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DIY Natural Toothpaste and Mouthwash

DIY Natural Toothpaste and Mouthwash

I wouldn’t want to take the time and care to prepare delicious, healthy, organic meals only to brush and wash out my mouth with a toxin-filled toothpaste or mouthwash. Many big-brand oral hygiene products contain a paragraph of ingredients with tongue-twisting chemical names. Hydrated aluminum oxides introduce heavy metal to your body. Sodium lauryl sulfate has been shown to cause skin irritation. And these are only a couple of offenders.

If we care about healthy food and healthy bodies, we can extend our concerns to oral care products. Many non-toxic, natural brands exist, but for the person wanting to create a self-sufficient life, making your own toothpastes and mouthwashes is refreshingly easy.

Mouth-Pleasing Herbs

Used in combination with good basic dental care (brushing after meals with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing daily), healing herbs can bolster oral health. Herbalist Christopher Hobbs recommends taking diluted bloodroot tincture to protect teeth and gums against oral bacteria. Myrrh tincture helps strengthen gums and combat tooth and gum infections, and echinacea tincture helps the body fight oral bacteria, he says. Famed herbalist Rosemary Gladstar tells her secrets for making tinctures here.

Aloe vera gel, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial healer, can help treat gum inflammation. Apply a small amount of aloe gel to the affected area several times daily. (Find out more about aloe’s multiple uses.) Neem, an herb with antimicrobial properties, can help strengthen gums and prevent plaque. Neem is found in some natural toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Finally, green tea is another potent herbal remedy. In addition to its antioxidant and other health benefits, green tea’s polyphenol compounds may inhibit the growth of oral bacteria. Drink two to three cups daily. Read Marguerite Lamb’s article True Brew for a more in-depth look at green tea’s antioxidant properties.

Make Your Own Mint Toothpaste

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
20 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container. Try this recipe for a toothpaste with a little extra bite.

DIY Natural Tooth Whitener

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon 3 percent hydrogen peroxide

1. Mix ingredients together.
2. Dip toothbrush in mixture and brush for 3 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Follow with toothpaste.

Homemade Mouthwash Recipe

The following recipe makes great use of herbal tinctures, but you can just as easily create a quality, natural mouthwash from dried or fresh herbs straight from the garden by using this method.

Ingredients:

3⁄4 cup water
1⁄4 cup vodka
2 droppersful calendula tincture
2 droppersful goldenseal tincture
1 dropperful myrrh tincture
1 to 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine all ingredients and shake well. Dilute 3 tablespoons of the rinse in 1⁄2 ounce water, and use as a mouthwash.

As a final note, do not take any of these or other recommendations as a replacement for regularly visiting your dentist for a check-up and cleaning. Preventive measures are always the best way to ensure a healthy, winning smile.

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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5:08PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Thank you

9:04AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

nice natural recipes as the organic toothpaste cost a bomb here!

4:00AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Thanks.

7:53AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Another great alternative for those who want to go natural is using lime (not lemon) as a deodorant. Lime kills the bacteria that live under our arms and cause negative/bad odor. It will not stain your clothing not sting when applied, even on just shaved underarm area. Try it, not only will you save money but less empty plastic containers to trash Mother Nature with.

12:36AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

I've also heard about the 30-minute rule ie, only brushing 30 min. after eating.

I've never heard of blood-root tincture before, but the others sound good for healthy gums. All a little exotic for the Wild West of Canada........

6:16PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Simple recipes

2:14AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thanks for sharing Homemade Mouthwash Recipe

4:43PM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

I always thought that Vodka was a good mouthwash!! Don't forget to swallow - Alcohol also kills germs :)
Homeopathic toothpaste is a good alternative, if you can't make your own, but you want to stay away from fluorides.

11:02AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

okay most seems reasonable but it is the bristles that actually do the cleaning. Vodak is a bad idea for someone with a drinking issue or alcoholic it will 'set' of the urge, just beware there are even alchol free specially on the market

9:02AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

Thanks for the info.

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