I have been making my own toothpaste for a little while now, but I wanted to spice it up. Essential oils are a great addition to homemade toothpastes, but they can be pricey. I decided to experiment with adding a spice from my own kitchen cabinet: cardamom! In fact, this toothpaste is made entirely from everything I already had in my kitchen, and you probably have everything in yours, too! To read more about cardamom, check out my previous post, Cardamom – Natural Breath Freshener.
So why make your own toothpaste anyway? Aren’t we supposed to buy toothpaste that includes fluoride? Well, let me ask you this: if fluoride is so good for our dental health, and it can be found in water and toothpaste, then why do we still have dental issues such as cavities? Sure, there are many factors to consider, such as your personal dental hygiene practices. Diet is just as important as your flossing habits because teeth are living bones and require proper nutrients to thrive. However, fluoride is a known endocrine disrupter that can affect your bones, brain, and thyroid gland. Essentially, it is a toxin. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives to fluoride and conventional toothpaste in general.
Coconut oil and baking soda are two common ingredients used in many homemade toothpaste recipes. Coconut oil is really good for a healthy gut microbiome and digestive health. Baking soda can help keep the pH balance in our mouths from becoming too acidic, and as an added bonus, it can help whiten our teeth. I also include mineral drops to add back the essential minerals that are lost when drinking filtered water. You can also add a little bit of sea salt if you don’t have trace minerals on hand.
Making your own toothpaste is a simple way to decrease toxins you absorb throughout the day, plus it’s easy!
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 15 drops mineral oils
- 1 teaspoon whole cardamom
To make the paste:
Ground 1 teaspoon of cardamom and set aside. Place the baking soda and coconut oil in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Sometimes I find it’s easier to get my hands a little dirty to blend them together by hand. Once thoroughly mixed, add in mineral oil (or sea salt) and cardamom, and blend all ingredients together. Store in a small glass jar.
Question: What’s one way you have reduced toxic chemicals in your health care routine?