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Essential Oil Toothpaste

What is essential oil toothpaste? We all use toothpaste while we're brushing our teeth, but there are dozens of different brands and varieties available on the market. 

The wide assortment of toothpastes we have to choose from can make it difficult to know which particular toothpaste to buy.  So, how do you go about picking which specific toothpaste to use? Some people base their choice strictly on the toothpaste's flavor, but others decide to buy a brand of toothpaste because of its advertised ability to whiten their teeth or control the formation of dental plaque and tartar. 

Still others base their toothpaste decisions upon whether specific ingredients are included.

Essential Oil Toothpaste

For example, some toothpaste contains essential oils which are derived from a variety of herbs and other plants. 

In addition to being non-toxic and safe for internal use, these essential oils have desirable antiseptic properties.  In fact, therapeutic grades of essential oils are used in some parts of Europe instead of some prescription antibiotics.

Menthol, which is derived from peppermint oil, is one of the essential oils most often used as an ingredient in toothpaste. 

Other essential oils frequently used in toothpaste include eucalyptol (derived from eucalyptus oil); thymol, (derived from thyme oil); and salicylate (derived from birch oil).

Variety and Choice

You can choose from among several brands and varieties of commercially-produced essential oil toothpaste.

 Many health stores carry these products, but they can also be purchased online. 

However, by making your own, you'll be able to choose the ingredients yourself, so you'll know exactly what your toothpaste contains.  You can even pick your favorite flavor because a large assortment of essential oils are safe to consume, including eucalyptus, cinnamon, rosemary, peppermint, licorice, lemon, lime and clove.

Some people use toothpaste recipes to make homemade essential oil toothpaste, but others simply put one or two drops of their favorite therapeutic grade essential oil onto their toothbrush after wetting it with water. 

Either way, they know the material they use to brush their teeth is safe and non-toxic, and it has a flavor they find highly appealing.

Go for Quality

You might decide to try these essential oil toothpastes.  If you do, make sure you always use high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils. 

After all, your health and safety is important, whether you're making your own essential oil toothpaste or you simply brush after adding a couple of drops of essential oil onto a wet toothbrush. 

Almost any health store or qualified aromatherapist should be able to recommend specific brands of essential oils that will be safe to use for this purpose. 

You'll want to select a brand that is pure and contains only the essential oil itself.  Some brands of essential oils include synthetic compounds to enhance their aromas, and these impurities might not be safe in toothpaste.

Homemade toothpaste doesn't foam the same way commercially-available toothpastes do, but they do a fine job of cleansing your teeth. 

And don't discount the importance of being able to select your favorite flavor, because it can make brushing your teeth a much more pleasant experience. 

In fact, instead of using just a single essential oil, try mixing and matching different oils to achieve an appealing blend of your favorite flavors.

Recipes for Home Made Toothpaste

If you're interested in making your own essential oil toothpaste, here's an easy recipe that doesn't require many ingredients:

First, soften two tablespoons of coconut oil by mashing it with a fork.  Mix in approximately four packets of Stevia (a natural sugar substitute), three tablespoons of baking soda and the essential oil you prefer (once again, make sure it's therapeutic grade).

 After that, all you need to do is put your essential oil toothpaste into a small plastic container for storage.  You can vary the amount of Stevia you add to suit your personal taste.


Essential oil can also be used to make homemade mouthwash.  Once again, the recipe is simple and it's easy to prepare. 

Begin by pouring two cups of distilled water into the container of your choice.  Then simply mix in two drops of peppermint oil and four drops of lemon oil. 

Or, if you prefer, you could add one drop of peppermint oil, two drops of tea tree oil and two drops of myrrh into one cup of distilled water. 

The result is a delightful mouthwash that gives you fresh breath in a natural, healthy way.


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