Homemade Recipe: Myrrh toothpaste with cloves

Transitioning from toothpaste to tooth powder may not be easy for some. So now I have created a toothpaste formula that allows you to get the natural benefits of a tooth powder but applied as a toothpaste instead, ensuring an all round clean that cleanses teeth, strengthens gums and leaves teeth a natural white too.

This toothpaste formula is made from three simple ingredients – bicarbonate of soda, myrrh gum tincture and ground cloves or ground cinnamon.

Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, myrrh can help relieve inflammation of the mouth and gums caused by diseases such as gingivitis and mouth ulcers. It can also be used as mouth rinse to prevent gum disease.

Clove is a common ingredient found in dental products. Mint seems to be the more popular flavour to use in mainstream toothpastes but clove is a winner when it comes to dental hygiene and care, as well as a long-lasting breath freshener. Clove is also is very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers.

Bicarbonate of soda is a household must have – as an all round cleaner it works great on teeth too – removing stains, plaque and cleans teeth without being abrasive.

Please note this toothpaste is made from myrrh gum tincture which contains alcohol, albeit in small measures, so may not be suitable for children.


  • Myrrh Gum Tincture
  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Ground cloves or ground cinnamon


  1. Get yourself a medium-sized amber glass container (reuse a face cream container) and fill it halfway with bicarbonate of soda.
  2. Start by adding several drops of the myrrh gum tincture to the bicarbonate of soda and mix with a wooden spatula. When you add the tincture, the bicarbonate of soda will dissolve slightly so add more powder, as and when you like, and mix until you have a paste. Follow your intuition on measurement. You can always check by applying the paste to teeth and gums to gauge how strong you want the toothpaste to be. What you want to have is a complete paste where all myrrh gum tincture and bicarbonate of soda has completely blended together. Keep adding drops of myrrh gum tincture and powder until you have a paste that is not clumpy.
  3. Add a small amount of ground cloves to the paste and mix with a wooden spatula. What you are left with is a paste with a consistency of a nut butter. If you don’t like cloves or find it too strong, substitute with cinnamon powder instead.
  4. Apply the toothpaste to your toothbrush with a wooden spatula.

Given that the myrrh gum tincture has an alcohol base, this will leave your mouth feeling tingly on first touch, thoroughly cleansed and the sensation as if you had just rinsed your mouth with a minty mouthwash.

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, music and arts. Rosalind also works as a counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com


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