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DIY: All-Natural Toothpaste

For about a year now I have been making and using my homemade toothpaste. Most people cringe and wonder if it works. I am here to tell you that it does. I have never had a cavity, and my dental hygienist says my teeth and gums looks great.

Why did I stop using store-bought toothpaste? The answer is simple. I figured if the label says “do not swallow” and “if swallowed contact poison control” that it probably wasn’t a good thing to be putting in my mouth. It seems like a pretty easy task to keep our teeth clean, brushing and flossing and mouthwash isn’t too complicated of a routine, so why did toothpaste have to be complicated? Why does it have to contain sugar … something that causes tooth decay??? seems counter productive. Why does it have to contain nasty chemicals that can poison me? Why would I put that in my mouth? Okay, you get my point.

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(this picture is from the first sample I made myself)

I’ve researched different toothpastes and tooth powders, tried some differing variations, and I have no concrete “recipe” to share with you. But here is my go to toothpaste ingredient list:

I usually make a large batch (a couple jars at a time), sometimes I make some to give to my friends to try. But here is my general method:

  1. Melt some coconut oil in a small bowl or right in your glass jar. If this is your first batch, just make a little bit to try it out, a few tablespoons will do.
  2. Now add enough baking soda to the toothpaste to make a paste. (the paste consistency will be determined by the temperature of your house. In the summer the toothpaste can be more liquidy due to the heat, and in the winter very hard due to the cold)
  3. Now add 10-20 drops of peppermint essential oil. (Obviously, more or less depending on how much you are making)
  4. Now add 5-10 drops of tea tree oil.
  5. If you need to make it sweet like the store bought kind, this is where you add the xylitol or stevia to your taste. I made mine sweet at first when I was transitioning to natural toothpaste, now I leave it out completely.

You can also add other cleaning agents. I have heard of ground sage and bentonite clay being added. Also, you can leave out the coconut oil completely and make a toothpowder. People add sea salt to some tooth powders. It’s all about experimenting to see what you like and can tolerate.

To use, I just dip my brush head into the jar and get some on the bristles. I also use an electric toothbrush. I feel like it does a better job of using the grit from the baking soda to get my teeth nice and clean.

I will also be putting up my recipes for mouthwash and retainer/denture cleaner!

Until next time, I send you peace, love and good energy.

~Sharon

 

Who needs a good laugh? (with Gluten-free Bread recipe)

Okay … so you remember in my other post New Years Eve 2012 where I told you I was going to bake my first loaf of gluten-free bread? Well, I did. She isn’t pretty, but she sure is tasty! My Sweetie remarked that it tasted like a coconut flavored cornbread. I will say the texture was very similar to a cornbread. It was particularly tasty toasted with butter and jam on top. It made a great snack while we were skiing today … hearty and filling, and loaded with good energy and protein.

I used a recipe from Annmarie Cantrell posted here and posted below:

Ingredients

  • 6 pasture-raised eggs
  • 1 tablespoon raw, local honey
  • 1/2 cup ghee, pastured butter or coconut oil (if you want a dairy-free version, use either ghee or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cups sifted coconut flour (sift first, then measure)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (aluminum-free)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a small (9″x5″x3″) loaf pan.
Step 2
Blend together eggs, ghee, honey and salt.
Step 3
Combine coconut flour with baking soda and mix with liquid ingredients until there are no lumps.
Step 4
Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes.
Step 5
Remove from pan and cool on rack.
Step 6
Serve with ghee, nut butter, or use in sandwiches.

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I did use a breadmaker … and I’m not sure if that mattered … since this is my first time ever baking bread. So, I think I will make it again once we finish eating the brick I baked. However, I think I will skip the bread maker and bake it in a traditional bread pan in the oven and see if that makes a difference. I will report on that. I still think what I made tastes good … but I think it could be better. So here’s a picture of the beauty I baked up:

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Okay, so it stuck to the sides a bit and I couldn’t get it out with a butter knife … so I had resort to digging it out with a spoon. Don’t judge me.

This is a learning experience and I will get better. It is one more step away from pre-packaged and processed foods for me and my family. It’s not easy getting back to basics.

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.

~Sharon