How to Make Hippie Homemade Toothpaste
So, I have a secret to tell you……
I don’t use toothpaste!!
Okay, in reality, I do, I make my own. I’ve quit buying store bought stuff. As I continue on my quest to a healthier, cleaner, more natural life, I started to make my own toothpaste with stuff that I already have in my cupboards.
Did you know that there are many things in manufactured toothpaste that have been linked to some seriously disturbing things?
- Fluoride can accumulate in your tissues, leading to issues such as neurological and endocrine dysfunction. These would be things such as Alzheimer’s, lower IQ, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, arthritis symptoms, osteoporosis, kidney disease, bone cancer, reproductive problems, and even milder issues like headaches, fatigue, rashes and gastrointestinal problems.
- Fluoride is also one of the main ingredients in rat poison and one tube of toothpaste has enough fluoride to kill a child. Fluoride can and has been used to alter the moods and behaviors in humans, and was used to alter prisoners behavior in Nazi camps during WWII.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is the foaming agent used in toothpaste, as well as shampoos and soaps. SLS has been shown to damage eyes, irritate skin and hamper breathing in some people. It also stays in the body for up to 5 days and has been shown to accumulate in the heart, liver, lungs and brain.
- Commercial toothpaste also typically contains artificial sweeteners and colors which have been linked to a whole slew of health issues, ranging from hormonal imbalances, behavior issues, and gastrointestinal problems.
And, these are just a few of the ingredients in commercial toothpaste that can and does cause or contribute to health issues.
Alright, enough of the technical stuff. If you are here, you probably already have a general idea of what chemicals in the products we use can do to our bodies and health overall.
I started making my own “Hippie Homemade Toothpaste” about a year ago when I decided I wanted something that I controlled what went into it and was less expensive than the “natural toothpaste” available on the market.
So, if you are looking for a pretty simple homemade toothpaste, below is the one I’ve been using.
Now, if you are someone who has a challenge with tastes or textures, I would recommend easing your way into this. And, sometimes you may be the only one in your house willing to give it a try. That’s how it is in my house. All I can do is do my best to educate and encourage the others to try to go more natural with things like my “Hippie Homemade Toothpaste”, and hope they will come around at some point in time.
For this batch of Hippie Homemade Toothpaste, I used:
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
- 3 T baking soda
- 1 T hydrogen peroxide (1 teaspoon at a time)*
- 20 drops of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
- 20 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 20 drops Stevia
- Melt the coconut oil, then add the baking soda and stir.
- Next, add the peroxide, 1 teaspoon at a time, and stir.
- Add in your Dr. Bronner’s, peppermint essential oil and Stevia.
- Stir all together then put into a container.
- I actually put this in the refrigerator and every 30 minutes or so, I stirred it to keep it from separating. I used a chopstick. 🙂
Why is this a healthier option for toothpaste?
- Coconut oil is effective to use against strains of Streptococcus bacteria, which is a common bacteria found in our mouths and is a large contributor to tooth decay and is also a natural teeth whitener.
- Baking soda helps to keep our mouths at a healthy pH level and is antimicrobial so it kills off the bad bacteria.
- Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic that helps fight gingivitis and helps keep breath fresh.
- Dr. Bronner’s helps with reenamilization of the teeth and is a disinfectant.
- Peppermint essential oil is a great aid in fighting gingivitis and plaque.
- Stevia is a great, natural sweetener.
Also, good overall care of your health will always benefit your oral health, like avoiding sugar as often as possible, flossing daily, and brushing at least twice a day.
*There are some studies that show using hydrogen peroxide in homemade toothpaste may not be beneficial for gums and the other soft tissue in your mouth. I recommend you take this into consideration when making this toothpaste and decide for yourself if the small amount I put in this is more of a benefit for your oral health goals or if you should leave it out.
**Also, I am not a dentist or dental hygienist. I’m just a mom who wants to have the healthiest, chemical-free options available for myself and my family. If you have any concern about using homemade toothpaste over commercially-made toothpaste, I recommend you do some research on your own and even discuss it with your dentist. I’m personally in the camp that natural is usually a better option because I can control what goes into it and make it according to what I need at the time I make it.
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