DIY Dental: Homemade Toothpaste, Mouthwash, and Oil-Pulling Chews

On top of so many other reasons, Essential Oils are incredibly beneficial for our teeth and gums. I wanted to try making my own oral care products recently and have loved using them so far. I was paying about $5-7 per tube for my favorite toothpastes and decided that I might as well just make my own, considering the fact that a. I could, and b. it's less additives even though the packages on them say they're all natural, you can't go wrong with DIY to be on the extra-safe side. 

COCONUT OIL PULLING CHEWS
Have you ever oil-pulled? If not, give it a try! It's nature's fluoride. It strengthens your gums, jaws, prevents gum disease, inflammation, heart disease, tooth decay, acne, cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath. It also helps alleviate dryness of your lips, mouth, and throat too. Plus it helps to whiten your teeth too. It's actually been proven to be more effective than flossing, can you believe that? If you're a "normal" dentist I bet you will say no, and no offense, but I'm not going to come into your office and spend a ton of money for chemicals ingestion and absorption.

By the way, do you know just how toxic fluoride is? It's a xenobiotic - a poison - not a nutrient. Our body doesn't recognize xenobiotics when it comes into contact with these synthetic chemicals. The FDA requires a poison warning on all fluoride toothpastes sold in the states. Millions of people in China and India have developed seriously crippling diseases in their bones from drinking water with high levels of fluoride. It's more toxic than lead, and just a little less toxic than arsenic, which is why it's been used for pest and rat control. So..... why would we think this is a good idea to ingest? Just because we don't "swallow it" doesn't mean it isn't being absorbed into our bodies. What's absorbed through our mouths goes directly into our bloodstream - think about when people take medicines under their tongues. Research the harms of fluoride, especially in children, and what it does to adults when our bodies have had exposure to it over a long period of time. You will stop consuming it.

It's important to completely avoid fluoride, so I decide to oil pull instead. It removes bacteria and detoxifies the mouth in a similar way that soap cleans your dishes. It's an old Ayurvedic method that's been used for centuries! You can do it with olive or sesame oil, but I just love coconut oil. And with the oral benefits of essential oils, I add those in too. 

I decided to make my own little "chews" for when I want to oil pull, which I do every evening when I shower. 

HOW TO OIL PULL
Put a tbsp of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for about 15-20 minutes, just as you would with fluoride, but for longer. 

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Dish Soap (for hand-washing your dishes)

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- 8 oz Castile Soap
- 2 tbsp Glycerine (to soften your hands while you wash)
- 20 drops of Thieves oil (which is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary)

Combine ingredients into an Amber squirt bottle and shake up! For added power for grease and grime, add a splash of white distilled vinegar. You can double or triple the recipe for however large sized bottle you have. The above shown is a 32 oz. 

Essential Oil-Infused Bath Salts

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Epsom Salt has so many health benefits to us, balancing hormones as well as drawing our toxins. I try and take a salt bath at least once a week, if not more often. 

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I keep a pretty glass container in the bathroom for my salt and like to add Essential Oils to it that benefit my skin and help me to relax. Frankincense is wonderful for our skin, as is Carrot, Lavender, and Geranium, among many others. But create whatever blend you'd like! Just be careful using any hot oils so your skin doesn't burn and itch when you get into the bath.

Foaming Handsoap

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Ingredients

- Glass foaming soap dispenser (I purchased mine from Amazon)
- About 1.5 cups of purified water (you can boil it and then let it come to room temp)
- A couple tbsp or so of Liquid Castille Soap (I used Bronner's unscented)
- 1 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil or another kind of liquid oil you like to use
- About 6 total drops of Essential Oils

I eye-balled the ingredient amounts when I made this, so don't feel the need to be completely exact. Fill the dispenser up about 3/4 of the way with your water, add in the soap and oil, then Essential Oils. Use any EO you want, especially for different seasons. I'd use any hot oils like Peppermint or Cinnamon lightly, but you should be OK since you're adding a carrier oil into the mix. After you give it a little shake, it's ready to use!