DIY Sage Peppermint Toothpaste
Breathe a little fresher while knowing you are doing your body good.
I’ve been on quite the homestead kick knowing that these projects and way of life are sustainable, economical, customizable, and just plain FUN!
I’m the all-or-nothing type personality that engulfs a new idea, becoming totally consumed by it. So rather than trying to throw out every chemically-laden product I have, I’m slowly integrating homestead projects as their commercial counterparts run out.
First up, toothpaste!
As a naturopathic medical student, I get the pleasure of being introduced to herbs on the daily. From Angelica to Zingiber, plants do it all. I am intrigued and awe-struck by their healing capacity, and have felt a renowned sense of biophilia for these gems.
Plants, such as sage and peppermint in this recipe, contain volatile oils which give them their characteristic smell. They are antimicrobial, antibacterial (all kinds of anti- really) so I incorporate volatile oils as a natural, and safer ingredient in my cleaning products.
My newly founded ‘apartment-stead’ doesn’t have its own mature sage plant yet, so I bought some fresh sage at the market to use in this recipe.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a member of the mint family and one of its main actions is on the mouth. It’s great for inflammation, used to relieve sore, receding or bleeding gums, and of course a potent antimicrobial due to its volatile oils. Ayurvedically, it reduces both kapha and vatta having a tonic-like effect.
(Source: The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia)
The sage must be dried before use, so I used the air-dry/sun-dry method. It was wonderful to have fragrant herbs drying in front of my window. Both charming and aromatic!
For this method, hang bunches of herbs upside-down in a warm, well-ventilated area (I chose to also use the sun to aid in the drying process). Wait until leaves are dry and crispy, and then you’re ready to make some toothpaste!
Sage Peppermint Toothpaste
- 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt Extra minerals for your teeth!
- 1 tsp. ground sage
- 2-3 tsp. baking soda (until desired consistency); use bentonite clay if wanting an “all natural” paste
- 10-20 drops peppermint essential oil
Note: you may also use dried mint for this recipe, however I didn’t have any on hand or know if it would make the paste too grainy. I’ll try using dried mint next go around!
- Grind dried sage with a mortar and pestle until a fine powder.
- In a mixing bowl add coconut oil. If not melted, place mixing bowl in another bowl of warm water until oil melts. Do not microwave.
- Add sea salt.
- Add sage and baking soda 1:3 parts. I found I needed to add more baking soda to thicken up the paste, but didn’t want the taste to become too powerful.
- Add essential oil.
- Store your toothpaste in a sterile air-tight container.
This recipes while providing a refreshing cleanse, doesn’t foam like regular toothpaste.