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Top 5 Spices to Combat Teething Pains – Part 1

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Being a mother I totally understand how difficult it is when your little one starts teething. It can be very distressing to see your little one in so much pain! I remember feeling completely helpless and wished that I could take the pain away, not to mention the sleepless nights that follow… (I was on autopilot for the next year!)

So the very next day I went on a BIG TEETHING SHOPPING SPREE!

  • Teething toys
  • Teething gels
  • Teething granules
  • Children’s medicines

You name it, I tried it… anything to provide some sort of comfort or pain relief for my little one.

Although I used all of these methods (not all at the same time!) usually a combination of them i.e. teething toy and teething gel, I still wanted to do more. So I turned my attention to spices.

Being from Indian origin meant that I already cooked with spices, but spices can be used for more than adding flavour to meals, they have also been used for their medicinal properties for generations, and many of them have been proven to contain natural analgesic properties to help combat pain.

After a period of months researching aromatic spices and their natural health benefits, I began to understand which spices would be of most benefit to my little one, and began including various combinations within my little one’s meals in the hope that they would provide an extra little boost of pain relief (in addition to the traditional methods I had spent a fortune on). Every little helps right?!

So here are my TOP 5 SPICES TO COMBAT TEETHING PAINS:

Cloves

1. Cloves – dried flower buds of a tropical tree. They contain the compound ‘eugenol’, a powerful oil widely used within dentistry for natural oral pain relief. It is also used to add flavour to sweet and savoury cuisines worldwide.

Nutmeg
2. Nutmeg – another spice which contains the oil eugenol. It offers a warm and spicy taste to meals and  compliments both sweet and savoury dishes.

Cardamom pods
3. Cardamom – a flavourful spice commonly used within Indian cookery. Its analgesic properties can help to reduce pain in teeth and gums. It is also believed to cleanse the mouth for good oral hygiene.

Cinnamon

4. Cinnamon– A warm, fragrant spice with a hint of sweetness. Great for cooking with, baking with or sprinkling onto fruit – apples and bananas. Contains a natural analgesic property to soothe pains.

Black Peppercorns
5. Black Pepper
– a common seasoning found in virtually every household. It too contains analgesic properties to help relieve pain in teeth and gums, and is believed to promote strong teeth.

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A comprehensive list of resources, references and links to support the above statements can be found within Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook.
Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook is available to buy now for your smartphone, tablet or desktop from Amazon.co.ukAutharium.com, iTunes/ iBooks, Waterstones.com, WHSmith.co.uk and other online retailers. Prices vary.

Also available to buy from Amazon.com.

 

Important: None of the above spices should be applied directly to soft oral tissue; they should all be used within cooking. Spices are suitable for babies from 7 months onwards.

References

Ahmed, ZJ. 2012. Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook. London: Autharium

Baby Photo Credit: Mommy Page

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow..Thank you Zainab for the lovely post..

    My baby is 6 months old and I am already worried about her teething issues :(:(
    \

    Your tips and tricks with the spices could help me alot..Thanks alot

    Cheers
    Sangeetha Menon
    http://www.bumpsnbaby.com

    08/02/2013
  2. This is very interesting.. and just what we could do with at the moment; heellooo first little tooth! She’s not interested in all the teething toys, and I’d much prefer helping her in a more natural way. Thank you!
    Camilla

    03/01/2013
  3. I “stumbled” across your blog and am so glad that I did! I am always looking for more natural ways to ease my little one when he is hurting and sick. My family recently dove into the world of essential oils. We are loving the effects and have virtually made over our medicine cabinet.

    02/01/2013
    • that’s great news. I’m really pleased that you’ve found the information useful 🙂

      02/01/2013

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