In our journey to a more clean living lifestyle, one of the changes we made was opt for a more natural ingredient based toothpaste. One of our main concerns was avoiding the chemical toxins in commercial toothpaste detrimental to our health--one being, triclosan, although it has a purpose within toothpaste such as reducing bad breath, proven studies have shown to reduce fertility and increase cancer risk in mice and rats, according to Business Insider. Making the decision for a more natural way of living makes for a judgment to consider what is more important specially if there are natural replacements or alternatives. Along with other ingredients that for also health reasons we wanted to avoid, we were concern on loosing the effect of flouride by a replacement. You might say, don't we need flouride to avoid cavities--hmm, well, yes, but we're also in the opinion that what you eat and how you eat it has more effect on creating cavities--we'll leave that for another day. But, chew more and drink liquids after eating for starters--and of course brush your teeth. Plus, flouride is found in water!
Our search for a natural ingredient toothpaste led us to make our own--not because they didn't work, but because we had to make something that fitted and worked with our personalized bodily needs. After so many attempts and experiments with natural toothpaste recipes, we came across Wellness Mama, which gave us the foundation to our personalized natural toothpaste recipe. It cleans(baking soda, coconut oil, lemon essential oil), brightens(baking soda), kills bacteria(baking soda, coconut oil) and remineralizes our teeth(Dolomite). The Xylitol is for flavoring and although a sweetener, some sources state it doesn't cause tooth decay and aids against tooth decay. Don't worry if you accidentally ingest some of this natural toothpaste while brushing, they are all edible ingredients(with the exception of the essential oil, which has mixed opinions)--something you have to be careful with commercial toothpaste. The point here is to opt for replacement ingredients that have less harsh effects to our health in the long-run and remember that even good ingredients can be harmful when improperly used. So far we like this toothpaste and are thinking of trying a cinnamon flavor one. Do you currently use a natural toothpaste?
Some points to keep in mind when switching and using a natural toothpaste:
- A slight irritation may occur when switching to a natural ingredient based toothpaste. You may want to start with a lower amount of the baking soda and skip the essential oil.
-Natural things take time to work and your body is the best guide to the right ratio of ingredients mix. Do listen.
- Because of its natural ingredients, the life shelf is short. Keep in refrigerator for a longer life, but aim to make a fresh batch every two weeks, if possible.
- This recipe is not meant to treat or cure any diseases and intended for adult usage only.
- Depending on your home temperature and the coconut oil which gives the toothpaste a consistency, but melts, you might have to keep it in a cool area or take it out of the refrigerator a few hours prior to use.
- While brushing, you might notice your toothbrush handle become oily, you can keep a slice of lemon in your bathroom to rub on the handle to cut the oil. You can also wrap a wash cloth around the handle.
-When brushing, you will notice the toothpaste become runny in and outside your mouth--that's because of the coconut oil melting, just tilt your head back a bit.
1/2 Cup of melted coconut oil
4 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
4 Tablespoons of Dolomite Powder
3 Tablespoons of Xylitol
10 Drops of Lemon essential oil
See instruction below image.
Written by Mariana