It is very easy to make your own homemade minty toothpaste. You just need three ingredients: peppermint leaves, baking soda, and coconut oil. Mix it up, put a small amount on your toothbrush, and your mouth will be minty fresh!
Minty Toothpaste Ingredients
- 1 cup of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 20 fresh peppermint leaves (clean and non-wet)
Minty Toothpaste Instructions
First, in a double boiler, combine the peppermint leaves and oil. Heat on low for 20 minutes. Pour into a glass jar. Once cooled, remove the leaves.
Then mix in the baking soda. Cover with a lid.
Adults: brush teeth three times a day with a pea sized amount. Do not swallow. Discontinue use if any irritation occurs.
Some Minty Toothpaste Research
- A peppermint mouth rinse taken 3 times a day for one week reduced bad breath in a study with 84 students ages 14-18 years. From: Evaluation of the use of a peppermint mouth rinse for halitosis…
- Hospice patients with terminal cancer had improved oral health with a mixture including diluted geranium, lavender, tea tree, and peppermint. From: Effects of Oral Care with Essential Oil on Improvement in Oral Health…
- In two clinical trials with 86 and 97 participants, using essential oil dentifrices were more effective than the control against oral malodor. From: Clinical effectiveness of essential oil-containing dentifrices…
- In a six month trial with 108 randomized subjects, an essential oil mouth rinse proved effective in treating plaque and malodor. From: Comparative antiplaque and antigingivitis effectiveness of a chlorhexidine…
- Two dental products high in baking soda showed in two human studies to reduce mouth odor. From: Effects of baking-soda-containing dentifrices on oral malodor.
- A variety of essential oils used in dental hygiene products helped to reduce malodor and oral bacteria. From: Oral malodour and active ingredients for treatment.
- Against oral bacteria, Australian tea tree, peppermint, and sage oil, as well as the thymol and eugenol constituents, were potent. From: The antimicrobial activity of essential oils and essential oil components towards oral bacteria.
- Essential oils of Eucalyptus camaldulensis and Mentha spicata significantly retarded dental biofilm formation. From: The effect of Mentha spicata and Eucalyptus camaldulensis essential oils on dental biofilm.
- Click here to read more research and recipes on Herbs for Oral Health.
- Click here for more information and research on Peppermint.
Your breath is so fresh!
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT
Last Updated: 8/2/18