As promised, below is a recipe for an easy-to-make natural toothpaste. It is a great alternative to chemical-laden, commercial sweetened toothpaste! It truly freshens your breath plus helps prevent plaque build-up and gum inflammation. This recipe yields approximately 10 applications. All ingredients are available from better health food stores or a "Whole Foods" type market. Enjoy.
Homemade Herbal Toothpaste
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
1 teaspoon powdered myrrh
1 teaspoon white cosmetic clay
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin (adds a sweet taste and smooth texture)
10 drops of one of the following essential oils: orange, tea tree (anti-bacterial & healing), anise, fennel, spearmint, or peppermint. If you want to use cinnamon or clove essential oil, use only 5 drops as these flavors are very strong and may possibly irritate the gums.
Directions: In a small bowl, thoroughly blend all ingredients until a spreadable paste forms. Store in a small jar in either a cool cabinet or on your bathroom countertop. Dip a dry toothbrush into the mixture and brush normally. Use within 6 months or discard.
NOTE: The above article was sourced from the book, "Organic Body Care Recipes", by Stephanie Tourles, Storey Publishing, 2007. This information is true and complete to the best of Ms. Tourles' knowledge. All recommendations are made without guarantee on the part of the author and she disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information. It is for educational purposes only.