Oil Pulling: How I Have Avoided Taking Antibiotics

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Oil Pulling: How I Have Avoided Taking Antibiotics The Single Most Life-Changing Habit I've Started

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Oil Pulling

It really is true. For me, at least. The pain of staying the same has to be greater than the pain of change before I will try something new. 

Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.

Tony Robbins

I have been oil pulling on and off for about 3 or 4 years now, and I thought I was going insane even trying it. It seemed crazy to me that something like this would work, but my allergies were driving me nuts and I had sinus infection after sinus infection, sometimes back to back. I went through more rounds of antibiotics than I can count, and then finally gave oil pulling a try.

It seemed to help, but I didn’t particularly enjoy it and life gets busy, so I would stop or not do it consistently. And then, I was on antibiotics eight times in 6 months, I got depressed, gained weight, and felt like I was one of the sickest 30 year olds I knew. It was a turning point for me.

Once I realized what damage could be done by so many rounds of antibiotics, (plus the scare of them really not working for me very well anymore) I started looking into natural methods and came back to oil pulling. I oil pull every day now, first thing in the morning.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with oil pulling, you basically put some oil in your mouth (I use coconut oil, and have also used sesame oil), swish it around for five to twenty minutes, and then spit it out (don’t swallow it!). I do this while I make the kids breakfast, pack their school lunches, and get dressed, or sometimes while I shower. It makes the time go by faster, and it is something that is easy to get into my schedule without taking up much time since I can do other things concurrently. Start with five minutes and work up to twenty minutes. 

Step 1

Put 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (or another oil of your choosing) in your mouth. If you want to get fancy, sometimes I add a drop of melaleuca for an extra allergy fighting boost.


Step 2

Swish it around, back and forth, through your teeth for five to 20 minutes.


Step 3

Spit it out in a trashcan. Coconut oil can solidify and clog up your sink eventually. Don’t swallow the oil!


The concept is that bodily toxins and bacteria build up in the mouth. Swishing oil for prolonged periods of time draw these toxins out and allows you to spit them out. Because the oil contains all of these toxins after staying in your mouth twenty minutes, you really need to spit it out and not swallow it. I just spit it in the trashcan when my twenty minutes are up.

I am not sure if that is true, or why oil pulling works, but all I know is that it does. Sometimes I wake up with a sinus-related headache, and as soon as I do the oil pulling it is gone. I have also been antibiotic free for 18 months. That might not sound impressive to some people, but I can’t remember a time ever going more than a year without having to use antibiotics, and usually it was multiple times a year. I just feel better when I oil pull consistently.

Oil pulling has a host of other reported benefits. I am sure I have enjoyed some of these as well, but as anyone with allergies knows, they can be very debilitating and I am thrilled to not suffer nearly as much with them! If you, or a loved one, gets sinus infections frequently, please tell them about oil pulling. It has literally changed my life for the better.

Have you ever tried oil pulling? What was your experience?



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  1. LeeAnn Simons says:

    I have never even heard of this, however my dad and I suffer from the same things you mention here so I am going to mention this to him as well. I have learned something new today and that is great!

    • Jen says:

      My dad does too! I finally convinced him and he has been oil pulling for 2 weeks now. He says it has been helping…I hope y’all get some relief.

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