Welcome to my monthly series…Herbs and Children! I have been learning so much about herbs and how to treat a variety of illnesses, infections, skin conditions, emotions, and other issues in children. While I am far from an expert, I do feel as though I have a lot of great information to share with you that can then use to do your own further research. Each month, I will share a specific “condition” or health concern and the specific herbs that are known to be safe and effective to use on and in your children to address these conditions. Be sure to read to the end of each post where I link up the previous posts in the series. Also, there may be a few links for products from my affiliate partners. If you click on them and make a purchase, it helps support my blog. And remember, I am not a licensed medical professional nor do I play one on this blog. Nothing I write should be taken as medical advice.
Sometime around 5-6 months of age, most parents will be shocked into the reality of a teething baby. Drooling non-stop, gnawing on everything and anything, ear pulling, over-the-top fussiness (especially at night), increased breastfeeding, bowel changes, and rashes are just a few of the troubles that accompany the developmental milestone of teething.
Teething is rough for the entire family. Baby hurts and can't figure out why. The baby's parents are tired, frustrated, and wish they could take the pain away. Wouldn't it be nice if there were some natural remedies that really, truly eased the pain of teething?
Guess what? There are LOTS of them! In fact there are 8 herbs that can be used safely for pain relief in teething babies. Here is the list:
- Calendula Flowers – I like this brand quite a bit
- Catnip – This is a great brand
- Chamomile Flowers – I purchase mine from here
- Echinacea – this brand is usually the best price
- Elder Flowers – I purchase mine here
- Lemon Balm – this one is a great price and excellent quality.
- Willow Bark – this is the best price I have found
- Wintergreen Leaves – this brand has great flavor
Each of these herbs can be made into a tea or tincture and given to baby. You can also dunk a washcloth in the tea and freeze it. Chewing on the frozen washcloth will not only offer baby the pain relieving benefits of the cold but also give them the benefits of each herb (most of which also offer anti-inflammatory properties).
Another awesome teething relief trick is to give baby a long piece of cleaned licorice root or marshmallow root to chew on. The taste is pleasant and gives baby the chewing time she craves while offering some pain relief. Once the root frays, you know baby got all the benefits. Time to take it away and give him a new one.
Are you looking for an effective gum rub? There are actually two very impressive gum rubs that are super simple to make. I used the peppermint one on my daughter all the time and it worked wonders! She preferred it over the taste of the clove infused rub although personally, I think the clove rub is more powerful and last longer.
Clove Infused Gum Rub
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- Glycerin – I use this brand
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Add the cloves and reduce the heat to low.
- Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Strain out the cloves after cooling the mixture.
- In a glass jar, you will want to combine 2 tablespoons of glycerin for every ¼ cup of the clove water. The amount of clove water depends on how much evaporated out. You can choose to simply make a small mixture and freeze the extra clove water for another batch later on.
Apply to baby's gums as often as needed.
Store in the refrigerator for up to six months.
Peppermint Teething Relief Rub
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 drop peppermint essential oil – I'm not a rep for this company but I think their peppermint works best on wee ones
- Combine the coconut oil and essential oil in a small glass jar.
- Apply a tiny dab 3 times per day.
- You can store this in a cool location for up to 3 months.