So you have a newborn who appears to be colicky and you have no idea how to soothe him/her. An old remedy that we practice back in my country in Bolivia is using aniseed. Herbal medicine has been around since forever and with so many products with all sorts of chemicals, herbs are becoming obsolete. However in places where there isnt the money to get a product that costs that much, you use what you have at home which in this case its aniseed.
Here are the instructions on how to use this for your colicky baby.
- what you do is boil a small amount of anise on a small pot. About 2-3 cups of water and a tsp of aniseed.
- Once it is boiling, allow 5 minutes of boiling then turn it off. If you must use right away put a small amount to the side and blow until it is cool enough to give your newborn, otherwise let it cool until its cool enough to give to your baby. (Dont use if it has been sitting out for more than an hour) Mind you that the anise itself is not given to the baby, just the boiled water.
- You grab a pacifier and dip it in the liquid and little by little give your baby thru the pacifier. Give a very small amount maybe 5-10 dips of the boiled water and you should see results within the hour.
We use this as a natural remedy back home and I’ve heard its actually used alot in most of south and central america. If the problem does not resolve I would make an appointment with your pediatrician to see what they can recommend. This is how I soothed my babies and how I was soothed as a baby and it worked wonders for many generations in my family and my husbands family. If you choose to try to remedy let me know how it worked out for you in the comments. Lastly I do want to say, star anise is not the same as aniseed, so please make sure you get the right one as start anise is not recommended. Dont forget to sign up in my newsletter to get updates on the latest home remedys or how to’s. 🙂