DIY Toothpaste

I love this toothpaste recipe – I love the way it makes my teeth and mouth feel! After using it for a while I haven’t been able to go back to store-bought toothpaste, or to spend the money on it for that matter! My son has only ever used this toothpaste and he doesn’t have any problem with it and so far his teeth are looking great! It’s also nice that I don’t have to be concerned about him swallowing it since all of the ingredients are safe. You can order bentonite clay and trace minerals from amazon and they will last a long time since you don’t need much for each batch. Each ingredient in this recipe is known to have great benefits for oral health so try not to omit any, but you can play with the amounts to suit your taste if you want. I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup bentonite clay
  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp trace minerals (I use Plant Sourced Minerals by Natural Vitality)
  • 10 drops peppermint, cinnamon, clove, tea tree or citrus essential oil
  • 1 tsp fine xylitol (or pure stevia extract to taste)

Directions:

  • Mix water and bentonite clay using wooden spoon (don’t use any metal)
  • Blend in coconut oil and add the rest of the ingredients
  • Combine until it becomes a creamy consistency
  • Store in a glass jar with a tight lid or in a silicone squeeze tube.
  • Note: if you feel the need to adjust the flavour, wait a day or two until the ingredients have all settled together 

 

Don’t want to make your own? My friend Dr. Jones makes a similar toothpaste that you can check out and buy here

Notes:

  1. Remember that oral hygiene is hugely about what you eat and how you eat it. Chewing on candies all day long or sucking on juices and pop will hurt anyone’s teeth no matter how often they brush. It is also important to remember to floss and clean your toothbrush every once in a while.
  2. I don’t know how bentonite clay might interact with silver amalgams, so consult your dentist about this if you have some and you’re going to try this toothpaste.

 

Recipe adapted from www.weedemandreap.com/diy-toothpaste-recipe/

DIY Moisturizing Face Wash

Have you ever wondered what all those ingredients are in your cosmetics, soaps, lotions, and potions? Sometimes it’s easier just to ignore those lists and use the product anyway with the thought that “it hasn’t killed me yet”. Unfortunately, some of those ingredients are toxic beyond belief and they do get into our bodies even if we are just rubbing them on our skin.

Did you know that drug companies use lotions and creams to get hormones into the body? In the same way, the lotions we buy can contain hormone disruptors which will be absorbed through our living and breathing skin. Yikes! And that’s not to mention the other chemicals which are known carcinogens, allergens, neurotoxins, etc.!

There are a few good guides out there that can help you to navigate through this sea of chemicals, such as safecosmetics.org and ewg.org.

However, I prefer to just make my own products because I find it difficult to find affordable products that are free of all the toxins. And in fact, most of what we use in the bathroom is not even necessary at all! But without going into all of that now, I’d like to share with you my moisturizing face wash recipe, which is easy, affordable, and works great!

INGREDIENTS

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  • 70% Olive Oil
  • 15% Castor Oil
  • 10% Neem Oil (with rosehip seed oil, grape seed oil, and Vitamin E by “Ferlow Botanicals”)
  • 3% Tea Tree Oil
  • 2% Lavender Essential Oil

Okay, before you freak out about the idea of washing your face with oil, remember that “oil removes oil”. And oils have been used since biblical times for cleansing and beauty – they work with your skin and not against it!

DIRECTIONS

  • The main two ingredients are olive oil and castor oil in about an 80 to 20 ratio for normal skin. You may want to use a bit more castor oil if your skin is oily or a bit less if it is dry.
  • Blend all the oils together and record the ratio you used so you can refine it if you need to.
  • Wet your face. Rub a drop of your new face wash in your hands and rub over face.
  • Wet a wash cloth in hot water and squeeze. Place over face for a minute and allow steam to relax you and to help the oils absorb. Then wipe off however much oil from your face with the cloth as you need to. (This varies for me depending on the climate I am in – in a dry climate I leave more on my face to feel hydrated and in humid climates I can wipe most of it off.)
  • Enjoy the shining healthy glow of your happy skin 🙂