This is a combination of equal parts
Bach Flower Rescue Remedy and Chamomile tincture.
The Rescue Remedy you'll have to go out
& buy (the plants don't grow here), but Chamomile tincture
is easy as can be to make at home. I like to use
brandy, instead of vodka (yes, alcohol... read
this for thoughts on
using alcohol based preparations with kids...).
You'll make the tincture like this:
2 ounces of dried Chamomile. Remember the quality of
the Chamomile you start with determines the quality of the
finished product (though, Chamomile is one of those near
indestructible herbs that seems to retain quite a bit of
its potency even in the most adverse of conditions...).
the Chamomile is a pint mason jar.
10 ounces of brandy. You'll want to smoosh the
herb down with the back of a spoon or whatever to get it
this a couple times a day for two weeks to a month.
that time, you can strain the finished tincture,
squeezing out as much liquid as you can from the spent
Yup. That easy. If it seems
like a lot of trouble to go through (though I don't know
how that could be...) consider this: You'll probably
get 8 ounces or so out of this (some will be unsqueezably
trapped in the Chamomile), and if you were to go out and
buy 8 bottles, it'd be around $80.
When your kid is teething, put a couple
drops on your finger and rub it into the poor little
thing's gums. Keep in mind, if your child already
has some teeth, watch out! They're sharp (want to
guess how I learned that?). You can also give the
child a few drops of the tincture, if the perils to your
fingers are to great to risk.
The Chamomile will help ease the pain
and discomfort, is anti-inflammatory, and soothes the
nerves. The Rescue Remedy will also help instill a
soothing influence over the little one who wondering "What
the *ell's happening to my mouth???" The alcohol
acts as a local anesthetic.
This blend isn't just limited to
teething; its really quite nice when your child is real
irritable, either from the frustrations of infancy (but I
like the cord coming out of the lamp...) or from being
Remember, though, while this is
an effective calming remedy, it's not a drug, and won't
just put the kid out. Sometimes the will of the
child (or the WAAAAAA!!!!! of the child) is greater than
the virtue of the herb. If your kids really all out
wiggin', you'll have to weather the storm...