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I found this really cool recipe for making homemade tooth paste and thought I would share with the group. Here it is:
(Makes ½ cup of tooth powder)
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a non-metal spoon. Drip essential oils into the mixture and stir well to combine. Transfer to a small container or jar with a tight fitting lid. Particles of the tooth powder are fine enough that a small squirt bottle can also be used (as long as you don’t get the squirt-tip wet, which will cause clogging). Note: Bentonite clay loses its beneficial properties when it comes into contact with metal, so it’s best to use plastic or glass when mixing and storing your tooth powder.
To brush with tooth powder, simply dip your toothbrush into the powder, or carefully squirt some onto a wet toothbrush. Brush teeth as usual. .
Note: If using the dip method to get powder onto your toothbrush, you may want to consider giving each family member his/her own container.
Bentonite clay – This natural clay has the unique ability to bind to toxins in the body. It is especially useful in eliminating toxins from heavy metals in your mouth, like mercury from mercury fillings. This clay will never bind to any of the beneficial elements in your body. Bentonite clay is also rich in minerals that can nourish teeth and gums.
Baking soda – This ingredient has been a trusted tooth cleanser long before it was added to the tubes you’ll see on store shelves. Baking soda gently polishes teeth and naturally whitens your smile.
Sage – Sage has been recognized by many cultures for its natural tooth-whitening abilities. Known for its astringent properties, sage is perfect for oral health and whitening discolored teeth.
Xylitol – This ingredient is optional, but can be added to sweeten the finished product. Research has shown that xylitol has many benefits for oral health. A pinch of stevia powder can be used as a substitute for the xylitol in this recipe if you wish.
Sea salt – Pure sea salt is full of tooth-nourishing minerals, and is especially helpful in healing irritated gums.
Peppermint essential oil – This essential oil has antibacterial, antiseptic, and pain-relieving properties. Peppermint is said to be beneficial for mouth and gum infections (although you should consult your dentist if you suspect a serious condition). In addition, it adds a cool, minty fresh flavor to this tooth powder. If you don’t like peppermint you can substitute spearmint to create a different minty twist.
Thanks for sharing, you brought back a great memory. One night when I was getting ready for bed when I was a kid I called my grandfather because I couldn't get toothpaste out of the tube. It was too close to the end. He helped me and told me when he was a kid people didn't have to mess with tubes because people used tooth powders. He though tubes were wasteful and a hassle.
Another wonderful herb to dry and use in this would be tulsi, also known as holy basil. Once years ago my dentist was threatening me with gum surgery until i found an ayurvedic toothpaste in an Indian store. It came in neem and tulsi varieties and I bought one each. A month later after using the herbal toothpaste he said I was so much better I wouldn't beed surgery.