Teething and Essential Oils

Miles 6 mthsSo my beautiful 7 1/2 month old son is super rosy cheeked. His first tooth is teasing us, making us think its immanently about to make an appearance, except it’s been several months now and it still hasn’t arrived. Instead we have a little boy who has nights of pain, moments of drooling like crazy, gnawing on anything he can get in his mouth and all we have is a little white dot in his gum.

I have been using diluted Clove Essential Oil (Young Living) and rubbing it on his gum to numb the sever teething pain.  It doesn’t taste very nice and can be a little warm in the mouth, my son doesn’t like the taste of it at all, but its effective at numbing the area and he will often go back to sleep after an application. I also use Hylands teething gel and Panaway oil.

When he in pain my first step is to rub on the Hylands gel, (it has no taste).
If that doesn’t help then I use some diluted Panaway oil (Young Living blend) and rub it on the back of his neck.
Then if that doesn’t help, then I rub a drop of diluted Clove oil on his gums. He cries and fights me putting anything on his gums, (even the tasteless gel), but the clove really does the trick. He tends to cry for 30 seconds to 1 min after I apply the Clove and then the numbing kicks in and he calms down.
Often just applying the gel and the Panaway can be enough, but when its really bad I know the Clove will work. (If you’ve never tried it before, rub a drop of Clove on your gum, it doesn’t taste very nice and you may want to dilute it with a carrier oil, but you will be surprised how fast it works.) I leave it till last because he hates the taste so much and I’m a bit of a softie (can you tell its my first baby 🙂 hehehe )


I have a pre made up bottle of Clove oil and carrier oil ready for the times he is in pain. (It’s difficult to dilute it down when you have a crying baby in your arms). To dilute, I use Young Living’s V6 carrier oil. Its a blend of 6 different carrier oils all organically grown – Coconut Oil,  Sesame Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Olive Fruit Oil.
The dilution I use is 20/80 (20% essential oil to 80% carrier oil).  If I don’t have my V6 on hand then any sort of fatty oil like coconut, olive, almond or even cooking vegetable oil will do. The reason I dilute the oil down is that it is just to strong for him straight.

One of the great things about essential oils is that they are lipophilic, they naturally dissolve in fats and this reduces the potency and speed with which it gets absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream.

If I don’t have any Clove oil on hand then I use diluted Panaway or diluted Thieves oil rubbed on the gum. Both contain clove and can help reduce the pain. Some of my friends children prefer the taste of either of those two over the plain clove. Every child is different so its worth trying them all to see which is the most effective for your child.

I only ever use the Young Living essential oil brand for internal application. Especially when using it on my child. I know as a company Young Living has very strict purity and quality control and this means that their oils are always 100% therapeutic grade and safe for internal use. (there are some oils I avoid using internally, but Clove is fine) Using other brands that don’t have such strict testing could mean you cause harm to your self or your child.

The information provided here is for EDUCATION PURPOSES ONLY and is in NO WAY intended to replace proper medical advice. IT IS NOT for diagnostic or prescriptive use or to be construed as instruction on how to cure or treat any condition, illness or disease.

If you are new to essential oils and would like to order any please contact me: catherine@lypc.com.au and I can help you set up a Young Living account. My distributor ID  # 685608.