In fact, turmeric was shown to be very effective at preventing plaque build-up and bad breath, due to it’s anti bacterial properties.
With regards to coconut oil, a whopping 50% of the fat in coconut oil is comprised of lauric acid.
Lauric acid is well known for its antimicrobial actions and it actually inhibits Strep mutans – the primary bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Here’s how to whip up your own turmeric coconut oil toothpaste in 3 simple steps.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (raw organic is best)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Few drops of food grade peppermint oil
- (optional for added minty freshness)
The baking soda as a gentle abrasive, but you can leave this out if you prefer.
STEP 1: Pop your coconut oil, turmeric and baking soda into a bowl and mash well with a fork, until you get a smooth consistency, making sure all the ingredients are well combined.
NOTE: Make sure the coconut oil is at room temperature, so it’s a softish consistency, or you’ll have trouble mixing it into the other ingredients.
STEP 2: Put the paste into a small airtight container (I love small Mason Jars) and your turmeric coconut oil toothpaste is ready to use. It’s that easy.
TIP: As with any ingredients, fresher is better, so I tend to make a smallish amount of turmeric coconut oil toothpaste and then make more every week or so, or as needed.
OPTIONAL STEP 3: You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil for a fresher taste.
TIPS AND HOTE: Turmeric can indeed stain (you should see my tea towels), so use the toothpaste with care however, it won’t stain your teeth. In fact, used on a regular basis, turmeric is considered by many to be a natural way to whiten your teeth (instead of the sometimes harmful teeth whitening methods readily available online or in some beauty salons.) Just make sure you rinse your mouth well and you’ll never know you had a bright yellow spice on your teeth at all!
If you don’t want to use turmeric though, coconut oil, baking soda and a few drops of peppermint oil will also work just fine as a homemade toothpaste.
Like anything, it’s best to try it out, see what you think and then, if necessary, adapt to suit your own personal preference.