Oil Pulling Challenge – Day 3

Welcome back to our week-long Oil Pulling Challenge – it’s day 3! I’m challenging my readers to do oil pulling for a week and to write about their experience – so we can all learn and be motivated by each other. Oil Pulling Challenge to Detoxify Your Body - Day 3

In case you missed the previous posts, here they are! I write about all the tips and interesting comments you share:

My Day 3 Experience

It was even easier today as I’m really starting to get used to it. Before when I’ve done oil pulling, I’d only do it for a day or two, then not again for several months, so I never developed the habit. That’s why I created this challenge! I’m not noticing any health benefits yet, but I wasn’t expecting to in just three days. It takes four days to see the full effects of a food if you are sensitive to it, so I figure it’ll take that long or longer to see many effects from this. But I love starting off my day with the drop of peppermint oil in it as it just leaves my mouth SO fresh and clean.

Gagging Tip

Having trouble with your gagging reflux? Reader Sara K. says she decided to do it twice a day for only 10 minutes at a time until she can train her gag reflux to calm down. The second time yesterday, she was able to go 12 minutes!

Reader Kim vacuumed while she was swishing and found that really helped with gagging! So, you can clean your mouth and your floors at the same time (Oh goodie! Another excuse to CLEAN! Wink, wink)!

So, how was your day 3 experience? Leave your comments and questions below so we can all learn from you!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. I did the oil pulling for the first time yesterday evening. When I woke up thus morning my throat was sore and could barely talk! After talking for a few hours (having 4 kids 5 and under will force you to do that) I almost gave my voice and throat back. I wonder if this is related to the coconut oil pulling and if so why…

    • interested to hear a reply on this! I have sore throat issues as well but related to allergies… don’t want to make it worse!

    • Hi Alycia! I think your sore throat has nothing to do with the oil pulling, personally. I never once seen any side effects from it online – either nothing happens or people rave about it helping a multitude of issues, but never anything negative. It sounds like you were already coming down with something and happened to do it at the same time. But, I’m not a doctor, so that’s just my two cents. The only other issue is if there is mold growing in your oil, then I could see this happening. Are you willing to try it a second day? If so, I think it’d be a good idea because many have reported it helps with sinus problems and allergies, so it might help your sore throat improve, especially if it’s related to post-nasal drip.

  2. Today is day 3 for me. I started on Saturday. I noticed today, that I haven’t had to clear my throat at all. I am usually doing that all day long. So I’m going to keep on doing it.
    I have been using the coconut oil.

  3. I am so excited you are writing about oil pulling because it must be pretty popular right now and I also am trying it! I have severe sinus issues and am finding that it makes my allergies a little more “manageable”. I also have some hormonal imbalances and using the coconut oil for the oil pulling I think is helping my hormones to feel more balanced – I noticed reduced PMS symptoms (anger, restlessness, sadness).

  4. Hi everyone. I didn’t get to the store until today so I’m going to start now! Thanks for the tips.

  5. I did the coconut oil pulling thing, and for awhile, I was it’s loudest cheerleader.
    Something I had not been aware of in the beginning, though, knocked me completely off the bandwagon, about 3 months in. I had jars of it in every room of the house. I used it in the shower, the kitchen, on my dog, you name it. One day, I noticed some black spots in one of the jars. I chalked it up to… well I don’t know what, but just blew it off and continued to use it with abandon. As time went on, I noticed the same spots in other jars and more black spots appeared in the first jar. I jumped online to do a bit of research and what I finally was able to dig out of all the information available, was this…
    Coconut oil IS antibacterial, but if even a drop of tap water finds it’s way into the jar, the organisms found in all tap water, will begin to colonize in the jar… think mildew!! I had been using a spoon dedicated to scooping the oil out of the jar, and I would give it a quick rinse under warm water before each use to make it scoop out easier, thereby adding the organisms on a daily basis. Apparently, although the oil IS indeed antibacterial, and the oil ITSELF doesn’t allow growth of organisms, the water droplet remains a droplet sitting on top of the oil and allows the organisms to flourish, like water in the shower allows mildew to thrive. So be careful to not let anything into the jar that could cause anything to grow. Needless to say, this put me off coconut oil completely and quite possibly permanently.

    • Very good point, Kat. Always a good idea to keep germs out of it and use a clean spoon everything. This has nothing to do with coconut oil, though. It could happen in any jar! I hope you’ll be able to pick it back up again one day, but I do understand how you got so turned off it for a time.

    • In that case, you could always melt the coconut oil first am then pour some out of the jar and into your spoon so that way you aren’t scooping it out.

  6. Day 3 was a little easier, still did it for 10 minutes only but will keep going.

  7. It seemed to help to chew the coconut oil for a few seconds. It melts quickly and I didn’t have the gag reflex.

  8. This is day 5 for me. I usually do 20 minutes/day and have not had trouble with gagging. I usually read emails, paper, etc., while doing this. I have noticed that my teeth seem whiter but that is the only change so far. I have friends on FB that are also on day 5 but haven’t heard their input yet about this!!

  9. I tried it once 2 days ago. I may have kept it in my mouth 30 Seconds! My gag reflux is too bad. 🙁

  10. This is my third day, though I haven’t done it for today yet. Yesterday on day 2 it seemed like the 20 minutes just flew by and again I loved how clean my mouth felt afterwards. I wasn’t really expecting to notice any kind of difference after only doing this twice but I do think that maybe my teeth are starting to get a little bit whiter. I took a picture on day 1 but wasn`t planning on doing another one for a couple of weeks. I notice that someone mentioned that they weren`t having to clear their throat anymore, and after reading that I realized that when I am at work I am usually coughing (it`s very dry there, especially in the winter) and today I don`t think I coughed once. I am interested to see what other changes might take place as I continue with this challenge 🙂

  11. Casey Pastine says:

    It took several days for me to be able to do the pulling for the full length of time. That was the first time I tried it, several months ago. This time I am able to do it a full 20 minutes from the start. I am using sesame oil, and my teeth feel really clean in a way they never do from brushing.

  12. Fuego Azul says:

    Hello again, Sara! Seeing as this is one of my new favorite blogs (you can thank Moogly, lol) I’ll be popping up here & there. 🙂 And thank you for putting me in Day 2’s post! I hope it helped!

    Well, I think I smegged up my challenge a little bit… I was using REFINED coconut oil for the 1st day & a half!! Darn it! I fixed it & got unrefined virgin & have been using that. My mouth feels so clean too! I’ve also noticed that my nose gets runny while rinsing my mouth out afterwards. It gets so bad that I have to stop what I’m doing & blow my nose! I also haven’t been craving so much caffeine – my coffee intake is down – but I feel great & energized. I’ve also been sleeping very well lately too. This could also be due to the fact that I’ve just started drinking ACV twice a day & am using more natural beauty products – especially your homemade deodorant (after reading your post on that, I just couldn’t bring myself to touch the store bought junk anymore!)!
    I managed to find a fluoride-free toothpast too! I couldn’t find the Earthpaste, but I found Xyli-White, which seems to be working well. Can’t wait to do it again tonight! I look forward to it! 🙂

    • Wow, Fuego, I am impressed with how you’ve just dived in! You are brave – trying it all. Yes, I think you are feeling better to the combo of drinking ACV twice a day, the oil pulling and removing toxins from your beauty products. Amazing how much better we feel when our bodies aren’t fighting off toxins all the time! Good for you! Thank you for your helpful comments.

      • Fuego Azul says:

        Told you your blog was the answer to my prayers. 🙂 I’m loving it! And yes, it’s so amazing! My skin actually feels like it’s breathing. Thank you for all of your posts on natural living!

  13. I have noticed that my teeth are whiter, and it seems like my mouth stays fresher longer, even after drinking coffee and tea, you don’t experience the after taste. So far, so good, and I plan to do the entire 5 days to see if I notice any other “changes”.

    I do have one question. Is this something you do through out the year, and if so, how often? Thank you for sharing.

    • Great question, Rebecca. Yes, it is something that you do forever, like brushing your teeth. Daily maintenance to support our bodies’ immune systems by removing some of the toxins. We are bombarded with toxins. My plan is to try and do it daily, but I’m not gonna feel guilty if I don’t. Several times a week at the very least, more when I feel like I’m sick or there is the chance I could get sick.

  14. Thanks for posting this. I have read about pulling in the past and decided to try it with you. I started yesterday. My throat was sore after too. But I also have allergies and went for a walk yesterday, so could have been that too, It was fine today afterwards.
    I am wondering if anyone knows if this is safe to do while breastfeeding. My daughter wants to try it, but she is breastfeeding my 7 1/2 month old granddaughter. Thank you!

  15. Amanda Langworthy says:

    Do you have any resources on scientific studies of why this works? I am trying it out, but am totally skeptic on the issue. thanks 🙂

    • No, I haven’t seen any. There isn’t money in natural and alternative medicine (since it’s not a man-made product – can’t buy stock in herbs) so scientific studies aren’t generally done for it. It’s based on anecdotal evidence. This has been around for centuries and started in India.

  16. Laurel Swanson says:

    I have read recently on a Essential Oils site that you can try various oils, including Lemon or Thieves (if you use Young Living). I have used the peppermint, but may try others to combine the benefits of the two.

  17. Sara, I’m just reading about the oil pulling and it sounds wonderful. I’d like to try it but I’m unsure as to what you do with the oil. Do you scoop a tsp of the solid coconut oil and just stick in your mouth until it melts? I saw you post several times about melting it to decrease the gag reflex so it made me wonder if you start with a solid bit.

  18. I cannot imagine that coconut oil pulling, or any other oil you have mentioned, would be dangerous for a baby who is nursing. It more than likely would help to detoxify mother’s milk. There have been studies that show toxins in mother’s milk, so oil pulling would be a good thing.

  19. I think that my glands, under my jaws, are reducing in size, and are getting softer. This is good.

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