Make Your Own..
Whenever I run out of my store bought toothpaste I use baking soda and rinse with coconut oil. I decided to combine the two for every day use. The recipe below was easy and will last you.
Feel free to modify this recipe to suit your needs. Here’s what I did..
Melted coconut oil into a sterile, reusable jar with a warm water bath on the stove. Filled the oil to the top continuously as it melted. Once about 2/3 full I took off the stove and added just a few drops eucalyptus oil made in Australia.
WARNING: Please educate yourself on EO's whenever using them as they can be damaging to delicate tissue anywhere on or in the body if not diluted properly. They are potent and unfortunately the big companies that sell them market them in such a way to get you to use them up quickly and even ingest them. A lot of plant material goes into one tiny bottle that you purchase. It’s also important to understand that our mouth’s microbiome is a reflection of our gut microbiome. We do not want to strip away protective, beneficial bacteria. We want to keep it in balance.
Anyway, after adding the eucalyptus oil, I mixed in a separate bowl baking soda and ground Himalayan pink salt. This was then added to the mixture until the jar was all the way full. The coconut oil is still melted at this point so I continuously stirred as the baking soda and salt won't sink to the bottom. Once cooled a bit I securely covered it with its lid and rotated the jar every few minutes to keep ingredients evenly mixed while the coconut oil hardened. It turned out perfectly and smells like a sweet holiday cookie! When brushing your teeth you can use a popsicle stick or utensil to put a scoop onto your tooth brush or right into your mouth ready to brush. If you’re able to keep the toothpaste stored at room temperature, the coconut oil will be softer and easier to get out of the jar.
Baking soda is wonderful at neutralizing acid, bad breath, cleaning gums, and whitening teeth. Use less baking soda if your teeth feel more sensitive. Eucalyptus oil shows protection against specific bacteria that cause tooth decay. Again, a little goes a long way. Himalayan pink salt is great at balancing acidity and has a nice scrubbing quality that is not abrasive to tooth enamel. You don’t need much salt in this recipe. You can even do a warm salt water rinse or gargle to help clean and balance the gums and throat after you brush. I talk more about pink Himalayan salt in my recipe for "Beach Waves" Texturizing Mineral Hair Spray. Most of this toothpaste is the coconut oil supportive of overall mouth health, anti bacterial, antiviral, and protective of tooth enamel. I'd love to hear your recipe ideas, as I am forever learning.
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