Tooth powder (aka tooth dirt) recipe

Did you know that I actually hate DIY stuff? That might sound strange considering I post a lot of natural DIY recipes that I make all the time. However, when I make something, it has to be super quick, easy-to-make and strictly utilitarian. My DIY criteria is as follows and all three must be met:

  1. It has to be faster to make than to go out and buy
  2. There needs to be slack in the measurements (I loathe taking precise measurements)
  3. A purpose is required (no crafting for the sake of crafting)

Also, I rarely DIY and consider appearances. This post is a perfect example. Check out that tooth powder… or should I say tooth DIRT?! I guess I could have made it look a bit more aesthetically please to encourage others to take the leap 😉

Here are my slack measurements for tooth powder:

  • 4 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 3 tbsp calcium powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp activated charcoal
  • essential oils of choice

I gave up fluoride-ladden toothpaste a long time ago. I now alternate between this recipe and a natural toothpaste (the latter for convenience).

I love the irony of this recipe. Using something that looks super dirty to make your mouth clean.

Anyone tried making their own toothpaste before?

M.


Vegan crepe recipe invention

Vegan crepe invention photo

My 7 year old boy eating my vegan crepe invention

I’m pretty impressed with myself!

I am by no means a cook — or even anywhere along the cook continuum — but somehow, I invented a recipe! I haven’t scoured the web or every recipe book to make sure no one else thought of this first… yet I’m going to pat myself on the back until someone comes around and bursts my bubble 😉

This is essentially a variation of the buckwheat pancakes I make based on the recipe my mom gave me. Those pancakes are best served with black strap molasses but one day I had run out and didn’t feel like making the trip to the grocery store to get more. I had maple syrup on hand so I figured I would make pancakes instead but I was also all out of the necessary the ingredients to make these. So I experimented with what I had…

I knew I needed to cut down on the buckwheat flour because it is overpowering and the maple syrup just doesn’t quite work with it (IMO, anyway). So I split the buckwheat and all purpose flour half and half in the recipe. I also added some sourdough starter because The L’Oven Life inspired me to do so! Finally, I put a generous sprinkle of cinnamon in the mix.

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup of buckwheat flour
  3. 1 3/4 cup of warm water
  4. 1 tbsp of sourdough starter
  5. 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  6. Sprinkle of cinnamon (to taste)
  7. Sprinkle of salt
  8. Maple syrup (to serve)

Instructions

Pre-heat round cast-iron griddle on medium heat. Mix all ingredients (except maple syrup) in a bowl and cook a small crepe as a test. Sometimes, the first crepe sticks to the pan and doesn’t turn out but the next one will. Crepe is ready to flip when it bubbles and the edges start curling up. Serve with maple syrup. Makes about 7 thin crepes.

What’s great about this recipe is that it is vegan plus a good source of protein thanks to the buckwheat.

Are you brave enough to try it out?

M.

 

 

 


Detox bath salt recipe

About a year and a half ago, I was looking for ways to naturally and safely detox children and I stumbled upon a particular essential oil blend called Zendocrine by doTERRA. Usually, I end my story there and talk about how that experience propelled me into the world of aromatherapy and essential oils as a means of integrative, proactive health care.

The back story actually has to do with a very controversial subject, which is why I normally avoid it at all costs. The toxins I was hoping to remove were those injected into my son when he went for his vaccinations. Just the word vaccinations usually turns people either defensive, upset, accusatory or super opinionated — or a combo of all of these. So, quite frankly, I don’t bother mentioning it.

Regardless of people’s opinion on the subject, I did not feel comfortable going into the doctor’s office without first preparing my son’s body and then supporting it after all was said and done. In addition to supplementing my son’s diet (and paying special attention to it) before and after the shots, I ordered a bottle of the essential oil blend and treated him to detox bath soaks to help his body cope.

I will be the first to say that our bodies have amazing mechanisms in place to detoxify itself. However, our bodies are subject to tons of synthetics nowadays plus I don’t know anyone who has a meter that can read how well their body is detoxifying on its own. I also believe that we are all responsible to do everything we can to stay healthy.

I use this detox salt bath for myself now and still use it for my son as maintenance. It smells very herbaceous — it includes tangerine peel, rosemary leaf, geranium plant, juniper berry and cilantro herb — but I like it. Just 1/2 cup of Epsom salts, 1 tbsp of baking soda and 2 drops of Zendocrine.

What’s your favourite bath soak recipe?

M.