This toothpaste recipe comes courtesy Faith Rodgers, a certified herbalist and founder of The Little Herbal blog. It has been formulated and perfected over time—not only is it loaded with therapeutic herbs, but it has a great texture, taste and overall palatability.
• 4 tablespoons coconut oil
• 5 tablespoons baking soda
• 1⁄4 teaspoon kaolin clay (available at your local health-food store)
• 2 teaspoons echinacea tincture
• 1⁄4 teaspoon stevia liquid extract (optional)
• 30 drops spearmint essential oil
1. Slowly melt coconut oil in a double boiler until liquid.
2. Combine baking soda and kaolin clay in a mixing bowl.
3. Pour liquefied coconut oil in with the baking soda and clay mixture, and combine.
4. Add echinacea tincture, stevia extract (for flavor) and essential oil, mixing well.
5. Stir until coconut oil cools and mixture forms a thick paste. This step is important: If you pour the mixture into your container while the coconut oil is still warm, it may separate.
6. Once a thick paste has formed and mixture is completely cool, spoon into a container with a tight-fitting lid.
7. To use: Apply a small amount of paste to your toothbrush and brush as normal.
Learn more about natural oral care in Dental Herbalism: 4 Natural Remedies for a Healthy Mouth.
Recipe courtesy Faith Rodgers, founder of The Little Herbal blog.