Author: Megan, Eco Emi Team Member
Want to have a million dollar smile on a ten-cent budget? While dental hygiene products continuously go up in price so do the long list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients. If I can’t understand what they mean, I don’t want it in my body. Because I try to be thrifty with the change in my pocket, I decided to search for an all natural recipe for tooth paste. DIY homemade toothpaste is not only cheaper (almost always) than the store bought brands, but it is effective, leaving your teeth white and your breath fresh!
A lot of homemade tooth pastes have similar ingredients to this recipe, but they leave a lingering and unwelcoming taste behind. This recipe uses a combination of baking soda and coconut oil to clean teeth, and peppermint essential oil and stevia to add a little sweetness plus a little brushing bonus.
½ cup baking soda
½ cup coconut oil
30-40 drops peppermint essential oil (or to taste)
1 packet stevia powder
*Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Transfer to an air tight lidded jar. Can be stored up to 6 months without refridgeration.*
Here are the benefits of the ingredients:
Baking Soda is commonly used in toothpaste and ithas often been described as being too abrasive. However, it’s actually milder than many store bought toothpastes. It kills bacteria, breaks down stains, and fights plaque.
Coconut Oil is a natural antibacterial agent that fights off the bacteria that causes tooth decay. It also works as a an antibiotic, so if you have any canker sores or cuts in your mouth, this all natural remedy will do the trick in alleviating any pain or discomfort! See other tips on how to use coconut oil to hydrate your skin here.
Peppermint Oil doesn’t have a direct correlation between dental health benefits, but it does help treat indigestion, stomach and bowel spasms, as well as relieving pain. It also gives a refreshing and cooling sensation that keeps your breath fresh after every brush!
Stevia is always a surprise when it comes to dental hygiene benefits. It adds a little sweetness without the calories and carbs and it acts as a plaque fighting antibacterial.
Do you use a similar recipe? Do you mix and match the essential oils to add a different flavor?