Voilà, D.I.Y. toothpaste!
My morning ritual changes with the season. In the winter, I often start the day with oil pulling and in the summer, I give my body a boost with some lukewarm, lemon water. And from time to time I don’t feel like doing any of it and I just start my day with breakfast. I love breakfast! Starting the day with scrambled eggs and toast, smoothies, oatmeal or rice cereal… Yes, did you say my name?
Anyway, a good breakfast is followed by a ritual in the bathroom and brushing my teeth is an important part of it. And I do it with, you guessed it, homemade toothpaste. And making your own is actually pretty simple and also, it’s a good way to keep unnecessary chemicals out of your body.
The recipe for homemade toothpaste:
– small glass jar (+/- 200 ml) (a Mason jar, for example).
– 100 grams coconut oil
– 5 drops stevia
– 15 drops peppermint oil
– 2-3 tbsp baking soda
Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan. Once it has melted, turn the burner off (the oil does not need to be heated) and stir the other ingredients in well using a spoon. Transfer the mixture into the glass jar. You only need a little bit of the paste when you brush your teeth. Rinse your sink well after use to avoid having bits of solidified coconut oil remain in the basin.
Don’t like coconut oil? In that case, use two tablespoons of clay powder and two to four tablespoons of boiled water in the recipe instead.
Don’t feel like putting your own toothpaste together? You can always choose an organic option from brands like Urtekram, Weleda or Himalaya. When I’m in New York, I always pick up a tube of Tom’s of Maine toothpaste at Whole Foods.