Ever since becoming a mom, I’ve really become more and more aware of the things we put into and on our bodies. I have really been on a mission these last few years to eliminate products with toxic, cancer-causing, or questionable ingredients from our home. My favorite all natural company recently stopped making their toothpaste product so I had to go looking for something new. I wasn’t really impressed by any I found in stores. By making your own toothpaste you are able to control the ingredients and ensure there are no artificial colors or flavors, sodium lauryl sulfate, or fluoride.
So I actually tried and played around with a couple recipes and pretty much spent half a day brushing my teeth over and over again to test them out. Let me tell you some I tried made me gag. This one did not make me gag at all and is really pleasant.
A couple things before the recipe…
-This natural toothpaste is not going to foam up like you might be used to. Just be ready for that.
-Use non-metal bowls and utensils when using Bentonite clay as metal will take away some of it’s beneficial properties.
DIY Natural Peppermint Toothpaste (adapted from Growing Up Herbal)
-6 TBSP Bentonite Clay powder, can be found at an herbal stores or online.
-distilled water (about 4oz)
-2 tsp. organic, Non-GMO xylitol
-1/8 tsp Himalayan or Celtic sea salt
-Peppermint Essential Oil
Begin by grinding your salt into a fine powder. If you have a mortal and pestel, use that. If not, I used an ice cream scoop in a small bowl. 🙂
Next, combine salt with the clay and xylitol. Mix together until well combined.
Add in your essential oils. I found with the peppermint I used, it was very strong so you only need about 3 drops. If you feel you need more you can add more later.
Finally, add the water BUT DON’T STIR, yet. Let the clay absorb the water for about 12-24 hours (it will be lumpy if you don’t let it sit).
Now you can put it into a squeezable travel tube available at the dollar store or in the travel toiletry section in most stores. I had a napping baby and couldn’t get out of the house, so I just put it in a plastic ziploc bag and cut a tiny piece of the corner off.
I made another version of this with another herb called Spirulina. It is very helpful for remineralizing your teeth and preventing cavities. If you’d like to check the recipe for DIY Remineralizing Peppermint Toothpaste, head on over to my blog!