Add these botanic agents to reduce crying in babies with colic.
A study published in 2005 showed a 261% reduction in crying in 1 week. This is a significant change and well worth a trial. Time spent crying each day was recorded at an average of 201.2minutes at the beginning of the trial and again at 1 week. The average time of crying in the treated group had fallen to 76.9 minutes a whopping 2.61 fold reduction for 85.4% of the group.
The untreated placebo group experienced a more modest improvement of 15%. Crying times started at 197.8 minutes a day and fell to 169.9 minutes a day in 48% of the subjects.
You’re desperate to know what it was that was offered to the treated group that was so effective. Fennel, Fenugreek and Melissa ( Lemon balm ) were the three plant extracts that were used. You can check out the source material here: Phytother Res. 2005 Apr;19(4):335-40. PMID: 16041731
The obvious question is how was it administered. Essential oils massaged into the tummy and back would be a great way to administer these plant extracts.
If you wanted to work with essential oils there suggested oils graded into 3 categories by the DoTerra company. Purchase oils here
Primary recommendations: Marjoram, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang
Secondary recommendations: Ginger, Roman Chamomile,
Other recommendations: Rosemary, Melissa
All of these oils should be used topically. A recommended blend:
2 Tbs of almond oil with 1 drop of Roman chamomile, 1 drop lavender and 1 drop geranium. Mix and massage gently into the stomach and back.
If you wanted to use any of the primary recommendations dilute 1-2 drops in 2 Tbs of fractionated coconut oil and massage gently into the stomach and back.
Massage has been shown to be significantly more effective for reducing infantile colic than rocking. A study published recently in 2016 showed that massage was significantly more effective for reducing crying in colic ddx babies than rocking.
Read the abstract here: Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2016 ;30:351. Epub 2016 Apr 9. PMID: 27453882
We can combine the 2 therapies for an even stronger effect when we massage the baby with an essential oil blend, as above.
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