Apr 7, 2013

Homemade Gripe Water Recipe

By popular request, the post where I share more of of my crunchy granola side and how I make my own homeopathic gripe water for the boys.
 
First, the backstory:
 
Before we even left the NICU, the boys were both dealing with upset stomach problems, at that time primarily painful gas, but eventually also reflux. In the beginning, we used Mylacon to help them, but the NICU nurses all recommended we use gripe water when we get home as a natural cure for painful gas. I liked the idea of a homeopathic solution, so once we got home we tried it out.
 
I was impressed. Just a little bit in their night time bottles alleviated their pain and their fussiness. I'm not saying its a perfect cure-all, but it certainly cured a lot.
 
But, we have twins and we were going through a lot of it. At $10 a bottle, it wasn't a good long term solution.
 
So, now I make my own.
 
Their are three primary ingredients in gripe water: chamomile, fennel, and ginger. Fennel has been used by herbalists and homeopaths for centuries to help with indigestion and as a gas-reliever. It also has some pain relieving properties. Ginger is a great herb for any problems in thr gastrointestinal tract, including nausea and gas. The third ingredient I use, chamomile, is great at reducing restlessness and insomnia and helps with irritability and anxiousness.
 
Some brands can also include peppermint, sugar, honey, agave, caraway, and/or aloe. Both peppermint and honey have properties I would like to include in my gripe water recipe, but aren't recommended for babies under 6 months. I'm unsure why the commercially available gripe waters would include these. I do plan to experiment and perhaps edit my recipe when the boys get older.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 finger ginger
  • 1 Tbsp fennel seed, crushed
  • 2 chamomile tea bags (or 2 tsp fresh)
  • Agave or sugar to taste

Recipe

  • Add ginger and fennel to water and bring to a boil. I should put my crushed fennel into a tea ball but I can't find mine, so the loose tea attachment for the Kuerig works well. I know others who allow it loose in the pot. I cut my ginger into large chunks so it can go loose. You could also do finer ginger and put it in your tea ball as well.
  • Allow to boil softly until it reaches a golden amber color.

  • Add chamomile tea.
  • Cover and allow to steep for 20-30 minutes.

  • Strain.

  • If you are going to give it with a syringe, add agave or sugar at this point. I mix it into bottles and so don't feel the need to sweeten it.

  • Serve to baby. I add 5-10mL to each evening and overnight bottle. You can give up to an ounce from what I have read. You can also use a medicine dropper and give it to them directly.
  • Watch the content little fellow emerge!

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    I also dilute it with water and ice and drink it myself to help make my breastmilk easier for the boys to digest. When I drink it myself, I find the taste a bit bitter and so add a wee bit of honey into my glass. It really helps with Tripp and Davy's gas and reflux and is easy to make. I store it in the fridge and find it is good for a few days. It does eventually start to become less effective so I don't keep it more than 3-4 days.
     


    This is BY FAR the most popular post on my blog and I am so glad I am able to share this little money saving trick with all of you.  I feel so great knowing exactly what in in the things I give my boys.  I have made gripe water for the twins and the little guy and really think it's great.  If you like this post, check out my other homemade homeopathic trick: homemade pedialyte! Another chance to save some money and not fill your little one with unnecessary chemicals.



    I also hope you decide to stick around and explore the blog.  Let me introduce myself!. I'm Lexy a stay-at-home-mom née doctoral candidate (and hopefully a full PhD by the end of 2014!). I'm married to Casey, my college sweetheart and the most amazing man I have ever had the honor of knowing, and together we have 3 little men (the twins, Tripp and Davis born 1/13/13 and little James born 7/2/14) and an 8lb dog.
    The first picture of our family of five!

    I blog about our crazy life with three kids born in 17.5 months. I blog about living dairy free (Davis has a severe dairy allergy, Tripp has a dairy intolerance, and James was recently diagnosed with a dairy intolerance. All of these issues with milk protein break this cheese loving mama's heart!). I blog about my dissertation and the process of finishing it while raising three little boys. I blog because I have a heart for mama 's and want to share my struggles, my joys, and my reality with y'all.

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    32 comments:

    1. Just made this, waiting for the tea to steep. Thanks for the post!

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    2. Wow, thanks for sharing! We have two NICU boys who are just home at about 3 months. I'm really hoping this helps!

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    3. I have twin NICU boys too and one is extremely colicky grunting and crunching up constantly. They will have been home three weeks Wednesday. I hope this helps. The only thing we're missing is the fennel seed. Thanks!

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    4. This recipe came in the nick of time! I ran out of gripe that someone had given me (live overseas) and it works for my 1 mo stud. :)

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    6. Hey Lexy, do you think this tonic can be frozen? You mentioned it is good for about 4 to 5 days, I only have the one child and I know I won't get through the whole 2ish cups I made. I filled a bottle and have another bottle left. Thought to freeze that bottle. Do you think it will still be effective if I freeze and thaw when I need the next batch?

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      1. I'm going to freeze it in ice cube trays - one cube = one ounce!
        thanks so much for the recipe! I'm SO EXCITED!

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    7. Ive never tried freezing it, but I have heard from other Mom's that it works fine!

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    8. Just used your recipe last night and it definitely worked helped our little guys release, and they've been less fussy today. My little Mark's stomach didn't feel hard and bloated this morning when I checked him.

      Also, this was easy to make!

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    9. What a great idea to drink it too so it gets into your b-milk! Thank you so much for posting this. Gripe water is amazing, but at $11/week, it starts adding up! Hope this works!

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    10. Thank you so much for posting this! I'm going to try it today :) And what a great idea for moms to drink it too!!

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    11. Thank you so much!! I love making my own stuff like this so I know exactly what's going into my lil man, especially since he's just one month old today! I didn't know that I trusted the ingredients in some of the gas relief stuff I saw at the store so this is great, especially being able to use it myself since I probably bought enough ingredients to make a gallon of this stuff!!

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    12. How much do you use when you take it yourself to pass through your breast milk?

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    13. I drank a cup of it hot with extra chamomile every night before bed. Added bonus, the chamomile relaxed me and helped we unwind!

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    14. I was looking for home made gripe water recipes online when I came across your page here. I'm thinking about using this recipe, but I have a few questions first. Can you tell me about how long it took before the gripe water began working on your boys? What is your dosage recommendation, or is it based on the parent's discretion? My husband got our little guy a small (but rather expensive) bottle of gripe water when he started showing signs of colic. It worked like a charm and he was the happiest I've seen him since it began, but the stuff went so quick and he was back to feeling horrible when it ran out. I was giving him 2.5 mL initially, twice daily and once in the early morning hours. The brand that we were using instructed not to exceed 6 doses in a 24 hour period. Would you happen to have any recommendations? If it helps, my son is a month and a half, receiving breast milk by breast and bottle. If you need any other information that might help you better answer my questions, feel free to ask. Thanks!

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      1. I used trial and error for the dosing. I ended up using about 10mL mixed into their breastmilk bottle right before bed and then a splash (not measured sorry) as needed overnight and during the day. I never gave it to them straight until they got older but I know other people put gripe water in a bottle and let their baby drink it.

        My grandmother didnt measure it or ration it for her kids (and her recipe had scotch in it too!). My doctor couldn't think of anything in it that a baby could get too much of - just as long as I didn't hurt caloric intake by giving them gripe water when they would have wanted caloric breastmilk.

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      2. I have been using home made gripe water for my daughter who is now 4 months old. Her Dr. gave me his opinion on dosage and Samanttha (my daughter) was having SEVERE tummy problems, and he said that there was nothing in it that I could give her to much of.

        ALSO: through trial and error. I have found that when I put her gripe water in a COLORED GLASS bottle it last 2x as long if not longer. Hint Hint..

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    16. Thanks so much for posting this, Ive been wanting to save money since my son needs this and yeah $10 a bottle is getting expensive, cant wait to try this!!

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    17. Mine has a very strong spice kick to it. Is this the fennel? The baby gags when he tries taking it. Did I maybe cook it too long?

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    18. The fennel is a strong flavor. Store bought ones combat it by adding sweetener. I mixed it into breastmilk when they were really young. As they got older I used agave occasionally (no clue if this is recommended for babies just saying what I did), pear juice a few times (dealing with bowel issues at time so it worked!), etc.

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    19. Loving the information on this website , you have done great job on the posts. Thanks for providing such a great information with us.

      Gripe water

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    20. Is your Kcup insert plastic? Is it safe to boil it? I'm worried about getting plastic in my LO's gripe water....

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    21. Was your Kcup insert plastic? I'm worried about it melting into my LO's gripe water....Can that happen?

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    22. Can i use anise instead of fennel? Here where i live i cant find it but some people have told me they are about the same. What is your intake?

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    23. Does this have to be kept refridgerated? Thanks for the recipe, I also have twin boys (12wks old) and the $10/bottle does add up!

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    24. Does this have to be kept refrigerated?

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      1. I do refrigerate it. Not sure if it needs it though.

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    25. Thank you for this, I can't wait to try it. Can I ask if it will still work without the chamomile teabags? I want to make it now but don't have them in my cupboard eek. Would just the ginger and fennel work? Thanks again x

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      1. I think it would still help. The chamomile relaxes but the ginger and fennel would still help the stomach.

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    26. This is the bomb! Make it for all of my kiddos and my 12 year old baby enjoys it! It works for her!! Hanks so much!!

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