I think I will get some arrowroot powder and give this a try! I usually use bakingsoda, aloe and coconut oil but would like to try something new and I think you found it for me. Thanks!
Originally Posted by edensong
Regular toothpaste is too sweet for me and the soap versions make me gag. lol So, here's what I make -- works great for sensitive teeth, too.
2 parts aloe vera gel
2 parts extra virgin coconut oil
1 part arrowroot powder
smidge of sunflower lecithin
Its consistency is exactly like toothpaste. It's pure white until the lecithin is added, which changes the color to a tad off-white, but still very appealing. And the best part is that it works great!!!!
Here's why I used the above ingredients:
Aloe vera gel: Aloe is particularly known for its penetrating capacity to reach deeper layers of the dermis when applied topically. It has strong antiseptic properties being bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal. It promotes cell growth. It is neurologically calming and also acts as a detoxifying agent.
The dental uses of Aloe Vera are multiple. It is extremely helpful in the treatment of gum disease - gingivitis and periodontitis. It reduces swelling of the soft tissues and consequently this reduces the bleeding of the gums. It is powerfully antiseptic in gum pockets where normal cleaning is difficult. Its antifungal properties help greatly in the problem of denture stomatitis, ie. red and sore mucous membranes which are permanently covered by a denture - this is a form of thrush. Cracked and split corners of the mouth are also subject to fungal infection and this can be cured by aloe. Its antiviral properties help in the treatment of cold sores (Herpes Simplex) and shingles (Herpes Zoster). It is a powerful healing promoter and when inserted into extraction sockets is very beneficial. It can be used in any surgical wound. It has a use in root canal treatment as a sedative dressing, healing promoter and file lubricant.
Extra virgin coconut oil: Coconut oil destroys bacteria that cause bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Because coconut oil is a safe and natural food, you won't have to worry about toxicity or poison each time you brush your teeth. It alleviates tenderness, redness, sores or bleeding of the gums. It improves absorption of minerals including calcium and magnesium, thus whitening and strengthening teeth. (You might also read up on "oil pulling" with coconut oil.)
Arrowroot powder: It's a gentle, neutral, non-abrasive natural ingredient with wound-healing properties. The only starch product with a calcium ash, arrowroot assists in the body's maintenance of acid and alkaline balance. Arrowroot only thrives on tidal flats where the sea minerals are available. Its known health-building properties may be due to trace minerals from the sea, as well as from the calcium it gets from the sea water. Arrowroot is simply the dried and powdered root.
Sunflower lecithin: Allergy-free, GRAS approved, non-GM emulsifier. You can read more here. Lecithin is a complex mixture of fatty acids, choline and inositol, which are part of the B complex vitamins, and phosphorus. It also contains tiny amounts of vitamin E and K, and the mineral zinc. Although not widely known, lecithin has been used to control and kill the herpes virus. Lecithin is also an anti-oxidant, helping to keep fats from going rancid (going rancid itself in the process, however).
Lecithin is often taken as a dietary supplement, since it contains the B vitamin choline. Lecithin is also an antioxidant.
You ingest lecithin, which goes INSIDE the body and causes rancid oil, toxic oils and bad oils (such as gasoline and hydrocarbons) to be removed from your body, through stools, thus reducing the toxins built up over the lifespan. It should be noted that the body simply has no means of ridding hydrocarbons out of the body except with the use of a fat emulsifier, such as lecithin.
Peppermint EO: Peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint. It contains numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, and copper. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Due to its antiseptic properties, peppermint is useful for dental care. It removes bad breath and helps teeth and gums deal with germs. It is also useful for treating toothaches and providing pain relief.