I posted that picture because that’s the type of pictures I see associated with oil pulling and it seems oil pulling is sweeping the country. But, I can assure you that is not what my face looked like.
So , by popular demand, I’m doing an article on oil-pulling. I’m not against anything alternative, as a matter of fact, I explore alternative and natural treatments for medical conditions. However, I do need some science and/or real testimonies; I don’t believe everything I read!
Setting the scene
This was the day that I was going to do something that has been sweeping the globe and touted by celebrities, it’s called Oil-Pulling.
I read an article that says to “pull oil” (I have no idea if that is the proper way to say it) when you take a shower. I felt, it made sense, I may get busy washing my hair and completely forget that I was swishing with oil. By the way, if you want to know how to “oil pull” go here
What I did
So I took my coconut oil (solid at room temp) and my teaspoon to the shower with me. Put a teaspoon of coconut oil in my mouth and jumped in the shower then started swishing. Just a heads up, I have an extremely sensitive gag reflex, so you can imagine the first thing I wanted to do was “gag”. So I said to myself, “If Gweneth Paltrow can do this, so can I, mind over body “. I kept telling myself that I was doing this for my health, my blog, my friends, I am strong, I can overcome! So I went about swishing, washing my hair, swishing etc. I was actually doing it, I was oil-pulling or pulling- oil. As soon as I washed my hair my attention was suddenly on the oil in my mouth, swishing together the oil and the saliva. I began to feel sick… I usually take a long shower, but I’m thinking that today, it probably was the shortest shower ever taken. Again, I said to myself, as I was turning off the shower, “I can do this, If Gweneth, can do it, so can I, I am strong” So I dried myself off, put on a happy, face and proceeded with the worst gagging sound, of my life, spitting it out in the sink. The next thing I heard was my husband asking me if everything was o.k. This made things worse, because I think that the drama of it all got me excited and I thought for sure I would vomit. I came close. I also, think I swallowed coconut oil and some websites say that it’s toxic after you swish , so not only did “acid” come up, which I’m sure is going to rot my teeth but I swallowed a toxic substance. Fantastic, it did the very opposite.
What in The World
I mean really, if I’m going to do this again there better be some research behind it. And if anyone can do this for 20 minutes, more power to them. The only research I found shows that oil-pulling improves dental heath and kills Streptococcus mutans, but so do a lot of other things. Streptococcus Mutans is a Gram-positive bacteria that lives in the mouth.. It metabolizes carbohydrates, creating acidic environment in the mouth . This acidic environment in the mouth is what causes the tooth decay. It is the leading cause of dental caries (tooth decay) worldwide.
Claims of Oil-Pulling
- Chronic Pain
- Bad Breath
- Low Energy
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
It appears to cure it all!!!
Where are the studies
There were a few studies on PubMed regarding dental health (gingivitis, bad breath) The studies claim that oil pulling kills Streptococcus Mutans.
I feel lately, that everything somehow comes back to Essential oils. I found that Essential Oils can kill Streptococcus Mutans . While I was researching about oil pulling, I had no idea that an essential oil may work and I certainly didn’t know that Listerine was made of essential oils. Some may worry about the alcohol in Listerine but it is also sold without the alcohol. Listerine kills Streptococcus Mutans.
Active ingredients in Listerine:
- methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen or wintergreen oil), and
- thymol (found in thyme essential oil and oil of oregano)
Here is the study
Essential Oils and Streptococcus Mutans
Research on Essential oil and bacteria – Essentially – it works Click here
And yet another study from The Journal of contemporary Dental Practice proving that essential oils kill strep mutans.
Another study (J Contemp Dent Pract. 2012 Jan 1;13(1):71-4.) found that :
- Cinnamon oil was most effective against Streptococcus mutans followed by
- lemongrass oil,
- cedarwood oil,
- clove oil, and
- eucalyptus oil.
- (Wintergreen oil, lime oil, peppermint oil and spearmint oil had no antibacterial effectiveness.)
Oil of Oregano
If you noticed, Listerine is also made from thymol. The Thymol that is in Listerine is found in thyme and also my “Go To” oil: Oil of Oregano.
Here is an article that from Livestrong to make your own antiseptic mouthwash.
Personally, I will make this recipe because I have all of the essential oils at home and it looks simple.
- 1 cup of water
- 5 drops of cinnamon oil
- 5 drops of clove oil
- 6 drops of tea tree oil
Here are some natural mouthwashes made with essential oils that studies show kill the Strep mutans bacteria in the mouth:
- Thieves– top choice because it has the best anti- strep mutans EO- cinnamon oil, clove and eucalyptus
- OregaDENT by North American Herb & Spice – Has cinnamon, clove, oregano
- EcoDent– ( has 12 essential oils, especially tea tree and baking soda)
Oil Pulling is not for me, and to tell you the truth, I don’t see any research that substantiates the claims, except for the killing of bacteria and I would rather do that another safe, natural way like the essential oil mouth washes that I found. If you have any evidence on the contrary, please share, I would love to see it!
I am not a doctor, please ask your doctor or dentist the right treatment for you. The above article contains affiliate links, the price does not change for you but I get a certain percentage. Thanks for you support.