Sometimes I wonder how much is too much to share about myself on my blog. This is one of those times. I will know you truly love me if you stick around after you find out I brush my teeth with dirt toothpowder (as my children affectionately call it)!
Over the years, as I have studied natural health and herbalism, I have realized–
1) how many everyday items I was using are not that healthy (even ones bought from “health” stores) and
2) how dependent our family was on these manufactured products.
In an effort to choose the healthiest options available, I have also been blessed to find that in the case of toothpaste, the healthiest option is also the cheapest.
One thing I want to add before sharing how I make our dirt toothpowder, is something I didn’t quite understand when I began my herbal/natural health studies. When I decided that yes, I could make my family’s toothpowder, I set out to find the right recipe. As if there had to be a right way and all the rest were wrong. As if getting it wrong meant that my children’s teeth would all rot and fall out.
This is the beauty of learning to make your own toothpowder (or any health care product for that matter). You are able to decide what to use, use what you have on hand, or customize what you are going to use based on your needs. God has generously provided man with herbs and natural substances that can do more than one job. In the case of salt, it can season our food, give us vital minerals, be used as a cleanser, and the list goes on.
But what if we don’t have access to the ingredient we need. Guess what, God has also provided herbs and natural substances that can be substituted for one another.
With all that said, there are many, many toothpowder recipes out there. This is just one that I have put together for our family. I been using it for about 6 months now and have been very pleased with it. My teeth have a much cleaner feel to them. I have one tooth that has lost a filling (I know, I need to have it taken care of but haven’t decided what to do about it–still researching). Before, when I was using regular store-bought toothpaste, the tooth was very sensitive and often caused me pain. Now that I am using the toothpowder, I don’t have any pain from it. My kids have also made the adjustment nicely. In fact, they often offer their input and I will sometimes make adjustments based on their inputs.
Dirt Toothpowder Recipe
Grind sage and peppermint leaf in a coffee grinder until powdered.
Mix all ingredients in a zip lock bag or bowl. I like mixing in a bag because I can use a rolling pin to break up any lumps.
I use emptied baby food jars to give each their own little jar of dirt toothpowder. This batch made almost three jars of powder.
When you get ready to brush your teeth, just wet your toothbrush and lightly tap toothpowder with the bristles. Brush as regular.