I can’t think of a more frustrating experience for new parents than to find their newborn baby is suffering from colic. No one wants to watch their newborn struggle with his or her first days. But thankfully there are colic remedies that help you easy baby’s discomfort naturally. Take, for instance, this simple tea.
Catnip is a member of the mint family and should not be mistaken as fit only for our feline companions. Its soothing properties are good for human and animal alike, and generations of herbalists have recommended catnip for colicky babies. To increase the effectiveness of catnip tea, try mixing in some fennel seed purchased from your health food store.
Simply bring one cup of water to a boil and steep one teaspoon dried catnip and one teaspoon fennel seed for about 15 – 20 minutes. Allow the tea to cool and give the tea to the baby with a bottle. Many parents have reported good success with this tea.
Of course make sure this doesn’t replace a meal for your baby, but is instead a supplemental bottle. Also make sure to try giving your baby a very small amount of this tea first to see the reaction. These are both safe herbs, but like with everything under the sun, someone somewhere is allergic. I always ask you exercise caution on this one. If you’re a nursing mama, you can drink the tea yourself and pass it through the breastmilk if you prefer. But if you’re pregnant, avoid taking this tea for yourself.
If you want more ideas on how to soothe colic naturally, you can check out this older colic article I wrote that contains more possible herbal teas.