Today’s post comes from my friend and new contributor, Megan.
In learning about natural living, you tend to learn about all the nasty stuff in our everyday products. Like toothpaste. Yikes. So I decided to make my own, because why not?
I didn’t look up any recipes, I just went with it. My base is coconut oil, because of its antibacterial properties. Also, because if you ingest it, that’s totally OK!!
There’s LOTS of vasculature in our mouth, plenty of opportunity for nasty things to seep into our bodies even if you’re SURE you don’t swallow any traditional toothpaste.
Brushing with coconut oil does feel different from anything I’ve ever used, but my teeth do feel clean, there’s no nasty after taste, and I know that I didn’t ingest any scary chemicals. Ready to make your own?
DIY Coconut Oil Toothpaste
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 15 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops on guard essential oil
- 5 drops melaleuca essential oil
- 1 drop oregano essential oil
Melt the coconut oil in a small pan, or a metal tin you can store the finished toothpaste in. Once the oil is melted, carefully stir in the essential oils. If using a pan, pour the blend into a small container (I prefer metal tins) and let it cool to harden. Store in a cool, dry place.
Why these oils?
- Peppermint mostly for flavor, though it’s good for your mouth and fresh breath.
- Melaleuca (tea tree) because of it’s antibiotic properties.
- On guard for overall health and protection, as well as flavor.
- Oregano for its immune boosting properties.
I used so little of the oregano because it tastes awful and it should be diluted when used topically (no this is not a topical application but it’s not internal either). If the flavor is a too strong for you, just add more coconut oil, a teaspoon at a time to calm it down.
It tastes really good in my opinion. My mouth feels fresh and clean, and I like knowing what I put into my body. The recipe is so small because it was my trial run, but I found out you don’t need much – this lasted me at least a month. (I was the only one using it.)
I put mine in a tin and just dipped my toothbrush in the semisolid oil, but if you’re not comfortable with that, I’m sure you can put it in a container of your choice.
Do you make your own toothpaste? What do you use?
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