So much of what we eat, drink, and use on our bodies is full of ingredients which are difficult to pronounce without a PhD. As we (collectively) become more health conscious, we start to pay attention to what is put into our bodies and how certain foods impact us. Still, many ignore the ingredients in toothpaste and use whatever brands that is on sale or that they have always used.
There are several ways to make your own toothpaste at home. These methods are economical and ensure that only all natural ingredients are going into your mouth and the mouths of your family. Most recipes use fluorides, but this is not safe for babies and young children.
Some ingredients in DIY toothpastes are pretty universal: Baking soda contains minerals and removes stains, calcium powder adds calcium and whitens, cloves and cinnamon are both anti-bacterial and add flavor, mint soothes the gums and Xylitol, an optional ingredient, adds sweetness. These are basic staples of many toothpaste recipes. The first recipe uses no fluoride, focuses on re-mineralizing the teeth and only takes 10 minutes to make.
Start by mixing together 5 parts calcium powder, 2 parts baking soda, and 3 parts Xylitol powder for taste (optional). If the calcium powder is coming from tablets, be sure to use a food processor on them first.
You’ll add 3-5 parts coconut oil, one part at a time, until it is the desired thickness. Then, mix in up to one part Diatomaceous earth if you choose to use it. It is slightly abrasive and is not required. Then you can add essential oils to taste if so desired. It can be stored in a glass jar and doled out with an unused popsicle stick.
The next recipe is great for the whole family and super easy to make. All you need to do is mix the following ingredients in a bowl or large mason jar. 4 Tbsp bentonite clay, 3 Tbsp calcium powder, 2 Tbsp powdered mint leaf (for taste), 1 Tbsp baking soda (optional), 1 Tbsp cinnamon powder, 1 tsp powdered clove, 1 Tbsp Xylitol powder, and optional essential oils.
Because there are no liquid ingredients it can be stored for years. Each family member can have their own jar and it is less expensive in the long run than buying tubes. This formula will keep your mouth safe from bacterial growth and will naturally whiten.
We live in a time when extra caution needs to be taken when it comes to unknown chemicals going into our bodies. Research is still being done to determine the effects of GMO’s and chemicals on our bodies in the long run. Making your own toothpaste is one more way that you can protect yourself and your family from unseen contagions.
Holistically, it makes sense. Using all natural ingredients is easier on your body because your body does not need to work harder than normal to absorb the nutrients. Once you begin to make your own toothpaste, you will begin to see how easy it is to make not only toothpaste, but shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream and much more.
Copyright Dr.Jean-Jacques Edderai – 2015