Essential Oils for Teething
Teething can be an especially frustrating phase for mamas and babies – especially since teething can literally last for years. It disrupts sleep, makes our littles ones grumpy and is just plain miserable.
Essential oils can be wonderful to soothe and calm a teething baby or toddler. The most important things to do are 1) choose a gentle oil such as Lavender or Serenity blend and 2) dilute the oils properly for your little one’s sensitive skin. Since teething is typically an ongoing issue, we want to be particularly careful to dilute the oils. Repeat applications of the same oil in the same location is more likely to cause irritation. Remember, while doTERRA essential oils are incredibly safe, they are also very powerful.
For Topical use:
Babies: Dilute 1 drop in 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil, such as coconut oil.
Toddlers: Dilute 2-3 drops in a Tablespoon of carrier oil.
(Note: 1 Tablespoon = 3 teaspoons)
The sensations they feel while teething can not only cause pain but fear, because they don’t know why it’s hurting. That’s why essential oils can be such a blessing for teething; they can soothe on a physical AND an emotional level! You can rub the excess oil mixture on the bottoms of their feet or back of their neck.
The 10mL roller bottles we typically use to dilute are 2 teaspoons, so just use 1 drop for a baby and a few drops for an older teething child. If it doesn’t help you can add another drop or two or try a different oil.
Natural, soothing teething gel
Typically, we don’t recommend ANY internal use for babies or children under at least 6 years of age. However, clove oil has been used for a long time–even in teething remedies available at the store, despite the argument on whether or not it’s safe to use on babies’ gums. We used the recipe below with our youngest and it was a wonderful, wonderful blessing for us. My daughter would literally go from screaming to laying down quietly in seconds.
Warning: Always test on your gums first. Use a small amount. Watch for skin sensitivity and irritation as every baby is different.
Here’s the Non-GMO Glycerin we used
Learn more about How to Dilute Essential oils
Read up on Essential oils for Newborns and Babies
Learn about Essential oils for Toddlers
Find out How to Get Started with doTERRA
I hope this helps you make essential oils part of your soothing routine for your little one as they go through the inevitable stages of teething.
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