Once you start researching what is in your beauty care products, you may start to think twice about buying versus making your own products. There are a few companies out there making great, safe products and the EWG has a wonderful guide, Skin Deep,I highly suggest. You can search by product name or brand name and see the ingredients, what they are and how they are harmful (if they are) and why. Typical store bought toothpaste can be pretty hard on our teeth, gums and body as a whole. While I am not a dentist or a doctor, I chose to make toothpaste for our family or buy brands such as Earth Paste after I did a lot of research and decided what was best for our family. If you find yourself in the same boat, you may enjoy this recipe. Its my husbands actually, I can't take the credit. I've made clay based toothpaste, but not coconut oil based. Never did I ever think he'd become crunchy right alongside me!
A lot of my readers have requested it, which warms my heart because I am happy to see toxic products being ditched for safer, alternative products that work better and provide cleaner environment.
1 cup coconut oil
1.5 tbs xylitol
1 heaping tbs baking soda
20-30 drops essential oils (peppermint and wintergreen or cinnamon and clove are lovely)**
1/2 tsp sea salt
Combine all ingredients, mix well and place in a mason jar. I find having a Popsicle stick or Q-tip to dip and then place onto my toothbrush is best. If you continue to dip your toothbrush into the jar (I'm talking to my husband here) you're making your toothpaste full of germs, its just EW! Especially if you're sick, you'll keep passing yourself those germs back and forth! :)
Here is the explanation behind the above ingredients:
Coconut oil is an incredible immune/gut boost because it is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. Remember, everything you put into your mouth is absorbed into your body, so lets help our cells the best we can in any way we can!
Xylitol is amazing as well! It is a sweetener, from a tree, which sounds like the LAST thing we should put in our toothpaste but its actually quite a powerful antibacterial so helpful in preventing bacteria build up.
Baking soda is great because it helps us stay PH balanced thanks to its alkalinity and it also makes a great abrasive; without being too abrasive and wearing away enamel.
Essential Oils not only make toothpaste taste yummy, many of them are great for oral care because they kill all those nasty germs which lead to plenty of mouth disease possibilities that I do NOT want for my kids, husband or myself!
**Now, if you are pregnant or nursing do not use any mint or rosemary essential oils.
Lots of LOVE,
Holistic Wellness Coach
PS: Here is a great article on DIY toothpaste versus conventional toothpaste:
P.S.S.: Causey Coaching is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. Amazon is a great company who sells bulk products at great discount. This coconut oil price is wonderful; especially for it being organic and cold-pressed. I love that brand.