DIY Beauty: Lindsay’s Remineralizing Tooth Powder
Last week I fretted over all the terrible, toxic things in my toothpaste. Lo and behold, Lindsay has sent us a wonderful—and beautifully photographed, I might add—recipe to make our own clean toothpaste at home. I’ve gone in and out of using baking soda on my teeth, and really enjoy it (and notice a difference in my teeth) when I do. Is this something you’ve given a whirl?
—Current hometown: Seattle, WA
—Product name that I made up: Remineralizing Tooth Powder
—Ingredients list: 2 T. calcium carbonate, 2 T. baking soda, 1 T. myrrh powder, 1 T. sage, 1 t. raspberry leaves (or dried lemon peel or fennel or cloves), 10-20 drops essential oils (peppermint, lemon, clove, cinnamon, tea tree, spearmint, or wintergreen are good choices)
—How I made it: Toss all ingredients into a spice grinder and give it a good whirl. Transfer into a flip top bottle for easy and hygienic application onto a wet toothbrush or put a pea-sized amount on your palm and pick it up with a wet toothbrush.
—How it smelled, felt, worked: I used lemon and peppermint essential oils, so together with the sage, it smelled a bit earthy and minty fresh! My teeth felt squeaky clean just like after a trip to the dentist. I’ve been using it for the last several months, so I’m used to it not tasting sweet, but if you prefer a touch of sweetness, ~1 T. of Xylitol or Stevia may be added.
—Why I will or won’t do this again: I’ll totally do this again! I’ve never felt that commercial or even all-natural toothpastes got my teeth very clean. My mouth has never felt so healthy, even though I haven’t been to the dentist in two years (Yikes! Must fix that soon. Any holistic dentist recommendations in the Seattle area?). My gums don’t bleed anymore when I (occasionally) floss. My next step is to try oil pulling!
P.S. Some people might be concerned with the abrasiveness of baking soda, but according to an abrasive index of toothpastes called the RDA index, it’s actually just a step above water. A toothpaste or powder needs a certain amount of abrasiveness to be effective, but it’s important to grind the myrrh powder, sage, and raspberry leaves into small enough particles so that they don’t damage your enamel.
Oooh, interesting note. Thanks for sending Lindsay!