Make Your Own Natural Toothpaste [How To]
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Drugstore brands of deodorant, skin cleansers and toothpaste can contain a wide variety of ingredients that are harmful to the environment and that may be harmful to your health.
While some ingredients in your toothpaste may be listed on the label, not all of them are and chances are, even the ones that are there may not mean anything to you at face value.
According to Prevention, some toothpaste can even eat away at your enamel as most contain abrasives. It can be frustrating to learn that the products you’re using to help your teeth can actually be hurting them in the long-run.
A lot of the data on toothpaste ingredients is unclear, which is not very reassuring if you’re trying to take an evidence-based approach to caring for your health. If you’d rather not take the chance, I have good news — you can still get that clean, fresh feeling and keep your teeth looking white with more natural options, you can even make your own!
Making your own toothpaste means knowing everything that’s in it, knowing that it won’t be harmful to your health or to the environment… and even saving money!
DIY Toothpaste Recipe
Bring half a cup of water to a boil…
Add a tablespoon of coconut oil and stir until it’s fully melted.
Throw in a pinch of sea salt…
and three tablespoons of baking soda.
Stir until thoroughly combined and then pour the mixture into a mason jar to let it cool.
Add half a dropperful of Perfect Press® Coriander Oil…
and a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
Stir or shake to combine.
Store at room temperature
Note: Stir it with your toothbrush or shake before using. Soaking your toothbrush between uses prevents it from getting hard.
½ cup water
1 tbsp organic, cold-pressed coconut oil
Pinch sea salt
3 tbsp – ¼ cup baking soda
½ dropper Perfect Press® Coriander Oil
4 drops edible peppermint essential oil
You’ll also need…
Half-pint Mason jar
- Bring your water to a boil
- Add coconut oil and stir until fully melted
- Take the mixture off of the heat and add all ingredients except for the coriander oil and peppermint.
- Stir until thoroughly combined
- Pour mixture into mason jar
- Let cool
- Add the coriander and peppermint oils
- Stir or shake to combine
- Store at room temperature
Why I use these ingredients:
- Water is there to help mix everything together and to ensure that the other ingredients can do their jobs effectively. In particular, you need to dilute the baking soda so that it won’t too abrasive. Too much baking soda or too little water can damage tooth enamel.
- Coconut oil can help pull bad bacteria out of your mouth. According to Carefree Dental, using coconut oil in toothpaste blends is beneficial when it comes to fighting cavities and is recommended as it doesn’t contain any synthetic chemicals. Coconut oil also, according to the Modern Hippie Health and Wellness blog, has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties due to its high lauric acid content. It also prevents the paste from being too hard on your enamel and it keeps the bristles on your brush from hardening.
- Sea salt may seem like a weird ingredient, but it can actually do a lot for your oral health. Underground Health Reporter tells us that “Calcium, magnesium, silicon, phosphorus, sodium, nickel, iron [are] just a few of many trace elements and minerals found in sea salt. These nutrients strengthen gums, protect against tartar and bad breath, and may even whiten your teeth over time. High in iodine, sea salt has antibacterial properties and helps neutralize acids in the mouth. Salt makes you salivate, and your saliva creates an antibacterial barrier that protects your enamel.”
- Baking soda is where some major cleaning comes into play. Underground Health Reporter says that “baking soda has long been praised as the natural way to whiten teeth. It’s gritty enough to clean your teeth of tartar and plaque without being so abrasive that it wears away your tooth enamel. Sodium bicarbonate is highly alkaline, and as such counteracts acids in the mouth (acids cause tooth decay), kills bacteria and germs, and combats bad breath.”
- Perfect Press® Coriander Oil has health benefits and it tastes great! The antimicrobial properties of the volatile compounds in coriander oil don’t just mask odors, they actually wipe out the bacteria that cause them. This can help to combat bad breath, too. That’s not all coriander oil is good for, though! Check out our Top 20 Benefits of Coriander & Cilantro or Coriander Seed Oil Benefits blog posts.
- Edible peppermint essential oil makes your teeth feel fresh and makes your breath minty. This is what people tend to like most about tubed toothpaste. Make sure you use a brand that’s ok to ingest.
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Guest Blogger: Molly Kett
Molly is a 23-year-old writer for Activation Products, with a passion for natural health. In her spare time, Molly enjoys hiking, camping, reading and attempting DIY projects. She looks forward to sharing her how-to skills and bringing you new recipes and wellness activities to try. Her favorite Activation Products include Coriander Oil, Styrian Pumpkin Oil and Black Cumin Oil.