Healing green soup

I found this yummy recipe in the fabulous book Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel.  I seem to have made it weekly or thereabouts for the past few months – it is simple and delicious and packed with goodness. The original recipe was devised by a man named Henry Bieler and it is know as a ‘healing broth’ as it treats all sorts of illnesses.

Green soup

Healing green soup. Yes, I am aware how poor my photography is! These were taken on my iPhone to quickly share on Instagram. Only later did I decide to use them for here!

3 zucchinis
2 cups green beans
handful parsley

You can add any vegetables really. The above is delicious as is, but I have also added brocolli and it was amazing. Cover ingredients with water or broth (I use bone broth) and bring to the boil then simmer until cooked.  Whiz up using a blender / stick blender / hand mixer to the consistency you like. Season to taste – I find it needs a decent dash of salt and pepper, and a swirl of cream or a few sprinkles of freshly grated parmesan will improve both the taste and the digestion . Eat and enjoooooooooy!

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Homemade lemon enzyme cleaner

One day last year I had been making something in the kitchen that required lots of lemons. I had a bunch of lemon peels laying on the bench and I didn’t know what to do with them. I would love to be a zero-waste family, and we’re a way off from that yet, however I always look for ways that I can reduce, reuse and recycle. Most food scraps go into our worm farm or to feed our quails, but citrus cannot be used for either of those.

So I did what any 21st Century solution-seeker does and jumped online. I was excited when I came across a nifty article about homemade lemon enzyme cleaner. As someone who loves fermenting foods, this was right up my alley – a homemade fermented cleaner! As I read the comments I became intrigued – carpet cleaner? clearing blocked drains? natural insect repellent? I had to give this thing a shot!

The trouble is, I can be impatient and the recipe said it required three months. Three months! In my real food journey I have learned that good things take time (think fermented foods, dehydrating foods, sprouting seeds, activating nuts and so on). With that in mind, I decided I had nothing to lose. I made my first batch.

Lemon Enzyme Cleaner

Lemon Enzyme Cleaner

Three months later I opened it and used it as a concentrate in every way I could think of – in my mop bucket water, to clean my bathroom sink, to soak a stain on my kitchen bench. This stuff is great and contains no toxic chemicals! It is basic to make and mega cheap. I have since made a second batch and it is fermenting away while I ration my first batch so that I don’t run out before I have more on hand! The instructions are listed below in my own words and interpretation of the original recipe.

Lemon Enzyme Cleaner by happyhomemaker88

What you need:

2L plastic bottle (this was the hardest part for me, trying to source a plastic bottle! We don’t drink softdrink and/or supermarket juice – if you don’t either, find a friend who does and ask them to save you a bottle! It must be plastic, not glass which can shatter if the gas build up causes the bottle to explode. Scared?)

100g brown sugar

300g lemon peels (you can use any citrus scraps)

1L tap water

What you do:

Pour the sugar into the bottle, using a funnel if required. Add citrus peel and water. Make sure there is lots of room at the top and that the bottle is not full to the brim. There needs to be space for the off-gassing to take place, which may involve the bottle expanding slightly.

Place the lid on and shake that baby! Shake shake shake!

Write the date on the bottle so you know when you made it and when 3 months will be up.

Release the lid slightly so it is about half-closed tight.

Place the bottle somewhere safe for three months.

After three months, strain the solution through a muslin cloth. Use as a concentrate (ie. in most cases you will need to dilute it with water).

Then clean, clean, clean and experience this fragrant liquid work its magic!

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Raw onion bread

I’m always on the lookout for snack food ideas and I enjoy making new things in my dehydrator. This raw onion bread has become a staple around here and I’ve made it probably monthly for the past six months or so. My mother-in-law is a big fan and so is Sunshine Girl (19 months). If you don’t have a dehydrator, get one! I mean, if you don’t have a dehydrator you could probably put this in the oven at a very low temperature for a long time to get a similar result. Raw foodies believe enzymes in food are destroyed once it is heated above about 40C, so if you follow that train of thought then keep the temps ultra-low.

The original recipe is from The Rawtarian, and the only way I have tweaked it is by using red salad onions (or a mix of red and white onions).

Raw onion bread

Raw onion bread

Raw onion bread

3 big fat onions (red, white or a mixture)

1 cup ground sunflower seeds

1 cup ground flaxseeds

1/3 cup olive oil

3 1/2 tbs tamari

Peel onions and place in a food processor.

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Whiz those babies up until they are chopped but not mushy.

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Mix well and spoon onto dehydrator trays lined with baking paper. Flatten out as thin as you like. Dehydrate until ready!

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We got bees!

An apiarist is a beekeeper. Who knew! I didn’t, until I started looking into beekeeping early last year. I read a few different articles mentioning how bees were dying and that this ultimately could affect the world’s food supply. Being curious as I am I needed to know more. I purchased The Vanishing of the Bees documentary where the dying bees phenomenon is examined and I raided my local library for all the resources I could about bees.

As it dawned on me how critical bees are to our food supply, I realised that I needed to take action.

I dragged Informed Papa along to a local beekeepers meeting. Actually I didn’t need to drag him, he was totally into the idea! We met local beekeepers and were shown our first look into a busy hive. We chatted with others and participated in a couple of hands-on workshops to do with the practicalities of beekeeping.

Me at our first beekeepers meeting - all the gear, no idea.

Me at our first beekeepers meeting – all the gear, no idea.

That was in March 2012. Fast forward to September and even though we still felt completely unprepared and totally out of our depth, we knew getting our own hive was something we wanted…NEEDED…to do – for our planet and as part of our journey towards self-sufficiency. Informed Papa purchased all the equipment and worked at putting our first hive together.

Informed Papa constructing our first hive

Informed Papa constructing our first hive

He hammered away and made multiple trips to the beekeeping supply store and the local hardware store. In November 2012 it was ready for occupants and we sourced our first Queen and drones.

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Informed Papa the amateur apiarist

The house we are currently living in is not on a block large enough to keep bees (if we want our children to play in the backyard), so we put the hive at Informed Papa’s brother’s place, which is three-acres large with a yummy vegie patch that would benefit greatly from little buzzers. We go out every couple of weeks and check on our ‘babies’ and like all new parents we panic when there’s a storm or lots of rain or anything that may impact our bees.

Our first hive of honey bees

Our first hive of honey bees

It’s now April 2013, a little over a year since I started my mad mission to learn about bees, and I am so pleased and proud that we have taken the steps to do so. We haven’t extracted any honey yet and have little clue how to do so at this stage, but the beauty of being members of a beekeepers association is there is always someone willing to mentor and share. They say if you ask ten different beekeepers a question you’ll get twenty different replies; that there are multiple ways of doing things in beekeeping land and just as many opinions. As we learn more about bees we also want to share the knowledge. We have big plans for owning and caring for many hives in our future and for supporting new beekeepers. One of the first things we will do when we move onto acreage is get more hives. We have so much to learn about beekeeping still, and we are enjoying the journey so much!

Informed Papa checking our hive

Informed Papa checking our hive

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Grab n go bags for toddlers

Someone sent me a link about a clever mama who got a bunch of friends together and they each made multiple copies of a different toddler Montessori-style activity or game, and then shared them with the group. Well, aint nobody got time fo’ dat! Actually, it’s an awesome idea, but I’m impatient and instead of organising an activity-making date with my mummy friends, I just went ahead and made a bunch of activities myself.

I have an 18 month old and a 3 year old, so some of these activities suit both and some are more suited for younger/older kiddos.

If Montessori is new to you, here’s a brief run down. Montessori is a constructivist approach to being and learning based on the premise that children ought to use and develop their independence and follow their interests. Children should be free to explore their environment and to interact with it safely. Montessori education encourages practical skills for young children, like pouring, transferring materials, scooping, buttoning, zipping etc. and also fosters a development of the senses.  There is far more to it than that, so go forth and explore more if it sounds interesting to you!

The idea behind Grab n Go Activity Bags is that the activities are kept in ziplock bags which can be quickly grabbed and taken out for times like sitting in waiting rooms or keeping children engaged and interested while the parents are in a meeting. Of course the activities can be used at home or anywhere at any time, but my purpose in making them was for out and about.

Here are some of the activity bags I have made in the past few months. Clockwise from top left: Colour matching, locks and keys, threading, popsicle stick puzzles, rough/smooth sorting.

Grab n Go Toddler Activities


And some more! Clockwise from top left: Pipe cleaners and colanders (for out and about we have a cute mini colander), containers and lids/caps, Etch-a-sketch minis, pipe cleaner threading, pom poms and tongs.

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I’m not kidding when I say that the pom pom and tongs activity kept both my children engaged for close to an hour! When I was testing it out at home I gave them a muffin tray instead of the mini egg carton and a pair of mini tongs each. They played and played and played, and I loved watching them and listening to their chatter about what they went about their business!

The other one that is a huge hit around here with my 18 month old is the containers with lids/caps. She gets a real kick out of taking lids off and putting them back on again – who would’ve thought? I have been known to carry this one around in my handbag!

There are thousands more toddler activities that are simple and economical to make. Places like Pinterest are a great place to find inspiration. I’m working on a few more activity bag ideas myself right now – stay tuned!

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Homemade Lip Balms – Frankincense and Chocolate Mint (so delicious you’ll want to eat them!)

I recently tried my hand at making my own lip balm. Guess what – it’s super easy! If you have the ingredients, all that is required is to gently melt them together and pour into empty tubes.  I am fortunate that I keep a stock of all these ingredients in my house, as most of them are used in other products that I make from scratch, like sun cream (blog post coming) and toothpaste. I use certified organic ingredients wherever possible/available.

Homemade Lip Balm with Informed Mama

When people hear about my homemade lip balm, the number one question I am asked is where to source the empty tubes from.  I purchased mine from eBay. If you have a soap supplier local to you, they are likely to stock empty tubes also.

I searched around online and read a range of DIY lip balm / lip gloss recipes trying to find one that would work.  In the end, I tweaked a few to come up with two that would take good advantage of my collection of pure essential oils. If I was a bit more hip I might be able to come up with better names for them, but alas I just call them Frankincense Lip Balm and Chocolate Mint Lip Balm.

The frankincense can be swapped out for another essential oil of choice. I am a little bit obsessed with frankincense at the moment because of it’s amazing beneficial properties. Frankincense is cancer-preventing, treats diahrrea, heals ulcers, helps sore throats and strep infections, soothes skin infections, eases depression and headaches, supports the immune system and so many other things that I would never have room enough to list. It can be used aromatically and topically.

Basic Lip Balm
– makes 12

2 Tbs beeswax (I use pellets)
2 Tbs coconut oil
2 Tbs shea butter
1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
Essential oil/s of choice – I use frankincense approx 4 drops plus 1 drop peppermint oil
Optional – Vitami E oil squeezed from 1 capsule

Melt ingredients gently over double boiler. Pour into containers to set.

Chocolate Mint Lip Balm
– makes 10-12

1 Tbs beeswax (I use pellets)
2 Tbs coconut oil
1/2 Tbs shea butter
1/2 Tbs cacao butter
1/2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp raw cacao powder
Peppermint oil approx 4 drops (don’t use a crappy cheap one – see my note below!)

Place first four ingredients in a double boiler and melt slowly and gently over low heat. Add  remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into empty tubes and allow to set.

The first recipe produces a soft and creamy lip balm. The chocolate mint recipe results in quite a firm lip balm which smells incredible.

A note about essential oils – I try not to put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t be able to safely ingest.  There are plenty of essential oil brands around, most chocked up with synthetic fillers. I use, trust and recommend doTERRA pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

Informed Mama's Homemade Frankincense Lip Balm

Besides being frugal and simple and self-sufficient, another reason to make your own is to avoid nasty chemicals used in commerical lip balms.  Need further convincing? These are the ingredients of ChapStick and their potential effects. I used Bill Statham’s The Chemical Maze to research the ingredients.

Padimate O: potential carcinogen
White petrolatum: contact dermatitis, skin irritation, probably human carcinogen
Arachidyl propionate: generally considered safe for cosmetic use.
Camphor: hazardous if ingested, suspected respiratory, liver and neuro toxicity. Avoid during pregnancy.
Cetyl alcohol: may cause irritation to sensitive skin, some animal studies show adverse affects.
Isopropyl lanolate: can cause or promote acne on oily skin
Isopropyl myristate: can cause or promote acne on oily skin
Lanolin: suspected immunotoxicity
Light mineral oil: asthma, suspected respiratory and liver toxicity, suspected carcinogen and teratogen
Methylparaben: human skin toxicant
Octyldodecanol: considered safe when used within concentration limits, may cause irritation
Oleyl alcohol: contact dermatitis, can cause or promote acne
Phenyl methicone: (no information found)
Propylparaben: human skin toxicant, sensitisation, wildlife and environmental toxicity
Titanium dioxide: generally considered safe in cosmetic use. Some animal studies show adverse affects.

The ChapStick website also clearly states that their product contains aluminium. Now, what are you waiting for! Go forth and create your own yummy, safe and cheap lip balm!

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More healthy party food (AKA a party without packets)

Last year I shared some pics from Boy Wonder’s 2nd birthday party with healthier food options. Remember the watermelon shark?


When Sunshine Girl turned one last September we had a little party in a park for her, and my goal was that no food for her party would come from a packet. It wasn’t difficult and didn’t require too much planning,  just more time preparing.

After having so much fun with the watermelon shark earlier, I decided for this party that I would carve a watermelon turtle. It was so cute! I used a melon baller to scoop watermelon bits out to sit under the shell.



I  spent the week before the party dehydrating food, like strawberries and kale chips.  These were really popular and the plates were completely cleared out. Much healthier than lollies and chips, and much more delicious! Dehydrated goodies are so moreish, but don’t leave you feeling ill afterwards like most typical junk food does.



I made dips – hommus and tzatziki and served them in capsicum cups with carrot sticks and homemade sourdough bread.


Of course no party is complete without some chocolatey goodness. I made coconut flour muffins with avocado frosting (I know it doesn’t look like avocado, but trust me! It was avocado, raw cacao and maple syrup). I also whipped up some bliss balls, which are a staple food around here for any occasion.  Usually I throw together some medjool dates, raw cacao, hazelnuts and coconut into the food processor and mix until gooey, then roll into balls. I can’t remember what I did for these (it was six months ago now!) but it would have been something along those lines.


Other food I made for the party included a raw raspberry dream cake, individual Greek salad cups and the beautiful ombre birthday cake with no refined flours or sugars and all natural colours, but we won’t talk about the frosting (xylitol icing mixture) melting or how the cake was ruined… we’ll just whisper the word ‘Pinstrosity’ and carry on as normal.


Here’s a pic of us with our precious birthday girl. I’d love to hear about your healthy party food – link me up in the comments!


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Review: The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care

I should start this review by declaring that I am not a member of my local Weston A Price Foundation chapter and while there are some things I love about the WAPF, I don’t think it is a completely balanced approach to diet and nutrition. Some of the practices form part of my daily life: I make bone broths; I take fermented cod liver oil; I drink raw dairy; I make and consume a large amount of fermented foods. The original Nourishing Traditions book has been indispensable for me in learning how to prepare some of these dishes. There are other WAPF practices that I don’t participate in, such as eating organ meats (I do take a liver supplement when I feel I need to) or large amounts of other meat. I do eat meat on weekends and it is always organic and pasture-raised, but my personal opinion is that the WAPF focuses a great deal on meat and fats and not enough on vegetables, particularly green leafies.

Because the original Nourishing Traditions book has been so useful for me, I pre-ordered the Baby and Child Care version as soon as I heard it was going to be released. I was excited when it was delivered and I could finally read it! Having two small children, I am always happy to learn more about nourishing them.

There is a lot to like about The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care by Sally Fallon Morrell and Thomas S Cowan. Some of it is exceptionally well-researched (other things I thought were a little sketchy or questionable, see further below). I could never list all the awesome things the book discusses, but some of the highlights for me include:

    • Discussion about healthy fats. Many parents and parents-to-be are scared of fats because we’ve been fed a lie about cholesterol. I’m not afraid of fats and believe they are essential to nutrition and development, especially that of children, but as I mentioned above I sometimes feel the WAPF goes overboard with this.
    • Exploration of the vitamins and minerals needed prior to conception and during pregnancy.
    • Discussion about toxic chemical exposure in every day life/products and the risks of this during pregnancy.
    • An examination of what is in modern infant formula.
    • Comprehensive suggestions for treating common childhood ailments using natural approaches rather than mainstream medicine.

I also found myself reading and rereading a few things in the book that made me go hrmmmm:

  • A suggestion that it is not necessary to consume large amounts of water before and during pregnancy (p35). Apparently, the best way to hydrate your body is to ‘consume plenty of healthy fats, because fats provide the most energy on the cellular level – much more than carbohydrates and proteins, and the by product of this energy is water’. I don’t know enough about this matter to comment further at this stage, but I find it strange that drinking water would be discouraged.
  • “Attachment parentings can interfere with a child’s need to learn about the world on his own, and his gradual emergence into his sense of independent self” (p156). Clearly, the authors have confused attachment parenting with helicopter parenting. One of the greatest outcomes of attachment parenting is confident and secure children who are not only independent, but highly inter-dependent.
  • A suggestion that a baby play pen is a good idea to ‘protect baby from being stepped on’ (p160). As far I have ever seen, baby play pens are good for two purposes – keeping little hands away from the Christmas Tree, and having a safe place for mum to iron.
  • Promotion of the time-out technique for dealing with inappropriate behaviour (p173). I’ve worked with enough children in my career and read enough literature on child behaviour and development to know that time-out is an ineffective, overused and misunderstood tool that adults resort to when they have no clue otherwise how to deal with their child’s actions (thank you Super Nanny). In many cases it’s the parents who need time out from the situation to cool down and gather their composure. I’m not about to tell anyone how to parent, but I will say that when a child is sent to time-out to ‘think about their behaviour’, you can be guaranteed they’re thinking of anything BUT that.
  • An apparent misunderstanding about baby-led weaning. The book says that baby-led weaning is to be resisted and that baby’s parents should be squarely in charge of what baby eats from the beginning. I did a combination of purees and baby-led weaning with both my children, and I was always squarely in charge of what they ate and what they were offered. Part of my role as a mother is to prepare nourishing foods for my children. Whether they pick at it and hand-feed themselves or whether I offered it mushed up on a spoon is irrelevant. The book fails to recognise that a child can only choose food from that which they have been offered or is available. If only nourishing food is offered and available, then that is what the child will choose.
  • I must admit I am surprised that with the concept of Nourishing Traditions being about adopting traditional methods of preparing foods as observed in ultra-healthy non-western people groups, I expected the book on baby and child care to promote more traditional and indigenous ways of nurturing (not just nourishing) little ones, such as babywearing and co-sleeping. I guess we always have The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff for that!

    With all its good bits and all its interesting bits, I still have one as-yet unmentioned gripe and disappointment with The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care. Not enough recipes!

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The best little un-granola bars ever

I had some puffed spelt that had been in the pantry for a few months and I wasn’t sure what to do with it, so was looking for ways to get rid of it quickly. My plan didn’t entirely work because while I got rid of it quickly, I now need to buy more because this recipe is a winner. I’ve made it four times this month already! I have a feeling I’ll be making it many more times.

If you don’t have puffed spelt on hand or you would like to make it gluten free, you could substitute something else puffy, like puffed rice.

Ungranola Bars. This one was straight out of the freezer so there is some condensation on top. I couldn't wait three minutes longer to take the photo and eat it.

Ungranola Bars. This one was straight out of the freezer so there is some condensation on top. I couldn’t wait three minutes longer to take the photo and eat it.

1 cup puffed spelt
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds (or LSA)
Dark chocolate to coat or drizzle.
Decent size pinch of Himalayan or Celtic Sea salt

Warm the honey and tahini gently then add to a bowl which contains all the other ingredients. Press into a slice tray and refrigerate. Melt chocolate and cool slightly before drizzling over the mixture. Cut into bite-sized rectangles and return to the fridge.

I keep mine in the freezer and like to eat them frozen. You can add as much chocolate as you like, from a light drizzle to a full layer (or fully coat them top and bottom if you’re so inclined!) I use at least 70% dark chocolate or even up to 85% in order to get lots of antioxidants.

This is a great lunchbox snack (unless your school has a no nut policy) and great to keep on hand when you’ve got the munchies and want something nutritious and satisfying to eat. Did I mention it’s delicious?

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Five reasons I make my own toothpaste

Up until two or three years ago I was using regular toothpaste from the supermarket. The big brand. The popular one. I never thought too much about the ingredients list or that fact that it contains sodium fluoride (a by-product of aluminium production found in rat poisons and industrial pesticides), triclosan (a carcinogenic pesticide), sodium lauryl sulfate (another carcinogen), propylene glycol (an active component in anti-freeze which can lead to brain, liver and kidney abnormalities), DEA (a carcinogenic hormone disrupter) and a long list of other unpronouncables. I would stock up and buy in bulk when they went on special. I loved that minty freshness!

When I came into consciousness about toxic chemical loads on my body, I started experimenting with different brands and varieties of toothpaste from health food stores. The price difference to supermarket toothpaste was a killer, but I couldn’t knowingly go back to the nasty ingredients. I kept reading about homemade / DIY toothpastes and would tell myself, ‘when the next tube runs out I’ll make my own’, but I didn’t. Making your own toothpaste just seemed a bit too alternate. I already lived on a different planet to mainstream society, did I want to alienate myself even more?

In a word, yes. Not that I wanted to alienate myself further, but I decided homemade toothpaste wasn’t really that radical. This would be one step further into semi self-sufficiency and one more product I did not have to purchase. And so I trawled numerous blog posts and websites learning about what other crunchy nutters did and what recipes they used. Eventually I made my first batch! It contained equal parts coconut oil and bicarbonate soda (baking soda), a dash of himalayan rock salt, plus some drops of peppermint oil. That’s it! I mixed the ingredients together in a little glass jar and dipped my toothbrush in. The first time I brushed my teeth with it I was surprised and impressed – my teeth had never felt cleaner. I half expected Informed Papa to turn up his nose at it, but after his first use he exclaimed that it was ‘amazing’ and that he really liked it. Woohoo!

DIY Toothpaste

I’ve since made more batches, experimenting with quantities and ingredients as I work out the best formulation for my family. I now add xylitol, not for the sweetness but because xylitol helps prevent tooth decay and remineralise enamel.

Here are my top five reasons for making my own toothpaste:

1. I know the ingredients. They are safe, I can pronounce them and I know what role they play as ingredients and the potential impact they will have on my body. Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal. Bicarbonate soda is alkalising and acts as an abrasive. Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals, stops bad breath, draws out pathogens and kills bacteria. Pure peppermint oil has countless beneficial properties, but I mostly use it for the flavour and freshness. As I mentioned above, xylitol prevents decay and assists to remineralise.

2. It’s one less reason to go to a store. Long-time readers will know that I am on a mission to eradicate the need for supermarkets in my life.

3. It’s cheap and I’m frugal! I haven’t calculated the cost difference, but knowing what I pay for the individual ingredients, I can confidently say my homemade version is cheaper.

4. I prefer it to regular toothpaste. I find it works better and my teeth and gums feel cleaner.

5. If I run out I just need to go to my pantry to whip up a new batch!

**ETA – I’ve had a few enquiries about exact amounts for the recipe. I now use 4 parts xylitol, 4 parts coconut oil, 4 parts bicarb, 1 part Himilayan salt and however many drops of peppermint oil I feel it needs depending on the size of the batch. For a small tub like the one pictured I use approximately 10 drops doTERRA peppermint oil, but if you are using a non pure-grade oil you will need 40-50 drops. This toothpaste is the best, try it!

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