Make your own natural toothpaste for sensitive teeth, healthy gums and fresh breath
Are you appalled at just what’s in your shop-bought toothpaste? Do you want to avoid ingredients such as foaming agents, peroxides and saccharin?
I am increasingly fed up with paying over the odds for organic toothpaste at my local health store. Determined to continue using natural toothpaste, we tried this great recipe from Diane Kidman over atDKblogspot. After some trial and error this is Natural Mother’s adapted version, it’s super easy and works just brilliantly too!
Make your own toothpaste recipe
- 4 tbsp of baking soda
- 4 tbsp organic coconut oil
- a good pinch of iodised sea salt
- 1/2 tsp of Xylitol* ( start with less and add to taste)
Then add essential oils of your choice- (2x = 2 drops)
Sensitive teeth: 2x myrrh, 2x orange and 2x clove
Fresh breath and children: 2x peppermint and 4x spearmint
Healthy gums: 2x myrrh, 2x tea tree and 2x thyme
What to do
Place all the ingredients above and the essential oil combination of your choice together in a bowl mix until it resembles a paste. Place the paste into a dark ( dark glass preserves the essential oils and is ideal) glass container, and use as you would a normal toothpaste. Don’t forget to securely tighten the lid after use, to keep the essential oils from evaporating. The base toothpaste recipe is suitable for all members of your family.
*Xylitol is a substance that occurs in some vegetables ( corn) and fruits. In fact, it’s a compound that appears in animal metabolism, and so is deemed perfectly safe. It has antibacterial properties due to its ’5-carbon ring’ and plays a useful role in plaque prevention. It is also used extensively in natural toothpastes as a sweetener, as it doesn’t cause dental cavities due the acid caused by bacterial attack on sugars. Xylitol does not disturb insulin levels and so is safe to use for people seeking to avoid this. These are the reasons why I chose to use Xylitol and not raw honey.
Disclaimer: Please don’t assume this toothpaste recipe is the best solution for your teeth. If you are in any doubt, please consult your dentist for advice. All material on this website is provided for educational purposes only, although every effort is made to provide accurate and up-to-date information. Unless otherwise noted, the articles at this website are not written by doctors or other health care professionals. If you are concerned about your health, or that of your child, consult with your health care provider regarding the advisability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your individual situation.
I would love to know how you get on when you make your own toothpaste, and whether you choose to modify it again, and why?
About the Author (Author Profile)
Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca’s days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.