Homemade toothpaste is something I've always questioned; a close friend makes everything from her own blusher, body cream, to toothpaste. I used it a few weeks ago, and my teeth have never been whiter. Not only that, I'm happy to share that my morning breath is much less...fragrant, shall we say.
The benefits of making your own toothpaste lie in the properties of the ingredients listed, but as far as I'm concerned, making your own is cheaper, it lasts just as long as standard toothpaste, and is free from harsh chemicals.
1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
20 fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons Coconut oil
1 teaspoon Bentonite Clay
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
Half teaspoon sea salt
Place all of the leaves in a pestle and mortar.
Grind down to basically nothing. You'll be left with a bashed-up, almost liquid mint slop, which is exactly what you want.
Place all of the ingredients in a tub or jar and mix together, along with the mint 'slop'.
The mint must be ground completely, otherwise you will have green bits in your teeth when you try to brush your teeth with it.
I must say it's an unusual feeling brushing your teeth with a much less-foamy, but healthier, homemade tooth paste.
I decided to start making my own for health reasons. Since birth I've had a heart condition and I know that a major contribution to heart disease is poor dental hygiene. Regular flossing is great for a clean mouth, but to polish my teeth and feel how clean they truly are puts me at ease.
There are other benefits of home made toothpaste, revolving around the properties of the ingredients listed.
Coconut oil is commonly used for oil-pulling because of it's natural antiseptic properties, and ability to 'catch' germs, and naturally clean your mouth.
Mint is used mainly for fragrance and taste, but it is also fantastic at keeping your pearly whites gleaming bright, because of the herb's naturally cleansing and detoxifying properties.
Baking soda and salt are some of the key foaming agents in popular toothpaste. However, in this case they're not mixed with unnatural flavours, colours, or unsafe chemicals - they're simply added to help 'wash' your teeth and gums.
Bentonite clay is a fantastic all-rounder for any cleansing mixture. It works a treat on enamel, and aids the polishing action of the soda and salt. The clay doubly binds all of the ingredients together, which is exactly what clay should do.
Cinnamon is particularly good at killing bad breath, and is commonly used to treat halitosis.
Store the toothpaste in your bathroom, ideally covered, so nothing goes into the mixture. Use as you would a standard toothpaste - a pea sized amount each time your brush, and you'll have a set of pearly whites in no time.