~ Tanya Patterson~
I have been reading a lot on the ingredients in regular over the counter toothpaste and realizing that this is some pretty harmful stuff to our bodies.
- Sodium flouride is shown to cause cancer and neurotoxicity
- Sodium laurel sulfate is used to create the foam and is likely to contain 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen
- Propylene glycol can cause contact dermatitis at very low concentrations and is also a common ingredient in toothpaste
- Triclosan is a possible endocrine disrupting chemical and has been shown in animal studies to harm the thyroid.
How about no thank you, I do not want those ingredients in my body, nor in my family’s body. So I ventured out to see what recipes were out there for homemade toothpaste and here’s what I decided to make.
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. -1/2 tsp. Xylitol o r1/2 pkt. of Stevia powder (sweetens similar to that of regular toothpaste)
- 15-25 drops essential oil of choice, see above visual for ideas
- 1-2 drops Thieves essential oil (kills germs AND adds that hot cinnamon flavor)
Directions: mix all ingredients together in a bowl using a small fork to mash it and mix it, when done it will be the consistency of thick cake icing similar to toothpaste.
Begin by adding half the essential oil and mix, try a little to taste and decide to add more or less as you go. The finished consistency is the same as store bought toothpaste.
You will need to think of a container to store your toothpaste in. Glass is best. I have switched to a small pint-size mason jar instead of the plastic container above.
Your are good to go…happy brushing!!!
This toothpaste is pennies on the dollar to make, and for my home these ingredients are already on hand, so it easier access than heading to the store to coupon for free toothpaste (as far as money, it costs about the same as the tax I pay on free toothpaste from the store BUT the health benefits are greater with the homemade option).
I get the question quite often as to how we get the toothpaste out and onto our toothbrush. I buy these small wooden craft sticks from the store for $1.00 (a pkg. of 100) and we use them to scoop a little toothpaste out and onto our toothbrushes. We toss into the trash after each use.
*For information on the effects of flouride in toothpaste please visit Dr. Mercola’s site.