Oil Pulling Challenge – Day 7

We are crossing the finish line with our very last oil pulling day challenge! I’ve been challenging my readers for a week to try oil pulling and see what differences they see in their oral and dental health, and overall health. There have been some fantastic testimonials about this ancient, Indian practice that really works!

Oil Pulling Challenge - Day 7 - Last Day of a Week-Long Challenge to Try Oil Pulling for A Week for Better Dental and Overall Health!

I’m going to be recapping the best testimonials and tips from all seven days and putting them into the main oil pulling post soon, so stay tuned for that! I have learned so much from you this week and I hope it’s been the same for you – I loved creating a community where we could keep each other accountable and grow together. I will definitely be doing this again soon with another task!

My Day 7 Experience

I’m still having trouble swallowing – that part really hasn’t gotten much easier for me. I’m still holding out that it will just take another few days before I’m used to it, but who knows!? I’m still loving using the peppermint oil – my mouth feels SO fresh, like I just brushed my teeth. Also, my eczema has really improved and nothing has really changed in my diet (even though I’m on a very strict diet to help, the GAPS diet) so I definitely contribute that to the coconut oil! I did read on another website that it can take up to three weeks to see noticeable differences in your health, so I’m surprised I saw improvement in my eczema and SO many of you have noticed your teeth are whiter in just one week! Imagine how much better it’ll get in two weeks!

Die-Off Symptoms and Detoxification

I’ve had several comments/questions about die-off symptoms. This is a detoxification technique that removes bacteria and toxins via the mouth, so when starting oil pulling, you may experience die-off symptoms such as intestinal upset, a skin rash, moodiness, fatigue, etc. I know there were several who had abnormal bowel movements several days after starting, and I meant to mention it, but I did, too! I thought I ate something that was irritating me, but I realized it was probably the oil pulling. Those are normal symptoms – as with an detoxification program, many times you do feel worse before you feel better. That is good! Your body is effectively eliminating toxins that it couldn’t before. So, don’t give up!

It’s Not So Hard!

Ashlei wrote, “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 wawasn’ts bad as I imagined it. I’ve been able to do it for the whole 20 minutes.”

You Get Used To the Not Swallowing…

Connie wrote,

I have been doing this for over a month and believe me, the more you do it the more you won’t even notice (how hard it is to not swallow). 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 it!

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So, how did the last day go? Anymore tips, success stories or struggles? Leave your comments below!

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 started my first treatment tonight. I used about 1/4 of a Tbsp just to see how it would go. The smell is amazing and it is waxy when you start, but after a few seconds it melts away and just tastes like my own saliva. I was able to make it to 10 minutes, by this time I had so much saliva, I was starting to gag. HA!
    I do still use fluoride toothpaste because I have braces on my bottom teeth, and I am very prone for cavities. Any comments?

    • Good for you for trying, Corrie! Keep at it – each time it becomes easier and easier and before you know, you’ll not even be thinking about gagging. As for the fluoride, it’s your call. I think oil pulling will eliminate the need for it, but you might go off the fluoride toothpaste once you’ve made it a habit. I imagine your results will not be as dramatic as some others who are not using it, but you may still have some positive results.

  2. I’m on my third day, and it’s really not that bad. So far I’ve been able to go for 15min. I really enjoy the smell and taste of CO, and haven’t had a problem with trying to swallow. I’m hoping this helps with gingivitis.

  3. I think my teeth look whiter already. I am glad to hear moodiness may be a die off symptom. I have been feeling that this week!

  4. Stephanie says:

    The first day was really rough! The immediate texture was almost unbearable! But it melts away really quickly and I found myself being able to do the whole 20 minutes right from the start. I’m on day 4 and I’m already noticing small differences in my breath (especially when I first wake up) and I’m even sleeping better! Love this website! I’ve printed a whole huge list of thing to try!

  5. First of all, I wish I had found your blog forever ago! I love it! Second, I’ve been really interested in trying out oil pulling and your posts have only made me want to try it more. However, I am pregnant…I’m wondering if you know if it would be safe to start now or would it be better to wait until after I have my baby? I’m not really finding an answer to that questions online…

    • Hi Kersten! Glad to have you around the blog :). I think it’s perfectly safe – it draws toxins out of the body, which is only going to help you and the baby. I never read anything that says it’s not safe to do while pregnant. There are certain herbs and essential oils that aren’t safe, but this is neither of those. Is there a naturopath in your area? I’d call and ask their opinion if you want something more official than me.

      • I didn’t think it’d be a problem…I have just heard detoxing too heavily during pregnancy can do more harm that good. Anyway, thanks! I think I’m gonna give this oil pulling thing a shot!

  6. Fuego Azul says:

    Funny update: I’m still oil pulling everyday since the challenge started. Last night, I had a couple glasses of wine & it tinted my teeth purple, as well as my toungue & inner/upper lip! Lol, I looked like I drank purple dye! I’m not sure if this is directly due to the pulling, but it hasn’t happened to me before doing it. It all washed away easily though; phew! My teeth are much much whiter, & since the oil seems to coat the teeth, maybe it picked up the color?

    • Hey again Fuego! I love that you keep popping up all over the website still :). Anyway, yes, I think that’s exactly what happened. The oil coats your teeth and mouth and attracts coloring like that of wine, which is great because that means it’s not coating your teeth! It’s doing quite a good job of protecting your mouth. Glad to know your teeth are much whiter!

  7. I’ve been oil pulling for several months now. I started because I was developing a cavity and wanted to see if I could flush it out. Well, the cavity pain went away, so that’s a good sign and my teeth are super white! Crazy, bleached white and I drink a lot of tea (herbal, but still). Other than that, can’t say I’ve seen any other benefits, but those two are strong cases for oil pulling in my mind.

    Stick to it, gets much easier. I had a horrible gag reflex at first, but you really do get used to it!

    • Hi Jennifer! Thanks for your story and the encouragement. That is amazing that your cavity pain went away. To use it for teeth whitening is consistent across the board – there are thousands of testimonials about that!

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