Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Green Series - Fluoride free natural toothpaste...

Remember my post on fluoridated toothpaste? Here.
Well I have a remedy for you! We have been testing a few natural toothpaste recipes and found Crunchy Betty to have the best one. If you are a Greeny - you may want to check out her blog - it's full of many great tips!

The ingredients required are the following:

- Coconut Oil 3 TBSP
- Baking Soda 3 TBSP
- Peppermint Essential Oil 30 drops
- Stevia 1 packet
- Vegetable Glycerin (optional) 2 tsp

For those who are not familiar with some of these ingredients... Coconut oil can now be found everywhere! I have even heard that Walmart in the US sells it! It is a fantastic oil to cook with, is great for your skin etc... (It really deserves a post of it's own!) Essential Oils should be found in the "natural" or organic section of your grocery store. If not, you can find them in natural health food stores. Stevia is natural sweeter - it is a herb, so it's healthy and safe. It can be found anywhere - check the baking isle. Vegetable Glycerin can also be found in your natural health food store.

Basically, you are going to mash the oil and the soda together like this.

Then add the remaining ingredients and mash until well blended. Initially, we first used spearmint - big mistake. It was not very good! Then we managed to locate some peppermint and made the next batch with it. So much better! In fact, I always catch my son in the jar... actually eating it! Gross - but I must say, his breath is always minty fresh! Ha!

You can put this in a baby jar like I did and then just dip your brush in... or, if you have a clean soap dispenser etc... you can use that as well. Just squirt it on your brush.

We now double this recipe, and as a family of four it lasts us about one month. It does a fantastic job at not only cleaning our teeth, but keeping our smiles white and minty fresh!

Go ahead - give it a try!

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