In our post on Ayurvedic Dental care, we talked about skipping the sweet commercial toothpastes and using a tooth powder that’s hot, bitter or astringent. Here’s my tried and true recipe for 3 different homemade tooth powders – wintergreen, peppermint and clove – with loads of options for variation. Experiment and see if they don’t leave your mouth feeling much cleaner and fresher than sweet pastes.
4 Cups powdered Clay – Bentonite, Montmorillinite, Green, etc. Make sure the clay is pure without any chemical additives. Ayurvedic tooth powders usually use Red Clay which is good but it does stain clothes
½ cup fine Sea Salt (or any salt without chemical additives)
½ cup Baking Soda
This is the basic recipe. It sounds complex, but ingredients can be much more simple. I wanted to experiment and therefore used a lot of different herbs and essential oils. Various powdered herbs can be added, which can help kill bacteria, add whitening action, reduce gum inflammation, strengthen and tighten gum tissue, deodorize mouth odors, etc. Spicy or hot and astringent herbs are best. The proportion of herb powder is variable; my recipes below.
Some possibilities, try only a few per recipe, and all herbs must be finely powdered. Use discretion regarding the amount of powdered herbs to be added. Keep in mind you can always add more, but you can’t take them out.
Sage, Cloves, Peppermint, Lemon, Orange or Grapefruit peel, Fennel, Spearmint, Ginger, Black Pepper, Long Pepper (Pippli), Neem, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Rosemary
Added to the above ingredients are essential oils, which not only provide a good flavor, but have anti-bacterial and anti-viral potency.
A sample of useful essential oils:
Clove, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Fennel, Wintergreen, Spearmint, Rosemary, Cardamom
Here are the recipes:
I mixed 4 cups of powdered Clay as described above with 1/2 cup each Baking Soda and fine Sea Salt and put through a stainless steel strainer to mix thoroughly. Next I added these powdered herbs:
- 2 T. Trikatu (a mixture of ginger, black pepper, and Pippli or Long Pepper)
- 3 T. Lemon Peel Powder
- 2 T. Rosemary
- 2 T. Triphala (a mixture of three Ayurvedic herbs with strong purification energy)
- 1 T. Neem (another powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal herb)
again put through a strainer, and then divided into three bowls.
Bowl 1- Wintergreen:
- 2 T. powdered Fennel
- 80 drops Wintergreen Essential Oil
- 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Bowl 2 – Peppermint
- 2 T. Powdered Peppermint
- 80 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Bowl 3 – Clove
- 1 T. Powdered Cloves
- 2 t. Powdered Cardamom
- 1 t. Powdered Cinnamon
- 80 drops Clove Essential Oil
- 20 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
Each mixture I whisked thoroughly and put through the strainer, then whisked again and put through the strainer yet again. Store in glass jars with tight fitting lids and put in small jars to use (one for each family member).
To use the powder, simply dip your lightly moistened toothbrush in and gently brush your teeth. Alternatively, you can pour a little tooth powder into the palm of your (clean) hand and dip the toothbrush into the powder.
If you run out of toothbrushes, I find that just rubbing your tooth powder on the teeth and using dental floss seems to get teeth cleaner than with a toothbrush and “regular” toothpaste.
You can always adjust the amount of Essential Oils to your liking. The amount I used seems like a lot but isn’t really that strong, considering the amount of tooth powder. You also don’t need a lot of the powder, a little goes a long way.
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