Time to ditch your plastic toothbrush that is polluting the landfills and that tooth paste tube filled with ingredients you can’t even pronounce! While we hope for the day when all products are cruelty free, all natural, non-toxic, zero-waste, and environmentally sustainable we understand the harsh reality these days that big corporations don’t make money that way and therefore until the collective consciousnesses undermines the status quo of corporate greed we will need to take matters into OUR hands. Recently I’ve embarked on the path of making homemade tooth powder with ingredients found in typical holistic homes. It was easy to do and my teeth feel as clean as ever! If you prefer a paste instead of powder you can add coconut oil to the recipe to make a paste from the powder, it’s just a matter of texture preference. For either the paste or powder you simply dip your toothbrush in for use or use a small spoon to apply the amount to your tooth brush before brushing.
What you need
- Bentonite clay
- remineralizer for teeth, mildly abrasive to brush away plaque/build up, removes toxins (bentonite clay binds to metals which is how it removes harmful toxins from the body, while preparing and storing your new tooth powder/paste be careful that the clay never comes in contact with metal as it will diminish the potency and beneficial effects in your oral health)
- Baking Soda
- whitens teeth, balances pH of mouth, prevents gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay
- Ground mint (optional)
- flavorful, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory
- Ground sage (optional)
- anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, fights cavities and dental plaque
- Essential oil(s) of your preference (optional) (we recommend the combos of peppermint/spearmint, lemon/orange, or cinnamon/clove)
- peppermint oil: taste, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory
- spearmint oil: taste, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial
- lemon oil: taste, stimulates healthy gums, anti-bacterial, accelerates wound healing, prevents swollen/bleeding gums
- orange oil: taste, whitening, anti-bacterial
- cinnamon oil: antimicrobial, helps with bad breath and fighting bacteria
- clove oil: helps with bad breath and tooth pain, reduces gum disease
- Salt (optional)
- natural disinfecting properties
- Stevia or xylitol (optional for added sweetened taste)
- sweet taste for tooth paste/powder, helps fight bacteria
- Coconut oil (optional for making tooth paste instead of powder)
- fights bad bacteria, tooth plaque/build up, gum disease, inflammation, and tooth decay…all which leads to better oral health!
- Glass container (for mixing/storage)
- Plastic or wooden mixing utensil
- Make sure both the mixing and measuring utensils are not metal!
- Plastic or wooden tablespoon/teaspoon measuring utensil
What to do
- In glass jar, measure out 1 tbs baking soda and 1 tbs bentonite clay and mix
- Add total 10-20 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) and mix (optional)
- Add 1-2 tsp of ground sage and mint (optional)
- Add pinch of salt (optional)
- Add stevia or xylitol (optional) amount depends on your taste preference
- Add 2 tbs softened coconut oil if making paste
- Mix everything with plastic or wooden utensil
- Store in airtight glass jar and start taking care of your pearly whites!
As you can see the clay and baking soda are the main ingredients in making the powder while all the other ingredients are noted as optional. These are optional based on taste/texture preference really. Only you know what you like best! Ricky & I just got a new pestle and mortar and our mint plant has grown up so we ground up some fresh dried mint and sage with it and added it to our last batch. We also used peppermint oil for added flavoring- mix the oils in well to avoid clumping. Good luck on your home made homeopathic journey! Drop a comment if you make your own beauty products or are interested in getting started! 🙂
If you’re ready to make a change towards a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle check out the links below. We use and love the bamboo and charcoal toothbrushes! The tooth paste/powder is a good alternative for mindful products if you don’t have the time to make them yourself at home 🙂
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