Baby was up a lot last night.
After the first 3 risings, feedings and re-settlings, mama’s milk was no longer working it’s magic and my husband said: “Do you think he might be teething?”
Oh my goodness 🤦🏼♀️ you’d really think I would have thought of that sooner, hey. It’s not like he’s my first baby… and it’s not like it’s his first tooth. But I just thought he was still struggling to adjust after our 17 hour road trip last week. This is his fourth tooth that’s trying to break through and it honestly didn’t occur to me that the pain would be bothering him again.
I grabbed the teething blend, rolled it on his jaw and rubbed it in.
Instant calm. Like, instant.
If you think essential oils are placebo, try them on a kid – they can’t fake pain relief or better sleep or instant calming.
What’s in our teething blend?
Lavender and copaiba and carrier oil. That’s it. How many drops of essential oil you use is dependent on the age of the child, but for a child in the early stages of teething (6-9 months), you can use 2 drops lavender and 2 drops copaiba in a 10 mL roller and fill the rest up with a carrier oil of choice.
For older children and adults, copaiba can be applied directly to the gum and lavender can be rolled on to the jaw undiluted.
Among many, many other uses, lavender has traditionally been used in aromatherapy to relieve toothache and as an analgesic to relieve pain. It’s been extensively studied for its impact on the central nervous system in humans, including its capacity to help improve quality of sleep, reduce discomfort and ease tension. (See: PubMedCentral 3612440)
Beta-caryophyllene is a key constituent of copaiba essential oil. Beta-caryophyllene is recognised for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and it’s the reason copaiba is recommended for use in managing discomfort, swelling and bruising.
When commercially available teething relief products are being pulled from supermarket shelves due to concerns over their toxicity, we really need to have safe and effective solutions ready to go, and these are two oils we’ll never be without.