DIY Toothpaste Recipe

This is a recipe that I found at  Her post includes some great reasons why this homemade recipe for toothpaste will help improve the health of your teeth and also discusses why you should avoid certain ingredients that are in most commercially-made toothpastes.  So for the longer version of this recipe, click her link.  For the quick version, see below!  (Also, I’ve noticed that her recipe has changed slightly when I looked at it today versus when I started making this toothpaste.  You can adjust the recipe to suit your needs).


Homemade Toothpaste

2 Tbs. coconut oil

2 Tbs. baking soda

2 Tbs. Natural Calm (or another magnesium/calcium powder)

2 Tbs. xylitol (I do not use this in our toothpaste)

2 tsp. real sea salt (you can omit this)

20 drops essential oils (you can use peppermint, my boys like orange; lately I’ve been using a special germ-fighting essential oil blend that includes cinnamon, clove, rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus)


Melt coconut oil over low heat.  Once it is liquid, put all ingredients together in a blender.  Blend until smooth.

I like to pour the toothpaste into small clean baby food jars.  This recipe will fill two of the small jars.

Another note: as the coconut oil begins to solidify (or not, if your house is as hot as mine is right now), the ingredients will begin to separate.  One way to prevent this is to leave the toothpaste on the counter and shake it/stir it every 30 minutes or so until it solidifies.  This ensures that all the ingredients stay mixed together, so you don’t end up with all the oil on top and the chalky ingredients left at the bottom.



~ Alicia

6 Replies to “DIY Toothpaste Recipe”

  1. Hi Alicia, Why do you omit the Xylitol? I normally use it in my DIY toothpaste to make it sweeter and I’ve researched the possible benefits for oral health. I wouldn’t swallow it (of course) but just wondering if it’s a GAPS reason or personal.


    1. Hi Jodie!
      No, xylitol is not legal on the GAPS Diet which is why we avoid it. There’s debate back and forth about the health benefits or risks of xylitol, so even if we could use it in the future, I probably wouldn’t. A healthy diet with plenty of fats, fermented foods, and traditional foods (like Weston A. Price recommended) is wonderful for dental health as well as using essential oils like Thieves, so I don’t worry that we need to add xylitol to our toothpaste. The boys and I tolerate the recipe fine without the extra sweetness; but I did want to add it as an option to the recipe (as the original recipe included it).


      1. Gotcha. Yes I’ve read the debate about it and glad to hear your opinion. I love WAPF’s recommendation for dental health: Green Pastures FCLO and Butter blend is a staple in our home!


      2. Us too 🙂 Since being on GAPS, my oldest son went from having 8 cavities, four filled and four pulpotomies in one visit, to not having a cavity (even a little one!) for the past three years!


  2. Thanks for your recipe! What brand of magnesium/calcium powder did you use? Is this an essential? I’m assuming it helps remineralise the teeth. Which blend of young living oils did you use, is that thieves? Would Melrose work I have that at home or any others from the Premium Starter Kit? Thank you!!


    1. Hi Tanya! Sorry I missed your question. There were a couple that slipped by my notice here on WordPress 😦

      For the magnesium, I used Natural Calm in the past, and for calcium I used Kirkman. Currently I do not add either magnesium or calcium, and just use the other ingredients in the recipe. We are using cell salts for tooth remineralization at present. For essential oils, I do like to use Thieves, but Melrose would also work fine, as well as any other essential oil that you choose. Myrrh is wonderful for gum health; clove is also great for general oral health.


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