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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Home Made Toothpaste: 7 Recipes

After my blog on oil pulling, which you can read here, I started thinking about home made toothpastes.  For an extreme couponer like myself, the thought of EVER buying toothpaste just goes against the grain.  It's always free.

But what's a little savings when you're talking about health?

And I confess that I am a little dubious about toothpaste ingredients.  From the raging 'fluoride' debate through to artificial colors and sweetners, etc., modern toothpastes seem like a dodgy collection of chemicals to me.

So I've done a little digging. . .and found a number of interesting looking home made recipes.

Keep in mind that I haven't yet tried these recipes.  I've just assembled them!

Recipe #1 (Paste)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 1-2 Drops Pure Essential Oil, to taste (peppermint,cinnamon, etc.)
  •  Water

Method:
  • Combine first three ingredients in small bowl
  • Add water by drops until desired consistency
  • Brush as normal
  • Store in small container with tight lid


Recipe #2  (Dry)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Finely Ground Cloves

Method:
  • Mix together thoroughly
  • Sprinkle pinch on toothbrush
  • Brush normally
  • Store in small container with tight lid


Recipe #3  (Paste)

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Stevia Powder
  • Pure Essential Oil to Taste (peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, etc)

Method:
  • Mix together thoroughly, making sure coconut oil is either room temperature or slightly warmed so it is easy to blend
  • Put small amount on toothbrush
  • Brush normally
  • Store in small container with tight lid


Recipe #4  (Paste)

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • Xylitol to taste
  • Pure Essential Oil to Taste (peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, etc)
  • 2 Teaspoons Vegetable Glycerine (this is optional)

Method:
  • Mix ingredients together thoroughly, making sure coconut oil is either room temperature or slightly warmed so it is easy to blend
  • Put small amount on toothbrush
  • Brush normally
  • Store in small container with tight lid


Recipe #5  (Vegan Paste)

Ingredients:

  • 4 Teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin
  • 8 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 16 Tablespoons Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Guar Gum
  • Pure Essential Oil to Taste (peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, etc)

Method:
  • Mix all ingredients together except essential oil in a small pot
  • Cook over low, stirring constantly, until the mixture resembles a paste (about five minutes)
  • Cool completely
  • Add essential oil and mix well
  • Put small amount on toothbrush
  • Brush normally
  • Store in small, sterile jar with tight lid


Recipe #6  (Whitening Paste)

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, Warmed until liquid
  • Stevia to taste (optional)
  • Pure Essential Oil to Taste (peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, etc)

Method:
  • Mix all ingredients together thoroughly
  • Adjust by adding baking soda if it is too runny and coconut oil if it is too dry
  • Add essential oil to taste and mix well
  • Put small amount on toothbrush
  • Brush normally
  • Store in small container with tight lid that is not see-through (to protect the hydrogen peroxide)


Recipe #7  (Re-Mineralizing Paste)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, Warmed until liquid
  • 1 Tablespoon Xylitol or Stevia Powder to Taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Calcium Magnesium Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 5 Drops Trace minerals
  • Pure Essential Oil to Taste (peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, etc)

Method:
  • Mix all ingredients together thoroughly until blended
  • Add essential oil to taste and mix well
  • Put small amount on toothbrush
  • Brush normally
  • Store in small container with tight lid 
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