Always on the lookout for non-GMO, chemical-free products, I was excited to hear of a new natural formula unlike any other I’m aware of for cleaning teeth. Even better, it was created by a mom who hoped to help her children want to brush more.
I had just finished watching author Marjory Wildcraft’s instructional video, Alternatives to Dentists, and sent her a message to tell her how much I enjoyed learning about horsetail and prickly pear cactus for healing dental problems. Best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, Marjory teamed up with herbalist Doug Simons to demonstrate simple, natural tooth care in this video.
Marjory got me in touch with Jessica Arman, developer of MyMagicMud, the unusual tooth powder made of charcoal and clay.
To my delight, two 90-day containers of the powder arrived in the mail as I was packing for a bus trip to visit my daughter. I tossed one container in my suitcase and away I went, hopeful that I could get some charming photos of my daughter using MyMagicMud. My task was not easy.
The first time I used MyMagicMud and studied myself in the bathroom mirror, I laughed like a hyena at my pitch black choppers. As I said, the product’s main ingredients are activated coconut shell charcoal and bentonite clay. My daughter had the same hilarious experience.
Magic Mud looks just like fine soot. As crazy as it sounds, this black powder does an incredible job of whitening teeth, even for us Earl Grey tea addicts.
Brushing with Mud
Using MyMagicMud is easy. Just dip a damp toothbrush into the powder and brush for two minutes. Keep your lips clamped around your toothbrush or you’ll be scrubbing the bathroom tile. Spit into the drain (aiming well), rinse and floss. To get the remaining tiny black specks from between your teeth, Jessica recommends following up with regular toothpaste. As I learned from Marjory’s video, use one without fluoride and glycerin.
Unlike common charcoal, activated charcoal has an abundance of tiny pores that adsorb stains, toxins and impurities from the teeth, according to the MyMagicMud website. Removing contaminants adjusts the pH balance in your mouth and effectively prevents cavities and bad breath. The accelerated adsorption process makes whitening teeth quick and painless – without chemicals.
Bentonite clay is negatively charged and acts as an extremely powerful magnet to positively-charged toxins and bacteria. Besides removing surface stains, the magnetic pull reaches below the surface for a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums. Jessica says it’s even been known to cure gum disease.
MyMagicMud is now available in mint and orange flavors, which actually have whitening and purifying qualities themselves. Mint extract has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Mint kills bacteria in the mouth, preventing tooth decay and destroying odor-producing germs, and helps to freshen breath.
Orange peel extract contains a mild compound called d-Limonene, demonstrated to remove stains from teeth. The best part is, unlike the fruit, orange peels do not contain citric acid, which can erode tooth enamel.
The Start of Mud
About a year ago, Jessica was working for a natural supplements company where she learned about the benefits of these natural supplements when she decided to try making a whitener. Her experience with nutritional supplements gave her a unique opportunity to find the best ingredients for optimum brightness and oral health.
“It was put together to help my own children with their teeth,” Jessica said of MyMagicMud. “I wanted to come up with something tasteless and fun that would help them WANT to brush their teeth.”
After making and using the mixture for about six months, Jessica shared some with family and friends. Their response was so overwhelmingly positive, Jessica started a website to help other people strengthen and whiten their teeth naturally. All of her profits benefit parentsforliberty.org.
“Everyone couldn't believe how clean their teeth were,” Jessica said. “It made a noticeable difference after the first use.”
As I packed to leave for home, my daughter made sure I left behind my jar of MyMagicMud. Well, it’s the least I could do, since she allowed me to take this delightful photo of her.
Linda Holliday lives in the Missouri Ozarks where she and her husband formed Well WaterBoy Products, a company devoted to helping people live more self-sufficiently off grid with human power, and invented the WaterBuck Pump.
Photos by Linda Holliday