Nice teeth are my thing. I have no cavities or fillings, and avoided spending my adolescent years in braces. I rarely eat candy, and I brush my teeth twice a day no matter what. Oh, and I also make my own toothpaste.
My mom has a holistic answer to every problem, along with an extensive archive of herbs, tinctures, and potions. She’s also a scientist by trade, making it impossible to blow off her remedies as “hippie-dippie." Homemade toothpaste sounds like a pretty far stretch, but our oral health does not lie. My teeth look like Chiclets!
Generic brand toothpaste (I’m talking Crest, Colgate, etc.) is pretty toxic. If a child swallows more than a pea-sized amount, the warning label instructs you to call poison control... WTF? Do you have any idea how much toothpaste I’ve swallowed in my life? It’s pretty much my breakfast. Toothpaste also contains sugar –- WTF part two -- to provide a sweet enjoyable flavor that masks the taste of poison. Basically, your toothpaste is made of lies.
This recipe of homemade toothpaste however contains all natural ingredients and still whitens your teeth and freshens your breath. If you don’t live near a health food store, you can shop through www.bulkherbs.com (which is also where my mom found this exact recipe and instructions).
To make your own toothpaste you need these ingredients, and less than an hour of your time:
· 3 cups water
· 1 tablespoon stevia herb
· 1 ½ cups cinnamon sticks (break in half for easier measuring)
· 4 tablespoons whole cloves
· 1 tablespoons baking soda
· 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
· 1 – 1 ½ cups bentonite clay powder
OK so let’s get started on how you actually make this concoction (Hint: the steps mainly consist of pouring things into bowls and stirring).
Mix the water, stevia herb, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves into a medium saucepan or pot and boil for 30 minutes.
While that mixture is heating up, mix the tablespoon of baking soda and teaspoon of Celtic sea salt and set the bowl aside.
Place 1 cup of bentonite clay into a glass bowl. (When bentonite clay is wet, it will absorb the particles of a metal bowl or draw out the toxins of a plastic bowl. That’s why you have to use a glass or ceramic bowl and a wooden spoon.)
Remove the saucepan (pot?!) from the stove and strain the herbs, catching the liquid into a glass bowl or measuring cup.
Slowly add the salt and baking soda mixture to the liquid you just poured, and watch it foam and bubble like a science experiment!
While it’s still all foamy and frothy, pour the liquid mixture into the glass bowl of bentonite clay, and whisk briskly with your wooden spoon.
As you stir, a smooth paste will start to form. It looks very similar to a mud mask -- more on that later. You can keep adding more bentonite clay if you want a thicker consistency.
Store your toothpaste in a glass jar and avoid any contact with absorbable metals. And… you’re done! Holy crap you just made toothpaste and your kitchen smells like cinnamon!
Brushing your teeth with this homemade paste is a very different experience to using a tube of Colgate. I advise saving those little spatulas that come with face creams and using them to scoop this onto your toothbrush. Also, do not wet your toothbrush before brushing your teeth -- the paste will become very watery in your mouth. The toothpaste pretty much tastes like salt and cinnamon, which you quickly get used to. Another really useful tip: Brush your teeth with this before bed, and you won’t wake up with smelly breath.
The recipe makes for a pretty generous serving, so it’s a perfect amount to share within your family, or to gift to a health-conscious friend. This batch will last about three weeks -- after that point the salt can become a bit caustic for your gums. That’s okay though, because you can use the remains as a face mask! Bentonite clay is great for your skin.
The ingredients in bentonite clay toothpaste are antibacterial, balance the pH in your mouth, and begin the process for re-mineralizing your teeth. The science behind this organic toothpaste (and the scary truth behind the chemicals in store-brand toothpaste) make for a great read in this article. The Bulk Herbs Store has plenty more awesome recipes, and its creator Shoshanna even has a YouTube channel ! My mom and I both recommend it to all of you fellow hippies.
I really hope you guys like this recipe and try it out. I’ll be waiting to hear about your results in the comments below!
P.S. Seriously is it a saucepan or a pot…
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