All Natural Teeth Whitening Powder

All Natural Teeth Whitening Powder

When a few magical things are happening for me simultaneously, I feel like a total goddess. Don’t you just love that feeling? You are head to toe sparkly and move through your day floating on air. First thing I need to feel this way is glowing skin. I can achieve this by drinking plenty of water, breaking a sweat nearly every day and using an ultra moisturizing face cream every night. Next thing I need is flowing, shiny, effortlessly lustrous hair. I achieve this by washing my hair only twice a week, rinsing with apple cider vinegar and touching up with dry shampoo when I feel a little greasy. Finally, I feel my most goddess like when my teeth are ultra white. There are few things on earth more attractive to me than a pearly set of chompers. Aside from a nice eager pair of listening ears and a beautiful compassionate heart of course. 🙂

I have used practically every whitener on the market today to attain those pearly whites. Unfortunately, most commercial teeth whiteners contain abrasive chemicals that strip your teeth of their enamel leaving them more sensitive to hot, cold and cavities. I know a lot about cavities. I’ve suffered through roughly 15 cavities in my 30 years in this body. I finally decided that it was time for me to find a better way.

A few months ago, I began experimenting with activated charcoal for it’s teeth whitening abilities. Activated charcoal’s natural adhesive qualities allow it to bind with surface-staining culprits like coffee, tea, wine, and plaque… hello naturally glistening smile! Eagerly, I made my own paste using coconut oil and activated charcoal; I began brushing with it every few days before my regular brushing routine in the evening. I noticed a slightly whiter smile after the very first brushing but after a few weeks, I began to notice my teeth appeared to be getting MORE yellow. I was puzzled, a little disappointed even but resolved not to write the stuff off before doing a little more research. After some investigative googling, I discovered that coconut oil can actually yellow your teeth. AHA! That meant that activated charcoal was still on the table for an effective natural whitener.

After further internet exploring I concluded that bentonite clay would be a fabulous little addition to the activated charcoal paste. Bentonite clay binds to unhealthy substances around the teeth, on the tongue and gums, and helps to remove them before they create plaque. It is also full of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to teeth and gums.

Another powerhouse for strengthening and cleaning teeth is arrowroot powder. Arrowroot powder is excellent for maintaining a balance between acid and alkaline levels as it is rich is many minerals including calcium. These minerals will help to remineralize the tooth enamel and prevent cavities. Winning!

With their powers combined, these three can conquer even the most intense surface stains and leave behind an absolutely beautiful white smile. Now, I have a pretty bad ass little whitening powder that is all natural and completely free of chemicals, preservatives or fragrances… all that yucky stuff you don’t want anywhere near your mouth. I’d love to share my recipe with you all. Hopefully you will find it as illuminating as I did. 🙂

All Natural Teeth Whitening Powder

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp activated charcoal
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

Process

  1. Mix first three ingredients together in a glass jar or a tin… whatever you have on hand
  2. Add in peppermint essential oil and stir together
  3. Before each use, liberally wet your tooth brush, sprinkle some powder onto your brush and brush like normal
  4. After a few minutes, rinse out your mouth
  5. You can be finished here or you can brush again with your regular toothpaste if you so desire.

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My hubby has dealt with yellow teeth for… well forever. He started drinking black tea at a pretty young age, this is common in Armenian households, so his teeth bear the stains of this. Here is a photo of his teeth in the late summer of last year,

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Here is a photo of his teeth today, after brushing with my whitening powder every few days for two weeks. I personally can see a big difference!

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Enjoy dazzling the world with your beautiful white smile! Please let me know how this works for you if you try it.

XO ~ Sam

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Homemade Dill Pickles.

Homemade Dill Pickles.

It’s official, I’m never buying pickles again. Making your own is so stinking easy that paying for store bought pickles just feels wrong. The process literally takes 10 minutes. Chop cucumber, heat vinegar mixture, add it all together in a mason jar and store in fridge for a few days. If I’d known how simple it was I’d have been making pickles ages ago. Plus, being the control freak that I am, I just love that I know exactly what is going in there. I made plain old dill pickles this time but next time I’m going to get creative… I’m dreaming up a mix of indian spices for my next pickle concoction. Stay tuned for that!

Dill Pickles

Ingredients:

• 5 Persian cucumbers
*I get mine from Trader Joes. I use Persian because they are conveniently small. Less work for me! Just cut in half and you have perfect pickles!*
• 1/2 bunch dill
• 4-6 cloves garlic
• 1 1/4 cups distilled white vinegar
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 1 tbsp sugar
• 1/2 tsp salt
• black pepper

Process:

1. Cut your cucumbers to your preferred pickle size
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2. Chop dill

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3. Peel garlic cloves
4. In a large saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar and salt.

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5. Bring everything to a simmer and let sugar dissolve.
6. Pour warm mixture over cucumbers, dill and garlic.
7. Grind black pepper over everything, seal jar and put in fridge for 3 days or more before enjoying.

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NOTE* I couldn’t wait more than 3 days to try them and although they were tasty, they definitely needed more time. They were lacking a little vinegar kick. Leave sealed in jar for 4-5 days before diving in.

Happy Pickling lovers!