If you are familiar with coconut oil, then you have heard about how healthful it is considered to be. You may also have heard that there are a ton of uses for it beyond the obvious cooking and baking applications. One of the uses that has been trending recently is what is called “oil pulling.” Oil pulling is a technique which has apparently been used for thousands of years where people put a spoonful of healthy oils such as coconut oil in their mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes a day. The supposed benefits include: whiter teeth, stronger gums, removal of toxins, as well as improvements in headaches, acne, diabetes, asthma as well as others. There are even stories of people who have stopped brushing their teeth all together in favor of oil pulling and even claimed it has healed their cavities.
I was curious about it and did try oil pulling with coconut oil a few times. Although, I didn’t necessarily hate it, its not for everyone. In other words, it takes time and patience. I did, however, recently hear of another use for coconut oil: homemade toothpaste. Making homemade toothpaste interested me because I love to find new uses for our Golden Barrel products. Plus it is ultimately cheaper than buying toothpaste and you have full control over the ingredients which do not have to contain unnecessary chemicals or preservatives. Have you ever looked at the ingredients in most store bought toothpastes? Well I just did and when you can’t pronounce the names, chances are that it is a something not good for you. Plus there are some alarming warnings on the back that most people just tend to ignore.
Here is the ingredient list from the current toothpaste tube in my bathroom:
Hydrated silica, water, glycerin, sorbitol, PVM/MA copolymer, sodium lauryl sulfate, flavor, cellulose gum, sodium hydroxide, propylene glycol, carrageenan, sodium sacharin, mica, FD&C blue no. 1, D&C yellow no. 10.
Warnings – Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
I don’t know about you, but its kind of scary that we think nothing of putting something with a Poison Control warning in our mouths.
Since our company produces Golden Barrel Coconut Oil, I thought homemade coconut oil toothpaste would be worth a try. After doing some research online, I decided on this simple formula:
- 4 tablespoons – Golden Barrel Coconut Oil
- 4 tablespoons – Baking Soda
- 1-2 packets – Stevia
- 10-20 drops – Essential Oil (I used Cinnamon Oil but I am sure it can be substituted for any others.)
Add melted coconut oil into your container which already contains the previously added baking soda.
This simple toothpaste formula literally took about 5 minutes to whip together and contains things that you may already have in your cupboard.
Functions of the ingredients:
The coconut oil has great antibacterial properties since it is high in lauric acid. Remember, many “oil pullers” swear by it. Baking soda also has many health claims and uses and has commonly been known to clean and whiten teeth. It also neutralizes the bacteria-loving acids in your mouth. Stevia (a natural sweetener that does not raise blood insulin levels) is simply used as a sweetener to help mask the baking soda flavor. The essential oil adds flavor and also additional antibacterial properties to the toothpaste. You may have to add more sweetener and/or essential oils to adjust the flavor according to your liking.
How did it perform?
After I made up the formula, I was eager to try it. The taste was not the same as regular toothpaste and I did actually go back and add some more Stevia to sweeten it up a bit. The texture was also a little different but just took some getting used to. However, as far as a teeth cleaner, I was impressed. My teeth and gums felt very clean and continued to throughout the day. They honestly felt cleaner than when I used the unnamed toothpaste above. I then had my wife also try it and she said the same thing. We even, surprisingly, were able to get my 4 year old son to use it.
Considering that no chemicals or preservatives were used, it contains only healthful and edible ingredients, and that it really works; I would definitely recommend it.So why not give it a try! We would love to hear about your experience using our coconut oil to make toothpaste or even try oil pulling. Let us know what you think or if you have any suggestion on how to make it better.
As for me, I plan on continuing to use it for a while. We’ll see what the dentist says in a few months 😉
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Mitch has worked with Golden Barrel Baking Products in Quality Control and Online Marketing since 2002. He is a transplanted Canadian to Lancaster County who still enjoys playing hockey, eh! If you have ever asked a question through email or social media, then you have most likely interacted with Mitch.