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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Baby teethingTeething normally begins at about age 6 months for most infants and typically all 20 baby teeth will be in place at age 3 years. Teething usually begins with the two bottom front teeth and will then be followed with the two top front teeth. Tenderness and pain can accompany each tooth breaking thru the surface of the skin. Mayo clinic reports that symptoms of fever or diarrhea that might occur during teething are not caused by this process. The normal signs of teething are:

Chewing on firm objects



Loss of appetite

Tender gums

Trouble sleeping


Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Clove, LavenderC, Myrrh, Roman ChamomileCE, White Fir

Essential oils based products:

Also consider:

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Three suggested techniques for applying any of the suggested oils (all come highly recommended, maybe White Fir the most):

  Put a very small amount of the oil on the tip of the finger (by just touching the open top of a previously used bottle to get less than a drop of oil) and rubbing it directly on the gum where the tooth is coming through.

  Dilute the oils with one drop oil and 3 - 4 drops FCO and rub directly on the gum

  Rub the diluted oil on outside at the jaw line (some suggest Soothing Blend may be used in this way being careful baby does not touch and rub eyes)

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Irene - I read that Lavender is for teething infants, but is it applied neat? (uck!)

Ramona - I have had 2 different friends use Clove (with FCO) with good success.

Shanlizwy - I have used lavender along the jaw line...it works great!

Hannah - I use white fir for my teething baby. Rub a little on their gums and they are good to go!

EMS - I second the white fir recommendation!! It works like a charm!! In fact, my little girl voluntarily opens her mouth and let's me apply it because she knows it makes her "mouth" feel better.

JRW - I was actually going to ask for recommendations for teething cause my little guy is getting to that point. Anyway, I have had friends just use the lavender with FCO along the jaw line. I prefer this method cause then they don't fight you when trying to do it orally. Question with the white fir - are you rubbing it on straight or with the FCO? I assume it taste good to them if they are letting you put it on their gums?

Hannah - I don't use FCO with it. I just touch the top of the bottle and rub it on so they aren't even getting a full drop. My 6 month old loves it and when my 2 year old was getting her molars in she would ask for her Christmas oil (it smells like a Christmas tree) to help her mouth feel better. She wouldn't fight it either.

Jan - We touched the top of the bottle of Roman chamomile and applied it directly to our little guy's gums. Stopped the pain immediately and he actually likes the taste. Go figure on that taste thing.


Samara - I have a 15 month old that is getting 4 teeth at once.  I've tried diluted clove oil and it did nothing for him.  Any suggestions?

Rob - A 15 mo old would be tough.  The clove will no doubt be analgesic, but if diluted too much it will be ineffective without being in contact for a while.  You probably need to not add as much carrier to it. Sometimes it is a fine line between too much and too little.  I would try it on yourself to test for the right mix. Put the oil on your finger then rub the irritated gum area.  

Samara - I gave him a drop of Lavender and rubbed Lavender and Frankincense on his gums.  I don't know if it helped with any pain, but he did sleep all night last night.

Luke - Another one you might try is Myrrh from what I've read and tried it is very good for many mouth related things and not as hot as Clove.

Tamalu - I would never be without White Fir with teething babies!  It tastes funny but with the dozens of babies we have tried it on the relief is quick and it is not hot.  

Jenyce -  I read some earlier posts regarding teething and White Fir was mentioned. Tamalu said that she would never be without WF and teething babies. I was wondering about the application. Can I just apply it neat to the gums? Any other suggestions would be great.

Tamalu - I just put a drop of White Fir on my clean fingers and gently rub it in the gums. Tastes like a Christmas tree, but stops teething pain without irritation.

Monica - Myrrh is awesome for teething babies.

Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

Help from Julia's Natural Kitchen

Abscesses are nature's way of purifying the body, by bringing toxins and waste materials all to one place, so that it can easily be drawn out. Pus is formed by the loss of organic sulfur from the cells, therefore herbs that contain organic sulfur, such a garlic, can be used to rebuild and prevent this condition.

In general, the brighter and tighter the redness, the smaller the abscess; the softer feeling and darker colored, the larger the abscess. A thick yellow pus is considered healthy, where a thin watery greenish pus is considered infected and unhealthy.


Abscesses heal when the discharge stops and the cavity of the abscess begins to close.

According to Dr. J. Christopher “The basic cause of all abscesses, tumors, cysts, etc., stems back to an impure bloodstream, with its major cause being improper food intake. This condition causes poor action of liver and bowels, a faulty digestion, or disturbances in the lymphatic glands are generally responsible for the accumulation of impurities in the blood.”

Poultices will bring the abscess to a head and clean it out.

A poultice made of 1 part Lobelia and 3 parts Mullein is very effective in drawing out the toxins as well as relieving pain

· A poultice made of hot onions put directly over the abscessed area

Add a few drops of an essential oil of choice to the poultice for added effect.


How to make a poultice:

Dried Herb Poultice

Grind dried herbs into a powder with a mortar and pestle,and add enough warm water to make a paste. The paste should be thick enough to be applied to the affected area, but it shouldn't be stiff.

Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it, and wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place. Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.


Fresh Herb Poultice

Chop up about 1/2 cup of the fresh herb and mix with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Simmer herbs and water for about 2 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture, but don't drain. Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it. Wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place.

Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.

Once the abscess has burst and pus has drained off, apply a poultice of comfrey leaves or root.


Dr. Mom the Kitchen:

Garlic Tea

1 small garlic clove minced and mashed with a ½ tablespoon of honey

Juice of ¼ Lemon with 2-3 drops of (xxx) Lemon Essential Oil

1 teaspoon of mint or sage

½ teaspoons minced parsely

Let steep for at least 10 minutes and strain. Drink the same day if using mint, however, if using sage it can be kept in the refrigerator and will be good for two days.

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