Natural Teething Remedies + Canyon Leaf Giveaway

Natural Teething Remedies + Canyon Leaf Giveaway

Natural Teething Remedies + Canyon Leaf Giveaway

Teething sucks.

I think that is one thing that all moms can agree on.  Speaking of things all moms will agree on, this post is based on my personal opinion and experiences and if you disagree, that’s ok! We all have the right to do what we feel is best for our children. You don’t judge me, and I won’t judge you!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about why choosing natural remedies for teething relief is a better (and safer) option than teething gels and medicines like Tylenol. First of all, I am a believer that Tylenol absolutely has its place (especially at night if your babe isn’t sleeping from the pain), but I like to leave it as a last resort and even Drs say only use it if you absolutely need it.

On to teething gels and powders. A lot of these contain the ingredient benzocaine. Benzocaine is a painkiller that the FDA warns against using “…especially in children under the age of two,” because it may cause a serious (and sometimes fatal) medical condition called, Methemoglobinemia. For more information about this, look here. Another problem with the teething gels is that they don’t last and you constantly have to reapply. Now while I realize that these may seem like the best or easiest options, I have managed two kids without using teething gels (and saving tylenol for the emergencies).

What Can I Use Instead?

  1. Frozen Fruits & Veg: One of my favorite teething remedies comes in the form of a cucumber. Yes, I slice a cold cucumber with the skin on (I recommend going organic because they are in the top 10 for high pesticide use) and let Presley gnaw on the slices. She’s kept occupied and her gums are soothed by the cool and naturally soothing cucumber. I think that when it comes to children and pain, keeping them distracted is half the battle, and the introduction of the cucumber is always exciting. You can also freeze bananas (I cut them in half and leave the skin on the bottom like an ice lolly). When they are older, frozen grapes and blueberries are also great additions to the mix. When Hudson got his molars, we ate a whole bag of frozen blueberries.
  2. Essential Oils: While I steered clear of using essential oils around P in her first few months, I have slowly been introducing her to highly diluted oils. When she seems to be super grumpy and having an “I need to chew on everything within arms reach day,” I use gentle baby on her jaw line and behind her ears to soothe her teeth and jaws and calm her down. Calm babies make happy mamas. I also use copaiba mixed with some coconut oil directly on her gums. The resin from Copaiba has Beta-caryophyllene been FDA approved as a food additive and is awesome for inflammation and increasing natural endorphins. Copaiba has quickly become my best friend. That being said, please do not apply copaiba oil from the grocery store to your child’s gums. I use Young Living oils because of their Seed to Seal promise. I know that they use third party testing, own their own farms and are the only company that is in charge of the distillation process from Seed to Seal. To find out more about the Seed to Seal promise, check this out. If you’d like to order your own oils and learn more about our community and how to create a toxin free home, click here.
  3. Amber Teething Necklaces: The question I get asked THE MOST is whether or not my kids amber teething necklaces work or not. I can’t tell you 100% if they work or not but I can tell you why I put them on both of my kids and which brand I trust and why! Baltic Amber has one of the highest levels of succinic acid found in nature. Oh and did I mention that baltic amber is over 45 million years old?

What Is Succinic Acid?

Succinic Acid is found in all kinds of OTC heart medicines and topical creams. It is has been used historically and specifically in Chinese culture and medicines as an anti-inflammatory, immune booster, high in anti-oxidants and calming. Seems like the perfect combination for teething baby woes, right?

But How Does It Work?

It is believed that when worn, the heat from your babies body causes oils from the baltic amber to be released and absorbed into the skin. These oils are released into the blood stream in order to cause the calming, soothing, and anti-inflammatory effects.

I love my amber teething necklaces from Canyon Leaf. They have a BEAUTIFUL selection of necklaces, bracelets and anklets for kids and adults and each piece is handmade. Some pieces, like Presley’s necklace, include additional genuine crystal stones with their own special properties. The amber in the necklaces is milky which suggests great quality and they are fitted for your needs. I absolutely love my kid’s necklaces and recommend that EVERY child has one for the early years and as they grow up because hey, they look amazing.

Want one of your own? I’m giving away a necklace from Canyon Leaf over on my Instagram page! Head over to my Instagram to enter!

Always,

Alexie

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Hi, I'm Alexie Flook

I am a twenty-something year old world-traveler, turned stay at home mom! I live in Maryland with my 2 year old son, one month old daughter, beautiful British husband, and neurotic boxer dog! This space is filled with honest reviews, personal musings, and my successes and failures as a natural homeopathic mother and wif

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