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DIY Natural Toothpaste Recipe Using Essential Oils

If you're looking for a natural toothpaste recipe, I've collected eight here. These homemade toothpastes range from a simple coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oil blend to more involved ways to make toothpastes that claim to help remineralize tooth enamel. You can also make essential oil mouthwash.

Person Brushing Teeth | Natural Toothpaste Recipe

1. Simple Baking Soda Toothpaste Recipe

Blend 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil and 1 tablespoon baking soda in a small glass jar with 1 drop peppermint and 1 drop tea tree. Let set. To use, dab a little of the mixture on your toothbrush.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil Toothpaste

Bentonite clay purportedly has healing properties that kill bacteria. The stevia is for sweetness and is optional but probably needed if you want kids to use the toothpaste.

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 1/2 teaspoon real sea salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons filtered water
  • 10 to 15 drops peppermint essential oil (or cinnamon or spearmint)
  • Few drops of liquid stevia (optional)
  1. Mix coconut oil, clay, and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Add one tablespoon of water and cream the ingredients together, adding more water (and a few drops of liquid stevia, if desired) until you like the consistency.
  3. Mix in the essential oil.
  4. Store in an airtight glass container.

Source: Thank Your Body

3. Squeezable Homemade Natural Toothpaste Recipe

If you want make toothpaste that goes into a squeezable tube, try this recipe.

  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon green stevia powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon unrefined high-mineral salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon essential oil of choice
  • 3 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 3 tablespoons distilled water, or more as needed
  1. In a small glass bowl, mix together the coconut oil, stevia, baking soda, salt, and essential oil until well blended.
  2. Mix in the bentonite clay.
  3. Slowly stir in the water one tablespoon at a time until the paste is smooth.
  4. Place paste in a tube.

Source: Homemade Mommy

4. Whitening DIY Toothpaste

Yep, activated charcoal is black, but it acts as a tooth whitener.

  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 capsule activated charcoal
  • 4 to 5 drops peppermint or cinnamon essential oil
  • Optional for sweetness: A bit of stevia or xylitol
  1. Whisk the baking soda into the coconut oil until the baking soda dissolves.
  2. Break open the capsule of charcoal and add the powder to the oil/baking soda mixture. Mix until the charcoal is incorporated.
  3. Mix in the essential oil and sweetener.
  4. Place mixture in a glass jar and let set. Store at room temperature.

Source: Happy Healthnut

5. Cinnamon-Nutmeg Natural Toothpaste Recipe

This recipe makes slightly spicy toothpaste.

  • 2 tablespoons calcium carbonate powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional, it's a thickener)
  • 1/2 teaspoon xylitol
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons water (start with 1 and increase as needed)
  • 3 to 4 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 to 3 drops nutmeg essential oil
  1. Whisk together the calcium carbonate powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and xylitol.
  2. Using a fork, blend in the coconut oil until uniform.
  3. Whisk in 1 teaspoon water and the essential oils until the mixture is as smooth as possible, adding more water, if needed.
  4. Spoon the mixture into either a small pastry bag fitted with a screw-on cap, a small sandwich baggie with the corner cut off, or another squeezable container.

Source: Nourishing Joy

6. Remineralizing Homemade Natural Toothpaste Recipe

Some homemade toothpaste recipes purport to help remineralize teeth. Here's one:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons calcium magnesium powder
  • 2 tablespoons xylitol or green stevia powder
  • 2 teaspoons real sea salt
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil (or other essential oil of choice)
  • 10 drops liquid trace minerals

Blend all the ingredients together and store toothpaste in a glass jar.

Source: Keeper of the Home

7. Whitening & Remineralizing Essential Oil Toothpaste

Makes about 4 ounces of brown toothpaste.

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 4 tablespoons calcium magnesium powder
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 15 drops essential oils of choice (one option is 3 drops each of peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, clove, and myrrh)
  • 12 drops trace minerals
  1. In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil.
  2. Pour the oil into a glass bowl.
  3. Use a plastic or wooden spoon to stir in all the other ingredients until you have a runny but uniform mixture.
  4. Put the mixture into the refrigerator to set, stirring every five minutes to keep everything uniform.
  5. When the mixture starts to thicken, after about 15 minutes, remove it from the refrigerator and transfer the mixture into a squeezable silicone tube.

Note: This toothpaste is salty. If you don't like the salty taste, or if you want your kids to use the toothpaste, you can add liquid stevia or xylitol.

Source: Body Unburdened

8. Tooth Powder

Makes about 1 cup.

  • 1/2 cup fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil
  1. In a small glass bowl, combine sea salt and baking soda.
  2. In another glass bowl combine essential oils.
  3. Very slowly, one drop of the time, add essential oil mixture to powder mixture, stirring constantly to prevent her from coughing.
  4. Store powder in airtight container for up to six months.

To use: place 1/4 teaspoon tooth powder in the palm of your hand. Wet toothbrush and dip it into powder. Brush teeth. Rinse and spit out. Rinse again.

Source: The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness

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