Make Your Own Toothpaste

Hello! Interested in making your own toothpaste? You can have full knowledge of what you are putting into your body while being self-sustaining and using only a few natural ingredients. It’s inexpensive, easy and fun! I participated in a toothpaste workshop at The Hostel in the Forest where I jotted down the ingredients and directions from the manager, Ryan, who taught us his special recipe. I suggest that you grab your friends and do this together!

You’ll need:

50 mL Baking Soda
8 mL Salt
4 mL Neem Powder
9 mL Xylitol
7 mL Vegetable Glicerine
3 mL Sweet Almond Oil
7 ½ mL Distilled Water
15 drops Essential Oil
Bamboo Skewer or Toothpick
Small bowl for mixing
Jar with lid for storing

The Powder

Baking soda – A natural mineral that cleanses and whitens teeth. It controls pH balance for fresh breath.
Salt (Medical salt is best) – An abrasive
Xylitol ($6) – A silica abrasive of sugar alcohol that naturally occurs in fibers of fruits and veggies. It inhibits bacteria that causes tooth decay and is a saliva alkaline which promotes enamel production.
Neem powder ($2.50) – A sacred tree of the mahogany family, it’s a major medicine used in India and other tropic – semi tropical areas. It’s an anti bacterial and anti viral.

The Paste:

Veggie Glycerin ($3) – This holds water and produces the paste of which we like our tooth cleaner to be! It also helps attract saliva to flush everything out.
Sweet Almond Oil – Mm! This acts similarly to the veggie glycerin, but is nice and sweet! It helps to take out the salty taste that the baking soda and salt provide.
Essential Oil: Eucalyptus, peppermint, and cinnamon are really delicious!
Distilled Water – For just the right consistency.

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients for the powder together in a small bowl using a bamboo skewer or toothpick. (Baking Soda, Salt, Neem Powder, and Xylitol). Once mixed well, add the ingredients for the paste and taste. (Veggie Glycerin, Sweet Almond Oil, Essential Oils, and Distilled Water). Add the water till you get the right desired consistency. Some like it less pasty than others, but it’s important to add the water very little at a time so that the water doesn’t break the components up. Remember, you can always throw that eggplant back on the grill if you want it cooked longer! Bad analogy, but you get what I mean. Same thing goes for when brushing, wetting your brush or mouth before brushing will over power the veggie glycerin in keeping the ingredients together!

Happy brushing and hooray for do-it-yourself toothpaste!

Staci BuShea