DIY Turmeric + Coconut Oil Toothpaste

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A few years’ back, I began to get disciplined about ridding my home— and more and more, my personal care items— of any and all toxic chemicals. Things like DEA, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, and artificial colors + fragrances are no longer welcome in my life.

And when  it comes to toothpaste, I’m all the more rigorous. I can’t stand fluoride in any capacity, but I also don’t want to see glycerin or hydrated silica, things you’ll commonly find even in “natural” toothpastes.

It’s not to say you can’t trust anything in stores. I personally love Desert Essence toothpastes, particularly the Tea Tree Oil and Neem variety. Speaking of neem, I also regularly use Theraneem Neem Tooth & Gum Powder. It contains probiotics + vitamin D and I’ve found it’s great for keeping gingivitis at bay.

But the oral care product I’m loving most right now?

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My 3-ingredient DIY toothpaste with baking soda, coconut oil and turmeric powder.

I use to make a similar one, only it contained peppermint essential oil and no turmeric. And I supposed you could use the peppermint oil in this one if you like,  but I don’t think it’s necessary.

I actually prefer the natural coconut taste {and surprisingly, the turmeric doesn’t add much in the way of taste, just color!} Your sink will wash away clean but I can’t promise the same for your toothbrush.

Now, I imagine you’re familiar with the benefits of coconut oil but why put turmeric in your toothpaste?

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Well, for a lot of the same reasons you drink it in a tea or sprinkle it in your curry.  Not only is it a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it may even help heal cavities and prevent oral cancer.

I’ll rinse yellow for that!

Here’s what else it may offer you: whiter teeth, better breath, reduced tarter + plaque, decreased gum inflammation/bleeding and associated pain.

That’s a whole lot of health benefits in one unassuming little spice! I only hope I’ve convinced you to try it in your toothpaste— your pearly whites will thank you for it.

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Ingredients:
— 1/2 organic virgin coconut oil
— 3 Tbsp baking soda
— 1 tsp organic turmeric
Directions:
Mix ingredients in a small, airtight jar, such as a mini mason jar, and use as desired. Refill as needed. Rinse brush thoroughly after use. And again, exercise caution around towels and any porous surface; turmeric is a wonderful ingredient but it will stain!
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