Make your own fluoride-free toothpaste!

Before we get to the recipe, did you know….?

Fluoride is a toxic substance added to toothpaste and in most towns in the US is added to our water supply!

Have you ever noticed the warning on most toothpaste containers?

“WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”

The FDA warning is necessary because relatively small doses of fluoride can induce symptoms of acute fluoride toxicity (i.e., poisoning). Early symptoms of fluoride poisoning include gastrointestinal pain, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. The minimum dose that can produce these symptoms is estimated to be 0.1 to 0.3 mg/kg of fluoride (i.e., 0.1 to 0.3 milligrams of fluoride for every kilogram of bodyweight). A child weighing 10 kilograms, therefore, can suffer symptoms of acute toxicity by ingesting just 1 to 3 milligrams of fluoride in a single sitting.

Did you know that 97% of Western Europe has rejected the addition of fluoride to their water supply? And there are towns in the US that have banned fluoride. Here is an interesting list to see if your town is mentioned:

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Anyway, back to how to make your own fluoride-free toothpaste! 


  • 2 T. coconut oil in a glass bowl or jar (warmed for better mixing)
  • baking soda (add for preferred consistency)
  • a few shakes of organic turmeric (as an anti-inflammatory)
  • 1 -2 drops of doTerra Peppermint oil

Mix ingredients. Then brush, and rinse! (the turmeric makes for a yellow mouth, but no worries, it rinses right off)

Happy brushing!


Make your own deodorant!

Several years ago, I wanted to stop using commercial deodorant, knowing that the ingredients they are made with are toxic.  deodorant-toxins

I tried over 15 ‘natural’ brands, but none of them seemed to work for me.  Then I decided to make my own.  This is the recipe I use:

  • coconut oil
  • corn starch
  • baking soda
  • several drops of doTerra OnGuard essential oil

I mix these ingredients to a consistency I like and store in a glass jar with a lid.  Works great!!

If you want to try a mixture to put into an old deodorant case, here is a recipe from doTerra:

Have fun!

Essential Oils 101

Here is a great link to doTerra’s Essential Oils 101 –

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Learn about the 3 main ways to use essential oils:

  1. Aromatic
  2. Topical
  3. Internal

My main piece of advice would be, to respect the oils! They are very powerful and should be used sparingly! A little goes a long way!

Medical Disclaimer: The information on this page is for educational purposes only.

Wellness pyramid

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There are 4 things that can heal and prevent just about every disease diagnosis-

1- Eat a high nutrition, mostly plant based diet, and include a lot of raw

2- Exercise

3- Reduce your toxic load

4- Manage your mood and stress.

Essential oils boss nutrition around and are far more effective if the body has the minerals, vitamins and enzymes it needs to support the repairs.  At each level of the pyramid, there are essential oils that support us.


For example, 2-3 drops of doTERRA Lemon Oil in your drinking water, first thing every day, is cleansing and brings balance to your system.

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Lemon oil has these properties:

Add 2-3 drops of doTERRA Wild Orange in your Green Smoothie

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Wild Orange adds flavor and has these properties:

Next time, how to support your EXERCISE with essential oils!

Tapping – Emotional Freedom Technique

I have known about tapping for a few years, but just found a very informative site which explains how to relieve stress & anxiety (as an example).  Tapping can be used with any issue or concern.  I love how I feel after tapping!

Here are photos of the first 2 steps of 9.   It’s easy!  Go to Dr. Mercola’s website and give it a try!

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doTerra Essential Oils

I have recently been introduced to doTerra Essential Oils! These essential oils are Certified Pure Theraputic Grade, beyond organic (I love that!), verified pure, free of fillers, pesticides and foreign contaminant.  The plants are grown and harvested in their natural habitat.

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I also learned that these oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs and inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses, so they are nature’s natural medicine cabinet.

I have had fun looking up all the uses for the oils I got & discovering their practical uses: peppermint to clear the sinuses, a drop of melaleuca on my doggies collar to keep the fleas away, and a drop of lavender on my pillow at night to help with sleep!

If you are interested in learning more, go here:


Salad Cart Experiment

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This week I decided to transform my metal garden cart I got from a garage sale for $1, into a salad cart! I took a burlap sack I had gotten for free from a garage sale, and lined the base.

I filled it with dirt and took arugula and hot mustard seeds I got from my local Marin Open Garden exchange (we meet at the local park on Saturday mornings with bounty from our gardens and exchange fruits, veggies, flowers & seeds).

Since my garden has lots of shade at this point in the season, I can roll the cart into the sun especially while the seeds are sprouting.  There are also lots of snails in the garden and so I can re-direct them away from the salad cart!  Will keep you posted!

Gluten Free Oatmeal Honey Scones

I LOVE having something hearty & healthy for breakfast.  I found a recipe for “Oatmeal Honey Scones” at (Note that the author is from Australia-so the oven temperature is C, so bake for 20 minutes at 350 F.)


I love to warm one up in the toaster and have with my morning coffee or tea. yum!

Gluten Free Rosemary Almond crackers

I recently attended the Gluten Free and Allergen Expo in San Francisco.  I got to sample so many new gluten free products, and there are some fabulous ones! My friend, Mark Berger was there with his gluten free treats, The Goods (  One of my favorite goodies was called Kettle Krakkers, rosemary ( they are awesome! The best cracker I’ve ever tasted!!

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I thought it would be fun to make my own. I found a Rosemary Almond Cracker recipe at

And this is how they turned out:


They are really quite tasty, but not as thin as Kettle Krakkers.