Homemade Toothpaste Powder

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Toothpaste has long been a tricky thing for me.  I know there incredibly toxic ingredients in conventional toothpaste, yet I have tried many “natural” toothpastes and none left my mouth feeling clean and fresh.  Out of frustration, I gave up on trying to find an alternative to the chemical laden toothpaste I had used all my life.

Making my own toothpaste was something I never thought I would do.  A few months ago, that all changed.  I bought a jar of Aztec Healing Clay.  I loved it as a facial mask.  I found that I could make a tooth powder recipe which is toxin-free and can replace toothpaste.  Normally I think I wouldn’t have had the guts to try it, but two bloggers I follow and trust (Wellness Mama and Mommypotamus) had similar recipes.  (Links below.)  I decided to give it a try.

I am SO GLAD I did!  I have been using my modified recipe (using ingredients I had on hand) for 4 months now.  A few times I have used the conventional toothpaste and did not like it at all.  I now notice that toothpaste creates a film in my mouth and it is really difficult to rinse all of the foam out.  While my tooth powder does not foam, it leaves my teeth feeling clean without any residue.  I will never go back!

Why you should be concerned with conventional toothpaste.

I know it sounds crazy to make your own toothpaste, but there are serious reasons why you should consider!  In western medicine, there is a method of administering drugs called sublingual administration.  This is also how many homeopathic remedies are to be taken to quickly and effectively get the treatment into the bloodstream.   When placing the medication under the tongue, it can be absorbed by blood vessels quickly, bypassing the digestive system which normally can detoxify harmful substances.  Absorption takes only 1-2 minutes which means the ingredients in toothpaste are entering your bloodstream directly every time you brush.

  • Sodium Fluoride has long been touted by dentists as necessary to prevent tooth decay.  Did you know, however, that sodium fluoride is a by-product of aluminum manufacturing?  It is used in rat poisons, pesticides and even has been used as a main ingredient in chemical weapons.  It is common knowledge that fluoride is fatal to humans in high enough doses, so what makes us believe it is okay to ingest in any amount!?  Additionally, this is added to our drinking water and cannot be filtered out by most water filters.  So we are already ingesting to fluoride without even brushing our teeth.  This is something which should be a serious concern to everyone.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is what creates the lather in toothpastes, shampoos and body washes.  It is used in laboratory tests as a skin irritant to test products designed to heal skin.  Kind of messed up!  Studies have linked SLS exposure to irritation of skin and eyes, organ toxicity, endocrine disruption and neurotoxicity to name a few.
  • Triclosan is an antibacterial ingredient which has been linked to everything from skin irritation to thyroid issues.  According to a U.S. Geological Survey study, triclosan is one of the most frequently occurring chemicals found in natural bodies of water, and it is found at the highest concentrations.  This chemical is an endocrine disruptor and bioaccumulates, which means that the more you are exposed, the greater the concentration of the chemical will be present in your body.  Thankfully many companies are now ceasing to use this chemical due to the dangers it poses, and the state of Minnesota has banned it completely effective in 2017.
  • Glycerin is supposedly the ingredient in toothpaste that coats teeth, leaving the filmy reside I described above.  Many claim this is harmful because it prevents teeth from remineralizing.  The outer layers of teeth are made up of  the enamel and dentin layers.  Enamel consists mostly of calcium phosphate and the dentin is made of living cells which use minerals to create a hard mass.   There are a lot of conflicting opinions on whether or not teeth can remineralize (and cavities heal!) and I have not done enough research on the subject to make any claims.  I would, however, like to recommend this well-researched and informative post from Wellness Mama on the subject.  Many people claim to have healed cavities, and avoiding conventional toothpaste which coats the teeth is an integral part.
  • FD&C color dyes are synthetic food colorings and have been related to behavioral problems, allergies reactions and other health problems.

I know some people will just overlook the potential harm these ingredients pose, but the knowledge that these toxins are being absorbed directly into the bloodstream should be alarming to everyone.

If you are not an essential oil user, I recommend checking out the Wellness Mama and Mommypotamus recipes, which use other ingredients.  I also want to convey that at first, it was a little strange using a powder to brush my teeth, but I quickly became used to it.  This recipe does not foam either, but again I quickly became used to it.  The clean feeling I have experienced is what made me fall in love with it.

Another note, I would not recommend the powdered recipe below for small children.  I have not had my kids use this recipe because I am sure they would inhale it or something crazy.  I made a version which uses coconut oil, stevia, less salt and less essential oils which I have been using for my toddler and he likes the taste.  He totally swallows it all so I am really glad I am not using normal toothpaste for him.

 


Homemade Toothpaste Powder Recipe

Ingredients:

4 tbsp Bentonite Clay
1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
2 tsp baking soda
4 capsules of Activated Charcoal, opened
12 drops peppermint essential oil
4 drops clove essential oil
1-2 packets powdered Stevia (optional, I don’t use it)

Directions:

  1. Do not use any metal utensils with this recipe.  The clay is charged, which enables removal of toxins, and metal will deactivate the charge.
  2. Add dry ingredients to a small glass jar.
  3. Add essential oils to the dry ingredients.
  4. Cap and shake vigorously for several minutes.
  5. To use, dip a wet toothbrush into the powder and brush teeth as normal.  Keep capped when not in use.

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/167101-what-are-the-harmful-ingredients-in-toothpaste/

http://www.healthline.com/health/sublingual-and-buccal-medication-administration#Purpose2

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/antibacterial/environmental/

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/antibacterial/triclosan.php

http://givemethedirt.com/blogs/news/8509675-the-glycerine-in-your-toothpaste-is-ruining-your-teeth

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/picture-of-the-teeth

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Essential Oil Diffuser Review – BriteLeafs

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My essential oils diffuser stopped working!

When I started using essential oils, I purchased a kit that came with a diffuser, an expensive one.  Everything that company produces is great quality – I consider it to be some of the best available.  I used my diffuser almost daily for two years and then it stopped working.  *Tear*

I take complete responsibility as to why it stopped working.  I rarely cleaned it properly because every time I tried, water would get inside the machine and drip out the bottom.  I also used our filtered hard water instead of buying distilled which probably left a lot of residue on the ultrasonic plate.  So while I was really disappointed my diffuser stopped working, I knew it was my own fault.

I wanted to buy another diffuser from the same company, but the one I had ran around $70.  My husband suggested we do some research and see if there was a comparable model for less money.  After a few days of being without a diffuser, I reluctantly agreed.

I knew that my diffuser had important criteria I wanted to match in a new purchase:

  • An ultrasonic frequency of 2.5 MHz – this allows the oil molecules to be disbursed into the air at a good quantity.
  • Low noise level.
  • Water tank capacity around 130 ml.
  • Automatic shut off when the water reservoir becomes nearly empty.

We researched on Amazon.com and tried to find good user reviews on random websites.  It seemed difficult to find measurements of the ultrasonic frequency, which was my number one criteria in finding a new diffuser.  We ended up purchasing the BriteLeafs 2-in1 Ultrasonic Diffuser because it was the only model we were able to find comparable information on.

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I must say that I am really pleased with our purchase!  The BriteLeafs model can be purchased on Amazon for under $35.00.  It is much smaller than the other model but I have found it puts out a lot of mist, which my other diffuser had stopped doing a long time before I finally accepted it was gone and tossed it.  It runs quietly and has several color options to choose from which my kids love.  The controls allow you to choose a time setting before it shuts off, but it also has automatic shut off when the water reservoir becomes low.  This seems like a good thing, but it is kind of annoying when it shuts off because I didn’t choose a long enough time.  Sometimes I just want it to run until it empties.  This can easily be fixed by walking over there and turning it back on… no biggie.

Another important criteria is that the BriteLeafs model can handle citrus oils.  I found a lot of other diffusers are unable to be used with citrus oils and that was no good for me.

BriteLeafs essential oil diffuser is an affordable and great alternative.

If you are like me and looking for an affordable replacement to keep diffusing in your home, the BriteLeafs model is a great option.

Just in case you were wondering, I cannot affiliate with any essential oils company if I want to share my essential oil testimonials.  That is why I do not mention any brand name.

*There are affiliate links in this post.  If you kindly click and then purchase something, I will get a small amount sent my way.  Thank you!!

DIY: Replacement Reed Diffuser Oil

I love a house that smells good. Who doesn’t?! I love burning candles in the fall and winter, and I love using reed diffusers in my bathroom year round. What I do not love, however, are the toxic chemicals that get dispersed into my home and the air we breathe when using conventional candles or reed diffusing oil.  With asthma, allergies and eczema not an issue for us lately (finally!) I continue to be really careful about what toxins we are exposed to.

I have this really awesome reed diffuser I bought from one of those candle party companies a few years ago.  It sits on my bathroom counter empty because I ran out of oil a long time ago and never thought I could make my own.  The other day I was on one of those fanatic cleaning/ organizing sprees – am I the only one who does that?  While I was on my cleaning spree, I thought, “Hey, I have all these great smelling essential oils.  I bet I can make a homemade reed diffusing oil with ingredients I have here!”  15 seconds later, Google supplied me with about 15 trillion websites with different kinds of recipes for reed diffusing oils.  You are now reading post 15 trillion and one.  People use all kinds of ingredients like olive oil or sesame oil in combination with essential oils.  I’m sure this wouldn’t happen, but I imagined the oil sitting on my counter collecting dust and growing mold… I don’t want any part of that, even if it is Halloween!

The recipe I made is a loose combination of the ten websites I checked out, minus any food based oils.  My bathroom smells fresh and lovely.  I read on the Yankee Candle website that you are supposed to change your reeds frequently, like every time you change the oil, to keep the scent dispersing properly.  My reeds are about three years old and I have never changed them, so I have ordered these ones and cannot wait to see if it increases the scent in the room.

All you need is the following:

1/3 cup distilled water

2 teaspoons rubbing alcohol

20 drops of essential oils of your choice

Simply mix the ingredients together in a glass jar with a narrow opening and put in your reeds.  Do not fear, the smell of the rubbing alcohol will not fill your room.  After a few hours it was gone from the mixture completely.  All that I could smell was the essential oil.  (Thank god!  I hate the smell of rubbing alcohol.)

I flip my reeds over a few times a day to keep the scent going strong.  What an easy and inexpensive way to keep a home smelling fresh and chemical free!

If you are interesting in purchasing essential oils, click here to learn more!