After I graduated as a Holistic Nutritionist from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, I decided to take a course they offered on aromatherapy for fun. The course included Bach Flower Remedies which I had recently heard of and was interested in learning more. When I finished this course, I just couldn’t get enough of Bach Flowers and began studying them further and have been using them regularly in my household for over a year.
I get asked many questions about Bach Flower Remedies so I decided to put together a series featuring different uses that may be helpful to you or someone in your family. They can be used by pets, infants, children and adults…so your whole family can benefit!
A very big use in my household right now for Bach Flower Remedies is teething. I’ve been using them since River began teething at 6 months and now at 16 months ALL of his molars are coming through at the same time. This has definitely put the “Teething Tonic” that I created to the test and it has definitely made a difference to me and to River. I dab this on his gums/where teeth are breaking through as often as needed and before bed. He still sleeps pretty good which I can’t say about my other son during teething prior to knowing about Bach Flower Remedies.
How it Works:
When a baby is teething we tend to only consider the physical pain and often don’t consider the emotional pain and stress that is going along with it. Getting these new painful hard teeth in your mouth can be quite shocking to a baby, their body is changing and it HURTS! Bach Flower Remedies help to restore their emotional balance and bring forth a sense of well being. If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I would never have guessed how much emotional stress is a factor in the teething cycle.
My teething tonic is a blend of Bach Flower Rescue Remedy, which helps with any trauma going on whether physical or emotional. I also add Walnut which helps with the adjustment of any changes going on and Honeysuckle to help let go of the past and embrace the present and new changes.
As mentioned above, I simply just dab a few drops on my clean finger and dab it on his gums where it’s sore. Alternatively you can just give four drops directly or add to bottle/drink. You can also rub it on the skin to be absorbed (rub on the wrists, temples, fontanelle’s or behind the ear).
There are no known side effects to Bach Flowers and they can be used with any medications, so if you have something you routinely use for pain you can continue to do so.
My top 5 Uses for Bach Flower Remedies for Infants/children:
- Potty Training
- Separation Anxiety – during the day and at night
- Temper Tantrums
- Helping with developmental changes (hard time accomplishing a new task or amped up and not wanting to sleep because something new has been learned).
- Night Terrors
And there are many, many more!!
Aside from Bach Flower Remedies here are some other things I have found to be helpful with teething:
- Chamomilla pellets. This has been what works for us, others may find pulsatilla a better fit. I like this article that discusses the differences (scroll down to the bottom of the article for the comparison).
- Calcium Phosphate Cell Salts. This provides additional calcium and believed to bring the teeth through quicker = less time teething – especially when it seems like teething is lasting forever.
- Baby wearing – both of my kids just want to be snuggled when they are teething, I also wear a nursing necklace which makes a great teether and distraction.
- Warm bath with epsom salts, especially before nap or bedtime to provide magnesium and promote relaxation.
- After bath or before bed I rub in an essential oil blend designed for relaxation – diluted properly for age. Just a simple oil such as sweet almond oil without essential oils can be used as well.
If you have a teething baby, I hope you have found some useful tips. Check out my website for additional information on Bach Flower Remedies and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.