“If it’s not safe to eat, why would you put in your mouth?” (That’s me… quoting me!)
Over the years I’ve continually looked for ways to improve my health. Dealing with thyroid issues means making adjustments, and I’ve read that fluoride is no friend to the thyroid. I transitioned through a few different naturally occurring fluoride or fluoride-free toothpastes from the health food store before deciding to make my own.
Making homemade toothpaste isn’t difficult. It does add one more chore to the list of things I have to do, but, it only takes a couple of minutes. It’s so simple to do, and it’s totally worth it. I love the way my teeth feel. My husband says my breath smells fresh. And my dentist says my teeth look great and my gums are improving.
Not only that, I’ve now eliminated all those nasty, toxic ingredients found in commercial toothpastes from my body (additional details on that in the previous blog posted below). There’s just no downside!
So here’s how it’s done…
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
IMPORTANT: Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are the only ones that I’m aware of that are safe for internal consumption. Check the labels of ANY essential oils you plan to use to ensure they are safe for what you plan to use them for.
1/3 cup Coconut Oil (Organic, virgin, cold-pressed)
5 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
5 drops Young Living Clove Vitality Essential Oil
5 drops Young Living Thieves Vitality Essential Oil
5 drops Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil
3 tblsp Baking Soda
1 tblsp Pink Salt
2 glass jars (I use baby jars)
If the coconut oil is solidified, heat it on the stove on very low heat just until melted. Do not overheat.
Mix all of the oils in one jar.
Mix all of the dry ingredients in the other jar.
They will be stored and used separately.
To use, dip toothbrush in oil jar, then dip in dry jar. Brush as usual.
At first, this concoction tasted a salty to me. But after months of using it, whenever I have to switch back to regular toothpaste, my mouth feels like it’s on fire from the excess mint taste. The taste grows on you.
You can adjust Young Living oil amounts to taste. Other oils can also be used. I like to add Young Living Di-Gize Vitality and Citrus Fresh Vitality oils for variety. Any of the Young Living “Vitality” line is a good option. Be creative and have fun knowing that your toothpaste is now even better for your body!
Let me know if you try the recipe, make any adjustments, and how you like it. If you have a favorite DIY toothpaste recipe, please share it in the comments so we can try it too.
UPDATE: Wondering how to travel with it? Coconut oil can be messy to travel with by plane. So the last time I travelled I decided to mix a little from each jar into one small plastic container for the trip (I still put it in a plastic baggie to protect stuff in the suitcase). It worked GREAT! For day-to-day I still prefer to have my 2 separate jars. I like the extra grit you get from keeping them separate. But mixing them together worked fine too. Don’t hesitate to experiment to find what works for you. And then report back here! We love to learn…