Did you know that you could make your own homemade toothpaste with essential oils? It’s easy and only requires a few simple ingredients. With so many commercial brand toothpaste options available, you may wonder why anyone would want to make their own but it does offer many benefits.
Did you know that some commercial brand toothpaste contain chemicals such as Triclosan, which happens to be one of the main ingredients found in antibacterial soap? Some of them also contain glycerin, surfactants and artificial dyes and colors that could have an adverse effect on your health when used regularly.
Fluoride is also a common ingredient in many toothpaste brands. It’s used to help strengthen tooth enamel and remove plaque that can cause gum disease. However, fluoride is hazard to your health if swallowed, especially in large quantities. You can learn more about all of these ingredients and the negative impact they have on your health at Mercola.com.
When you make your own toothpaste, you don’t have to worry about being exposed to these harmful ingredients and it has other benefits, too.
Benefits of Using Homemade Toothpaste with Essential Oils
Having the opportunity to choose your own ingredients is the main benefit of making your own toothpaste. You know that everything in the toothpaste is safe to use and you don’t have to worry if you swallow some occasionally but it has other benefits, too. For example, homemade toothpaste recipes use simple ingredients that you may already have sitting around your home, so it’s economical.
Here are five of the main ingredients you can use to make homemade toothpaste:
- Sea salt – neutralizes acids, helps prevent tooth decay and acts as gentle abrasive that cleans teeth and eliminates bad breath
- Baking soda – cleans and neutralizes bad breath, helps prevent tooth decay and it makes your teeth whiter
- Coconut oil – has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and it gives toothpaste a good consistency
- Sweeteners – sweeteners like Stevia or Xylitol help prevent tooth decay and gum disease
- Essential oils – adds flavor, freshens your breath and has added benefits. My favorite oil for tooth paste is clove oil.
Essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. They also offer a variety of other health benefits depending on which oils you use in your recipe. DIY Natural has a simple toothpaste recipe using baking soda, sea salt and peppermint essential oil that is great for beginners.
Choose Your Essential Oils For Toothpaste Wisely
Only use essential oils that are safe to ingest when making homemade toothpaste. No matter how hard you try, most people end up swallowing a little toothpaste from time to time and this way, you don’t have to worry about it if you do. Peppermint is the most popular essential oil used to make toothpaste but it’s not your only option.
Here are some of the other popular oils used in DIY toothpaste recipes:
Since controlling the ingredients is one of the main reasons for making your own toothpaste, always choose quality essential oils. Poor quality oils have added ingredients that could potentially have an adverse effect on your health.
When choosing which oils to use, consider the person who will be using the toothpaste. If making the toothpaste for a child, only use essential oils that are safe for children. For example, peppermint is great for adult toothpaste but it’s not safe to use in a recipe for kids.
Making your own toothpaste allows you to control the ingredients so you know it’s safe to use, even if you end up swallowing it occasionally. Knowing who will be using it will help you find the best ingredients for your homemade toothpaste and help you choose the essential oil suited for the user.