One of the hardest commercial products to get away from is toothpaste. Many people are very self-conscious about their teeth, and commercial toothpaste does a good job of selling themselves by promising to whiten and strengthen. The truth is that toothpaste actually has harmful ingredients that don't help your teeth at all! Conventional toothpaste can contain saccharin (an artificial sweetener!), propylene glycol, and even artificial colors including Yellow 5, Blue 1, and Red 40. Most toothpaste brands - even natural ones - contain glycerin, which prevent your teeth from re-mineralizing. Unlike other homemade tooth powder recipes you might find online, mine does not contain xylitol. First of all, xylitol is not a good alternative sweetener. Secondly, why are we putting sweeteners in our toothpaste anyway? Can someone explain this to me?
To avoid these nasty ingredients, you can make your own tooth powder. Homemade tooth powder gives you the power to control the ingredients. In addition, homemade tooth powder is economical and green!
½ c. bentonite clay
2 TBS. baking soda
15-20 drops clove essential oil
15-20 drops orange essential oil
Just put all the ingredients in a glass jar and shake well.
Bentonite clay is good stuff. It helps to remove tarter and decreases gum sensitivity. Bentonite clay also draws out the toxins in metal. Note: because of the this ability to draw toxins out of metal, do be sure that you make the tooth powder in a glass jar and not a metal one!
Baking soda is a natural whitener.
Clove essential oil is great for all things dental. It decreases tooth pain and combats infection. Clove has the largest antioxidant value of any single essential oil! Orange essential oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It's sweet citrusy taste balances nicely with the spiciness of the cloves.
To use, dip a dry toothbrush into the jar, lightly wet it with water, and brush as normal. Rinse well after brushing. Feel free to switch up the essential oils to find a flavor you like, and be aware of which ones are safe for children and pregnant or nursing mothers.
I get my bentonite clay and baking soda online from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have the highest quality products that I've ever seen anywhere. They process their ingredients in a way that preserves their integrity and prevents contamination. Although Arm & Hammer is fine for cleaning your bathroom, it's not something that I'd personally want to put in my mouth.
The brand of essential oils I use is Florihana which is available through Tropical Traditions. They are among the purest essential oils in the world. I'm impressed!
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition.