Wow! I didn't mean to take that long of a blogging break...
I hope you all had a joyous holiday. Ours was mellow and sweet. Looking forward to what 2012 will bring. This will definitely be a year full of change...
On to the toothpaste!
I got into a FB discussion on toothpaste and a few friends asked for the recipe for our homemade toothpaste.
It's really quite simple. Only 3 ingredients.
I used to use an herbal tooth powder that I concocted, but it was messy and kind of detailed to make. When I had kids I just switched back to an aryuvedic neem toothpaste that I get at the local Indian Market and I used Weleda's Ratanhia toothpaste for the kids.
I kept seeing posts about homemade toothpaste and figured I'd give it a go. I was inspired by both Wellness Mama and Crunchy Betty's posts...and came up with my own using simple and easy ingredients that I was comfortable with.
I liked the idea of using coconut oil since oil pulling is a well known technique to remove plaque. The baking soda is an obvious ingredient for the cleansing and abrasive qualities. The liquid stevia is to sweeten the deal and get the kids to use it. My girls like it and brush their teeth quite eagerly.
F's favorite is the grape flavor (I wanted to use only essential oils, but when I saw the flavored stevia I figured it would be fun to let the girls pick their flavors). E loves cinnamon (for this one I just use plain liquid stevia and 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil). The cinnamon one is good because it heats up the gums and gets the blood flowing. C doesn't seem to have a preference, but she has to have the pink toothbrush. I prefer a pure peppermint oil one and I also add 2 drops of tea tree oil for it's antibacterial properties. That's only for me though since I am a grown up (mostly) and I don't swallow my toothpaste.
Crooked Kids Toothpaste
4 Tbs Coconut Oil (let it sit in the sun a bit to warm it up, but don't melt it or it will be harder to incorporate the baking soda)
3 Tbs Baking Soda
60 Drops of Liquid Stevia
5 drops of essential oil (if not using flavored stevia)
This makes a small enough batch that I don't worry about just letting the kids dip their toothbrushes in and scoop some out. I split the batch into two small jars. I used to put it into one glass 1/2 pint mason jar...but I learned my lesson when it shattered into a thousand pieces as the kids were fighting over it. The older girls each get their own little jar with their name on it and that's that. Baby C gets to pick which one she uses.
Fair warning: This is NOT going to taste like your kids' commercial toothpaste. It's just not. They may not like it at first. I gave some to a friends child and she spit in my face (on accident...I think). Let them help you make it. Let them pick a "fun" flavor, and they'll come around. Luckily my kids never had the other stuff, so they just think it's dandy. It's way better for them and doesn't have any of the CRAP in it (like SLS, flouride, glycerin...to name a few). I thought about going into all the reasons why those ingredients are harmful for you and our world we live in, but that's another post entirely! If you're reading my blog you're probably hip to the jive of nasty chemical ingredients anyways...
Enjoy your pearly whites!