Simple, All-Natural Homemade Toothpaste
We all know about eating healthy and as organically as we can, but now I am concerned about a new issue. It seems some studies claim fluoride, when taken daily, can be toxic. Since most of us receive fluoride unwillingly and unknowingly in our water supply, having it in our toothpastes can lead to overexposure. It is not a nutrient, therefore our bodies do not require it. Dr. Joseph Mercola has found that too much fluoride affects children's IQ, causes thyroid issues, and can even cause cancer. Most of Europe -- 97% -- has banned it from their water supply, and the claims that it fights tooth decay are also being questioned.
These concerns led me to create my own toothpaste, which tastes just as good as the commercial brands. I make the paste with coconut oil, which is known to be antibacterial and helps guard against tooth decay. If you want more of a whitening paste, add a drop of hydrogen peroxide.
Here is the recipe. It's great fun to make with the sprites!
3 tbs Organic Baking Soda
3 tbs Coconut Oil
20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon oil
2 tsp glycerin
a few drops of stevia or one packet of xylitol (which also fights tooth decay)
Shiva Rose is an actress, writer, activist, and blogger for her website The Local Rose. She has a bachelor’s in world arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and currently lives near the Santa Monica mountains with her two daughters. Her nontoxic, natural beauty line combines Kundalini elements with fresh-harvested ingredients. She's also the author of Whole Beauty: Daily Rituals and Natural Recipes for Lifelong Beauty and Wellness, which includes her favorite Kundalini practices as well as daily rituals.