Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Toothpaste

This Tasty Tuesday recipe may not be the one you're looking for to help plan this week's meals but it will definitely be one worth trying out. This is my toothpaste or toothpowder recipe! That's right, I make my own toothpaste.

I began making my own toothpaste several months ago when I read that it can help with tooth sensitivity and whitening without damaging the enamel. I've also been working on eliminating purchased products from my life if I can make them myself for less money or utilizing less chemical or "manufactured" ingredients. The recipe is very simple and I've been thrilled with the results. I've always had sensitive teeth most of my life but they have gotten much less so since I've been using my toothpaste recipe.

- 1/4 cup Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Truvia or Stevia
- 6-8 drops of essential oil.

In a small jar or resealable container mix the baking soda, salt and sweetener with a fork until it's well blended. Add the oil and blend again. Done!
When you are ready to brush your teeth wet your toothbrush with a little water, dip it in the powder and start brushing! Alternately, you can mix half a teaspoonful with a few drops of water in a little bowl to make a paste right before brushing.

The salt is an abrasive ingredient to help with the teeth cleaning but it is optional and you can adjust the amount if yours is too salty or you want more abrasion. The sweetener is to help combat the bitterness of the baking soda and add a more pleasant taste. The amount of sweetener can be adjusted to your own taste preference but make sure to use a sweetener that isn't sugar based. I like Truvia because it doesn't have the aftertaste that I find with Stevia but you can use whatever you prefer or have on hand.

You can use any sort of food-grade essential oil that you desire to flavor your toothpaste. I use peppermint oil to freshen my breath but you can try cinnamon oil or citrus oil if you don't like the taste of mint.

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