Neem Oil Toothpaste DIY
For those of you who prefer natural healthcare and creating your own products, here is an easy way to make your own Neem Oil Toothpaste.
- Wet toothbrush.
- Put (any) toothpaste onto your toothbrush.
- Add 2 drops of our Neem Cure Oil on top of your toothpaste on your brush.
- Brush away! You’ve now made your very own Neem Oil Toothpaste!
- BONUS- To get the hard to reach places, make your own Neem Oil Mouthwash! Add 2 drops of Neem Cure Oil to your mouthwash or even use plain water. Swish in and around your mouth for 30 seconds.
Our Neem Cure is an oil blend that combines Jojoba and other Essential Oils to alleviate the usual bitter taste of Neem. Neem is naturally antibacterial so it stops bacteria from forming on teeth and turning into plaque. It also can prevent and reverse gingivitis. Finally, Neem Oil Toothpaste prevents cavities and bad breath. It’s basically a cure for all that ails your mouth.
Did you know?
Did you know that people in Africa and India have used Neem to clean their teeth for centuries? They chew on the bark and twigs of Neem trees to care for their teeth. In Mauritania people sell bundles of bark for this very purpose.
Why JustNeem Neem?
Did you know that not all Neem is made equal? Well, it’s true. JustNeem purchases its Neem from the sub-saharan African desert. In this region Neem is more potent than Neem from India and Southeast Asia because the African Neem can withstand the dry and arid climate of the desert. The perseverance of the Neem tree in Africa increases its potency. So even if you purchase a product with 20% Neem concentration this does not mean that your product has potent Neem. At JustNeem we believe in using the most potent Neem for the benefit of our customers and our Mauritanian community.
History of Toothpaste*
Toothpaste has had quite a varied history. What did people use to clean their teeth back in the day? Did people even care about their teeth and gum health? You may be surprised. As early as 5000BC it’s believed that Egyptians used a paste to clean their teeth. In 500BC the Ancient Greeks, Romans and people in China and India began using toothpaste.
In the basement of a Viennese museum on a papyrus is possibly the earliest toothpaste recipe.
This papyrus dates to the fourth century AD. The ingredients included: one drachma of rock salt – a measure equal to one hundredth of an ounce – two drachmas of mint, one drachma of dried iris flower and 20 grains of pepper, all of them crushed and mixed together. An Austrian dentist tried out this recipe and found that though his gums bled his mouth felt clean and refreshed afterwards. No pain, no gain, right?
Even back in the day, people instinctively knew that they wanted to care for their teeth and gums. The desire for white teeth and fresh breath is not a thing of the recent past. There have been additional findings of ancient toothpaste recipes which include a powder of ox hooves’ ashes and burnt eggshells combined with pumice. Creative! The hardcore Greeks and Romans preferred the combination of crushed bones and oyster shells. Ouch! However, the Romans did have a more sophisticated take on their toothpaste. They added flavoring to diminish bad breath by using charcoal and bark. The Chinese used ginseng, herbal mints and salt for their tooth care.
The toothpaste we all love and know did not arrive until the 1850s. In the 1800s toothpaste remained in a powder form and some versions contained soap or chalk. Eww! We have come a long way.
*All historical information was found online at- http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/history-of-toothbrushes-and-toothpastes
**All information on Neem’s benefits were gathered from- http://www.livestrong.com/article/109878-benefits-neem-toothpaste/