Lately I've been experimenting with making my own DIY toothpaste, especially after reading that some "natural" toothpaste products aren't so natural. I also find that brushing with these ingredients helps to prevent sensitivity, whiten, and re-mineralize my teeth!
This toothpaste is very easy to make, the harder part is cleaning up the sink after you've brushed your teeth with it... Not to worry though, it's all worthwhile in the end, since you'll have the healthiest gums and teeth around!
Detox your mouth
Activated charcoal is getting a lot of hype these days. Activated charcoal is great for detoxing, because it is adsorptive. This means that it actually binds to toxins, chemicals and poisons, and can help pull them out of your body. We are constantly exposed to chemicals and heavy metals these days due to GMO, irradiated, and pesticide filled foods. Detoxing with activated charcoal helps to remove heavy metals that build up in your body throughout the years. Otherwise, these toxins start to cause major problems including slow immune response, cellular damage, allergic reactions, and rapid aging. Bentonite clay works in a similar manner, but activated charcoal adsorbs more poisons and toxins than any other substance known.
Coconut oil also helps to pull toxins out of your system, as I talked about in my blog post Oil Pulling for a Healthy Smile.
Baking soda is of course known for increasing plaque removal, and has been used in toothpaste for a long time. Straight baking soda can be too abrasive for the teeth, so that is why it's good to mix it with other things such as we are here.
- 1 tablespoon aluminum free baking soda
- 6 tablespoon coconut oil
- 4 tablespoon bentonite clay
- 2 teaspoon activated charcoal
- 10 drops orange essential oil
- 10 drops thieves essential oil
Mix together in a medium sized bowl. If you need more coconut oil to make it blend well, then add another tablespoon or so.
Benefits of brushing with essential oils:
The orange essential oil gives this toothpaste a great taste, and also helps to whiten your teeth! Thieves is also good for you mouth, helping to kill bacteria and sooth the gums. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, reduces gum disease, and is a well known remedy for toothaches. Clove also has one of the highest ORAC scores around, so it is a strong anti-oxidant! Antioxidants can slow aging, degeneration, and protect the body from unfriendly bacteria and viruses.