I like to be really honest and upfront about the reality of homemade recipes which is why I will preface this recipe by saying that tooth powders are not for everyone. Those of you who really love your white, foamy, creamy toothpaste from the tube will not like this recipe at all! That being said, I LOVE this tooth powder!
Here are the pros: It leaves my teeth feeling really clean. I love knowing that it is a 100% edible food and there is no harm in ingesting it. It has myrrh powder which is healing for your gums and xylitol with has anti-cavity properties. If you use the thyme, that has anti-inflamitory and antiseptic properties. If you are a big fan of the whitening power of baking soda, that can be added too. Read the tips for how much to add.
Now for the “less good” aspects: Bentonite clay will cling to your toothbrush even after rinsing it and make it look funkier then most people are comfortable with. I remedy this problem by soaking my toothbrush once a week in a little water mixed with 5-10 drops of GSE (grapefruit seed extract). This also disinfects your toothbrush as well as cleaning off the clay residue. It will be a little grittier then tooth paste and it will not foam. Keep in mind though, that foaming is purely a sensory pleasure. It has nothing to do with actually cleaning your teeth!
Makes a “trial amount” of 2 Tb. for you to see if you like it!
4 tsp. bentonite clay
1 tsp. xylitol (ground into a fine powder)
1/2 tsp. dry thyme (ground into a fine powder) (optional)
1/2 tsp. myrrh gum powder
2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together, taking care to really blend in the drops of essential oils. Store in a small container with a lid. Wet your toothbrush and lightly dip into the powder before brushing your teeth.
- You can add baking soda to the recipe if desired. Simply add 1 tsp. of baking soda or replace both the thyme and myrrh gum with 1 tsp. of baking soda. The reason I don’t add it to my recipe is that sometimes my teeth have a sensitivity reaction the the abrasive qualities of sodium bicarbonate.
- I am fortunate enough to have a local herb shop that carries both myrrh gum powder and bentonite clay. If you have trouble finding these locally, there is always online options like Mountain Rose Herbs. However, the smallest amount you can usually order is 1/4 pound, which will give you lots of tooth powder!
- You can make this into a paste if you want. Just slowly add tiny bits of water until you achieve a thick paste.