Though turmeric is notorious for leaving a yellow stain on almost anything and everything, it can be a great tool to naturally brighten and whiten yellow teeth. Although the exact reason as to why it works is not known, many swear by it. Try it to believe it!
Turmeric is also good for sensitive teeth and dental problems like toothaches and gingivitis, thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibiotic properties. The medicinal properties mainly come from a component in turmeric called curcumin.
Along with turmeric, this homemade natural teeth whitener includes baking soda and coconut oil. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate (do not confuse with baking powder), works as a mild abrasive to remove stains from your teeth.
Plus, it facilitates plaque removal by neutralizing acids produced by the bacteria. Plaque buildup can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
Coconut oil is another excellent ingredient for oral health. It is often used in oil pulling because it draws out bacteria and treats issues like toothaches, bad breath, tooth sensitivity and gum disease. It also helps whiten and brighten your teeth.
How to make a homemade natural teeth whitener
Things you will need:
A mixing spoon
A jar or container for storing the recipe
1. Measure 4 tablespoons of dried, organic turmeric root powder into a bowl.
2. Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda.
3. Add 2½ to 3 tablespoons of organic, virgin coconut oil.
4. Mix it thoroughly with a spoon or fork.
Your homemade natural teeth whitener is ready now.
How to use
homemade teeth whitener
Spread 2 teaspoons of your turmeric teeth whitener on your toothbrush.
Gently brush your teeth for 1 to 2 minutes.
Swish 1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil in your mouth for another minute, then spit it out.
Rinse your mouth with water.
Do this several times a week for a couple of weeks, then reduce the frequency to once or twice a week.
This mixture may stain the skin around the mouth, so be careful when brushing your teeth with it. To remove any yellow turmeric stains from your skin, apply milk for about 5 minutes and then wash it off.
Store the remaining mixture in the refrigerator for a few days.
If you want to make a smaller amount, reduce the quantity of ingredients proportionately.
As using this mixture is likely to stain your toothbrush bright orange, keep a separate soft- to medium-bristled toothbrush to use with this natural teeth whitener.
In addition to using this whitening paste, make sure to maintain adequate oral hygiene. You can also try oil pulling with coconut oil for oral health.
Hormones play an important role in our health as they affect many of the body’s processes. More often than not, hormonal imbalances are caused by changes in estrogen and are more common in females than males. Hormonal changes typically occur during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.
In addition, factors like advancing age, poor diet, too much or too little exercise, adrenal exhaustion and stress, lack of sleep, birth control pills, toxins and chemicals like pesticides contribute to hormonal imbalance.
Some common symptoms of this problem include anxiety, irritability, mood swings, insomnia, fatigue, weight problems, excess hair growth or hair loss, migraines, low sex drive, oily or dry skin, acne, food cravings, premenstrual syndrome, infertility and others.
As hormones impact metabolic functions, paying attention to sensations like your hunger, energy and cravings can give you a faint clue as to whether your hormones are in balance.
You can use natural home remedies and herbs to alleviate symptoms and even help restore your hormonal balance. It’s also important to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Ask for your doctor’s advice before taking any herbal remedy or starting a supplement regimen, especially if you have a hormone-sensitive condition, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, breast cancer, uterine cancer or ovarian cancer.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for hormonal imbalance.
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in producing hormones, hence they are highly beneficial in balancing them.
They are particularly beneficial for women as they help reduce menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms. Due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, omega-3 fats also have a profound effect on your health.
Some good sources of omega-3 fatty acids are oily fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, soy beans, tofu, winter squash and olive oil. So, load up on these foods to treat your hormonal imbalance naturally.
You can also take omega-3 supplements after consulting your doctor. The general dosage is 500 mg per day.