Teething can start as early as 4 to 7 months. Because young babies are sensitive, only two essential oils are recommended for topical use during this early stage: chamomile and lavender.
Chamomile is the most commonly used essential oil for teething because of its sedative effects. Its nontoxic nature also makes it likely to be safe for babies of all ages.
To use, place one to two drops in a vaporizer filled with water. Alternatively, mix chamomile with a base oil at a combined dilution ratio of less than .5 percent essential oils to base oil, and massage the blend along the baby’s jawline. Always dilute essential oils in a base oil. Do not apply essential oils directly to the baby’s skin. Mix it with a base oil such as a vegetable carrier oil.
Lavender is soothing and nontoxic, making it a favorite on teething babies who are less than 6 months of age. In addition to being a natural antiseptic, lavender is also naturally sedative and its calming effects can alleviate muscle pains.
To use, dilute lavender at a ratio of up to .5 percent and massage the blend along the baby’s jawline.
Clove bud is a powerful analgesic and antiseptic. It’s commonly used in some dental preparations in adults, and can be effective at alleviating pain due to muscle tension.
For Children 2 years and older clove bud can be used as an Analgesic.
To use, dilute clove bud at a ratio of up to .25 percent, and massage the blend along the baby’s gums. Because of its potency, clove bud shouldn’t be used on babies under the age of 2, and it should never be ingested.
Because some essential oils shouldn’t be used alongside certain medications and medical conditions, always check with your doctor before applying therapeutic oils on your baby.