Saturday, February 21, 2015

No-Fluoride Toothpaste

Note: After making and using this, now I read about how NO toothpaste is good for your teeth. Just a little salt and brushing should do it. Can't quite make myself work on that.
3 Tbsp. baking soda
Toothpaste front and center.
Citrus body butter to left.
Deodorant to the right.
1 Tbsp. finely ground sea salt (mild antibacterial, whitener and good for the gums) (I thought this was too much - next time I'll only use a teaspoon.)
A few drops peppermint, spearmint, anise, clove or cinnamon bark essential oil, according to the taste you want (be sparing, they are very strong - I used about 4 drops peppermint, and one or two drops Thieves -
1 tsp. xylitol or a few drops of liquid stevia (optional but highly recommended; xylitol helps prevent tooth decay naturally)
2 Tbsp. coconut oil, softened but not liquified

Grind sea salt in a small coffee grinder, if needed, to make as powdery as possible.
Mix all ingredients except the coconut oil to taste. You can stop at this stage and use this as a tooth powder if you wish.  Mix in a teaspoon of coconut oil at a time until you find the right consistency for your paste. Put into a small, sealable jar or squeezable container and keep in a relatively cool place. Brush. I thought this tasted awfully salty.

I want to try this one soon:

Using three of the 3 most effective and common essential oils for oral health are peppermint, orange, and clove. Combinations often found in traditional remedies utilize these oils heavily, with others added for synergy and added benefits. Here are some blends of the best oils to use for oral health:
  • Clove and lavender to battle canker sores – dilute 1 drop with 2 drops of a carrier oil and apply twice daily.
  • Peppermint to temper halitosis – add 1 drop with toothpaste, and gargle with peppermint infused water daily.
  • Clove and orange to soothe sensitive teeth – apply 1 drop each neat (straight) on affected tooth and gums.
  • Cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, and orange to whiten teeth – add 1 drop of either oil with toothpaste.
  • Lavender to relieve blood blisters – dilute 1 drop with 2 drops of a carrier oil and apply twice daily.
  • Blend your favorite oils to fight plaque, ward off infections and make the most of their antimicrobial effects!
To TRY -- DIY Essential Oil Toothpaste Recipe
  • Equal parts baking soda and coconut oil (1/4 c each is good to start with)
  • 1-2 tsp sea salt
  • 5-7 drops essential oils
  • optional: 1-2 tsp each stevia or bentonite clay (I will use xylitol if I have it)
Mix and place in a small jar or a squeeze bottle. Use a spoon or disposable wooden scoop to get the paste out and avoid contamination.

Another one to TRY
DIY Bentonite Clay Essential Oil Tooth Powder and Toothpaste
This recipe is for tooth powder, but it makes a great toothpaste too!
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a food processor.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the hot water and coconut oil together and let stand till the coconut oil melts. Add to the food processor gradually till combined. While the food processor is still on, combine and add the essential oils all at once and process a few more seconds. Mixture should be granular and slightly damp.
  3. Store in a glass jar with a lid.
  4. Toothpaste Variation
  5. Once the tooth powder is complete, gradually add more coconut oil, blending as you go, until you reach the desired consistency.
* No matter what allergies you may have, there's a carrier oil that's right for you. You can use any, or a combination of these: Avocado, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond.
* Essential oils are great for oral health and these are some of our favorite blends:

Lime, lemon, grapefruit
Orange, clove, peppermint
Cinnamon, clove, orange
Chamomile and wintergreen
Frankincense & myrrh

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