My husband and I have been very fortunate to never have experienced a cavity. We are both in our mid-thirties and have enjoyed excellent dental health. We don’t use fluoride toothpaste nor do we allow our children to get fluoride treatments at the dentist. Imagine my surprise a few years back when our oldest daughter had three cavities! I was doing everything right! Great diet, good dental health, really health conscious. I overlooked one major thing. There was glycerin in the natural toothpaste we were using. I love glycerin for making tinctures and other herbal products but there is a major problem with using it in toothpaste. It coats the teeth and it is sweet. It promotes tooth decay.
In my search for a toothpaste without glycerin I came across Earthpaste. It is made with bentonite clay and it does not contain glycerin! We all liked it. I am always on a quest to do things myself and when I came across Keeper of the Home’s clay toothpaste recipe I couldn’t wait to try it. I tried it, loved it and wanted to share it with my readers with a few variations. I, like Stefanie did not use xylitol. While I appreciate that it has been shown to help protect teeth from decay and have used it quite a but in the past, I really like stevia. I can grow it myself and make my own liquid sweetener out of it. I use a store-bought version for this recipe but still like the fact that it could be DIY.
The one thing I don’t like about Earthpaste is that it gets stuck in the tube and if squeezed to dislodge, it shoots out everywhere. Probably just user error on my part! I still love it though! I thought that the addition of coconut oil would not only add health benefits but would also help it be a little more slippery. Keeping it in a jar will help keep it from drying out and getting stuck as well.
Following the recipe mentioned above, I gathered my ingredients.
Fractionated Coconut Oil(FCO) (can buy here) adds the slipperiness that really makes this toothpaste awesome. FCO is always liquid because the medium chain fatty acids are separated making it a “fraction” of the whole oil. It’s not something you would use like regular coconut oil but for this purpose, as well as for blending essential oils, it works perfectly.
Real Salt (can buy here) is completely unprocessed and is also full of minerals essential for healthy teeth.
Stevia (can buy here or make your own) is an herb that is naturally sweet. Liquid stevia is like a tincture in that the essence of the herb is extracted with alcohol. Don’t use the glycerin-based stevia for this toothpaste. The whole idea is to keep the glycerin out. You can also use the powdered version or the herb itself, powdered.
Essential Oils are what flavor the toothpaste. Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) is a natural antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial oil. It helps kill germs and bacteria in the mouth. Peppermint essential oil gives this toothpaste a fresh, minty taste. It’s a wonderful antiseptic, breath freshener, and healing to the gums. I get my essential oils here.
This recipe is enough for about two 2oz jars of toothpaste. One for you and one for your kids.
This toothpaste is also squeezable! You can put it into a squeeze bottle and it will work fine. This only issue you might have is it getting crusty in the lid as it dries.
- 1/2 cup Redmond Clay or Pascalite Clay
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1/2 tsp Real Salt
- 2 TBS Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 30-40 drops liquid stevia (I use vanilla stevia)
- 20-24 drops peppermint essential oil
- 8-12 drops melaleuca tea tree oil
- Scoop clay into bowl of choice.
- Add salt.
- Add boiling water.
- Mix thoroughly with stand or hand mixer.
- Add stevia.
- Mix again.
- Add coconut oil.
- Mix again...mixing is very important!
- Add minimum amount of essential oils, mix and taste test.
- Then add remaining drops as needed to your taste.
- Mix well and scoop into jars.
- Lid and label.
My kids love this and so do I! We take a little out with a clean finger and put it onto our toothbrushes. Works great, tastes great, and it’s safe to swallow so no worries for the little ones.