We have been making this for so long now it doesn't even feel odd anymore!
This basic-idea-kind-of-recipe is excellent....lots of trial & error went in to the process to arrive at this combination.
There are lots of nasties in commercial toothpastes that most of us don't even think about even though we use them every day.
Once you get your head around it..it's all good.
One of the key ingredients is bentonite clay.
Great discussion about various kinds of clays just here.
Fine ground is great but I got mine much cheaper in bulk like this & then just ground it to a powder.
1 dsp of finely ground bentonite clay.
Add 1/2tsp of good salt: himalayan, celtic, or NZ sea salt
& 1/2 tsp baking soda & a few cardamom seeds -optional.
Grind all together or use a mortar & pestle...just so you don't have scratchy salt or lumps of baking soda in your final paste.
Add 1 tsp of dolomite powder (calcium/magnesium mix)
I often mix these ingredients together & store the excess for another batch or two- saves having to grind them each time.
Add 1/2 tsp liquid minerals..lots of brands out there & the bottle will last forever.
10 drops of either essential oil of peppermint, anise, manuka, tea tree or cloves.
As the coconut oil solidifies give it another good stir so that the clay doesn't sit on the bottom.
And that's it.
Other possible additions are: a little complete vitamin C powder, probiotic capsule contents, propolis tincture &/or 1/2 tsp activated charcoal- helps remove toxins from the mouth & potentially whitens teeth.
Goes a very long way.Great for plaque removal. Keeps teeth stain free. Helps to keep a good microbial balance in the mouth. Commercial toothpaste can really upset oral flora balance.
The baking soda is great for the ph factor & the salt helps keep your gums in good order.
They reckon that 90% of people have some kind of gingivitis so good toothpaste & right brushing technique is really important.
One thing to remember is that you need to run the hot tap when brushing your teeth so that the coconut oil doesn't block the drain! Coconut oils caprylic acid has really good anti-fungal properties, also useful in the mouth.
Every now & then I tip baking soda & white vinegar & hot water down the basin to keep it all clear.