Since there are a lot of unhealthy ingredients in conventional toothpaste I have a hard time wanting to put that in my mouth. Think about it, if it comes with a warning label to NOT swallow any and if kids do then to call poison control right away, shouldn’t that give us pause?? And I figure just because I am not swallowing it doesn’t mean that my body isn’t still absorbing it in small quantities anyway just by having it in my mouth.
So I make my own! And as usual, this one is quick and easy! I have made toothpaste with spearmint essential oil and it tastes really good. I choose orange essential oil most times because of its known benefit to brighten your smile. Thieves is another great one to use to fight off those germs in your mouth, especially when you are sick. You could even make this toothpaste with no essential oils at all if you wanted. But I like to add a little flavor and a little purpose.
Coconut oil is shown to have numerous health benefits. Too many to list here! But a few reasons it is a go-to oil in my house (and for my mouth!) is because it contains NO toxic chemicals that you’ll find in virtually all conventional toothpaste. Recent studies has demonstrated it’s abilities to kill cavity-causing organisms. And best of all it is inexpensive!
You can use coconut oil by itself as a tooth paste or you can also combine it with baking soda. Baking soda is a great alkalizer and it helps to neutralize acids in the mouth.
I love these little tins I found to hold the toothpaste. I know you are probably used to squeezing your toothpaste out of a tube but these shallow tins do the trick. Just use a clean finger to take a little off the top and put on your wet toothbrush. I don’t like dipping my toothbrush in it because I don’t want to introduce germs into the tin full of toothpaste.
- In a small bowl whip equal amounts of baking soda and coconut oil until smooth. For the size tins I have I used 1/4 cup of each. The amount you use will depend on how much you want to make at once and the size of the container you store it in.
- After the baking soda and coconut oil are mixed up, add 5-7 drops of the essential oil you choose to use. Like I said, top picks for me are spearmint and/or orange. If I need to use thieves I will drop one drop on top of my brush with already mixed toothpaste. Clove is another great option for oral health.