Picture of 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

Picture of Ingredients

This instructable does not take much:
-Tea Tree Oil
-Other essential oils (Cinnamon. Mint)
tfrost19805 years ago
Not to mention its been known to grow breasts in men and can effect hormone based cancers, such as breast and testicular.
EcoHunter5 years ago
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.
rimar20005 years ago
Nice, but, what is the advantage of these toothpicks?
The last step said that they freshen your breath, but I had no idea til I read it either :)
Thanks and pardon.
i've also heard (just in passing, nothing official) that strongly flavored toothpicks can stave off hunger. That, and it tastes pretty good :)
deviantcoil5 years ago
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.
buhaj5 years ago
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.
frenzy (author)  buhaj5 years ago

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.
buhaj frenzy5 years ago
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.
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. 
mooshisho5 years ago
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
scoochmaroo5 years ago
Simple and beautifully documented. I love these things.
nickodemus5 years ago