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Our previous post was all about about DIY: Mouthwash & Toothpaste, so now I'll feature on how I make my own toothpaste. This certainly shows the process but it not limited to exactness. As always, feel free to personalize to your likeness and oral/dental needs.

1) Supplies are as follows, from left to right: a container, hydrogen peroxide, spearmint,
    peppermint gels, coconut oil, and baking soda. *oregano oil not shown

2) Begin the paste with (softened) room temperature coconut oil. 
    Fill up the container relatively half way with the oil.

3) Then fill the remaining half of the container with baking soda.

4) Next, use a spoon or craft stick to stir the oil and soda until homogeneous.
     The consistency should be pasty that is not too thick yet not too thin.
     * Note: this step may be messy; and so it may help to go by it little by little.  

5) Now add some hydrogen peroxide, just enough to soften the paste.
    For those with sensitive teeth may choose to go easy with the peroxide.

6) Add a few drops of food grade spearmint enough to taste.

7) Break open a couple gel capsules and add to the paste.

8) Similarly, add a few drops of food grade oregano oil.

9) Thoroughly mix before brushing and your toothpaste is now complete!

NOTE: Certain substances, such as essential oils, are light sensitive. 
Therefore, store in a dark place or perhaps opt for an opaque container to preserve. 

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What is the purpose of mouthwash and toothpaste? Well ultimately, both aid is to maintain oral hygiene.
That is to clean,  freshen, whiten, preserve oral enamel, eliminate plaque and tartar, etcetera.

Yet, despite these desired benefits, we get more than bargained for. Yikes! That is, controversial substances and unpleasant toxins. Be advised to research "toothpaste controversy" to see it for yourselves.
Acetaldehyde: despite it naturally occurring, high concentrations or prolong use causes irritation.
Sodium Floride: this is an inorganic substance that originates as a toxic waste by-product. It acts as a calcification agent, yet it is really a carcinogen that begins to accumulates in the body overtime.
Gluten: while this grain protein is harmless to most, it is detrimental to those with celiac disease.
Paraben: a preservative used to prolong shelf life, yet it actually accumulates in the body as a toxin.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: (SLS) this surfactant, which acts as a foaming agent, is actually an irritant.
Consider a holistic approach by consuming organic/natural substances. Best to do it yourself or, at least, use naturally manufactured products, which may be found at your local health store. Refer to the catalog below.

:: CATALOG of common (food grade) ingredients to concoct your own based on your particular oral care needs ::             

Anise: An adaptogen with antimicrobrial and astringent properties that freshens, soothes, and stimulates.
Aloe: An adaptogen that soothes by detoxifying and reducing inflammation.
Cinnamon: A mild spice with antimicrobial and astringent properties that cleanses, freshens and stimulates.
Clove: A mild spice with expectorant properties that soothes aches and inflammation.
Coconut oil: An antioxidant with antimicrobial properties that moisturizes and relieves inflammation.
Fennel: An antiseptic and expectorant that freshens, soothes, and relieves congestion.
Ginger: A mild spice with antibacterial, anti-fungal, and astringent properties that soothes and reduces infection and inflammation.
Hydrogen Peroxide: An oxidant that cleanses by whitening and eliminating bacteria.
Melaleuca: (Tea Tree) Anti-fungal properties that eliminates infection and reduces inflammation.
Oregano: An antihistamine and expectorant that soothes and eliminates inflammation and swelling. Also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Papain: An antioxidant that cleans and soothes by whitening and relieving irritation.
Peppermint: An adaptogen with astringent properties that cleanses and freshens. Also an expectorant that relives congestion and inflammation.
Sea Salt: An abrasive that brightens and cleanses. Also dehydrates bacteria by soothing sores and swelling.
Sodium Bicarbonate: (Baking Soda) An Abrasive that cleans and neutralizes by brightening, whitening and freshening.
Spearmint: An antibacterial with astringent properties that cleanses and freshens by eliminating bacteria.
Turmeric: An antioxidant that cleans, soothes and relieves inflammation.
Witch Hazel: An antiseptic with antibacterial and astringent properties that soothes and reduces inflammation.
// Xylithol & Glycerin: Sugar alcohols that flavor and sweeten; also provides a jelly consistency.

                   **DISCLAIMER: Viva La DIY is a not certified health practitioner. For any legally pending medical concerns, please consult with a licensed naturopathic health care practitioner and or dental professional. **

Keep in mind, do not believe everything that you're told and or read. We encourage all to self educate, do your own research. Ignorance is certainly not bliss, especially concerning our own overall well-being.

Cited health references, alphabetically by title:
[ 1] Aloe vera: Nature's soothing healer to periodontal disease
[ 2] Can You Use Hydrogen Peroxide On Your Teeth?
[ 3] Does Saltwater Work As Mouthwash?
[ 4] Enhancement of plaque removal efficacy by tooth brushing with baking soda dentifrices
[ 5] Ginger's Many Evidence-Based Health Benefits Revealed
[ 6] Greek Oral Hygiene
[ 7] Health benefit of Anise
[ 8] Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
[ 9] Health Benefits of Papin
[10] Health Benefits of Tumeric
[11] Health Benefits of Witch Hazel
[12] Oil of Oregano Benefits and Side Effects
[13] Peppermint 
[14] The effects of a tea tree oil-containing gel on plaque and chronic gingivitis.
[15] The health controversies of parabens
[16] Toothpastes Facts Controversies and Concerns
[17] Tooth and Gum Health
[18] Toxic waste chemicals are disposed of by feeding to humans
[19] 5 Hidden Dangers in Toothpaste
[20] 6 Health Benefits Of Cloves
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Oil pulling is derived from an ancient holistic practice known as Ayurveda.
"Ayurveda means 'the science of life' (AYUS == LIFE/LONGEVITY VEDA == KNOWLEDGE/SCIENCE).
It is more than 5000 years old ancient system of healing that focuses on the complete person which, includes the body, mind and spirit. Traditional medicine tends to focus on a specific symptom or disease. Ayurveda says that for complete wellness to occur, the body, mind and spirit must be in harmony with each other and naturally resistant to disease causing conditions.— oilpulling.com
The method of oil pulling not only preserves oral hygiene but also quite an effective detox! As with any sort of practice, intention sets the tone. Be mindful and reflect on the desired outcome. A sure way to be most beneficial and improving, indeed. Additionally, every experience is unique and will attain novel results.

A quality oil is a must for optimal results; i.e. cold/expeller-pressed, organic and unrefined. All the while, the course of choosing the right kind of oil is completely up to personal preference. Common oils used include coconut, sesame and sunflower. Keep in mind to avoid oils such as canola, corn, cottonseed, flax and soy.
"The limiting factor for many people is palatability. Sesame oil is more warming than other oils and may be more gently detoxifying than other oils that are “colder” energetically. It has a somewhat strong sesame flavor, which is a familiar food taste for most people. Sunflower oil has a milder taste if you prefer that.Coconut oil is a familiar taste for many people. It has a cooler energy than sesame oil, so it’s good for people who tend to have a warmer constitution or condition of heat. Some people have reported that coconut oil is more strongly detoxifying, which isn’t always a good thing for some people, so it’s best to be cautious and go slowly.— oilpulling.com
Traditionally, oil pulling is done first thing upon arising. The act of "pulling" is a gentle swish motion that pulls the oil throughout your mouth; do not gargle much less swallow. Commence by pulling a spoonful of oil. As a guideline, 20 minutes is proper timing to draw out toxins. In the meantime, proceed with your regular routine. Once enough time has passed, the oil will be a milky consistency. Then spit and dispose as you would with any cooking oil; i.e. never pour oil down the drain. (Personally, I spit the oil out in a baggie and throw it away in the trash.) As for after-care, rinse with salt water to soothe and wash away oily residue by brushing your teeth. Repeat the process based on a personal basis, which may be two to three times daily. 

Oil Pulling Process:
  1. Take a spoonful of oil (about a tablespoon).
  2. Gently swish and pull up to 20 minutes.
  3. Spit out the oil and discretely dispose.
  4. Rinse your mouth with salt water.
  5. Commence to brush your teeth. 
  6. Repeat the process as necessary.
For reference, the ultimate oil pulling resource is oilpull.com.
Likewise, feel free to comment any of your questions/concerns.

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A minimalist approach is remarkably effortless. Likewise, the Minimalist Baker is an extraordinary source for the simplest of recipes; not to mention, a great majority of these recipes are conveniently vegan friendly.

Now, this Raw Vegan Banana Cream Pie is a delectable dessert. With all ingredients in hand, making it is a cinch! And so to make this treat even more special, add a handful of strawberries to the cream filling. Mmmm, strawberry banana  is scrumptiously sweet.

Of course, compliment each serving with fresh fruit along with your favorite toppings. Bon appetit! 

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Apple Cider Vinegar is known for providing holistic health benefits, such as its excellent immune boosting & vitalizing power! Keep in mind to use raw/unfiltered/unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar for optimal results.
"For centuries, the virtues of Apple Cider Vinegar have been proclaimed for their culinary, health, and healing properties. In 400 B.C. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used Apple Cider Vinegar for cleansing and healing agent; a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria for a healthier, stronger and longer life. He also prescribed Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with honey for a variety of ills, including coughs and colds." — Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar 
Not to mention, this acclaimed Apple Cider Vinegar tonic renews vitality, relieves fatigue, & gives strength.

In case your taste buds are as persnickety as mine, have no fear of the taste.
According to my parents, this tonic tastes like tepache; to me, it's just like apple juice.

Directions: Fill a glass with lukewarm water. Then stir in the honey/syrup with vinegar. Go completely by taste. For an eight fluid ounce serving, it is recommended to add one to two teaspoons of vinegar along with one to two teaspoons of sweetener. e.g. Personally, I like three teaspoons of honey with three cape fulls ~ roughly a tablespoon's worth ~ of vinegar for every 10 to 12 fluid ounces of water.

* Bonus: Add a spoonful to your favorite fruit juice and enjoy! *

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♡  Piña para la niña. 

Here's an easy to follow juicing recipe, especially if you're already familiar with our Homemade: Beet Juice

Of course, the main ingredient is pineapple. So to mention just a few benefits, consider the the following vitamins and minerals: antioxidants, vitamin c, calcium, manganese, potassium, etc. Ahh, so refreshing! 

  • 2 apples
  • 2 pears
  • 1 lemon 
  • 1 1/2 cups of pineapple
  • Piece of ginger (to taste)

Perusal, wash all ingredients with plenty of baking soda. Then cut up the fruit as necessary. Turn on your juicer and proceed to extract the juice. Stir before serving. Finally pour in a glass, garnish with a fresh pineapple slice and enjoy.

Keep in mind that it all depends on the size of your fruits and veggies as well as the ripeness on how juicy and or sweet it will turn out. Note that, in the case of this particular portion, the total came out to be roughly 16 fluid ounces; or two eight fluid ounce servings.

* Bonus: Freeze the pulp for a few hours and enjoy as a refreshing and natural treat. Yum! *

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 Appétissant et délicieux. 

An adaptation recipe, inspired by Vegan Brown Sugar Blondies via the
Cheeky Kitchen. Scrumptiously sweet and most delectable, indeed.

  • 1 c organic spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 c sprinkles
  • 8 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tbs Mexican vanilla 
  • 1/3 c raw cocoa powder
  • 1 c chocolate hemp milk
  • 1 c nondairy chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large mixing bowl, stir the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder. Then blend in the coconut oil. Gradually add in the milk and vanilla. Once an even consistency has been reached, mix in the chocolate chips and sprinkles.

Grease a 13" x 9" pan with coconut oil. Pour in the mixture, spread evenly, and top it off with extra sprinkles. Place in a conventional oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Then take out of the oven and let cool. Slice up into a delectable size, serve and enjoy. Très délicieux!!

☺ Bon Appetit! 

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