Have you noticed the blogs talking about oil pulling lately? If you don't know what that is, check out this helpful piece. While we have tried oil pulling, it is super helpful in keeping bad breath (read: coffee breath) at bay, we prefer something a little easier and a lot less time consuming. We make our own toothpaste and have been doing so for over a year. It is SUPER simple. Your ingredients:
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (cheapest is at Trader Joe's)
- 3 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- 1/2 Packet of Stevia (optional)
- 20-25 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil (at your health food store)
To make mixing easier, I measure out my coconut oil into my small glass container that I'll be storing the paste in and melt the oil slightly in the microwave. It only takes 3-5 seconds. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees so it really doesn't take much. Then I mix in the baking soda, stevia and essential oil.
After I adjusted to making my own toothpaste I stop using stevia. Try using it with and without to figure out your preference. Not a fan of peppermint? Try a different essential oil! Maybe you are a cinnamon fan so see how you like that in your new toothpaste - or better yet, create your own personaled combination of oils.
After the first few times using the toothpaste you'll notice whiter teeth and healthier gums. We do recommend not sharing the container of paste; instead make ones for each family member who will be using it. Since you are dipping your brush in, you might not want to share that many germs.