Having a non-food based post is a bit of a shift for me, but it's something I've been meaning to do for ages now. To be frank, I've actually made quite a few homemade remedies in the past for the blog, but never had the courage to post them here in doubt that anybody would be interested. But when it comes to this homemade concoction, I knew right away that I had to share it with you all! I know what you might be thinking: what... toothpaste? Yeah, I know its not really exciting, or very tasty for that matter. But it's super simple, totally affordable, and best of all, works like a dream!
I was encouraged to make this after my mum, whose been making her own toothpaste for the last little while now, went in for a check up and was informed by the hygienist that she has surprisingly little plaque, and that compared to last time, her teeth looked whiter! And guess what her secret is? Yup, homemade toothpaste using four pantry ingredients.
Baking Soda- While some people may be worried that baking soda is too abrasive for teeth, it's actually an alkaline which, it turns out, is less abrasive to enamel and dentine than commercially available toothpastes! It cleans teeth in two different ways. Firstly, by helping dislodge the plaque build up which contributes to dental decay and cavities and secondly, by removing those yellowy stains (in my case from coffee and tea). So all in all, it's both a excellent cleaner and natural tooth whitener!
Coconut Oil- Recently, pulling has become a super trendy habit - and there is good reason behind it! Oil pulling has been used holistically for thousands of years to improve oral and systemic health. Traditionally it consists of swishing about 1 Tbsp. of sesame oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes, much like mouthwash. While this recipe doesn't call for that much oil, or amount of time, it still provides some of the numerous benefits associated with pulling. By swishing the oil around in your mouth, bacteria is said to get caught in the oil and removed.This prevents such mouth problems as bad breath and gingivitis.
Oil of Oregano- While you may only use this when feeling under the weather, oil of oregano is a great addition to your tooth paste and as a preventative against illness. A antiseptic and great ridder of bacteria, oil of oregano is great at getting into those crevasses and deep in your gums which are so often a haven for bacteria.
Peppermint Oil- Peppermint oil is a wonderful breath freshener and is great at masking the flavour of the oil of oregano!
I promise you, your teeth will have never felt cleaner (or more like a slip and slide)!
Simple Homemade Toothpaste
6 Tbsp. Organic Coconut Oil (Soften but not melted)
4 Tbsp. Baking Soda
20 Drops of Oil of Oregano
20 Drops of Peppermint Oil
1. Begin by leaving the coconut oil in a warm spot to soften. Mix it with the baking soda until smooth.
2. Add the oils and stir to combine.
3. Divide up the paste into small jars. Keep in a warm spot or use a small spoon to scoop onto your toothbrush.