Holistic toothpaste recipes to make at home for sparkling pearly white teeth + an overview on store purchased holistic toothpaste to keep an organic happy smile on your dial!
Dentists actually claim that the mere brushing movement on the teeth and gums is enough to remove food debris that is stuck in the mouth. It is a western world society and drugs companies which dictate that we must use a product to clean our teeth with. If you must use a cleaning substance, use a natural home-made toothpaste. Finding natural alternatives for toothpastes is especially highly recommended for young family members. Although creams, shampoos, cosmetics and soaps can be absorbed easily through the skin into the bloodstream, toothpastes and mouthwashes are in fact far more dangerous because they can also be ingested during use by small children.
DIY home-made natural teeth cleaning preparations:
Simple tooth powder
Mix 6 parts bicarbonate of soda with 1 part finely ground sea salt.
Wet your brush, dip it into the mix and clean your teeth as usual
ii) 1/2 cup of baking soda, (whitens teeth)
1/4 cup of fine sea salt, (polishes teeth and tightens gums)
1 teaspoon of myrrh powder (fights germs)
10 drops of peppermint essential oil (refreshes and deodorises)
Combine the ingredients and store in a tightly covered container.
To use: scoop about 1 teaspoon of the tooth powder into a shallow dish. Wet your toothbrush, dip it into the powder, and then brush your teeth and rinse as usual.
iii) 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp vegetable glycerine
1 drop peppermint, lemon or fennel essential oil
Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the vegetable glycerine and add your chosen essential oil.
Enough for one application.
iv) Sage and myrrh toothpowder
1/2 tbsp sage
1 tsp salt
2 drops myrrh essential oil
Grind the sage and salt together
Add the essential oil and use as a regular toothpaste.
Spicy antiseptic mouthwash
This recipe not only freshens the breath, but has antiseptic properties for good oral hygiene. One application keeps mouth fresh for hours.
200ml purified water
6 drops sweet fennel essential oil
3 drops sage essential oil
2 drops cinnamon essential oil
Place all the ingredients in a dark, glass bottle.
Shake well and use as any other mouthwash.
Baking soda serves as a safe, light bleach. A baking soda and salt mixture can also restore the shine of dingy teeth (dip a wet toothbrush into 1/4 teaspoon soda and sprinkle with up to 1/8 teaspoon salt) as effectively as it polishes your pots and pans. However, the peroxide recipe is safer for people on no-salt diets. An easy tooth cleaner is just plain baking soda, dip onto wet brush and presto!
Healthy Tooth Paste (children will love the flavour of stevia and orange oil).
6 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 teaspoon celtic sea salt
4 teaspoons glycerine
15 drops peppermint / orange oil + organic stevia + a few drops of grapefruit seed extract and olive leaf.
Mix thoroughly. Should be a tooth paste consistency. For flavour you can add a few drops of orange or peppermint or wintergreen. Add stevia and grapefruit seed extract and a few drops of olive leaf .Store in a container. You'll be surprised with how fresh your mouth feels.
Mint Tooth paste
1/4 tsp peppermint oil
1/4 tsp spearmint
1/4 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup powdered orrisroot
1/4 cup water
1 tsp ground sage
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water until paste is desired thickness / consistency. Store at room temperature in a tightly covered jar.
Substitute 1/2 tsp each of oil of cinnamon and oil of cloves for peppermint / spearmint if desired.
Hydrogen peroxide (a few drops)
Make a paste by combining the two ingredients. Use this paste on your teeth and also gently rub along your gums two times a week.
Basic Tooth Powder
2 Tablespoons dried lemon or orange rind
1/4 cup baking soda
2 Teaspoons sea salt
Place rinds in food processor, grind until peel becomes a fine powder. Add baking soda and salt then process a few seconds more until you have a fine powder. Store in an airtight tin or jar. Dip moistened toothbrush into mixture, brush as usual.
1 Teaspoon of the Tooth Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Hydrogen peroxide
Mix into a paste and brush as usual.
Strawberry Tooth Cleanser
1 Teaspoon of the above Basic Tooth Powder
1 Tablespoon crushed ripe strawberries
Mix strawberries and powder into a paste and brush as usual.
Vanilla & Rose Geranium Toothpaste
1/2 ounce powdered chalk
3 ounces powdered orris root
4 teaspoons of tincture of vanilla
15 drops oil of rose geranium
Organic Honey, enough to make a paste
Combine all ingredients and mix until you have a paste the consistency you like. Store in an airtight container. Use a clean stick (popsicle) to scoop paste onto brush. Store the stick in same container.
Mix into a paste and rub on teeth for whiteness.
Lemon Clove Tooth Cleanser
Small amount of finely powdered sage
1 ounce of finely powdered myrrh
1 pound powdered arrow root
3 ounces powdered orris root
20 drops oil of lemon
10 drops oil of cloves
12 drops oil of bergamot
Rub oils into the powdered ingredients until thoroughly mixed
Simple Toothpaste Mixture
Bicarbonate of soda
Mix 3 parts bicarbonate of soda with one part salt. Add 3 tsp of glycerine for every 1/4 cup of this mixture, then add enough water to make a thick paste. Add a few drops of peppermint oil for a better taste.
Fruit Teeth Cleaners
Rub a lemon rind on your teeth to remove brown stains. Rinse your mouth thoroughly afterward.
Clean your teeth with a fresh organic strawberry. Rub it over and between your teeth.
Herbal Properties for the Mouth
Aloe vera - Astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
Eucalyptus - Antiseptic
Grapefruit seed - Antiseptic, antibacterial
Horse chestnut - Soothing of gums
Indian pennywort - Astringent
Parsley - Breath freshener
Peppermint - Flavour
Tea tree oil - Antibacterial, antifungal
What are the natural toothpastes that we can purchase from health food stores / organic suppliers / supermarkets?
There are many toothpastes which contain natural ingredients.
Most of these toothpastes claim to be natural toothpastes.
They contain no harsh abrasives, synthetic sweeteners or artificial flavours or colourings.
Toothpastes specifically describing themselves as "Fluoride Free" are available, while others do contain nasty fluoride (read the ingredients).
There are special flouride-free organic toothpastes for baby teeth.
Some common natural ingredients in natural dental products are:
Tea tree oil, baking soda, wintergreen, aloe vera and echinacea.
Examples of natural toothpastes are listed below:
Special natural toothpastes
Toothpaste for vegetarians or vegans
A natural toothpaste with mint and lemon that contains no animal products is available.
The ingredients include chalk, glycerine, silica, palm oil, peppermint, lemons, fennel, calcium fluoride.
A natural organic toothpaste alternative without fluoride.
A natural toothpaste gel is offered as a natural alternative to fluoride toothpaste.
It includes calcium carrot powder, vitamin C, natural cherry flavour, extract of coconut oil, annatto, carmine, cellulose gum, methylparaben, goldenseal, vegetable glycerine, silica and hydrogenated starch.
A pure herbal Ayurvedic toothpaste from India.
It is made from herbs, barks, roots and flowers. The ingredients are:
Chalk, water, sorbitol, sodium laurel sulphate, gum tragacanth, extracts of Indian licorice root, Indian almond, common jujube, currant, sarsaparilla, cinnamon, sappan wood, Persian walnut, rose apple, medlar, barleria prinoitis, prickly ash, Asian holly oak, bedda nut, Bengal madder, bishops weed, catechu, mayweed, geranium, menthol, oils of clove, eucalyptus and peppermint.
Toothbrushes with natural bristles are sought after by environmentally minded folk with replacement heads.