A bit about the herbal oils used
All of the herbs in the Colic-Ease formula, including Dill, are listed on the FDA's GRAS, Generally Recognized As Safe, list.
Please note: Be sure to check with your pediatrician first if you have any concerns regarding the ingredients in ColicEase or if your child is taking any medication.
DILL WEED SEED OIL
Latin Name: Anethum Graveolens
""Called "the secret of British nannies", dill is the active ingredient in the famous "gripe water", the colic remedy taken round the world in the British Empire." says botanist, James A. Duke, Ph.D., retired from the US Department of Agriculture and author of The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. "Dill seed is truly miraculous for infant colic. It can save a parent's sanity - Dill is [also] used by herbalists to promote [the] flow of breast milk."
"Dill water works" says Daniel Mowrey, Ph.D. and Director of The American Phytotherapy Research Laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah and author of The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine. "It's gentle enough for infants."
Dispels flatulence, stimulates appetite and settles the stomach. Dill owes its action to its ability to inhibit the growth of several bacteria (staphylococcus, streptococcus, pseudomonas and Escheria coli. This effect suggests that it might help prevent gastrointestinal illness-infectious diarrhea caused by these same microorganisms. Traditional herbalists use this herb for its anti-foaming action that helps break up gas bubbles.
CARAWAY SEED OIL
Latin Name: Carum Carvi
Helps relieve flatulence and indigestion. Caraway belongs to a class of herbs called carminatives - plants that are helpful in easing gastrointestinal discomfort, including gas. The essential oils derived from this group of plants help alleviate bowel spasm. In addition, studies have shown that caraway oil has antibacterial and larvicidal properties. Its actions are analgesic, anesthetic, anodyne, anti-anxiety, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, diuretic, mildly expectorant, fungicidal, muscle relaxant, soporific, stimulant, tonic, urinary antiseptic. Caraway is considered a useful remedy in the flatulent colic of infants, and is an excellent vehicle for children's medicine.
CINNAMON BARK OIL
Latin Name: Cinnamomum Zeylanicum
Used by herbalists to aid digestion and to relieve flatulence and vomiting. Active constituents: Various terpenoids found in the oil are believed to account for cinnamon's medicinal effects. Important among these compounds are eugenol and cinnamaldehyde, both of which are potent anti-fungal compounds. Its actions are carminative, astringent, stimulant and antiseptic.
CLOVE BUD OIL
Latin Name: Eugenia Caryophyllata
"The cloves herb keeps food fresh because the main active component of cloves is eugenol, which has long been known to help kill bacteria and viruses" says Gary Elmer, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in Seattle. By killing bacteria, eugenol helps keep meat fresh and prevents stomach upset, diarrhea and wound infections. Medicinal properties: Antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, analgesic, blood thinning, anti-inflammatory, healing, mental stimulant, sleep-inducing, relaxing. Digestive: Colic, dyspepsia, nausea, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, sluggish liver, flatulence, intestinal parasites, worms and their eggs.
CARDAMOM SEED OIL
Latin Name: Eletarria Cardamomum
This herb relieves flatulence and indigestion, possesses antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, expectorant, stomachic properties and is also used as a tonic. Herbalists us cardamom seed oil as a remedy for indigestion, gas, vomiting, abdominal distention, belching, nausea and heartburn. Cardamom relieves digestive stagnation, soothes the stomach and stimulates normal gastrointestinal function. Cardamom contains cincole, terpinae, terpinen, limonene, sabinene and terpin as formic or acetic esters. The oils contained in Cardamom have smooth muscle relaxant properties, which within the gastrointestinal system allow it to have a carminative and antispasmodic activity.
Other ingredients in addition to the essential oils:
Deionized Water (allows Colic-Ease to be ingested in liquid form, not as a pill or capsule).
Fructose (fruit sugar, used instead of sucrose)
Sodium Benzoate, an FDA-approved, polyunsaturated fat found naturally in organically grown cranberries and prunes (protects the formula from bacteria).
Potassium Sorbate, a naturally occurring nutrient derived from the mountain ash tree (protects the formula from bacteria)
Polysorbate 80, derived from the fatty acids of vegetable oil, functions as an emulsifier, holding water and oils in suspension (insuring that each dose has the correct ratio of water and herbal oil).