Swishing or Oil Pulling, the new Botox?

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Spend a little time in the blogosphere of health and wellness and you will notice a recent barrage of articles on “oil pulling.” I know. I said the same thing…huh? What is that?

Curious, I started reading. I learned oil pulling is “an ancient Aruveydic remedy for oral health and detoxification.” You simply swish a tablespoon of organic sesame or organic coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning before eating. Either oil will work, but perhaps one might work better. Experiment. Everyone is different.

When you are done swishing, you spit out the oil. This is a must because the oil is now full of toxins and you do not want to reabsorb by swallowing. Also, after 20 minutes of swishing, swallowing would simply be…gross. And make sure to spit in the trash to avoid clogging your pipes!

According to my research, the oil supposedly pulls toxins out of the body as the teeth, tongue and gums are repositories of bacteria. Teeth, in eastern philosophy, are connected to all the meridians and to many organs in the body. It would then make sense that teeth could be the “root” of all evil in the body and keeping them clean and healthy would translate to over all health and well being. 

One article claimed the following possible benefits of oil pulling:

  • relieve infections, fevers, burns, cold sores, oral herpes outbreaks
  • reduce overgrowth of Candida in the mouth
  • May stop tooth decay due to its antibacterial effects
  • Will support periodontal health, may reverse gum infections
  • Will help eradicate yeast infections in the mouth due to the presence of caprylic acid.
  • May whiten your teeth
  • Facilitates absorption of calcium by the body; it helps in getting strong teeth and bones

And another added to the list:

  • Migraine headache relief
  • Correcting hormone imbalances
  • Reducing inflammation of arthritis
  • May help with gastro-enteritis
  • Aids in the reduction of eczema
  • May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
  • Helps support normal kidney function
  • May help reduce sinus congestion
  • Some people report improved vision
  • Helps reduce insomnia
  • Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption
  • Aids in reducing pain
  • Reduces the symptoms of allergies
  • Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

I, however, quickly dismissed this healing modality and moved on. It seemed a bit too simplistic and too easy to be real. Right? But, when article after article started cropping up and a sensitive tooth started bothering me, I decided, like I have so many other times with alternative medicine…why not? I will give it a try. I could not think of any harm in swishing oil in my mouth for 15 minutes. 

Amazingly, just two days of swishing and my tooth ache was gone.

Then, a month later a colleague told me her husband needs root canal. Determined to avoid costly and risky surgery– I have read so many articles linking root canal and cancer.  The root canal stirs up the bacteria driving it into the body and scarily many I have asked who have cancer, did indeed have root canal. Armed with this knowledge, I handed her a bottle of organic coconut oil for her husband with a prescription to swish daily. Again, what did he have to loose?

By the following week, the pain in the tooth was gone and now two weeks later…it is still gone!

As I am reading all these articles, a friend sends me a link to her sister’s blog who is writing about her battle with brain cancer. (Take time to read. Her story is truly inspirational!) Given a dire diagnosis and determined not to go down without a fight, she radically changes her diet, starts a regimen of angiogenesis drug therapy and starts swishing every morning. The verdict: she is finding oil pulling absolutely beneficial on her road to wellness. (If you would not mind, please send healing thoughts to this amazingly courageous woman:-)

Finally, what really put me over the edge in my acceptance of oil pulling or what I call “swishing,” is when I got my teeth cleaned. I mentioned the root canal story to my dental hygienist and instead of laughing or rolling her eyes– something I have experienced many times since I began my healing odyssey…she mentioned she is hearing more and more about oil pulling from patients. In fact, she commented, one patient who regularly swishes, looks amazing. She said her skin looks radiant and wrinkle free.

Bam. That was it. I was fully converted. I am 46 years old and I do not Botox and while you all know I eat as clean a diet as possible for someone living in NYC, I do nothing cosmetic for my skin except for the most chemical-free skin care I can find.

And I have wrinkles. I love the sun and spent much of my youth getting tan despite my mother’s warnings about the sun and wrinkling my brow. However, I must have wrinkled my brow a lot evidenced by 5 horizontal lines across my forehead.

If swishing, will help with my skin, then from that moment forward I started swishing daily!

Last night my girlfriend said to me, “Your skin looks amazing. What are you doing?” And right then and there, I knew. As I always make myself the guinea pig first before sharing the wealth with others, the results were in.

Swishing or oil pulling or whatever you want to call it works.

Radiantly (although still with wrinkles) yours,


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14 thoughts on “Swishing or Oil Pulling, the new Botox?

  1. I’m so glad you wrote about this as I’ve been hearing about from a lot of my friends lately. Seems even though it’s been around for 100s of years I’m just hearing about it now! Glad you’ve confirmed the results I’ve read about and now I’m going to try! Let you know how it goes….

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  4. I have a concern about oil pulling that has not been talked about anywhere else. I notice that when I’m oil pulling, there is a crease that appears below the lower lip and above my chin. It’s known as a chin crease or mental crease. My concern is that oil pulling will make this horizontal line more pronounced in a similar way one gets crows feet from squinting. What are your thoughts about this?

    1. I actually know what you mean. I too started to worry about creating or worsening wrinkles around my lips . Maybe try to swish in a different way or puff up your lips with air so the wrinkle effect will not be as great on your chin?!

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