If you are going to make your own toothpaste, coconut oil is the perfect place to start. Coconut oil is a key ingredient in homemade toothpastes because it’s a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal and it works to kill harmful bacteria in your mouth while you brush.
Coconut oil is excellent for your gums and brushing with it regularly can eliminate bleeding and sore gums. The oil kills the bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis; and if you have gingivitis, you might want to massage some coconut oil into your gums regularly, in addition to using it in your toothpaste. Brushing your tongue with the oil helps with thrush, a fungal problem localized in the mouth, and besides, coconut oil has been found to stop and even reverse some tooth decay.
Another key ingredient in homemade toothpastes is baking soda. Baking soda is used for two reasons. First, it’s a mild abrasive that provides a gentle cleansing. Second, it’s alkaline. Being alkaline, baking soda can neutralize acids in your mouth that are often at the root of tooth decay. Baking soda also absorbs odors and helps produce sweet breath.
To make your own toothpaste, just use a fifty/fifty ratio of coconut oil to baking soda. Start with a small batch and use a few tablespoons of each. If you like, add a few drops of an essential oil, like peppermint or spearmint for flavor and a bit of stevia for sugar-free sweetness. After mixing your toothpaste, keep it in a glass container with a lid. Then, just dip your clean and dry toothbrush into it. The mixture doesn’t need to be refrigerated because coconut oil does not go rancid. Because coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, it will help keep your toothbrush clean and sanitary too.
Here is the recipe for homemade toothpaste:
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 1/2 small packet of stevia powder (liquid stevia can also be used)
- 5 drops of peppermint oil (or to taste)
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, using a fork.
A cinnamon variation can also be made, instead of using peppermint oil. With cinnamon a half teaspoon is enough for taste, and one or two drops of clove oil can be added if you like, however it makes the mixture a little hot but potent against bacteria.
This is what the finished toothpaste looks like:
The peppermint one is snowy-white! It looks and feels (to the fingers) just like store-bought toothpaste. It doesn’t foam because all ingredients are natural and you will get used to it.
Since coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, the toothpaste becomes liquid when you brush, and coats the teeth well. The oil melts in your mouth but it does not leave a greasy taste. It will, however, stick to your bathroom sink if you use cold water to rinse. It is definitely recommend using warm water with this toothpaste! (It was only when the mixture with cinnamon was used that you can see where the toothpaste actually ended up/stayed!)
If you or your kids swallow any of this mixture it will not hurt you since all ingredients are natural and eatable.
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