This toothpaste keeps at room temperature, is antibacterial, and contains calcium for teeth and bones. It leaves your mouth fresh and helps prevent bad breath. Bicarbonate of soda acts as a gentle abrasive, removing plaque that can stain teeth.
5 ingredients and 3 steps to freshness…
- 2 tblsp of coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp of bentonite clay
- 1/4 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- 10 drops essential oil of your choice (I use peppermint)
- Honey/stevia to taste
Place a clean pyrex jug or bowl inside a large saucepan and then carefully pour boiling water around the jug into the pan, creating a bain-marie.
Using a wooden spoon, add the coconut oil, bentonite clay, essential oil, and bicarbonate of soda to the jug. I say wooden because apparently some weird science stuff goes on when bentonite clay comes into direct contact with metal – nothing explosive I’m afraid- but I’m told the quality/taste of the clay can be affected by it. Let the ingredients melt together.
Add honey to taste. You could also use stevia if you’re avoiding sugar, vegan, or under six months old, but honey does have the added benefit of being antibacterial. Use cold-processed honey when you can, which, although admittedly is more expensive than most of the clear honey produce you see on supermarket shelves, retains more of the naturally occurring antibacterial properties.
Whilst it’s still warm, pour the liquid into a container (I use a glass jar and scoop it out as I go) and leave to cool. The toothpaste will solidify into more of a paste as it returns to room temperature. If it’s still runny when cooled, warm once more and add more coconut oil to thicken.