I’ve been oil pulling now for nearly a year and I’m still loving it and not ready to quit anytime soon. That being said, I would still love to have whiter teeth. Years ago when I went to my dentist, I asked about professionally getting my teeth whitened.
My dentist and his hygienist both cautioned me about getting the procedure. They told me the chemicals used were very harsh and would leave me with really sensitive teeth and gums; something I was already struggling with. Instead I turned to nature’s natural whiteners – hydrogen peroxide and sage!
HOMEMADE TEETH WHITENING PASTE
I love making my own natural toothpaste, so I decided to try adding some hydrogen peroxide for more natural teeth whitening benefits. I swish with hydrogen peroxide every day after I brush, which is after I oil pull. My mouth always feels so fresh and clean. I love it! The hydrogen peroxide paste kills two birds with one stone and works great, too.
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
- 10 drops cinnamon oil
- 10 drops clove oil
- A few drops of stevia (optional)
Combine the ingredients together to form a paste. Transfer to an airtight jar and store in the cupboard. Use two to three times a day as needed.
WHITENING SAGE TOOTH SCRUB POWDER
Recently I found out about a teeth whitening scrub or powder made with dried sage, a little salt and baking soda. It only needs to be used once or twice a week. The sage acts as another natural whitening agent. I’ve been excited to watch my teeth getting whiter without the use of harsh chemicals.
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon dried rubbed or ground sage
- 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 15-20 drops peppermint essential oil
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the peppermint oil. Store in a jar or bowl. To use, dip a wet toothbrush into the scrub powder and brush teeth as normal, being a little more gentle and paying attention to brushing the front of teeth really well. Rinse with warm water. Can be used once or twice a week as needed.
Note: If not using ground sage, pulse the mixture in a food processor or spice grinder to make a finer powder.