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Want to get tough on toxins with this easy homemade turmeric coconut oil toothpaste recipe?
This DIY toothpaste is 100% natural and doesn’t contain any of those artificial ingredients in many brands of toothpastes that are almost impossible to pronounce!
Ingredients that Ramiel Nagel, in his highly rated book Cure Tooth Decay, argues may even do us more harm than good.
The ingredients in many brands of toothpaste that often ring the loudest alarm bells are:
- Fluoride (linked to fluorosis in children)
- Propylene Glycol (a known irritant)
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption)
- Artificial sweeteners – (some kids toothpastes are sweetened with sweeteners such as aspartame, which has been linked with a host of potential health issues – from headaches to diabetes.)
I didn’t want to risk any of these potentially toxic substances going into my mouth twice a day, so I recently took the plunge and started to make my own toothpaste with three frequently used items in most food cupboards:
- turmeric (use organic if you can)
- coconut oil (again organic if you can)
- and baking soda (I use this one).
The verdict? I love it!
It does takes a bit of getting used to, as the texture is a little different to commercial toothpaste.
But my mouth and breath both feel clean and fresh and I love the fact I’ve made the toothpaste myself. Plus of course – it’s completely natural.
Benefits of Coconut Oil & Turmeric For Oral Health
According to the Indian Society of Periodontology, turmeric has comparable anti-plaque, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties to more traditional mouthwashes.
In fact, turmeric was shown to be very effective at preventing plaque build-up and bad breath, due to it’s anti bacterial properties (source).
And with regards to coconut oil, a whopping 50% of the fat in coconut oil is comprised of something called lauric acid.
Lauric acid is a medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) and is well known for its antimicrobial actions. It also inhibits Strep mutans – the primary bacteria that cause tooth decay (source).
It’s interesting to note here that lauric acid is just one of 4 MCTs (or medium-chain triglycerides) in coconut oil and the other 3 are also considered very beneficial to health.
OK, so here’s how to whip up your own turmeric coconut oil toothpaste in 3 simple steps.
How To Make Turmeric Coconut Oil Toothpaste
Turmeric Coconut Oil Toothpaste – What You’ll Need:
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (raw organic is best)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon baking soda* (I use this one as it’s not been treated with chemicals in its production)
- Few drops of food grade peppermint oil (optional for added minty freshness)
*The baking soda as a gentle abrasive, but you can leave this out if you prefer.
Turmeric Coconut Oil Toothpaste: Instructions:
Pop your coconut oil, turmeric and baking soda into a bowl and mash well with a fork, until you get a smooth consistency, making sure all the ingredients are well combined.
Note: Make sure the coconut oil is at room temperature, so it’s a softish consistency, or you’ll have trouble mixing it into the other ingredients.
Put the paste into a small airtight container (I love small Mason Jars) and your turmeric coconut oil toothpaste is ready to use.
It’s that easy.
As with any ingredients, fresher is better, so I tend to make a smallish amount of turmeric coconut oil toothpaste and then make more every week or so, or as needed.
Optional Step 3
You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil for a fresher taste.
Will I End Up With Yellow Teeth?
I worried about this too.
Turmeric can indeed stain, so use the toothpaste with care – however, it won’t stain your teeth.
In fact, used on a regular basis, turmeric is considered by many to be a natural way to whiten your teeth (as an alternative to many of the harsher mainstream teeth whitening methods.) Just make sure you rinse your mouth well and you’ll never know you had a bright yellow spice on your teeth at all!
If you don’t want to use turmeric though, coconut oil, baking soda and a few drops of peppermint oil will also work just fine as a homemade toothpaste.
Like anything, it’s best to try it out, see what you think and adapt to suit your own personal preference.
Still Not Sure? Try a Tooth Powder Instead
I love the fact turmeric coconut toothpaste is both completely natural and also cheap to make, plus I like the alkalising nature of the baking soda on my mouth.
But it’s not for everyone, so another option is a remineralising tooth powder.
I live in the UK and recently started using this Herbal Tooth & Gum Remineralising Powder by Laila London. I use this as well as my homemade toothpaste.
Another popular remineralising tooth powder is Christopher’s Original Tooth Powder.
Have you made your own homemade toothpaste or natural remedy? How was it?