We all want a healthy white smile. Unfortunately, some of our favorite vices such as drinking coffee or smoking leave unsightly stains on our teeth. Chemical teeth whiteners often contain concentrated hydrogen peroxide, which can damage your teeth. Thankfully, there’s a completely natural way to whiten teeth — and the main ingredient can be found on your spice shelf!
Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder, a teaspoon of coconut oil and a few drops of peppermint oil into a paste.
Then simply apply the paste to your toothbrush and brush your teeth as usual. If you use this homemade whitening paste regularly, you should see results quickly.
Check out these pearly whites!
Turmeric, also known as Indian saffron, belongs to the ginger family. As its name implies, the root comes from India where it has been used for centuries for its medicinal qualities. As well as whitening teeth, this root has anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it promotes circulation around the gums and supports healthy oral bacteria. Turmeric has proven to be effective against harmful bacteria and fights the germs that can cause gum disease. In most western countries, the root is best known in its powdered form as a spice for curries, giving the dish its characteristic yellow color. It may sound a little paradoxical, but though turmeric is an effective solution for whiter teeth, it’s also a highly intensive dye that can be difficult to get out of your clothes. Therefore, it’s probably better to use a second toothbrush when brushing with turmeric as, after a while, the bristles on your brush will also turn yellow.
Thanks to lauric acid, coconut oil is a true cavity killer because it neutralizes the bacteria in the mouth. Peppermint oil also has antibacterial properties and gives the mixture a fresh taste.
Here’s a video showing how the paste is made and explaining some of the additional benefits of turmeric…
The turmeric bulb can be used for so much more than just curry! With just two more easy-to-find ingredients, you can make your own whitening toothpaste — and it’s completely natural and won’t damage your teeth. Who knew a Hollywood-white smile could be achieved simply by combining a few household ingredients?