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!

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!

zaaz! a little shaking and a sauna

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I just recently signed up for Zaaz, where the tagline is, “Welcome to vibing!” Zaaz ( is a whole body vibration studio, 10 minutes=1 hour at the gym, for $3 (and no contract required!)

Research shows benefits for the cardiovascular, digestive & lymphatic systems, as well as for osteoperosis, along with lots of other health conditions.  After 10 minutes on the Zaaz, I treat myself to a 40 minute sauna in the Clear Light Sauna, ( a far infared sauna that also has enormous health benefits.  (I spend the sauna time meditating, so it’s a win-win for me!!)

Zaaz is currently in Houston and the San Francisco North Bay area, however, some wellness centers have the vibrating machines and saunas.  I look forward to my daily trip to Zaaz!



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It is simply connecting with the earth energy by being barefoot!  If you can’t get to the beach then sit in your garden, or go to the park and take your shoes off, and wiggle your toes!

According to

Throughout history humans walked barefoot and slept on the ground. But modern lifestyle, including the widespread use of insulative rubber- or plastic-soled shoes, has disconnected us from the Earth’s energy and, of course, we no longer sleep on the ground. Fascinating new research has raised the possibility that this disconnect may actually contribute to chronic pain, fatigue, and poor sleep that plague so many people.

The remedy for the disconnect is simple. Walk barefoot outdoors whenever possible and/or sleep, work, or relax indoors in contact with conductive sheets or mats that transfer the energy to your body. People who do on a regular basis say they sleep better, feel better, and have more energy during the day.  This simple practice is called Earthing, and it is both a technology and a movement which is transforming lives across the planet.

I also have an earthing mat, which I use to discharge the EMF’s (electro magnetic frequency waves) that radiate from my computer when I am using it. David Wolfe has an interesting video explaining how the mats actually work:

Another site, further explains:


The surface of the Earth resonates with natural, subtle energies. Ongoing scientific research is discovering the details as to why people feel significantly better when they connect with these omnipresent energy fields. Earthing refers to the process of connecting by walking barefoot outside, as humans have done throughout history, or sitting, working, or sleeping grounded indoors. For more than a decade, thousands of people around the world—men, women, children, and athletes—have incorporated Earthing into their daily routines and report that they sleep better, have less pain and stress, and faster recovery from trauma. Earthing immediately equalizes your body to the same energy level, or potential, as the Earth. This results in synchronizing your internal biological clocks, hormonal cycles, and physiological rhythms, and suffusing your body with healing, negatively charged free electrons abundantly present on the surface of the Earth.

Earthing is among the most natural and safest things you can do.

Coconut Oil advocate!

I am a huge fan of Coconut Oil…raw & organic. I use and consume coconut oil every day.

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  • Face moisturizer every day as well as for the body. I keep a small container of it in my purse for dry hands, and lip balm.
  • Oil pulling -(you swish a teaspoon of oil around in your mouth to pull bacteria from between your teeth…don’t swallow! just spit it out after a few minutes)
  • Use in baking and cooking (I made raw chocolate truffles with coconut oil over the holidays..yum!)
  • Use on skin irritations – good for people and pets

Here is a link to a blog that mentions 122 uses for Coconut Oil.

Here, Dr. Mercola discusses the health benefits of coconut oil.

But everything in moderation…if you choose to eat coconut oil, go easy to start.

Reduced cost of healthy foods!

I am so fortunate to live in a town where I have multiple options to purchase locally grown, organic produce; gluten free products and healthy supplements, however, the cost of these things can really add up.  I just discovered an online store that sells the products I use, at a substantial savings!  It’s called “Vitacost”-

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$10 Coupon

Click this link and receive a $10 off coupon for your first purchase, plus, I get one too!

I add tumeric (whenever possible-due to it’s healing qualities), cheese, and any leftover vegies. These egg muffins are so handy, just pop into the toaster oven, for an quick, tasty, nutritious meal~ even lunch or dinner, served with salad! Byzantine Flowers Blog is awesome!


This simple egg muffin recipe is easy, fun, and delicious! Use most any left-overs: vegetables, spices, cheese/meats options… 

Simply spray a muffin pan with olive oil cooking spray (or wipe down each cup with olive oil).

  • crack a organic free-ranged egg into each cup, add seasoning (a dash of hot sauce, sea salt & pepper, onion, herbs/spices)
  • add a few bits of leftover vegetables. (In this case, leftover spinach).
  • use a fork to slightly scramble each egg in the cup.
* Cook 180C (350 F) for 20mins. + until slightly golden brown
Be creative with your egg muffin mixes – add a side of sprouts with avocado & tater tots, or sweet potato/winter squash!  
(free-ranged organic eggs, broccoli, spinach, goat feta, red pepper flakes, sea salt & pepper)
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