A few years ago I switched to natural toothpaste.
I try to avoid fluoride and other synthetic ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate and triclosan as much as I can. This is why I started experimenting with different kinds of natural toothpaste. This homemade peppermint clove coconut oil toothpaste is one of my favorites.
Many toothpaste brands still use these questionable ingredients, but fortunately there are more and more natural brands that are chemical-free.
It’s also very easy to make your own toothpaste with just a few ingredients. Let’s take a look at the ingredients in this toothpaste and what makes them so beneficial for oral health.
The health benefits
→ Coconut oil contains powerful anti-microbial properties. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic, which helps keep your mouth clean and your gums healthy.
It’s great for oil pulling which is the first thing I do every morning after I wake up.
→ Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate has antimicrobial properties and supports a healthy pH level.
The higher the pH level in your body, the more alkaline and less acidic it is. Harmful bacteria need a low pH level to flourish, which is why tooth decay is closely related to a low pH level of the mouth.
While baking soda offers a lot of benefits for oral health, I find that many homemade toothpaste recipes contain too much of it. It can feel a bit harsh on the gums, especially if they are a sensitive like mine.
This is why this toothpaste contains less baking soda, yet enough to keep your mouth clean.
→ Peppermint and clove essential oils are known for their oral health supporting properties.
They helps kill harmful bacteria, but respect the good bacteria in our mouth.
Clove oil helps ease tooth pain, fight infections and soothe sensitive gums.
Peppermint helps prevent cavities and leaves your breath smelling fresh.
Important: not all types of essential oil are suitable for ingestion. Make sure you only use oil that can be eaten.
I use a bit of organic stevia liquid to improve the taste of this homemade peppermint clove coconut oil toothpaste.
It is a natural sweetener, but it doesn’t increase the risk of cavities.
Peppermint clove coconut oil toothpaste
1/2 cup / 125 ml virgin coconut oil
1.5 tbsp baking soda
20 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops clove essential oil
1/2 tsp organic stevia liquid
If your coconut oil is solid, melt it au bain marie in a bowl placed in a pan with shimmering water.
When the coconut oil is fully melted, mix in the baking soda.
Add the essential oils and the organic stevia liquid. Stir until you get an equally mixed paste.
Pour the mixture in a container and let it cool off.
Now you can use it to brush your teeth with!
Note: some natural ingredients such as coconut oil melt at higher temperatures, but their properties stay the same.
You can put your homemade peppermint clove coconut oil toothpaste in the fridge for an hour to solidify. Just make sure to use a container that protects the content from leaking, especially if you carry it with you in your bag.