Monday Health & Wellness: Teething Tincture

admin June 10, 2013

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.

Teething Tincture

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?!

What’s your favorite teething remedy?

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  1. Is this for consuming or a topical?


  2. Where can I get the glycerin? We live in a tiny not whole-food friendly town.


  3. Does it have to sit for 6 weeks? Can you use it immediately?


  4. Can u please tell me how can I make a tea with it…
    How much do i need and just pour boling water or add and boil with water….I have a 15 month old son how is teething…


  5. I see chamomile in the picture but not in the recipe, do you use it for this?


  6. […] “teething tea” over at Keeper of the Home. This year, she wrote about a similar idea, but in a portable and easy-to-use tincture.  Catnip isn’t one of the most talked about herbs, but it (unsurprisingly) has been used for […]


  7. Is the tincture topical or for drinking? My baby is 10 months.


  8. […] Teething Tincture by Modern Alternative Mama […]


  9. Looks great, Kate! I just started this for our baby. She just turned a month old, but our children have all started teething very early, and sometimes off and on for many, many months until their first teeth pop in. I’m excited to have something here that I made! 🙂


  10. Can I make bigger batches of this to give some to my sister? That is to say, if I increase the recipe for say two bottles, would the concentration be higher?


  11. […] Here is a homemade Teething Tincture by Kate of Modern Alternative Mama […]


  12. Can I use penny royal in place of the catnip? I don’t have access to catnip where I live.


  13. Is there any way to purchase a jar from you? My angel suddenly started teething like crazy. I don’t have 6 weeks to wait 🙁


    • April,

      You can make it in 2 – 3 days. If you put the jar (all ingredients in it) in a crockpot filled with water (as high as the neck of the jar) and turn it on warm, leave for 2 – 3 days, and it’s done!


  14. […]  I’ve shared quite a few on here over the years — like my cough and cold syrup, teething tincture, or my nursing mama tea.  I love herbs, and honestly?  They’re all I use for my […]


  15. Can I use Clove essential oil instead of cloves? If yes…how many drops would I use?


  16. Where do you store this when finished and how l long does it keep for? Thanks!


  17. […] is also very baby-safe.  I include it in my teething tincture.  That means it’s safe to use while nursing, and even, for most, while pregnant.  (Catnip […]


  18. […] generally take 6 weeks to make, so I’m starting mine now.  (I’m also starting this teething tincture, since my new baby is an unbelievable 6 weeks old already, and he might need it by the time […]


  19. […] teething tincture is our go-to remedy for teething.  It’s super easy to make (watch me make it below), it […]


  20. […] teething tincture is our go-to remedy for teething.  It’s super easy to make (watch me make it below), it […]


  21. […] Teething tincture — good for teething babies, or any oral pain (if you fall and bump your mouth, for example) […]


  22. Is it safe to add chamomile and possibly fennel to this? How much would you use? Thanks!


  23. […] gave him my homemade teething tincture, which helped him quite a bit.  He was able to sleep more easily when I gave this, because he […]


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