Homemade Gripe Water
Since everyone has been asking me about the homemade gripe water for babies I decided to do a post dedicated to it… The first question that I always get is, what is gripe water? Gripe water is a home remedy for babies and newborns who suffer from colic, bad gas, teething pain, reflux and other stomach ailments.
The ingredients can vary depending on what you have/ want to use. Also you may want to play with the different ingredients to see what works best for your babies. Ingredients you can use and what they are for are as follows: Dill Seed: GI track. Dispels gas, stimulates appetite, and settles the stomach. This was also the main original ingredient used by British nannies. Fennel Seeds: GI track. Same as Dill. (Dill and Fennel are your main ingredient. You can have both in your gripe water but you must have at least one) Cinnamon Bark: Dispels gas and decreases/ eliminates vomiting. Ginger: Stomach upset, reflux, and relieves nausea Chamomile: Relaxant, decreases anxiety, helps promote sleep Peppermint: Relieves stomach issues and GI upset Lemon Balm: Relieves stomach issues and GI upset I have used a couple of variations thus far and they are listed in previous blogs if you wish to see those. I think I have found the perfect combination for our trio though so I will list that one here. 3 cups water 1 teaspoon Crushed Fennel seeds 2 teaspoons Chamomile 1/2 teaspoon Peppermint 2 teaspoons Ginger 2-3 teaspoons sugar You will need a pan to boil the mix in, a tin tea ball (cheese cloth or a Muslim ball can be used as well), and a mortar and pestal (or a ziplock bag and something to crush seeds with like a rolling pin or hammer). Gather all your ingredients. You can find these at any herbal shop and even some in your standard grocery stores. First you need to crush your Fennel seeds. Make sure they are really broke up to release the active part of the seed. The put all your herbs inside your tin tea ball (if you are using crushed ginger just add to the water and stir in well) Put 3 cups of water in small sauce pan along with the tea ball. Turn stove on high until it boils. Boil for about 2 minutes. Then turn down to simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, remove tea ball, stir in sugar, and let sit until cooled to room temperature. Place into a tightly sealed jar or container. Throw out after 24 hours (which means you have to make a new batch everyday). Give 5-10ml as needed (I would not exceed more then 6-7 times a day) I give it before their bottles. This has worked fabulously for us and It has worked for days now. The over the counter gripe water we first got worked for one day, then basically nothing. The Witching Hour, fussiness in the evenings is gone. The colic episode are gone. The reflux is getting much better. The babies are smiling, laughing, and playing more. They are sleeping soundly now instead of their usual restless sleep. They are also sleeping longer because their bellies are not upset and the Chamomile helps promote good sleep. They were sleeping about 4-5 hours at night. Since we started this they have been sleeping 8-9 hours at night., and yes it was pretty much from the first day. Their nap during the day is very peaceful as well. It does not sedate them (because they get it and play for a couple of hours at times) it just relaxes them. I truly believe it is the homemade gripe water because that is when this all started. I hope that this helps anyone who is interested. If you have any other questions you can email me at email@example.com I would recommend this to anyone dealing with the dreaded evening fussiness, colicky baby, reflux babies, baby gas relief or any other type of stomach/ fussiness issues. Also if your baby is a really restless sleeper I would recommend it at night.