There are few things worse than seeing your child in pain. No, scrap that. That is the worst thing. As a parent all you want to do when your child is screaming in agony, is to make it stop. Anything to make the pain stop. You would take is from them in a heartbeat if you could. My daughter struggled with teething. She wasn’t fond of chewing anything either when the pain hit. I tried cold, wet washcloths, teething toys, and teething necklaces. Panadol only did so much, and I really didn’t want to have to rely on that all the time. The nights were fraught with tears, distress and so much upset. On both sides. I couldn’t bear to see her so distraught.
I found salvation in advice from a friend. Clove bud oil. Clove oil is a natural anesthetic and antibacterial agent. I just added a drop of oil to a wet cotton swab and dabbed it on her gums. Oh. My. Gosh. I’ll admit, the smell isn’t the best and she certainly couldn’t stand the taste, but it worked like magic. I only used it when the pain was intolerable (you know the difference; the pitch of the cry is so high, it may just break glass). But, all of a sudden she could sleep through the night. It took about half an hour or so to work, but work it did. She could sleep peacefully, and I was beyond grateful the pain had stopped. I could almost feel my blood pressure returning to normal.
*Please note, although I personally I found this essential oil to be my saving grace when my daughter was teething, and I experienced no side-effects at all, extreme caution needs to be taken when using it. On further investigation, when I looked to share this magical treatment, most essential oil websites advise that the safe amount of clove oil (if any) for an infant is to be diluted to 0.25%. Some state that as clove oil is a strong, hot essential oil, it shouldn’t be used at all for babies. Of Clove Leaf, Clove Stem, and Clove Bud oil, Clove Bud is the most gentle. Please seek advice from your medical practitioner before following this recipe.
Instead of the drama with the wet cotton swab and the clove oil, I needed to find a better way of administration, especially on the go. I’ve made several different medical balms before so why not a teething one? This is a simple, ready to go, natural teething solution. You may find you need to make a few tweaks depending on the climate you live in.
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What You'll Need
The recipe I have below is to fill 2x 10g lip balm tins. I use one at home and keep one in my nappy bag for away from home relief. This doesn’t need to be used for just babies, it is effective on adults too. You’d just need to add more clove oil to the recipe for the best result on an adult.
1Tb Coconut Oil – I just bought mine from the supermarket.
1/4 Tsp Beeswax. You should be able to find it locally, or from here if you just want a small amount. I have previously purchased from ebay when I was unable to find any locally.
1 drop Clove Bud Essential Oil – I used the last of my Lively Living oil for this post, and I originally bought it from my local health store. If your prefer, another trusted brand can be bought onebay.
Melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a small double boiler. I used a small glass on a silicone mat, inside a small saucepan. Make sure to put the glass in the saucepan with the water before heating it to prevent the glass from breaking.
Once melted, remove from the heat.
Add one drop of clove oil into the balm tins, and pour the hot mixture over the top.
Now you have a pocket size teething balm ready to take anywhere!
Clove Oil Liquid Application
If you don’t have the inclination to make the balm, you can just add one drop of clove oil to 20ml of an edible carrier like coconut oil and put it in a balm tin or roller and apply with a swab. Just as easy to take on the go! You can find a cute roller applicator onebay!