Homemade Natural Toothpaste

Homesteading, Natural Home & Personal Care

In an effort to not only heal our teeth but eliminate harmful toxins from our everyday life I’ve started making our own toothpaste.

Conventional store bought toothpastes contain terrifying toxic substances, the one raising the most concern being Fluoride. Did you know that Fluoride was initially used as a rat poison?! Yes you heard me rat poison. Bravo to the genius that decided putting rat poison in toothpaste was a good idea. If that isn’t enough to get you to switch then let me tell you a few other facts about Fluoride. Just to name a few Fluoride has been linked to:

Thyroid Damage

-Lower IQ

-Brain damage

-Impacted learning and behavior

– Non-IQ Neurotoxic effects

– Reduced Melatonin Production

– Earlier puberty in children

-Bone Damage and/or cancer

– Reproductive Issues

Check this out to read more. I also encourage you to do more research on your own.

Anywho that is not something I want anywhere near my family’s mouths. Sure there are some natural options out there, but not all of them have ingredient lists I am comfortable with and when then do they can be quite pricey. Besides being cheap, making your own is a lot of fun! I combined Wellness Mama’s Remineralizing Toothpaste with a few of my own ingredients to suit our preferences. Wellness Mama’s recipe is great but we didn’t like the fact that it solidified and was difficult to spread around the mouth. The taste…well it takes some getting used to but all in all it isn’t bad.

Homemade Toothpaste

  • 5 parts Calcium powder
  • 1 part Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (optional- contains trace minerals and silica. UPDATE: A reader noted that DE can be abrasive and is not needed with the baking soda, so if you don’t have DE… no worries!) IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR DE IS FOOD GRADE. COMMERCIAL DE CAN BE HARMFUL AND SHOULD NEVER BE USED IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS!
  • 2 parts Baking Soda
  • 3 parts Xylitol Powder– This ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter. It also has been shown to have positive oral health benefits so I like to throw it in!
  • 3-5 parts coconut oil – I like to melt it
  • 1-2 Parts. Liquid Castile Soap- This one is unscented and great for this but use whatever you like
  • 2 -3 Parts Filtered Water- To get desired texture
  • 4-6 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Peppermint Essential Oil- I used 30-40 drops but use to your preference. You can also you whatever essential oils you prefer.

This recipe is written in parts. I use Tbsp. So it will read 5 Tbsp. Calcium powder, 1 Tbsp. DE etc. etc. you can do more or less depending on how much you want to make. I found this filled up a pint size mason jar and we are having trouble making a dent in it 🙂

– I like to run my Xylitol through a spice grinder or smash it up with my mortar and pestle to get it to a powder consistency because it is a bit coarse.

– Mix dry ingredients together

-Add coconut oil, liquid castile soap, water, grapefruit seed extract and essential oils

-Mix until combined

– Add more water if needed

– Store in a glass jar with lid

We just dip our toothbrushes in or use a Popsicle stick to spread on the bristles. This will firm up a little but i find it is still a paste like consistency. You can add more water if you want to further thin it out. Our teeth feel clean and fresh and so far we love it!

* I am not a dentist or medical professional. I am simply sharing recipes that I have been trying for my family. Consult your dentist before using a homemade toothpaste if you have concerns.

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Steps to keep my teeth healthy

Natural Home & Personal Care

I’m finally getting over my sickness..sort of. I hate being sick.

I also went to the dentist yesterday…which always makes me nervous. I don’t know why..I take care of my teeth and it’s never that bad, I just hate the dentist.

So after tons of X-rays and prodding and drooling they told me my teeth are in good shape…a little wear and some staining ( bad coffee and red wine) but only 1 cavity..which incidentally is from a cracked filling that wasn’t done right way back in the day. Thank you crappy dentists! All in all it wasn’t too bad. Apparently I was due for a deep cleaning though which involves Novocaine and some major digging and scraping. They only did 1 side of my mouth, which sucks because I have to go back again today, and once the Novocaine wore off my mouth was pretty sore…boo.

Also I got to listen to the dentist tell me I need to use Fluoride toothpaste and a Fluoride rinse, otherwise my teeth cannot be healthy. Fluoride, Fluoride, Fluoride. I’m sorry but no..Fluoride is poison. I’ve been using Natural Fluoride-Free Toothpaste for around 9 months or so and my teeth are in pretty good shape. I think it’s safe to say nobodys teeth are rotting away rapidly from lack of fluoride. At least not mine.

Anyways back to my point…I’ve been talking to my cousin the past few days about natural toothpaste and with all the dentist stuff I feel like teeth are an appropriate topic for today. I have a fear of one day my teeth rotting out of my head and being left with nothing but gums resembling a cross between a grandma and gumby. :/ Why this fear? I don’t know…but that’s why they call fears irrational. So I’ve been doing reading and reading about healing teeth naturally. Wellness Mama talks about healing tooth decay and remineralizing teeth a lot as well as Mark Sisson who had a great post from Denise Minger, Author of Death by Food Pyramid ( another topic for another post) about her trouble as a Raw Vegan and her quest to heal her damaged teeth and gums. I know what you’re thinking..healing your teeth?! Dentists tell us that can’t be done. Well I think it can. I also believe that if there are things that can naturally heal teeth…why not begin to do this as a preventative measure?

A few things that all of these articles have in common are:

-Eating a real foods diet

– Limiting your sugar intake (which will be done naturally following a real foods diet)

– Vitamins A, D and K2 which are key in tooth healing and health

– LIVER consumption! Do it!

– Limiting your acidic foods, which yes..includes most fruits!

-Fermented Cod Liver Oil (which bonus..has tons of other health benefits)

So along with tightening the ropes on my diet in the form of a Low-Carb Paleo/Ketogenic approach, i’m going to add Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Vitamin K2 to my supplements ( I already take Vitamin D everyday and get plenty of sunshine!) and amp up the liver intake for the Vitamin A. I’m hoping to prevent any issues and try to at least somewhat heal my 1 cavity.

Chris goes in for his dental exam & cleaning on Monday…he thinks my heal your cavity approach is “interesting”. I’m curious to see how/if his tune changes after his visit 🙂 Not that he isn’t supportive he like most people have never thought of that being a possibility. Plus i’m always throwing new crunchy crazy healthy ideas his way!

I’ll keep everyone posted!

*S

 

My Natural Skin Care Routine

Natural Home & Personal Care

My journey to finding a natural skin care routine was frustrating if nothing else. When I started to become more aware ( actually obsessed with natural everything) I ditched my toxic beauty products in favor of “Natural” brands. Unfortunately most of these natural brands still contain alarming ingredients. So I ditched those and ventured onto Lush Brand Cosmetics. These are handmade and natural as well. Don’t get me wrong..I was in love with their delicious practically edible products. They were pricey but in the beginning seemed to work well for me. I was addicted to their Garlic Face mask for a while there. Well, probably due to my severe hormonal imbalances my skin stopped responding to these products. Wah Wah. While upsetting intially, in the end it ended up being something incredibly positive. That sparked my desire to make my own natural beauty products that work. It was the start of a whole new chapter in my health. Yay.

I now use Oil Cleansing and Honey Face washing for my skin care needs. Let me tell you…these methods have changed my life!

Oil Cleansing..sounds a little counter productive doesn’t it? Won’t smearing oil on my face further clog my pores and cause more break-outs? Actually no. Oil cleansing is based on the idea that “like dissolves like” or “oil dissolves oil”. The nourishing oil actually works to break down the gunky, nasty impurities from your skin and naturally cleanses, detoxes and moisturizes your skin. I’ve read that for some it gets worse before it gets better while your skin detoxes. I personally did not have this problem. The wonderful Wellness Mama has a great post on oil-cleansing how-to. I personally have combination skin (though depending on the season it will do crazy things) and have found that 1 part Castor oil to 3 parts Almond Oil work wonders for me. I usually mix up 1/4 tsp. Castor Oil to 3/4 tsp. Almond Oil..which will give me 2 nights of washes. I just put it in a little mixing cup and set it in the shower to use. I dip my fingers in and then massage it into my face for about 2 minutes. This stuff works great to remove make-up so i use it over my eyeballs as well. I then put a wet hot washcloth over my face covering it completely and let it sit until it cools down. I usually will repeat this once,  then I lightly wipe my face just enough to remove make-up and that’s it. I don’t even need moisturizer! I Love it! These are the oils I use:

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The other method I use is the Honey Washing method. It’s really easy…you use raw honey to wash your face. The thing is you must buy “raw”, “unpasteurized” or “unfiltered” honey which you can find at your local farmer’s market or online. “All-natural” doesn’t mean anything and usually means it is still heated killing it’s natural antibacterial properties and/or diluted with other sweeteners. yuck. Raw honey is affordable, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and has probiotic properties. It is perfect for all skin types even sensitive, working to balance them and it gently removes impurities without stripping skin of natural oils. All I do is take a 1/2 tsp-1 tsp. raw honey warm it in my fingers and rub it on my face. This does not remove make-up so I steer clear of the eyeballs, and I will use unrefined coconut oil to remove my make-up 🙂 I usually let the thin layer of honey sit on my face for 5-10 minutes then rinse off and gently pat dry. My skin is super soft afterwards and I love the idea of using food-grade products on my face! This is the honey I am using now:

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I’ve found that either alternating days between the oil-cleansing method or using the oil-cleansing method in the evening and the honey cleansing method in the morning works best for me. My skin has drastically improved and my $$$ shelled out for product has significantly decreased. Try it..i’m not saying it will work for you but it’s worth a shot.

More on how I use honey for a ton of things from allergies to burns and more on natural beauty products to come!

Thanks for reading 🙂

*S

Home Made Whipped Body Butter by Wellness Mama

Natural Home & Personal Care

For those of you that know us…we  are crunchy. If you aren’t familiar with the term crunchy..it basically means being concerned with the Earth and What is good for it and you. Homemade personal care  products, organic natural eating, cloth rags instead of paper etc..

We are still in the beginning stages but we are slowly getting there. The first thing on the list was to do away with toxic personal care products. Things that we use everyday like lotions, shampoos, bodywash and deodorant harbor loads of toxins that are harmful to your health. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and when you put these toxins directly on it, your skin readily absorbs them. A lot of these products contain carcinogens, hormone disruptors and just all around nasty stuff. So we decided to slowly get rid of these things from our daily routine.

Starting with lotion! Katie over at Wellness Mama  provides some amazing recipes for homemade natural products. Her Whipped Body Butter is a favorite in our home. A jar lasts about 3 months, a little goes A LONG way! So as the current supply was almost gone I got to work on another batch, taking pictures along the way!

First I gathered all of my ingredients and measured them out.

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Then put them in a sterilized re-used coconut oil jar and melted them down

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Wellness Mama’s recipe doesn’t call for Vitamin E Oil but I like to add it for the added benefits

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Then I add in the essential oils…I use lavender which also has great benefits!

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Then I put all of the ingredients in a bowl to set in the freezer to firm up a bit

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Then I use a Hand Mixer to whip! It looks good enough to eat right?

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Once i’m done I store it in the same coconut oil jar I melted it down in.

This is seriously the best stuff! All of the ingredients have amazing skin benefits and you can add any essential oils you like to suit your preferences. Plus no toxic chemicals in this product and you make it yourself which for us really adds to our homesteading ways 🙂