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Whitening Toothpaste – Homemade and All Natural (Kind Of)

Homemade whitening toothpaste – how to make… A Cheap, quick, simple way to whiten once a week.

Ingredients:

  • Hydrogen peroxide – 3% solution

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  • Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Peppermint Essential Oils

Mix 2 tsp. of hydrogen peroxide into 1 Tbls of baking soda along with , mix together to form a paste similar to toothpaste and can adjust baking soda to find a good consistency.  Add 2-3 drops Essential Oils. You can add more or less depending on your taste.

Apply the mixture gently to your teeth with your toothbrush using circular motions.  Cover all of your teeth with the paste and allow to sit for two minutes.  Rinse your teeth thoroughly.  Brush with your normal homemade toothpaste to get rid of any hydrogen peroxide left.

To help whitening, you can use the Hydrogen Peroxide as an oral rinse every morning.  Use 1-2 Tbls and swish around in your mouth for one minute.  It will foam when it comes in contact with the bacteria in your mouth.  After one-minute, spit out the peroxide and brush your teeth as normal.

Side Note: Swallowing hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous, when it decomposes in your stomach it releases large quantities of gas 10 times the volume of the amount you swallowed, which can lead to internal bleeding.  So please be careful.

I found this kid friendly demonstration, you can use for a classroom volcano erupting or it can be a demonstration of this in your belly… Put Dry Yeast and Peroxide in container and stand back.  Fun!  But remember, do not swallow this!

Xylitol – What Is It and Why Do I Use It??

Xylitol is an alternative sweetener used to replace sugar.  It has roughly 40% less calories and is almost as sweet as regular sugar.  It is all natural and safe for diabetics and measures 7 on the glycemic index while glucose measures at 100.

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Xylitol is used in homemade and natural toothpastes along with Bentonite Clay to help re-mineralize your tooth enamel.  It also actively fights plaque by neutralizing plaque acids.  Also, it lowers the occurrence of cavities because it does not have any 6-carbon sugars which is needed to help bacterial growth and reproduction of cavity causing bacteria.

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Also studies have shown that it has been used to help reduce incidence of acute middle ear infections in normally healthy children.  Not really sure how that was found to be but thought it was an interesting point.

Two things to be aware of are it also has a laxative effect if too much is consumed because Xylitol’s sugar alcohols are not fully broken down during digestion which can cause diarrhea, bloating, and flatulence.  This typically takes several weeks to months to materialize and occur with normal digestion.   And also xylitol can be very toxic to dogs, so keep out of reach of your animals.

Also keep in mind that while it is a good alternative for sugar, when baking, do not combine it with any recipes that call for yeast.  The xylitol and yeast do not like each other chemically and will cause your yeast to die.  So good for cookies and cakes, not good for breads and rolls.

So, now what’s the big debate on where xylitol comes from??

Xylitol is extracted from hardwoods, mainly birch but can come from some beach trees.  But it is also commonly made from corncobs.  Xylitol does have a stigma for being expensive, which it is, but the corncob xylitol is made cheaply from corncobs typically by companies overseas, namely China.

I’m not knocking on anything Chinese made, they made lots of good products, but they also make lots of cheap knockoffs.  So when you look at corncob xylitol there is a good chance it’s not organic and is probably genetically modified.  I for one am not a big fan of GMOs so I try to stay away from them, but that’s another debate in itself and I’m not going there today.  Also cheap knockoffs can be cut with sorbitol which is a sugar alternative as well, but it contains all the same sugar related characteristics, which is the main reason I use xylitol in the first place.

So in conclusion, I use only birch xylitol.  I want my package to say All-Natural or GMO free.  It needs to say “Made from Birch” or something of that nature on the package.   And it needs to be 100% sugar free, so you know there are no additives .  When you receive the package, your xylitol should be in granules larger than normal sugar and it should not have any traces of powder.   That would indicate an additive.

I buy the brand Health Garden brand off of Amazon Prime in the five pound bag for the best price.  There will be a link below as well as a link on my blog page that bring you to the brand I buy and recommend.  It costs $36.49 for five pounds with Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping.  This is the best price I have found by far for Bitch Xylitol.  Make sure you carefully check out the package and ad page for the product if you buy something else.

If you found it cheaper than I did from somewhere, please let me know in the comments below.

I hope you learned  something and check out my link for Homemade toothpaste that contains xylitol.

 

Bentonite Clay – What Is It and How Is It Helpful?

What is it??

  • Bentonite usually forms from weathering of volcanic ash, most often in the presence of water. For industrial purposes, two main classes of bentonite exist: sodium and calcium bentonite.
  • Sodium bentonite expands when wet, absorbing as much as several times its dry mass in water. It is often used in drilling mud for oil and gas wells the property of swelling, used in most cat litter, and also makes it useful as a sealant and groundwater barrier.  It is used in landfills and retention ponds for this purpose as well.
  • Calcium bentonite is a useful adsorbent of fats and oils as well as ions.  Calcium Bentonite can also be converted into Sodium bentonite if desired
  • The clay has a strong negative electromagnetic charge and when activated by water it acts like a magnet around our bodies and pulls metals and toxins to it
  • So when used as a detoxer, it will draw out and exchange the toxins in your body and replace them with sodium or calcium depending on the type of clay, however sodium is the best since it has a stronger negative charge.

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Uses:

  • Removes proteins from wines and clarifies them
  • Mix 1/4 cup with water and soak fruits and vegetables to get real good and clean
  • Helps reverse the degrading of soil
  • Used in Homemade toothpastes
  • Use to make homemade Calamine Lotion
  • Apply with water for burns, scratches and bites
  • Can be used to help bleach tattoos
  • Used for detox your body of heavy metals that have been built up
  • Used to help soothe eczema
  • Can be used in soaps and shaving creams
  • Can be used to relieve constipation bloating and gas, can help ease IBS, and helps cleanse colon

Where to buy:

Personally I buy Redmond Clay, They are a very reputable company and have a great website with tons of information on their product.  Redmond Clay is also a mix of Sodium and Calcium Clays, so you get the best of both worlds in this one.  I purchased it on Amazon Prime for $11.68 for 10oz by weight, also its available as an add-on item for $9.01 if your total purchase is $25 with Amazon Prime.  A little goes a long way with this stuff, but you can buy it in a 6-lbs bucket for $63 as well.  I will list all the links below.

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Also I have heard Mountain Rose Herbs is reputable site and their prices are reasonable, but be aware that they only sell Sodium Bentonite Clay.   And it does note that this should only be used externally. While Redmond Clay can be used internally.  It may just be a disclaimer to protect them, but wanted to bring it to your attention.

For Calcium Bentonite Clay I would recommend the brand, Living Clay, it is more expensive, but it is pure Calcium Bentonite Clay and not a mix like Redmond Clay, the link is also provided below.