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Natural Homemade Tooth Powder

I have periodontal disease.  My dentist, years ago, offered to do the gum scraping the dental profession has to offer those with periodontal disease.  I decided to pass.  Dentist highly suggested I use dental irrigation and floss regularly, neither of which I did.  I bought the Water Pik and couldn’t stand getting water all over myself at the sink and used it about three times, then stuffed it back into the bathroom cabinet and — hey, I bought it!, so that has to be a good thing.  But you have to actually use it.

Recently it came up in conversation with a new neighbor, now that I moved — and in the move, ditched the old Water Pik — how she cured her periodontal disease with myrrh gum and a Water Pik.

Well, hmm.  I was thinking it might be time to look at that again.

I bought a water irrigator device for the shower!  Aha!  I won’t mind if water gets all over me in the shower. Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 2.28.18 PM That’s why you take a shower.  Okay, that’s Step 1; now how about that myrrh gum thing?

I found a recipe for myrrh gum tooth powder, since I didn’t know if my neighbor actually just uses myrrh gum or what she does.  Yes, later I found out that it’s possible to buy straight myrrh gum, little myrrh pellets in a bottle, and she chews on those.  That’s what she does:  myrrh gum and a Water Pik in the sink and she’s good to go.

I mixed up the tooth powder, and I wet my toothbrush, dip it into the tooth powder, brush my teeth with the myrrh gum tooth powder, then jump in the shower and rinse my teeth and gums with the Oral Breeze shower attachment.  It’s working for me.  I bought mine through eBay.  The same item is also available at Amazon at the same price.  Clicking on the photo should take you to the Amazon page to buy the Oral Breeze.  Again, I’m not affiliated with Amazon, eBay, Oral Breeze or anybody else; I’m just sharing what works for me.

I found the tooth powder recipe here and would suggest that readers go to the original page for the helpful tips and advice there.

The recipe uses “parts.”  I translated that to be “one tablespoon.”  I didn’t measure exactly, and some scoops with the tablespoon were a little taller than others.  I started filling a pint glass jar with:

IMG_0312Four parts clay (white or bentonite). I used bentonite clay since I have that already and use it in my remineralizing toothpaste recipe.

One part baking soda.  I use Bob’s Red Mill because it has no aluminum.  But I’m not sure about aluminum in baking soda.  Is aluminum added to other brands?  I don’t know.

One-half part white oak bark powder. I estimated at half a tablespoon.  I’d like to leave the original post’s comments here and I’ll quote them:  “For those of us with receding gums, loose teeth, or painful jaws, white oak bark provides huge relief and healing. Oak bark contains tannins which tighten loose teeth and gums, and over time can help the retain the elasticity of the tissue. White oak also contains high levels of minerals — calcium, manganese and zinc — which will strengthen the teeth and jaw over time.”  I bought my white oak bark powder from Mountain Rose Herbs, and I am not affiliated with them or with anyone else.

One-half part myrrh gum powder.  And here’s the main ingredient, the myrrh!  Again, I added roughly half a tablespoon.  Her description for myrrh:  “Myrrh preserves tissue, slowing its deterioration. So, if you have recession or infection problems, this ingredient is a must.”  Or, I’m guessing, a person could buy just the myrrh gum pellets and chew on them and call it a day.

One-half part clove powder.  I estimated half a tablespoon here too.  “Cloves are powerful pain relievers. In fact, if you have a painful tooth, you can place a few drops of clove oil on the affected area and the pain should quickly vanish. I like clove in this recipe because of its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal.”

Xylitol for sweetening.  I used one tablespoon.  Do not give this recipe to dogs if you’re going to use Xylitol in it.

Peppermint oil for flavoring.  I dripped some into the jar and it probably ended up being 1/4 tsp to 1/2 teaspoon of liquid.

IMG_0313I stirred the peppermint oil into the powder with a set of chopsticks, then shook it up a few times and scraped the extra oil off the sides.  I noticed that my first recipe looks kind of red, and this recipe looks kind of gray.  The first time I added some cinnamon I ground up with my cinnamon grinder; I didn’t add that this time.  That probably accounts for the color difference.  I didn’t care for the grittiness in the first recipe, so we’ll see if eliminating the cinnamon takes away the grittiness.

On the original page where this recipe appears she gives some other tips and great information as well.  I’d suggest checking it out!

I’ve been using this recipe and the shower irrigator since sometime in November, which is several months now, and I can tell there’s a change for the better in my mouth.

A couple of other things I wanted to add:

>>using coconut oil to “swish” your mouth, holding the coconut oil in your mouth and swishing it around for a few minutes, is very helpful.  When my teeth are feeling really sensitive for whatever reason, if I swish with coconut oil several times a day over a few days’ time, that really helps.

>>I just tried my new recipe, *with* the peppermint and *without* the cinnamon from the grinder, and WHOOH!!!  Boy, is that peppermint oil refreshing!  I like this recipe a lot.

>>I also love a toothpaste recipe I’ve purchased at Ascended Health.  They put some amazing ingredients in their products, physical as well as energetic and etheric.  Highly recommend Ascended Health.  And again, I am not affiliated with Ascended Health or anyone else.  I just love their stuff.

>>One drawback to this tooth powder:  it’s drippy.  It’s not a nice sticking-together paste that foams, stays put in your mouth while you brush your teeth, and then you spit it out.  No, it kind of drips out of your mouth onto whatever you might be wearing at the time, and it’s dark in color due to the cinnamon and cloves.  It doesn’t seem to stain, though, and does come out in the wash.  Still, this is such a good recipe I’m willing to put up with the inconvenience.

 


Homemade Natural cough drops

This is not me, but I liked it and thought I’d add it in here so I can find it the next time.

If it were me — and maybe I will actually make my own video — I would add a couple of things:  some dried crushed sage and some dried crushed osha root.


Homemade Natural Rice Water Shampoo & Facial Toner

IMG_6183Ever in search of the perfect homemade natural shampoo, I’m making this recipe tonight.  A friend and I have been talking about rice water shampoo, traditionally used by a tribe in China known for women with very long and very black hair with no gray showing up until the women are well past 80.  Well!  That’s for me!  I wonder if it will remove the gray that’s already there…hmm…no word on that so far.

Looking up the recipes online, as always there are a number of variations.  Some recipes say to cook the rice in extra water, drain off the extra water, and you’ve got your rice water all ready to go.  Other recipes say to rinse your uncooked rice once in about a cup of water, drain that off, soak the rice again for anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to 2 hours to overnight, drain off the water, and there’s your water for your shampoo.

Still other recipes talk about draining off your rice water and then letting it ferment overnight.  You’ll know it’s ready when it smells a little funny.  Then you boil the water, which stops the fermentation process, and now your rice water shampoo is ready.

So!  I’ve measured 1 cup of rice into my (appropriate) Japanese Donabe Pot, rinsed it once, threw that water away, and now I’ve added one inch of water on top of the rice and I’m letting it sit there.  It’s been there for about half an hour now.  (Yeah, I’m real careful about following specific directions.)  I’ll probably let it sit there for another hour or so before I drain it off.  And I’ll stir it a few times in the next hour.

Do a little searching around to find out all of the amazing benefits of using rice water as shampoo, or as a conditioner / rinse, or as a facial toner and sunscreen, or drinking rice water.  One of the websites I found that I liked that gave lots of great information about rice water was this one.  There are lots of other websites and videos giving great details and how-tos.

I washed my hair this morning with my usual homemade Zum shampoo-from-a-shampoo-bar that I make into a liquid at home, and that’s been working great for me for the past year, and I’m very curious to see what this will do for me.  Initially I’m intending to use it as a rinse / conditioner, since I don’t use a rinse or a conditioner at the moment.

People talk about using it as a shampoo and sectioning off their hair, rinsing the rice water through their hair, very carefully, one section at a time, and rubbing it in.  My friend this morning did that with her new batch of rice water, then braided her still-wet hair and wrapped it up to dry.  She liked that she could easily comb through her hair after shampooing.

I’m thinking about putting my rice water in a spray bottle and tomorrow when I take a shower I’ll rinse my hair with water, spray on the rice water with my spray bottle, do the rest of my shower routine, and rinse out the rice water just before getting out of the shower.

I don’t use toner; I may try dabbing a little rice water on my face tomorrow just to see what that’s like.

I’ll update this post as I experiment further.

My local organic store sells bulk organic white sushi rice for — is it $2.69 a pound or $2.09?  Something in that range.  I bought about five pounds.  I’m thinking I’ll be using a lot of rice in the near future.   This amount of rice should provide me with rice water for at least two months of shampoo, maybe three, using one cup of rice for a week’s worth of shampoo.  (I wash my hair once a week on average, now that I quit using store-bought shampoo in December 2013.)

First Update:  This morning (the morning after making the rice water) I poured my rice water into a pan, put it on the stove and brought it to the boiling point, then turned the heat off and let it cool.  Once it was cool I put it in some plastic squirt bottles and in my 4-ounce sprayer.  I took my shower and wet my hair first, then sprayed on the rice water, massaged it in, and let that stay in my hair while I finished my shower, then rinsed it out.  I decided to spray a little bit on my face and my hair and work that in, once the water was off.

Combing my hair out — I didn’t comb it out yesterday because the first day when I wash my hair it’s always SO hard to comb through — but today, combing it out was easy.  This will definitely be my conditioner now, even if I don’t use it as a shampoo.  It was great!

I also put some on a cotton ball and dabbed it all around my face as a toner.

I don’t really expect to see instant results.  I’ll give this a month or so and see how I like it.  So far so good!

Second update:  I quit using the rice water shampoo maybe after the second washing.  My hair did not feel clean.  Now I’m back to using the Zum shampoo bar soap that I make into a liquid, and with the rice water in a mister bottle I spray it on as a conditioner while I’m still in the shower, after I’ve washed my hair.  It makes my hair easier to comb through.

Darn!  I was looking forward to seeing all my grays gone, replaced by long black hair that would have been a L’Oreal model’s envy.  That would have been a thrill, especially since I’ve never *had* black hair.


Homemade Natural Tick Preventative Spray for Humans and Dogs

I ran across this posting on Facebook a month or so ago and the posting says “share-share-share,” so I’m sharing, and I made up a batch just now.  The article:

natural tick repellent

check around online first to see if this is confirmed anywhere

(((Sharing a Post I found))) Use a lint roller right after being in the woods or on a brush walk.. for humans & pets: This could be the most important thing that you see me post! Ticks are an epidemic this year, and these things are as lethal as a venomous snake in the wrong scenario! Please not only read it, but share it! Make sure we get the word out about these tics and the disease they carry!

It’s summer! Time for camping, hiking and getting outside to play. Don’t let those pesky annoying ticks stop you. Here’s how with a simple homemade solution!

Repellent for your pets:

For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).

To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent. Spray onto the pet’s dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.

For you and your family:

In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.

After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.

If you have ever shared anything, please click share on this! WE mustget the word spread about the dangers of Ticks and how to avoid them!

~share~share~share~share~share

My spray bottles are little guys, so I “halved” the recipe and put it into two spray bottles.

I used:IMG_5064
1 part water (1/2 cup)
2 parts white vinegar (1 cup)
2 teaspoons almond oil
10 or 20 drops of peppermint essential oil

Figure I can use this on myself too.  I’ll put one spray bottle in my camper and keep one in the house.

And this article caught my attention, since the writer mentions right away about living in the Rogue Valley.  I now live in the Rogue Valley.  Lots of great ideas on this page, and lots of gross pictures of ticks:  beware!  Gah!


Homemade Natural Deodorant with DE

This morninIMG_5055g I’m mixing up a new recipe for deodorant, using diatomaceous earth and no baking soda.

The recipe I’m using has things weighed out in grams; I have a postal scale in ounces, and a gram-to-ounce converter chart, so I’ll use that and record what I’m doing here.

Here’s the original 
recipe:

 
Supplies/Ingredients-

  • 4oz+ jar or tin IMG_5054
  • Double-boiler
  • Kitchen scale
  • 30g Coconut oil = 1.05 ounces
  • 20g Shea butter = .705 ounces
  • 10g Carrier Oil = .352 ounces
  • 10g Beeswax = .352 ounces
  • 15g Arrowroot powder = .529 ounces
  • 15g Diatomaceous Earth – Food Grade! = .529 ounces
  • 5 drops of Vitamin E
  • 20-25 drops of essential oils

And then heat a pot of water on low heat and put a glass jar inside it, and melt the ingredients in the glass jar.  I used a 4-cup glass measuring cup for my glass mixing bowl.

I doubled the batch.


Colgate Toothpaste includes a cancer-causing ingredient.

file0001302397826Interesting article here.

And an interesting comment from the article:

It’s remarkable how easy it is to head over to the drug-store to pick up cosmetics, household cleaning products, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other necessities without ever thinking about how it’s made, what goes into it, the science behind it and the health hazards that are associated with doing so.

More information is coming to light, especially within the past few years. The rate at which people are waking up and starting to critically question what we choose to surround ourselves with on  a daily basis is increasing exponentially. Most importantly, people are starting to make better choices.

Find the recipe I use to make my own toothpaste, here.  Take back your power!  Make your own stuff!  KNOW what’s in the products you use, because YOU PUT IT THERE.


Natural Spray Deodorant

IMG_4306In a recent episode of Clayton’s Classroom (might have been this one) I heard Doc Russ mention using just baking soda and water for deodorant.  He recommends Bob’s Red Mill baking soda because it’s better for our bodies.

I ordered a four-pack of Bob’s Red Mill baking soda from Amazon and this morning was making shampoo and toothpaste, so I decided to make some deodorant too.  I found this Wiki recipe after I’d put mine together, when I thought about adding some essential oil to the mix.

What I did:  filled the 4-ounce bottle with warm tap water — my tap water is structured water — and then measured in about a teaspoon of baking soda into the jar, then shook it up so it was dissolved.  That was it.

What the Wiki recipe says to do is fill the spray bottle about half full of water, then add 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda, then test it by seeing if the water feels slippery.  Keep adjusting it until you feel the right combination of water and baking soda.  All water is different, and what’s “right” for my recipe in Oregon, which I’ve learned by trial and error, may be totally different for my recipe when I’m using water in Nebraska.  So it’s done by feel.  Good point.  I’ll do this next time.

I sprayed the back of my wrist with the baking soda & water, and it felt slippery.  I might have too much baking soda in there; I’ll find out, I’m sure.

Then I added a couple of drops of lavender essential oil and shook that up.

I’ll try this out and see how it works for me.

I found these 4-ounce blue spray bottles at a Natural Grocers in Omaha when I lived there.  Now that I’m in Oregon, the Natural Grocers in Medford does not carry these, or at least they don’t have them in stock now.  I have found them on Amazon. 

 


Itchy Dog Remedy: Apple Cider Vinegar & Water

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Recipe for the Itchy Dog spray: 1 part apple cider vinegar; 2 parts water; 1 oil of oregano capsule (the green pill); 2 drops lavender essential oil; 2 drops rosemary essential oil; 1 drop tea tree oil

Of course, see your vet, just to be sure, if your dog has the itches that can’t be home-remedied.

My GoldenDoodle has been having the itches and actually has bitten & licked the hair off his back leg in one spot, so we may be having to go see the vet soon.  It looks raw and painful to me; he doesn’t seem too bothered by it, though.

Meanwhile I mixed up a little spray bottle with:
1 part apple cider vinegar
2 parts water
1 drop tea tree oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
1 capsule oil of oregano (the dark colored capsule on the plate in the photo)

I put that in the little brown little spray bottle and sprayed the area twice so far today.  I only noticed this today for the first time, out walking him; it’s a raw red inflamed patch of skin on his right back leg.  It wasn’t there yesterday.  Weird.

We’ll see if the apple cider vinegar mix helps him stop itching & biting & scratching.

Also I emptied a Fish Oil capsule onto his food tonight (that’s the golden colored capsule on the plate in the photo), and he ate the whole dish of food, so we’ll see if that helps.  I’ll keep doing that for the next few days.

Check out this page for more information and reader comments; fascinating.

Actually just apple cider vinegar and water will probably work just fine, without needing to add in the essential oils.  I like essential oils, so there you go.


Homemade Natural Dishwasher Detergent

IMG_4182I haven’t tried this recipe yet on my dishes, but compared & contrasted half a dozen different recipes online.  They’re mostly this recipe:

1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup citric acid

I found a compare-contrast webpage where they tried different recipes — great idea! — and showed the results.

Based on that page, I put together my own homemade recipe tonight.  I made a double batch, and here’s what I put in my recycled container:

2 cups borax
2 cups washing soda
1 cup salt
10 packages of lemonade Kool-Aid mix — used for the citric acid

Use 1 Tablespoon per load of dishes.

Smells really good!  I stirred it up, shook it up, tried to smash the clumps of borax to the greatest extent possible, and then added some — half a tablespoon or so — brown rice to the mix to keep it from clumping.  My mom used to add rice to the salt shaker so the humidity in the summertime wouldn’t keep the salt from coming out of the shaker.  Rice works at de-clumpifying.

My dishwasher is from the ’90s, and doesn’t have a “rinse aid” dispenser.  I see some dishwashers do. If yours has a rinse aid dispenser, I’ve seen two recipes for that:  white vinegar is one, just straight white vinegar; and the other one is a mixture of 1 cup hydrogen peroxide and 10-15 drops essential oil — see the recipe here.

Cost for my dishwasher detergent:  I had Borax and washing soda already, but needed to replenish my supplies, so Wal-Mart was charging $3.97 a box each for those today; the Kool-Aid packets were 20 cents each, totaling $2.00; and the salt was about $3.  I used all of the Kool-Aid packets, 2 cups each of the washing soda and the borax, with lots left in the boxeIMG_4183s for other projects, and lots left in the salt box too.  This amount of dishwasher detergent should last me about 3 months, I’d say.  It weighs out to be 3 pounds 2.7 ounces, cost me $4 in ingredients (at the most).  I figure that’s 8 cents an ounce.

Or, for 11 cents an ounce I could buy Seventh Generation dishwasher detergent from Amazon.  Free shipping.  That’s what I’m almost out of at the moment.  I’m sure when I bought the dishwasher detergent at Target they were charging $9 or $10 or $11 for the 75-ounce box.  The Amazon deal looks like a winner, 2 75-ounce boxes for $17.

UPDATE!!

So I unpacked the dishwasher last night after writing this blog post, and way in the back at the corner I found this guy:

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I was pretty shocked.  This was what came out after the end of a cleaning cycle!  I’d used some of the last of my supply of Seventh Generation dishwasher detergent.  To be fair, the rest of the dishes were fine, but this has never happened before.  What you see there is caked-on, dried yogurt with a little granola & strawberry remnants nicely still adhered to the glass.  I didn’t rinse it out before putting it in the dishwasher and probably let it sit overnight before running the cycle.

So, back in you go, this time using my brand new homemade natural recipe.

And this is what I just unpacked this morning, using my recipe (above) with the Kool-Aid:

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IMG_4188Much, much better.  My water here in Oregon is very soft and I also have three Natural Action Technologies structured water house units on my house, so my water is softened and filtered to the point that it’s like water coming from a pure pristine mountain stream.  I don’t need a “rinse aid.”  My structured water units take care of that.

Feeling the dishes as I took them out of the dishwasher this morning, they feel actually cleaner than they ever felt using the store-bought brand of dishwasher detergent.

This time I put my dirty glass right next to the silverware caddy in the dishwasher; I didn’t hide it way in the back corner, and I also did not rinse it out first.

I’m impressed with my homemade natural dishwasher detergent!  Very impressed.

Another update!!

March 16:  Still liking this recipe a lot.  I think it gets the dishes cleaner than the store-bought brand.

And yet another update!!!

June 13:  I’m down to the last week’s worth of dishwasher detergent and I’m going to make up another batch today, so that’s an idea of how long one recipe lasts.  My typical usage would be one taIMG_5051blespoon a day since the day I made up the batch, which was March 6.  On some days I ran the dishwasher twice, and on some days I didn’t run the dishwasher at all, so an unscientific guesstimate is that I typically run the dishwasher once a day, and use one tablespoon a day.

This time the difference in the recipe will be that I now have a 1-pound bag of Citric Acid Anhydrous Food Grade Purity 100% stuff, and will use that instead of Kool-Aid.


Vinegar: 10 Life Hacks

Great tips on how to use vinegar.  Get rid of those expensive, redundant, useless & endless bottles of store-bought cleaners, and use vinegar instead.  Most of these ideas I have tried and recommend!


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