Holy Basil and Spearmint Toothpaste

By Amy Jirsa
October 12, 2015

 

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BasilToothpaste. /Photography By Winnie Au

 

Homemade toothpaste! I love this stuff. I like to use a wide-mouth jar and just dip my toothbrush into it. If you have multiple family members using this paste, get a jar for each of them.

2/3 cup baking soda
10 drops holy basil essential oil
Powdered stevia to taste (optional)
5 drops clove, cinnamon, or peppermint essential oil (optional; for taste)

In a small jar, combine the baking soda, essential oil, and stevia, if using. Mix it up. Add water a bit at a time, stirring, until you have a paste-like consistency. Despite the presence of baking soda (which is a cleanser, whitener, antibacterial, and odor fighter), this is not abrasive to the teeth. It’s perfectly safe for veneers, dentures, and sensitive teeth. Makes around 5 ounces of toothpaste (that’s 200+ brushings!)

Excerpted from Herbal Goddess. © Amy Jirsa. Photography by © Winnie Au Photography. Used with permission of Storey Publishing.

This article first appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.