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Homemade Herbal Toothpaste

My husband struggles with dental health problems so a couple of years ago we set about finding a homemade toothpaste recipe to help to reduce tooth decay, gum inflammation and improve overall dental health.  I am an herbalist, so of course I look to the plants for help and dental health is an area where herbs really shine.  There are so many amazing plant allies that have been used for thousands of years to promote dental health. We have seen amazing results from our herbal toothpaste experiments, including an end to cavity formation, reducing inflammation pain & tenderness of the gums and dramatic improvement in overall dental health.

The recipe below was formulated and perfected over time.  It is our final, best of the best recipe.  Not only will it improve dental health but it also has a great texture, taste and overall palatability.  Let’s face it, we have all gotten used to sugar-filled, flavor-filled toothpastes.  It’s hard to make the switch to natural toothpaste especially if you want to get your kids on board.  If you are having trouble getting your kids to make the switch, get them involved in the process.  Have them pour and mix and play while you make the toothpaste together.  My kids are usually more inclined to give things a try if they were involved in the process of making it.

The first recipe has a lot of therapeutic herbal ingredients.  It is recommended for older children and adults who are struggling with dental problems or those wanting to prevent future problems and promote overall dental health.  Then I follow with a very simple version of the toothpaste that is specific for younger kids or anyone wanting a clean alternative to commercial toothpaste.  Feel free to play around with the recipe, add your own herbal powders, tinctures & essential oils and have fun with it!

Let’s take a look at the powerful ingredients in the herbal toothpaste:

Baking Soda: Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate.  It reduces the formation of plaque, alkalizes the mouth and can also support remineralization of tooth enamel.

Coconut Oil: A nice antimicrobial, healing oil.  Not only does it offer therapeutic effects, it also creates a nice consistency and hold to the toothpaste.

Spilanthes Tincture: Also known as the “Toothache Plant” due to it’s anesthetic action, Spilanthes is most helpful for those suffering from painful teeth & gums.  It is also antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.

Echinacea Tincture: This herb is essential for those dealing dental infections as it is a powerful antimicrobial.

Myrrh Powder: This famous resin has a long history of use for dental problems. It is antimicrobial and powerfully anti-inflammatory.  It has been used successfully in cases of serious gingivitis.

Kaolin Clay: Clay thickens the paste, helping to give it a smooth texture. You can sub in any type of clay that you have on hand.

Stevia: This natural sweetener is made from the leaves of the plant Stevia rebaudiana.  This is an optional ingredient, added to make the toothpaste sweeter if that is desired.

Peppermint Essential Oil: This anti-microbial oil is often an ingredient in toothpaste, both conventional and natural.  It’s pleasant taste leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh.

Spearmint Essential Oil: Similar in action to peppermint, but a bit milder.  I like to use spearmint over peppermint in the kid’s formula.

Frankincense Essential Oil: This resin gum has been chewed for thousands of years to promote dental health.  It is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory making it an ally for reducing gum inflammation and preventing dental infections.  You could also sub Frankincense powder, most often called Boswellia.  (Be sure to check the Latin name to determine what variety of Frankincense you are getting. you want to use Boswellia sacra, Boswellia carterii or Boswellia serrata.)

Herbal Toothpaste Recipe:

5 Tbsp Baking Soda

4 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted

2 Tsp Herbal Tincture (Echinacea and Spilanthes are my favorites.  I usually add a combination the the two if I have them both on hand.)

1/2 Tsp Kaolin Clay

1/4 Tsp Myrrh Powder

1/4 Tsp Stevia Liquid Extract (optional ingredient, added to improve flavor)

30 drops Peppermint or Spearmint Essential Oil

15 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

 

The Simple Version:

5 Tbsp Baking Soda

4 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted

2 Tsp Echinacea Tincture

1/4 Tsp Kaolin Clay

1/4 Tsp Stevia (optional ingredient, added to improve flavor)

30 drops Spearmint Essential Oil

 

Blending Instructions:

Gather your ingredients.

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Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler until liquid.

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Combine the dry ingredients (baking soda, clay & myrrh powder) in a mixing bowl.

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Pour the liquid coconut oil into the bowl and mix well.

Add the tinctures and essential oils and mix well.

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Stir until the coconut oil cools and you get a nice thick paste (this step is important.  If you pour into you containers while the coconut oil is still warm, it may separate in your container).  Once the mixture is cool and you have a nice thick paste, spoon into your containers.

Yields approx 4 ounces of toothpaste

To use, apply a small amount of paste to your toothbrush and brush as normal.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Corinn
    January 16, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    What about using Myrrh resin tincture instead of him powder?

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      Corinn
      January 16, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      That should read gum powder, not him 🙂

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        the little herbal
        January 17, 2015 at 2:27 pm

        Yes, that would be great! It’s nice to work with what you’ve got on hand

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      Anonymous
      January 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Great. I made way too large of batch this last go around. Also, I’m thinking because there is no actual liquid in this recipe, besides the tincture and oil, that it should be quite shelf stable?

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        the little herbal
        January 21, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        yes, it is pretty stable, although i prefer to make smaller batches to keep it fresh. This batch lasts about a month for two of us.

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    Aysegul
    June 4, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Hello:) can i use propolis in this recipe? Propolis is the best healing agent I think.

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      the little herbal
      June 4, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Yes, definitely. Sounds great! I would use Propolis tincture for the “herbal tincture” part of the recipe. Have fun

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    Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Is there anything I could use to help sensitive teeth?

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      the little herbal
      August 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      I don’t have any specifics, but I have definitely found that using the herbal toothpaste has significantly reduced a tooth sensitivity for me.

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    Cathie Devore
    May 24, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Hi Faith! Thanks so much for this amazing recipe! I made the first version and substituted mint tincture for the stevia extract! It works great and I am so grateful to you! Many blessings.

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    Ann Mond
    June 28, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    how about using xylitol instead of Stevia? I have a bunch on hand – the crystalline form

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      the little herbal
      June 28, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Yes, you can definitely sub xylitol for stevia!

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        Ann Mond
        July 4, 2016 at 12:33 am

        thanks!

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    Brett hastings
    October 25, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Would it be okay to use frankincense resin powder instead of myrrh and would the frankincense powder be just as good as the myrrh powder?

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    Lynn
    January 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    The trouble I’m having with coconut oil is the toothpaste hardens too much. So I decided to look into other naturally antibacterial ingredients & I’m growing a pretty impressive list 🙂

    Do you think the coconut oil is crucial? I’d like to use sunflower oil infused with calendula & then a mixture of other things like baking soda, bentonite clay, turmeric, calcium powder (from organic eggshells), ground peppermint. . . . you get the idea. I’ll keep fiddling until I find a recipe I like! lol

    I don’t want to use water. Ever. Aloe vera gel I’ve read is good for oral care, so maybe that too. . . .

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      the little herbal
      January 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Sounds great! Have fun with it. Let us know if you come up with a great concotion!

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