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