Teething: How Organic Oils can Help

Monday, 18 May 2015 09:28:25 Europe/London

Teething: How Organic Oils can Help


The teething process can be a trying time for both babies and parents alike. Your cheerful little monkey suddenly turns into Mr. Cranky Pants, and the little angel who has finally started to sleep through the night may start to wake again, several times, from the pain of it all. Not much fun for anyone!


For this reason, and because we have been there (twice!), we formulated our Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub for Teething specifically to help with this painful process. We took a long time researching and sourcing the most beneficial and effective organic ingredients in order to produce a product to help alleviate the symptoms of teething in a safe, natural way. We'd love to share with you the reasons why these amazing oils are so beneficial and how their fantastic properties won them a place on Cheeky Monkey's ingredients list:


Organic Arnica Essential Oil

Arnica has been used traditionally to treat bruises and sprains for many years, and this is largely owing to its ability to reduce swelling and inflammation and thereby aid the healing process. It stimulates the flow of white blood cells, which in turn helps to disperse trapped fluid and congestion from inflamed areas and bruised tissue. Arnica also helps to relieve pain and aching sensations, and for these reasons it is a valuable tool for alleviating the symptoms of teething.


Organic Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic (pain relieving) properties, which is fantastic news for the sore, swollen gums associated with teething. In addition it has mild sedative properties which can be helpful to calm a fractious baby or to aid restful sleep. Lavender is incredibly soothing and safe to use on the youngest and most sensitive of skins, and its many healing properties make it one of the superstars of the essential oil world.


Organic Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

This gentle, soothing oil is incredibly calming and relaxing, making it an invaluable ingredient in our Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub for Teething. Roman Chamomile is known to help ease neuralgic pain by relieving swelling in affected nerves and blood vessels, a great help against painful teething symptoms.


Organic Spearmint Essential Oil

There is archaeological evidence to indicate that spearmint has been used for thousands of years, and it was used in Ancient Greece to help heal both mouth sores and toothache. This is probably because spearmint has not only anti-bacterial but anti-inflammatory properties, and has an analgesic and mild anaesthetic effect. Spearmint is much safer and gentler than peppermint, whilst still possessing the same beneficial qualities, which is why we chose it as being suitable for use on delicate skin. This amazing oil can also help to relax nerves and muscles, and lift mood by reducing stress.


In our Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub for Teething, we use these essential oils in a base of organic olive, sunflower and sweet almond oils which all have soothing, nourishing properties and are easily absorbed by the skin. Cheeky Monkey is used by applying a few drops externally to the cheeks and gently rubbing in. The result...a naturally soothed little monkey and a calmer you!

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Teething - making the process more bearable

Monday, 22 October 2012 12:28:00 Europe/London

We all know how unpleasant the whole teething process is, cranky little monkeys and sleepless nights all round. As a mum of two, I have been through this process twice now so thought it might be useful to share some information my experience and some suggestions and ideas to help.



Symptoms of teething can start a few months before the teeth actually appear and babies tooth buds develop before they are born. Although the order and age teeth appear varies from baby to baby with some born with a few teeth and some still not having any at a year old, they usually appear in the following sequence:


Four central incisors (cutters- the teeth right in the middle of the jaw on the top and bottom ) start appearing at around 6-7 months

Four more side incisors (the teeth next to the central incisors ) appear at around 8 months

Four back molars (chewing teeth) appear at between 10-14 months

Four canines (pointed teeth) appear at around 16-20 months.

Four more back molars appear at between 24-30 months.


Babies levels of suffering during the teething process varies greatly too, some babies seem to deal with it without too many problems whilst others find it incredibly painful. Even with minor cases, most babies show some signs of teething. As a first time parent, the whole teething process is very worrying and daunting and it is difficult at times to tell if your babies unhappiness and irritability is due to teething or if there is another cause, especially if you cannot physically see any teeth coming through.


Key Signs of Teething:


  • Biting and chewing - incessant biting and chewing on anything they can get their hands on; toys, spoons, you, siblings, anything.


  • Excessive dribbling - most babies tend to dribble more when teething because the body creates extra saliva to lubricate the tender and bulging gums.


  • More unsettled than usual, especially at night - babies who once slept through the night may now wake up several times for comfort. In the quiet hours of night, a baby often feels the teething pain more because there are fewer distractions.


  • Decreased appetite -when babies are in pain, they generally don’t want to eat, especially if it triggers their sore spots.


  • Pulling of ears and rubbing of chin and cheeks - teething babies may tug furiously at their ear or rub their cheek or chin to create counter pressure that eases some of the pain and throbbing. (Babies with ear infections will also pull on their ears, so make sure you have them checked by your doctor if you suspect more than just teething).


Natural Aids:

Both of my sons first teeth arrived at exactly 6 months of age rapidly followed by 3 more coming all at once which must have been so painful. I tried a wide selection of aids to try and help alleviate their suffering, the following being my favouirtes: 


  • Freeze a clean, wet flannel or washcloth – your baby will love chewing and sucking on this


  • Give them a frozen carrot or celery stick to chew on, the chewing will relieve pressure whilst the cold will soothe their hot, angry gums. (Make sure the pieces are big enough for them to hold and just chew on rather than them putting the whole thing in their mouths to avoid choking.)


  • Gently massage some Cheeky Monkey Cheek Rub for Teething on them - our Cheeky Monkey Cheek Rub Oil is a wonderfully natural and effective aid. As well as containing arnica oil, known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities that help with pain and swelling, the method of softly rubbing it onto their cheeks, soothes the area and eases the pain whilst the essentials oils of spearmint, (helping to uplift and reduce stress), lavender and roman chamomile will help to calm and relax your little one


  • Wear a Gumigem necklace* – I have recently come across a fantastic company, whose founder, Jenny, has created a range of award winning jewellery, designed to look amazing, whilst helping your baby through the teething process. GUMIGEM is a UK based family run business who produce teething jewellery, aimed to provide mummy with a stylish accessory that baby can chomp on to his heart's content.  The silicone used meets FDA standards and is BPA, PVC, Lead, Latex and Phthalate free.


*necklaces are intended for the adult wearer and must never be put on a baby.


Top Tip:

To combat dribble rash try rubbing a small amount of nappy balm onto your babies chin will also help reduce dribble rash, (a dry skin rash or chapping around the mouth and
 on the chin) by creating a barrier between your babies skin and the saliva. Our Bumfluff nappy balm is great for this as is made up of a gentle blend of organic oils which will protect and nourish the skin without causing irritation combined with organic lavender and roman chamomile essential oils which aid healing and will help calm your little ones too.BUMFLUFF


The result........ much happier little monkeys and mummies all around.

Posted in News Advice By heidi crawford