How to Make Propolis Toothpaste

How to Make Propolis Toothpaste

It is well documented that propolis is an effective treatment for diseases of the mouth, most notably gum disease. From the Ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and Medieval Apothecaries to current state of the art Dentistry, propolis has only gained in it’s prominence. Propolis is a mixture of resin, essential oils and waxes that are combined with bee saliva and secretions. Bees use it to seal cracks in their hive, coat foreign objects as a sealant against bacteria and to coat the cells of their comb. Its antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties protect the entire colony from infection. According to an article in Cureus.com,  “It is the most powerful chemical weapon of bees against invading bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasitesIt truly is a unique and amazing substance.” These incredible qualities that bees use in defense of their colonies is the exact reason that it is so effective in defending our mouths against harmful pathogens.

You can read more about Propolis and how beekeepers like to collect and use it HERE. In addition, there are many scientific publications with data showing the effectiveness of propolis. I recommend searching for articles about propolis and gum disease or dental care to fully appreciate propolis.

Here are a few to get you excited:

Now that I have piqued your interest in using propolis for dental care, here is an easy way to use it by making your own propolis toothpaste.

Propolis Toothpaste

I’m going to walk you through this super easy method of making toothpaste with pictures so you can see what you are creating. I know to some of you it’s crazy to think that you could possibly put this stuff on your teeth and not need to still use actual “toothpaste.” If it seems too out there, then start by using your regular toothpaste in the morning and then your homemade Propolis Toothpaste in the evening. I have used baking soda to brush my teeth for a long time so I’m used to the taste and texture. Honestly my teeth feel amazing when I use it.

As far as the oil, that also seems like brushing your teeth with food. But people in India have been using Oil Pulling for excellent dental hygiene for a long time. It’s just not something we are used to, and therefore feels like we are putting our teeth at risk. Again, if you are worried, just alternate between both toothpastes.

Instructions for making propolis toothpaste

Gather your ingredients along with a bowl for mixing and a jar for storing. The amount I make is equivalent to a tube of toothpaste.

1. Measure 6 heaping tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl

2. Add 3 Tablespoons of Sunflower or Coconut oil. I like to use coconut oil in the summer because it’s the only time it is liquid at room temperature here in Arizona. Otherwise I use sunflower oil.

3. Add about 20 drops of Spearmint oil. I like the flavor and freshness of Spearmint oil, but you could use another oil that you like. If you use Peppermint oil, only put a few drops in as it is very strong and can irritate your mouth. Cinnamon, clove, oregano, thyme and citrus would all be good options and have other healing properties of their own.

4. Add 2-3 dropperfuls of propolis tincture. You can add more or less depending on whether you want a stronger or weaker solution.

5. Mix using a spoon until all ingredients are incorporated into a paste. If it is too thick, add more oil. If too thin, add baking soda.

6. Finally, store your propolis toothpaste in a jar wherever you brush your teeth. I recommend keeping a popsicle stick or small utensil for scooping the toothpaste onto your brush. Brush as usual and know that you are bringing healing to your mouth. Your teeth will feel amazing too!

You can purchase Propolis Tincture from me HERE, or make your own by collecting propolis as you inspect your hives. Here are instructions for making the tincture at home: Propolis Tincture.

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