Babies are sensitive and there are always so many thingsthat should not be given to them. Several different herbs are proven to have nonegative effects even on very small children, and parents can use them withoutthe worry. Caraway seeds, chamomile, fennel seeds, and lemon balm havebeen used for centuries and they won’t harm your baby.
Caraway seeds can be bought in any grocery store and theyare confirmed to be helpful and completely harmless for young children.Caraway will help the baby dealing with bloating and gases and it works by relaxingthe digestive tract muscles. Babies having problems with some other colicky symptomsmight also benefit from caraway tea.
Use two teaspoons of these seeds and add them to 8 ounces ofboiled water. It is best to crush the seeds and then add them to the water andsteep for 10 minutes. After that, just filter the tea, cool down a bit and/oradd some sugar.
Chamomile is great to calm the baby down, ease the sorethroat or upset stomach, or just relieve some bas cough the baby has. If you’rebuying the tea in the store, always check the label. Sometimes, there areseveral different herbs in the mix with chamomile and those other herbs mightnot be safe for your baby. All you need is plain old chamomile, and the brand CelestialSeasonings has the tea made only of chamomile, suitable for babies.
Use one or two tea bags of chamomile tea, pour some hotwater over them and leave for 5 minutes. You might also use some dry chamomileand in that case, use one tablespoon of the herb to every 6 ounces of water. Pourthe water over the dried chamomile and leave also for 5 minutes. Filter thetea, cool it down and you can use it, with or without added sugar. The tea canbe used warm or cold, as your baby likes.
These seeds are also very easy to find in the grocery stores,among the spices. It has been used since ancient times to relieve the indigestionand bloating and expel the gases. You can use a homeopathic preparation knownas Gripe Water, which is actually a fennel tea, or make some tea on your own.
For the tea, use half of a teaspoon of crushed fennel seedsand add it to 8 ounces of boiled water. Leave for 10 minutes, strain and use.
This herb won’t be available at the grocery store, so youshould look for it in your health store. It is used to relieve cramping andgases in babies, and also to calm the nervous baby.
Use 1 tablespoon of dry lemon balm leaves, add 8 ounces of hotwater and leave on the side for 10 minutes. Just filter it and the tea isready. Don’t use this tea for more than a day or two, because it may causethyroid complications.