The cool, clean taste of peppermint is the quintessential toothpaste flavor. In cosmetics and bath products, mint is used as a skin soother, deodorizer and cleanser. For more recipes by Janice Cox, order her book Natural Beauty at Home from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store. Yield: 2 ounces.
• 1 tbsp fresh peppermint leaves, chopped
• 1/4 cup water
• 1/2 tsp cornstarch
• 1/2 tsp sunflower oil
1. Place chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring mixture to a boil. Remove pan from heat and let cool 15 to 20 minutes. In a separate bowl, stir cornstarch and oil until smooth. Strain the mint out of the water, and then add the cornstarch mixture to the pan. Stir well. Return the pan to the stovetop and apply medium heat. As soon as the mixture reaches a boil, turn off the heat and allow it to cool completely. Stir well, and place finished toothpaste in a clean container.
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