4 natural remedies for teething

happy-babyI was was one of the fortunate ones. I don’t remember (or maybe it’s the gift of the passing of time that allows us to forget) little miss Green having too many challenges with teething.

But I do remember the odd fretful time when she was clearly in pain and she needed comforting.

Emma, over at mellow Mummy has called for submissions to her teething carnival and I thought I’d join in with what might be a slightly ‘alternative’ view point.

Here are 4 natural remedies that worked for us!


Ah, mother’s milk – the most wonderful of foods, medicines and love. Not only does it provide nourishment, but it provides comfort and closeness. Whenever Little miss Green was fretful about anything, there was nothing that couldn’t be soothed by a cuddle and as much milk as she wanted.

If you are not breastfeeding, don’t worry, there are three other fantastic remedies that will work – Just hold your baby close and apply!

chamomilla teething granules

Chamomilla teething grains are a safe, effective homoeopathic remedy which can soothe teething and colic. If your babe is unhappy, uncomfortable or inconsolable then this is a quick acting, natural option. You can just pop them in your baby’s mouth where they will dissolve and they are readily available at chemists.

Lavender essential oil

We use a lot of essential oils and lavender is one of our favourites. The easiest way to use it on babies is to put one drop of pure essential oil in a couple of tablespoons of carrier oil (olive or sunflower oil from the kitchen will do in an emergency!). Use this oil to rub gently onto your baby’s cheeks. Not only does lavender oil help relieve pain, but it’s relaxing too so can help your baby sleep too.

Chamomile tea

Sometimes teething babies want to chew on something to take away the pain (remember how good that really hard on-the-point-of-pain massage felt when you were in labour? Well I guess this is the same). A clean cotton flannel soaked in chamomile tea and popped in the fridge can work wonders 😉