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How to make natural toothpaste

I hope you get a chance to try this natural toothpaste recipe – It’s fluoride free, and leaves your mouth feeling very fresh and clean.How to make natural toothpaste

What you’ll need:

  •  1 tbsp Baking soda
  • 1 tbsp Organic extra virgin coconut oil (cold pressed / unrefined) – Coconut oil is better than toothpaste according to this new study. (Plus it leaves your lips nice and soft)
  • 10 – 15 drops Spearmint essential oil – You can also use peppermint – I like spearmint because it’s more mild, slightly sweeter and considered more safe. Spearmint, like many other essential oils, has anti-bacterial  and anti-microbial properties
  • 2 tsp Xylitol (optional – but makes it taste more like regular toothpaste.) Xylitol is a plant-based sweetener which is proven to reduce tooth decay, remove plaque and tartar. It’s also said to whiten teeth. Read about more of its benefits here.) Make sure the xylitol you use is extra fine powder and not crystals. After looking for this for a while I finally found Kal brand fast disolving xylitol at the Vitamin Shoppe – I’m sure it can be found easily online.)
  • Jar to mix everything in
  • Measuring spoons / spoon for mixing 

 

How to make it: 

Mix everything up in your jar and voila – you have yourself some toothpaste!

Make sure to cap the jar so that the essential oil stays fresh. This amount will last about a week or two for one person.

Let me know if you try it!

Liz

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Quick tip: Coconut oil for an itchy scalp

Quick tip coconut oil for an itchy scalp

If your scalp ever gets so dry that it starts itching like crazy, try massaging cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil into it. The coconut oil will condition your hair and scalp, and the massage will stimulate hair growth.
If the coconut oil is a little bit too heavy, you may want to wash and condition your hair afterwards (with some nice, natural products, of course! I love a good (diluted) apple cider vinegar rinse – which is another way to deal with scalp itch. )

Have you tried this trick? Let me know if it works for you in the comments section!

 

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How to get soft lips, naturally

Dry, cracked lips driving you crazy? Soften, soothe and protect with these 6 tips:

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1. Exfoliate:  Give your lips a little help by sloughing off dried, dead skin cells and exposing the soft, new skin underneath.

This will make your lip balm more effective. You can do this using a toothbrush, a gentle washcloth – or, try this d.i.y sugar scrub:

Mix equal parts of coconut or olive oil, sugar + raw honey to form a paste. (Just a tiny bit of each will do). Gently rub onto lips in a circular motion, and then wipe off with a slightly damp cloth (resist the urge to lick it off! See tip 4) Pat dry with towel and immediately follow with your favorite lip balm.

2. Look for some of these ingredients in your lip balm:

  •  Natural oils like coconut, extra virgin olive, jojoba, avocado, argan, castor, or sweet almond (or Shea, mango, kokum or cocoa butters) to soften, soothe, nourish and prevent moisture loss
  • Beeswax, candelilla or carnauba wax – to seal in moisture and protect from the elements
  • Herbs like Calendula, Comfrey (which soothe & soften dry + irritated skin, promote skin cell regeneration, and have anti-inflammatory properties.) or Plantain.

I use jojoba oil infused with real, organic vanilla beans, coconut oil infused with calendula & plantain leaf, and beeswax in my Crystalline lip balm.

Prefer a hint of color on your lips? Check out my Red Ruby naturally tinted balm

3. Avoid these ingredients: Mints, camphor, phenol, menthol, eucalyptus, salicylic acid or cinnamon – they may make your lips tingle (and make you feel like they’re working!) – they’re really just irritating your skin. They may cause your lips to peel and dry out so that you need even more balm. Cracked lips may be a sign of an allergic reaction to a lip balm ingredient. Watch out for alcohol, artificial colors and fragrances.  Mint, fluoride, guaiazulene and sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpaste can also be the culprit.

Other ingredients that may be harmful:  mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin (all made from  petroleum), Phthalates and Parabans. Look for products that are made with 100% pure essential oils versus “fragrance”. Also look out for Canola oil, which is GMO if it isn’t organic.

When in doubt – enter the ingredient into the Environmental Working Groups SKINDEEP database.

4.  Don’t lick your lips: The digestive enzymes in your saliva that break down food are extremely drying to your lips. Break the habit – reach for a lip balm instead.

5.  Nourish Yourself: Your dry lips could be a sign of vitamin deficiency – Make sure to get enough B Vitamins. Lack of niacin (vitamin B3), riboflavin (vitamin B2), Folic acid and B6 can all lead to dry lips.

6. Hydrate:  Be sure to drink enough water, reduce things that dehydrate such as smoking & too much caffeine, and consider a humidifier if your skin is especially dry.

Bonus Tip: Oil pulling with coconut oil or sesame oil always keeps my lips nice and soft as well. Let me know if you’d like me to do a post on oil pulling sometime in the future.

-Liz

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