“Why would you make your own toothpaste?” you may be asking…at least my husband did.
Well, for one, I am dissastisfied with most of the brands on the market, and the ones that I do like are pretty expensive. Plus, making my own toothpaste results in much cleaner feeling teeth, zero soreness and irritation of my gums, cheeks, and tongue, fewer (and remineralized) cavities, and, most importantly, no carcinogens, harsh chemicals or toxins.
Most commercial toothpastes contain these offensive ingredients:
- fluoride – while naturally occuring fluoride found in sea minerals has some benefits, the kind that is added to our water supplies, toothpastes, mouthwashes, etc. is different, and pure poison. a industrial by-product (most comes from China), used as an insecticide, and is documented to be highly corrosive to not only glass and metal but to skin, as well as causing respiratory illnesses. I have noticed that when we run out of pure drinking water and I use the filter from my fridge (that doesn’t filter out fluoride) I will have a small eczema flare-up. I could go on. Yack.
- triclosan – combines with chlorine (which is found in most tap water) and becomes chloroform…hello!!
- SLS – detergent and foaming agent. it is drying, causes ulcers and damage to gum tissue. it’s toxic and has no business being in your body.
- glycerin – this one is a bit less shocking, but the research I have done is suggesting that the layer of “protection” that glycerin puts on teeth actually prevents remineralization.
- artificial colors – toxic, many are linked to tumors, hyperactivity, bed wetting, neurological disorders, and may be contributing to ADD/ADHD .
- artificial flavors – most are derived from petroleum. many of the same side effects as artificial colors, including everything from headaches to cancerous tumors.
- artificial sweeteners – highly toxic, carcinogenic, cause sugar cravings
Geesh…no wonder there are warning labels on our toothpastes. If children shouldn’t swallow it, neither should the rest of us!
I personally don’t want to put anything ON my body, much less in my mouth that can’t be safely eaten. Our gums and tongue (much like our skin) absorb much of what it comes in contact with (think sub-lingual vitamins, drops, medicine, etc.) So even if you don’t swallow traditional toothpaste, it is making it’s way into your bloodstream and organs.
Here is my wonderful alternative.
I have collected the best of the homemade toothpaste recipes I have tried, added a few elements that are especially beneficial, and voila! I would LOVE to hear how you like it!
Lindsay’s Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste
- 4 T. baking soda
- 2 T. Coconut Oil(virgin, expeller pressed, unrefined, organic)
- 1 tsp. fine salt (unrefined Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt)
- 2 T. cal/mag powder plus trace minerals (or cal/mag powder and 10 trace minerals drops)
- 2 T. bentonite clay (liquid ingestible formula) OR 3 T. bentonite clay powder and 3 T. purified water
- 2 T. Xylitol
- 20 drops Liquid Stevia (powdered stevia is also fine)
- 5 drops myrrh essential oil (omit for children’s toothpaste as this one ideally should not be swallowed)
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil (or check variations below!)
- warm, purified water to get desired consistency
yield: appx 4 oz
*Be sure when you are mixing and storing the toothpaste to only use glass, ceramic, or silicone, NEVER metal or plastic. Bentonite clay, when wet, carries a negative polarity that changes to positive when it comes in contact with metal. As a detoxing agent, it can pull toxins out of plastics and absorb them into your toothpaste.
sensitive – add 10 drops clove oil – this one has a numbing effect and is wonderful for sensitive teeth and gums. focus on those areas first so that they get the highest concentration of the clove oil.
rx – add 5 additional drops myrrh, 5 drops clove oil – wonderful for soothing sore, irritated gums
thieves – add 7-10 drops of thieves (you my omit the myrrh) for an ultra-cleansing, bacteria-fighting, immune boosting toothpaste!
you can literally eat this toothpaste and suffer no ill effects
***check with your dr. or midwife before using essential oils during pregnancy***
If you can’t invest in all of these ingredients right away you can simply do just the 3 first ingredients and have a great toothpaste! While it won’t provide the remineralizing benefits of the calcium/magnesium and trace minerals, or the detoxifying power of the bentonite clay, or the gum soothing and healing power of the myrrh, it will still be very effective and much safer than most grocery store brands. There are many other uses for these ingredients, so don’t be worried that you will have jars of random supplies that you may not use again for several months.
**You can wet your toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide or rinse with it for extra cleansing.
**Because of the baking soda and salt, this toothpaste is salty, and may take a little getting used to. feel free to add more stevia and/or peppermint until you reach a satisfactory flavor.
**Depending on your climate and temperature in your home you may have a thinner or thicker consistency each time you make this. I always just add a bit more water if it needs to be thinned out.
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