It’s a few years now since I realised that, however clean and organic our diet, our bodies are still bombarded with toxins left, right and centre… in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the products we clean our homes with, plus the body care and cosmetic products we use. This is especially true of toothpaste : it is quickly absorbed through the soft membranes of the mouth, staright into the bloodstrea. Many of them contain a terrifying array of chemical ingredients - including Propylene Glycol - the main ingredient in antifreeze - as a foaming agent - yuk !
The actual effect of these foreign chemicals is stil a debate - and thus are still on shelves being spread alll over bodies. But while the scientists argue, it is well known that many substances said to be harmless in small amounts, are then mixed with many others from all the other products, in a chemical cocktail about whose effects we have no idea. So I like to stick to the following premise -
if I wouldn’t put it IN my body, I shouldn’t put it ON my body.
We've shown you haw to make deodorants in previous newsletters, And now it is toothpaste's turn
Again, it’s actually pretty easy to make from natural ingredients, in about 5 minutes – it’s pleasant to use, won’t harm your health, and lasts for months.
Here's what you need
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 Teaspoon of Peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops of Myrrh essential oil
- 10 drops of Clove essential oil
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup himalayan salt
- 3 Tablespoons of Calcium Carbonate
- 2 Tablespoons of Bentonite clay
Mix the powders together and then add the essential oils.
Finally, add the coconut oil, mixing well.
Pour your mix into a clean glass jar – I used a variety of sizes - one for the bathroom, and a couple of smaller ones for travelling with.
The temperature at which coconut oil is liquid around (+25 C), so that will affect your toothpaste.
Our set perfectly at room temperature, and remains solid, but pliable in the bathroom.
How to use
Nothing special here. I just use the back of thumb or the toothbrush itself to drag out some paste and scrub away...
Without the harsh chemicals, I don't need to worry about rinsing quite so dilligently, and coconut oil is well known to be great for gum health anyway.
This formula was originally devized as a means of adhering bentonite and calcium to teeth that are in trouble, so depending on the viscosity, it might be good for that too.
There is always more to learn
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