Have You Made the Switch Yet?

toxic toothpaste

If you are still using brands like Colgate, Crest, Listerine or even Arm & Hammer, it is very possible you are putting you and your family’s health in harms way via your oral care routine!

If you’ve never really looked at the ingredient list of one of these ever-popular brands, you wouldn’t really know that they contain harmful ingredients and other contaminants in the forms of irritants, hormone disruptors, allergens, and even carcinogens!

And if that’s not upsetting enough, we even have to question some of those “natural” brands of toothpaste out there as well that we thought were the safer solutions: Tom’s of Maine, Trader Joe’s, and Honest brands, to name a few!

Cornucopia.org has thankfully put together a super helpful scorecard with some of the best and the worst toothpaste brands to help you navigate your way through the store.

Although, if you’re a “Suzy Homemaker” like me that’s looking for a DIY alternative, you may have been trying some powders and pastes at home. While some are nice alternatives, others take a little bit more getting used to. I, personally, was still in search of something even easier to concoct and also to take with me places; that’s when I discovered an Organic Brushing Rinse at a local health food store.

It definitely didn’t take me long to become obsessed!!

Not only was it super easy to use, fully cleansing and truly refreshing, but it stole my heart when I read the plain and simple ingredients list. With Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide as the main ingredient, I had to know more about the magic of this stuff!

My Experience

scraped knee

I’ll be honest; I had never really given much thought to hydrogen peroxide in the past! My only knowledge of this substance previously was having memories of my mom sitting me up over the bathroom sink and pouring it all over my scraped up bloody wounds after I’d hurt myself playing outside. That foaming, bubbly sight and sound definitely frightened me – and OUCH did it sting – but, it would get me healed up and back to normal in no time without infection! Looking back, I definitely approve of my mom’s natural first aid decisions, even though I absolutely questioned it at the time. That’s all I had ever seen it used for though before, and back under the bathroom sink it went.

Many, many moons later my second encounter was when I randomly stumbled upon a couple of online videos of individuals using hydrogen peroxide to actually cure their lung or throat cancers! To the average person, these claims and images were definitely out there, yet it was extremely hard not to believe these convictions when these users showed to be living proof. These claims definitely intrigued me to look into it a little further.**

Now a days, I am hearing much buzz of the multitude of health benefits from food grade hydrogen peroxide, which I shared with you in the “Hydrogen Peroxide for Health?” post. While some people may be hesitant because of its power, I now too, like many others, am using it carefully as a daily staple in my home with such excitement!

For me, this stuff is totally gaining ranks right next to Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother and of course Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil with their many, many holistic health and beauty uses.

The store-bought brushing rinse was such a hit that we went through it so fast; that’s when I realized I could easily just make this myself and save money too!

 

**Side Note/Disclaimer:   Since I thankfully do not have any serious internal health issues, I have never tried mimicking the inhalation as seen in the videos, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend you to do so either until you have done your own extremely thorough research and consultation with a homeopathic doctor. Also, always, always be mindful that not any one thing works for everyone. Be knowledgable, cautious, and conscious as to what works for you and your sacred body; listen to it!


 

I highly recommend reading more about Hydrogen Peroxide in my other article here, if you haven’t so already.


Oral Care

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HP is commonly and effectively used in professional dentistry today. Higher concentrations are mixed into gel forms for typical tooth whitening routines, while other documented uses for HP treat gingivitis and periodontitis.

HP still needs to be treated with caution in oral care too, as overexposure of undiluted use or marketed whitening products could result in sensitivity and other problems.

If 3% solution seems too strong for you, dilute with purified water to make a 1.5% solution (which is what I do). The HP will kill viruses and bacteria in your mouth, and also naturally whiten teeth over time.

It is suggested to use it as a mouth rinse or in place of a mouthwash, after brushing or in my preference, for brushing. I either swish in my mouth for about maybe 10-20 seconds to let it foam, spit, use a little water to brush, spit again, and rinse; or I will try and brush while the rinse is still in my mouth, but beware; it’s definitely a little tricky to keep it all in there since it’s a liquid! (Challenge accepted!)

I also prefer to use some of the purest and locally crafted essential oils in many of my personal care products for either taste, smell, and natural health benefits – or all three! These oils and plants are great for oral health:

  • Clove
  • Cinnamon Bark & Leaf
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Aloe Vera 

 


 

oral care

Probiotics, or beneficial microorganisms, are also on the rise for being used in dentistry. That will be a future topic of discussion. But basically, just like we should be aiding our “good” gut flora to keep us healthy, functioning, and free from disease & illness, it is also important to replenish our “good” bacteria in our mouth after a cleanse for the same benefits and precautionaries. Eating a vibrant, fresh, plant-based diet and avoiding harmful chemicals in our foods and cosmetics, including our oral routine, will most definitely help you in keeping the healthy balance of beneficial microorganisms. 
Looking to switch dentists? Search locally for a Probiotic Dentistry or a Holistic Dentist.


 

And here is the simple recipe:

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Printable Recipe

DIY:

Herbal Mouth & Brushing Rinse

Vegan, Natural & Plant-based
time: about 60 seconds | author: sustainthemane

 

  • 1/2 c  3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/2 c  Reverse Osmosis or Distilled water
  • 1/8-1/4 c  Aloe Vera Juice
  • 3 drops  Thieves Essential oil or a similar blend (clove, eucalyptus radiata, rosemary, lemon, cinnamon); locally & organically sourced if possible; therapeutic grade
  • 5 drops  Peppermint Essential Oil; locally & organically sourced if possible; therapeutic grade

 

Instructions:

    1. Pour all ingredients into a reusable bottle. I enjoy the BPA-free squeeze bottle with a pop-up nozzle top to easily squirt the liquid out.
    2. Squirt, swish, brush, and rinse!

 

 


 

How do you like using a rinse compared to a paste? How easy was this to make?!

-KS

Having trouble growing your hair out or are concerned about hair loss?

We know that we can’t always control all factors that lead to hair loss, thinning, or slow growth, but we know we definitely do have control over most of the contributing factors – through your diet and lifestyle habits!

When is the last time you thought about algae? Or have talked with your girls or guys about gooseberries??

HA! For a lot of you, maybe never!

Well, time to change that… and you’ll see why!

Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green algae(cyanobacteria) superfood obtained from primarily two species: Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. It grows naturally in warm, alkaline fresh water and salt water, as well as cultivated in specific spirulina farms.

This amazing superfood serves as one of the most nutrient-dense vegetarian supplements on the planet! It is taken internally as a dietary supplement and used externally for hair and skin.

Among its numerous health benefits, spirulina contains amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamin A and beta-carotene, all of which greatly aid in the promotion of hair growth, treatments for hair loss, and treatments for dandruff.

Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

Amla is also an incredible nutrient dense food that is extremely versatile. The tree that bears this glorious fruit is commonly used in the ancient Indian medicinal practices of Ayurveda.

Because of it’s potent Vitamin C content, this fruit aids in preventing and fighting numerous health ailments, boosting immune and bodily functions, and our very favorites: promoting hair growth and even prevents the greying of hair!

That’s right. No wonder why the Indian people have been using this fruit in all of its versatility for generations!

Other Berries

Alongside amla, tart cherries have their own multi-beneficial profile which also includes aiding in great hair, skin and immune function through Vitamin C!

We know that if we are nourishing our insides with the proper vital nutrients, our skin and our hair follicles will only benefit, making it prime real estate for a healthy body with healthy hair to thrive.

When consuming, tart cherries can prevent hair loss due to anemia because of its iron content. Tart cherries or tart cherry juice also helps in maintaining healthy hair through its beta-carotene and 17 different antioxidants, including anthocyanins and melatonins.

Blueberries are also powerhouses when it comes to aiding in hair growth by improving oxygenation and circulation of blood flow, particularly to the scalp. These delicious little berries are widely known for their antioxidant content, but also provide essential vitamins A, C, E, and most importantly B complex. B complex vitamins(B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12) support the overall function of hair, skin, and nails.

More on Hair Loss

If you are someone or know of someone who may be concerned about male or female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), you’re not alone!

According to Organic Colour Systems and the American Hair Loss Association,

  • Female pattern hair loss usually begins at around the age of 30, but can be earlier. It generally becomes noticeable around the age of 40.
  • By the age of 50, 50% of women will experience some degree of hair thinning. In women, the hair becomes thinner all over the head, and the hairline does not recede.
  • By 35, 2/3 of men experience some degree of hair loss.
  • By the age of 50, about 85% of men have significantly thinner hair, including receding at the temples and a thinning crown.

I will be writing a more in depth look into hair loss and solutions, but in the mean time my best advice would be to follow this DAILY for greatest results:

  • Zero in and cut the junk out of your life (crap foods, drinks, shampoos, styling products, etc)
  • Add in beneficial superfoods/supplements for hair growth & strength
  • Focus on your happiness & releasing stress
  • Massage your scalp in small circular motions, preferably with fingers and a stimulating oil treatment
  • Use a soft boar brush to brush your scalp and hair, distributing your natural oils for protection

Make it a goal to enjoy this Superfood Smoothie for Hair Growth at least 3x per week!  


 

Although there are different forms of amla like there are spirulina, we have found frozen amla chunks for this “Sour Sea Berry” smoothie recipe! The frozen chunks may be one of the easier forms to find if you are not close to India, as the fruit is only in some stores seasonally and won’t last as long.

Amla on its own has quite a unique sour-citrus-type taste! WOO vitamin C!

But don’t worry, this smoothie isn’t too sour since we have natural whole food sweeteners in with the mix that help to balance everything out!


Printable Recipe

“Sour Sea Berry”

Superfood Smoothie for Hair Growth

Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, GF, Dairy-free
time: about 5 min | author: sustainthemane

 All organic, local, farm fresh or homemade ingredients wherever possible!

 

≈   1  c    frozen blueberries or mixed berries

≈ 1/2 c  frozen spinach

≈ 1/2 c   freshly made almond milk*

≈ 1/4 c   almond butter

≈ 1/4 c   frozen amla chunks

1      small or medium ripe banana

7      fresh cherries*

1      heaping spoon spirulina powder

1-2     tbl coconut oil

1      tbl chia seeds for topping

1-2     tbl hemp seeds for topping

Optional: +1 or 2 dates if banana isn’t ripe/sweet enough; splash vanilla extract ; ≈ 1 tbl maca powder; water for thinner consistency

  1. Blend all ingredients except chia seeds & hemp seeds in a nutri-bullet or blender, adding liquid as necessary.
  2. Top with hemp seeds, chia seeds & an extra cherry! Enjoy!

 

*substitute handful of almonds + 1/2 c water for almond milk & omit almond butter – or – use coconut milk in place of almond milk; one big squirt of tart cherry concentrate for fresh cherries

Recipe measurements are round about. Use your judgement on taste & additive options.

 


 

sour sea berry

Spatial Learner: Who really measures smoothies anyway??

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Beautiful burgundy hue in the finished blend.

 

Enjoy!