After a bit of searching on the internet and a couple of tries at home I've come up with a toothpaste recipe that everyone in my family likes! I started with this recipe from Wellness Mama and then made a few of my own adjustments.
E&S - Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe
5 parts finely ground eggshell powder from pasture raised eggs
2 parts baking soda
1 part bentonite clay powder
3 parts stevia green leaf powder
3-5 parts extra virgin coconut oil
Essential oils for flavoring (we like lemon and peppermint)
Mix all the ingredients together. I used a teaspoon as my measurement and that made enough to last for a few months. This recipe works great for the summertime but when the temperature dips below seventy degrees F. it gets hard and crumbly as the coconut oil solidifies. It may be better to use olive oil or a fractionated coconut oil in the winter so it stays soft. We use a popsicle stick to put it on our toothbrushes.
Now the color might be a bit alarming to those used to bright and fun colored toothpaste since it is a grayish-green but I prefer using the green stevia powder as opposed to the refined white and I like it better than xylitol. I also didn't use the diatomaceous earth that the original recipe used. I know lots of people swear by DE but I'm still cautious about using it as it's effects on our microbiome are uncertain and I don't think it's necessary for toothpaste.
You can use a calcium powder instead of the eggshells but I like using eggshells because I have a ton of them anyway and my compost pile won't miss a few. I wash the eggshells well with hot water after cracking them and let them air dry. Once I've collected a few I mash them with a potato masher and then grind them in my Vitamix with the dry container. To get a really fine powder though I still use my mortar and pestle. That sounds like a lot of work but doing it once gives me enough powder to last several years so I don't mind.
After brushing it might be a good idea to swish some probiotic powder around in your mouth. I didn't add it to the recipe though since it needs to stay refrigerated to be viable and the other ingredients would kill the bacteria anyway.
If you're working on remineralizing your teeth don't forget the cod liver oil and butter oil supplements. It's a crucial part of the protocol.
To You Health!
This June 21st will mark the 4th anniversary of opening the doors to Elder & Sage, our family-owned herb and remedies shop. Back in 2010 when I first sat down with my parents to discuss opening a business together I don't think any of us could have imagined how things would have happened. In just six short months we left our long term employers, moved four generations of family members from two different cities and started our own business. Since then I have worked with over 500 clients and customers. It has been quite a ride!
My parents are now ready to retire and they deserve it. After 45 years of employment in various retail positions throughout the country – it's time. So, this year I have had some very hard thinking to do:
Could I run both the shop and do my naturopathic consultations?
Is the shop capable of supporting outside employees?
Can I afford to invest the time required to own and operate a retail store?
Perhaps you can see where this might be going. The truth of the matter is my answer to all of these questions is “no”. I love having the shop to work out of but the time investment to manage it on my own is just not feasible. I feel that the time spent managing a retail store would detract from my ability to consult with and research for my clients which is my first priority. I just cannot do it without Mom and Dad.
So, on Friday, May 22nd the shop portion of Elder & Sage will be closing. The business name, website, and Facebook page will continue to be run by me but only for the purposes of my natural health consultations and client education. I will be moving my office into my home and my husband will be handling his CSA and herd-share delivery service out of our home as well. I will maintain relationships with some of our current vendors to supply my clients with the supplements they need and may be able to offer certain product (such as essential oils) through this website at a later date.
Please know that if you have had a health consultation with me in the past or would like to set one up, I will continue to be available for appointments out of my home or by phone/Skype, and email – that will not change. I will be happy to direct you to sources for any of the supplements and retail items you have come to rely on. I will also continue to teach at the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education in Mt. Pleasant and take on students and interns for apprenticeships when I am able. I also hope to offer more classes in the future so stay tuned for that.
The good news is, in many ways I will become more available than before as I attempt to blend my career and home life more seamlessly. So I like to think of this transition as an exciting new adventure and I look forward to continuing our work together on promoting and improving your health. Please feel free to contact me using the updated contact form above. Thank you so much for your loyalty and support these past four years and your continued support as we make this important life transition.
To Your Health!
Kathryn Doran-Fisher is a Traditional Naturopath, Certified GAPS Practitioner and owner of Elder & Sage.