Yes, in my case it is the teethpaste, not toothpaste, because I will use it for teeth not for one tooth:) As these days English is one of the most popular languages to communicate among different countries and nationalities around the World, it gains even specific attention, as for example, word formation scheme. I understand it is a way we (English-speaking) talk, but…what does our subconscious mind think about it? Only one tooth to clean? And was it made by one hand? (hand-made:) or by hands? (hands-made:) )
- Diatomite powder, 50 g
- Soda (purified), 1 tsp
- Salt (milled from crystalline salt into a powder), 1/2 tsp
- Sage leaves (dried and milled into a powder), 1 tsp
- Water (purified), 120 ml (or 120 g, it is the same amount)
- Guar gum, 1/8 tsp
- Coconut oil, 1 Tbsp
- Cedar essential oil, 3 drops
How to make it:
- In a bowl, mix carefully and slowly (with a whisk) diatomite, soda, salt and sage
- Add water and mix well again
- Add guar gum (the mixture will become thick) and mix well
- In a big spoon, melt coconut oil over hot water bath then add essential oil
- Add melted coconut oil with essential oil to the paste and mix well with a whisk. It is ready!
- Always use a protective mask while preparing this toothpaste because particles of powder ingredients (especially diatomite) are very small and spread all around in the air, could affect lung function if in contact for prolonged time
- Please. Please use only few drops of cedar essential oil. Any essential oil is a concentrated liquid and need to be used and handled with knowledge and care.
- Clay is a very popular ingredient to make a base for home-made toothpastes or other products. However, I would like to skip it and replace with diatomite. In my opinion, clay (like white clay – kaolin, grey or cream in color – bentonite, or blue clay – illite) should not be used in hygienic and cosmetic home-made formulas for daily use. Because, in general, cosmetic clay like kaolin, bentonite and illite, contain higher amount of aluminium oxide (20-40%) if compared to diatomite (5-10%, but usually less than 5%) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
- Aluminium negatively affects synthesis of collagen (skin component) has negative impact on bone health (6, 7)
- I skip all commercial toothpastes, even “natural” ones because of number of reasons. All varieties of toothpastes I use are my-made, home-made. For today, this one is the best for me. Approved by the Family!
Diatomite or diatomaceous earth is the fossilised remnants of diatoms, tiny planktonic algae residing in all of the earth’s waters. Diatoms belong to the phylum Bacillariophyta and are single celled organisms which possess a cell wall made almost entirely of
silica (SiO2). This cell wall is formed by the organism through filtration of silica from water and is often referred to as the skeleton of the organism. The death of large numbers of diatoms in an area leads to sedimentation of the minerals present in the cell walls leading to large deposits suitable for mining. The remarkable property of these deposits is their high purity, often greater than 85% silica. As a result diatomite is both non-toxic and odourless, present naturally in large quantities and at high purities, subsequently it is available at low cost (4).
- Physical and Chemical Data of Source Clays on http://www.clays.org/sourceclays_data.html, viewed May 2020
- Structure and Composition of the Clay Minerals and their Physical and Chemical Properties by Haydn H.Murray, 2006
- Chemical and Biological Properties of the Lake Blue Clay by R. Tretjakova et al., 2017
- Turning the volume down on heavy metals using tuned diatomite. A review of diatomite and modified diatomite for the extraction of heavy metals from water by Angela F. Danil de Namor et al., 2012
- Characterization of Diatomaceous Earth and Halloysite Resources of Poland by M. Lutinski, 2019
- Sequential Changes in Trace Metal, Metallothionein and Calmodulin Concentrations In Healing Skin Wounds by A. Lansdown et al., 1999
- Effects of thirty elements on bone metabolism by M. Dermience et al., 2015