Homemade Teething Oil and Other Natural Teething Support for Babies and Toddlers

If you’re looking for natural alternatives help your baby or toddler through the teething phase, you’ve come to the right place! I’m sharing a homemade teething oil and all my other favorite, go-to natural teething support.

Homemade Teething Oil and Other Natural Teething Pain Remedies for Babies and Toddlers

A friend asked me the other day what I use for teething and I realized I had no posts written about it on the blog! So, I’m sharing the remedies I’ve been using for the past several years that have all worked for my babies. All my boys (I have 3 – ages 4, 2, and 1) have all had a horrible time with teething, lots of crying, crankiness, drool, and loss of sleep.

Side Effects of Acetaminophen (found in Tylenol)

Before I was into anything natural, I would give my oldest, Gabriel, Tylenol and he needed it on a regular basis. It did make our nights go more smoothly, but as with any medicine, there are side effects. Experts say that it depletes glutathione, an antioxidant that protects cells from toxins like the free radicals that cause cancer. According to mercola.com, acetaminophen (the chemical in Tylenol) has been linked to blood cancers. Now, this is long-term, regular use that is defined by four times a week for four years. Another article from The Healthy Home Economist says that children who are given Tylenol even once a year have a 70% chance of developing asthma. Woah. And babies who are given just one dose before their first birthday have a 60% chance of developing asthma. It also increased the occurrence of other autoimmune diseases like allergies.

Prior to learning the above information, I would still give Tylenol to my kids as a last resort. But, I will carefully consider whether or not I do in the future and do more research. Thankfully, these natural remedies work well!

Homemade Teething Oil Recipe

This is my number one go-to remedy – it works right away and 95% of the time, takes the edge off so my baby can go to sleep.

  • 1 tablespoon organic olive oil (where to buy)
  • 1-2 drops lavender, copaiba or Stress Away essential oil (where to buy) (I only buy Young Living essential oils – I used to buy other brands but they weren’t reliable or as pure as Young Living. Clove was okay with other brands because it wasn’t as strong. With Young Living, the oils are so pure and potent that clove is now too strong).
  • Glass dropper bottle (sometimes I just mix in a small porcelain bowl or glass jar) (where to buy)

Wash your hands thoroughly. Test the oil on your own gums first to make sure the essential oils aren’t too strong. Take one finger and dip it in the oil or squirt it on your finger. Rub the oil on the sore gums, on the jawline, or the bottoms of the feet. It works for about 30 minutes and can be reapplied 4 times a day or so.

Homemade Teething Oil and Other Natural Teething Pain Remedies

Other Homeopathic Remedies

  • Hyland’s Baby Teething Gel and Teething Tablets – these worked really well with our second child, but not our third. The teething oil has been much more effective for him.
  • Boiron Chamomilla and Pulsatilla – these herbal remedies work systematically to reduce inflammation and pain. They come in tiny little balls that I found needed to be crushed when Griffin was under about 6 months old. Once he got older, he would swish them around in his mouth before swallowing. These have worked better for our third son than the Hyland’s products.
  • Bach’s Rescue Remedy for Kids – This is a fantastic little product that uses herbs to relieve stress and anxiety – great for all ages. You just put a few drops on the tongue so it’s very easy to use. It’s also sweet tasting, so my kids really like it, which is a major bonus.

So there ya have it. What methods do you use? Anyone still using whiskey? 🙂



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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. We’ve been using Hyland’s teething tabs but still so glad I came across your homemeade remedy as well! Will be sharing it with my readers soon:)
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  20. April Tarrance says:

    Hi, I just found your blog. I have enjoyed reading and look forward to learning more.
    Chamomilla and Pulsatilla are homeopathic remedies. I have been using homeopathic remedies for several years now – AMAZING!!!! And they are perfectly safe for newborns. In fact, my first experience with homeopathy was with my daughter when she was only 3 days old. I’m guessing you live in a place

  21. Well, sorry… I accidentally posted the comment before finishing., and I don’t see any way of editing 🙁
    Anyway, depending on where you live, you can get the remedies in tiny little granules that dissolve much faster than the big ones. I live in New Mexico where they are fairly common. However, when I’ve visited my family in Missouri, I learned that homeopathy is nearly unheard of and very hard to find… and when you do, it’s the bigger pellets. There are actually other homeopathic remedies for teething too, depending on the symptoms.
    I love homeopathy, herbs, and essential oils.

    • That is good to know, April! I hadn’t thought of that, how the options would be different depending on where you live. That’s why I love shopping online and using Amazon so it doesn’t matter where you live anymore! Thank you for sharing your experience!

  22. NO NO NO NO NO. Every essential oil site will tell you clove oil isn’t safe for babies. It’s clove infused oil. Clove essential oil can numb the baby’s throat and they can choke on their saliva. Please research safe essential oil use for children. Essential oils should NEVER goes in a child’s mouth and probably shouldn’t be used on a child under 1 anyway. http://naturopathicpediatrics.com/2014/09/08/essential-oil-safety-danger-essential-oils-seizures-children/

    • I need to update this post – I used clove oil on my babies’ teeth and had no problems with it at all. It was very diluted. But once I switched to Young Living, which is MUCH more pure and stronger than NOW brand or Plant Therapy, I stopped using clove oil and now use lavender or Stress Away on the outsides of their cheeks and the bottoms of their feet and it’s worked very well!

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