Should You Be Using Dental Powder Instead of Toothpaste?

Originally Published on Carefreedental.com on March 22, 2016 By Carefree Dental

What’s the deal with dental powder? Is it better than toothpaste? How is it made? Here you’ll found out everything you need to know about this tooth cleaner.

Should You Be Using Dental Powder Instead of Toothpaste

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We all know what goes into a normal, healthy dental regimen: brushing with toothpaste, using dental floss, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. And even if you don’t do the last two steps, toothpaste has always been a staple tooth cleaner since what seems like forever. But did you know that once upon a time, this minty paste wasn’t found in the bathrooms of most people. Instead, something called “dental powder” was used to brush teeth, keeping them clean and fresh.

What is dental power?

Dental powder is mixture of a variety of ingredients to replace toothpaste as a cleaning substance. It often contains baking soda, herbs like cloves, mint, or cinnamon, and an artificial sweetener for taste.

Although the use of dental powder has regained in popularity recently, it’s just another trendy home remedy. According to How Stuff Works, it actually dates back to ancient history as an important part of dental care.

Origin of Dental Power

The first use of dental powder dates back thousands of years to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and Romans. Even before Cleopatra was around, the people of Egypt kept their teeth clean with powders or pastes made from burnt eggshells mixed with pumice and the power of ox hooves’ ashes. The Chinese added herbs, salt, and ginseng to enhance the cleaning properties and taste of the powder. Greeks and Romans used crushed bones and oyster shells to make a grittier powder. To prevent bad breath, the Romans also added powdered bark and charcoal to their teeth cleaner.

Around 1000 A.D., the Persians realized the danger of overly abrasive tooth powders that cause tooth damage. So they created a milder substance using burnt snail shells, herbs, and honey.

In the 18th century, Britain was the first to market tooth powder. Baking soda was usually the key component, and they added more abrasive substances like brick dust, earthenware, and cuttlefish to thoroughly polish teeth.

From powder to paste

By the early 19th century, two other important ingredients were added to common dental power: Borax for a foaming effect, and glycerin turning the powder into a paste. This made the product easier to use and added a more cleansing effect. Later on, toothpaste was put into collapsible tubes and contained fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel. Thus, toothpaste as we know it today was born.

Dental Powder vs. Toothpaste

Both dental powder and traditional fluoridated toothpaste work well as tooth-cleaning agents. But which one is better for you? Here are the pros and cons of each:
Traditional Fluoridated Toothpaste

Pros:

Easy and convenient to use

Gently cleans and polishes teeth

The American Dental Association recommends fluoride strengthen teeth and reduces cavities

Cons

Contains fluoride, which is poisonous if swallowed

Glycerin leaves a film on teeth preventing remineralization

Tooth Powder

Pros

Studies have shown that tooth powder can be more effective at removing plaque than toothpaste.

Most tooth powders are composed of natural and organic ingredients.

Because it does not contain fluoride, it is non-toxic and safer for children.

Cons

Powder is less convenient to clean with than a paste.

Herbs and clay can leave a funny texture in the mouth after use

Beneficial Ingredients Dental Power

The key ingredients in dental powder are what make this product very beneficial for teeth:

  • Bentonite Clay
    This clay naturally binds to toxins, helping eliminate heavy metal toxins from mercury fillings. Plus, it’s rich in minerals that are nourishing to gums and teeth.
  • Sea Salt
    Unrefined sea salt is helpful for healing irritated gums and contains a plethora of tooth-benefitting minerals.
  • Baking Soda
    Baking soda is a long-time trusted tooth cleaner. It works as a gentle abrasive to gently polish teeth and clean and whiten your smile.
  • Xylitol
    Xylitol not only adds a sweeter taste to the powder, but also can benefit your oral health. It naturally stimulates saliva production, which helps protect and remineralize teeth. Stevia is another good option if you wish to use a different sweetener.
  • Sage
    For years, cultures around the world have used sage as a natural tooth-whitener.
  • Cloves
    Cloves not only tastes great; it’s also a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient to help sore gums.
  • Essential Oils
    Essential oils have an endless list of benefits. Peppermint oil is a great choice for dental powder because it is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial. On top of having pain-relieving properties, it also leaves your mouth feeling minty and fresh.

Make your own dental powder

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of calcium powder
  • 1 teaspoon of pure sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of dried ground sage
  • 1 tablespoon of xylitol powder (for sweetness)
  • 1 teaspoon to tablespoon of Cloves or Cinnamon (or both, depending on the flavor you prefer)
  • Mint, spearmint, or other essential oils for taste

Instructions

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl or pint sized mason jar. Mix them together using a non-metal spoon. (Bentonite clay loses some of its beneficial properties when it comes in contact with metal, so it’s best to use plastic, glass or wooden bowls, containers, and spoons when making your dental powder.

Add essential oils by dripping them into the mixture. Stir well.

Keep the powder in a sealed container. Because it doesn’t have any liquid ingredients, it should last an indefinite amount of time on your counter without any problems.

Brushing with Dental Powder

Using tooth powder is similar to brushing teeth with toothpaste. Simply wet your toothbrush and dip it into the powder. Or if you’re using a small squirt bottle, carefully squirt the powder onto a wet toothbrush. Brush teeth holding the brush at a 45 degree angle, thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Brush for at least 2 minutes. Then, rinse your toothbrush and mouth with cool water. You can use this multiple times a day.

You can use dental powder as a replacement for toothpaste. However, you can still use toothpaste after you brush with tooth powder.

Keeping up with an Oral Health Regimen

Of course taking care of your teeth requires more than just using tooth powder. To keep teeth healthier and whiter, try sticking to this dental regimen:

  • Brush teeth at least twice a day, morning and night after meals.
  • Floss and rinse regularly to keeps gums healthy and bacteria at bay.
  • Change out your toothbrush every three months or so. Make sure that you clean it thoroughly after each use.
  • Keep up with regular dental check-ups and cleanings to keep your teeth in prime condition.

So which do you prefer to brush with: dental powder or traditional toothpaste? Let us know in the comments below!

Multi Purpose Hand Sanitizer

pexels-photo-207518.jpegLast year I had a party and made these favors that were hand sanitizers.  I must have made 150 of them as favors.  You know I didn’t want to run out.  Needless to say, I had many left overs.  I gave many away to friends and family as there is a shelf life to these babies.

These are the  uses I’ve found for them:

  1. Hand Sanitizer: Duh
  2. Hand Moisturizer:  They have fractionated cocoanut oil in them.  A little goes a long way and they do moisturize your hands quite nicely.
  3. Make Up Remover:  Since I was giving them away because I had so many, had been using cocoanut oil to take off my make up.  So I thought, I wonder if this will work.  Well it worked quite nicely.  I was really happy to make this discovery because I feel the ingredients are very good for my skin as well.

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These ingredients don’t look very enticing plus they also come in a big Fat Plastic Bag.  Just say no and make your own or just use cocoanut oil to remove make up.

I did have friends asking me for more of this stuff.  Making it and delivering it does take quite a bit of effort when you consider all that I am doing.  I am just not set up to be a manufacturer too.  So I will make another small batch to give to my peeps.  But in the meantime, here is the recipe that I’m sure you will love.

This makes 4- 4 oz bottles:

Hand Purifying Spray

  • 1 Cup Distilled Water
  • 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
  • 1/2 Cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 20 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops Lavender Essential OIl
  • 20 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

Directions to make

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Mix Well.  Using a funnel, pour it into 4 4oz spray bottles.

Spray on hands, rub thoroughly until spray has been absorbed into skin and let air dry.  I also use it to take off make up. I use it to take off my eye make up and did not have any problems but do that at your own risk.  Seriously would you rather use this or that toxic cocktail from Neutrogena?

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Well that’s it.  I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as I did.  Stay strong and know that you can make all the difference in the world.  Just remember that you do matter.  One person at a time making positive changes can have a great influence.

Thanks Earth Angel!!  You rock!!  And after you make this, let me know how many blessings you start receiving.  You are making a conscious choice to do a good thing and you will be rewarded.  As you put out good, good thing will come to you.  Remember that.

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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach. She’s trying to share with people other options then simply buying more stuff in plastic. Join her and start saving the planet.

 

Homemade Remedies For Pets Using Essential Oils

Originally Published on OneGoodThingByJillee.com on May 5, 2013

Homemade Remedies For Pets Using Essential Oils

Last week I appeared on a local talk show and shared ideas for beauty products that come from your kitchen cupboard! I also shared a new source for AFFORDABLE essential oils (SparkNaturals.com) that I am SO excited about I can hardly stand it! Now I can indulge in my love of essential oils as much as I want because I’m not afraid of running out! I’m also learning so much more about all the different ways essential oils can be used….far beyond anything I had imagined!

For example, after the show was over I was chatting with the floor director of the show about essential oils and she said that she even uses them on her dog! Really? This was honestly the first time I’d heard of using them on or four-legged friends. She said that last year on the Fourth of July she decided to rub some lavender on her dog’s ears and head before the fireworks started because the “sounds of freedom” usually made her dog go crazy! Apparently the difference was pretty remarkable. Instead of running around like his tail was on fire…she said he was MUCH calmer and endured the whole ordeal without a pet freak-out. Amazing.

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The next day I did a blog post about Spark Naturals essential oils and how excited I was to find high quality oils, for a price that made them accessible to more people! MANY of you commented both here on the website and on the One Good Thing By Jillee Facebook page that you were excited to finally be able to afford to give essential oils a try and some of you actually asked about using them on pets. Makes sense….they ARE part of the family after all! 🙂

Well, I didn’t really have a whole lot of answers at the time…but since then I have been doing a fair amount of research on this topic and have come up with a handful of pet remedies using essential oils that I think those of you with pets will be interested in. Including some I found on my sister’s website – Camp Wander! (Apparently great minds think alike! lol)

Essential Oil Remedies for Your Pets

Homemade Flea Repellant Spray

Mix 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil with 1-2 ounces of mild, organic soap and water. Pour into a spray bottle and spray your pet periodically throughout the day.

Essential oil formulations will need to be applied more frequently than synthetic pesticides, but the benefits far outweigh the exposure to harsh chemicals and toxic side effects. They are great for misting your dog’s legs (and your own) any time that you go out where fleas would be likely to be found.

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Shampoo

12 ounces water

1 tablespoons of castile soap

2 drops of peppermint essential oil

2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

2 drops of lavender essential oil

2 drops of rosemary essential oil

(If you don’t have all the oils listed, don’t worry, just use what you have.) Combine in a jar. Shake well. Lather and rinse well.

For a “soothing” version, add replace 2 ounces of the water with 2 ounces aloe vera.

Collar

Option 1: Make your own flea collar by taking an average collar and adding some drops of essential oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of almond oil (use dilute solutions when applying to cats as they can be very sensitive to essential oils). Some great flea-repelling essential oil options include cinnamon, rosemary, wormwood, clove, peppermint, and cedar wood.

Allow the collar to dry and then place it on your pet. It’s time to re-dose your pet’s collar when you no longer note the scent, generally every two weeks or so.

Option 2: Buy a cotton scarf or bandana, or use a piece of scrap cotton fabric that will fit around your dog’s neck comfortably.

Lay the fabric flat, and place 10 drops of cedar essential oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil on the fabric. Distribute the essential oil drops evenly over the fabric surface. Other essential oils that repel fleas (and ticks and mosquitoes) include eucalyptus, citronella, rose, geranium, peppermint, lemongrass.

Fold or roll the fabric, and tie it round your dog’s neck snugly.

Ear Infection Inflammation

Apply Peppermint Essential Oil along the ear line, on the outside of the ear (never internally, because it would burn the tender ear canal), applied over the fur down the tube of the ear from the outside.

Soothing Dogs Paw Pads

Dogs who walk on concrete will get rough and dry paw pads. Sometimes the paw pads will crack and can bleed or get infected. To help prevent this, Melaleuca can be applied directly to paw pads to soothe the dryness and fight infection. Don’t over oil the paw pads, because some roughness is required for the dog to have traction.

Soothe Your Dog’s Skin

Just like people, dogs often get dry and itchy skin. Soothe minor skin irritations by mixing 2 Tbsp. of almond or coconut oil and 10 drops of Lavender essential oil. Massage the oil mixture into skin irritations to help reduce itch, kill bacteria and even calm nerves.

Doggie Smells Deodorizer

Ensure that you never hear that your home smells like dog again, by using bergamot oil, a natural deodorizer, two or three times a week on your sweet, yet not so sweet smelling pets. Once again, mix 10-15 drops of bergamot with 8 ounces water and apply a light spritz when needed.

Calming Mist For Dogs

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

8 oz. of purified water or distilled

Measure essential oil into an empty and clean 8-oz spray mist bottle. Add the water until it is filled. Put on cap and shake well before each use. Spray around the dog and even on its coat since Lavender is a good essential oil to repel mosquitos and fleas. This is great for use in a car with a nervous dog or at any time your dog is over-energized.

Dog Burns

Cool the burn with a cold water compress and then apply Lavender Essential Oil as soon as possible.

Dog Abscess

Clean the wound area and apply Melaleuca directly on the abscess. Continue to apply several times a day. When the pus is gone, you can use Lavender Oil to speed healing.

Doggie Tummy Troubles

Whether it is constipation, dog motion sickness or they just ate something they shouldn’t have….just place one or two drops of Peppermint, Ginger, Tarragon, or Lemongrass Essential Oils on their paw. May also be rubbed on their stomach.

Note about Cats:

Cats are more sensitive to essential oils since they metabolize the oils differently. They are sensitive to strong odors and they generally have an adverse reaction to citrus oils. It is a good idea to consult with a veterinarian before applying oils to a cat.

I hope some of these ideas have opened your eyes to the world of possibilities that are out there for essential oils. I know they’ve opened mine!

Have you used essential oils on the family pet?

Share your experience with us!

If you would like to order essential oils from Spark Naturals, here is a link to their website. If you’d like to save an additional 10% off when you order…use the coupon code JILLEE. 🙂

How To Smell Fresh the Healthy Way

pexels-photo-207518.jpegI get it that we all want to smell good.  We want to cover up any evidence that we are human and that we sweat and sometimes get stinky.  This discussion is about antiperspirants and deodorant that is sold in many drug stores across the United States and world-wide.  I do not use anti-perspirant because there are so many toxic ingredients.

So what is the first reason that I don’t like it? That is because it has aluminum in the ingredients.  Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s.  So this article is not about that.  But there has been research done and I am not going to gamble on my life just so I can not sweat and also take the risk of Alzheimers.  So if you want to take that risk.  Knock yourself out.  We all have this wonderful thing called free will.  And you get to decide how you live your life and if that’s how you want to do it.  That’s your choice.  But I’m making a different decision.

The second reason is that it stops you from sweating.  What is the reason to sweat?  To rid our body of toxins. (more here on that subject).  We must be able to release this from our body and if our under arms are clogged, it can’t get out.  So where does it go?  Gee maybe to your lymph nodes which contributes to breast cancer.  So not only does it contribute to Alzheimer’s but also breast cancer.

Don’t worry dear ones you don’t have to  have to just suffer with the funk?  To be perfectly honest, I use this natural blend I came up with.  It’s actually this natural toothpaste.  I guess it has multiple uses.  I was on vacation and I had forgotten my deodorant at home so I used the toothpaste and it worked great.  I did not smell.

But I do have an actual spray on recipe, if that would make you feel better.  But I have not tried this.  The tooth paste does work but you have to try for you.wild-flowers-flowers-plant-macro-40797.jpeg

Also remember when you make your own products, you are being super eco-friendly.  Because you put it in your own jar and didn’t buy a plastic container. So you are not only saving yourself $$ big time.  But you’re saving the planet.  And that makes you a Super Hero.  And you are sticking up for yourself and refusing to use something that is harmful to your welfare.

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So before you put it all over do a little patch test.  Put a small amount on the inside of your forearm to test for a reaction.  If after a couple of hours you don’t see anything then you are golden to use it.

So here is the recipe for the spray on deodorant:

  • 4 ounces witch hazel
  • 20 drops therapeutic-grade tea tree essential oil
  • 20 drops therapeutic-grade lavender essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons organic coconut oil melted
  • glass spray bottle
  1. Boil a cup of hot water and put the hot water in a bowl.
  2. In a smaller cup or bowl (espresso mug) put the witch hazel in the bowl to warm up slightly.  Pour in glass bottle
  3. melt the coconut oil and pour in glass bottle (use a funnel)
  4. Add the essential oils, shake up and you are done.

I know it’s so much easier to just go shopping and buy it.  So there are natural alternatives to antiperspirants that you can purchase.  Here are some good suggestions for you to consider.  Just try to see the possibility of staying healthy.  You really have to be your own best advocate.  If you don’t look out for yourself, who else will do it?

If you take a shower at night, you can put it on before bed because you never know what can happen after the lights go out.

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and a Yoga Instructor.  She is passionate about the environment and knowing that as you heal yourself, you heal the planet.  Valerie is a dancer and is documenting her journey.  She also is recovering from a 26 year career in law enforcement.

It’s OK to be a Big Baby

It’s OK to be a Big Baby

Have you ever noticed how parents for the most part take really good care of their babies. They feed their babies healthy food (unprocessed), make sure they get their naps, give them a relaxing bath before bed, turn the lights, put on relaxing music and massage their babies with relaxing lotions with the hopes of helping their babies sleep really well so that the parents can either get a good night sleep or maybe they can binge watch Netflix without being interrupted.baby-1356093__480

So the babies are all well cared for. Parents know instinctively when their kids start to get irritable, that they are either hungry or cranky because they need a nap. After the nap the babies wake up usually in a good mood and everyone is happy.

One question here: What makes adults think we are any different than babies in our quest for health and wellness? Talk to any mother and you will usually find a sleep deprived woman who can’t remember the last time she slept for 8 hours. If that keeps up, is there any wonder why women can get irritable, grouchy or downright mean? In my humble opinion, I believe that if we all started treating ourselves more like babies, maybe we wouldn’t be so tired.

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I recommend people start acting like babies more often. No that doesn’t mean wearing a diaper and crying every time you don’t get your way. It means feeding yourself healthy food. Would you feed your baby the food you are putting on your plate? If the answer is no, maybe you can start catering to ourselves like we are a baby. Simplify the food you eat and make it unprocessed as much as possible. JERF AKA Just Eat Real Food can be healing in and of itself.

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Also think about what your night time routine is prior to slumber. Do you watch violent/scary movies or surf the internet prior to bed? Do you eat sugar before bed? Do you work all the way until your exhausted and then fall into bed, only to find yourself tossing and turning? Something to think about with your night time routine. So ask yourself if you would dream of doing this to a toddler and expect them to get a good night’s sleep?:

1)Let them watch a scary movie before bed. The Exorcist would be a great movie for a kid to watch before bed. Let’s see how wonderful this kid sleeps.
2)Give them a lot of sugar. How about a nice Coke before bed?
3)Do vigorous exercise before bed? Have their dad start a pillow fight and let them jump on the bed. Yes that will wear them out.
4)Let them play violent video games.

I think it’s safe to say that most logical parents would never dream of doing any of the above with their kid. Although I’m sure it does happen and there is no judgment. The above activities are not geared towards getting a good night’s sleep.

Since most parents wouldn’t do that with their kids, then why do parents think it’s OK for them to do similar types of behavior and wonder why they can’t get a good night’s sleep. The following are behaviors that can hinder sleep:
1)Watching the news ie war, politics, violence, crime etc in the evening.
2)Eating sugar ie: ice cream, cookies, candy, chocolate, pie, coffee and alcohol can have an effect on your sleep as well
3)Getting into a debate on social media is a horrible way to relax.

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I’ll end this with behaviors that can help wind down at the end of the day:
1)Turn down the lights especially electronics
2)Take a relaxing bath or shower
3)Use Essential Oils such as lavender, ylang ylang or Frankincense to promote relaxation. There are numerous ways these can be used. They can be put in a diffuser, mixed with oil to make a luxurious massage oil.

essential oils\   4)Put on relaxing spa music and it’s especially beneficial to have music without lyrics.

So it’s OK baby.  Get some rest sweetie pie.  Lord knows you deserve it.  Sending you sweet dreams and all good things.

Before bed say a prayer about all of the things you are grateful for.  You are blessed and loved by the most high.  Never forget that.

PS:  If you would like to purchase any essential oils, please let me know or just click on the link above.  This Blog is not free to operate.  And I have to get technical support and it goes on and on.  So I do appreciate your support.  And if you get them from me in person, it saves on shipping.

Take care loves!!