Considered to be one of the most widely consumed herbs all over the world, Chamomile (Manzanilla) has been used for thousands of years for its abundance of health benefits. But did you know that this ancient herb can also benefit your baby? Not only is Chamomile an anti-inflammatory, non-allergenic, anti-bacterial, but it also contains calcium, magnesium, folate and Vitamin A – all great stuff for your growing tot! Whether you’re looking to for a more holistic approach to parenting or just in need of a few new tips for common baby woes, read on for 8 healthful benefits chamomile for your baby.
1. 1. A better night's sleep
Most likely, you’ve tried a soothing cup of Chamomile tea to relax, so it makes sense it would also help your little one to get a better night’s rest. Containing a number of relaxing agents that work in a similar manner to over-the-counter sleep aids, some say a diluted Chamomile tea is an effective, natural remedy for a restless baby.
How to make chamomile tea baby-friendly:
- Bring a cup of water to a boil
- Add a teaspoon of chamomile flowers or use a teabag.
- Strain the flowers/remove the teabag
- Let the tea cool down
- Put your tea into a baby bottle and give to the infant
2. 2. A colic fighter
If your baby suffers from uncontrollable (and seemingly never ending) crying fits for no apparent reason, there’s a good chance they may be colicky. While the cause of colic is somewhat of a mystery, digestive issues may play a role, according to WebMD. Chamomile tea often helps calm colicky babies due to its antispasmodic activity which helps to ease stomach cramps associated with gas and bloating. While adding a touch of weakened, brewed Chamomile tea to a bottle is an effective home remedy, there are also some over-the –counter products containing Chamomile that work to alleviate colic.
3. 3. Soothing teething relief
Besides the nonstop drooling and incessant fingers in the mouth that accompany budding teeth, teething can also bring a lot of pain and discomfort for babies. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, Chamomile makes for a safe and natural alternative for pain relief caused by teething. Simply soak a clean, cotton washcloth in a chamomile tea solution and give it to your baby to bite on. For older teething toddlers, you can freeze a brew of weak Chamomile tea into popsicles to have on hand for sudden bouts of pain or irritability.
4. 4. Makes for a calming bath
Not only is Chamomile a natural relaxant that soothes away stress and irritability, aiding in a better night’s rest, but it’s also a natural anti-inflammatory which is effective at soothing your baby’s skin and hair. Try a hypoallergenic and tear-free Chamomile baby wash, like the classic Ricitos de Oro (a tried and true Mom favorite) which gently nourishes baby skin and locks. If you want to add some extra herbal goodness to bath time, add 3-5 drops of chamomile essential oil into an ounce of sweet almond oil to baby’s bath water for relaxation.