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Posted by Jackie (Sioux Falls, SD) on 11/30/2006

I have been "oil pulling" for over a month now, and I generally spit it out after about one minute. At that time it is already a foamy whitish color. Am I still getting the benefits if I do not rinse for the full 20 min.?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Dear Jackie: For 1 minute? Generally, no. The possible exception is removal of heavy metals in your mouth. You can lessen the time but still not 1 minute, but you must add other things! 1 minutes is quite acceptable if you have a reaction against it as the bacteria dies, it releases the toxins too much for your body to take.

The idea of the 20 minutes came from microbiology where if you treat the oils long enough (sunflower oil, but really coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil) often kills most organism during that period.

The kill time can be lessened if you were to add tea tree oil one drop (very hot for some) and detoxify and kill (one drop of peppermint oil), but still 1 minutes is not enough, 2-3 minutes I think is the bare minimum for most kills to be effective and this means you must add the peppermint oil and the tea tree oil together - if you can stand it! So yes, you can shorten the time, but you have to add the other oils too. The addition of soap powder (or toothpaste) mixed with it, to the oil pulling will also speed the killing and this might be possible to get closer to 1 minute, but still difficult.

It must be recognized that certain oils are more effective in killing. For example if it is candida, then maybe olive oil and tea tree oil. If it is a cold viruses or sore throat from viruses, then it is coconut oil with some soap solution, and/or tea tree oil and/or peppermint.

The time should not be fixed since some people cannot take it. The reason is simple: when the organisms get killed, they release a toxin. The toxins can be detoxify or neutralized with the peppermint oil.

In case of removal heavy metals, 1-2 minutes is enough. If by chance you experience negative reaction of oil pulling which often happens during the first 3 days, then I often suggest to try only 3-5 minutes. 1 minute will not be enough to kill the organism, the figure is a bit closer to 3 minutes and this is with the tea tree and peppermint oil too.

The true deciding factor is really not the benefits you will get it anyway albeit less, it is how you can tolerate the thing! If you can't tolerate doing it for 10 minutes, the optimum is somewhere closer to 5!

Most of these problems are the toxins released when they get killed in some instances, the solution remains clear even AFTER 30 minutes. In this instance, much of the problem have to do with LACK of saliva, in which case you must modify by adding water to the mixture. In your case you have plenty of saliva, but that doesn't mean the organisms get killed.

While I don't want to get oil pulling into an orthodox protocol, it must be realized that olive oil might be effective against bacteria and fungus, and coconut oil more effective against viruses, while sunflower oil are best overall and is a bit more effective in removal of free heavy metals, again this is just my observations. The deciding factor is you need to know their components and what they are effective against, such as oleic acid (olive oil), lauric acid (coconut oil, and linoleic acid (sunflower oil but also have oleic too). This is why sunflower is generally better. It is high in both linoleic acid and oleic acid. Since many people are not aware that linoleic have antibacterial properties, here is a research which quite related to sunflower oil in the components. See below. Ted

Antibacterial activity of linoleic and oleic acids isolated from Helichrysum pedunculatum: a plant used during circumcision rites. Dilika F, Bremner PD, Meyer JJ.

Department of Botany, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa.

The antibacterial activity-guided fractionation of the dichloromethane extract of leaves of Helichrysum pedunculatum resulted in the isolation of linoleic and oleic acids. Linoleic acid inhibited the growth of all the Gram-positive bacterial species tested with the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) varying between 0.01 and 1.0 mg/ml. Oleic acid was active against three of the five Gram-positive bacteria at a MIC of 1.0 mg/ml. Both compounds were inactive against the Gram-negative species tested. A synergistic effect between the two fatty acids was observed against Staphylococcus aureus and Micrococcus kristinae.

PMID: 10925024 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]