Take the Oil Pulling Challenge

by lydia on January 31, 2012

Are you in? After some interest from a reader, I decided to post on the benefits of oil pulling. It quickly turned into a desire to do this practice regularly, coupled with the desire to work in tandem with others like minded. Thus, the Oil Pulling Challenge was born!

For the entire month of February (or whatever month you end up stumbling upon this post) those who are interested will practice the technique of oil pulling daily. The idea is to see how it affects overall health by turning it into a habit. I have personally enjoyed the quick benefits of oil pulling, now I want to take it deeper. If you’d like to join in, feel free!

Here’s what we will do. Every time you oil pull, come back to this post and write a comment. Best to go ahead and bookmark this post. I’ll also post regular reminders on Facebook, so go ahead and ‘LIKE’ Divine Health on Facebook if you haven’t already. The challenge will continue for the month of February. I will select a winner through random.org, to win a prize of which I haven’t yet decided. Thoughts anyone? (keep comments on prize ideas to Facebook please!) Ultimately, the focus is really going to be on establishing this healthful practice into your daily regime. I also hope you will share any testimonies to it’s effects as you take this challenge. Hopefully, it won’t be too challenging but will be more fun instead!


That all said, let’s review some guidelines for the practice of oil pulling. 

1. Oil pulling is a gentle and safe way to detoxify the body for the most part. It is perfectly safe during pregnancy and nursing. If at any time you feel too much of a detox reaction, simply cut back a bit until you are comfortable again. Build back into it slowly.

2. Possible contraindications are for those with mercury/amalgam fillings. This really is mostly a concern if your fillings are loose or have any pre-existing damage to them. The possibility of them coming out altogether is very unlikely. If you are concerned about doing this with the fillings, consult a holistic dentist. Take it on slowly and monitor carefully.

3. Do not gargle the oil in the throat. The oil is meant to be slowly swished in the mouth only. Try to actually ‘pull’ the oil throughout your mouth. Keep your chin tilted if possible or at least for part of the time to ensure you are reaching your back molars with the oil. Relax, this shouldn’t hurt your jaw or tire your mouth out. Just take it slow and be relaxed.

4. Oil Pull first thing in the morning upon awakening. This is the best time of day to do it, so if you only plan to do it once per day, this is the time you should do it. Wait 4 hours after eating before oil pulling again. You may eat directly after oil pulling, no need to wait. Also, wait one hour after drinking anything other than water.

5. For more of a detox effect oil pull up to 3 times per day. For less of a detox, do it once per day or skip a day here and there.

6. Preferably, if you are doing this daily you should spit the toxic oil into the trash so as to not create any build up in your sink or toilet. If spitting in sink, wash immediately with some type of antibacterial cleaner, because the spittle contains harmful bacteria and toxic bodily waste. If one were to see one drop of this liquid magnified 600 times under a microscope, one would see microbes in their first stage of development. (source – Oil Pulling )

7. The best oils to use are unrefined cold pressed sunflower seed oil or sesame seed oil. Good quality brands include; Flora, Hains, Loriva, Mitoku, Mountain Rose Herbs, Omega Nutrition, Rejuvenative Foods, Spectrum, Tropical Traditions & Wilderness Family Naturals.  It is not known for certain that any other oil is as effective as sesame and sunflower.

8. DISCLAIMER: If you have any cause for concerns to your health please consult with your Doctor or Dentist beforehand. The information contained in this post is not intended as medical advice. You should always discuss any medical treatment with your Health Care Provider.

For further understanding or questions regarding the practice of oil pulling, go to OilPulling.com.

If you can’t find any good quality unrefined, cold-pressed or organic sesame oil near you – you can purchase some here!

We will start tomorrow February 1st. Be sure to stop back at this post and comment every time you oil pull. Also feel free to comment on any health benefits you are seeing. Please refrain from asking questions in the comments of this post. You can email me @ divinehealthfromtheinsideout@gmail.com OR comment on the posts on Divine Health’s page on Facebook. I will announce the winner on March 7th, you will have 48 hours to contact me. Be sure to register for comments on this post so you will know who the winner is when announced!

Let the games begin!







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LW February 22, 2012 at 8:56 am

45 mins today! I did it while I was planting some roma seeds.

Kathleen February 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Did it this morning!

Tammy Rodriguez February 23, 2012 at 8:06 am

day 24.. 20 min w/coconut oil

LW February 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

Feb 23 — 25 mins

Kathleen February 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

oil pulled this morning

Tammy Rodriguez February 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

day 25 complete! :)

Kathleen February 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

We are continuing to oil pull!

Kathleen February 25, 2012 at 10:32 am

We did our oil pulling!

Melody February 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Even though I went out of town, I still kept oil pulling!

Tammy Rodriguez February 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm

day 27 complete!

Kathleen February 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

We oil pulled!

Kathleen February 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Oil pulled again this morning

Diana February 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Someone told me about this at least 25 years ago and I (sad to say) didn’t give it much thought. Now, after much thought and concern for my teeth (and my kids teeth) I am now on my way to get some oil to start this. Thank you for the daily reminders!

Kathleen February 28, 2012 at 8:13 am

Did it!

Tammy Rodriguez February 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

day 29 done. i’m hooked on this… my teeth feel so good and look GREAT.

Kathryn Arnold February 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

Still swishing, but sinus infection coming back again. :(

Tracy Hutchins February 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I have been oil pulling daily in the morning along with you. It’s simple and easy. I hope to see the many benefits, and cannot wait to hear others share their experience.

LW February 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

30 mins today. Will continue

Melody February 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

All six of us did our oil pulling again today. :)

diane laganaro-nestor February 29, 2012 at 7:11 am

I have a dental appointment in a week. I plan on printing out information on this to show him after he is amazed by the state of my mouth. I hope.

Kathleen February 29, 2012 at 8:15 am

Completed our oil pulling this morning!

Tammy Rodriguez February 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

day 30.. and the end of February… DONE!! but will continue with this new “habit”… how many more good things are there out there that i need to learn about… ????

LW February 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

25 mins today.
I think it really helps clear mucus for me

Kathryn Arnold February 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

Still swishing.

Pam February 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

We have done it! And will continue! I think the most difference I’ve notice this month is with my allergies. We have been skipped by winter this year and pollen is everywhere. But my allergies are not flaring up like they usually do. Just a little dryness in my eyes is all I have. No sneezing, coughing, runny nose, watery eyes…it’s great! I’ve also gotten my mother started on oil pulling and can’t wait to hear what she experiences. Hubs has noticed tons of differences too in his ability to focus and energy level. I noticed improved energy also but not until I started using coconut oil instead of sesame. It’s been great and I don’t see us stopping! Oh, and I am up to 20 minutes now. It really does get easier the more you do it.Thanks for the challenge!

Tammy Rodriguez March 8, 2012 at 7:30 am

so who won?? and what was the prize?

lydia March 8, 2012 at 7:36 am

I will be announcing the winner today Tammy!

Tracy March 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

I am continuing the oil pulling. My middle daughter an I are doing it right now as a matter of fact :)

lydia March 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

I just wanna say you are all awesome! I love your enthusiasm and dedication to this challenge to benefit your overall health! Please email me @divinehealthfromtheinsideout@gmail.com if you have a testimony you’d like to contribute to a post I am compiling of results! The sooner the better thanks!

lydia March 8, 2012 at 10:47 am


Jason October 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Can I use coconut oil? I have quite a bit of it here at the house.

lydia October 24, 2012 at 8:26 am

Jason, you can, but I don’t think coconut oil is as effective as sesame oil! I’ve used coconut oil with decent results – so go ahead and try it!

Michelle Luna November 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

When someone mentions \”detoxing too much\” or too quickly, what exactly does that mean? I mean, what does it feel like, what happens? Is it something that happens in your mouth, or your whole body?

Phyllis O February 6, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I would like to start a new challenge for people who have never done oil pulling before and for those who are continuing to do it! Today was my first day and my mouth felt refreshed and cleansed! I have gum disease and after I was done swishing, the dull aches in my gums and bone had considerably lessoned. *BTW, I read some posts on your site of people swishing for more than 20 minutes. I have read that swishing for more than 20 minutes can be harmful and end up reabsorbing toxins back into your body – so please be careful!!!

Faith March 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Is there a difference between using coconut or sesame oil? I just bought coconut oil today and was thinking of starting tomorrow

lydia November 13, 2013 at 6:49 am


You can use either, however sesame oil is high in CoQ10 which is great for your gum health.

Mghow November 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I notice a few comments about doing Oil Pulling for 30 minutes. I don’t know what is best but some suggest limiting each oil pulling session to a maximum of 20 minutes. They claim that after that amount of time, the oil being swished around becomes too toxic and will be absorbed by you. Who knows though.

I tried Oil pulling and found increased energy after the first day. I use sunflower oil.

lydia November 13, 2013 at 6:54 am

I think 20 minutes is plenty time. Glad you found it benefited you!

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