DIY Toothpaste – 3 Basic Ingredients!

I am cursed with receding gum lines and super sensitive teeth.  I’ve tried sensitive toothpastes like Tom’s® with some success, but about three months ago I switched to a simple DIY toothpaste and it has made a HUGE difference.  Now, I can indulge in gooey, sugary treats without cringing the moment some chocolate gets lodged along my gums… or enjoy chilled drinks straight from the fridge!  No more tepid water for me!

The basic recipe can be modified to fit your oral needs:

AKrunchy Toothpaste Recipe

  • 2 Tbls Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbls Baking Soda
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil**

Simply mix ingredients in a glass jar for storage.  Easy-peezy!

Coconut oil has MANY health benefits, but for this recipe it serves as an excellent, neutral paste-maker!  It also helps that it is naturally antimicrobial.

For baking soda – stick to Arm & Hammer™.  I’ve tried Bob’s Red Mill® and it just doesn’t cut it for many of my DIY recipes.

**Let’s talk options for essential oils!

Peppermint:  This is the go-to for most toothpaste recipes you’ll find on the internet.  Peppermint’s constituent, menthol, has many uses and is an excellent antiseptic when it comes to oral hygiene.  Along with its invigorating aromatic properties, it also leaves a cool, tingly sensation on your gums.

Spearmint:  Similar to peppermint, the menthol in spearmint can be used as an antiseptic.  Additionally, spearmint essential oil may help heal wounds and soothe your gum tissue.

Clove:  The eugenol in clove essential oil is known for relieving tooth pain.  Eugenol is antibacterial, a natural anesthetic and anti-inflammatory.  So, if you can stand the spiciness of this oil, it’s an effective solution for sensitive teeth.

Cinnamon:  Cinnamon bark’s cinnamaldehyde component will not only make it feel like Christmas is in your mouth, but also has powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties.   Cinnamon essential oil can be used like clove oil to ease a toothache and kill bacteria that cause periodontal disease.

Copaiba:  This is one I’m experimenting with myself… β-caryophyllene component in Copaiba has antimicrobial properties that have been shown to reduce dental plaque-forming bacteria in dogs.  Hey, if it works for pups, it probably works for us!  Copaiba is also a ‘catalyst’ oil, used to enhance the chemical properties of other essential oils with which it is paired.

Lavender:  I have also experimented with this one recently.  As the ‘Swiss Army knife’ of oils, lavender has helped to reduce the sensitivity in my gums.  Lavender has MANY uses though, so it seemed fitting to try it in my toothpaste!

Thieves:  Young Living’s Thieves® blend packs some cleaning power with its combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary essential oils.  Young Living even has an AromaBrite toothpaste made with peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon bark and Thieves®.  Worried about the lemon essential oil on your teeth?  Don’t be!  While lemons and lemon juice are acidic, lemon essential oil is actually pH neutral.  This is great news for us, since lemon essential oil is an excellent teeth whitener.

My recent essential oil blends for this toothpaste recipe have included:

Peppermint + Thieves + Copaiba

Peppermint + Thieves + Lavender

Peppermint + Lavender

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My recent essential oil blends for this toothpaste recipe have included:

Peppermint + Thieves + Copaiba

Peppermint + Thieves + Lavender

Peppermint + Lavender

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Give this recipe a shot.  Comment below to let me know which essential oils you tried!

 

My statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Discussion or information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 
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