Healing herbal gummies never last long in our house. I started to make them when my first child was small, they are an excellent vehicle for smuggling in all manner of herbs and nutritionals when they are sick. The kids love them so much that I now make a “general tonic” version, they have become a bit of a staple and there is more often than not an assortment in the fridge for the family to snack on.
Day to day we use general tonic herbal teas in our gummies. Uniting the health enhancing benefits of herbs with the gut healing, protein power of gelatin provides a double whammy of goodness. Gelatin helps maintain the health of the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, supports joints and connective tissue and nurtures skin, hair, nails and teeth. The glycine in gelatin has even been demonstrated to promote better sleep!
You wil have to choose your gelatin wisely to ensure that it has these therapeutic benefits. Look for grass fed, unflavoured gelatin. This should be the only ingredient on the packet. Overly processed, white, powdery gelatin sourced from intensively farmed animals is not going to have the same nutritional clout.
I have designed the following recipe to be made with widely used herbs such as chamomile, hibiscus and peppermint. Strong medicinal herbs should only be used after consultation with a health professional.
Some of my favourite herbal combinations for infusion include:
Chamomile and rose – soothing for the mind and the gastrointestinal tract.
Lavender and passionflower – allays anxiety and promotes calm.
Lemon verbena and mandarin peel – calms the mind and the gastrointestinal tract.
Hibiscus and lime peel – antioxidant and cleansing.
You will find too that varying the honey will also add another dimension. Down here in Tassie we are lucky enough to have Leatherwood, its robust taste I find pairs well with earthy tasting herbs such as chamomile and valerian. For delicate/light tasting herbs you will need a less punchy honey.
You will find the options are endless and no doubt you will have your favourite combinations that will resonate with your health status, mood and the season. I will be interested to hear what your favourite concoctions will be.
- 75 mL water, room temperature
- 500mL water, boiling
- 4 Tablespoons grass fed gelatin
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/4 - 1/3 dried herb or 5 - 6 herb tea bags
- Place herbs or herbal tea bags in a heat proof vessel. Pour over 500mL of boiling water. Cover and set aside for 20 minutes.
- After 15 minutes take a heat proof jug, add 75mL of room temperature water and then sprinkle the gelatin into the water. This allows the gelatin to soften and "bloom". Don't stress if it gets a little bit chunky.
- After 20 minutes strain the herbal infusion into the jug with the gelatin. I pour mine through a fine sieve and press down on the herbs with the back of a spoon to ensure that as much liquid is released as possible. Gently whisk until the gelatin dissolves in the warm infusion, do not whisk too furiously or you will end up with too many bubbles!
- Add honey and whisk to combine.
- Pour solution into silicone moulds, I use mini muffin and cake pop moulds. If you do not have any use a small square or rectangular glass or ceramic baking dish, lightly greased with a little coconut macadamia oil.
- Refrigerate for 2 - 3 hours.
- Unmould the gummies. If you have used a baking dish cut the gummies into squares about the size of an ice cube.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 - 2 weeks.
- You may substitute the honey with 2 - 3 drops of liquid stevia.