Healing herbal gummies never last long in our house. I started to make them when my first child was small. There is no better way to smuggle in herbs and nutritionals when the kids are sick. We now make a “general tonic” version, there is a stash in the fridge to snack on most of the time.
These gummies merge the health-boosting benefits of herbs with gut-friendly gelatin – a double whammy of goodness. Gelatin aids in maintaining the health of your gut lining, supports joints and connective tissue, and nurtures skin, hair, nails and teeth. Glycine in gelatin has even been shown to promote better sleep!
Choose your gelatin wisely. 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 will not have the same nutritional clout.
You can use this recipe with common 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 include:
- Chamomile and rose – soothing for the mind and the gastrointestinal tract
- Lavender and passionflower – quiet anxiety and promote calm
- Lemon verbena and mandarin peel – calm the mind and the gastrointestinal tract
- Hibiscus and lime peel – antioxidant and cleansing
Varying the amount of honey in the recipe will also add another dimension. Here in Tassie, we are lucky enough to have Leatherwood, it’s robust taste pairs well with earthy-tasting herbs such as chamomile and valerian. For delicate/light tasting herbs, choose less punchy honey.
- 75 mL water, room temperature
- 500mL water, boiling
- 4 Tablespoons grass fed gelatin
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup of 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 the 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.