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.
My second shipment of Oil of Oregano has arrived! Going to add a few of drops into my disinfectant spray. Click here for my article on Oil of Oregano.
I have always loved the idea of “Green” cleaning but I was probably like a lot of people thinking that if it didn’t make me feel like passing out, from the fumes, then it probably wasn’t doing a lot of good. O.k., maybe that’s just me, but after going through the research I’ve learned that Essential Oils (EO) can be as good as or better than antibiotics and the most potent cleaner on the market.
My purpose for the journey was to find an EO that was best for a disinfectant cleaner and to find out if it is equal in results. Let’s recap: In Parts 1 & 2, I explored many studies that showed Oil of Oregano and Cinnamon Oil to have antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. But which one is “the king” of EO’s?
Oil of Oregano vs Cinnamon Oil
Food Borne Bacteria
In International Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biological Archives 2012; 3(5):1106-1109 Cinnamon, Clove, Oil of Oregano, Rosemary and Thyme were tested against the food borne bacteria of Campylobacter., Listeria., Yersinia., Salmonella.and Pseudomonas. You’ve probably heard some of these in the news…basically; it’s bacteria that cause food poisoning. These results surprised me because it concluded that clove and cinnamon were “tops” when it came to inhibiting the food borne bacteria with thyme and oregano coming in 4th and 5th place.
In a PubMed journal 2012 2008 Nov;54(11):950-6. doi: 10.1139/w08-097
Oil of Oregano tested # 1 for its antifungal properties with Cinnamon coming in second.
My personal Conclusion
After all of my research, I have concluded that my Disinfectant spray will have to have at the least 3 ingredients in it…Cinnamon, Clove and Oil of Oregano.
Not only were the claims substantiated but it actually surpassed many of my expectations.
Remember, when buying essential oils, they need to be at highest quality for them to be therapeutic. If it is low-cost, most likely it will be low quality. Please don’t hesitate to ask, which companies are good because I’ve researched that, as well and will cover that at another time. I use both Young Living and Native American Nutritionals (merged with Rocky Mountain Oils) Please check them out at my online store http://astore.amazon.com/aspireswellness-20
You can also buy this North American Herb and Spice, Oregaspray, 4-Ounces that has both Oil of Oregano and clove or follow this DIY recipe I found that includes the three EO’s mentioned; other ingredients in this recipe have also been found effective and blend nicely.
Antibacterial Essential Oil Blend
Makes 250 drops. About enough to fill 1- 15ml bottle: You can cut in “half”
80 drops clove bud oil
70 drops lemon oil
40 drops cinnamon oil
20 drops rosemary oil
20 – 40 drops of Oil of Oregano
1. Add oils, one by one, to your container of choice.
2. Shake bottle and use as desired.
3. From this blend you can use about 16 drops to 16oz distilled water in a spray bottle.
1. This recipe is specifically for an All Purpose spray, not to be ingested.
2. This oil blend is hot. It can burn sensitive skin, or throat lining, etc. Use with caution and dilute appropriately. I encourage you to do your own research to find out what dilution works best for you.
3. Experiment with the blend that works for you. Some recipes call for 30 drops of Eucalyptus which includes the traditional “Thieves” recipe and you can buy that here Thieves Essential Oil by Young Living Essential Oils – 15 ml
But if you are going to make it yourself use Eucalyptus Citriodora and not Eucalyptus globulus or Eucalyptus radiata oils. There is a component in those oils that according to some articles that is poisonous, however, you would need to ingest 3.5 ml (approx 87.5 drops) of it to be fatal. This recipe doesn’t even call for that amount and in the dilution for your disinfectant spray it’s even less. But to be on the safe side, you can use Eucalyptus Citriodora which is the milder form. Make sure to read the labels on your essential oils bottles carefully before using. You really could skip this oil if you wanted to.
Please do your homework and don’t use any oil you aren’t sure is sourced correctly. Essential oils are highly concentrated, strong, and powerful liquids that can be harmful if not used carefully and properly. This is an especially potent blend of essential oils which could cause irritation when applied to the skin, even in diluted amounts. We advocate caution when using them, and do not recommend using essential oils internally. Please keep essential oils out of reach of children. Not recommended for use on babies, toddlers, or children.
I am not a doctor, and you should always consult your doctor before taking any herbs or beginning any health routine.