Oil Pulling Challenge – Day 6

It’s day six of my week-long oil pulling challenge! Welcome back, or if you’re just joining us – we are trying to make oil pulling a daily habit with this fun challenge. Oil pulling is an ancient Indian technique to remove bacteria and toxins from the body and mouth through oil.

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My Day 6 Experience

Did it again this morning, but for the first time on an empty stomach (wrote about that yesterday). I did it while I was cooking breakfast and getting ready for the day and found myself watching the clock a bit. I’m still not totally used to it and have to still fight the urge to swallow. My teeth are looking whiter and my mouth feels cleaner all day long, it’s amazing! I think the oil coats the teeth and protects it from plaque and tartar build up. Like teflon :). I’ve read it gets much easier and pros at this don’t have the complaints us beginners do, so I’m gonna stick it out. I believe in this method. I think it’s like yoga and accupunture – how can we argue with something that people have been doing successfully for thousands of years?

Dr. Mercola’s Video

I wanted to share Dr. Mercola’s video, as I trust (most) of the information he shares. He says that he can’t speak to all the benefits of oil pulling, but can most definitely vouch for it’s ability to improve dental health by removing bacteria that causes decay and bad breath. He does it daily anywhere from a half hour to an hour. His advice to prevent swallowing is to just spit it out when you have the urge and start over and with practice, it will become a non-issue. He says that in addition to oil pulling, eating fermented veggies is equally as effective as oil pulling to prevent and reverse tooth decay.

He also agrees that coconut oil is the best one to use.

What Kind of Toothpaste to Use?

We’ve talked about using a fluoride-free toothpaste, so I wanted to share another one that I use. Coconut oil toothpaste is the healthiest one for your mouth, and I love this one from Tropical Traditions.

Kristi’s Success Story – Healed a Toothache and a Sore Throat

I used oil pulling with coconut oil about a year ago when I had a terrible toothache, and that combined with a bentonite clay and tea tree oil poultice completely took the problem away within a day and a half.

Two nights ago I went to bed with a terrible sore throat and woke up with it feeling worse, so during my morning shower I used coconut oil pulling and by the end of 20 minutes the soreness was a mere memory which has not returned.

Tip: Do In In the Car!

Reader Gnet writes:

I continue to do it in the AM. I put the coconut oil in mouth just before leaving the house to go to the gym. I set a timer on my phone and just about the time I’m pulling into the driveway to the gym, the alarm goes off. I bring a plastic baggie with small amount of paper towels and a bottle of water. I spit the oil out in the baggie, rinse and and spit again into the baggie. Works great. I haven’t noticed anything changing with my teeth, but I still think that my throat clearing has reduced to almost nothing, which is all I care about. I will continue to Oil Pull.

So, how’s it going? Seeing any changes? What are your tricks for making it easier?

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. Really notice the teeth whitening and so happy about that. Don’t notice much else healthwise but I started a few days after you so I’ve only done 3 days. Day One I did the entire 20 mins with one amt of oil, however, day two and three, I spit and renewed the oil after 10 mins. I could have kept going, but the idea that I was holding all these warm bacteria and toxins in my mouth kinda freaked me out and I got rid of the first batch of oil and got a second. I like this much better. I’ve been doing this while hanging laundry but I like someone’s suggestion of the shower as well.

    • Glad you found a way that works for you, Sher. I don’t see why spitting it out would not make it as effective, as long as you still do it for a total of 20 minutes or more. Thanks for sharing and glad your teeth are whiter!

  2. I actually started this 3 days ago myself. I was expecting it to be incredibly difficult to get used to the feel of oil in my mouth, but I wasn’t as bad as I imagined it. I’ve been able to do it for the whole 20 minutes. I haven’t noticed much of a difference yet but I hope I will soon. Tomorrow I’m going to start doing it on an empty stomach too.

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  3. I have been doing this for over a month and believe me, the more you do it the more you won’t even notice……I felt like you at the beginning and wanted to stop, but I kept on and I am happy I did…..I notice the cleaner mouth and better looking teeth, too, and who knows what else it’s helping. I do it as soon as I get up and I mean it when I say soon you will have no “weird” feelings when you are doing!

  4. Margaret says:

    Let me know when they decide this works with chocolate milk! I completely failed.

  5. I am on day three of the actual oil pulling but I’ve been brushing my teeth with coconut oil for a while now. Probably 6 months? My teeth always feel so much cleaner than when I have to sue a toothpaste for whatever reason. Wouldn’t you think that doing it his way would at least reap SOME of the pulling benefits?

    • Yes! I read on the website I mention above, mercola.com, that even a small amount of coconut oil in toothpaste can replace the effects of fluoride! It is so effective at killing bacteria that it works in toothpaste. So, keep on doing that! Glad to hear it makes your mouth feel much cleaner, too.

  6. I’m on day 6. I have little trouble making it through 20 minutes without swallowing. My mouth feels much better, my teeth and gums look better. My gut on the other hand feels pretty yucky for the past couple of days. I’ve been trying to figure out why when I remembered that it started about 4 days after I started this. I figure it is the bad junk that has been living in my month making a fuss. I expect it to pass in a few days and I well feel much better. I have no plans to stop doing this ever! I love it. I might add some trace minerals to the mix. I’ve been using coconut oil from Tropical Traditions and a drop or two of lemon essential oil from Young Living.

  7. My first day done. I liked it and I had no trouble doing it. The hardest thing was not talking.

  8. I just happened upon this page. Having read through all of the expectations of oil pulling, I can’t help but ask: Have you met anyone from India? I don’t mean the super-intelligent folks who emigrate to the US as doctors. I’m talking about those who aren’t part of a lower caste of Indians. I have, while serving in the Middle East. Many from India are hired as service workers (in some cases, indentured servants) in Arab countries. Their teeth look horrible!


    • Great question, Charlie! Like your back story. I haven’t met anyone who wasn’t from a wealthy family – only American immigrants. I have no idea if the lower castes still do oil pulling or not – that would be very interesting to find out!

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