Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water until paste is desired thickness / consistency. Store at room temperature in a tightly covered jar.
- 1/4 tsp peppermint oil
- 1/4 tsp spearmint
- 1/4 cup arrowroot
- 1/4 cup powdered orrisroot
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp ground sage
Substitute 1/2 tsp each of oil of cinnamon and oil of cloves for peppermint/spearmint if desired.
Ben Franklin's Toothpaste
Mix into a paste and rub on teeth for whiteness.
Simple toothpaste mixtures
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Peppermint oil
Mix 3 parts bicarbonate of soda with one part salt. Add 3 tsp of glycerine for every 1/4 cup of this mixture, then add enough water to make a thick paste. Add a few drops of peppermint oil for better taste.
Fruit teeth cleaners!
Rub a lemon rind on your teeth to remove brown stains. Rinse your mouth thoroughly afterward.
Clean your teeth with a fresh strawberry. Rub it over and between your teeth.
- 2 cups water
- 3 tsp fresh parsley
- 2 tsp whole cloves
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp peppermint extract
Boil water and remove from heat. Add dry ingredients and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.
You can substitute other flavorings for peppermint if the minty flavor is not to your taste.
Quicky Breath Fresheners
- Gargle and rinse with undiluted rose water.
- Chew a sprig of parsley or watercress.
- Gently rub your gums and teeth with pine needles.