Introduction: Tea Tree Oil Infused Toothpicks

I was at my local health food store pondering over which hippie toothpaste i wanted to get when i saw tea tree oil toothpicks. Being someone who doesn't like to pay for things i think i can make myself i decided to try it.

Why Tea Tree Oil Toothpicks?
Tea tree oil toothpicks freshen your breath, and help keep your gums healthy! The taste can be a bit off putting, but add some mint or cinnamon and it's very tasty to chew on.

The following instructable is how to successfully make your own!

Step 1: Ingredients


This instructable does not take much:
-Toothpicks
-Tea Tree Oil
-Container
Optional:
-Other essential oils (Cinnamon. Mint)

Step 2: Place Toothpicks in Container


Put a good amount of toothpicks in the container.

Step 3: Tea Tree Oil


Put a few drops of tea tree oil on the toothpicks, it's really easy to over do it so be careful. Also put whatever other flavors you want such as cinnamon.

Step 4: Shake It

Put a lid on the container and shake around the toothpicks, coating them with the oils

Step 5: Refridgerate

To get the oils really in there, put the toothpicks in the fridge over night.

Step 6: Dry Out and Done!


After you get the oils in there, put them on a plate and let them dry out a bit. Then you can put them in your favorite to go container and carry them around to chew on and freshen your breath, naturally!

Comments

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tfrost1980 (author)2010-08-17

Not to mention its been known to grow breasts in men and can effect hormone based cancers, such as breast and testicular.

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EcoHunter (author)2010-08-11

Tea tree oil, while awesome, is extremely toxic. If taken internally, even in small amounts, it can lead to intense GI pain. In larger amounts it has been known to cause comas.

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rimar2000 (author)2010-06-09

Nice, but, what is the advantage of these toothpicks?

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nickodemus (author)rimar20002010-06-10

The last step said that they freshen your breath, but I had no idea til I read it either :)

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rimar2000 (author)nickodemus2010-06-10

Thanks and pardon.

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a.nony.mouse (author)rimar20002010-07-02

i've also heard (just in passing, nothing official) that strongly flavored toothpicks can stave off hunger. That, and it tastes pretty good :)

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deviantcoil (author)2010-06-30

Awesome instructable , thanks! I use tea tree toothpicks but they don't seem to carry them at the store much anymore, so i'll be doing this from now on. A side note, tea tree oil is NOT a harm to men, I'd steer clear of any studies that consist of only 3 test subjects! Especially considering most scientists and doctors are just hard up to get a paper out these days, those wacky folks.

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buhaj (author)2010-06-11

Just to let you know, Tea Tree Oil lowers testosterone in men, it is easily absorbed as well, so I would steer clear as a man.

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frenzy (author)buhaj2010-06-12


Just as a general rule, when commenting with very weird facts please include some sort of reference. When you go around commenting random "Facts" without a source, people don't believe you.

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buhaj (author)frenzy2010-06-14

New England Journal of Medicine Volume 356:479-485 February 1, 2007 Number 5 http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/356/5/479 As a general rule, these guys know what they are talking about, generally. It is weird when you think about it.

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zombiessrsly (author)frenzy2010-06-13

It's possible that buhaj was referring to this study which seems to link the use of products with tea tree and lavender oils to something called prepubertal gynecomastia in boys. I won't link gynecomastia directly to this comment, since I'm not sure how safe for work it would be considered. 

Take what you will from the report. I think this is a great instructable, and actually enjoy the scent of tea tree oil. 

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mooshisho (author)2010-06-10

Cool. Thanks for the i'ble. About a month ago before school ended, I got hooked onto these. Been looking into making cinnamon ones, but wasn't sure about the tea tree ones since they had a mix of tea tree, peppermint, and cinnamon and such.... :) -- Moo

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scoochmaroo (author)2010-06-10

Simple and beautifully documented. I love these things.

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nickodemus (author)2010-06-09

Nice!

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