Make Your Own Tooth Care Products


finished tooth products

Last week we made 2 new tooth products to care for our teeth.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but couldn’t find a recipe that I liked.  The first one was horrible.  It tasted like soap!  These, however, are very tolerable and I feel I can recommend them.

Homemade Tooth Powder

  • 4 parts bentonite clay
  • 1 part baking soda
  • 1/2 part myrrh gum powder
  • 1/2 part ground cloves
  • 1/2 part ground stevia
  • 1/2 part ground neem leaves
  • essential oils of cloves and cinnamontooth powder

Upon our 16yo son’s first use of this, he said it was like brushing his teeth with dirt, but now, about 3 days later, he really likes it.  I can definitely taste the cloves and cinnamon and find it leaves my mouth and gums with a very clean and fresh feeling.

There is also a recipe here which we are going to try.  This recipe is promoted for healing gums, tightening teeth and even healing teeth.

 

mouthwash

Homemade Mouth Rinse:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • peppermint essential oil
  • rosemary essential oil
  • tea tree essesntial oil

 

Other ingredients that can be used in a mouth rinse:  one recipe called for Rum or Vodka in place of the vinegar.  Vinegar is much less expensive.  Others called for fresh herbs boiled in water, but that takes a lot longer and has to be refrigerated.  This recipe I listed does not need to be refrigerated.

My mouth feels fantastically fresh and clean after rinsing with this!

Other herbs that are good for healing and astringent:

  • sage
  • chamomile
  • golden seal
  • anise
  • lavender
  • thyme
  • calendula
  • white oak bark
  • oak bark
  • oat straw
  • comfrey root
  • horsetail grass
  • lobelia

 

No Shampoo? No Problem!


I have a confession to make =)  I have not used shampoo since July 6th.

Why would I do a crazy thing like that? 

A couple of reasons.

  • One, it saves money
  • Two, it is healthier for my hair

Just like the bar of “soap” you buy at the store, shampoo strips your hair of it’s natural oils.  Actually, most of the bars you purchase are not really soap at all, but detergent in bar form.  They are full of chemicals and additives that dry your skin.  Shampoo does the same thing.  Even some organic shampoos, which are very expensive.  It may not save a whole lot for one person to give up shampoo, but what about a family of 7?

I read about not using shampoo quite a while ago.  It’s often called the “No poo method”.  I even attempted it, but there is a breakthrough period and I gave up too soon.  This time around I determined that I would wear hats or whatever I needed to get through it and I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks already!

Here is a picture my daughter just took for me.  It’s breezy outside, so my hair is blowing, but you can see how healthy it looks.

3 weeks with no shampoo

The first time I also tried to “wash” my hair with baking soda and it was gritty and I didn’t like it.  This time I have only scrubbed my scalp with my fingernails and then twice I have rinsed with apple cider vinegar (ACV).  I think I’m going to make it! =)

I like finding little ways to save money and be more natural.  I now only use my homemade soap, homemade deoderant and it looks like I won’t be using shampoo any more either.  Next is toothpaste. =)

Bleach VS Peroxide


 

This was sent to a list I am on by someone named Gena.  None of this is me talking about my own experiences, but I will be trying these things for sure!

This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor’s Wife), and I want to share it with you. She was over recently for coffee and smelled the bleach I was using to clean my toilet and counter tops.  This is what she told me.

‘I would like to tell you of the benefits of that Plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost?
My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, And most doctors don’t tell you about peroxide. Have you Ever smelled bleach in a doctor’s office? NO!!!

Why? because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor’s offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!

Did you also know bleach was invented in the late 40’s? It’s chlorine, folks! And it was used to kill our Troops. Peroxide was invented during WWI in the 20’s. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals.

Please think about this:

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and Water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without Harming your septic system like bleach or most other Disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it’s not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.

14. Another place it’s great is in the bathroom, if someone has been careless & has wet on the floor around the toilet & it’s begun to smell of urine. Just put some peroxide in a spray bottle & spray. In the blink of any eye all the smell will be gone & the bacteria eliminated!

…It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising… there’s a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner!’

Gena also adds: Particularly, I sanitize my lambar nipples (for bottle babies) by soaking them in water with peroxide in it. (You can see it BUBBLE.) It doesn’t melt latex nipples!! 

Here is an entire website about using peroxide: Using Hydrogen Peroxide

EVERNOTE


 

I have been using EVERNOTE for several months now and it is fantastic!

If you haven’t tried it yet, there is a free version at Evernote.com

It syncs with your iPhone, computer, Android, Blackberry and more. You can use your voice to create a note, take a picture with your computer webcam, your phone or even some cameras, you can take screen shots, you can type a note or handwrite into your iphone, tablet or ipad, you can use a livescribe pen to record and take notes … and all of it is saved in your Evernote account for future use. When you need to find something, enter your search word, and Evernote scans everything you have put into your account, even a picture of a word (ie: restaurant sign, picture of a food label, etc)

If you do decide to try it, let me know what you think!