Homemade Gripe Water – All Natural – Recipe

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The first couple of weeks after our first newborn daughter was born (5 years ago), she was having trouble with gas. The most helpless & worst feeling as a parent is not being able to comfort your sweet baby.

I did research to find a natural homeopathic cure. I read about Gripe water, a traditional folk remedy that is centuries-old. Gripe water is amazing for soothing little tummies that are upset because of painful gas, reflux, digestion issues and it also helps hiccups, teething, colic, etc. You can purchase Gripe water from most pharmacies and online, but it can be pricey for a small bottle, and most contain preservatives, sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup, and dyes. Not ingredients you want your newborn ingesting.

So I looked into making our own comparing recipes and tips then consulted her doctor to see if the herbs were okay to give to her. Also, it’s surprisingly easy to make. We found it to be a lifesaver, it has been our go-to cure for our babies. Gripe water calms them and their tummies almost instantly, it helps them to stop crying or go back to sleep.

Gripe water isn’t just for fussy babies it works wonders for toddlers, kids, and adults with hiccups, or suffering from painful gas or other tummy troubles.

     *Safety Note: The information provided in this post is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be medical advice I am not a doctor and I make no medical claims or promises. Please check with your baby’s pediatrician if you have any concerns about your baby’s health or if your baby cries excessively and before you give anything to your baby to ingest be sure it’s something that is safe for your baby. Although medicinal herbs have fewer side effects than chemical medicine, it should still be taken safely as herbs are still medicine. 

~ Here’s a list of the herbal ingredients and why they help ~

  • Chamomile: This calming flower reduces inflammation, helps with indigestion, rashes, anxiety, and insomnia
  • Dill Weed: Used to treat indigestion, soothes tummy troubles. There are some properties in dill that are thought to relax muscles.
  • Fennel: Helps to prevent or reduce gas, indigestion, aids in digestion, and is commonly used to treat babies with colic. Also has properties that may increase mommy’s milk supply, so drink up mom!
  • Ginger: Soothes tummy troubles, gas,  diarrhea, indigestion, colic., nausea, and inflammation.
  • Peppermint: Helps inflammation, aids in digestion, nausea, vomiting. upset tummy, diarrhea, headache, muscle pain, rash, nerve pain, toothache, joint conditions, itchiness, and gas.

~ Recipe ~

1 cup boiling water

1 bag chamomile tea (or 1 tsp loose herb)

1 bag ginger tea (or 1 tsp ground or fresh shredded ginger)

1 tsp dill weed

1 tsp fennel (seed or ground)

1 bag peppermint tea (or 1 tsp loose herb) *(optional)

1 tsp natural sweetener – coconut palm sugar,  raw cane sugar, agave nectar, or 100% pomegranate juice *(optional) 

     *Note:

  • No honey until baby is over a year old. Also, avoid using artificial sweeteners like erythritol, stevia or xylitol.
  • If you find the gripe water is too strong,  your baby doesn’t like it and you don’t want to use sweetener, you can dilute with extra water.

~ Directions ~

  1. For the loose herbs (dill, fennel & ginger), I cut open the tea bags, added the loose herbs and re-stapled them, or you can use a loose tea strainer.
  2. Combine herbs with boiling water and let steep 20 minutes, or until almost strong in flavor.
  3. Remove herbs. If you choose to sweeten add now.
  4. Pour mixture into an airtight glass jar and freeze the rest (If you don’t have a mason canning jar, you can reuse an old jelly jar or another small jar)
  5. Let Cool then refrigerate before serving

Label jar & keep refrigerated. Stays fresh for a week, you can also freeze in ice cube trays.

 ~ How to serve to baby directly ~

● 0-3 months: 1/2 tsp. (2.5 mL)
● 3-6 months: 1 tsp. (5 mL)
● 6-12 months: 2 tsp. (10 mL)

  1. In a medicine dropper
  2. Sip off a spoon 
  3. Add to baby’s bottle

  *Note: Do not exceed 6 doses in 24 hours.

 ~ Breastfeeding moms: How to serve to a baby through breastmilk ~

To simply administer to a breastfeeding baby, the mother can drink it. The benefits are passed along through the breastmilk!

1. Freeze in ice cube trays – one cube = one ounce – Add 1 cube to tea or blend in a smoothie

2. Dilute it with water drink it directly

  *Note: Breastfeeding/pumping moms, while peppermint is great for soothing tummies, there is evidence that it (and other mints) may prevent lactation if ingested (I’ve never had trouble). Fennel helps increase breastmilk, maybe using both balances it out. 

Homemade Gripe Water - All Natural - Recipe

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1 Bag Chamomile tea (or 1 tsp loose herb)

  • 1 Bag

    Ginger tea (or 1 tsp ground or fresh shredded ginger)

  • 1 Tsp Dill weed

  • 1 Tsp Fennel (seed or ground)

  • 1 Bag Peppermint tea (or 1 tsp loose herb) *(optional)

  • 1 Tsp Natural sweetener - coconut palm sugar,  raw cane sugar, agave nectar, or 100% pomegranate juice *(optional) 

    1. No honey until baby is over a year old. Also, avoid using artificial sweeteners like erythritol, stevia or xylitol..... 2. If you find the gripe water is too strong,  your baby doesn’t like it and you don't want to use sweetener, you can dilute with extra water.

Instructions
 

  • For the loose herbs (dill, fennel & ginger), I cut open the tea bags, added the loose herbs and re-stapled them, or you can use a loose tea strainer.
  • Combine herbs with boiling water and let steep 20 minutes, or until almost strong in flavor.
  • Remove herbs.
  • If you choose to sweeten add now.
  • Pour mixture into an airtight glass jar and freeze the rest (If you don’t have a mason canning jar, you can reuse an old jelly jar or other small jar)
  • Let Cool then refrigerate before serving
  • Label jar & keep refrigerated. Stays fresh for a week, you can also freeze in ice cube trays.

Notes

 ~ How to serve to baby directly ~
● 0-3 months: 1/2 tsp. (2.5 mL)
● 3-6 months: 1 tsp. (5 mL)
● 6-12 months: 2 tsp. (10 mL)
1. In a medicine dropper
2. Sip off a spoon 
3. Add to baby's bottle
  *Note: Do not exceed 6 doses in 24 hours.
 ~ Breastfeeding moms: How to serve to a baby through breastmilk ~
To simply administer to a breastfeeding baby, the mother can drink it. The benefits are passed along through the breastmilk!
1. Freeze in ice cube trays - one cube = one ounce – Add 1 cube to tea or blend in a smoothie
2. Dilute it with water drink it directly
  *Note: Breastfeeding/pumping moms, while peppermint is great for soothing tummies, there is evidence that it (and other mints) may prevent lactation if ingested (I've never had trouble). Fennel helps increase breastmilk, maybe using both balances it out. 
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This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Agnes Rush

    I found here very valuable information for health, congratulate the author for
    such a good article!

    Take care!

  2. lauriecoover

    bookmarked!!, I love your site!

  3. Kelsey S.

    How have I never heard of gripe water? This is fantastic. I am printing this out 🙂 I love that it’s all natural.

  4. Joy Fletcher

    I really love fennel seed, I use it in many dishes but I also make a fennel seed tea. They are even great to just chew on and so soothing for digestion. I can see why this would be one of the ingredients in the gripe water.

  5. Brittni

    I was just thinking reading this at the beginning, how am I going to get the dill weed in this without it floating everywhere, lol you answered my question perfectly, – cut open the tea bags and restaple – genius 😀 I want to try this for myself because my stomach has been a mess lately.

    1. It works wonderfully, I have never had an issue with the herbs escaping. I hope it helps your tummy troubles <3

  6. Tanya

    I wonder if spearmint tea can be used in place of peppermint… I have a huge bag of loose leaves.

    1. Hi Tanya, Thank you for reading, I believe you can… Peppermint is mainly used for relaxing muscles, soothing sore throats, and relieving stress. Spearmint helps with nausea, hiccups, and even works as a mosquito repellent.

  7. Gia Carapelli

    5 stars
    Just made some of this for myself and my daughter and I could feel the relief. I didn’t have fennel seeds though but it still did the trick. My daughter didn’t have stomach issues, she just wanted to try some, but she liked it too.

    1. I’m glad to hear it helped relieve your issues and your daughter enjoyed the gripe water too!

  8. Sarah

    I love to drink chamomile before bed, I am sure I will enjoy this. Will pass it along to my friends who have babies and very young ones.

    1. Thank you for commenting and sharing with your friends, I do hope you enjoy 🙂

  9. Danica

    I know a lot of people that could use this!

  10. Kasper

    Gripe water helped my kids when they were younger, it seemed to soothe and comfort them. I like the recipe you posted and will have to print it out next time one of us has tummy issues. I never thought to use it for myself lol.

  11. Carlie

    I had to come back and comment. Thank you so much for this recipe, it has helped my baby girl and family more then you could ever know! I am so grateful for finding it!

    1. I am so happy to know it helped you! Thank you for letting me know, I love to hear from my readers!

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