Essential Oil Teething Blend for Babies (the Recipe Moms Love)
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Being a mother of a baby that is teething is not easy. It’s frustrating for both you and your baby. It's such a sad feeling when you know your baby is in pain, but you don't know what to do about it.
I'm going to share with you what I used as a holistic, natural living mother (and many others also used) to relieve the discomfort of teething on babies. You'll learn how to make a best selling recipe for teething pain.
What is Teething?
Teething is when your baby's first teeth (also known as baby teeth or milk teeth) begin to emerge. The process starts early but it's not until six to twelve months that the teeth are visible to you. And by around three years old, your baby will have their full set of baby teeth.
As the teeth are beginning to emerge, it can cause swelling and discomfort to your baby. Every single baby goes through teething. But some babies have a much easier time through this developmental process than others.
Of my four children, only one of them experienced significant discomfort during teething. The other three, I didn’t see any pain from them. So, if you’re lucky, that will be the same as yours! (But because you’re reading this, I'm going to assume it’s not)
The one baby that was uncomfortable through teething made up for all the others.
And what no one seems to talk about is that teething can start as early as two months (even though you may not see a tooth for a few more months). That fact always surprises parents when they put 2 and 2 together and realize that their baby’s recent frustration is teething.
Signs of Teething
Here’s what to look for when your baby is teething.
- Baby is irritated a lot
- There’s drooling
- The baby is coughing for no apparent reason
- Your baby is biting and gnawing any chance baby gets!
- There may be a low-grade fever (which is often confused with a baby having a cold)
- You notice your baby is rubbing her cheeks or pulling on her ears.
- Baby has diarrhea
I’m sure you can already tell me what makes it hard to know if the baby is teething. Some of these same symptoms are present when a baby is getting a cold or has a food allergen or intolerance.
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When you’re not sure if it’s teething, look for drooling and wanting to bite. If you see these two, along with any of the other symptoms, there’s a strong chance that the baby is uncomfortable through teething.
Using Essential Oils for Baby Teething Pain
When it comes to using essential oils, I have over 400+ hours of aromatherapy and herbalism education behind me. I consider myself a student for life when it comes to plant medicine.
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils, whereas herbs are the leaves, flowers, or root of medicinal plants. When my son experienced discomfort in teething, I relied on an essential oils blend that I made just for him. And it worked amazingly well.
I use essential oils regularly in my holistic wellness (learn more here), and I can tell you that there are many evidence-based benefits for mothers and children. I experience these benefits every day as a mother myself.
It worked so well that I later sold it through the store I had (Granola Babies, a natural baby boutique). It turned out to be one of my top sellers at the store (and for reference, I had over 2000 products!)
Parents got it for their babies, but also adults purchased it for their teething pain (ie, getting wisdom teeth pulled).
I used this aromatherapy teething blend for years and am sharing the recipe with you.
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DIY Essential OilTeething Blend for Babies
Essential oils should be highly diluted when using with young babies, so this blend will be slightly less than 1% dilution.
Ingredients for Teething Blend
- 1 drop of Clove Bud Essential Oil
- 2 drop of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (Lavender is also acceptable but I much prefer the Roman Chamomile)
- 1 ounce of Jojoba Oil (about 2 tablespoons)
Instructions for Essential Oils Teething Blend
In a 1 oz ounce dark color glass bottle like these (important - don't use plastic as it will leach into your blend), drop in 1 drop of Clove Bud essential oil and 2 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil.
Then gently pour in the jojoba oil (I like to use a small stainless steel funnel like these) . Cap your bottle and shake, then store in a cabinet for 24 - 48 hours for the oils to infuse.
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How to Use the Aromatherapy Teething Blend for Babies
Well, not in the mouth. I say this because a lot of my clients first assumed it goes inside the baby’s mouth.
To use the blend, put a small amount on your clean fingers, and rub gently on the baby's jawline. You can also use this blend on the bottom of baby’s feet.
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This blend has helped many babies with teething. I hope that it's helpful to you. As with anything that goes on your baby's skin, please do a test patch on your baby to ensure no allergies or reactions.
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Originally written in 2013 and updated in September 2020