When we often think of going organic, we associate eating organic foods to rid our bodies of toxins and harmful chemicals. More and more now, harmful ingredients are sneaking into our everyday lives, including our toothpaste. All commercial toothpastes contain harmful and toxic ingredients, such as; titanium dioxide, FD&C Blue Dye #1 & 2, sodium lauryl sulfate, glycerin and sodium fluoride. While these ingredients sneak into toothpastes labeled ‘all natural’ these chemicals are not only harmful to your delicate tooth enamel, but they also affect your overall health. Avoid welcoming harmful ingredients into your body by switching to making your own, all natural and organic toothpaste that’s both effective and cost efficient.
In a small container, mix 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil and 2 tablespoons organic baking soda together until it forms a paste-like consistency. Depending on the speed that you hand-mix, this can take anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute and a half to achieve. Once the desired consistency is achieved, add a desired amount of peppermint oil (optional) to the toothpaste, and brush away! Depending on how long you want to keep the toothpaste for, you can make a larger or smaller batch, as the toothpaste can last up to two weeks as long as it’s kept sealed and in a cool, dry place.
The organic homemade toothpaste works because coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal. Studies show that coconut oil destroys bacteria that can cause tooth decay, and is great for sensitive teeth. The baking soda works as a mild abrasive that aids in cleaning and whitening teeth while restoring pH balance within the mouth. Using the coconut oil baking soda mix not only can achieve the same cleaning power as commercial toothpastes, but it can do so while whitening teeth, being sensitive, cost efficient, and all while staying all-natural and organic.