Sometimes when you become a parent, you discover you will do anything to make your child feel less comfortable. One of these many areas involves teething. I can’t tell you how many of my friends ask for help with their little ones and their teeth coming in. They want to know how to help their poor baby from screaming and crying most of the night. If you know me, you know I’ll quickly respond about them getting an Amber necklace ASAP! I’ve gotten mine from here and here.
But let’s say you’re already doing the necklace and still need something else besides every imaginable chew toy out there. That’s where the teething oil comes in. Before you read the recipe and make it yourself, let’s talk a little about essential oils (EOs).
Let me start by saying I am NOT affiliated with any of the MLM companies out there, so I have no interest in what brand you choose to use. I will offer my suggestions on brands and how to use oils based on the knowledge I’ve gained from my holistic group. There are several aromatherapists in my group, so I know these people have studied and trained, and therefore trust their insight.
Second thing I learned is to never ingest essential oils. Some sellers of EOs may have differing opinions on this, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. That being said, this teething oil will be going into your little one’s mouth, so use it sparingly. I usually use this as a last resort. But, if you need something to put in their mouth, try Camilia Teething Relief from Boiron. I tried it with Emma but couldn’t tell if it worked or not.
As for this teething oil, I learned about it from my awesome chiropractor. At one of our adjustment sessions (all 3 of us girls get adjusted weekly), I happened to mention about Sophia and teething. She instantly said to use clove oil diluted in a carrier oil. The minute I got home, I ran to the pantry and got out my container of EOs and set out to make this teething oil. When you make it, do make sure you’re using a good brand of oil: I like Bragg’s for olive oil (when I can’t get local) and Carrington Farms from Costco for coconut oil (when I can’t get Wilderness Family Naturals).
**UPDATED: I changed the recipe to use Roman chamomile oil since it’s safe(r) for kids.
I usually make up a small batch and keep it in my purse or on my nightstand so I can rub a little on Sophia’s gums just before nursing (yes, I’m one of those who nurses my little ones to sleep). I like to dip my clean pinky in the jar and rub on the impending teeth. Yes, I realize she may be ingesting some, and I’m not sure of the repercussions, but I will continue to use it here and there. *If you’re not comfortable with this teething oil, you could also try Punkin Butt Teething Oil.
If you do decide to make this, try it on yourself and see if you can tell. I dabbed some on my gums and I could feel it numbing just a bit. I know adults use clove EO for tooth pain…so it’s got to be better than Baby Oragel. This oil is usually associated with dental preparations due to its analgesic properties. Clove also has a long history in Chinese medicine. –source
Homemade Teething Oil
- 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 5-7 drops of chamomile, Roman essential oil
- glass jar
1. Pour olive oil into glass jar.
2. Add Roman chamomile essential oil.
3. Put lid on jar and gently shake to combine.
4. Use as needed on your little one.
What remedies do you use? Are you desperate to try anything to help ease your little one’s pain? Let me know how this turns out for you and if you have any success.