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Enjoy making your own homemade Toothpaste

Unpleasant mouth odor is often the result of a coating on the tongue, not the teeth.

Many consumers have become aware of the chemical additives in toothpaste that they would like to avoid, such as saccharin, harsh whiteners or bleaches and artificial flavors and colors that may cause an allergic reaction. Making your own custom toothpaste allows you to select ingredients to fit your specific needs.

Tip: If you're short on toothpaste, you can also brush your teeth with a little fine-ground salt and apple juice. The salt tightens the gums, and the apple juice gently whitens the teeth. Rinse thoroughly.

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Toothpaste Recipe

For sensitive teeth

1/4 cup white cosmetic clay
1/4 cup vegetable glycerin
20 drops tincture of myrrh
4 drops orange essential oil
4 drops clove essential oil

For fresh breath

1/4 cup white cosmetic clay
1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
1/4 cup baking soda
20 drops tincture of myrrh
8  drops peppermint essential oil
8 drops spearmint essential oil

For periodontal disease

1/4 cup white cosmetic clay
1/4 cup baking soda
1/8 cup finely ground sea salt
1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
20 drops tincture of myrrh
8 drops tea-tree essential oil
8 drops thyme essential oil

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl, and whisk them thoroughly until smooth.
  2. Fill a plastic toothpaste tube ( available at camping-equipment stores) with the paste. Fold the end of the tube over several times until it is firmly sealed, or fill a jar with the paste.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place away from bright light. Use within 6 months.

Oral-Hygiene Tips

  • Replace your toothbrush with a new one about every 4 weeks to prevent bacterial and yeast buildup.
  • Use unwaxed dental floss or an oral irrigation device to remove stubborn plaque deposits and food particles from between your teeth every day.
  • If you cannot brush your teeth, eat an apple or chew non-sticking, sugar- free gum to promote saliva flow and inhibit acid formation that damages teeth.
  • To avoid eroding the gum line, use a soft toothbrush. Never brush your teeth so hard that your gums bleed, and don't brush teeth more than 3 times as day.

For Fresh Breath

Unpleasant mouth odor is often the result of a coating on the tongue, not on the teeth. When you brush your teeth, brush your tongue, too, to remove the coating and harmful bacteria. You can easily make an antiseptic mouthwash with tea-tree and peppermint essential oils that will not only freshen your breath but also fight against gum inflammation. Add 1/2 tsp. of tincture of myrrh and 1 drop each of tea-tree and peppermint oils to 1 cup of warm water. Each time you brush your teeth, gargle with this solution afterwards.


First, floss your teeth. Moisten your toothbrush and apply some toothpaste to it. Brush your teeth in small, circular motions for two minutes; then brush your tongue a few times. Rinse with water and gargle with mouthwash.

Ingredient Benefits:

Gently abrasive clay for plaque removal: Mineral-rich cosmetic clay is available in most health-food stores and comes in the form of a white powder. It is gently abrasive, but also suitable to use on sensitive teeth. The cosmetic clay can remove stubborn plaque deposits and contains minerals that help to strengthen tooth enamel, the basic shield against tooth decay.

Vegetable glycerin for creamy consistency: Vegetable glycerin provides a base for diluting the essential oils and gives the toothpaste a creamy consistency, so it can be spread easily over the teeth. It also imparts a sweet natural flavor that children will enjoy.

Myrrh tincture for gum inflammation: Tincture of myrrh is available at health-food stores; its anti-inflammatory and astringent effects can help to combat the swollen and bleeding gums that are typical in the early stages of periodontal disease.

Orange essential oil for fresh breath: Orange essential oil helps to freshen the breath and leaves a delicate, fruity aftertaste.

Clove essential oil for pain relief: Cloves are an ancient toothache remedy; clove oil is a mild anesthetic that temporarily deadens the nerves of the teeth. Clove-oil toothpaste is a boon for very sensitive teeth and for pain caused by sweet, cold or hot foods or drinks.

Make your own Tinctures

Tinctures are alcohol-based solutions which draw out the healing ingredients from herbs and flowers. You can make tinctures using wild flowers or flowers from your garden. Simply use chopped flowers and pack it in a jar half filled with the strongest vodka. Use 100 - 150 gr. fresh flowers or herbs to 150ml alcohol. If you use dried herbs or flowers use only 10 - 15 gr. in 150ml alcohol. Seal the jar and leave it in on a sunny window sill for 2 - 3 days. Then store in a dark place at room temperature for 2 - 3 weeks, shaking it every day. Strain through muslin cloth and store in a dark bottle. The tincture will keep for 2 - 3 years.

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