Gripe Water by Colic Calm - Medicinal Ingredients
Reviewed by Lisa Amerine, ND on November 11, 2014
Our unique homeopathic gripe water calms the irritation of baby caused by colic, infant gas, stomach pain, hiccups, teething and even reflux. It also helps baby’s digestive system adjust to new foods and relieves stomach upset caused by infant teething.*
Our all-natural, side-effect-free gripe water contains NO alcohol, sugar, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), simethicone, herbal oils or extracts, artificial flavors or colors. In addition, there is NO wheat, gluten, soy, starch or dairy in our formula.
Active Ingredients: A homeopathic blend of chamomile, fennel, caraway, peppermint, ginger, aloe, lemon balm, blackthorn and vegetable charcoal.
Our nine homeopathic remedies are derived from traditional European formulations. They have proven beneficial for infant colic-related symptoms in numerous clinical studies and have been selected for their gentle effectiveness and safety.
Homeopathy is the world's second leading form of medicine (Chinese medicine ranks #1 and Western medicine ranks #4). Conventional drugs rely on strength to overcome symptoms, which often causes side effects and toxicity. Homeopathy is unique in that it utilizes minute doses of natural ingredients to stimulate the body's self-healing abilities. Millions of children around the world take homeopathic medicine, as recommended by their health care practitioners.
With homeopathics, there are no side effects at all; even if you take the wrong remedy for the wrong condition, it will cause no harm. Unlike herbs, dill oil, vitamins and other supplements, homeopathic medicines are regulated in the United States by the FDA as over-the-counter drug products. The individual ingredients have undergone extensive clinical testing to substantiate their safety and effectiveness in order to be listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). The HPUS is one of the official publications cited in the Federal Food and Drug Laws and it contains hundreds of monographs for homeopathic ingredients.
Colic Calm is manufactured in the USA in a state-of-the-art FDA-inspected and certified facility. Our process complies with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines for medicines, using only the highest quality natural ingredients.
Because of this drug classification, homeopathic medicine is labeled with clear indications for its therapeutic effects. Homeopathic remedies are designed for symptom relief, safety and promotion of healing, and are to be used at the onset of symptoms.
Great for easing the colic symptoms of irritability, nervous tension and anxiousness. Chamomile is one of the best and most commonly used remedies for insomnia and restlessness, especially effective when baby is hypersensitive to pain.
Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel)
Relaxes spasms in smooth muscles, like those in the intestinal tract. Fennel has long been used for indigestion and as a gas-relieving and gastrointestinal tract cramp-relieving agent. It also provides pain-reducing and anti-microbial actions.
Carum Carvi (Caraway)
Has been used effectively for over 5,000 years to relieve flatulence, heartburn and indigestion. Caraway is widely recognized as an antispasmodic for mild spasms of the gastrointestinal tract.
Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)
An excellent digestive aid that is well known for its ability to induce the expulsion of gas from the stomach and intestines. Peppermint also has antispasmodic effects and stimulates bile flow. As early as the Middle Ages, ancient doctors knew what modern science has confirmed – enhancing and rebalancing the body’s bile secretions are essential for the treatment of indigestion, including gastric acid reflux.
Zingiber Officinale (Ginger)
An outstanding soothing natural medicine for the gastrointestinal tract. Like peppermint, ginger has been shown to beneficially influence gastric mobility while also exerting antispasmodic effects. It is also a very effective remedy for nausea.
Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm)
Known for its relaxing and gas-relieving (carminative) effects. Also shown to be effective in treating insomnia and improving quality of sleep. Lemon balm is frequently combined with peppermint for soothing upset stomach.
Aloe Socotrina (Aloe)
Useful for gas, rumbling in the stomach, and cramping prior to stool. Also helps relieve bloating and pain over the liver region.
Prunus Spinosa (Blackthorn)
Relieves pressure of abdominal flatulence which can cause cramp-like and aching pains in the bladder region. Also relaxes spasmodic colic and restores regularity.
Carbo Vegetabilis (Vegetable Carbon)
Recognized for its ability to eliminate toxins in the body. Provides relief from gas, indigestion, abdominal distention with cramping pains, and belching.
Charcoal, or carbon as it is also called, is the most abundant element on earth. Carbon is an important element; the human body is composed of 18% carbon by weight (70% of the body is water). The form of carbon used in homeopathic medicine is Carbo Vegetabilis (Vegetable Charcoal) H.P.U.S. (Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States), a pure, naturally-produced, non-carcinogenic vegetable carbon. The carbon that we use has been ground into a fine, black, odorless and tasteless powder. It is tested for utmost purity, and is completely safe for human consumption. It works by a process called adsorption - which means that it has the amazing ability to attract other substances to its surface and hold them there (this is scientifically different from absorption, which means to incorporate or assimilate a substance). On its way through the digestive tract, it collects toxins and contaminants via adsorption. It also adsorbs gases, thus relieving flatulence, bloating and gas pains. It is fully excreted in bowel movements, so it will temporarily darken stools. Because vegetable charcoal is not a drug, it has no direct action on any organ of the body; it does not enter the bloodstream, nor is it absorbed into the body. All of it passes out of the body system naturally and easily, along with the gases and toxins it has collected on its journey. It is without rival as a cleansing agent and in assisting the healing process of the body, as well as preventing intestinal infections. Reference – Journal of the American Medical Association.
“A colorless liquid, of a thick, syrupy consistence, oily to the touch, odorless, very sweet and slightly warm to taste” - United States Pharmacopoeia “1870”. Used as a natural preservative, an alternative to alcohol for the administration of herbal remedies. We use only 100% top quality food-grade vegetable glycerin in Colic Calm gripe water.
What Parents are Saying
My son was diagnosed at 3 weeks of age with colic. He screamed for most of the day and nothing I did or gave him, including the over-the-counter gripe waters, would soothe his discomfort. I began doing research online to find ANYTHING that would help to relieve his discomfort and came across the Colic Calm website. I ordered it and after receiving it (just 2 days after the order was placed using regular standard delivery!), gave it to my son and in SECONDS he was calm and happy. I almost didn't believe it and thought maybe it was just a coincidence, but EVERY time I gave Colic Calm to him, he immediately stopped crying and was the happy little boy I knew! Thank you SO much for this wonderful product! I am a pediatric nurse and I have referred this product to several of my patient's families as well as my friends!
Lori P. RN. West Chester, PA
I don’t quite know how I was lucky enough to stumble upon Colic Calm, but I am definitely thanking my lucky stars. I tried those gas drops from the pharmacy and some gripe water from the health food store - total waste of money. A friend from a Moms Group I’m in told me about Colic Calm gripe water. I was really hoping I wouldn't strike out again because I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. My baby and I scored a homerun! Thank you so much.
Birgitta F. San Francisco, CA
Hayley is now 3 months old and doing very well....seems to be beginning to finally "outgrow" some of her colicky symptoms, We are still using Colic Calm but she does not require as many doses per day as she had, your product has been a life and nerve saver!! I am a nurse and had tried many other things, prescription Levsin drops which are full of side effects and Donatol (basically pure alcohol), and did not help at all, health food type "gripe water" which did nothing, I believe the vegetable charcoal is the magic ingredient in your product and really helps rid the baby of all the gas and other undesirable gastrointestinal problems. I have recommended your product to my children's pediatrician who is in turn suggesting it to other frazzled moms. Your service and product has been outstanding and thank-you for your interest in our child's progress, I only wish I had known of Colic Calm with my now 16 month old when she too suffered from it. We waited it out painstakingly, and she is now a very happy toddler but what a beginning!! Thank-You for your wonderful product, your fast, attentive service and for caring to follow up!!
Wendi V. Albuquerque, NM
It's absolutely heart-wrenching to watch your tiny baby doubled up in pain from gas, bloating, and all the other uglies that come along with having an immature digestive system. I'm very glad we found Colic Calm, it really does work. We had tried another brand of gripe water but it wasn't quite as well-roundedly effective in treating all the symptoms, plus it contained Sodium Bicarbonate -- something we definitely weren't interested in putting in our child. My husband and I are now ordering our 4th and 5th bottles of Colic Calm. It's worth every penny.
Jodi D. Kirkland, WA
My son, now 11 weeks old, has been very gassy from the day he was born almost to the point where we thought he was a colicky baby. I had to supplement with formula which compounded the issue. I have tried "Colic-Ease", "Baby's Bliss" and "Colic Calm". The Colic Calm has been our biggest blessing. We found out that our son has reflux which can create a lot of gas and with one dose before he goes to bed we can actually get some sleep. Honestly, at first, I was put off by the fact that Colic Calm was black and had charcoal in it but I cleared it with my pediatrician before giving it to my son and I use less than with the other brands. Thank You Colic Calm for giving me my Happy baby that I knew existed but didn't get to see until now.
Jennifer R. Valley Center, CA
I am Jazmin's grandmother. This is the second bottle of colic calm I am ordering for her. It has helped her tremendously with the gripes and the gas. Thank you for a natural product. It seems to be the only one on the market that is truly natural. Thank you for making this product available.
Hyacinth D. Miami, FL
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about the vegetable charcoal part, but Colic Calm gripe water did seem to be the only product with something different and medically proven to work. Best of all, my baby likes the taste and smiles when she just sees the bottle. I am so happy I gave it a chance. My baby is even happier!
Beth D. Burlington, VT
My daughter is now 3 1/2 months old. Her name is Olivia and she was so colicky we stopped breast feeding after the first two weeks. Nothing I did soothed her. Sometimes I even had to run the fan for an hour while swaying her back and forth to get her to sleep. I heard about gripe water through a friend of mine at work and looked it up online. Colic Calm was the only one that was FDA regulated and did not have sodium bicarbonate in it which I heard can cause more issues. That is why I chose Colic Calm over all the rest even though the price was almost double that of the others.
Once I gave my daughter the Colic Calm it took her symptoms down by at least 60% and we were able to get her to bed a lot easier. I just ordered my second bottle, but I have hardly had to use it. My daughter seems to be growing out of colic. YAY!!!
Marilyn R. Virginia Beach, VA
My daughter was colicky. I seriously thought she was the devil her first three months of life! That is until I found this amazing product called Colic Calm. I showed it to my pediatrician and she said it was fine to give her.
They say the majority of colic has to do with an immature nervous system that once they start crying, they can't stop themselves. Colic Calm has everything natural to calm the nervous system (Chamomile, Fennel, Caraway, Aloe) & everything natural to calm the little belly (Peppermint, Ginger, Lemon Balm, & Vegetable charcoal).
Once I started giving it to her, she calmed down right away. She would even smile when she saw the bottle as she new it was going to make her feel better. It helped her sleep more than 20 minutes & the vegetable charcoal coated her little tummy to relieve the gas (it gives their poop black spots, so don't get nervous, it's ok! You'll get over the out-of-the-ordinary color quickly once you see the extraordinary results).
This stuff is a miracle worker! Plus whenever you order it you usually get it within 3 days, as they know how much time is of the essence. I got the little pacifier to pour the stuff in for the baby to just suck out (it tastes good to them). I've ordered at least 6 bottles & I still keep one handy as it works really well when she's cranky or when she has a tummy ache. Heck, I've tried it when I had an upset stomach & it did the trick! (too much info?)
Give it a try, they have a money back guarantee.. you can't lose!
Hope it works out for you!
Jennifer F. (From a Colic Message Board), Chevy Chase, MD
My pediatrician gave me a prescription for Donatol, which I didn’t want to use because it is basically pure alcohol (may as well use whiskey, right?! NO WAY). So I looked for a natural alternative, and I found “liquid gold” in Colic Calm. Thank you so much for providing such an amazingly safe and effective solution.
Marcie N. Perris, CA
This is the third time I ordered your product (5th bottle). We tried a different brand of “gripe water” purchased by a relative at a health food store. Our newborn had the colic that involves bad bouts of gas. Expelling it apparently is a very very painful process for her at this young age. I was beside myself with worry, and would cry right along with her. Anyway, that gripe water seemed to help very little and not every time. Plus, it had fructose, a sugar, and I didn’t want to keep giving it to her every time symptoms appeared. That is when I searched the net and found your product and thought I would give it a try. Checked it out with the doctor who told me there was nothing that would harm her by taking it as indicated.
I breast-feed, and felt personally guilty that the breast milk was doing this to her. The doctor assured me this wasn’t the case and to continue to breast-feed.
So, we tried your product, and it has to be the only thing that I found that helps her. It didn’t cure the colic 100%, but I don’t leave home without it. During her really bad days, I give her the max dosage (6x per day) and I truly see the difference. If and when she does cry, it is short-lived and the gas comes out quicker than on those days I don’t use the product. She seems to eliminate stool more regularly with the product than without.
I am hoping and praying the colic subsides by the third month which is right around the corner. However, in the meantime, this product helps us on a daily basis. Thank you for this product.
Maria G. Eastport, NY
Not all gripe waters are created equal. Colic Calm is the best thing ever, in my opinion. I was having a panic attack at 3 am with a toddler, like a time bomb. Colic Calm has been amazing in restoring my peace of mind.
Michelle L. Loveland, OH