Saturday, February 20, 2010

It's Week #4 in February....the targeted item is.....Toothpaste

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I hope you are getting all stocked up on each item that we are focusing upon each week. The target item for the last week of this month is Toothpaste.

If you ever wondered where Toothpaste came from....its roots come from peoples living thousands of years ago. Reportedly between 3000 and 5000 BC, the Egyptians made a paste out of the following: ashes of oxen hooves, burnt egg shells, pumice, myrrh and water. Fast forward to 1000 BC to the Persians version that was made from burned shells from snails & oysters with gypsum added ...maybe for flavor.

Prior to WWI, toothpaste came in little tubes made from.....are you ready......lead! During WWII with the shortage of lead, this product was placed into laminated tubes made from plastic, paper, and aluminum.

It wasn't until the 1950's that the discovery of the benefit of fluoride was noted in children.

For those who are adventurous....and want to make your own toothpaste....see the following: 
Personal Hygiene:
How To Make Organic Toothpaste


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