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Homemade Toothpaste (Recipes)

Why make your own toothpaste? For one, you will be avoiding fluoride.  Despite the claims that fluoride is necessary for healthy teeth, there is quite a bit of evidence contradicting this .  In fact, fluoride may cause a discoloration of the tooth enamel and damage to the bones.  Children are particularly effected by this. Aside from fluoride, there are many other substances in commercial toothpaste that you may want to think twice about putting in your body.  Many of these ingredients are toxic, and some are actually known carcinogens!  Ingredients like triclosan , artificial sweeteners, and sodium hydroxide (aka lye) are best kept out of your mouth.  Look at the ingredients list on your toothpaste and start googling some of may not like what you find. Making your own toothpaste is easy and affordable, so without further wait, here are a couple recipes, starting with the simplest first.  The tooth powders are by far the most cost effective, but as far as taste goes, t

Pumpkin Bread Stuffing

I had a brilliant idea.  I was going to create my very own recipe from scratch for this blog.  It was going to be Soaked Multi-Grain Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread.  I was so excited... I was less excited when I tried to remove the bread from the pan, and it turned into a big pile of pumpkin bread crumbs.  So, it's back to the drawing board with that one!  But all is not lost, because I can simply re-purpose my pumpkin bread.  Hence, a recipe for Pumpkin Bread Stuffing! Put a new twist on stuffing this Thanksgiving by using pumpkin bread rather than the traditional plain bread cubes.  If you are a fan of cornbread stuffing, you are sure to like this version. Pumpkin Bread Stuffing Ingredients: 6 cups cubed pumpkin bread 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 1/2 cup bacon grease or lard 1 cup chopped celery 2 cups diced red onion 2 cups sliced mushrooms 2 teaspoons dried rosemary or 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 2 teaspoons dried tarragon or 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon