DIY Toothpaste

by Kitchen Ladies

 

DYI Toothpaste

In a quest to simplify the ingredients that go into my body as well as reduce my carbon footprint on this planet, I decided to start making my own toothpaste. First off, let me tell you that this recipe is amazing! After brushing my teeth, it feels as if I have just had a dental cleaning and it lasts all day. This recipe has only three ingredients: Coconut Oil, Baking Soda and Peppermint essential oil.

I had never really thought much about what was in my toothpaste until I noticed “carrageenan” as one of the ingredients. I remember reading a while back about carrageenan being toxic to dogs (http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/carrageenan-just-dont-do-it/) so I decided to Google the rest of the ingredients and let me tell you, this wasn’t just an “ah ha moment”, it was a holy crap moment!!!

Without throwing any particular company under the bus, I have included a photo of the ingredients in the toothpaste that I use to use. Below is just a list of a few of the ingredients that have links to gastrointestinal disorders and some to cancer.

colgate Collage

Carrageenan:

http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/carrageenan-natural-ingredient-you-should-ban-your-diet

Sodium Saccharin:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/470503-side-effects-of-saccharin-sodium/

http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/hazard_ident/pdf_zip/HIDNaSacc.pdf

Titanium Dioxide:

http://www.ccohs.ca/headlines/text186.html

Sorbitol:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/568700

 

Toothpaste

DIY with only three ingredients – (fills a 2 ounce glass jar)

4 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons baking soda

5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil (1%)*

*Do not use peppermint with kids under 5 years of age.

 

Advice from a dentist http://besttoothpaste.net

PS. Learn to read the labels on everything! As you can see below, not all baking soda is the same. Some have more of what you don’t want.

xo Mama Ferg

Baking Soda Collage