Why make your own toothpaste?
It saves money, gives you a feeling of accomplishment, and allows you to leave out all the harmful ingredients commercial toothpaste is made of. Oh yeah, and it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.
. Cinnamon essential oil and clove essential oil are two of the best essential oils for healthy teeth and gums!
A study conducted in 2012 tested cinnamon essential oil and clove essential oil against streptococcus mutans (the bacteria responsible for tooth decay) and found that of the nine essential oils tested, cinnamon came in first place and clove came in fourth.
Cinnamon essential oil was also tested back in 2005 against both streptococcus mutans and lactobacillus plantarum (one of the bacteria responsible in gum disease) and found that it exhibited the greatest antimicrobial potency against these bacteria.
Homemade toothpaste that tastes great and is healthy for your mouth!
So by coupling essential oils with bentonite clay, you’re creating a powerhouse of natural medicine that can help keep your mouth healthy and happy.
HOW TO MAKE CINNAMON HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE
- 2 Tbsp bentonite clay
- 4 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 2 drops clove essential oil (optional, but recommended)
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
- teeny pinch of real salt
- 10 drops liquid stevia OR xylitol (optional, to taste)
- 3-4 Tbsp distilled water, or water that has been boiled and cooled
- glass bowl
- plastic or wooden spoon or spatula
- container for storage
Measure bentonite clay into a glass bowl. Carefully measure essential oils, sweetener and salt into the clay.
Add 3 Tbsp of water to the clay and using a plastic or wooden spoon or spatula, stir to combine the ingredients until very smooth, about 5 minutes (pictured above). I’ve found that mashing the ingredients together against the side of the bowl works best to fully incorporate the ingredients. Add the remaining tablespoon of water if you prefer your toothpaste to be on the thinner side.
Store in a glass container with a lid and you’re done!
Are essential oils safe for consumption? First, you’re not supposed to swallow toothpaste. That said, some may run down our throats – and most essential oil providers are legally obligated to print, “not for consumption” on their packaging – but we use it with confidence. Here’s our line of thought: would you rather put the essential oils of a mint plant in your mouth or commercial toothpaste that has poison control warnings on every package? We know what our answer would be, but we always encourage people to do what they’re comfortable with.