Wednesday, February 15, 2017

DIY Healing Turmeric and Tea Tree Toothpaste

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http://be-alice.blogspot.com/2017/02/diy-healing-turmeric-tea-tree-toothpaste.html



Homemade face masks? Okay. Homemade hair masks and lip balm? Also okay. But homemade toothpaste? Isn't that going a bit too far?

No. Quite the contrary.

Isn't it funny how we buy organic foods and shop for non-toxic, silicon-free shampoo, but then think nothing of whipping out a blue, sparkly toothpaste to put into our mouths? Most store-bought toothpastes contain glycerin, which has actually been shown to weaken tooth enamel over the long-term because it layers the teeth with a film that prevents the minerals in your saliva from interacting with your tooth enamel. 

By making your own – remineralizing and alkalizing – toothpaste, you can leave out the fluoride and glycerin and instead pack your toothpaste with natural ingredients to provide your tooth enamel with all the necessary minerals.

You only need 5 affordable ingredients that are supportive of your oral health and hygiene.


  • Turmeric powder is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti-cancer. Whether it's turmeric milk or turmeric porridge, I'm a big fan of this yellow powder.
  • Coconut oil boosts the microbiome in your gut and naturally prevents candida in the mouth. It is also said to help reduce cavity-causing bacteria.
  • Healing clay (or bentonite clay) is a natural polisher, rich in minerals and alkaline. It also has the property to pull out bacteria and draw out toxins which improves oral health, combats bad breath and brightens your teeth.
  • Baking soda has a pH of 9 to 11 (alkaline), so it helps to neutralize the acids that constantly attack our teeth while not being too abrasive to the enamel. It also helps to remove stains.
  • Tea tree oil is naturally antibacterial and gives a fresh taste.

NOTE: Since the clay acts like a magnet attracting positively charged heavy metals (both from your body and your utensils), you don't want a metal spoon to come into contact with the clay! Instead, use a plastic or wooden spoon.

INGREDIENTS

4 Tbsp organic coconut oil
1 tsp healing clay (optional)
2 tsp baking soda
2 - 3 tsp turmeric powder 
15 drops tea tree oil

also: 1 jar*

*such as store-bought cheap ones, or old recycled and sterilized little jam jars

DIRECTIONS

In your sterile jar, melt the coconut oil on the stove or in the microwave.  

Add in the remaining ingredients and whisk all together until thick, well combined and creamy. 

Use with a clean spoon on a dry toothbrush and brush gently for a minute. Be careful though, as the coconut will melt immediately in your mouth. Also: make sure to spit out into the bin, not into the sink, as the oil may clog your drain.

TIPS: 
- Another heads up: The turmeric in this toothpaste will stain your toothbrush (and your clothes if you spill it...). 
- Instead of tea tree oil, you can use clove or cinnamon essential oil.
- Feel free to add some calcium powder to provide extra minerals and whiten your teeth.  
- Add xylitol for its abilities to reduce cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. Just don't add too much since it's a sweetener, and too much can reprogram your taste buds to crave too much sweetness.
- If you don't like the runny oily consistency, just leave out the coconut oil and use the mixture as a tooth powder! It has the same healing, mineralizing effect.
 

Foot Note: So far, this blog has been very food-heavy, which will remain that way (don't worry), but as you may have noticed, as of recently there are not only recipes but also regular DIYs and blog post about more relevant / adult / personal topics, such as body image, self love, minimalism, organization etc.

Look forward to more versatile blog content! I hope this is in everyone's interest :)



Maisy