DIY Cinnamon Toothpaste3:22 PM
So...this post is a long time coming. By that I mean I have been toying with the idea of making t...
So...this post is a long time coming. By that I mean I have been toying with the idea of making toothpaste for months. Why? Well I live a pretty 'clean' life. I'm mostly vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free...I exercise daily...use organic shampoo...wash my face with olive oil...moisturize my hair with olive oil...the only thing I haven't revolutionized is my toothpaste. For years I've used standard toothpaste. Up until recently I wasn't too concerned. I guess it all started when I ditched my expensive face cream and turned to olive oil that I noticed what a huge impact a little change can make. My skin has never been more clear and evenly moisturized. Recently I've been getting a sore and irritated throat constantly. It's been driving me nuts. I thought it might be food related at first but it came and went after no particular foods. Then I wondered...could it be my toothpaste?? Sodium laurel sulphate and other additives are found in most toothpastes and can apparently cause throat irritation. I spent a little time researching homemade toothpastes and came up with what I hoped would be a good mix to try. I had no idea what a discovery it would be.
I am now two days in to my natural toothpaste experiment...I frickin' love this stuff! My teeth feel clean, my plaque is quickly vanishing and my pearlies are whiter than ever. And my mouth and throat are soothed! Yesterday I woke up to my usual sore throat. Coughed around the house for an hour, brushed my teeth and within ten minutes sore throat gone! And the effect lasted all day! I attribute this to the coconut oil in my toothpaste. Coconut oil is a miraculous food. It's anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and in my opinion delicious! It is the base of my homemade toothpaste and provides a good thick and familiar paste consistency. To it I add an equal amount of baking soda and some cinnamon to taste. And that's it! Three ingredient healthy toothpaste!
Will I keep it up? Absolutely. I am due for a cleaning so I'll be sure to ask my dentist for their opinion while I'm there. If you decide to give this toothpaste a try be warned that it tastes...salty. Baking soda provides a nice and gentle abrasive texture to the paste to help scrub your teeth clean, but it also imparts a strong saltiness. I prefer to avoid adding peppermint oil in this paste as it irritates my throat but feel free to add some pure peppermint oil to give your toothpaste that fresh mint flavour if it hoes my bother you. I instead use ground cinnamon to flavour my toothpaste. More than imparting a nice flavour, cinnamon is also a potent anti viral. I love cinnamon so for me it's flavour and health properties are welcome in my toothpaste any time.
I hope you give this recipe a try! It's a game changer.
3 Ingredient Cinnamon Toothpaste
(vegan, paleo, gluten-free)
OPTIONAL ADD INS:
Using a fork, mash together the baking soda and coconut oil in a sealable jar until it forms a paste. Mash in the cinnamon and essential oil if using.
Give the toothpaste a try by brushing your teeth with a little of it. I just dip my brush into the jar to get a little on it. Add more cinnamon or oil if the taste is not up your alley and mix.
Use as toothpaste!