I have something to tell you.
I am madly in love with this little cutie.
He turns two next week. Now excuse me while I go hyperventilate in a paper bag. I’m not ready for my baby to be two! Ahem.
He is also a very slow teether. He didn’t get his first two teeth until 9 months and he still has four teeth that need to cut through. Ouch!
I’ll be honest, I’ve tried the homeopathics and I’ve tried some other remedies for teething, but I never really felt that they helped very much. Then I saw a teething tincture recipe in Kate from Modern Alternative Mama’s new book and I knew I had to give it a try. (affiliate link)
Healing With God’s Earthly Gifts is full of easy herbal remedies for a variety of ailments. Kate kindly is allowing me to share this one with you.
And I have no shame so I am not embarrassed to admit that before I read this book, I thought that catnip was something you gave your cat to make them hyper. But apparently it’s an herb, and a powerful one at that! Who knew?! (Obviously not me.) OK, I’ll stop rambling now.
- Place the herbs in a clean glass jar.
- Cover with glycerin and water.
- Place a lid on the jar, then shake to combine.
- Let the tincture sit in a dark place for about six weeks. OR use a crock pot to keep it warm for 2-3 days.
- Strain the tincture through a clean dish towel and store in a glass jar.
Use: 2-3 drops for babies or 5-10 drops for adults as needed. Can be used straight, or mixed in water. This teething tincture will last for about 6-12 months.
***Please note catnip should not be taken if pregnant since it is in the mint family and may induce contractions.
Now I’m ready for whenever my little cutie-patootie starts cutting those last four teeth. I will be sure to come back here and update with the results whenever that happens! I know clove is a powerful numbing agent and catnip is known to be relaxing, so it sounds like a great combination to me!
Update: Yep, this is some powerful stuff. I found I only needed one drop for my two year old when he finally cut his canines. I tried some in my mouth and I can see how it would provide relief to achy gums.
How do you deal with teething pain?