Some people have asked me what my family and I do for toothpaste, since a lot of conventional options include fluoride, calcium carbonate, glycerine, artificial flavors and artificial colors. Well, we make our own toothpaste. We use a mixture of clay, purified water, and essential oils. Our teeth and gums are always clean and healthy :) Here's the recipe below if you are looking to change to a more natural toothpaste (btw, it tastes delicious... my kids dip a finger after they brush their teeth and eat it sometimes!):
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6 TBS Indian Healing Clay (you can also drink this awesome clay when you get food poisoning, slight indigestion, for a face and body mask, etc.)
10 TBS purified water (we use water from our filter made by Pristine Hydro)
3 drops of peppermint essential oil (or 1-2 more drops if you like it really minty)
2 drops of ON GUARD essential oil by doTerra or Thieves essential oil by Young Living (or any immune support oil that is pure therapeutic grade- Immune Support by Hopewell Essential Oils is great too)
2 drops of frankincense essential oil
2 drops of tea tree essential oil
1 drop of cinnamon essential oil
2-3 drops of organic jojoba oil
This makes about an 8oz batch for us which lasts us just over a month but we are a family of 5. Add more or less in proportional measurements as needed. I love- and very often use- essential oils and jojoba oil from Living Libations or Hopewell Essential Oils. Hopewell is a family-owned company (as is Living Libations) and will get to you faster since they are in the United States.
One last thing... ideally, we'd put our toothpaste in a small glass mason jar with an easy-access lid. BUUUUUT, since we have 3 kids, we just use a small rinsed and dried out plastic container of organic raw honey and that serves us well, too.