Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste: A Natural Alternative
The Amazing Uses of Coconut Oil
I have recently become obsessed with coconut oil. It's absolutely amazing! There are literally over a hundred uses for coconut oil. It can be used as a natural moisturizer, a cooking ingredient, a conditioner for wooden cutting boards, a remedy for frizzy hair, and so much more. To read more about the great uses of coconut oil, check out this informative article from Health Impact News Daily about some of the most popular methods of using coconut oil.
After doing some research I realized that coconut oil could be used to make a simple all-natural toothpaste. I'm a big fan of natural health and remedies, so when I found out that I could make my own toothpaste using coconut oil, I was thrilled!
Regular store bought toothpaste vs. coconut oil toothpaste
Have you ever looked at the ingredients list on the back of your store bought tube of toothpaste? If you haven't, go ahead and grab your toothpaste and take a look at the ingredients list. Scary, isn't it? Why do we need things like sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, or carrageenan in our toothpaste? Not to mention the fact that putting these harmful ingredients in your mouth cannot be good for your overall health.
I wanted to start using a natural toothpaste that wasn't harmful for my body. I went to the organic section of our local grocery store and found just a few options for all-natural toothpastes. There was Burt's Bees toothpaste or Tom's of Maine. Both looked like good options, but they definitely were not cheap. I was in the store just yesterday and saw a tube of Tom's going for almost five dollars. I know that I for one cannot afford nearly five dollars on a tube of toothpaste. That's why I'm so glad to have found an affordable all-natural recipe for toothpaste that doesn't cost a fortune!
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Three Simple Ingredients
After doing some research I realized that there are a lot of variations of coconut oil toothpaste recipes. Rather than sticking to any of the recipes I came across while researching, I decided to wing it and come up with my very own coconut oil toothpaste. I've always been a fan of cinnamon toothpaste over minty toothpastes, so I thought I'd give cinnamon coconut oil toothpaste a shot. All I needed to make my toothpaste was three simple ingredients: coconut oil, baking soda, and ground cinnamon. I use Spectrum virgin coconut oil that is organic and unrefined. I also use this coconut oil on my acne-prone skin, which you can read about here. The coconut oil comes in a solid form, but liquefies once it is slightly warm. I buy ground cinnamon in bulk from my local health food store. I just use regular baking soda, which I purchased at the dollar store. Here's how I made my cinnamon flavored coconut oil toothpaste...
- Get a small bowl to mix the ingredients in, you will also need a spoon.
- Put 4 tablespoons of the coconut oil into the bowl.
- Add in 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
- Mix well with spoon until it is well blended. It should be nice and smooth once well-mixed, there shouldn't be lumps. If it is lumpy you may need to add more coconut oil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and mix well. If you don't prefer a strong cinnamon taste add 1/2 of a teaspoon instead.
- Mix all ingredients until they are nice and smooth and form a consistency similar to regular store bought toothpaste.
- Store your mixture in an air tight container in the cupboard or medicine cabinet.
The end result...
I really love the light flavor of my cinnamon coconut oil toothpaste. Keep in mind that since there is no sodium lauryl sulfate in this recipe (that's what gives regular store bought stuff that foamy sensation) it will not foam up like some toothpastes that you might be accustomed to. That does not at all mean that it is not doing it's job. It works amazingly! My teeth always feel clean and refreshed after brushing with this simple homemade toothpaste. In fact, I had a dentist visit yesterday and my dentist mentioned how healthy my teeth were. When I told him about my homemade toothpaste that I have been using, he was surprised but told me that it's working great so I might as well keep using it. I definitely don't plan on going back to the old store bought stuff with all those harmful nasty ingredients. One of the other main benefits is the baking soda helps to whiten teeth while the coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties that help keep your gums and teeth healthy.
A few recipe variations and additions...
While doing research I did come across some neat ideas for coconut oil toothpaste, but they take a little more effort and my goal was to keep it cheap and simple. Here's some of my other favorite takes on coconut oil toothpaste...
- Try adding in a little sea salt to your mixture, it helps keep gums healthy.
- Not a fan of cinnamon? No problem, just add 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil to the above mentioned recipe to give it that minty fresh flavor.
- Want that foamy feeling like store bought toothpaste but don't want all the added harmful ingredients? Well, just add a teaspoon or two of natural castile soap to get that foamy sensation that you get with store bought toothpastes.
- Add some Stevia natural sweetener to your coconut oil toothpaste to help balance out the salty taste that it may have. Just one packet should work.