Sarena-Rae Santos is a contributing writer.
For quite a while, my family has been using a teething tea that has proven very safe and effective. It’s our best remedy for teething (and adult toothaches)! When my children were younger and still teething, I’d give them a cup or two of the tea, and they loved it. They’d drink it, especially in the evenings, and it seemed to relieve their pain completely, resulting in less drooling and biting and much better sleep quality.
There were only a few minor problems with the tea:
- It wasn’t super portable
- Dosing for younger babies was tricky
- Some babies didn’t like the taste
That last one wasn’t a problem for us, but it’s one I’ve heard from others.
The portability issue? If it’s only needed at night, making a bag of the tea mix and taking it with us wherever we find ourselves, is a simple solution. But maybe that’s not enough, and we need to be able to give it “as needed” during daytime 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 breast milk or formula mostly).
What’s my solution? I make a tincture instead.
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Benefits of the Herbs
Before we go over the directions, let’s discuss the health benefits of this tincture, which combines two herbs, both of which play a specific role in overcoming teething and/or tooth/mouth pain.
Clove (not to be confused with clove essential oil) is used because it is good for pain and inflammation. Additional health benefits of clove include:
- Rich in antioxidants
- Antibacterial properties
- May reduce stomach ulcers
- May help regulate blood sugar levels
- May promote bone health
- May improve liver health
- Anticancer properties
Catnip is used because it is calming and reduces pain. Additional health benefits of catnip include:
- May promote sleep and relieve insomnia
- May relieve stress and anxiety
- May relieve coughs, colds, fevers, and asthmatic symptoms
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- May help with gastrointestinal disorders
- Anticancer properties
- Insecticidal properties
This tincture involves the same ingredients as my 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
Step 1: Place the herbs in a glass jar.
Step 2: Pour in the glycerin.
Step 3: Add the water.
Step 4: Shake this mixture, cover it, and set it in a cool, dark place for about six weeks.
Step 5: Strain it out and keep it in a glass bottle. 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.
The dose is about 1 – 2 drops to start. 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. Thankfully, only a few drops should be needed making this a cost-effective recipe to keep on hand.
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?!