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Everyone already knows that most commercial toothpastes contain many toxic ingredients: sodium fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, artificial colors and flavorings, propylene glycol and so on.
Of course, in health food stores and there are good natural toothpastes (especially ayurveda), but having read the ingredients, we realize that we can do something similar at home ourselves – and a lot cheaper.
Homemade pastes are simple and fun to prepare, and a lot safer and healthier for our precious teeth. Baking soda is not too abrasive for the teeth, indeed – this domestic toothpaste is less abrasive than the purchase.
Tips: Use a soft brush with which will help you massage. We call your attention that domestic paste does not foam, because they have no harmful sodium lauryl sulfate.
This recipe differs from other recipes that you can find on the internet because it is not salty but very tasty and kids love it.
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of stevia extract (approximately 50 mg) to sweet taste (or ½ teaspoon dried minced leaves of Stevia)
- 15-20 drops of essential oil of peppermint (and/or cinnamon, orange, …)
Melt or soften a little coconut oil. If the oil is in solid condition use a fork, and if it’s liquid, use a spoon.
Stir the other ingredients and mix well. If you’re using completely melted coconut oil, you will need to stir a few times so that the mixture cools, and soda is finely deployed and connected.
Place the mixture in the tube (available in pharmacies empty vial to which subsequently put the cap with a narrow opening for extrusion or in a small jar (you can make a variety of bottles for each family member).
Allow the paste to cool and compress.
Using and Storing:
Squeeze out of tubes or dip your toothbrush in a jar and apply a small amount of paste. You can also use a small spoon to put the toothpaste on the brush out of the jar. Keep the jar or the tube away from heat and light because of essential oils.
People using the paste claim the following:
- They got less plaque on the teeth
- This toothpaste removes the odor of onions and garlic much better than the purchased one
- They got smoother and more polished teeth
- Don’t have tooth decay for many years
Try it out!
An ‘Elixer of Long Life’ was dug up, and you’ll never guess what the main ingredients are!
Prep time: 5 minutes
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp. of turmeric, or thumb-sized portion of freshly grated turmeric
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. coconut nectar, or maple syrup
Pour water into a tall glass
Add the rest of the ingredients, and stir. Drink immediately.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayruveda holistic dental care method that involves nothing more than swishing cold-pressed oil in your mouth for a certain amount of time. Sounds simple, right? It also sounds a little, well, strange. Maybe even totally gross. I get it. I thought the same thing. But I’m always open for trying new home remedies so I’ve been giving it a try for the past few weeks. Here’s what I’ve learned!
The idea behind oil pulling, as well as the name itself, is that swishing with the oil helps “pull” toxins from your system as you pull the oil through your teeth and gums. The oils typically used are coconut, olive or sesame oil. That part seems to be a matter of personal preference. I’ve been using coconut oil since I already use it for everything, and my cupboard is already well stocked. It also shows anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Plus, I’m bit of a coconut fiend and love the way it tastes.
Oil pulling regimen
- Place 1-3 teaspoons oil in your mouth.
- Swish and “pull” the oil around the inside of your cheeks and in between your teeth.
- Continue for 5-20 minutes.
I’ve had issues with my teeth, gums and jaw since having children, so I knew I was a good candidate for trying this out. And the first time I tried it, it felt strange I’ll admit. And that 20 minutes felt like an eternity! It was also difficult not to swallow any. But swallowing the oil is a big no-no – the oil is full of toxins, bacteria and germs. But it gets easier! Here’s what I found to be helpful as I do this daily.
10 Tips for Making Oil Pulling Work
- Start first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
- If using coconut oil, melt it first, or let it melt in your mouth. I sort of “chew” it until it melts.
- Use less oil if it feels like it’s too much.
- Keep the oil in the front of your mouth – don’t gargle with it. You will have a mouthful of liquid by the end from the oil and the extra saliva.
- If your mouth and jaw get tired, take a break and let it sit without swishing in the front of your mouth.
- Try doing a small task that takes between 5-20 minutes – folding a load of laundry, taking a shower, checking emails, packing your kids’ lunches, vacuuming the living room, etc.
- Be sure to do it long enough so that the oil and the enzymes in your saliva interact.
- Spit the oil into the garbage can, not in the sink to prevent it from clogging pipes.
- Swish really well with salt water afterward.
- Brush your teeth and floss as normal. (I use a homemade toothpaste.)
Benefits I’ve noticed
- My gums feel healthier and they don’t get sore anymore.
- My teeth feel stronger. I noticed after just the first few days – really!
- Much better breath.
- Less plaque.
- My tongue feels cleaner.
- My lips are super soft!
- My jaw pain has lessened a lot. I’m pretty sure I have TMJ. The first few days my mouth and jaw felt super fatigued afterward, but now my entire face feel stronger. This may be more from the extra “exercise” than the oil itself. 🙂
In addition to the benefits I’ve already seen, oil pulling has tons of other reported benefits.
More oil pulling benefits
- reduced headaches, insomnia, PMS, sinus congestion
- general detoxification benefits
- overall increased oral health
- reduced inflammation in the body, including reduction of arthritis symptoms
- pain relief
- skin problems (eczema, acne, rashes) reduced
Bottom line for me
I love the benefits I’ve seen so far and plan to continue. What do you think? Is it too weird? Or are you wiling to give it a try? For those of you who have tried it, what benefits have you noticed?