Homemade gripe water is safe and effective for the baby’s digestion. Explore the article below for tips on how to make gripe water.

How To Make Gripe Water At Home

Gripe water is given to babies suffering from stomach ailments. Its discovery is credited to William Woodward, in England during the 1850s as a natural cure for gas and indigestion in babies. Earlier commercial gripe waters contained alcohol, which has now been stopped due to ethical issues. The most effective gripe water is made from dill and fennel seeds. Gripe water must be fed to the baby throughout the day, two to three spoonfuls a day.
Homemade Gripe Water Recipes
1. Anise Seed Gripe Water
  • Anise seed – 1 tablespoon
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Add the anise seed to the water and boil.
  • After 15 minutes remove from heat and allow it to cool.
  • Strain the seeds and use the gripe water.
  • Another method is to boil the water and steep the anise seed into it using a strainer. 
2. Fennel Seed Gripe Water



  • Fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Boil the water.
  • Crush the fennel seeds.
  • To the boiling water add the fennel seeds. Boil for fifteen minutes.
  • Strain out the seeds and let the water cool. 
3. Dill Seed Gripe Water



  • Dill seed – 1 tablespoons
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Put the seeds on a strainer and then dip it into the boiling water. Keep for five minutes.
  • Remove the strainer and allow the water to cool. 
4. Chamomile Tea



  • Chamomile herbal powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Dill seed – 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar – for taste
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Boil the water.
  • Crush the dill seeds into fine powder.
  • Add the chamomile herbal powder and dill seeds to the water. Boil for another ten minutes.
  • Strain the solution and add sugar. 
5. Persian Cumin Gripe Water



  • Persian cumin – 2 teaspoon
  • Sugar – a pinch
  • Lemon balm – 3 to 4 leaves
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Grind the Persian cumin into fine powder.
  • Add two teaspoon of the powder and lemon balm leaves to boiling water and boil for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and strain. 

6. Ginger And Peppermint Gripe Water

  • Ginger – a small slice.
  • Peppermint – five leaves.
  • Sugar – for taste.
  • Water – two cups
  • Crush the ginger using a pestle and add to the water.
  • Add the peppermint leaves and keep the water for boiling.
  • When it boils over remove from heat and set to cool. Add sugar. 
Additional Tips
  • Use sugar to sweeten the gripe water.
  • Don’t store it more than 24 hours.
  • Always keep in refrigerator.
  • Feed the baby only at room temperature.
  • Homemade gripe water is better than commercial ones because they may contain sodium bicarbonate and other synthetic products.

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