Have you ever looked at the ingredient label of your toothpaste? If you use regular store bought toothpaste, chances are that there are many ingredients that are just not so hot for your health. They might help your teeth feel clean and sparkly, but the rest of your body, not so much.
If you look on the label of your toothpaste, chances are you will find sodium lauryl sulfate listed there. Sodium lauryl sulfate is an ingredient that can’t be metabolized in the liver, making it harmful in the body. This contaminate is found in many personal care products. We are told that Fluoride is healthy for our teeth, but this is an extremely controversial topic. Many believe that Fluoride is actually a highly toxic substance and is causing a number of health problems due to the high concentration added to many water supplies. Also in toothpaste is sodium saccharin which is an artificial sweetener that has been known to cause tumors in laboratory animals. If you have children in the house, don’t fail to take close note that you are instructed to call the Poison Control Center if your child receives too much toothpaste.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but feel that there is something not right with this picture. According to the tube of toothpaste I’m holding in my hand, I can’t give it to my children until they are over 6 years of age. Here’s the truth – toothpaste in large quantities is highly toxic and the companies know it! Here’s the problem, though we don’t typically use toothpaste in large quantities our body is unable to rid itself of the contaminates that we do take in when brushing our teeth everyday. This can make the build-up more harmful to our health than we may think.
Natural toothpastes and tooth soaps can be so expensive. But, you can make some at home for much less! Plus, it is safe to use on small children.
I have been experimenting with toothpaste lately, and here’s a recipe that I have tried:
1 tablespoon of Dr. Bonner’s Castile liquid soap, peppermint or baby mild (If you use peppermint you don’t have to add any essential oils.)
5 tablespoons coconut oil melted – I purchased mine from Tropical Traditions but you can also get some great buys from Rose Mountain Herbs
Small Jar – Combine your ingredients and place in a small jar.
There are plenty of recipes that contain baking soda, but from all that I’ve read prolonged use of baking soda can be abrasive on your teeth. It also has a strong taste and I left it out so my children won’t have a problem using the toothpaste too. I added the arrowroot powder for consistency. You can also do without, but it seems to thicken it up a bit.
This recipe was adapted from Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking. Thanks, Lindsay!