For quite awhile, we have been using a teething tea that has proven very safe and effective. It’s our best remedy for teething! My 22-month-old gets a cup or two of the tea — he loves it — and drinks it in the evenings. It seems to completely relieve his pain, and he drools less, bites less, and sleeps much better.
There are only a few small problems with it:
- It’s not super portable
- Dosing for younger babies is tricky
- Some babies don’t like the taste
That last one isn’t a problem for us, but it’s one I’ve heard from others. The portability issue? If we only need it at night, we can take a bag of the tea mix and make it wherever we find ourselves. If that weren’t enough and we needed to be able to give it “as needed” during day time outings, it would be tricky to make and carry it. Plus, many babies start teething at 4 – 6 months, before they are really eating solids, and they can’t simply sip a cup of tea. Many don’t even use a sippy cup (and I don’t recommend much liquid at that age, anyway — they need to be mostly having breast milk or formula).
What to do about this? I make a tincture, instead.
A tincture involves basically the same ingredients as a tea, except it includes vegetable glycerin as an extractor and (natural) preservative. It’s also much more concentrated, so smaller doses are needed.
- 1/2 tbsp. cloves
- 2 tbsp. catnip
- 2 oz. filtered water
- 2 oz. vegetable glycerin
Place the herbs in a glass jar.
Pour in the glycerin.
Add the water.
Shake this mixture, cover it, and set it in a cool, dark place for about 6 weeks. Strain it out and keep it in glass. In a perfect world, brown glass. A small glass vial of it could go in a diaper bag or purse if needed on the go.
Dose is about 1 – 2 drops to start, and work up a drop at a time as needed. There’s nothing toxic about this combination; even if the baby drank the entire jar it wouldn’t hurt him/her. But only a few drops should be needed.
I’ll be making a batch of this soon to use with Nathan when he gets to teething age. He’s three months old now…where has the time gone?!