Homemade Toothpowders/paste recipes
With no further blah blah here is the post on the DIY tooth powder/paste recipes
There are several recipes available across the globe, but I am sharing the ones which have been tested by my family and my friends.
- The great thing about all these recipes is that the ingredients are easily available in a well stocked kitchen.
- Please use fresh organic ingredients as much as you can.
- These are quite forgiving recipes, alter them to your taste. The tooth powders could taste a little strong on the day you grind them but they mellow down later.
I would love to talk about a few of the ingredients before we dive into the recipes
- Turmeric – Best is to grind turmeric sticks, but if not possible use good quality organic turmeric powder not the commercial branded masala turmeric. The commercial turmeric powder is made from sticks that are boiled in water before drying and grinding. This greatly reduces the medicinal properties of turmeric. Turmeric has very strong wound healing properties. ( Source : KRya). Trust me it DOES NOT STAIN THE TEETH, it could stain your toothbrush but definitely not your teeth. I have been using it for almost a year now and my teeth have not been stained
- Soapberry powder is not advised for consumption in large quantities, as it acts as an emetic. It is not prescribed as an edible ingredient in Ayurveda or Indian folklore, but is prescribed as an edible ingredient for certain conditions in traditional Chinese medicine.
The quantity of soapberry per use of the toothpowder is kept at minimal levels in the recipe.
Remember to spit out the toothpowder and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after each use. This is also applicable to all commercial toothpastes. (Source : Krya)
- I actually skipped the soapberry powder as I was not sure my younger one would spit it completely, still the toothpowder works great for me.
- Neem leaf powder : Start with a little and add more if needed, as it could be very bitter at times
- Sea Salt: In addition to its tooth scrubbing qualities, natural sea salt helps to heal mouth sores and irritated gums.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda’s ability to act as a mild abrasive that polishes away stains and plaque build up, makes it an affordable and natural tooth stain removal option. There is always a controversy if baking soda is safe, as it is abrasive. IT is abrasive and not corrosive. Some say it could erode your enamel while there are people who have used it for years and their teeth are as strong as ever. Hence I would suggest trying it, if you find it hurts you or makes your gum or teeth sensitive then use the toothpowder instead. Best suggestion would be to use it occasionally not everyday.
- Essential oils : Use only a few drops only if needed, as most of them have anitbacterial and antiseptic properties. Essential oils are NOT for internal consumption and are highly concentrated. If your child still has not mastered spitting out during brushing I would recommend totally skipping it.
AYURVEDIC TOOTHPOWDER RECIPE FROM KRYA
(A recipe formulated by Preethi and Srinivas of Krya sustainable goodies, tried and tested by them, me and even my friends). We all love it.
1. Soapberry powder – 3 teaspoons (cleansing, anti-bacterial, slight foaming) ( I skipped it, will include it the next time)
2. Neem leaf powder – 3 teaspoons (Anti-bacterial)
3. Powdered Sea Salt – 6 teaspoons (Whitening, antiseptic)
4. Turmeric powder – 2.5 teaspoons (Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing properties)
5. Clove powderhttp://www.mylilspaceinabigworld.net/lifelearning/wp-admin/post.php?post=49&action=edit – 4.5 teaspoons (refreshing, anti-bacterial, wound healing properties)
6. Fennel seed powder – 5.5 teaspoons (refreshing, cleansing, anti-bacterial)
7. Cinnamon bark powder – 3 teaspoons (refreshing, anti-bacterial)
8. Cardamom powder – 1.5 teaspoons (refreshing, anti-bacterial)
9. Dried Indian Gooseberry (Amla) powder – 3 teaspoons (anti-bacterial, strengthening, astringent)
Update ( made a few changes as per my friend Sangeetha Sriram’s suggestions and I am glad I did it)
10. Guava leaf powder – 2 to 3 teaspoons
11. Citrus peel powder – 1.5 teaspoon
12. Licorice powder – 3 teaspoon
Best to keep soapnut and citrus powder not more than 5% (each) of the recipe.
Here is the link to Sangee’s blog http://sangeethasriram.blogspot.in/2016/06/toothpowder.html
Sieve all the powders together and mix well to create your own natural, vegan toothpowder.
You could also buy the raw materials yourself and grind them at home to ensure better quality and freshness.
If you are grinding the materials yourself, pound each ingredient separately in a mortar and pestle before grinding them one at a time in a mixergrinder.
Remember to grind them in short bursts so that they do not heat up, and allow the powders to cool before resuming grinding.
Each of these ingredients have a different particle size and some are particularly difficult to grind, like turmeric. So once all the ingredients have
been ground well, mix all the powders together and sieve them using a fine sieve so that the final product has the same particle size throughout.
The final toothpowder should be extremely soft and fine , like wheat flour, with no coarse particles in it .
RICE HUSK TOOTH POWDER
( A family recipe from my friend Kavitha )
Ingredients:- (updated version)
- 100 g Rice husk ( can be got from country medicine shops , our Naatu marundhu kadai)
- 10-12 cloves
- Cinnamon 1/2 inch stick
- 5 peppercorns
- half handful sea salt powdered ( increase if you can tolerate more salt in your toothpowder)
- 1-2 tsp turmeric powder
I am also planning to add the following the next time to the recipe
- 1/4 tsp neem powder
- 1 tsp amla powder
- 1 tsp tulsi powder
- 1/2 tsp dry ginger powder
Heat rice husk in a fry pan on a low flame until it turns into ash. Stir continuously until it turns into black powder. Cloves, cardamoms and peppercorns can be fried separately on a low flame to easily powder them. Mix all the ingredients to make a herbal tooth powder.
- 1/2 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil (not hydrogenised)
- 2-3 Tablespoons of baking soda
- Xylitol to taste, depending on how sweet you like your paste
- 10 drops of essential oil, mostly I use sweet orange you could try cinnamon or peppermint too (optional)
- Soften coconut oil with gentle heat( skip it if you live in a place like Chennai:))
- add ingredients and mix well
- place in a glass jar
- allow to cool
Note: Always store products containing essential oils in glass bottles only.
Brushing with such natural toothpowders and including Oil pulling/swishing in your dental routine will ensure great dental health and great reduction of your dental bill.
Brushing once/twice a day with these toothpowders will keep your dentist away 🙂
Happy guilt free brushing to all !!