Among the dozens of toothpaste brands on the market these days, how do you go about choosing one? You may choose your favorite based on flavor or the fact that it advertises whitening abilities. You can also make your own toothpaste at home, and this will allow you to know exactly what you are putting into it. Ingredients such as essential oils, for example, have nontoxic and antiseptic components.
Safe Essential Oils
In some places in Europe, selective grades of essential oils are used to replace certain antibiotics. The ingredients of the popular mouthwash Listerine include thymol, which is found in thyme oil; eucalyptol, which is found in eucalyptus oil; salicylate, which is found in birch oil; and menthol, which is found in peppermint oil.
Essential oils such as lemon, clove, lime, cinnamon, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary or licorice are safe to be used internally, according to the health and wellness web site Naturally Savvy. You can use them when making your own toothpaste at home or by themselves. Add a little water and a couple of drops of your favorite oil to your toothbrush and you're all set.
Naturally Savvy suggests using therapeutic grade essential oils. You can find brands that are recommended by an aromatherapist at any health store. Brands that are not pure may contain synthetics to give them a more pleasant smell and should not be consumed.
This homemade toothpaste recipe calls for coconut oil, baking soda, your favorite essential oil (try peppermint oil) and Stevia, which is a sugar substitute. Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with a fork to soften it. To this, add 3 tbsp. of baking soda and four packets, or more to taste, of Stevia. Add your essential oil. Store in a small plastic container and refrigerate for a few hours. You do not have to store the toothpaste in the refrigerator.
Instead of using only one essential oil at a time, try mixing vanilla and mint oil or lemon and cinnamon. This toothpaste won't foam up like store-bought brands but it will leave your teeth smooth and clean.
You can also use essential oils to make mouthwashes. Add four drops of lemon oil and two drops of peppermint oil to two cups of distilled water and you have your very own mouthwash. For a rinse that will give you fresh breath, mix two drops of myrrh with two drops of tea tree oil and one drop of peppermint oil into eight ounces of distilled water.