Chocolate Spice Tooth Powder

9.16.13 021This is my new favorite invention. My kids don’t like the powdered texture as much as their regular toothpaste but I like that this recipe has an indeterminate shelf life, the cloves and cinnamon disinfect, the bentonite clay absorbs the toxins and helps remineralize the teeth, and the cocoa powder whitens. I can say that I did see a noticeable difference in the whiteness of my teeth after just two uses. And it tastes pretty good too!

While researching for this recipe I found this interesting article on Science Daily about the oral health benefits of cocoa. Chocolate good for the teeth? Who is going to argue with that? Here’s what they say…

“… an extract of cocoa powder that occurs naturally in chocolates, teas, and other products might be an effective natural alternative to fluoride in toothpaste. In fact, his research revealed that the cocoa extract was even more effective than fluoride in fighting cavities. The extract…helps harden teeth enamel, making users less susceptible to tooth decay.”

That sounds pretty good to me. I actually initially thought of the cocoa powder in this recipe for taste and I thought that it might help in whitening teeth, but the research above seems to indicate that it may offer even more benefits.

9.16.13 045So, wanna try the chocolate tooth powder with me? Here’s what you do… it’s easy!

Combine 1 tsp. powdered cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves, 1 tsp. cocoa powder, 2 tsp. bentonite clay an a pinch of sea salt. Stir and store in a glass jar (due to the bentonite clay it is best not to store in plastic or metal containers).

To use, wet your toothbrush and dip in the jar and brush adding more water to your toothbrush if needed. Try it out!

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Homemade perfume, cologne or body scents

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Make your own custom perfume, cologne or body scents. Simply mix your favorite essential oils together in 1-2 ounces of a carrier oil such as olive oil or almond oil. Add more drops of essential oils for a stronger scent or less for a lighter one. Try some of the scent combinations pictured on the Beauty page.

Herbal infused vinegar

8.30.13 047I’ve been making herbal infused vinegars lately. I started making one to use as a hair rinse and found that I like it in my new deodorant recipe too (coming soon).

It’s easy to make. Just takes a little time.

Here’s what you need….
1 – 32 oz. glass jar and lid
apple cider vinegar
1 cup herbs of choice (I use nettle, lavender and rosemary)

Place the dried herbs in the glass jar. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the herbs filling up to one inch from the top of the jar. Seal. Let it sit for 3 weeks agitating the jar daily. After 3 weeks (give or take) strain the herbs and rebottle using in the shower as a hair rinse, toner for your face, or as an ingredient in homemade deodorant.

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3 in 1 deodorant, toner and hair tonic

10.10.10 159 - CopyAn easy, multi-purpose recipe for your medicine cabinet. Just in time for summer. Makes traveling with homemade beauty products simple and convenient.