Elderberry Gummy Snacks – Two Recipes
I love to make these gummy treats every week and let my kids enjoy the herbal goodness while supporting their immune systems during this disease sharing time of year. I can see this going in lunches and as a snack to school when they get older too! They are nutritious, delicious, and packed full of herbal goodness that supports and enhances immune function.
Recipe 1 – Immune supporting for healthy kids.
This recipe is good for kids who are healthy, happy, and full of vigor. They aren’t feeling poorly and you just want to support their normal immune function. Elderberry and astragalus are both herbs that are also food that are immune enhancing herbs that are safe and effective when taken daily. They support normal immune function without sending the immune system into “overdrive” and can be taken daily for long periods of time. Astragalus is actually an adaptogen, and when taken daily helps the body deal with all kinds of normal every day stresses. It is not an herb to take when you are already sick because it feeds the body and is said to “feed” the disease as well so take these when you are feeling good and just trying to avoid getting sick.
- 2 oz (about 1/2 cup) dried elderberries – I buy mine here
- 1 oz astragalus root slices – I buy mine here
- A pinch of cinnamon (optional) – I buy mine here
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons of Honey
- 6 tablespoons of Gelatin – This is the high quality grass fed gelatin I prefer
See directions under recipe 2 – They are the same across the board.
Recipe 2 – When they start feeling a little under the weather.
This recipe is what I use when we start to come down with a cold or other viral junk. It is meant to kick the immune system into overdrive and help the body fight off the invaders more efficiently. It is chalk full of immune supporting, antiviral and antibacterial herbs. When we start to come down with something I give the kids their special “candy” every 30 minutes to help prevent viral reproduction in the cells. The kids don’t complain, they get tasty herbal sweet treats and their colds are much less severe and last a shorter amount of time than when their friends have the same disease.
- 2 oz dried elderberry – I buy mine here
- 1/2 oz Echinacea purpurea root or whole plant (I prefer the root for this) – I buy mine here
- 1/4 oz licorice root – I buy mine here
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 cinnamon stick – I buy mine here
- Orange peel from one organic orange
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 6 tablespoons of gelatin – this is the high quality grass fed gelatin I use
- Place your herbs and water in a pot and simmer them until your water is reduced by half, same as you would if you were making elderberry syrup.
- Strain the herbs from the herbal decoction. I strain the liquid into a wide mouth glass mason jar with a strainer like this, you can also use cheese cloth in a normal mesh strainer. Squeeze out all of the juice. If you have a little bit less than 1 cup, add orange juice or lemon juice to equal 1 cup.
- While the liquid is still warm, add your honey and gelatin and stir vigorously. Your gelatin will want to clump, and that looks and tastes bad SO I use my immersion blender to whip it up real quick to avoid gelatin globs. It works very well. It also gives the gummies the varied color, where the air bubbles are the color is lighter, where it isn’t the color is darker. Its very pretty.
- Pour your mixture into a parchment lined pan (to avoid sticking) and place them in the refrigerator to cool. You can also pour them into silicon molds, or cut them with cookie cutters once they are cool to make them more appealing to the kids. My kids will eat them as cubes so I don’t take the time to do all of that.
- Cut into cubes and serve daily to support the immune system, or every 20 minutes to kick a cold to the curb!
Week 4 – Detoxify Your Medicine Cabinet
This week we are talking all about how to remove toxins from your medicine cabinet.
Here is an excerpt from Chapter 4 of 31 Days to Detoxify Your Life
“There used to be a time, not too long ago, when people knew how to treat common maladies without taking a drug. In fact, using drugs may relieve symptoms, but in most cases they inhibit normal body function and cause other health issues. This is called a “side effect” and every drug has at least one. The good news is that humans and plants have been living on this world with each other since the beginning and we have learned to use the bounty the natural world provides to help treat common problems like coughs, colds and flu, indigestion, stress and sleep issues, skin problems and much more. By using natural remedies for “little things” and reducing our toxic load, we prepare our body to respond well to the drugs the doctor prescribes when we have a real problem, like a bad infection, broken bone, surgery or other major medical issue.
According to the CDC, drug overdose rates have more than tripled since 1990. According to the FDA, Acetomedifine (Tylenol), a medication that has been commonly thought to be safe, was the acute cause of liver failure in the United States causing 48% of liver failure cases from 1998-2003. 62 million death certificates are issued a year, almost a quarter million of those occurred in a hospital setting due to medication
errors. Almost twice that number was deaths of people who used medications as prescribed by the doctor. Every time a person takes a medication they face the risk of a side effect ranging anywhere from constipation to death, depending on the medication.
According to Dr. Mercola –
“There is a risk of side effects every time you take a prescription drug. No one (except for those who intentionally overdose) expects these medications to kill them, but they can do just that, and it happens far more often than you might think! In a study recently released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), officials emphasized that people should not assume there’s no risk in prescribed medicines. The truth is, the only way to avoid all risk, including death, from prescription drugs is to not take them at all.”
Now let’s be reasonable, at some point in every person’s life they are going to have some sort of medical event that requires medical intervention, including, but not limited to prescription medications. Many lives have been saved by these drugs, and when taken with full knowledge on the patient’s part, and disclosure on the health care provider’s part, can be a wonderful thing, especially for acute situations. By no means are we telling you to quit taking any medications (as we mentioned before we are not doctors, and this is not medical advice), but we are encouraging you to take control of your health and research the medications AND natural remedies you are taking for safety, effectiveness, contraindications, and interactions.
What recipes will you find in Chapter 4?
- 10 Herbs Every Home Should Have and Their Uses
- Basic Herbal Safety Information
- Nourishing Herbal Infusions
- Herbal Infusions for Children
- Support the Immune System Naturally
- Soothing Onion Syrup
- Soothing Cough-Control Tea
- Cold-Kicker Honey
- Elderberry Syrup
- 20 Natural Allergy Treatments
- Chest Rub
- Fire Cider
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux
- Candied Ginger
- Soothing Oatmeal Bath
- Basic Dry Skin Remedies
- Sun Burn Remedies
- … And so much more!
Week 4 Giveaway
We are proud to offer another amazing giveaway this week!
My Merry Messy Life is giving away an Elder Magazine and Herb Box from Natural Herbal Living. You can get all the details for this amazing box here and read Sarah’s review of the herb box here. <- Giveaway hint, leave a comment!
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