i was talking about) “One of the first cleansing symptoms you will experience is an increased flow of mucous from your throat and sinuses. Mucous drainage is one of the body’s methods of removing toxins. While you are pulling, mucous may build in the back of your throat. You may even have to expel the oil and clear the mucous from your throat before reaching a full 20 minutes. That’s okay, take another spoonful of oil and continue until you’ve pulled for a total of 15-20 minutes.”

      i don’t spit it out though. i just swallow the mucous that’s in the back of my throat and continue to swish making sure not to swallow any oil.
      hope this helps :-) good day, 1 love, & positive vibes :-)

  • I started oil pulling this morning! and this evening found this article!…I also use wonderful coconut oil for everything and now I am using it to try and save my tooth, I was told by my dentist yesterday that one of my teeth that had become very sensitive needed to be extracted!!! I have over the years had many problems with my teeth…I have a large bridge and a crown…and I do not want to loose another tooth…so I’m going to try oil pulling every morning for 6 months, and see if doing it, can save my tooth!

  • Seth

    Coconut oil?! Non-fluoride toothpaste!?! But what are we going to do with all that fertilizer factory industrial waste if we don’t shove it in our mouths? At least we can still toss it in the drinking water!

  • Esther

    You were very specific about it being 20 min. no more or no less. Is there a reason for this?

    • Erica Stolman

      Less then 20 minutes has been said not to be enough time for the oil to do it’s job, & more than 20 minutes it will reabsorb.

      • Esther

        Thank you

  • Amy

    Could you OP while taking a shower or would the warm water heat your body to much?

    • Erica Stolman

      You absolutely can!

  • Desiree

    So after you spit out the oil do you then brush your teeth?

  • Arland

    Wow! I was so sceptical. But after 2 days definitely whiter teeth and 2 weeks later they are looking amazing. I can not believe it. Hubby saw the difference and he has started too. His teeth are not pretty so it will be great to see the difference it makes to him.

    Why do we not know these things? Why does the whole world not know?

  • Sarah

    Sorry Erica, I found My comments way up your page, I didn’t realise so many days had gone by since I posted it.
    Thank you for your answer

    • Erica Stolman

      You’re welcome!!

  • janita smith

    wow erica — first, thank you for being such a gracious and patient blogger! people…..

    i am treating ms & long-term candida as naturally as i can. i don’t know how i haven’t run into this before your blog because it is everywhere when i look it up, all in favor for both illnesses!

    my experiences after 10 days– 1. it isn’t as hard to keep it in there as it seems. for me it was mental. 2. my oral thrush has DRAMATICALLY improved without anything else new happening. by 50 – 75%. that is enough of a big deal for me to say 5 stars! 3. my only tiny, vain fear is that doing this for 20 minutes a day is going to give me those top lip smokers’ wrinkles, but that may be the price i have to pay! (embarrassing to admit but a girl’s gotta protect the face right?!)

    seriously, thanks so much for this and for sticking by for all the follow-up. you rock :)


    • Erica Stolman

      glad it’s helped! I didn’t even think about those smokers lines, good point!! Yikes- I am scared of wrinkles, but kind of think OP-ing its worth it. xo

  • CR

    I am interested in trying this. After reading comment after comment I only saw one person asking about using fluoride-free toothpaste and you didn’t get a chance to answer. So, I am going to ask again why you use a fluoride-free toothpaste. Is it because you feel that fluoride is too much of a chemical to put back into your body? I’m not judging, just want to get the most benefits our of oil-pulling. I was also curious why you drink a glass of water afterwards.


  • Rebekah W

    I am trying oil pulling for the first time today. Honestly I HATE coconut and I know coconut oil isn’t a strong coconut flavor but it still took me a few minutes to feel comfortable with this stuff in my mouth. But now I look at the clock and I’m at minute 19; hold on, time to spit… Spitting this out gave me an instant gag feeling as I re-tasted a now, much stronger, coconut flavor. But I quickly rinsed my mouth and now feel quite refreshed.

    I have MANY chronic health problems and at the age of 30 that’s quite depressing. Reading about all the possible benefits I thought, it can’t hurt to give it a try and if it helps me, even a little, WOW. So here I am. Immediately after spitting then rinsing out my mouth I noticed my nasal and sinus cavities trying to clear up (and I didn’t feel blocked before). For a little TMI, lots of coughing and hacking up mucus. I feel like I can breath a little better, a little clearer. Found that interesting.

    So, I will give this a shot and report back on how oil pulling works for me.

  • I have to ask… why organic? Can I use regular cold pressed 100% pure coconut oil? I had to buy it due to not finding the organic. Also, I have done this twice this week. I’m not having good symptoms afterwards. Stomach cramps, bad sinus drainage, I was really weak feeling a couple hrs after pulling. May I ask if this is an everyday thing for you..and if it works only if done every day? I have researched that the type coconut oil is not a major factor, it just has to be 100% and cold pressed plus many countries us sunflower oil and olive oils. ANY advice would be awesome! thank you!

    • Erica Stolman

      You can definitely use sunflower or olive oil- as far as coconut oil goes, I much prefer organic but that’s just me cause I try to do anything organic when I can. If you couldn’t find it, yours should work fine.

      As far as your symptoms go, there is something called a “healing crisis” that people experience when oil pulling. It is basically the idea that things get worse before they get better– yet if the discomfort is unbearable, I of course reccomend taking a break. Even though experts do say stick with it, it will get better- I don’t think anyone should be uncomfortable. Maybe try 3x a week rather than everyday?

      Hope that helps!

  • I’ve seen information about this topic before but your article totally sold me but i have slight question how do i tell if the coconut oil i am using is refined or not? and does it matter?
    I purchased Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil says 100% USDA organic

    • Erica Stolman

      It should say on the jar, if not- google it!!

  • cyndy

    Thank you SO much Erica for this awesome article! Since I read your post, I immediately picked up some organic Coconut Oil and have been doing it just like you say faithfully for the last 10 days! Let me just tell you girl, I am a NEW woman!! This really peeked my interest because I have such horrible allergies and the mention of this really helping allergy sufferers, got me to try it! Day 3 was the magic day for me! My allergies are completely gone!! I don’t know how are why but I haven’t breathed through my nose in years! Even better and to my surprise on day 3, my dark black circles under my eyes were completely gone! Not just lighter but gone! I’m sure its because my dark circles were from my allergies.

    I feel better than I ever have and also feel like I have more energy! I can’t wait to see what else is to come. The best part is that my allergies are gone and that has got to help every thing else for me! Oh yes, my teeth are whiter too and so pretty!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this with the rest of us!!

    • Erica Stolman

      That is so amazing!!! It really is an amazing thing– glad to see other people are benefiting from it as well!!

  • joanne

    does the coconut oil have to be refined or unrefined

    • Erica Stolman

      unrefined is better, yet they will both work.

  • Cindy F.

    Hi, I work thirds so am wondering how I should do this. I was thinking of doing this in the pm when I wake up. I usually wake up at 3:30p everyday except when I am off then I will do it in the am. Does that sound about right?

    • Erica Stolman

      Doing it when you wake up would be the best!

  • Moira

    Thank you Erica! I had known about OP using sesame oil and I could not stand it! After reading your OP post with coconut oil I was back on board. I have had a chronic cough since March 2006.
    Conventional medicine did not have a diagnosis after MANY tests. A holistic doctor said the cough was environmental. On day 2 of OP with the coconut oil … NO COUGH! I am on week 3 and may have had a light cough 4 times during that 3 week time period. Painting my daughters house may have contributed to the 4 times. This is unbelievable … that long time cough was scary for me as well as my loved ones. I am grateful today!!!

    • Erica Stolman

      That’s amazing!! Happy to hear it.

  • patty posteraro

    Would you get the same results with Coconut Oil Gel caps?

    • Erica Stolman

      I have never heard of coconut oil gel caps, yet I would personally stick to unrefined organic coconut oil.

  • Theresa

    Do you brush your teeth with tooth paste after?

    • Erica Stolman

      I do, yet with a fluoride free toothpaste!

  • Great post-well done! Love OP so much!
    Traditionally, OP is an Ayurvedic [traditional healing practice from India] technique for good health and longevity. The traditional approach is to use organic, untoasted Sesame Oil. Sesame oil in particular is used throughout Ayurveda’s self-care practices [including self care herbal oil massage and oil pulling, among others], due to its specific and unique properties. Though, as you discussed, any oil can be used; quality is the most important factor-minimally processed/organic.

  • Lisa B

    Hi Erica,
    Well, I thought I would give it a try (why not, eh?) and these are the benefits I have found, doing a variation between morning and nighttime (when I have time available):
    – Tooth enamel hardening
    – Less plaque
    – Am prone to sinus infection, but it is keeping the infection part away!
    – Reduction in acid reflux (this just started at the end of two weeks)
    – Less fatigue in the mornings. Not that I feel more rested necessarily, but definitely less fatigued.

    As for the ‘feel’ of it, I find that the oil melts almost instantly on my tongue and there is VERY little coconut taste and have grown to like it so much that I miss it when I don’t get to do it! :)

    The label on my jar of coconut oil reads as follows – Family Owned, Aunt Patty’s, Since 1983, Organic, Extra Virgin, Coconut Oil, Non GMO, Raw-Cold Pressed. I didn’t go out and buy it, I had bought it on a whim when another friend told me about using it in cooking and it was still sitting brand new in my cupboard! :)

    Hope this helps!

    • Erica Stolman

      So great!! Glad it has helped you!

  • Rosalynn

    I ordered Nature’s Way Organic, Unrefined, Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Amazon last week. I couldn’t WAIT to get it, so I could get started. It finally came today and I tried it this afternoon. However, from now on, I plan on doing it first thing in the morning. I was just anxious to get started. ^_^ I don’t know if it was just the placebo effect or if it was real, but I swear I felt more energized and focused, like my senses were sharper. I made it the full 20 minutes, but I am definitely in the category of people who seem to have especially active saliva glands. I had to spit a LOT during the process, just to keep enough room in my mouth for swishing. I’m going to try a smaller dose tomorrow.
    I just wanted to let you know that I think at least a couple of my sisters are going to try Oil Pulling and maybe my mom. I’d love for my dad to try it, too. I mean, there are so many possible benefits that it seems like there’s something for everyone. Your blog has also inspired me to do further research, which I hope will improve my health even more and increase my knowledge of overall wellness. It’s kind of crazy how somebody you don’t even know can impact your life in such a way. I expect Oil Pulling to become a regular habit for me and I never would’ve heard of it if you hadn’t posted it, and it got circulated on Facebook. I can’t wait to see what kind of benefits I might reap! So, thank you for the time, research, and patience you have invested in getting this valuable information to the public. :-)

  • Belinda

    Hello: I went to our Country Nutrition of Indiana, I live in Greenwood Indiana area and this store is near us. If you live in our area, please let me know and I can give you the person name that has some much information that help me today. They recommended Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: Worlds Best Cooking Oil. It is priced at $41 and you can get a 20% off and it’s is around $33. for a 54 fl. oz. I was told to use it for everything, after bath or shower: use as your baby oil for your lotion, also if you have dry hair: use a little at night and rub into your scalp and then shower in the am or add a little in am and blow dry if your hair isn’t oily. I was told to use as facial lotion like our Oil of Olay for aging. Use as a teeth cleaner by swishing around your mouth for whiting, bacteria, cleaning. They didn’t say anything about your internal cleansing or healing. Which is great to know. I had jaw surgery and still having issue’s. Also to cook with it buy drizzling over your meat or bread or great for stir fry your vegetables as your oil. I haven’t tried it yet, because I just bought it today and then seen the face book page. Great to see other’s are trying this and it seems to be working. This is the information I received today to try. Good Luck and thank you for the encouragement. So you are saying that it may help with body pain, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue?

  • A friend posted this on FB last night and I decided to try it… this morning was my first time, and it actually went pretty well! I did have to spit out the oil at about the ten-minute mark and start over with new – just couldn’t keep from swallowing/gagging at that point, but I wanted to get in the full 20 minutes of swishing! Definitely wasn’t easy, but my mouth feels great and really clean now, so I’ll keep trying and I’m sure it’ll be easier once I get accustomed to it. I used to have perfect teeth but just in the last couple years have started developing a lot of cavities and some sensitivity so I’m hoping this will help avoid those in future! Plus, I’m excited to see if it really clears up bad breath :) Thanks for this detailed post and your infinite patience in answering comments and questions!

  • Bertist

    Hi, Ive Started Oil Pulling Today i did my 20 minutes straight but my thing is that my coconut oil is liquid before i oil pull its clear but after i oil pull i realize it came white. is this coconut oil good to use?

    • Erica Stolman

      Yes- that means it is working!

      • Bertist

        Thanks alot You Saved My Life I Will Tell You Alone The Way I Did It Since Morning And My Breathe is Perfect OMG My Mom Is Starting Tomorrow She Couldn;t Believe It

        • Erica Stolman

          yay!! Congrats :)

  • Valerie Bunge

    Is it better to Oil Pull at night or in the AM?
    I started doing it at night, before bed while watching a movie or reading a book. But then someone told me you’re supposed to do it in the morning before eating anything. This is tough for me since I work so early and usually am rushing to be ready and leave. What do you recommend?

    • Erica Stolman

      Yes- it is much better to do it in the AM before you eat. Maybe do it while getting ready?

  • hey-
    i’ve been OP for a week now + my skin has been breaking out pretty bad. is this just due to the body detoxifying? do you know if it will get better soon?
    a 25 year old + acne is not my favorite combo. hahaha i feel like a pre-teen. shame!

    • Erica Stolman

      It is due to the body detoxing- I would stick it out & soon your skin will be better than ever!!

    • Amanda

      Hey Caryn,
      Wondering if your skin is still breaking out?

    • Alex

      How long did the breaking out last?
      Did your acne condition get better?


  • Niky

    Does anyone else have trouble with their mouth producing Too much saliva? I tried it for the first time this morning.. my mom didn’t have too much of a problem however not even 5 minutes into this my mouth was 100% Full of saliva.. my options at that point were choke, drown, or spit it out. so I spit it out and put another small scoop in.. again 5 minutes or less my mouth was again FULL of saliva so I just decided to spit it out. Not sure if I am getting any benefits out of this at this point.. suggestions?

    • Erica Stolman

      you can always just spit out a little & keep going- you will still get the benefits!

  • Hope Faircloth

    Do you brush your teeth before it after?

    • Erica Stolman

      after- yet I use a fluoride free toothpaste!!

  • where do u find this product in a small town and is it expensive?

    • Erica Stolman

      You can always look online!

  • Barbara Mayes

    Tried for the first time this morning. My teeth are literally 10X whiter! They were coffee stained and I had been putting off getting those white strips, they are so expensive. My mouth feels clean and comfortable..and on top of that I feel my sinuses draining. Cool beans..I am sold!

  • Stephanie

    I’m just really wondering how you keep from swallowing for 20 min. In the article you say we shouldn’t swallow the oil so….?

    • Erica Stolman

      It really isn’t as much as an issue as people think!!!

  • Gtw

    Wow! First time, no after taste, which was my only question. Who thinks of this stuff? Well day one down.

  • Hey there! Thanks so much for this informative article, I’ve been looking everywhere for more info about oil pulling! Is it okay if I use avocado oil?

    • Erica Stolman

      There are people who use avo oil!

  • Sarah

    Going to try it first thing tomorrow- I love coconut oil, health, and white teeth ;)

  • Jocie

    Does OP replace toothpaste/toothbrushing??

    • Erica Stolman

      It certainly can, but I still brush with organic toothpaste!

  • mary helen

    Do you use unrefined or refined coconut oil? I have read several articles and don’t know which one is better as opposed to the other. What are some preferences for unrefined/refined oil?

    • Erica Stolman

      I prefer unrefined as it has a higher level of lauric acid which is the active ingredient that causes OP-ing to work so well :). Refined still has over 50% so it will work as well, but I personally prefer unrefined.

  • Daniel T. Bailey

    I have had TMJ issues for the last few years now, but never have they been worse than in the last two months. I am currently serving my third deployment in Afghanistan (U.S. Army), and I know stress probably plays a big role in my TMJ pain, but nothing the medics have been able to do for me so far has helped. Meanwhile, I see EVERYBODY sharing this article on facebook lately and finally decided to read it. I’ll just say I am going to try oil pulling ASAP!! I hate this TMJ nonsense and I am so happy I finally read your article.

    • Erica Stolman

      TMJ is a HUGE pain (literally!!), OP-ing has helped me & my jaw issues big time, hopefully it helps you too & thank you for your work!!

  • Thank you, very interesting, will try!! Btw, this is the way to get rid of TMJ forever: xo

  • John Moony

    You brush your teeth after pulling, right? Not before?

    • Erica Stolman

      yes, with a natural & fluoride-free toothpaste!

  • How many times a day can you oil pull? Would it be ok to do it once in the morning and once at night? Or would this just be pointless?

    • Erica Stolman

      I think once a day is enough!!

  • V

    I got a super nasty bacterial infection in my tummy…it cause diarrhea for three weeks from a week an a half of treatments. I would NOT suggest this as something all people could do. I was unbelievably sick and was really hoping for great results…and no, I did not swallow it.
    Congrats to everyone else who was successful!

    • Erica Stolman

      I am so sorry you had a bad experience & got a sick tummy- did the doctor say it was from Oil Pulling? I looked in forums & never really saw any tummy problems w/ people unless they accidentally swallowed quite a bit? You are right, it’s not for everybody and again- so sorry :(

  • Jay

    Hey, how are u? i’m wondering, u’r not talking about the coconut oil we use for hair, right? cause i’m based in Paris France and i’m trying to look for it.

    • Erica Stolman

      coconut oil for cooking :)

  • Vanessa

    Hi Erica —
    I’d just like to give a warning to parents out there: My 11-year old had a toothache, so we tried OPing w/ a very small amount of coconut oil (maybe 2 tablespoons). While she was swishing, she sneezed and a bit came out her nose. We both laughed it off but five days later, she had a massive headache and fever. It got bad enough where we had to go to the ER, and after many hours and several imaging studies, they diagnosed her with a sinus infection. They did cultures to find out what kind of organism it was, and it turned out to be a type of bacteria that’s extremely resistant to antibiotics. Long story short — she’s okay, but this OPing ended up costing us several thousand dollars in hospital bills and my daughter has suffered a lot because of it. Food products are not sterile, as I’ve learned. Please be careful with this and any other treatment not recommended by physicians. Thanks.

    • Erica Stolman

      I am so sorry to hear this & thank you for sharing this with my readers. It is very important to not swallow the oil for reasons similar to this- since the oil does fill up with bacteria. If you have the urge to sneeze (anyone reading this) you must must must spit out the oil ASAP. I hope your daughter is feeling better now.

    • Shalaina

      I’m sorry you went through that. I noticed you said you put a small amount in your daughter’s mouth 2 tablespoons. That is what caused the problem. Its suppose to be 1 tablespoon and for a child I would say way less. I am an adult and I find 1 tablespoon almost too much for my mouth. So 2 would be way way too much and yes I can see why she would have choked on that and had it come out of her nose. No one could hold 2 tablespoons of oil in their mouth with out having a huge reaction. So I don’t think its the process but the amount you put in there.

  • Tullika Sonam Wangdi

    I’m so glad I found this article and so many people that are interested in it. Oil pulling is an old Indian technique that has been used in Ayurveda. Sesame Oil is the recommended oil followed by coconut oil. Olive Oil is too viscous and tends to have a far more over-powering taste. Make sure the oil you use is Organic and Cold-pressed.
    You don’t have to start OP at 20 minutes, you can start with 5 and build up to 20 once you figure out how much oil you can tolerate and also efficient swishing without feeling like your mouth is about to explode.
    For the first week I recommend spitting in a plastic bag so that you can see how white and think the oil has become with toxins.
    For those who need to melt the oil, take the amount you need in a small glass bowl and then place it in hot water. Do not heat and re-heat the entire bottle everyday as it affects the molecular structure of the oil and changes the efficacy for OP.
    In India, after one was done with OP they would rinse out their mouth and use something known as Datoon (They would chew on a stick from the Neem tree and “brush” with it- Neem is a well known antiseptic). Since we don’t really use Datoon anymore in the cities, I would recommend brushing after OP, it is essential to make sure that none of the OP residue is left behind in your mouth or swallowed as it is filled with toxins.
    I have 3 caps and a major weak gum issue for a while now, but ever since I started OP there is no bleeding or pain. My skin has also begun to clear up.
    Do it as soon as you wake up. I feed my cats, Put some water to boil for my coffee, check Instagram and play my mandatory 3 rounds of Candy Crush while I do my 20 mins of OP.
    Good luck everyone!
    To better health!

  • mike palmiere

    Hi I have just started this, using organic coconut oil Now for me with in a second of it being in my mouth it turns to total liquid and my mouth begins to fill with saliva. And I mean tons, and the longer I leave it in there the more saliva is produced and I look like one of those squirrels with nuts in both cheeks. I can physically hold all this in my mouth for 20 minutes. It feels likes going to explode. Do you have any idea why this would happen, or what it means. I can only hold all this in my mouth for about 2 minutes. Any advice or comments about this?

    • Erica Stolman

      The oil is supposed to turn to liquid. If your mouth is filling up with saliva and it’s too much- you can spit a bit out as you go!

  • Shalaina

    Hi Erica,
    I was the one that just wrote about how it fills up my mouth with saliva. The auto fill put Mike in the name, because this use to be his computer. But I am Shalaina. Anyways any help with this would be great, or any understanding as to why my mouth produces so much saliva when I try and do this, would be great. Shalaina

    • Erica Stolman

      yes yes- if there is too much saliva, you should spit out a bit as you go. Or instead of 1 tbsp, try 1/2 tabslespoon. The oil is though, supposed to turn to liquid.

  • Shalaina

    Hi Erica,
    I wrote another comment but it doesn’t look like it got on here. Ok what happens for me is within a couple of seconds my mouth seems to produce and enormous amount of liquid, saliva I guess, but my whole mouth fills up with saliva and the longer I have the oil in there the more it fills. So I can only hold all of this for a couple of minutes. Do you know why this happens? What might cause this, or what it means? Any suggestions, because I have to spit it out at about 2 minutes, I can not hold that much liquid in my mouth with out swallowing it for more than that, so there’s no way I can hold all that for 20 minutes. Any help here would be greatly appreciated. Shalaina

    • Erica Stolman

      see below :)

  • Be supposed to pure natural products! That product is animal cruelty free. This is also pure natural products and that built your fairness.

  • Thanks for sharing this!!!i hope you will like this carbide rings,it is best choice for your dress!!!

  • omg! i so agree and i so love this!!

    I started with using coconut oil for a hair mask, then as a face moisturizer, and finally for oil pulling! but NOW i am SUPER into coconut oil in my coffee/tea to make a LATTE. omg you have to try it!

    • Erica Stolman

      ooh that sounds AMAZING! I will try it ASAP :). Thanks babe.

  • So. This may be a very dumb question, but do you continue to brush your teeth as well?

    • Erica Stolman

      Not a dumb question! You don’t do it during but you can afterwards with a fluoride-free toothpaste :)

      • Sabrina

        Just curious, but why does it have to be flouride-free, can you give me some details? I have been oil pulling for several months and I always brush my teeth right after but I use a regular toothpaste, such as arm & hammer or colgate. Does this reverse the benefits?

        • It doesn’t reverse the benefits, but typically fluoride free is suggested as fluoride is a chemical that has been linked to various thyroid & endocrine problems.

  • Monoganie

    the reason why you do Oil Pulling in the morning, is just because then there are a lot or the most bacteria /poison in your mouth.
    the bacteria eat your left overs in your mouth all night..
    the bacteria also digested this foot , thats why some do smell worse in their mouth..
    also the poison will be pull out of you tongue and salivary glands.
    know also that cocos oil is to bake in, to put on your skin, it will work as factor 2 sunblock in summer to, or if your skin is burned from the sun put cocosoil on it to.
    to us as just butter and many more usings

    greetings Mono – Netherlands

  • Amie

    I just started oil pulling, but my biggest problem is that I just do not have time to do it most mornings. The days that I do have time, I do it first thing in the morning – but when I’m not able to do it in the morning, I do it in the evening instead. I understand that it may not be quite AS effective to oil pull in the evening vs. the morning, but you would think it is still better than not doing it at all, right??

    • Erica Stolman

      Yes- absolutely!

  • Judy

    I live in the desert, with it warming up my oil sitting on the counter has stayed liquid. Is this ok, or should I put it in the refrig? All the pictures I see, the tablespoon is solid oil. It will probably be fall before my counter get below 76 degrees. I am assuming that this is just like my olive oil, which sits in the cupboard, but I use that in cooking. Since I am putting this in my mouth I want to make sure it is ok for it to stay liquid all the time

    • Erica Stolman

      It is okay, some people actually prefer it :)

  • jp

    May cause LIPID PNEUMONIA !

    • Erica Stolman

      Thank you for letting my readers know! I absolutely want everyone to be fully informed before trying anything new/different.

  • Great and informative post!
    I’m interested in oil pulling but can’t help thinking how weird it is to swish oil in my mouth for 15-20 minutes. After reading your post, I think I should give it a try for at least a week (plus I have extra virgin olive oil at home) and see how it will turn out :-)

    • Erica Stolman

      Yes! Let me know how it works for you <3

  • Lilian

    I don’t really have the time to read all the comments, so I don’t know if mine was addressed before, but here it goes: I have been OPing for about 5 years now, I attest for all the benefits mentioned, but my main reason is the cleansing of the body. It pulls out all the chemicals accumulated in your blood stream from all the wrong things you ingest( with the exception of heavy metals, which is not so easily removed from the body).I do it with walnut oil, since I have a very sensitive palate and do not tolerate the after taste of many oils, including coconut. I do it using one tsp and swish for about 12-15 min, the time I need to wash, cut and extract my vegetable/fruit morning juice . It is essential that it’s done in the morning, before you put ANYTHING else in your mouth.If you want to know more, google Ayurvedic Medicine. It explains in details.

    • Erica Stolman

      Thanks for that!! I would like to try walnut oil- I will look into that :) thanks! xo

  • Taryn

    I just read your article, while doing oil pulling for the first time, and I can’t believe it, but my sinuses cleared up by the time i was done!! I could literally feel them draining down the back of my throat and joining the oil pool party in my mouth! I’m going to start doing this before and after work. Amazing! I was skeptical at first about swishing for 20 minutes, but it flew by an it relaxed me as well. Can’t wait to see some of the other benefits. I battle with sinus problems and have even had surgery, but that was the fastest fix of all! Better than a Sinutab!

    • Erica Stolman

      That’s so great!! I am glad to hear it worked for you <3

  • Shawn Martin

    Ive been OPing for a couple of weeks. I was hooked the very first time. My teeth felt like Id been to the dentist for a cleaning! Cleared my sinuses instantly. I know it sounds crazy to swish oil around in your mouth, but it works. Dont know if toxins are being removed for sure but I’d bet on it! Just would like to comment on the possibility of repairing cavities. I read a blog a guy swears OPing fixed his cavities. Of course denists will say the teeth cannot heal themselves because thats what they were taught, think about it… If teeth could repair themselves no need for dentists.. something to think about

    • Erica Stolman

      Thanks for your input, I totally agree, dentists are anti-oil pulling cause they don’t want people to find alternatives to pricey dental care. I think they should be happy people are paying more attention to their oral health & trying to try new things to help.

  • Robert Murphy

    I saw this on Fox News Sunday and it was a Doctor who was talking about this last week. I am thinking king of trying. Thanks for all your great info!!!

    • Erica Stolman


  • Shanice M

    I tried it this morning and I couldn’t do it for more than 15 minutes without gagging. Also, my gum was bleeding afterwards. Is that normal? Not really sure. I wanna keep trying it though. Do you think it would be okay?

    • Erica Stolman

      you can definitely work up to 20 minutes, not quite sure about why your gum would bleed? I would be cautious and keep and eye on that.

  • Karen

    How does this detox your body??

    • Erica Stolman

      There are many different theories on the practice & how it detoxifies, but because people have decided to bully me terribly on the internet for sharing my experience on this topic… I will redirect you to this book that explains in further detail::

      I could go on for hours about how amazing it has been for me, but I have experienced some serious hatred from people at this point. Hope you understand.

  • So glad you wrote this article and very, very sorry that people are being rude about it. I would like to try this and see how it works for me. My teeth are stained and my gums could be healthier! I read through most of the comments and what an interesting variety of people and questions. Keep up the good work, Erica Stolman!

    • Erica Stolman

      Thank you very much :) Let me know how you like it!! xo

  • Cesar AT

    Erica, why 20 minutes? Does one get enough of the benefits if they do it for 10 minutes a day?

    • Erica Stolman

      20 minutes is the ideal time as it gives the whole process the time needed to work to it’s fullest. If you can’t do 20, 10 is better than no time at all.

  • Cesar AT

    Also, Erica, why drink water after oil pulling? What if one drinks the water before?

    • Erica Stolman

      You can drink water before, but it is recommended to do so afterwards as well.

  • Cesar AT

    So, I’ve tried it once at night before sleeping, having eaten dinner at 9 pm, then brushing teeth at 11:30 pm, then oil pulling at 12 am (yes, I’m a late nighter). I didn’t get any nausea. In this case, I actually say it’s better to brush teeth and oil pull at night, before sleeping. From what I know, the cleaner one’s mouth is, the healthier it is, including the length of time it’s clean. One’s mouth needs to be clean in order to heal itself, i.e. gingivitis, remineralizing, other injuries and/or infections. And it is during sleep that the body most heals itself. Therefore, unless one experiences nausea, oil pulling at night before sleep is best.

    • paresh

      yes in ayurveda it is advised to be done before sleep. I do it by night and don’t wash my teeth after oil pulling spitted. I beleive to allow the teeths covered with oil is better for the night whole

  • Nikki

    There’s too many comments to get to the bottom of and not enough swishing time to kill but has the coconut ‘under the tongue’ trick from here been mentioned? You don’t need to give it long and it’s the way I do it without any difficulties. Funny thing is I don’t usually like coconut in normal food!!

    • Erica Stolman

      It hasn’t- thanks for sending that my way, I will check it out! xo

  • Michelle

    I’m so sorry I’m going to do this, because I’m sure you are “weary” of some of the comments, but in your last line, if the folks are cautious or anxious about trying it, then they are “wary”.

    Please smile. :D

    I, for one, thank you for sharing your experience, and those of the many who commented their experiences as well.

    • Erica Stolman

      Thanks! Always appreciate a typo correction. xo

  • Ness

    I had my wisdom teeth pulled last week, and the pain is so intense where the sockets are. Swishing coconut oil around in my mouth actually decreases the pain. Witchcraft! Magic!

    • Erica Stolman

      Ahh sorry to hear you are in pain, but glad that this helped! xo

  • We completely agree! Oil pulling is fantastic for so many different reasons, and coconut oil in general is a MUST for all beauty and health essentials!

    Looking for some USDA Certified Organic, cold pressed, coconut oil? Check out for some of the best!

  • Andy

    Hi, Erica, thank you for your wonderful post! I tried oil pulling for the first time today and I’m getting an oily film around my teeth and gums. I tried gargling with warm water, then warm salt water to try to get rid of it, but it’s still there. What should I do?

    On the plus side, I made it to 20 mins, hurrah!

    • Erica Stolman

      You can brush your teeth after with a natural toothpast like Toms of Maine- that should help :) thanks! xo

  • Oil pulling is indeed an effective way to whiten teeth and can be helpful to one’s overall oral health. When I first heard about this home remedy product, I got curious. So I read lots of testimonials about it. Now, I’m convinced. Oil pulling is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It can even be applied by one’s self.

  • I’ve heard from many different sources that coconut oil is brilliant for bleached hair!

  • Wow fantastic post, I have NEVER heard of this before but it makes perfect sense. Is there a particular brand of coconut oil that works best?

    • Erica Stolman

      Any brand works! Just make sure it’s organic & expeller pressed!

  • Thanks so much for this! Oil pulling certainly sounds a bit terrifying, but there are just so many incentives, clearly!

  • I’ve been using coconut oil for many years and it has done wonders

  • Thanks its very interesting and you have provided very good stuff. Coconut oil is so useful in our daily routine. Great.

  • Jane Regan

    I saw this and tried it and had an immediate effect of more energy . I do it most mornings with a teaspoon of oil while making tea and sorting out clothes and just flies by! I feel more alert and have whiter teeth.
    My sceptical daughter tried this and was amazed at how awake it makes her feel even with sleepless nights attending to her young children.
    I will always do this now

  • Malinka

    I see that many are asking about the effect of OP to crowns and fillings. I can only talk from personal experience and the little knowledge I have from actually being a regular dental patient. I have crowns and white fillings in my mouth( I replaced all my amalgam fillings years ago at the recommendation of my own dentist). I do oil pulling without fear.

    The reason dentists put fillings, crowns, etc.. after cleaning the teeth from decay one way or another, is to strengthen a damaged tooth so it doesn’t get broken from chewing and other “mouth forces” and also to seal the tooth so food and organics don’t enter either. Food/organics equal bacterial activities in that tooth so it’s to be avoided at all cost, otherwise the tooth decays under the dental work and one would notice it when it’s too late for the tooth to be saved.

    So back to Oil pulling. If the oil is actually capable of entering a sealed tooth in order to dislodge the crown/filling, then the tooth is either not repaired correctly or the filling/crown has a crack in it. That means not just oil has been entering the tooth, but also food and all other liquids you drink. Which in turn means it’s very likely the tooth is already decaying underneath the dental work because organics such as food decompose via bacterial activity and where there are organics, there is bacteria for sure.

    So unfortunately, if a filling or crown falls off, it will cost a lot to repair, but it may save whatever is left from your tooth.
    If aesthetics and loss of crowns is the only thing you are worried about, then don’t oil pulling but dental work that is already damaged/not done correctly, will totally destroy the remaining tooth sooner or later, and even worse, damage your gums and the infection could even spread deeper to the jaw bone depending how far the tooth is left to decay.

    That’s my humble view on oil pulling and crowns/fillings.

  • I do it in morning

  • Zoe

    Eek I want to try this!! Hard to imagine not brushing my teeth after but definitely willing to give it a go! xx

    • Erica Stolman

      You will see- it works great!

  • Susan

    Great article! I love oil pulling. :)

  • thanks friends…..!

  • its goood post ….!

  • Really thank you very much for this list of health guest posts sites

  • This is new to me, never know that oil can help us to fight back germs etc.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  • Betty Boivin

    Great post…Thank you.

  • How does it help with hormons?What do I do?Please help!!!!!!

  • cher

    i put it my mouth as a solid. it melts within 5 seconds or less.

  • Gladys

    I keep trying the mouth wash with olive oil for several months.
    Obviously, the conditions with my sleeping problem and sensitive teeth have been improved in lot.
    For sure, I believe the mouth wash has helped me to pull out the toxin from my body.

  • Preet

    A great post! I have been OPing for the last three months and have noticed tremendous changes in my depression. My lows are not so low, and i feel ready to move on and step out.

    • Erica Stolman

      such a game changer! glad it’s been helping you!

  • sunny

    my daughters have been doing this for some time, and they swear by it! i’m next…

  • I use Cocozia coconut oil for everything))

  • Will it help canker sores?

  • Foxielover

    I’ve just started about 4 days ago & have already gotten my mom into it. I can already tell my teeth feel smoother & my gums are in better shape. It is addicting.

  • Mike

    I have been plagued with hives for the past year. Been to dermatologists, had blood work etc etc. the diagnosis was simply “you have hives” people just get them and there is no cure, It is not allergic, or a reaction to coming in contact with anything, so i have put up with them sometimes covering my whole body on certain days. They would come and go. At first i thought it was from drinking alcohol because they seemed to be the worst when i was hung over. My wife heard of oil pulling (coconut oil) and i read how it had helped people with skin problems. Well to my surprise, i have been swishing a teaspoon first thing in the am and just before bed. I have been hive free for over a week now. I am still a bit skeptical, but if i go another week without hives, the oil pulling has definitely been the cure.

  • Action Jackson

    I don’t know why anyone would give you a hard time for sharing this post. I did my first oil pulling before bed last night, not only did my mouth feel clean, but overall, I felt great. I was chipper and happier than normal at bedtime.

    I just got done doing it this morning about 20 minutes ago. The morning congestion that I normally have, is there, but significantly less, my mouth feels clean, and once again, overall, I feel GREAT!

    I will def be continuing this on a daily basis, at least once per day, but hopefully twice. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    • So glad to hear this! I am gonna pull right now!

  • Honestopinion1114

    I keep reading that oil pulling should be done 1st thing in the morning… I cannot eat, drink or sometimes even talk without brushing my teeth or atleast rinsing my mouth as soon as I wake up… Will oil pulling still be effective if done either before bed, or in the morning after brushing my teeth once?

    • Yes- but I still say better in the morning (even if you brush first!)

      • Honestopinion1114

        Thank u for the prompt response! I’m planning to start this tomorrow :)

  • stepheniek

    It is preferable to oil pull first thing in the morning but I can’t do that all the time. I actually use It’s cold-pressed coconut oil and it comes in little packets that makes it way more convenient. I usually do it in the shower or in the car on my way to work.

  • Eby Kessler

    Tried this for the first time this morning, hopefully it will help my severely dry skin. Whiter teeth would be a bonus as well. Made it 18 minutes! :)

  • Robin Duffey

    Pulling works great for me, bad breath gone and whiter teeth! I also use for my skin. From face to my whole body. This is the cheapest skin softener that really works. I also noticed that it helps to reduce fine facial lines. I buy organic.

  • Felisha Flowers

    Is it better to do it in the morning ? Or could we do it at night ?

    • In the morning, before you brush your teeth or eat anything. After you pull, brush your teeth as normal. I recommend getting an all natural toothpaste as well, so you avoid putting chemicals back in your mouth right after pulling. :)

  • Sami Peterson

    I LOVE this. Wish I had taken a before pic. I use fractionated coconut oil. Do you think that’s just as beneficial? Thanks!

  • Yes coconut sugar is very healthy for our health. Coconut sugar is increasing in popularity because it is healthier in nature and ethical alternative to white sugar. Organic coconut sugar, also known as plam sugar, is a perfect for health because it has no chemicals.

  • blah blah blah

    Internet bullies are just the manifestation of negative energies wandering about in search of a positive host. Ignore them and watch them grow even more frustrated.
    Im all over oil pulling, and anything else the great sages left behind for us in the vedic texts. Have you researched earthing/grounding? What a feeling!! It really brings you to a place of inner peace.

    • No- I am going to look into it though! Thank you for the kind words <3 x

  • I will be buying some tomorrow to try. I suffer with migraines… Chronic daily migraines, so it will be interesting to see if this helps with it.


    I can’t wait to try first thing this morning. After reading all new and old comments, which by the way thank you for repeating your answers on non fluoride toothpaste and spitting a little due to the saliva effect. Lol I can understand if copy and paste became your BFF. However, what is your opinion on brushing with Peroxide instead of toothpaste. Because I do! Can I still use Peroxide or should I buy fluoride free TP. Just keep in mind I have never used toothpaste…….. thanks for Blog

    • I am not sure about Peroxide, but fluoride free toothpaste is always a safe bet :) x

      • Jennifer Young

        Sweet, I love that you speak on the subjects you know the truth about and are really honest when you are not sure! Just part of the reason why your blogs is so popular.

  • Robin McPlurry

    been pulling for a few weeks now and still dont really notice a dif. teeth may have gotten whiter, but tarter still there and so are yellow spots.. gonna do it a full month or 2 before i call nonsense on this. using trader joes unrefined virgin coco oil btw for 20 mins a day sometimes twice a day with an immediate brushing after

    • randomguy01

      Any results?

  • When I brushed my teeth with traditional fluoride contained toothpaste, gums bleed. But, when I tried the coconut oil substitute for Chemical toothpaste, luckily the bleeding has gone. Now I am also performing oil-pulling every day and night. I will post my results if it’s positive. See you!

  • chrisvon

    Wow this highly commendable. If you are able to see a positive result, there’s no harm in trying. 20mins is such a long time but I have to endure it just to get the positive result. This is quite an impressing ideas. I’ll surely share this with my Alexandria va dentist for this alternative ways of whitening teeth, toothpaste etc. Their dentist and staff are friendly and very open-minded so there will be sharing some insights too. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

  • Lisa H

    Just coming across your blog. Love your writing style! I have been oil pulling for about 3 months and like you, wonder why in the world I didn’t know about this years earlier. Better late than never though, for sure. I have been using coconut oil for over a year now as my ONLY face, body & hair moisturizer. Talk about saving $! I am no longer a beauty product junkie. (well, not nearly as much, anyway-ha!) I even feed it (abt 1 Tbsp/day) to my beloved dogs. They go absolutely crazy for it! It has helped their coat, teeth and gums & seems to have helped keep the mosquitoes & other pests at bay this summer. My 12 yr old son has recently started oil pulling – at 1st it was a little tough for him to do for 20 minutes, but within 2 weeks, his acne (face & upper back) has considerably cleared and his face definitely does not appear to be as oily! Absolutely no other routine changes so I can only attribute it to the oil. I am amazed & so grateful to be able to offer my child something so natural & organic that really seems to be working, instead of the meds & chemicals we were considering to treat the issue. Teeth whitening has just been a nice bonus for all of us. Thank you for sharing this with those that were not familiar with such important info! I’ve bookmarked your site to enjoy in the future. :)

    • That’s SO amazing to hear! I have to try giving it to my dogs :)

      Glad you enjoyed the article & got on the oil pulling train. It’s a real game changer!

    • Jules

      I I’m so pleased to hear that this has had such a powerful impact on clearing up your sons acne! I have been struggling with skin health for almost a year a I have been looking for anything that will help. I just started pulling two days ago and I’m already seeing results!! My skin seems to be clearing and healing, and my lips don’t feel chapped or cracked!! When I read your response it almost made me cry because it has given me hope that I’m on the right track to clearing my skin and getting back to my old self!! Acne at any age is such a pain in the butt and really messes with our self esteem! I am 33 years old so having acne at this age is really the pits and so my heart goes out to your young son!! I’m happy to hear he’s looking great and I’m sure he’s feeling good too!!! All the best and thank you for your personal anecdote!!!! Xo Jules

  • This is awesome – I restarted again so I’m oil pulling as I comment swish swish swish

  • ooh! I bet they love it!

  • Jules

    I I just recently started doing this! I was so happy when I googled Oil Pulling and I saw your post in the top list of resources!! So, I’ve been battling a skin nightmare for almost a year now. Literally when I say nightmare I’m not exaggerating. It started with acne, and then because of going psycho with acne remedies, over the counter chemicals for anti-acne, micro-needling, using every thing and anything under the sun that “claimed” it would help cure my acne. I damaged my skin in the process. I became so obsessed with the “getting rid of process”, that I really broke down my skins natural barrier and was creating a very lovely breeding ground for bacteria to enter in!!! Hello! I’m a makeup artist and should know better than this. However, when you get acne at any age it can be so detrimental to your confidence. So… this past spring I ended up with a staph infection! Yep! STAPH!!! So scary. I was told it was staph related Acne and that it wasn’t a big deal. Given a strong prescription for antibiotics and a concoction of topical creams I set out to clear this up. Yes the oral antibiotics did help get rid of the infection for the most part but the added topical creams seemed to continue to wear down my skins barrier and make my skin dry, flaky, cracked, and it started to develop little pustules or papules that on a monthly basis keep opening and shedding and making me look like I have sores on my skin. All of this to say, I went to a dermatologist and am finally on a good regime. I told her I absolutely didn’t want to take any oral antibiotics because I just am not down with being on them long term. I wanted to start looking at ways to clear my skin from the outside in and the inside out. I have often reflected on my skin health and thought that there had To be a correlation between my skin and my oral hygiene or oral health. Everything is so interconnected and being that the skin is our largest organ I figured getting on a better routine with my oral hygiene couldn’t hurt my skin. So, two days into Oil Pulling with a great coconut oil I am totally and utterly obsessed!!!! I avoided this for a long time because I was horrified that I was going to spit the oil out and it was going To look so hideous and the oil was going to be like black or Something hahahahah! I thought it was going to be disgusting. It’s SO not!!! I find it really relaxing, soothing to my mouth and my gums, and I feel cleaner after I do it! I slept amazing the last two nights, and woke up with really soft and healed looking lips. My skin and all the current areas I’m trying to treat already look like they are healing! It’s like miracles are starting to occur!! I really believe that as I continue doing this that it is going to help so many health concerns I have as well as really keep mending and healing my poor skin. Sorry for the long post, but just wanted to share some hope for anyone out there that may be suffering from acne or other skin issues. As well as stress that it’s not gross, and 20 minutes totally flies by!!! It’s amazing how clean my mouth feels. Lastly, living in a really crazy climate like NYC I know that this process is going to be great come winter. It will really help keep me from having chapped lips and I’m sure that it will be adding hydration to my skin. Everyone should try this and be adding this to their morning!!!!
    Out of curiosity, have you tried mixing other essential oils into your oil while you swish? I read a post where the guy highlighted some specific oils you can add like peppermint, clove, cinnamon etc. that these increase the value of Pulling and have added health benefits. I know you are into essential oils so I had to ask if you have tried it and what you noticed??

    Keep up the amazing work and keep these incredible posts coming!!! You are such an inspiration. Xoxo

    • Thanks lady! I haven’t tried mixing essential oils- but I think that’s a great idea!!!

  • Iwani

    Hi everyone, I’ve started oil pulling too for the past 22 days. Today I did something silly. I couldn’t hold back my cough during the last 3 minutes of the OP session and I coughed out EVERYTHINGGGGG on my pants, shirt and keyboard!!! Hahaha. I disinfected my keyboard, shirt and pants with Dettol right after. Then it struck me silly, once it’s out of my mouth, all the germs will all die anyway right! Some people drooled in their sleep too, it would be crazy if they need to disinfect their sheets and pillow cases every other day. Teehee.

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  • Alicia Nichols Rogers

    I have been wondering about this for a while after a friend told me she does it. I have decided to give it a try. I already use coconut oil to remove my makeup.

  • Christy Myers

    Is it ok to do this at night before bed & on the morning when you wake up?

  • LG

    I apologize for the length of my message but want to share details I believe will give the full picture of my CO experience.I have suffered with chronic mouth/teeth issues for many years, not because I dont take care of my teeth/mouth but because I had to do chemo for 4yrs for multiple sclerosis. Chemo of course affects your overall immune system and steroids have TONS of sugar.  In 2013, I also had to do radiation for a brain tumor regrowth(my 3rd) and was unaware of the problems that has on our oral health and teeth. Due to the chemo Ive had tons of infections(throat, mouth, vaginal) so I had to take antibiotics which contain among other things sugar. Also had to take nystatin drops for oral yeast due to the antibiotics. Its a cycle I was unaware of the effects which may happen to my oral health. It wasnt until after the radiation my dentist told me that radiation is VERY bad for our teeth/oral health, especially because my tumor is in my brain, naturally is near our mouths! Thats on top of the other meds Ive been on What should have happened is I should have been told by my neurologist and neurosurgeon to get any dental work done to get my teeth in good health and during the radiation given a protective gel. Nonetheless, long story short, within a few months of radiation, my teeth began breaking, cracking etc and now have “lost” 5 teeth, have a couple which have cracked or partially broken off, you would think I havent taken care of my teeth or done meth.Neither are true at all. Its been embarrassing & devastating. I have had gum infections because the tooth has abcessed and decided as an experiment to try CO. If I started getting any symptoms (redness, tenderness, pain, swelling, pus etc)I would try the CO, also in part because it was a weekend and knew my dentist couldnt prescribe antibiotics. Well let me just say that on 4 or 5 different occasions where I either started getting the tenderness, pain and on 2 occasions it developed so quickly to pus abcesses with visible pus so I continually thru out the day and evening I would put CO on the area, let it sit and spit it out. It wasnt magic “overnight.” results but I just kept applying it, letting it sit on the area. On all of those occasions, including the big pus absesses(sorry, yes they were SO gross!!) the symptoms eventually went away to the point Ive NOT had to have antibiotics in many months. Im actually convinced and wish I had a camera that I could take photos, partly to show my dentist. All I can say, its always worth a try! Also, on another note, Ive been taking CO which is in my Vit D and my cholestrol has gone down quite a bit. Any questions, you can email me Thanks for the info!!

  • Thanks for sharing your article. Before, whenever my niece brushed his teeth, his gums are bleeding. We just tried a few toothpaste and coconut oil, too.