Monday 26 February 2018

Alcoholic gripe water?

Rory Egan

EVER wondered why little babies never cried in our parents' time? The little darlings smiled, dribbled and even googled in the days when a keyboard was properly located on a piano instead of a desk. The magic potion that soothed all cranky tots was gripe water. Or to be more correct, Woodward's Gripe Water.

Gripe water was the 3-in-one oil of the fertile classes. It was used for wind, lack of wind, constipation, diarrhoea, colic, hiccups, stomach upsets, coughing, bad form, bad breath, fever. In fact, for any ailment you could think of, gripe water seemed to be the answer.

Mothers from Trim to Tralee regarded it as the panacea for all ills and, more importantly, the soother for all troubles. Filled with goodness such as dill oil, ginger and fennel water, the elixir was a veritable smorgasbord of healthy ingredients.

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