Simple Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil
If you were to enter into my house right now, you would find a heaping jar of coconut oil in almost every room. I have a jar in the kitchen for when I am craving coco coated veggies, a jar in my bedroom that I use as my nightly face moisturizer, and a huge jar of homemade, coconut oil-based toothpaste in my bathroom. To say I'm a little obsessed with this delicious, versatile oil would be an understatement.
If you've been in my community for a while, it's no secret that I am constantly trying to find ways to reduce my plastic waste - and I'm happy to say this toothpaste recipe is the perfect way to do just that. I will also note that after using this toothpaste for about a year, I went to the dentist (and did not mention I was using homemade toothpaste) and he told me that my teeth were extremely healthy and he wished he saw more like mine. Flash forward a year, I began using regular toothpaste because I fell lazy and *gasp* I had my first cavity. So, I'm back to using my homemade stuff and feeling like my teeth are healthier and cleaner than ever. You definitely need to add this stuff to your nightly hygiene regime.
What You'll Need
One full jar of organic coconut oil
Three tablespoons of baking soda
15-40 drops of pure peppermint essential oil (Or whichever essential oil you prefer. When it comes to my teeth, I love the traditional peppermint. But feel free to get creative here - lavender, orange, cinnamon, it's your toothpaste after all).
Empty the entire jar of coconut oil into a large mixing bowl (make sure to keep your jar, we will be reusing it!). Depending on the temperature of your home and where you live, the coconut oil will be of a liquid consistency or a fluffy solid one. It is fine either way! Add your baking soda and essential oil. Stir thoroughly together. Once completely combined, add back to the original glass jar, put the lid on, and store in your bathroom.
Why These Ingredients?
Coconut oil is an antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal. Aka the greatest stuff on earth. I put coconut oil on cuts, bites, and scrapes, use it on my face, and ingest it regularly to keep my body free from viruses and infections. So if you haven't guessed, coconut oil does wonders for the teeth. It kills off harmful bacteria in the mouth and leaves you feeling fresh and clean. Here's an article that speaks further on the amazing benefits of coconut oil.
Baking soda has incredible benefits for the mouth. Whitening teeth, helping to prevent gum disease, and combating bad breath are just a few of its benefits.
Peppermint oil is an antiseptic and has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. It also helps to prevent bad breath.
Making homemade toothpaste might seem a little 'extreme' to some - but I think the giant, growing garbage patch floating in the worlds' ocean is much more cause for concern. This toothpaste is one simple step you can take to reduce plastic waste and detoxify your home (and body!) from funky chemicals often found in traditional toothpaste. Make sure to reuse and then recycle your jar once finished!
I hope you enjoy your new toothpaste - and if you feel so obliged, make sure to share with family + friends! The more folks who make the switch, the more sustainable our future will be. Can't wait to hear what you think. Happy brushing!
[A quick note: this toothpaste does not foam up in the way traditional toothpaste does. It might be weird at first, but I promise your teeth are still getting a good clean and you will get used to the new consistency.]