This is a recipe I tried after I realized that the $12 for a two oz bottle of Gripe
Water from my local natural foods store was something I could make at home for much less. I had discovered that my nursing children had food sensitivities to milk, soy and peanuts– whenever I unintentionally consumed foods with one of these ingredients they each suffered from colic symptoms*. I wanted a remedy to these symptoms that is free of preservatives, sugar and alcohol. I was shocked when I read that the main ingredients of this over-the-counter remedy are chamomile, ginger and fennel!
Not coincidentally, these are the remedies shared by experienced mothers I had met (mostly women not raised in the US, hmmm). Anyway, I made gallons of this tea and drank it while I nursed and I also gave my children small diluted doses (either in a bottle combined with expressed milk or with a medicine dropper) whenever they showed symptoms of digestive discomfort.
I also served this to family and guests with great reviews. It is especially nice after a meal as the ingredients are proven to aid digestion and soothe stomach problems.
- 2 tablespoons of whole fennel seeds
- one “finger” of fresh ginger root (5-6 pieces sliced)
- 5 teabags of organic chamomile tea (or loose if you choose)
- sweetener to taste (optional)
Boil the fennel seeds and slices of ginger root in at least 6 cups of water for 15-2o minutes.
Once the water turns a clear golden color remove from heat.
Add chamomile tea and steep.
If you are adding a sweetener (honey should not be given to children <1 year), I suggest adding it while the water is still warm.
Once the tea cools, add at least 6 more cups of water and chill.
Serve over ice and enjoy!
Note: You can add more or less water according to taste. If you are giving directly to a colicky child consult your health care provider first and be sure to dilute the tea with filtered water (at least 1:1 ratio)
* The best way to handle food sensitivities in nursing babies is to elimiate the food from the mother’s diet. For me this meant cutting out most processed foods (a very good thing, indeed). The Gripe Water was kept on hand when I was traveling and I didn’t have as much control over access to good food.