If you’re a new parent, chances are you’ve been dealing with a lot of gas and colic from your newborn. Both gas and colic can be incredibly frustrating, but there are some natural remedies that can help. One such remedy is cumin tea. Cumin seeds have long been used as a digestive aid, and cumin seed water can be a great way to soothe your baby’s tummy.
Read about the traditional home made remedy to relieve baby colic.
What is Cumin?
Cumin is a spice that comes from the dried seed of the cumin plant. It’s commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, and has a warm, earthy flavor. Cumin seeds are also known to have many health benefits. They’re high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, cumin seeds are thought to aid in digestion by stimulating the production of enzymes that help break down food. For natural remedy against baby/infant gas, wind or even colic Cumin seed water provides great relief.
How to Make Cumin Tea for Babies?
Making cumin tea is easy. Simply add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 5-10 minutes, then strain and cool the tea before giving it to your baby. Add sugar if needed. You can give it straight out of the bottle, dropper or add a few teaspoons into formula. Works wonders!
Benefits of the use of cumin water:
- it minimizes constipation – natural wind relief
- cools down the body heat
- it flavors water – some babies actually like it very much
Preparation of cumin seed water:
- boil water in a pot when it starts to boil drop cumin in a spice bag or directly into the pot
- switch off and don’t allow the cumin to boil if u put directly then filter the water
- use it within 7 hours or it will get bacterial growth
Some say you should only give it to your baby when he/she is one month old – although others suggest you may feed it to the baby in a small dose in the 2nd-3rd week, nearly a month. A little goes a long way!
If you’re looking for a natural remedy for gas and colic, look no further than cumin seed water. It is safe for babies and have been shown to be effective in relieving gas and colic symptoms. If you are breastfeeding you can also try stopping eating dairy products or at least reduce it.