Looking for a fluoride free, teeth whitening, all natural toothpaste? Well look no further! I’m very much so into holistic approaches and decided to attempt to make my own toothpaste at home. The results were shocking and I just could not wait to share with you all. Here’s what you’re going to need:
• 1/4C Coconut Oil
• 1T Baking Soda
• 2t Coconut or Bamboo Charcoal
• 1T of Neem Oil
• 20 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
All you do is mix the ingredients together in a bowl and store it in a small sterilized mason jar! So easy, right? FYI it’s going to be a black paste, so don’t be intimidated by the color! It may be off putting at first, but it’ll be worth it, I promise. Now let’s talk about the elements that make this concoction magical.
Coconut oil is all the rage and with good reason. When it comes to oral hygiene it attacks the harmful bacteria that thrive in your mouth. It can reduce plaque buildup, prevent tooth decay and fight gum disease. Having it as the base of the toothpaste, you can also avoid having to oil pull (which can be seemingly unpleasant, but super trendy).
Now several big name companies will insist that brushing with baking soda will damage your teeth; however, it’s not necessarily the sodium bicarbonate that does the damage. Did you know that your teeth are living gems? No really, our teeth are alive. Most of us scrub our teeth as opposed to gently brushing, and therein lies the problem. So back to baking soda. It supports our oral pH levels by maintaining an alkaline state. It also helps lower periodontal pathogens, aka “bad bug” counts, and last but not least, it gently removes stains!
Bamboo and Coconut charcoal are 100% natural teeth whiteners. It also polishes teeth, strengthens enamel and detoxifies your mouth without any chemicals and added nasties. Sounds exotic, but really you can find bamboo or coconut charcoal everywhere from Amazon to Wholefoods–and without spending an arm and a leg.
Neem oil is extracted from the seed of the Neem Tree. This “sacred healing tree” is native to India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and is often used in Ayurvedic medicine. The bark and oil have antiviral, anti fungal and antibacterial properties; therefore, will prevent gingivitis and tooth decay. Note: it is so potent that it is not recommended to be used by pregnant women, women who are in the process of becoming pregnant, or women who are lactating. Also, the taste and smell are a bit…how do you say…acquired, so be prepared for that.
Helps combat bad breath. Does it need to do anymore? Honestly.
With that said, I hope you are thoroughly intrigued. If you so happen to make your own toothpaste at home be sure to send me an email or tag me on Instagram and I will gladly repost. I can’t wait to see your pearly whites!