Making Your Own Toothpaste From Home Grown Peppermint
Given all the concern we all have about all the harmful chemicals and other toxic products in our environment, you would think that there would be a high level of regulations and concern about what is being used to produce our personal care products. We use, apply, and even sometimes swallow, an array of these products daily, however, there are not the strict guidelines for safety that we assume are there. Manufacturers are not required to test these common products for safety. In fact, they do not even have to list each ingredient that the product contains on the label!
Look at the label on your favorite brand of toothpaste. (I’m looking directly at the label on City Spouse’s now.)
Active Ingredient: sodium mono fluorophosphate
Inactive Ingredients: calcium pyrophosphate, propylene glycol, PEG/PPG 11/66, copolymer, PEG-12, glycerin, PVP, flavor, sodium lauryl sulfate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, silica, hydrogen peroxide, sodium saccharin, phosphoric acid, sucralose, butylated hydroxytoluene, water.
See where it says “flavor”??
This cocktail of chemicals that are mixed up together are considered a “trade secret” so they don’t have to share any of this information with consumers. All so that they can keep competitors from being able to copy it, at a risk to our health.
There are companies that submit to voluntary self-regulation, but this very rarely works well. To date, only 12 chemical compounds or ingredients have been declared unsafe by the Cosmetics Ingredient Review Panel. (See the list here.)
So instead of having to trust those who in my opinion have a bias toward promoting the products that they are testing, why not avoid big business altogether and make your own personal care products from natural, home grown ingredients?
1 tbsp fresh peppermint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp sunflower oil
Place chopped mint leaves in a small, heavy saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool 15-20 minutes.
In a separate bowl, combine cornstarch and oil until smooth. Strain the mint out of the water, using a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Return to saucepan and add in cornstarch mixture. Stir well.
Heat over medium heat just until boiling. Immediately remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Stir well and store in an air-tight glass container.
Use this knowing that you are aware of every ingredient going into your family’s body!!
*To make this recipe using peppermint essential oil: combine cornstarch and oil until smooth. Add water. Heat until just boiling. Allow to cool. Stir in 3-5 drops of peppermint oil before storing.