If you’re looking for a way to make your own toothpaste, using essential oils may have crossed your mind. Is it safe to use essential oils for a whiter smile and fight bad breath? The answer is yes, as long as you put some thought and consideration into it. Here’s what you need to know about using essential oils in toothpaste.
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Using Essential Oils in Toothpaste
Since we started taking a more holistic approach in our daily lives, we have been trying to use as many natural products as possible at home, especially those that are part of our personal care routine. Commercial products often have questionable ingredients that we don’t even know what they are, and that’s why we do our best to look for natural alternatives. This includes leaving behind commercial toothpaste, of course!
We are sharing our favorite homemade toothpaste recipe today. Amongst its benefits, we’ve noticed our dental health has improved and it’s even a great option if you’re trying to save money since you really only need a few drops of essential oils and other natural ingredients to make this paste.
Healthy gums, here we come!
Choosing the Right Essential Oils
If you are thinking about making homemade toothpaste, one of the first things you have to do is to put some thought into the essential oils you will use. Be sure to do a little research ahead of time to make sure the essential oils you are using are safe for oral care and consumption. Even though you won’t want to ingest your essential oil toothpaste, you don’t want to choose essential oils that are dangerous for consumption in case you do end up swallowing any. It’s important to leave out of reach of children who can’t brush their teeth on their own yet.
In addition to choosing essential oils that have a flavor you’ll enjoy, you also will want to consider using essential oils that offer antiseptic properties. This will help eliminate the common bacteria in your mouth and prevent you from developing gum disease. This, along with good oral health, will prevent tooth decay and you’ll have healthy teeth for many years to come.
For example, lavender is one of the most effective essential oils since it has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties
Child-Friendly Essential Oil Toothpaste
If you’re making homemade toothpaste that your child can use, you will want to make sure that you are using child-friendly essential oils, such as spearmint essential oil or orange essential oil. Keep in mind that you should not allow your child to use your DIY toothpaste unless they are old enough to know to spit it out. If that’s the case, it’s better to stick with traditional toothpaste for now.
Making Your Homemade Toothpaste
As always, you will never want to use undiluted essential oils to brush your teeth. This is why it’s important to use other ingredients in your toothpaste. So, what should you put in your toothpaste?
For starters, you will want to blend your essential oil with a little bit of carrier oil. Coconut oil is one of the best option when it comes to toothpaste. It is known to help whiten teeth and improve the overall health care of your mouth.
Baking soda is another ingredient you will want to use in your toothpaste. Not only does it work as an antiseptic that gets rid of oral bacteria, but it also is a natural tooth whitener. This is also what will give your toothpaste that foamy froth-like toothpaste texture that will make it easy to brush with.
Unrefined sea salt is another ingredient that can make a great addition to your DIY toothpaste, as it contains important minerals that can help strengthen tooth enamel.
- A few drops of essential oils (we recommend trying peppermint, cinnamon, lavender, spearmint, orange)
- Coconut oil or other carrier oil
- Baking soda
- (Optional) Unrefined sea salt
- Mixing bowl
- Mix all ingredients until forming a paste with a similar texture t regular toothpaste.
- Store in an air-tight jar and use twice a day, 30 minutes after a meal.
l. Keep in mind that you should not allow your child to use your DIY toothpaste unless they are old enough to know to spit it out. If that’s the case, it’s better to stick with traditional toothpaste for now.
These are just some tips on using essential oils safely in toothpaste. If you are a pregnant woman, you will want to double check with your doctor before using essential oil toothpaste, also if you suffer from tooth pain or mouth ulcers as you don’t want to put yourself at risk of adverse reactions.
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