When I first got started with essential oils, I knew that one of the first products I wanted to make myself was toothpaste. I have never found a natural toothpaste that I really love (glycerin, fluoride, preservatives, bleh), and with Elliot popping out teeth like it's his job, I knew I wanted to try making my own as soon as possible. And while it sounds like a difficult, overwrought process, it was so so simple.
I really wanted to make a toothpaste using one of my favorite oils, thieves oil. This oil is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary. It is based on a legend of 15th century thieves who robbed bodies of plague victims without contracting the disease themselves. When apprehended, they were forced to reveal their secret concoction! This blend supports the immune system and has great antibacterial and antiseptic properties, perfect for toothpaste-making!
Here is a simple, easy recipe for the whole family:
+ 6 T organic coconut oil
+ 6 T baking soda
+ 25 drops thieves essential oil
Mix all three ingredients together until a smooth consistency is achieved. Scoop into your storage tubes or jar and brush away!
You can also make a re-mineralizing version by adding benonite clay and salt if cavities are an issue for older children:
+ 3 T solid coconut oil
+ 3 T boiling water (may need more for thinning)
+ 3/4 t real salt
+ 1 t baking soda
+ 2 T bentonite clay
+ 1/4 t thieves oil
+ 1/4 t peppermint oil
Mix the coconut oil and water together and let it cool just a bit. Add in salt, baking soda and essential oils. Then mix in the clay, adding more water slowly as needed to thin to desired consistency. Continue to mix until the paste is smooth, then transfer to a 3 ounce squeeze tube. Use as you would standard toothpaste!
We keep ours in a glass jar in our bathroom with the other oils I use in my daily beauty and nighttime routine. We dip into the jar with a small, clean spreading knife to keep the toothpaste free from germs. I just didn't have any plastic tubes on hand because I gave all of my away from making thieves hand sanitizer!