Okay, so I promised you an Allspice post awhile ago and now I’m finally getting around to it – woo hoo! (I know, I’m lazy!) I will tell you everything I’ve learned although, I admit, I don’t know everything about it.
What is Allspice?
Allspice is a cooking spice found in the spice aisle of most grocery stores. You can purchase it whole or ground and I’ve seen it used in recipes for roast.
Why does Allspice work for teething?
Allspice contains the ingredient tannin. Tannin tightens up the gums so that teeth pop through quickly. My boys’ teeth, on average, take about 2 days to come in with Allspice necklaces! I don’t know what else Allspice has in it, but it also eases the crankiness and sleepless nights associated with teething as well. Oh yes, and the fevers. I haven’t had to deal with teething fevers while using allspice necklaces. Of course, these symptoms may vary from person to person, but 90% of the people I personally know that have tried this, it has worked like a charm!
Will I still need to use teething medicines?
Allspice does not take away the pain of the tooth popping through so yes, you may still need to use a numbing agent or just use a lot of cool cloths or teething toys.
Do I need to take the necklace off for baths or bedtime?
Allspice necklaces can stay on 24/7 with no harm to the necklace or to the child. Of course, if you are more comfortable with having it off there is no harm in that either! Just remember that allspice works because it is in contact with babies skin so if you leave it off for a long period of time the effect will wear off.
When can my baby start wearing an Allspice necklace?
Both of my boys started wearing their Allspice necklaces at about 4 months. Basically at the first sign of teething symptoms. Although if you want to put them on earlier, no problem. The earlier you have the necklace on them the less your baby will play with it. My boys don’t even notice that they have it on!
How often do I need to change the Allspice Necklace?
I would estimate about every 6 months. I generally go by the “smell” test. If I can’t smell the Allspice until my nose is right up against the beads than it is time to change the necklace!
How much do the Allspice necklaces cost to make?
These necklaces, depending on the style you choose, can cost anywhere from $5-$15! And that is for about 4-5 necklaces…probably more if you buy a couple bottle of Allspice…so this is a really cheap way to get teething relief!
Okay, how do I make an Allspice Necklace?!?!
You will need:
- Dual duty thread or stretchy/elastic thread
- Whole Allspice beads
- A small-medium sized needle
- Decorative beads (optional)
- Clasps (optional)…some moms use magnetic so if pulled, necklace will come apart
- Boil your Allspice beads (rolling boil) for about 7 min. Drain.
- Thread the beads onto the thread…you’ll want to put the needle through the middle of the bead, it is the path of least resistance, you will see an indent or what looks like a circle in the bead – that is the middle
- Tie or clasp around babies neck. You want the necklace to be fairly tight against baby. I normally make sure I can slid my fingers between the necklace and babies neck, but no looser or it may get caught on things.
So! There ya go! Enjoy some cheap teething relief! (Pictures of the necklaces I made for the boys is in the link above!)
If just the thought of stringing beads together exhausts you, you can now buy them! Check out my cousin's Etsy store - she is very creative and makes some great looking designs with allspice and pretty beads!