living simple - teeth

Since 2006 I don't use regular toothpastes anymore. I refuse to put something in my mouth with the caution note to contact a doctor if you swallow it. If you think a bit about it, your body absorbs also medication if you let it dissolve in your mouth, in fact it operates even faster. So why should the body do not absorb the ingredients of toothpaste if you have it at least for 6 minutes a day in the mouth every single day of your life. 
In the first years I bought natural toothpaste that you get in organic shops, but I was still unhappy with them, because they mostly come in plastic tubes and contain still far too many critical ingredients. There must be simpler and even cheaper solutions. And there are luckily! 
I thought I share a bit of the solutions I found over the years and my experiences with it.

1. My very favorite and really most simple method is to use natural salt. It's so easy and practical! I just put some grains of salt on my toothbrush and let it dissolve in my mouth and brush along ;) In natural salt are all minerals the body needs, not so in refined salt, you should generally avoid it! Mouth rinses with water + natural salt will also help your body to fight bacterias and viruses. So it is really beneficial in many ways.

2. There are a lot of people out there who use only baking soda (natriumhydrogencarbonat) for brushing there teeth. I personally prefer to use it as mouth wash to bring my oral flora into acid-base balance for example after certain meals. 

3. Miswak. A Miswak is a teeth cleaning twig made from the Salvadora persica tree commonly used in Muslim-inhabited areas. They are antibacterial, help reducing tooth decay and contain among others natural fluoride which strengthens the enamel. I must say I like the taste, but I don't like that they come in plastic,  or at least I haven't found some that are different packed yet. But you don't even need water to use it, it is very handy.

4. New in my collection is the tooth soap from the company Lamazuna. Their products are all organic & vegan. I got mine from my friend Irina who has her own organic shop and is also always interested in new and sustainable solutions. I like that they don't use any plastic and the package design is really appealing :) It tastes a little bit soapy but I can't say anything bad yet, I only used it a few times yet.

5. Birch sugar. (Xylit) I love it! It tastes like normal sugar, but is kind of cool in the mouth. You can use it also for brushing your teeth, they feel super smooth afterwards. I prefer to use it as mouthwash after eating something sweet for example. It alkalized the mouth and remineralizes your teeth and is very effective in preventing caries. You can also use it as a replacement for sugar in general, but too much of it can give people digestive problems. I personally only use it for my teeth.

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6. Tooth powder: 
7 parts ginger powder
1 part oak bark (ground with a coffee mill)
1 part mint leaves (ground with a coffee mill)
1 part baking soda

Mix it together and put it all in a glass jar!
It is an old Russian recipe and very beneficial. 
The only downside for me is that it staines the toothbrush.

7. Lastly a wonderful method to lighten up your teeth is to brush with activated charcoal every now and then. First it looks super messy, your teeth become totally black, but when you rinse it out later, they feel wonderful and look brighter. 

I'm always open to hear your experiences with natural ways to care for your body!
Stay healthy!


snow part II

Some more snow pictures.
Enjoy your weekend!



Because it's so rare,
some pictures of the snow
that we finally have
for the last 3 days.


the new year + clear spaces

What a beautiful thing the winter sun is!

The new year has started and it really feels like it's gonna be a good one.
I went through my resolutions from last year and must say that I made quite good steps in realizing them without putting too much pressure on me. The last months were all about letting go and I can not put in words how good it feels to finally be able to let go so much better than all the last 34 years. For the people who don't know me that well, I was always the person who was afraid to forget and filled tons of pages with my thoughts about everything that happened and secretly cried for lost loves even though I was already in a new relationship. I saved all pictures and memories and it felt like I even had to hold on to very painful things, because this seemed a lot saver than having nothing to hold on at all. And the memories and all the stuff have grown bigger and bigger until I was not really able to carry it anymore longer and the longing for feeling just peacefully and lightly was overwhelming me. I always envied people who expressed their anger and hatred and just went on with their life blaming others and saving their heart while I felt condemned to still love everyone I ever loved and feeling the pain of not being able to be part of their lives anymore like your own children that you have to let go to let them live their own life at some point.
I always loved clear spaces that allow me to breathe and think clearly. And one would not imagine how much the outside is connected to the inside of oneself. I have started that journey, the journey of letting go and reducing to the things I really enjoy and need and I don't know where it will lead me,  but it feels good to leave old paths, let go the fear of the unknown and don't order my inner voice to be quiet anymore. Because what else did it bring me but pain?
As a creative person that works from home, it is obvious that you still need stuff to create, so my work room won't be empty. But the rest of the house I will continue to transform. It is not my aim to have only 100 possessions or anything like that, but to simply have less and enjoy it more. To use it actually. In my childhood I collected many things that I actually did not dare to use, because I wanted to save the fun. I saved it for so long until the stuff was unusable anymore.
Minimalism is not only about things, it is equally applicable to all areas in life.

Unusual open words from me. Maybe you recognize yourself a bit in it. If so, let me know what you are thinking! Have a lovely weekend!