Why bother to make your own toothpaste?
A couple of years ago we were lucky enough to escape 'drill and fill' and to find a biological/holistic dentist and (really important for me) one who didn't use needles. Our dentist does not fill teeth and so I then began to study how to optimise our diet for tooth remineralisation. This done I then began to research anything that could hinder the process and found the mention of glycerine. It is used to give the toothpaste a 'glossy' sheen but it also leaves a coating on the teeth, which in turn prevents remineralisation. I have read that it takes multiple rinsings with pure water to actually rid your teeth of this glycerine film. When I checked the contents of my purchased organic toothpaste, I was mortified to find glycerine on the list. Interestingly enough that was the first difference we noticed when we began to use our home-made toothpaste, in essence, a much fresher cleaner feel to our teeth.
Step 1: Recipe and Ingredients
The recipe for 'Snow Caps' I found in a book I would recommend to anyone interested in essential oils and their uses, it is written by Valerie Ann Worwood under the very apt title of: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. I have used it for years and found it invaluable as a reference text.
Raw Sea Salt 1 teaspoon
Bicarbonate of Soda 2 teaspoons
Powdered Orange Peel 1 tablespoon
Dried Sage 2 teaspoons
Lemon Essential oil 2 - 5 drops
Peppermint Essential oil 2 - 5 drops
Step 2: Method and Storage
In the past I used a pestle and mortar to grind up the sage but recently we were given a coffee grinder so have begun to use that. in fact Andy mixes everything apart from the essential oil in it, which makes for a very fine powder and resultant smooth tooth paste. The essential oils should be well incorporated into the powder to get an even flavour, mint is very strong and can quite literally 'take your breath away' if you were to get a large dose at once. Andy does this by adding a little powder to the jar at a time and then a drop of each essential oil an mixing it thoroughly so it is added and mixed in layers.
To retain all the virtues of the ingredients you need to store this powder in a dry container away from light. I used a recycled hotel jam jar and Andy made me a pallet wood surround. A dark glass or china container would do very well.
Step 3: Turning the Powder Into a Paste, the Film and Further Information
To make this tooth powder into a toothpaste, you can either take a little powder on a teaspoon and then dip you wet toothbrush in it or dip your wet toothbrush straight into the mix. Incidentally, I have seen various sites quoting sodium bicarbonate as abrasive and equally as many saying the only thing less abrasive than it is water! I have never found it abrasive but then I would never use it dry.
Some people like to use virgin organic coconut oil to make the paste but I find coconut oil such a precious resource, I would rather eat it than spit it out!
The whole process of making this toothpaste is contained within the film but for more information on remineralisation, the importance of maintaining a neutral or alkaline oral pH and an in depth break-down of all the ingredients used, please visit Simply Organic Recipes
All the very best and thanks for watching,
Pavlovafowl aka Sue