Monday, March 21, 2011

Holistic Hottie™: Make Your Own Natural Toothpaste in Under 5 Minutes

Commercial toothpaste tends to be loaded with toxic ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Triclosan, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Fluoride, dyes, Carrageenan and other vegetable gums.  Even the "natural" toothpastes are guilty!  Some of these ingredients are generally recognized as safe in small amounts.  But who's to say what's safe under daily exposure over time?  And why not just make your own products that are 100% safe and just as effective?

In less than 5 minutes, you can make your own truly natural toothpaste using ingredients that you may already have in your own kitchen.

What you need:

1/3 cup liquified coconut oil
1/3 cup baking soda (Bob's Red Mill, aluminum-free)
Optional: 1 Tbsp Xylitol (or stevia extract to taste)
Peppermint (food-grade essential oil, crushed leaves, or extract)

Mix everything in a small bowl and then store in a small glass jar with a screw top.  Because of the nature of the ingredients, the toothpaste will not spoil and does not require refrigeration.

Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory.  Perfect for tooth care!

Baking Soda:
Baking soda is known for being a great odor-absorber.  Besides keeping the breath sweet it's also a natural abrasive that couples as an acid-neutralizer  - helping to prevent tooth decay.

Xylitol (safe for diabetics):
Xylitol is a natural sweetener (sugar alcohol) that is now becoming a popular ingredient in toothpaste because, according to studies, fights plaque, cavities, and remineralizes tooth enamel.

Stevia (safe for diabetics):
Natural sweetener.  No other benefits.

Food-Grade Peppermint Essential Oil, crushed leaves, or organic extract:
I love peppermint for that minty fresh taste.  It's important to note that not all essential oils are created equal and not all are food-grade in quality.  If you decide to make your own toothpaste blend using essential oils, I recommend either Young Living or Lab of Flowers.

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