Herbal Remedies for Colic

Colic can cause babies to wail and giving sleepless nights to the parents.  However colic can also happen to adults too.  The symptoms of colic is a sharp, crampy feeling in the lower abdomen which is caused by spasms of the colon and which in turn can obstruct digestion.


When this symptom is experienced, the first thing to do is to seek the consultation of a doctor to confirm whether the problem is due to colic and not the more serious disorder like appendicitis or hernia.  Once it is confirmed that the problem is due to colic then you can turn to natural healing herbal remedies for pain relief.




Absinthe can help in stimulating digestive functions and in correcting digestive problems.

  1. Prepare an infusion by using a pinch of absinthe per cup of boiling water.



Basil has antispasmodic and sedative properties which makes it effective for treatment of colic.

  1. Place 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves into a cup then add boiling water over the dried basil leaves. 

  2. Cover the cup and set aside to steep for a few minutes  When it has cooled down to room temperature, strain the basil water into a bottle.

  3. Feed the baby with this a few spoonful at a time.



Catmint is an ideal herbal remedy for children as it is soothing and gentle.  The catmint herb is effective in easing gut spasms and acting as a mild sedative to encourage sleep.

  1. Make a catmint tea by placing 10 grams of dried catmint into a teapot.

  2. Add 175ml of freshly boiled water and set aside to infuse for 10 minutes.

  3. Strain and give 25-30ml of this warm catmint infusion before meals.  Subsequent dosages needs to be reheated before consumption.  The excess catmint tea can be covered up and placed in a cool place for up to 48 hours.


  1. For cases of chronic colic, soak 1 oz of marshmallow roots into one quart of water and leave overnight at room temperature.

  2. Neutralize the bitter taste by using honey to sweeten before drinking..

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