As I continue to find cleaner beauty products for me and my family, I realized one thing was still missing. Good toothpaste! I've been on the hunt for a quality, clean and completely natural toothpaste for a loooong time now. I did find a great salt-based one at Whole Foods but it was WAY too expensive for toothpaste so I decided to channel my inner Martha Stewart and embark on making my own. I emailed Dr. Silkman, my totally brilliant holistic dentist, for suggestions, did some research online, and started experimenting.
The results? I'm a VERY happy camper...and so are my teeth : ) Here's the wicked easy recipe:
- Indian Healing Clay (which you can also use for facials! A steal at about $6...SCORE!)
- Organic Vegetable Glycerin (softening agent)
No need to measure anything either. What?! All you do is start with the clay and vegetable glycerin and get the mixture to a paste consistency. Then add as much or little of the other ingredients as you like. We even added turmeric to our toothpaste! As I learned from Kimberly Snyder in her book "The Beauty Detox Solution (page 213), "turmeric is an Ayurveduc spice that has amazing antioxidant properties. It inhibits oxidation and protects us from free radical damage, and also helps us clean up metabolic waste. It also suppors our liver."
Other natural oils that would be good to flavor your homemade toothpaste are clove, oregano, basil, ginger, lavender, cardamon, and lemongrass. Experiment and have fun with it! I was thinking a Christmas toothpaste with peppermint and pine oils would be fun : ) It's Christmastime in your mouth! Ha! That sounds kinda dirty but you know what I mean.
Btw, I recycled one of my Himalayan salt glass containers to mix and store my new toothpaste in.