I don’t talk about it much on the blog, but I’m a bit of a self proclaimed “crunchy granola.” My friends often laugh at me when they discover some of my hippie tendencies. I eat a plant based diet and treat my body well on the inside, but what about the outside?
I stopped using store bought deodorants about four years ago, & my shampoo goes back and forth between minimal ingredient products and baking soda/ACV (I need to find a good DIY shampoo!)
I don’t use lotions much, but if I do they are very basic, or I just use coconut oil. I also use coconut oil to remove the small amount of vegan friendly mascara that I wear, and my soap is usually locally sourced and made with natural oils. Excuse me while I go hug a tree.
Basically I try to minimize any added “junk” to my outside body. It makes me feel good, so I roll with it. To each their own right? That’s not to say if my only option for shampoo is a bottle of Suave and my hair looks like a busted grease ball I won’t use it, because I will.
I’m not that extreme.
One thing I struggled to get away from was mainstream toothpaste. As an avid coffee drinker, I had a hard time letting go of my fluoride filled Arm and Hammer toothpaste. I was convinced the baking soda in this toothpaste was the only way to achieve a bright white smile.
I bounced between Arm and Hammer and Xyli-White.
I like Xyli-White, but it never really blew me away.
I’m a big believer in essential oils, and I have a nice collection that ranges from lavender and lemon, to “peace and calming” and thieves.
I recently started using a toothpaste/mouthwash made with thieves oil. Thieves Oil is a blend of five essential oils that are documented to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. To learn more about this amazing oil click here. Or click here. Do it.
I’ve never been a fan of alcohol based mouthwashes, which are 90% of the mouthwashes on the market. The alcohol actually dries your mouth out, and can cause WORSE breath than what you started with.
Sure, the alcohol can kill bacteria, but a dry mouth can breed it.
OK enough science, how about some photographic evidence? This stuff gets my teeth brighter, whiter, smoother, and cleaner than any other product I’ve used. I’m hooked and beyond obsessed.
For the record, this post is all me. No compensation or products were received in exchange for my thoughts, I just love it! I also LOVE the flavor. It’s very unique, and I find myself excited to swish this stuff!
Yay teeth! Some of you know once upon a time I was going to school for dental hygiene, so I’ve always had a bit of a thing for teeth. This feeds not only my passion for teeth, but also my passion for a natural lifestyle. I just can’t hang with a lot of the ADA approved shit.
I can continue to drink my beloved black crack AND have a bright white smile. Along with the oral care I have thieves hand soap, house cleaner, and straight up oil. The therapeutic and holistic properties of essential oils are fantastic, and they fuel my inner granola.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some tree bark to go chew on.
Q: What are your thoughts on holistic approaches to health care? I’m a hugeeee fan of holistic errythang.