Peppermint Tea-tree Oil Toothpaste

This is my personal derivative of some other home-made toothpaste recipes I found online. Practically speaking, Sodium-bicarbonate is the only thing you really need, though my dad once told me that in the Marines when they ran out of toothpaste they would just use salt.

(Makes about 1/4 cup)
-3 tbsp sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
-1 tbsp sodium chloride (salt – as an abrasive)
-1 tbsp olive or sunflower oil (gives it a pasty quality)
-6 drops essential pepermint oil (for taste)
-6 drops tea tree oil (a natural antibacterial)

Mix the baking soda and salt together in a bowl until well-integrated. Next, mix together the oils: squeeze the appropriate amounts of essential oil & tea-tree oil into a tablespoon, and then cover with olive/sunflower oil to the brim before pouring over the powder. This is to ensure consistent taste & consistency throughout. Mix until “pasty.” Store in a closed jar (ideally glass or ceramic – I’ve been hearing too many weird things about plastics and phyto-estrogens lately), at room temperature.

Infinitely preferably to commercial toothpastes, not only because it’s missing that icky toothpaste aftertaste likely to ruin one’s breakfast in favor of a subtle minty-salty freshness, but my incidence of cavities has gone down considerably since using it. Of course, this could be the result of a few factors right around the same time I started making it – such as greater attention to my dental hygiene in general, as well as the reduction of refined sugar in my diet to nearly nil.

3 Responses to “Peppermint Tea-tree Oil Toothpaste”

  1. Kathy says:

    Does this recipe help with receeding gums?

  2. The Macrobiotic Stoner says:

    if caused by a bacterial infection, the tea tree oil can definitely help. However there are numerous causes to receding gums –

  3. aqua says:

    Be careful with peppermint oil[ditto peppermint tea]-it can cause acid reflux!
    Tea tree oil can cause allergic reactions and strip healthy bacteria.
    Essential oils should be approached with caution-they are powerful.

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