My parents were hippies.
They like to remind my brother and I of this often. In fact their hippie claim to fame is how they went to Woodstock… only my mom, who was 17 at the time, couldn’t get out from under the thumb of my grandfather in time to actually see the show, but they went anyway. Two weeks too late (cue the sad trombone). Ok, so maybe they weren’t cool hippies like Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski or Jenny in Forrest Gump, but they still had a raging case of the “stick it to the man”s. So I count it.
And they instilled in me a love of plants (yet another throwback to their hippie days, no?) and a deep-seated need to know where my food comes from. To know exactly what’s in my bath products. To look for health in Mother Nature. To question the status quo and to turn a critical eye toward The Man, whoever he may be.
As my first act of defiance, I decided to make my own toothpaste.
Because you never know where The Man may be lurking.
Why Are These Ingredients Important?
- Trace Minerals - Many store bought toothpastes actually leach the minerals from your teeth and prevent your teeth from absorbing minerals from the foods you eat. Adding trace minerals to your toothpaste boosts the bio-available minerals that can be absorbed by your teeth while you brush.
- Magnesium - Essential for bone health and can help whiten teeth.
- Bentonite Clay - Absorbs toxins and is chock full of vitamins and minerals.
- Baking Soda - Helps removes stains, alkalizes the mouth, and is slightly abrasive making it easier to get rid of plaque.
- Coconut Oil - Naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and it also acts as a binding agent holding all the ingredients together.
- Peppermint Oil - Helps to give this a nice, fresh flavor.
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk until the mixture is smooth and all lumps have been worked out. This mixture should have a thick, batter-like consistency but still be pourable.
Add stevia to taste. I won't lie, this toothpaste tastes about as "natural" as it gets. I like that sort of thing so I went without the stevia, but I highly recommend it to those who like their toothpaste a little on the sweet side.
Store in a sealed container for up to three months.