This is why I love the Internet: I went on it to learn more about recycling deodorant tubes and discovered something about oil pulling.
If it’s new to you, as it was to me, oil pulling is a health therapy that involves swishing vegetable oil in your mouth for 20 min.
It supposedly helps with a variety of ailments, including diabetes, allergies and arthritis but also helps with problems such as gum disease and bad breath.
I think I’m going to try it, just out of curiosity. I really don’t see, however, how I can keep a couple teaspoons of oil and spit in my mouth for 20 minutes without, you know, dying or something. When done, you just spit it in the sink.
I have probably the worst teeth in the world, and I’m guessing it’s too late to actually health. But I want to know what it’s like.
I stumbled on oil pulling after a friend asked Waste Management if used deodorant roll-on tubes could be recycled (they can). Waste Management linked to a story talking about what can be recycled and ways to reduce the trask.
The article linked to several sites with recipes for homemade toothpaste (something I also want to try, again probably just once).
Here’s a recipe forhomemade toothpaste:
Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp baking soda
- 25 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 packet stevia
- 2 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)
Put the coconut oil and baking soda in a bowl and mash up with a fork until blended. Add the peppermint essential oil, stevia and optional vegetable glycerin and continue to mash and stir until you’ve reached toothpaste consistency.
From the CrunchyBetty.com website.
Oddly enough, I do have coconut oil at home. But not the essential oil version of peppermint. And I have no idea where to find vegetable glycerin.